Looking for a good Reddit alternative? While Voat.co has been the favorite of fleeing Redditors, the site is down right now and has stuggled to remain online all day. This is no surprise, as thousands of former Redditors flooded the link-sharing alternative Thursday. The mass exodus from Reddit occurred as the result of a controversial decision made by the site to ban five subreddits deemed harassing and abusive (For those searching other good Reddit alternatives, we’ve placed a list at the bottom of the article.)
“Our goal is to enable as many people as possible to have authentic conversations and share ideas and content on an open platform,” explained Reddit’s head of community and support Jessica Moreno, interim CEO Ellen Pao and founder Alexis Ohanian.
“We want as little involvement as possible in managing these interactions but will be involved when needed to protect privacy and free expression, and to prevent harassment … we want to be open about our involvement: We will ban subreddits that allow their communities to use the subreddit as a platform to harass individuals when moderators don’t take action. We’re banning behavior, not ideas.”
Following their decision, Reddit then proceeded to ban and shut down five popular subreddits -- r/hamplanethatred, r/transfags, r/neofag, r/shitniggerssay, and most noteably, r/fatpeoplehate which had over 150,000 subscribers on its own.
While Reddit leadership feel the decision is the best way to make the “front page of the internet” a safer place for everyone, many disgruntled patrons of the site consider the bans out and out censorship and the end of free speech on site.
Aaron Swartz, founder of Reddit & activist against internet censorship is rolling in his grave as Reddit goes the way of Digg. #RedditRevolt
â€” AMO (@AMOcityscape) June 11, 2015
I'm Chairman Pao Grorious CEO of Redditu You make fun of fat people?Ding dong bannu You make fun of Neogaf?Ding dong bannu #RedditRevolt
â€” King of Blocks (@Doomskander) June 11, 2015
Many users are making their disapproval of Reddit’s new rules for subreddits banning very audible on a variety of social media platforms including reddit itself, postind disparaging comments and pictures that attack Reddit's iterim CEO Ellen Pao.
SubReddits such as /r/PaoYongYang and /r/EllenPao_IsA_Cunt have cropped up on the site while boycotts in the form of killing all gold purchases until Pao resigns have begun. Others have chosen to start petitions to have Pao removed from her position at Reddit and still others have just thrown in the towel on the website altogether, headed from alternative link posting sites – name Voat.co.
Voat.co of course was more than happy to gain users fleeing Reddit, but with the thousands of users migrating to the website some serious traffic issues have occurred. As a result Voat.co has struggled to remain online throughout the day. All morning the site has been up and down again, load times and slow and unpredictable. With the continuous onlslaught of newcomers it’s a pretty sure guess that the website will be adding new servers to handle the load of traffic, but until that time, disgruntled Redditors will just have to wait patiently to voice their uncensored opinions online. Meanwhile, the Voat.co owner posted this note to welcome newcomers.
- “We are sorry to see Reddit change like this, in this way, in such an accelerated fashion. We would have never anticipated such events. We are not ready for such a huge influx of new users and haven't prepared for such a large and sudden increase either. But we welcome each and every person and are working hard to catch up in order to handle this.
- Welcome to Voat! We'll have things straightened out soon.”
Aleternative Sites Like Reddit And Voat.co
For those who are having trouble getting Voat.co to load and want to explore some other options, we have pulled together a list of some similar sites to Reddit found on Reddit itself. We can’t personally claim that they will be a good alternative to Reddit, but they are at least available to browse.
Have other Reddit alternatives you’ve tried and enjoyed? Share them with us in the comments below.