To characterize the transition to Voat in the wake of /r/GreatAwakening being banned as “rocky” would be… putting it lightly.
Given the current situation, it’s become necessary to make the community at large aware of some of the larger goings-on that have lead us to this point, and to figure out how we can best proceed from here.
This post is going to be broken down into a few parts.
First, I want to address not just /v/TheAwakening, but the Voat community at large.
Guys, we have to pull a Mea Culpa here. And I hope you’ll extend to us the grace necessary to help course-correct.
Most of us are new to Voat, and as such, we didn’t do enough due-diligence to facilitate this move as best as we could have. We’d been under attack by Reddit admins for a long time, and when they finally pulled the trigger on us, we scrambled to find a viable solution for our community.
Admittedly, some of the systems put in place at Voat were foreign to us, and we didn’t understand the implications of every rule-set enforced by Voat.
Our intention was never to disrupt your beloved site, or your communities. We think it’s awesome that you stand for free speech, and are passionate about the communities you’re involved in – and that’s not just jerking your chain. Believe me, many of us come directly from the chans, so we really do share your sensibilities (and your sense of humor).
In a sign of good faith, going forward, EVERY SINGLE BAN handed out since the inception of the subverse will be reversed.
An official announcement has already been made, and you can see it here:
Voat – have your say
We don’t want to censor people, and we don’t want to enrage the entire userbase of Voat. As such, we’re hoping to make things right, starting here.
But you’re going to have to be patient with us.
Due to some of the aforementioned restrictions, it’s going to take us a day or two to get make this happen. Here’s an explanation why:
I’m not saying you guys have to do anything for us, but in reality, any help you could give us in expediting this process (for instance, by turning off the downvote pings so our mods can actually function normally) would be helpful in expediting this process.
Please understand: Our goal was always to have a peaceful migration. We never wanted to interfere with the normal day-to-day operations of your site. We were just trying to hit the ground running.
And you have to understand, Reddit admins were even lying TO US by censoring the actual subscriber counts to the sub.
We thought we only had ~70k subscribers.
The reality was closer to 300k.
Had that fact not been hidden from us by the lying Reddit admins, we might have chosen a different course of action.
The truth is, we just want to integrate peacefully. We’re not here to take over or to tell you how to think. We just want a space where we, too, can enjoy our community and experience it, censorship-free.
And when it comes to Reddit, believe me, no one wants to see that god-forsaken site go down more than me. Many of our users have even expressed the desire to donate to Voat, if it means helping to keep the lights on.
Point is: we want to do right by you guys, and we hope you’ll give us the chance to prove it.
It’s not every day a third-of-a-million people get displaced online. Normally, yes, you guys are absolutely right. We would have loved to handle things by going through the normal paces. This was really something of a Black-Swan event.
The bottom line is that Free speech is a precious commodity that’s in far too short supply these days, online. We want to both exercise it, and preserve it, same as you.
We hope you’ll extend us that opportunity, and bear with us as we course-correct.
Okay, second, I want address the #QArmy at large.
As much as some of the Voat locals may despise it, the simple fact is that /r/GreatAwakening was one of the most vital and important hubs of Q-related activity to date.
And now it is gone.
Part of the reason for its popularity was that it allowed relevant info to travel along a vector with tremendous velocity, carried along by a stream of upvotes. This mechanism, while not perfect (and while also exploitable) worked well enough most of the time for our purposes – and make no mistake; we were on target to surpass a million subscribers in short order – which is why they shut us down. We were a direct threat to their hegemony, so they had to shut it down.
Another reason it proved so popular was, unlike the chans (which are anarchic, at best) it also allowed for “Offensive content” to be filtered out – either by mods, or by the users through the use of downvotes. And if you’ve spent any time on the chans, you know that they’re often filled with porn, gore, and all sorts of offensive material.
Yes, even Q’s board.
It’s important to realize that not all this is organic. A lot of this noise is actually produced by bots attempting to derail the discussion.
That doesn’t make it any easier to pick through, but it’s an essential understanding to have.
So, roughly speaking, autists would be working on the official research boards, compiling all their knowledge, hashing things out – and then someone would repost the most vital pieces of info to /r/GreatAwakening, and usually, it would be upvoted very quickly – often within a half hour of it first appearing on the chans – because people generally recognize and spread valuable content.
And in truth, part of the way I’ve viewed my job here, writing on the site during this time, is as part translator/part filter.
In other words, I wade through rivers of excrement, dive in deep to pull out the gold nuggets, and leave the filth behind.
That level of endurance, that level of discernment is really what it takes to fight an information war.
The “weaponized autists?” That’s what we do at the highest possible level.
And that’s what you’re going to have to do in the coming weeks, too.
Voat is, at best, a stopgap solution.
Remember what Q said:
UNDERSTAND – EVERYTHING is going to go offline at some point, save 8ch.
You won’t be able to find news outside of it, very soon.
And when you’re there, there’s not going to be any vote tallies, or recognizable names to tell you how to think, or what’s important to pay attention to. You can’t see u/NeonRevolt, or u/SerialBrain2 or u/Whoever, because we will all ultimately be #Anons.
UNDERSTAND – There’s not going to be a Reddit, or a Voat, or a Gab, possibly even a Neon Revolt in the coming months.
There’s only going to be 8ch.
(Don’t get me wrong, I have backups of everything – but I’m anticipating the entire Internet going down for a bit, as per Q).
As such, it’s time for the training wheels to come off.
When Q says “Sheep no more,” he means it.
If you watched the clip above, you saw the Spartans talking with the Greek farmers, and potters, and blacksmiths. The Spartans were these warriors who spent their entire lives training. The farmers had just picked up a sword.
That was the #QArmy a year ago.
And as the tale goes, after hearing of the Spartans’ bravery at Thermopylae , the Greeks went back, started training, and came back a year later, a fully-functioning army 30,000 strong:
Do I need to point out to you that it’s been almost a year since Q started dropping?
Even during these early stages, you’ve learned how to fight.
You’ve learned to read the signals, suss out the battle-lines, and anticipate what’s coming.
You’ve learned the true nature of our enemies.
And most importantly, you’ve learned that we strike terror into their hearts.
You keep her awake at night.
He cries in the shower every day because of you.
The Rothschilds and the Payseurs?
They’re, for the first time, terrified that EVERYTHING is about to be taken from them.
And they’re right.
Sheep no more.
But to help speed this process along, 8ch moderators have gone and created a Safe-For-Work #QAnon board, for everyone to use in the wake of /r/GreatAwakening and the eventual transition away from Voat.
This new board can be found at:
Tinyboard + vichan + infinity + OpenIB – Tinyboard Copyright © 2010-2014 Tinyboard Development Group vichan Copyright © 2012-2014 vichan-devel infinity Copyright © 2013-2018 N.T. Technology, Inc. based on sources from Fredrick Brennan’s “Infinity Development Group” OpenIB by Code Monkey ★
It’s designed to basically be a heavily-moderated version of /QResearch/, so the moderators on this board will be removing all porn, gore, etc. as they are made aware of it.
Now, obviously, it is still a chan, so offensive stuff will probably still pop up, but it will be drastically reduced from what you would see on a board like /QResearch/.
Here’s a statement from the mods at /QResearch/.
Third, I want to address why we didn’t go with /v/GreatAwakening.
MANY have complained that we already had a preexisting subverse on Voat; that we weren’t integrating properly, and were in fact, attempting to divide the #QArmy.
I alluded to this in my previous articles, but now I intend to explain in full why we chose to create a new subverse.
Working with 8ch moderators, and r/GreatAwakening mods, we uncovered a trail of accounts that seem to be coordinating in a massive plan to subvert the Q across all platforms, at every turn.
We believe this group uses a number of sock-puppet accounts mask their efforts, but with a little bit of sleuthing, the patterns became quite clear to us.
And we believe that these deep state actors were ready and waiting for us to fall into their trap at /v/GreatAwakening.
And it all starts with the ridiculously-named redditor, u/FartOnToast.
If you go back a couple months ago, you’ll recall that u/FartOnToast was a moderator at /r/GreatAwakening who had come to heads with the rest of the mod team, accused them all of being comped, and started /r/The_GreatAwakening as an alternative.
Both subs existed for a time, often mirroring each others content (as the user-base tended to overlap).
But early on, I was suspicious…
It was about this time that #QAnon himself started to link directly to /r/GreatAwakening (and not, notably, /r/The_GreatAwakening). The thought did pass through my mind at the time that this might have been the big attempt to divide and control the Q community at large – by getting them to march into another, Cabal-controlled sub after feeding them the lie that the mods at GA were comped.
But I withheld judgement (and endorsement of either of these subs) during this time.
In private messages, FartOnToast (who I will only be referring to as FoT from this point forward, because it’s far too ridiculous to type his full name out every single time) tried to court me through several Private messages on reddit, in order to get me to bring my content over to his sub.
And then, there was this message; the first sockpuppet of his I became aware of – by his own admission:
Now, a sockpuppet account, for those who don’t know, is basically just an alt-account used to disguise or obfuscate your activity. Why would someone named (okay, I’ll type it out one more time) “FartOnToast” want to hide their activity?
And note the not-so-subtle Matrix reference in the name.
So FoT uses sockpuppets. Big deal, right?
We started to dig deeper, starting with the lists of subreddits moderated by FoT:
Quite a few you need to pay attention now, too.
Notice, though – r/The_SwampWatch is not listed.
Important to note, however, is that r/The_SwampWatch was created right before r/CBTS was banned from reddit.
It, too, is now banned, as of yesterday:
So now we have a pattern of behavior.
u/FoT would create “alternative” subreddits utilizing sockpuppets (r/The_Swampwatch, by his own admission in the PM to me) under the guise of preserving its integrity, and this would usually happen a month or two before BOTH subs ended up getting banned entirely.
One of the reasons individuals use sockpuppets is to feign the appearance of user activity (or consensus of opinion). This is an old forum-breaking tactic called “consensus cracking.” We talked a bit about this in the Snow White post from a while back, but the idea is, say there are two people who disagree about something. One guy just argues his point on the forum. Another guy creates five sockpuppet accounts to make the one guy feel outnumbered. It’s essentially shouting people down with false numbers, and that’s hard to endure, because people tend to like the safety of groups.
So… with that in mind and given what we already knew… we started looking for likely user activity that FoT would want to obfuscate.
We did not expect what we would find.
Starting at r/AlternativeNews:
The very first post on this very small subreddit run by FoT was by an ELEVEN year old account named, simply, u/Orangutan.
It’s odd that such an account would post such a seemingly random story to a very small, relatively unknown sub… but upon seeing the age of the accounts, note:
This post was made six years ago…
And FoT’s account was created six years ago.
Leading us to believe that r/AlternativeNews was actually CREATED by u/Orangutan, who simply wanted to obfuscate his activities from the average user.
In other words, we believe FoT is one of Orangutan’s sockpuppets.
Now look at the network of subs controlled by Orangutan:
That’s almost HALF of the “Conspiracy” subreddits controlled by one person.
Well, what about the other half?
The link comes from the Orangutan sub, r/ConspiracyFact:
We go to axoltol’s profile and find that he’s the mod of, well..
ALL of these:
So these two accounts control upwards of 90% of the “Conspiracy” talk on reddit alone.
Looking at all the mods on r/Conspiracy allows us to dive deeper:
Note the first account. Here’s the list of sub he moderates:
r/Tidder is a weird one. It’s literally just “Reddit” backwards.
Except… u/Tidder_Q used to run the wiki page for r/GreatAwakening.
He “left” the subreddit with FoT when all that fake drama erupted.
He ALSO mods one of FoT’s subreddits, r/DrainTheSwamp.
Are you beginning to get a sense of the bigger picture here yet??
What did I say in my previous article?
I know that /v/GreatAwakening already exists. I’m also aware of /v/PatriotsSoapbox, and others.
But I don’t really know those people.
Understand: that’s not an implication of their character. They could be very fine, upstanding people doing their best. But if we’re building something and I don’t know you, I don’t know if I can trust you, long term.
If you only knew the people behind the new /v/TheAwakening, there would be no issue. If you could see the countless hours of work they’ve been doing behind-the-scenes for months now, the thankless, dirty, day-to-day grind it takes to run the sites needed to keep this movement alive… well, I don’t think anyone would have any objections to the creation of this new subverse any more.
We had a suspicion at the time that something like this was going on, but we hadn’t had enough time to compile our findings.
We’ve had time now, and so we’re presenting these findings to you, the Q Community.
And believe me, the best is yet to come:
But do you want further proof?
r/The_GreatAwakening and r/ConspiracyFact use the exact same stylesheet to style the look of the subreddit (albeit, with obvious image changes):
But this isn’t limited to the “Conspiracy” space.
Let’s go even further, and look at another of FoT’s subs, r/Mandela_Effect. Who are the mods there?
Who is Ninjak777 and what does he run?
Oh, look at that:
The_Hannity and The_Vlad.
But it goes even further!
Look at who is posting on r/The_Hannity:
Some usual suspects, but also, a new name: u/happeningnowliveIRL.
Let’s check this one out.
Here are some older posts that had been capped by someone else prior to the r/GreatAwakening takedown:
These posts are about 3 months old.
Furthermore, what subs does this account control?
I think I’m seeing some patterns of my own here.
Guys, we’ve just spanned 7 different accounts aged 1 to 11 years old, and influencing hundreds of thousands of users across DOZENS of subreddits – some accounts which directly attempted to not just divide the Q community once – but TWICE.
And we’re pretty sure this all represents just a FRACTION of the sockpuppet accounts being used to sabotage us.
The best part?
Look who was waiting for us all to arrive at GreatAwakening on Voat:
Fartyshorts and lightlytoasted.
Yeah, looks like sockpuppets to me, too.
Whether Srayzie, who runs GreatAwakening on Voat knows it or not, she’s likely already been infiltrated.
So when you see posts like this:
Now you know the answer.
So when you see posts like this:
Send people this article and let them know that, no… we are not meeting at v/GreatAwakening.
The 8ch mods and the r/GreatAwakening mods teamed up to create v/TheAwakening for a reason.
And now you know the reason.
But like I said before, Voat is ultimately just a stopgap solution.
8ch is about to become known world-wide.
I advise you to get used to participating at:
From there, you can click on threads to enter them and read/post, or you can create your own thread. When creating your own thread, you need to fill out the Subject, which will be title of the thread as it is seen in the catalog. The Comment box is the actual content of the thread.
Trust me, the learning curve isn’t as steep as it might look, and we’re going to need to bring the lot of you up to fighting speed very quickly as things intensify.
Thanks for your continued readership, and your trust. I hope you understand; I may not always be able to explain the situation immediately, but I will always try to do what’s right by you guys.
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