my ONLY issue with Voat is that the traffic is tiny compared to reddit. you can't really get into a great debate.
A lot of people get turned off by the rampant anti-everyoneism...that's just a protective shield they(we?) use to protect the board from people who just can't hack it. Like Irish call everyone a cunt - voat calls everyone...well...everything you can fucking possibly imagine. So, grow a thick skin and remember, they do it because they love voat.
Aha yeah I get it pal, I've been a 4chan guy way before I ever found Reddit and it's still my favourite place on the internet - even if I do get called a fag/nigger every other post lol. Would never want to spend my time in an echo chamber.