How will you stop it from becoming a cesspit like voat, gab, 8chan, etc.?
What does it try to bring that voat, gab, 8chan etc. didn't?
I do like the anonymity. I quit slashdot because they turned off anonymous coward posting. This one makes you log in but maybe that's unavoidable.
Implementing encrypted PM's as a site feature (mentioned as roadmap item) sound like an invitation for abuse and legal trouble. Probably best to let people deal with that themselves.
I'm interested to know how well this software holds up under load. It seems pretty low tech in implementation strategy.
Every time I have thought of writing something like this, I come back to realizing that we already have a perfectly good uncontrolled discussion forum called Usenet, but nobody uses it any more, for reasons that are pretty weak. The usual complaints are all surmountable, e.g. with moderated groups for those who want them.
Are you going to have an API? That makes some things easier, e.g. the RedReader mobile reddit client is much better than the official one.
In fact why fuss over this web app so much? Implement enough of the reddit API for existing clients to work with ieddit and other web apps can exist too.
I tried to add this comment earlier (about API) and it seemed to save, but then disappeared. Wonder what went wrong.