The 1UP team is proud to announce the live version of the first gamified curation trail on the Steem blockchain. With the 1UP system we are uniting effective trailing with quality curation exclusively for Utopian contributions and a hivemind solution for (nearly) all Steemians to participate with an equal voice.
What is 1UP?
1UP is a combination of a new upvote button, an automated voting system and a curation trail upvoting the highest ranking post every 2.4 hours. It is entirely free and aims to reward the best open source contributions on Utopian.io. All qualified Steemians can use the new button, integrated via the @steem-plus browser extension, to give 1UP's to entitled posts deserving higher upvotes in your personal opinion.
With this system we hope to motivate authors to create higher quality content on Utopian in order to receive a significant upvote from the @utopian-1up curation trail. At the same time the system is designed to only include posts that will still receive the big @utopian-io upvote, effectively frontrunning it, to make it very profitable for all trailers lending their voting power to 1UP by following the official 1UP trail.
How To Use The New 1UP Button
To install the new 1UP button you need the free browser extension @steem-plus. You can use it in Chrome, Opera and Firefox. If you already use Steem-Plus please make sure to install the latest version and activate it with the integrated Steem Connect function (It was added with v2.4). For more details about Steem-Plus, its functions (1UP is merely one of many features) and how to install it for your browser please read the latest update post.
Currently the 1UP button appears only on Utopian.io. But we will integrate it into Steemit and Busy as well soon. Only posts that have been manually accepted by a moderator, properly following the Utopian rules, will activate the 1UP button. Posts that are already upvoted by @utopian-io or which have been rejected by moderators will not be able to receive 1UPs. Only Steemians with a reputation of 45+ will be able to see the button. Don't worry if you are lower, you will get there quickly if you are an active user. You can still follow the trail even with a lower reputation.
How To Follow The 1UP Trail
Everyone can follow the curation trail for helping making 1UP bigger and to earn high curation rewards. We are using the open source tool SteemAuto for our trail. You can register a free account there and set it up to follow the @utopian-1up trail. After following the trail your account will automatically upvote all posts upvoted by @utopian-1up which happens exactly every 2.4 hours. For more information about how SteemAuto works check out @scrooger's detailed tutorial. Below you also find an animated GIF showing you just how to follow the trail.
By default you will follow the trail with 50% upvote weight. You can change that to any amount between 1% and 100%. The 1UP system will use exactly 20% voting power every single day or 2% every 2.4 hours. If you don't need your voting power for other things you can set it to 100% to receive the highest curation rewards but you will not be able to upvote any other post on the Steem blockchain without breaking your voting power equilibrium. But even of you just follow 1UP with 1% upvote weight you are still helping and earning higher rewards for this little bit than by manually upvoting random posts with the same weight.
The Utopian 1UP Ranking Website
Each post receiving a 1UP will be tracked on our live 1UP ranking page. Here you will find the current ranking list with the upvote timer for the next trail upvote. The highest ranked post is featured prominently on the top and all other posts with less 1UP's are following below. Besides the current ranking you can also see all previously upvoted posts from today, yesterday as well as an all-time best ranking. When you hover over a post you will get forwarding links to the post on Utopian, Steemit and Busy for reading and upvoting. You will also be able to see the amount of 1UP's received for each post, their cover images, the authors and the post titles.
- You can vote 10 times a day
- You must have a reputation of 45 or more
- You can only vote once a day for the same person
- You cannot vote for yourself
- You cannot vote for a post that has already been upvoted by either @utopian-1up or @utopian-io.
The Team Behind 1UP
Also many thanks to all other contributors, particularly to @kayrex for the cool mascot illustration and to @orelmely for the logo. I would also like to thank all Utopian moderators for testing 1UP and @elear for creating the marvelous opportunity to finance a project like 1UP from scratch with the Utopian.io reward system.
This is just the beginning. We will add more features step by step and test and observe closely how 1UP behaves and how you out there will use the system. We have big plans for 1UP but for now we are happy to just see the system in action and make sure it will be a fair and transparent process for everyone. Also, 1UP is not just a system for Utopian but might serve as well for other platforms like DTube, dMania, DSound, DLive, Slothicorn and so on. We are happy to discuss this with the project leaders in private and find ways to make this the state-of-the-art curation system for the Steem blockchain.