Flag incentivization has been my favorite buzz phrase in the era whereby blockchain abuse has grown more prevalent.
As such, I have been working on a number of projects to the benefit of the Steem Blockchain but I haven't really created any personal blog entries about it. Perhaps, I do the community a disservice for not taking the opportunity to get the word out about it so I'm changing that right here and now.
With my latest project, I was concerned about it being controversial at first. A communal flag account intended to target high order abuse which turned into something more with the commencement of the cave troll quest.
A bit of history...
The precursor to @flagawhale is @steemflagrewards. As far as I know, that was the first flag rank system that had been established on the platform. I don't remember the distinct moment where I committed to this idea but I will say that there was a particular witness that was pivotal in it and later witnesses and other respected members of the community rallying behind the idea. It was really something to be part of that and am thankful for all involved.
What spurred from knowing that downvotes, albeit a useful tool for moderating, are not natively incentivized on the system. This actually makes sense; however, as manual review is usually required to get a positive ID on abuse. As sophisticated as bots are, they are often prone to false positives. This is why it is good to have another set of eyes. (Or better yet a community of them)
Both projects can be thought of as two sides of the same coin or, as a friend of mine puts it, good cop and bad cop. They have similar approaches but very different scopes. One is the more clear cut forms of abuse such as spam, plagiarism, scams and schemes whereas the other enters the more subjective realm of reward pool abuse, collusive voting and manipulation.
I'm actually glad it worked out like that. Kind of makes me think of the principle of separation of duty in IT security. They both have their respective lanes and need to stay in them.
I go on a tangent in 3-2-1
It's remarkable how information has a tendency to converge and it is always cool when you can look back and have that eureka moment and realize it after the fact. This can apply to the relationships forming in your mind connecting the structures in code or knowledge of how the various protocols of the OSI model work together in a network. It took me some time before the lightbulb came on and I was able to better grasp the related concepts more holistically. Enough of me waxing about my experience learning things pertaining to my career.
Let's get to the nitty gritty.
@Flagawhale recent activity:
Recently, a number of flaggers switched sides apparently and we are trying to sort through the upvotes (which were previously not saved for efficiency) to determine the difference so that fair rewards may be calculated.
In other words, I need to subtract the upvote rshares from their downvote rshares to ascertain their relative contribution to those who have solely downvoted.
In terms of SP contributes to the cause, @fulltimegeek and @nextgencrypto have been very big supportive as our causes our aligned against abuse. Consider dropping @nextgencrypto a witness vote as well.
Finally, determined proper query for pulling @steemflagrewards mentions with comment body and parent_permlink included to be approved by moderation community.
I have not posted an update in a while but am planning a appreciation project for supporters and just need to tweak the flagrewards script. The flag mention comment retropay campaign is also high on my list. A lot of the developments with FAW will actually transfer over to the SFR project so looking forward to getting things rolling again.
Witnesses that have supported Steem Flag Rewards. Please, consider placing a vote for these community minded witnesses.
Thank you all!
Keep in mind. These projects are very new and have long way to go to mature. We welcome newcomers and established members of the Steem community to be involved. The more the better. We have already demonstrated that together we can solve bigger problems than we ever could alone. It's quite a marvel to behold in my humble opinion.
If you would like to learn more, feel free to contact me on Discord (anthonyadavisii#5095) or Steemit.Chat.
Ok. It's about 3 AM so I better hit the rack. Have a good night, morning, evening everyone... wherever the hell you are. 🙂