🐳 Have you claimed your Whaleshares STAKE yet?! 🐳 (ends Sept 15th!)

in #bitshares • 6 years ago (edited)

Hey Steemit Friends! 😎

For those of you not "in the know", the complimentary STEEM fork and "social sharing" platform known as Whaleshares is now LIVE! 🐳

If you have a BitShares account, you only have about a week left to claim your possibly sizable WHALESTAKE drop! 😱


The SnapShot took place on August 1, 2018, on Bitshares Block 29222369 at 2018-08-01 03:18:51 UTC. If your BitShares account(s) held BTS, WHALESHARE, or BROWNIE.PTS tokens BEFORE that time, you are eligible for the WLS drop!

While STEEMIT is considered a "blogging platform", Whaleshares is meant to be more of a censorship-resistant "social sharing" platform, with the following goals in mind:

The long-term intent of Whaleshares is to establish itself as a Decentralized Autonomous Cooperative (DAC) where users of all sizes may transparently share and contribute value to their networks of trusted friends and have a voice in the future evolution of the platform itself. We will need individuals to step up and help form the groups that oversee the governance, arbitration, and standards that carry the project forward.

Link: 🚀 Whaleshares.io and BitsharesTalk.io Main Launch!

So... how's it different?!

As you dive deeper into the platform, you'll discover quite a few key differences from STEEM, with even more kewl things to come in the near future... 😎

For example, flagging costs 3 times more than does rewarding, which means it's much more difficult for a single "mean guy", "mean girl", or "mean bot" to "put baby in the corner"! 😭

So, if you've ever been downvoted simply for sharing your opinions or interests (and not for outright plagiarism, which is still shunned upon and should not be rewarded), you'll still have a chance to "find your voice" on the Whaleshares Chain, and have an additional opportunity to be rewarded for your thoughts, for up to 14 days no less! 💃

Cuz censorship is a very slippery slope, and the last thing we all need in this world are more headlines such as Saudi Arabia declares online satire punishable offence, where the Saudis police content for their idea of "quality" ... 😤

"Producing and distributing content that ridicules, mocks, provokes and disrupts public order, religious values and public morals through social media ... will be considered a cybercrime punishable by a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of three million riyals ($800,000)," the public prosecution tweeted late Monday.

Or how about the SEC, who now wants to Keep Tabs on Social Media Posts That Could Move Markets, in order to well, you know, "protect investors from bad quality content" that could adversely effect markets (such as tweets by those pesky short sellers shedding light on corporate shenanigans)... 🙈

Dance and Feel Free to Be Your "Best Self"!

As such, you're welcome to civilly and respectfully express yourself any way you'd like on Whaleshares. You're also encouraged to cross-post content you created to both Whaleshares and STEEM. There's even a tool called MASDACS that helps automate the process for you!

And since Whaleshares is also a "social sharing" platform, it's perfectly okay to share pretty much anything you and your "circle of friends" deem important and useful, even if it's just a link with a small blurb about what you find interesting, just as you would on other social media platforms such as FaceBook or Twitter (except for the rewards, and without all the censorship and shadow banning)! 😮

That leads to another big change on the platform. If you believe a post is worth rewarding, then it should also be worth sharing with your circle as well! So on Whaleshares, when you REWARD, you also SHARE. Pretty cool, ay?

And for those of you who might be worried this will clutter your personal feed (which was my original motivation for creating the "Hide Resteems" script for STEEMIT), you'll be happy to know that you can filter your posts and shares to make them easy to find! 🙌😀

Another "YUGE" change on Whaleshares... 😮

There are no megawhales 🐋 on Whaleshares like you may have encountered on STEEMIT, and there is no delegation to create even more megawhale-type users either.

Currently, the largest "whales" you might encounter on Whaleshares may hold around 1% of the initial 21 Million WLS Supply. This is another reason it will be much more difficult for any one person to censor others, or to control who is considered "worthy" of receiving rewards from the reward-pool. On Whaleshares, everyone's more or less starting out on equal footing, and will have a chance to be rewarded as such.

Furthermore, as an alternative to delegation, and in order to create a stable, long-term economy, larger stake holders are encouraged to further build their WHALESTAKE to back community support WhaleTokens. Not only can these WhaleTokens be used to further reward great user shares, but they can also be used to support and finance other valuable community initiatives and projects as well. Rise up to be a great community member, and you just may have the chance to increase your own WHALESTAKE enough to have your own SMT-style token, and also start supporting your own projects and initiatives!

For those who'd like to dig even deeper into the reasons behind creating the chain, I welcome you all to peruse the "Whaleshares WhalePaper". You can also find a shorter summary of some key features in the following post...

Link: 🔱 Whaleshares Hard Fork 1 Announcement


Well, here's another area that Whaleshares vastly differs. No funds were raised to build it, and there was NO ICO to buy into!

This "grassroots effort" was completely community driven, supported, and financed.

... by the community, for the community ...

Except for the 10% going to the project development team (which currently has little real-world value until people begin to establish a value for it on BitShares sometime in October), the rest is being dropped onto the BitShares, Brownie Points, and Whaleshares communities, which also consist of many respected STEEM users as well.

At the end of the day, just like with STEEM, the only thing that will really bring value to this new chain and token is you, the community, and what you all bring to it.

So, at this point, there really is no way for people to just "BUY IN", besides just creating an account, and hitting the ground running by "sharing" with the community!

HOWEVER, if you do already have a bitshares account, and are pretty sure you have a bit of WHALESTAKE to claim (even if you held 5 BTS in your account before August 1st, you have enough to claim), it'll cost you 1 WHALESHARE (currently, costing about 1 BTS, or U.S. 10 cents).

ADDITIONALLY... If you didn't qualify for the drop, there is still hope! There's another link you can use to create an account by sending 10 WHALESHARE (or currently about U.S. ONE dollar) via bitshares. (more details at the end of this post)

If you still haven't signed up for a bitshares account (Dan Larimer's first crypto project before STEEM), CLICK HERE to create a new one for free. BitShares is a decentralized crypto exchange. As such, I'm quite sure you'll find it to be another powerful tool in your crypto "arsenal", especially as compared to centralized exchanges.


Well, here's the really great part. I've come across many amazing, kind-hearted and talented people during my time here on STEEMIT. As such, I'm in a bit of a position to help "pay it forward" in some small degree, and I welcome you to reach out to me on discord (also @alexpmorris), as I just may be able to hook you up with some WHALESHARE tokens (and possibly even a bit of WHALESTAKE) to help you along so you can hit the ground running.

Granted, I can't do this for everyone, but I'll certainly do the best I can, especially if you drop an awesome share, or if you're among my most loyal and engaging long-time follows/followers on the STEEM platform, always working hard through thick and thin, striving to make our little community here a better place for all...! 😊

Details on how to Claim or Create a Whaleshares Account:

To claim your drop:

  1. Confirm you held at least some BTS, WHALESHARES, or BROWNIE.PTS in your account before August 1st
  2. Make sure you have 1 WHALESHARE token in your BitShares Account Wallet.
  3. Make sure you have at least 0.2 BTS in your BitShares Account Wallet. (Fee)
  4. Go to https://wls.services
  5. Follow the instructions provided in the Official Sharedrop Announcement.
  • Each BitShares account can only claim the sharedrop to ONE Whaleshares account.
  • If you have multiple BitShares accounts, if you'd like, they can all claim to the same Whaleshares account.

💡 If you don't have 1 WHALESHARE token, you can buy one on the DEX with BTS...

Link: WHALESHARE_BTS Market on Bitshares via Rudex

To create an account (nothing to claim):

  1. Make sure you have 10 WHALESHARE token in your BitShares Account Wallet.
  2. Make sure you have at least 0.2 BTS in your BitShares Account Wallet. (Fee)
  3. Go to https://newacc.wls.services
  4. Follow the instructions provided in the Official Sharedrop Announcement.
    The process is the same as 'claiming with a new account'.

If you don't have 10 WHALESHARE tokens, you can buy them on the DEX with BTS...
Link: WHALESHARE_BTS Market on Bitshares via Rudex

Finally, if you think you might benefit from a quick video walkthrough on how to create or claim your new Whaleshares account, click here to check out Candi's excellent video tutorial!

Also, be sure to join the Whaleshares Official Discord and introduce yourself to others in the community if you haven't done so already. There are many other people there willing to help you if you run into any stumbling blocks along the way!

As always, I appreciate your upvote, your follow and all your comments!


Love how my own blog posts and re-shares are organized on the Whaleshares site. One of many useful features - thanks!

glad you like it @michellectv, definitely makes things a bit easier right off the bat! :D

Yes! I've always wished that feature was here... I'd resteem more often if it did (hate when resteems clutter my content feed - looks chaotic).

Anyway, it's available now on Whaleshares, so thanks again for incorporating that! :D

Still have to do it, I did send a wls to the account and will ask for help before "the end of times" haha thanks for reminding!

looks like you already do have an account there @warrkin, but yeah, get a move on claiming your WHALESTAKE before it's too late! 😱 lol

Will ask dan the dude for help :)

I just did and paid whaleshare through bitshare but when I try to log in it say name does not exist... What could be the issue?

did you do "claim" or "new account"? cuz that usually happens if someone used the 1 WS claim link, but didn't have enough to claim (or the bitshares account was created after the August 1st snapshot). In that case, you need to use the "new account" link and send 10 WS.

If you haven't already, make sure you join the Whaleshares Official Discord, and they can look into it for you as well in the #claim-process-support and #new-account-support channels! :)

Yep, did my home work, though I'm not sure what to do with my remaining ws now :)

Hey Priscilla, thanks for stopping by! 😁

If you know of other great peeps that have yet to create an account, feel free to send them some so they can get on board too!

Besides that, they're still worth quite a few bucks on the BitShares DEX as well! 😉

I did it!! Feeling quite chuffed with this accomplishment and looking forward to seeing how it all plays out

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congrats on claiming @riverflows, looks like someone even sent you a bit of WHALESTAKE to go with those fries! :D

Ha yes @kenistyles was my main man for helping me get it all happening!

The new Whaleshares site is nice, but I have never seen a more difficult sign-up process. The website was not behaving according to instructions, and and it took me over a month of trying every few days to get in. But, I finally made it there and glad the problems were finally fixed!

So, is the new Whaleshares site on a side-chain of the Steem blockchain, or on a completely different blockchain? Some things I'm seeing make me think it's the former, and some make me think it's the latter.

Your post is very informative as well as entertaining in the way it is written! BRAVO for that! And, that one graphic of the infinity glyph with the calendar symbols on it is brilliant! I see the solstices and equinoxes, the major holidays, climate symbols, all in the proper sequence! It's is incredible! I can tell you are someone to follow! 😊

thanks for the kind words @thekittygirl, and glad you found it helpful! I thought that graphic was terrific too when I came across it. I can't take credit for it though... as that goes to johnhain@pixabay:


There was some confusion for people about the claim versus new account process, but things seem to be going pretty smoothly now. for example, some people thought they were in the sharedrop but weren't, and then had to use the "new account" form (which wasn't even originally planned for due to the "bitshares" dynamic).

Also, Whaleshares is not a side-chain, but a STEEM software fork. As such, it is also a completely different (albeit complimentary) blockchain, although it does remain compatible with the STEEM API for development purposes (granted a few minor changes, such as chain_id, asset name, and public key prefix).

Hmmm so all I did via email to confirm my email to get a whaleshares account was totally useless? The above is what I would need to do in addition?

if you don't currently have an account, then yes, you would have to go through one of the above processes. if you have a bitshares account with at least a few WHALESHARE and BTS in it, you should be able to claim by using the claim form ( https://wls.services/ ) and sending in 1 WHALESHARE to wlsbts along with the appropriate memo. If all goes well, you should be ready to go a minute or so later!

Just make sure to write down all your keys and keep them all safe. To login, you need only use your posting key. :)

I have a bitshares account but no Whaleshare in it - also need to be back in Germany to access this - back this Friday. Thanks for the heads-up.

Thank you for the information.

Appreciate your assistance in getting the Whaleshares account set up.

Bitshares is a favourite.


hmmm, I can only wonder... "according to who"???!!!! 😱

I really dont UNDERSTAND how to claim whaleshares. So i sorted a bitshares wallet. And have keys for whaleshares. But how do i transfer 1 whaleshare and where does that come from?? So confused...

send it from you're BitShares account on the dex

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