Burned tokens, rewards, and inflation summary January 14, 2023: 110K SP, 75K STEEM, and 909K SBD burned in 35K burnsteem25 posts

in #blockchain-metrics11 months ago (edited)

Steemit launched the #burnsteem25 initiative on May 22, and the corresponding rewards started being delivered to @null on May 29. Subsequently, on August 9, Steemit announced that they'd be monitoring post promotions daily. Here is the next weekly update with PowerBI charts to visualize the burned token-related statistics since those dates.

Note that I'm changing the headline numbers because I realized that the SP+STEEM estimate that I've been using doesn't account correctly for people using 100% power-up.

Slide 1 & 2: Burn amounts in beneficiary rewards and transfers to @null. (Weekly & All time)

According to data from steemdb, weekly totals were about 2,743 SP in burned beneficiary rewards and 0.03 SBD burned on promotion with 660 burnsteem25 posts (~4.2 SP burned per post). This is down by 96 from last week's 756 posts. There were no new entries in the all time top-4 list.

The numbers in these slides will differ slightly from the numbers in slides 5 & 7 because of different data sources and collection times.


Steem blockchain, Weekly burn totals for the week ending January 14, 2023

All time

Steem blockchain, burned tokens summary from May 29, 2023 through January 14, 2023


Top sidebar summary cards show total number of STEEM, SP, and VESTS burned, as well as the total number of posts with @null beneficiary settings.

In the center-left sidebar is a new table showing the top-4 days in terms of burned beneficiary rewards.

Bottom-left sidebar summary cards show totals for SBD burned in post promotion.


Top-left is a graph showing the number of posts and average SP burned per post by month.

Top-right: This shows the VESTS and the estimated SP beneficiary rewards burned per month.

Middle-left: This is a graph showing the number of posts and average SP burned per post, by day.

Middle-right: This shows the daily VESTS and the estimated SP beneficiary rewards that have been burned.

In all of the above graphs, VESTS are shown against the left axis, SP and STEEM are shown against the right.

Bottom: SBD transfers to @null. As readers are likely aware, SBD transfers to @null can get a post added to the /promoted page. The visualization on the left shows a monthly aggregation of SBDs transferred and a count of unique senders. The visualization on the right shows the daily record.

Slide 3: Rewards summary

Unchanged from the last fifteen weeks is that SBD printing has remained paused due to continuing sluggishness impacting the price of STEEM (and crypto markets at large). With the present SBD supply, it looks like the median on-chain price for STEEM needs to get back to about $0.252 for SBDs to start printing again. The 90 day total of 86K burned and 5.03M in overall social rewards yields a rough burn rate of about 1.7%.

Steem Blockchain, 90 day rewards summary, January 14, 2023

Note that we could reduce the SBD supply by 1,000 per day if the "Reduced inflation proposal" proposal gets enough votes to go above the return proposal. That would lower the STEEM price needed for SBDs to start being issued to authors again by reducing the percentage of outstanding debt.


Curator rewards use the scale on the right, author and beneficiary rewards use the scale on the left. Thus, curation rewards appear to be scaled down relative to author & beneficiary rewards. Beneficiary rewards for @null in this chart (red) have been adjusted in order to account for both SP and liquid rewards. The top graph shows the monthly aggregations, and the bottom graph shows daily totals.

The new top-left sidebar shows estimates for the 90-day total of distributed "social rewards" (author, curator, and beneficiary), the 90-day total of curation rewards; and the 90-day total of burned beneficiary rewards.

The new bottom-left sidebar shows estimated daily 90-day averages for the same three values. In both sidebars, "social rewards" are calculated as [curation rewards] * 2. Based on these estimates, the burn rate is about 1.9% of all social rewards (this excludes interest paid for staking, rewards to witnesses, and SBDs to the SPS).

Slide 4: STEEM & SBD Supply as well as vested (i.e. staked or "powered up") STEEM

Noteworthy this week is that liquid STEEM as a percentage of current supply and of virtual supply increased for the third week in a row (top-right and bottom-left charts). Also, the current blockchain inflation rate is now running around 6.84%, which is down from last week's 6.85% and from 6.89% when I started tracking it on November 26, 2022.

Steem blockchain, supply and inflation measurements, January 14, 2023

The card in the lower-right corner shows the inflation rates for current_supply and virtual_supply, as calculated from the SteemDB API.

The top-left image provides a summary view of current and virtual STEEM supply, current SBD supply, liquid and vested STEEM, and the amount of STEEM reserved as collateral for paying off SBDs.

Collateralized STEEM and current SBD supply actually represent the same value expressed in terms of STEEM or SBDs, respectively. They're aligned differently on the graph because they use different axes.

The top-right graphic now contains a zoom-in on "virtual STEEM Supply" (left axis) and the ratio of liquid STEEM / virutal STEEM supply (right axis). As we learned, here, virtual STEEM supply is heavily influenced by price, so with STEEM prices down, it's not surprising to find the virtual STEEM supply increasing. The up-side of this is that it's now possible to burn more collateralized STEEM per SBD with post promotion.

The bottom-left visualization now contains the ratio of liquid STEEM / current STEEM supply (left axis) and a zoom-in on Current SBD supply (right axis)

The chart on the bottom right shows the value of SBDs in terms of STEEM, according to the blockchain conversion rate, not external markets. This is the inverse of the blockchain's: internal price (which is different from the actual feed median, for reasons that I don't currently understand).

Now, here are some more details about each of the values

ParameterAxis (left/right)MeaningComments
SBD SupplyrightNumber of SBDs in circulationEquivalent in value to collateralized STEEM
Collateralized STEEMleftNumber of STEEM needed to pay off all SBD debtEquivalent in value to SBD Supply
Vested STEEMleftNumber of STEEM staked as STEEMPOWER
Liquid STEEMleftNumber of STEEM that's not staked or needed for SBD collateralCalculated as (Current STEEM supply - Vested STEEM)
Current STEEM supplyleftNumber of STEEM in circulation
Virtual STEEM supplyleftNumber of STEEM in existence

Slide 5-7

Instead of using steemdb.io, here are the newer visualizations - straight from the blockchain's API. These cover the last week, the last month, the full burnsteem25 era, and throughout the entire blockchain's lifetime.

Last week

Steeem blockchain, Weekly burned beneficiary reward summary, January 14, 2023

Last month

Steem blockchain, monthly burned beneficiary reward summary, January 14, 2023

May 29 to present (The burnsteem25 era)

Steem blockchain, burnsteem25 burned beneficiary reward summary, January 14, 2023

All time

Steem blockchain, all-time burned beneficiary reward summary, January 14, 2023

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Thanks for reading!

For links to updates from 2022, see:


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I knew many steemit functions but I didn't know that if one sent 25% of our reward to null it was for token burning.

Yeah, that came up while you were gone, I guess. Steemit is watching the #burnsteem25 tag for authors who set a 25% beneficiary to @null.

I understand and how it benefits one to use that label.
What benefits does it bring to steemit?

My understanding of the idea is that reducing the number of STEEM that are going into circulation might make the remaining tokens more valuable. i.e. typically in economics when the supply of something goes down, it drives the price up.

I understand I began to investigate on the internet about the burning of toque but I already knew the information about it, the curiosity was that it benefited us. I understand that with the burning of tokens the outflow of capital from the platform decreases and by default the market price increases a little.

But that goes to the fruit of the person who plans to take out their steem in the long term. Well that's what I'm thinking.

Here there are many accounts that are voted in a circle and spam with votes in their crap comments, one or two spammers that do this does not affect the system, but many accounts do.

Haejin has been making money out of Steemit for years, making 11 publications a day that practically teaches nothing, they fought to end him but nobody could, he continues with the same thing. that is an outflow of money that bleeds steemit.

Yeah, it seems like you understand the reasoning behind it.

You're also right that there are quite a few accounts who are cashing in by spamming the blockchain, and that's (probably) working against the token value. It's like we have two parallel ecosystems that are working in opposite directions. It has been that way for most of the time I've been here.

Well, you are on the good side while I am on both sides because I have to withdraw my steem out of necessity while the bad ones do it out of greed.

I don't think there's anything wrong with cashing out. My main concern with the bidbots and other players like that is just that they're intentionally distributing rewards to spammers.

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The burning of coins is quite slow, I am glad that there are regular users who burn coins weekly. Recently, the steem coin has gone up due to an increase in the price of bitcoin. It's a pity that the attitude is kept at one low level. I hope that the coin will still go up in price to bitcoin.

Steem burning events are fine. It needs work to make it sustainable. your work is very effective, thank you.

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