The recent upheaval about STEEM and the challenges with Hard Fork 20 are simply baffling.
It amazes me how many people "want their cake and eat it too".
I often write about how anyone of us who is here now is an early adopter. That being the case, it will entitle us to payouts that could be mind-boggling. This is an advantage of being in on technologies at an early stage.
We truly are the pioneers of this industry. If it takes off like most of us expect, we will have a front seat for the emergence of a technology that changes the path of humanity. We are forging into unchartered territory.
People want the payoff yet complain when there issues arise. It is as if they think being an early adopter entitles them to the huge returns yet things should run as smoothing as a 20 year old centralized technology.
Welcome to reality. Part of being an early adopter means there are challenges. It is akin to people wanting to be in the early California gold rush and land grab yet complaining there are no convenient stores and paved highways.
Yesterday I wrote that my feeling is that people who want to complain and get upset about what is taking place should just leave. I do not care if we lose a few thousand people over this. Good for them. Go back to the cozy centralized systems that thousands of developers are working at destroying. Allow emotionalism to take hold and prevent the taking of advantage of one of the greatest opportunities to come into most people's lives.
In other words, if you can't take the heat, get out of the fire.
Talk to any developer on here and you will get the same answer. Every issue on the blockhcain is 10x more challenging than on a centralized system. Centralized servers are a cinch to get up and running. Any software updates can take place from point forward. With blockchain, at this point, everything has to go back to the beginning. This requires time for replaying the entire blockchain.
At the same time, trust is a crucial issue. If things are done that invalidate consensus, the entire system risks collapse. This not only applies technologically. We cannot risk things being done that cause the basic rifts we see with other chains. Their forks are mostly out of dispute and result in two chains. This never happened with STEEM. We might not like some of what takes place yet nobody can question the validity of the blockchain.
Were there mistakes made? Sure there were. Could a case be made that delay was the proper tactic? Yes it could. Nevertheless, the witnesses accepted the upgrade, so here we are. Are there things that require attention and improvement? Of course.
The bottom line is you cannot have your cake and eat it too. If you want the payoff of being an early adopter, then you must put up with the issues that arise. There is no other way. If you want a system that can be restarted in a matter of seconds and where upgrades are easily implemented, then Facebook will always welcome you (unless they banned you).
Every situation is a learning opportunity. Technologies advance forward, not from the successes, but, rather, the failures. It is the hiccups along the way that open up the discussion to how we can do things better. It is also what allows someone to take a look at open source software and say "I can do better".
I hope people settle down and realize what is before them. If not, I honestly hope they drift away to another platform. STEEM is for people who are serious about making a change in the world and lifting humanity to levels it never dreamed about.
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