People ask me if I am afraid of Artificial Intelligence and I answer with a "no". When they ask why, I tell them my simple reason:
Because we will finally have some intelligence in the room.
Reading the events of the last two days on discord, Telegraph, and now, on here, I can see that emotionalism rules the day. It is no wonder so little can get accomplished.
The results of Hard Fork 20 opened Bitchfest 2018. People were coming from far and wide to throw their highly thought out, two cents in.
There are a few things we need to keep in mind. Hard Fork 20 was a software update. This was a rather large one that, since this is blockchain, needed to reach consensus going back to the first block. That is how it works. This is not something that is started from wherever we left off. To replay the entire blockchain takes hours and that is what the witnesses had to do once the patch was deployed.
There is a couple things all software developers understand.
Rule #1: there will always be bugs
Rule #2: you never know where the bugs will be.
When deploying something like this, there are going to be issues. In fact, I believe that insight was provided before the Hard Fork:
Notice what it says in bold:
There will be things that go wrong with the hard fork, so prepare yourself for it
Of course, once Bitchfest opened up, there was no stopping it. The problem with this nonsense is that there is nothing productive that comes from it. I have little patience for those who just want to complain, especially with little knowledge.
I read one dimwit on Telegram who posted this is the end of STEEM. Does this person even have enough sense to get out of the rain? Because it is obvious what is going on.
Here is a question for everyone: do you prefer how things were? Did you like the sign up system and the fact that it took a week or more to get approval? Do you think that was a recipe for long term success on STEEM?
Do you realize what the Hard Fork did?
One of the main changes was to allow a different way to onboard users. The goal is not to have 1M or 2M accounts on STEEM but tens of millions. The development team is looking at making sure this blockchain is able to handle hundreds of millions of users.
And yet you want to complain about your voting power being zapped for 5 days while the new update seeks out equilibrium?
The potential for 100M users or full VP for 5 days? Tough choice.
Of course, we all know this is the fault of the Steemit development team. They are all a bunch of know-nothing morons.
I found this idea, which was on discord, absolutely laughable. Obviously, this person has no clue that Steemit has zero authority to do a Hard Fork like this. That is a central tenet of DPOS. The only ones who can implement a change like this is the Witnesses. It is their responsibility to decide whether they run the upgrade or not. They can negate it simply by not running the software.
Naturally, this did not happen.
So where do the witnesses come from? WE VOTE FOR THEM.
In the dropdown menu on the right side of Steemit there is a tab that says "Vote for Witnesses". Anyone want to guess what that is used for? If you said to vote for witnesses, congratulations, you get to clean the bathrooms tonight as a prize.
I took a quick look on steemd at the accounts of some of the more outlandish comments. Does it surprise anyone that they voted for few to no witnesses? Probably not.
There were many who are screaming that the Hard Fork should have been delayed. Yet there are few arguments that make any sense. The truth of the matter is the witnesses had 30 days to tie into the testnet and see what would happen. As @lukestokes candidly stated, most of the witnesses did not put forth as much effort as they could have.
If they didn't do it in 30 days, what makes anyone think they would have done it over the next two weeks? Or month? Or two months? The answer is they most likely would not.
There is one argument that I read which did make sense by @intelliguy. It was pointed out that going forward with an update after the community was slugged in the face a week ago (my terminology) by the blockhcain going down was not smart.
In technology, when you disrupt your userbase... you don't follow through with your next upgrade immediately. People are still recovering from the last outage.
You have to bring some homeostasis to the platform.
This is a very candid view of things and an outlook I can buy. Giving the userbase time to get their feet planted might have helped. However, as I just mentioned, there is nothing to say that the witnesses would have aggressively tested the network even if there was a delay.
Either way, in spite of the troubles. this update is a great thing for STEEM. Yes, we have to wait a few days for our VP to power up which really sucks. And, when that happens, there is nothing that says other issues might not arise. Remember, we have no idea where bugs will come from.
That said, this is a much better system than what we were dealing with before. The sign up process was holding STEEM and, more importantly, the applications back. This will allows a big release once the RC details are worked out. The potential of the "floodgates opening" is very good.
Some are saying people will leave because of this. My view is "let them". STEEM is for people who have the foresight to see what is taking place. There is a great opportunity here for those willing to weather the storm.
As they say, "if it was easy, everyone would be doing it".
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