Southern Region Orca, the photo is not mine, and is free to use.
I'm sure most Steemians understand that when you vote you are allocating newly created Steem from the inflation pool. The amount you get to allocate is directly related to how much Steem Power you hold. If you have enough Steem Power and you select content that is popular you may even earn some Steem for taking the time to allocate your share of the inflation pool.
That's what the 50/50 Curation/Author change was all about. Now those who are voting retain a larger percentage of Inflation. While this can still be gamed through autovoting, it does favor those who are paying attention and who are engaged with the site.
I noticed today that my calculated vote on @adsup is steadily going up, of course, the vote its self is different depending on what I vote on. You can see this on Steempeak.com
Login in at Steempeak.com hover your mouse over your avatar, click tools, at the top of the page you will see vote value at 100%
A week or so ago on that account, it was $1.20 and yesterday it was $1.63. The reason the amount is growing has more to do with changes of behavior from other voters than the account value going up.
It is value being returned by downvotes and less bidbot voting.
This is the beginning of NewSteem in action. Due to getting larger votes I'm able to spend my votes on more minnows and return to the practice of giving comment votes above the dust level.
I keep asking for names or examples of accounts that were creating excellent content prior to the fork who are now struggling, but no one has dropped even one name. I'm still open to looking for support for those who are struggling if anyone knows of anyone.
I keep getting these angry comments about the little accounts, but I'm asking who and where they are.