Deployment Updates, Improved Power Downs, New Landing Page Copy

in condenser •  2 months ago

In today’s post we’d like to update the community on some of the notable recent deployments made to “condenser” the software behind Steemit.

We are all sad to see it go, but “Welcome to the Blockchain” has been replaced. New users who land on steemit.com will now see “Money talks. Your voice is worth something. Join the community that pays you to post and curate high quality content.”

Improved Power Downs

Steemit.com now allows users to power down less than 100% of their SP. When a user clicks on the “Power Down” button in their wallet, they will be taken to a page where they can select how much of their SP they want to power down. It will provide an estimate of how much STEEM will be disbursed each week.

If the power down will leave less than 5 SP in the account, it will give the user a warning:

Additional Changes

These changes were deployed along with several other enhancements.

Pull Request 1699
A Russian translation file was loaded into condenser in preparation for supporting multiple languages via translations.

Pull Request 1686
Users can now use the middle click on a username and it will take them directly to the user’s blog page:

Left click will continue to open the same user preview page as before:

Pull Request 1695
Additional clarification was added to the user signup process.

Pull Request 1667 and Pull Request 1673
Updates were made to the Welcome page and FAQ.

Pull Request 1732
Streamlined a portion of the new user signup process that was causing delays for some users.

Other Miscellaneous Changes

  • 1055 post cross link #1077
  • fix percent interpolation issue #1690
  • 1153 kill nested steemit proxy urls #1701
  • 1417 retain image proxy url sizing #1723
  • konami-code #1715
  • copyediting localization readme #1730
  • 1707 article page loading icon #1734
  • Add "#" to "Steemit" when using Twitter share #1735
  • Don't hide flag in PostSummary #1739

Bluepaper and Whitepaper in GitHub

The Bluepaper and Whitepaper files have been converted into LaTeX markdown format and committed to GitHub. Instructions to clone the repository and build the PDF from the markdown file are in the readme. Users will now be able to submit pull requests to the repository to update the content.
https://github.com/steemit/bluepaper
https://github.com/steemit/whitepaper

Stay Tuned

We continue to work hard on a lot of changes and we look forward to sharing the details with you as they roll out.

Team Steemit

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Thx. Little things make a difference.
I value about steemit that I can use it on pc, phone and tablet. I don’t want different ui’s on different devices. I’m writing this on an iPad right now. Simple UIs are powerful.

I think the biggest thing that needs to be changed is the display of content. Content needs to have a longer life, I miss so much from people I follow while I get spammed at the same time.

I look forward to all the future changes that are coming.

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I appreciate your hard work...I do have one suggestion that I think you can consider on the main page.....instead of "Money Talks" you can put:

"Mine Steem With Your Mind"

This sounds much more alluring and mysterious.....
I don't know, take a poll, one poll on here, and one on Twitter....let the Steemians decide...

Otherwise, I am happy about your continued hard work. Thank you.

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at the @steemitblog headquarters right now:
"money talks (bitches)!"

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Yes if there could be some way to stress how vital people's consciousnesses are in the process, that would be wonderful. That's one of the most powerful aspects of the platform!

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I became aware of people loving the idea of "mining steem with our minds" from reading people's replies to my post about it. It's a powerful idea.

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That is a very cool thought! 'Mining with your mind', because it's creativity that fuels this platform. Steem is the place to be when quality content is kind of your thing, but it has so many facets and features. Summing all that up in one short slogan is a daunting challenge, however I still think that although the current one is good, there's always a better slogan

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Very powerful, but maybe hard for first time site visitors to grasp. Most have probably never even heard of mining.

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Yeah! Money Talks - Build your Bots. ¡Doesn't cut the mustard here for a newer landing page!

"Mine Steem With Your Mind" ...until..

Earth Landing

Definitely looks more appropiate. Sure! click on the image to read more about this issue. }:)

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I checked the new changes and

Steem is a blockchain-based social media platform where anyone can earn rewards.

I think they just misspelt steemit

I appreciate whatever the dev team is doing and I totally love and support them

However this is my criticism

I don't like 'money talks'

It's makes it looks as if steemit is all about money and work and 'quality content'...

i feel it's immediately going to push people away. Especially people who are lazy

Some People don't care if one can make money from steemit

It makes it look like another job?

That's not what social media is all about right?

Is steemit a social media?

Are we interested in achieving mass adoption or do we just want a site were people can make money by posting quality stuff?

Isn't social media all about connecting people?

When I logged into facebook it's because I want to 'socialize '. I want to see what my friends have been up to.

People already have jobs that pay them

If steemit is all about making money then it's not worth it.

I hate this 'money talk'

'Money talk' sucks!!

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Is it steemit or steem. Am I missing something?

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Steem is the blockchain and steemit is the website. There are other websites that use the steem blockchain like https://busy.org/ Go check it!! https://busy.org/@tojukaka

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Thank you very much @sneak!!!

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I absolutely agree with you, not everyone using Steemit (or indeed the STEEM Blockchain) is all about wanting/needing money. Many many Steemians actually give money (SBD) away every day, this proves that this social media platform is also about social and giving....the original aim in the first whitepaper issued.

It is disenguous to say every one can earn by using Steemit, in fact only a very small percentage of users actually earn a significant income unless they have invested real world money in STEEM.

THe more users Steemit gets will make this issue even more of an obstacle to keeping users if they are not earning....if that is their primary goal...and as I have said that is not the major goal of everyone on Steemit. This terrible "marketing" phrase is not a realistic representation of Steemit and should be debated a lot.

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I love this slogan - it's close to what I have said in a cn post. Steem is an idea platform, not just a blogging platform.

I have no problem with "Money talks." well, because it does...

People coming to this site will notice the dollar amounts beside posts quickly and will naturally want to know why there is money beside posts. And it's explained further "Your voice is worth something. Join the community that pays you to post and curate high quality content." It couldn't be any clearer.

The people who get paid are the ones who:

  1. Write high quality content (those with the voice mentioned above)
  2. Curate high quality content (those who "voice" their opinion on which content they think is valuable and how much); this can also include creating and maintaining communities in the future
  • and those who just come to read, get to read high quality content free from ads (which means a very good reading experience) all for free.

  • as for newbies not making much money when they start out: that's a problem with the fundamentals of content discovery with the current tag-based organization. Right now, it's hard to find content to read, but when communities are implemented, content will be so much more visible. For example, a newbie can make a post into a highly active community with thousands of followers and all those people will see it. He or she doesn't have to build a following on their blog, it's already there. Or they can start their own communities.

another thing

No offence to anyone, but I don't think saying "Mine STEEM with your mind" will work well, because the concept of mining is know within crypto circles by people familiar with cryptocurrencies. I don't think ordinary writers, readers etc will be attracted to the term or understand the purpose of Steemit on first glance. Steemit needs to go mainstream and we need to simplify our message.

Money Talks is great SWEEEEET

I'm no exper but this sure seems to be setting the stage for something very big. Thanks for the improved power down... but I think I will be powering up as much as I can. Can't wait to see what this leads to!

Thank you, @steemitblog for the update.

1- The new slogan "Money Talks" is worth a #discussion. I have just posted a new article for that. Please join the discussion there.

2- I loved the power-down feature. This was very much needed. I have also noticed that it solves another problem: Powering down while delegating SP. Before this update, you could not power down if you had delegated some SP. Now you can.

I hope you continue rolling-out more updates.

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Great job on the improvements! The partial power down feature will really be nice. I have already been seeing some users in the community working on translations for the Bluepaper, which is really cool :)

RIP 'Welcome to the blockchain'.

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LOL.

Even classics have their day

Hahahahaha! I am a little sad also.

Money Talks

really? Suggesting new users they can earn something, completely ignoring the real advantages?

Is steemit, Inc. out of money, or why are they not able to hire 1 decent marketer?

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There are a lot of aspects to the platform, and I'm sure it is difficult to capture the essence of the entire platform in a quick catchy slogan. The reality is that money is one of the big reasons that people join. After they are here, hopefully they find that the platform offers so much more.

Also, just to point out - the fact that your comment is now sitting as the top comment on the post after you received an upvote with more stake than all the other comments goes to show that money does play a big role in the conversations that we have here. IDK if it is that far off the mark..

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Sure many users found Steemit when seeking info about making money, or crypto, or even BTC, but after a while it becomes about much more than that...I'm not saying the rewards aren't necessary of course they are, thats what makes Steemit so different to the other Socmed Facebook, Twitter, Instagram who give you nothing for being involved in their money making completely self centered platforms that are filled with ads and stealing every bit of data about us they can to make THEM even more $$, while giving back nothing to those who actually create the wealth for them. I think they need to focus more on the social aspect with real rewards for being involved as a secondary aspect with the option to invest real money to fast track your reward potential.(reality?).

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How do you condense that down into a catchy slogan?

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(:D my 3cents worth, being Frank)

MORE FRIENDS MORE REWARDS MORE FUN!!!

MORE SOCIAL MORE FOLLOWERS MORE FUN!!!

MORE UPVOTES MORE FRIENDS MORE REWARDS!!!

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Interesting :)

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money is probably the only reason steem is still somewhat relevant.

however, advertising this aspect only lead to disappointed newbies, they will never earn a single cent without investing. yes, there are some exemptions, but the majority won't earn.

further, this will only encourage even more bots, and they're a already a huge pest.

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It is not really saying "join and you will make money". I understand the argument about not using rewards as the primary recruitment tool, but that doesn't seem like what this message is doing.

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I disagree on that point...MONEY is very clearly placed foremost with the by line about quality content lowered in importance. This will lead to a huge increase in users, who ultimateley be disappointed with the rewards they get...leading to bad word of mouth which will really damage this awesome platform.

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"Money talks" is different than "earn money" or anything along those lines. There is nothing in "money talks" that makes any implication of earning.

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Again, as I said about Stellabelles idea, this might be hard for first time visitors to grasp.

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I think even just the word MONEY, in an average person will immediately start them thinking about this socmed platform paying them...it is just human nature, if we see the word money we think either of losing it or having it taken from us, or earning/getting more of it. Steemit is a platform where we can potentially get more of it (money/rewards) but it sholud not be placed foremost in peoples minds when being introduced to this great platform.

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they will never earn a single cent without investing.

This is far from the truth and I'm sure curie and other curation projects beg to differ. There aren't just "some exceptions", a big chunk of users start from scratch and earn their way up by being active.

further, this will only encourage even more bots

There are good bots and bad bots, the bad ones often get countered by the good ones or users that notice them. The majority of users don't join and think "how can I create a bot for this?"

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You are correct, anyone has the potential to earn rewards at a reasonable level, but it does seem to be those who invested real money that are now whales and have huge earning potential, some may say an unfair advantage...but those whales quite rightly can expect a return for their investment of real money which is in many cases 10s or more of $ into STEEM and powering up increasing there ROI even more...is that unfair, NO.

About the bots, the bot population seems to be exploding more and more every day, you are correct in that many are good bots..although operated as a business, and a business main aim is to make a profit. Why are so many of these bots using an auction bidding process instead of flat rates...profit pure and simple. Is it wrong some say yes many say no (by using the services offered in their search for more rewards/money.

Even what many consider miniscule rewards can make a huge difference in a persons life depending upon their geographical location, this is a great thing about Steemit, it is socmed that truly gives back, the focus on money is hower=ver wrong and will backfire badly for Steemit when bad word of mouth spreads if users are not earning. People pissed off with the platfrom will tell many more about that than those happy with it. It is a marketing fact that people who believe they have been "taken" will talk a lot more than happy users.

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Why are so many of these bots using an auction bidding process instead of flat rates...

There is randowhale that has flat rates and most followers, but yeah, each user has the freedom to use which bot they like, in the end supply for the bad or unfair ones will die off.

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Agree 100%, there are only a very small percentage of daily users actually making any real rewards, but the really great things is there are no ads, and they don't use all your data to make more for Steemit Inc.

Focusing most on the money will bring many more users who eventully get pissed off when not earning what they expect (believe they were promised?) which will lead to bad press or bad word of mouth which will be very detrimental to Steemit as a platform. Focussing mostly on money is wrong, really wrong.

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yeah.. good question
I guess 'earn something' it close to zero.

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It's completely reduces the true value of steemit
It makes me sick to my stomach.
'money talks'
I hate it

This is CoOL!

Aaaand they completely missed the point of Steem I guess...

Now it's time to go and hope Busy, eSteem and Smoke Network can market this blockchain a whole lot better.

Remember, it's the social enterprise that has the value, not the money you can get whilst participating in it..

Money certainly does talk. But does it sleep?!

I am liking the new power down option, keep up the good work!

Hello my friend @steemitblog I am your follower and you are mine. This is a reply message as a strategy for you to add votes and replys in your post ... what an interesting topic you handle in your blog, I would like you to do the same with my last post about (fantastic places #2 the Northumberland National Park) https:// steemit.com/travel/@victorlondono/lugares-fantasticos-2-el-parque-nacional-northumberland .... thank you very much ...

@victorlondono

Excellent. These are some welcome, user-friendly changes. I wish I could try the new power down option, but then I'd have to power down, and that's something I sure don't want to do right now.

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Said like a true Steem crusader! Cheers. I feel the same thing when it comes to powering down. It's the complete opposite direction I'm trying to go! :D

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Its not a good idea to power down. steem to the moon!

Usually when I sign up for other services like Netflix, Pandora, or Promotional websites they send me to another screen that allows me to check mark boxes to personalize my experience.

Is their a way that steemit can incorporate a similar method upon sign up from new users and maybe old users who would like to be also added to a particular community or tag?

Just my 3cents worth, being Frank

Come for community, stay for rewards.

That's old one.

money talks.

This new one.


This doesn't seem right, man!

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Come for the community, stay for the rewards is still there. That is the slogan on the welcome page.

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One more!

MAKE MONEY TALK$!?

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This new slogan will backfire very badly for Steemit Inc.

I know you are all very busy people. But:

Updates were made to the Welcome page and FAQ.

On the FAQ page, any chance of putting a date it was updated, and then a method for users to determine what was updated. I have to read the whole thing over now to try and find what was changed. My memory is not that great, so a little help would have been nice in that respect.

As I just recently read on another post, "it is the little things that sometimes matter the most" or something to that effect. So please on the next update try to keep that in mind, a cover sheet of what was changed would have been nice.

That said, thank you for somewhat keeping us informed of changes in the system.

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There are details in the pull request:
https://github.com/steemit/condenser/pull/1667

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Steemit.com now allows users to power down less than 100% of their SP.

I had no plans to power down any time soon but have to admit I'm surprised that 100% was ever a requirement.

By the way, when, if ever, is Steemit leaving beta?

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It wasn’t a requirement, but the UI for it hadn’t been added to condenser (the app that runs the steemit.com website).

We’re shooting for a 1.0 in 2018. Stay tuned.

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Just sometime in 2018, or do you at least have it narrowed down to a quarter? Or at least the first half or second half of the year?

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comes out of beta in 2020

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We're planning to do a 2018 roadmap just like we did a 2017 roadmap, so I imagine we'll have a lot more clarity around that published on/about 1 Jan.

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Ah, ok. Thank you.

Nice! I was just wondering if there was any word from the ol' steemitblog and I'm happy to see there is. I share a bit of uneasiness with other commenters about the slogan "Money Talks..." though I know it is difficult to market these things in a catchy manner.

To me Steemit is such a paradigm-shifting platform that it just doesn't quite do it justice. That being said, I'm fresh out of a replacement phrase. So thank you very much for the update! I'm eagerly anticipating the official phone app releases as this is how most people use social media. I think it'll bring a ton of new energy to the platform!

Thanks for the update. Glad that things are moving along with development. Not a big fan of 'Money talks'. Sounds a bit too commercial in my opinion. For me Steemit is a place where you are rewarded for your contribution to the network. I also think 'Money Talks' will attract people with the wrong motivation. I have no suggestions at this point but I believe it needs to suggest community, fun and reward. Anyway keep up the good work.

Please give me my nested image resizing feature back! img1.steemit(dot)com/###x###/ was a godsend for formatting posts!

Reference noted above?

Or give me another option, @steemitblog, PLEASE!!

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use steemitimages.com instead of img1.steemit.com.

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I will try this. If it works, you are my savior! :)

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I have no idea how to use that. I don't think it helps, at least not with the old method...

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It seems like it is still supported somehow. Sorry, I am not familiar enough with what they changed to know how it works.

If you upload an image directly into the posting editor and use the format that they describe in the comments within the 1723 pull request, does it work? Sorry, it is probably a bit difficult if a way to figure it out, but at least based on the changes in the PR it looks like it is still supported somehow.

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From what this function sounds like, it is meant to "retain image sizing". Which means that you will retain the ORIGINAL image size, not provide an ADJUSTED image size.

The whole purpose of the https://img1.steemit(dot)com/LxW/ function in front of an image was to adjust the display of an image on a post. I believe the original image would still retain it's original size.

If anything, 1723 COUNTERS the https://img1.steemit(dot)com/LxW/ function by ALWAYS forcing the ORIGINAL image size. At least that's what I'm gathering from the function based on what I have read.

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Cool, thanks!

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As a witness, any chance of talking among yourselves and coming up with a Steemit specific markdown guide? I have found several, but none that are steemit specific. I think it would be a big help, and then posted under the FAQ tab for steemit.

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As far as I know, Steemit uses standard markdown. There is a link in the FAQ for that. Are there any 'Steemit specific' things that you are aware of? I can look into it if there are.

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I have not been able to use the pull left/right or center when it comes to pictures, so I must be doing something wrong. The FAQ link is for just very basic markdown, oh well I will learn and find what I need, I did find how to make smaller text. Ended up getting slammed hard by @berniesanders but I did learn the sub command. Thank you for your responses.

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Give this a try. I can add it to the FAQ too the next time I do a pull request.

https://steemit.com/steemit/@steemitblog/new-advanced-formatting-features

Awesome! I'm excited about the communities feature. It's all I'm thinking about now. That will be a game changer. Engagement and interaction will improve significantly and we'll see a more organized Steemit from then on. Thank you so much for your hard work! Keep it up!!!!!

nice improvements! always better!

How about improving the search page of the Steemit?

Wonderful. Everyday Steemit Is progressive. Power down is improved. It is very good news. One day steemit will become no one social site in the world. Keep growing.

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In fact the capitalization of Steemit Inc, with it's 200,000+ users , only a small percentage of those are daily users, and at current capitalization levels, the active daily users have a higher value to Steemit Inc than Facebooks active daily user base...hard to believe isn't it.

Steemit is growing daily, but focussing on money rewards is a wrong direction for them to take.

This is a great update. I am sure it took a lot of hard work. Hopefully there will eventually be an update that allows older posts to also earn rewards but perhaps at a lesser rate.

Great initiatives. Always nice to see Steemit continuing to move forward with new features!

Well done, glad to see new improvement.

looks like some excellent changes. Seems the platform is constantly evolving even if at times it seems to be doing so a bit slow for some people's liking.

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Yeah it is difficult to be patient at times, lol. Things move quickly here... Only been on Steemit 3 months and I'm pretty eager for it to go exponential even though I know there's lots of development to be done.

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I bet those users aren't comparing it to Bitcoins Development. :p

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yeah, Bitcoin's path is complicated to say the least. A split into two cryptocurrencies and a possible third one in November???? Steem is the fastest evolving blockchain technology I know, and it does so with such success

Thanks for the updates.

Some of the links to the pull requests under "Additional Changes" seem to be broken.

Looking forward to all the new steemit updates 💪🏼🙌🏼💯

Amazing post @steemitblog. Finally something big is going to show up

Cool good to hear this!

Konami-Code. Oh Boy! It's been awhile since I played Yie Ar Kung Fu! ;)

Great updates, although some don't apply to me personally yet, I think you are doing a great job with the updates and improvements to help all of the Steemit community. Users being able to find the needed information easily is a great step to keep users involved and the extras added are nice additions. Keep up the great work, can't wait to see more updates.

are the blue paper and the white paper still available as pdf for the less tech savvy?

Steemit ES SUPER GENIAL CON TODAS LA ACTUALIZACIONES QUE TIENEN Y QUE TENDRAN MAS ADELANTE

Can we expect any system for designing feed so that it is not as random as it now is. It makes good post invisible. Also, can anything be done about all the bot accounts that are sucking life out of the platform?

I don't like the "Money talks" message.

Thank you, a small step for...... But we can do a lot more. I hope the developing speed will be faster..

Thanks for your great work! Just to let you know that I have translated this post into Korean for our community :)

https://steemit.com/kr/@segyepark/4r4zds-steemitblog

I like the updates so far. Steemit rocks. It'll be a blast once we leave this beta. Buckle up folks, it's going to be an awesome ride. Go steemit!

it is possible for me to make bluepaper into indonesian language ? @stemitblog ?

Thank you for the information! Is great to see improvements and growth happening. I'm super excited to be part of this platform. :)
Best wishes, @splendorhub

"Improved Power Downs" option will increase steem price . i think it's good for current investors but it's not good for future steem investors .

Thank you very much for the update
I love the fact that now we can power down just a part of our Steem Power
I will follow you from now on to get the news sooner
Thank you very much for your help and support

1686 maybe useful but have to remember try because on the phone now and don' t think there is a way to middle click.