I'm responding to @midlet here on steem
The core of the problem:
Nice to hear your voice on some of these subjects @midlet. I think the simple truth that hardcore steem users always tend to ignore is the steem ecosystem can be gamed to a horrendous degree. The protocol is also incredibly fragile, and centralized in design and in monetary supply.
People can write huge posts, or talk for an hour about all the ways to make steem better, (i've been there and done that, doing it now) but the reality is that there will never be any user generating dAPPs on steem until steemit inc starts acting like a majority stakeholder, the business owner. If then the system as a whole acknowledges that it is only a partially distributed product, this means big stakeholders start forcing each other accountable. Once there is either accountability or proper distribution, then maybe steem stands a chance.
The majority of people with a large stake on steem got there through ring voting, vote trading, vote selling, voting bots and the very exploits which makes steem a terrible business choice for any developer, see the problem here? This will never change.
steem is bad for users:
As you say there is very little utility in the design of any app on this blockchain, so why would there be any users? I liked your analogy of comparing steem to reddit with only one subreddit. Even without that comparison, anyone I show steem either can't get an account, or find the interface to be confusing or ugly. I spent the better part of two years building close to 1000 followers on steem. Even so, i bet I won't get more than 5 views on this post. With no users, developers outside of crypto will never use this clunky system.
Steem is bad for developers
Developers within the crypto ecosystem have better choices of blockchains. Plain and simple there are better options, ones which are properly distributed, are more robust as protocols, that have tools for building and testing on the platform, have healthier less inflationary ecosystems with working stablecoins. With better options for developers within crypto, why would any of them build on steem?
steem is bad for investors
I've powered down because of all the reasons above, steem is bad for investors of most types. The profitable ways of using a stake on steem are really backwards to me, so why hold money on this platform, the illusion of power? As a place to publish material it can still be worth it, some might find genuine community here, others might find a grind or D to suck that is worth their time.
It's just not an attractive system for any kind of organic growth to happen.
So my question is:
How powerful is your voice here on the platform? How many people are you actually reaching with each post, and how many of those writing the rules and developing on steemit are interested in your recommendations?
Keep your dreams alive
My recommendation for everyone is:
Continue to test steem and other platforms, find ways to build a larger audience that isn't reliant on one platform, for example : check out my post about the use of RSS feeds on steem. Keep the dream that brought you to steem alive, that is most important.