You may know me as the guy who co-founded steempress, or more recently, you may know me as the guy who created https://downvotecontrol.com. You can find the original post where I explain the motivation behind the project here : https://steemit.com/downvotes/@howo/introducing-downvote-control-tool-an-open-source-downvote-tool
Downvotes play a very big role in the proof of brain economy. Without it, the system can’t really work. As we’ve seen over the past few years. Now that we have hard fork 21, we have free downvotes, which means that you can now downvote people without losing on curation rewards. It’s very important that we all contribute by downvoting bad actors so the good actors can rise.
The issue is that finding bad content to downvote takes time, even more if you want to downvote right. And you get free downvotes every day which means that you have to be there every day to downvote stuff if you don’t want to waste downvoting power.
I don’t have that much time nor do I know enough about bad actors to easily find them. So I created https://downvotecontrol.com. It’s a tool that lets you easily automate your downvote, either by trailing your favorite abuse fighting steemiants, or by countering the votes of your "favorite" abusers or bidbots.
There has been a lot of enthusiasm around the tool, and a lot of people reached out to me to ask for specific features to be added. And since this tool was made in a hurry to make sure it would come out as soon as hf21 hits, a lot of the planned features were scrapped.
Hence this proposal. If this proposal gets funded I will add the following features to https://downvotecontrol.com.
KeyChain support :
This one is pretty much self explanatory
Add your friends or users you know are good users and they won’t be downvoted
Voting mechanism overhaul
I will completely rewrite the way votes work to take into account your voting power (aka how much rewards you remove) so that you can either exactly match the upvote in the case of a counter upvote or put the post to 0 (or as close to 0 as possible) in the case of a trailed downvote.
This will really drastically improve the efficiency of the tool. It will go from a relatively rough downvote to a laser focused downvotes. To help you use less downvoting power and/or fight abuse more efficiently.
This will obviously be configurable so that you don’t allocate too much voting power to a single trail.
Hf21 means free downvotes allows you to hit bad actors, well sometimes those actors tend to retaliate and try to hurt small users to discourage them from participating in downvoting. This will allow you to counter their
Fighting evil and defending the minnows, what more can you want ?
In #newsteem culture, stacking bidbots is discouraged, this is an option that will allow you to set a ratio of bidboted rewards vs organic rewards when countering upvotes. And if the ratio of organic to bidboted is too high, you’ll downvote.
This option will be available for all of the current downvoting options (trail downvotes and counter upvotes).
This option would make you downvote any post in trending that used bidbots. This would also be configureable with the bidbot percentage. This would make trending more of a result of proof of brain and organic curation instead of a list of all the most bidboted posts. (props to @heimindanger for the idea)
Word count limit
Downvote if the post has less than x words. This is a setting is related to all the trails.
Use your voting power
This option allows you to use your free downvotes and if you run out also use your normal voting power to downvote.
UI and UX improvements
The UI is currently very crude and the UX could help with a lot of changes, so I will remake it so it can support all these new features without
downvotecontrol.com is open source
All of the work above will be published directly on the public repositories, which means that everyone will see the code and will benefit from it. Anyone will be able to run their own version of https://downvotecontrol.com, modify it, innovate on it, run a clone or even just take some code for their own projects.
Overall the whole steem ecosystem benefits from this tool, the developer who can learn from it or pick some of the logic, the regular user who can easily downvote, the abuse figthing group who can ask people to follow his trail and thus fight abuse more efficiently without asking for delegation or ask people to downvote things manually, and the whole steem ecosystem that goes towards being a place with less abuse and where rewards goes to quality content.
You can find the source code here :
I am asking for 66.5 SBD a day over a month (30 days), which amounts to 1995 SBD
The payments from this proposal will be powered up
I am a long time believer in steem, I have never powered down ever since I arrived on steem
two years ago. I am now working full time on steem and I still power up almost all of my earnings from my work with @steempress,because I believe in this project with all my heart.
So all of the SBD this proposal will be converted to steem and powered up. I don’t see it being any other way.
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