DSound - Is this the end?

in #dsound5 years ago (edited)

My dear Steemian friends,

As you are probably aware, Steemit Inc has removed the DSound delegation last Sunday.

And I'm affraid this is the end of DSound on Steem!


Nahhh... Of course not! :)

Yes, this was just click-bait... Now that I have your attention, let's get this out of the way first:

What is the impact of the delegation removal to the DSound project? Absolutely none!

What's the impact of it to the DSound community? Devastating! But only temporarily...

Who is @prc?

I am a Portuguese guy, 21 years old plus VAT (the taxes are huge nowadays) and a libertarian philosophically.

I have joined Steem in July 2017. Loved this platform and above all its community.

I am a life long software developer professionally, a musician, DJ and Music producer as a life long hobby, who was trained in Industrial Engineering and Economy academically.

I have found this platform the perfect environment to launch my DSound decentralized application and to help musicians around the world to monetize their music.

What is DSound project?

Logo Full.png

DSound is a decentralized web application that allows anyone to upload, listen and discover music and other sounds stored on top of the IPFS Network.

It uses STEEM blockchain as a persistent database so, by posting their sounds, the authors can earn rewards in cryptocurrency when other users like and upvote their content, which can be exchanged easily to US Dollars, Euros or any other currency, with a look and feel very similar to Soundcloud.

Check DSound Intro post for more details

Who is DSound community?

The DSound tribe (as I usually call my community) is composed of musicians, artists, composers, song writers, podcasters, music producers, poets, sound recorders, and anyone that creates audio content.

Many of these create and publish their work daily on DSound, and count on DSound to monetize their work as part of their living income strategy.

I will not list these because it would not fit this post, as the creators on DSound are more than 5K today and some +30K of listeners and music lovers...

If you want more details, you can check our annual report.

And what about music initiatives?

Iniciatives supported by DSound?

DSound has supported many music related iniciatives on Steem consistently, like:

among many others...

And where is the community?

DSound Discord Server (the tribe is connected)

Here is where the DSound community hangs out. Please join our Discord server at:


There you'll find many channels where everybody from our community gets together, making DSound even better.

If you need any help, please chat with our moderators who have done a great job in making this server a great place to hang out! Also check their work on DSound since they are content creators as well:


And DSound is this! <3

So what happened?

No clue... As you all can see DSound has been very active and dynamic in the Steem community!

First of all let me thank Steemit Inc for the delegation that they provided to the DSound community for around one year. It was amazing as it empowered many sound content creators around the world in a way never before seen! :)

Having said that, this was what happened:

Last Sunday I woke up early and was really into some development I was doing Saturday night, so I dove right into programming without the usual morning routine of going through all DSound indicators... Then some message on Discord from @pennsif stroke me:

-- "Sorry to hear about the delegation going"

I went to check @dsound account and it was real... Steemit Inc or @ned, in the form of @misterdelegation had removed their delegation without any notice.

As the minutes went by, while I was trying to control my impulses, many members of DSound community were contacting me about it... It caught everyone by surprise! We had absolutely NO warning whatsoever to try to find any way to soften this blow, either to the platform or its active users.

Considering the amount of people this action could impact - it felt a bit callous and unprofessional.

I was informed by my community that @ned was present in the PAL Discord radio show and that he wrote this in reply to the community on their chat channel:


And he is right, but for the wrong reasons!

He would have heard from me if he had not left me waiting for him in a restaurant in Austin, in a meeting scheduled weeks beforehand, when I was there on business. Or the same if he would have stayed for more than just a few hours and then disappeared on SteemFest3 in Krakow. These happened all in 2018, and the later in November...

So I wrote to him, and waited to get his reply, as I was really surprised by this stance:


And this night I got the reply:

Well... I will not comment this as all the words that come to mind wouldn't really suit the tone I want for this post.

Don't get me wrong, and so that it is perfectly clear - I have never asked @ned or Steemit Inc for a delegation!

In fact it only slowed DSound project down, as I had to dedicate a huge amount of work to figure out a good way to curate DSound content, instead of dedicating it to the development of the project.

But I did it because of DSound community!

They are the ones for whom this delegation was granted and DSound team - as subjective as my opinion can be - did a very good job at that! In our trending page at any given time you could find the most varied content, and only great content!

So as the community leader, and only in this regard, I need to challenge @ned, and Steemit Inc, to explain what were the so-called reevaluation criteria that they used to decide for the DSound delegation removal, disrespecting all its community that is actively contributing great content to further the platform as a whole and living the Steemit dream?

It is the DSound community of Steemians that will suffer with this strange move, and they deserve an explanation!
And please don't insult us with vague answer and circular arguments... :(

And so - Now what?

As a matter of fact, for DSound project as a whole, the delegation removal is somewhat irrelevant.

Well, if DSound was managed like Steemit Inc, who recently discovered that cryptocurrency is volatile, and with a 70% depreciation in STEEM value had to layoff 70% of staff, then something like this would mean a layoff of 95% to 100%... so me included! ahahah :D

But this is not the case, DSound is not affected by this at all!

Of course it will require some cashflow readjustments, but all major fixed costs were already accounted for by project means and so are not dependent on the delegation.

I knew this day would come - actually I didn't expect it to last one year - as the initial delegation was 2.2M and one month after was silently "reevaluated" to around the 900K, that lasted until now.
The lack of communication and respect for developers is sadly not a new thing - and I am surprised this is a rightful and ethical way to do business.

But the community will be penalized by this! Severely!
Had I been given any kind of warning - I could have done something to try to smooth this transition as much as I could.
So brace yourselves for a bumpy ride!

If you are someone who depended on DSound to make the ends meet - and I have been contacted by dozens of people during this journey, which I won't name here to respect their privacy - my thoughts are with you, so hang in there.

We hope that this crisis will only last a small window of time! Calm down guys, I think I have it all figured out and I'll share more details with all of you in @dsound's next post, that should happen shortly!

Together we can make this a new dawn for DSound platform and our community!


We don't really need charity. We might feel unfairly treated - but we are free now.

DSound is one of the strongest communities in Steem and we'll show it!

Stay tuned to @dsound posts the next few days to know it all...



"Music is what feelings sound like"
DSound <3 Music

And If you trust us and approve what we do in the Steem ecosystem, please give us your Witness vote to help us continue this journey...

Design by @aleister

You can vote for @dsound as a Steem Witness here: Vote with SteemConnect

... but if you prefer the oldfashion way, please go to:

and vote for @dsound :)

You might not find us on the list yet, so please use this field to vote:

Alternatively you can set @dsound as your proxy, so that you follow the witnesses we vote as well. This might be interesting for all of you that don't know that well for which witnesses to vote... To do so use this field:

Note: You will need your active private key or your master password for these operations.

Thank you guys! :)


Glad to hear dSound will continue as a project. It definitely is a shock for a delegation of that size to be pulled - but I am hopeful that the steem ecosystem can pull through this.

Steem is not Steemit! Steem is a blockchain and a community, and that is what we all love! :)
Steem is strong and will handle this and more! As DSound community is one of the strongest in here, so this will be just a walk in the park in few weeks...
Thanks! :)

Ned is sometimes weird. I personally think that DSound is one of the best Dapps on steem, even though I don't use it.

At the same time, I truly believe that it is much better for Dapps to run without delegations, as in the future this model is not sustainable (nor wanted). Try to remain on your feet this way, it might be a gift in disguise.

What they did with the delegation is unprofessional, especially for DSound, but it will prepare you to have working model without delegation, something every dapp should be prepared for. The community on each dapp should be enough to reward the members who create content. Other Dapps who still have delegations will be shocked later when it is pulled, and as we say, "The bigger they are, the harder they fall."

Love your story, love your drive. Steem is successful because of people like you.

Thank God for people bold enough to assert this.

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So many stolen accounts downvoted the comment, can someone explain to me what's happening?

Unless I get told, no way to know for sure.

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Definitely a shock, then again, that's part of this networks problem. It's centralized because one company is running everything. Of course they would do something like this, I'm not surprised at all. After all, what's more important to them but their bottom line? And if it means they have to stop helping somebody in the process? And that's what they're going to do. It sucks, but it's true. Thank you for staying, for I have some things that I want to share with the world. Anyway, thanks again. And I'm glad that this didn't affect you as badly as it could have, thank God for that.

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Thanks for your post, you're damn right we don't need charity.
This is a free market.Most of the @dsound active users, are lifetime professionals , bringing quality content to the platform.Can we agree that Steemit has an issue with production value?
For me, taking the delegation is pretty much saying" we don't care about quality posts, we want shit posts all day!!!"

I am pretty sure our skills will be valued somewhere else, even if it means that the whole Dsound tribe has to migrate...
Thanks again for all your hard work, dedication and positivism :)

it's clear that @ned knows nothing about music

Now you made me see the real reason why he removed the delegation: I didn't invite him to post on DSound! ahahahahah :D

The worse is not the guitar playing, it's the singing :)
Maybe he is secretly jealous

I think I'm echoing the sentiment here of "good riddance" to all the dead wood that most nearly caused, now up to us who are committed to prevent, the sinking of the steemer ...

Lots of familiar faces on this post which is literally the only good thing about this nonsense. Best community, most attentive curators. Easy point of access to the blockchain, active developer.

Sounds like exactly what I’d incentivize if I were in a position to do so. Let’s hope they do some more “re-evaluation” because id love to know which communities were considered more worthy of incentivization than this one.

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Great writeup @prc. We both said it on separate occasions -- this was bound to happen eventually, and while it may be a temporary pain, we are now on the road to a community-sustained DSound. That should be the endgame anyways. Thanks for the good vibes, much love!

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Thanks a lot mate! :)
Yes, DSound was already headed there, so now we just need to step on the gas! ahahah :D

Dsound is still the best community on Steem with or without a delegation.
@prc excellent post, Mad love for all the beautiful musicians of the platform and let's move forward <3

Thanks a lot my friend! :)
DSound will rock on! And our community deserves it all!
We will show everyone on the cryptosphere what is a strong community in action... ;)

I am sorry @ned took away the delegation but we will thrive. We are the "sound" of the platform. I will continue to be grateful even if the upvote is one cent cos it is all about encouragement. It is but a number. And now all vote for @dsound
Fastened seatbelt!

Thanks a lot my friend for your words! :)
Yes, we'll have a bit of turbulence, but it will be a softer ride afterwards...
Big hug to you guys! Miss you... ;)

but don't miss me, I'm right here :) :*


I have been a DSound user for almost a year now. It's actually the only reason why I stayed on Steemit. It's because DSound has the best community on Steemit!

I have joined other Steemit-based projects here, but nothing beats the bond that this community has!

I admit. I am one of those who saw great potential in DSound and Steemit that I decided to resign from my work a few months ago to dedicate my time here. Thus, it goes without saying that my DSound earnings are now the only source of income that I have.

Even with the crypto crisis we are experiencing right now, I held on and pursued doing this full time. And so when I heard the news that the delegation was removed, I was disappointed, yes. But I still did not lose hope. I know this platform will continue and will thrive even more! It's because of @prc and the amazing community that we have here.

We will be stronger! We will be tougher!

With that said, thanks @prc for all that you do! Thanks, Steemit for the one-year delegation that helped me make ends meet especially starting when I decided to go full time as a crypto musician. I think the removal of delegation WITHOUT warning was inhumane. But it is what it is.

We'll soldier on!

Lots of love for DSound,

Thanks for your words mate! :)
Just hold on for a bit... DSound curation will be stronger and grow stronger day by day!
This is just a new dawn, we're on this together!
Keep sharing your lovely tunes with us! :)

Wow. What a great mindset to have, respect.


ahahah :D

Thanks for the update PRC! As surprising as this was I'm sure we can manage to figure something out, onwards and upwards :)

Thanks my friend! :)
We will and even get stronger in the process, I am sure! ;)

@prc agora vamos avançar com ainda mais força amigo. Estou a delegar 500SP para @dsound, é tudo o que eu tenho recaudado até agora (o resto foi delegado por outros usuarios para mim).

Foda-se o @ned, foda-se Steemit.

Steem e DSound forever!.

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Mesmo amigo! :)
Muito obrigado e um grande abraço para Barcelona!

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