Contest Winners & Clarifying Bandwidth Questions

in education •  11 months ago


These are my attempts to answer questions I have received from my last post on the subject. I am still learning, talking with those more knowledgeable than I, as well as reading the blue and white papers. If I have made a mistake or you understand the concept differently, please let me know in the comments. This way, I can update this post accordingly and attribute the information to you.

What is bandwidth?

Infogalactic says:

In computing, bandwidth is the bit-rate of available or consumed information capacity expressed typically in metric multiples of bits per second.

On steem, this is a user's total amount of data that may be transmitted at any given time. Currently, steemd says my account has a total bandwidth of 5.5 megabits (mb). The more I transact (comment, post, upvote, etc.) the lower my available bandwidth will dip. If I were to use up all my bandwidth, I would get the same error many new users are seeing.

This does not necessarily reflect the experiences of newer users or users with low SP since they are unable to do anything even though they have not used steem at all that day. The reason new users are getting this message is due to the limited amount of bandwidth at any given time during the day. When the network picks up, the users with the lowest amount of bandwidth have to wait to transact.

Does bandwidth recover by itself over time, or can you get completely locked out?

So this is one thing I should have made more clear. Let's say that the steem network has a 100GB bandwidth and 100 users. Those 100 users get a portion of the 100GBs allotted to them based on the amount of SP they all have.

If everyone is on at the same time, the user with the lowest SP, and in turn the lowest bandwidth, may find themselves 'locked out'. This especially happens when the account is new and has a zero bandwidth average from the past week.

It's tricky, but the short answer is no. Bandwidth will not recover as long as there are a lot of users online with more Steem Power than you interacting with the platform. As other users hop off the network, more bandwidth is freed allowing the then 'locked out' users to transact again.

How much SP does a person need to not run into the bandwidth problem?

This will never be a concrete answer. The amount of users on steem, along with the varying level of Steem Power everyone has, is always in flux. At this time, it looks like 100 SP does the trick for many users around the world. My test run with a user earlier this week confirmed this.

100 Steem power may be a lot more than a user needs at this time, but, for the purpose of this contest, I want to ensure each user can always interact on the platform and grow. Each winner in this week's delegation contest will get 100 SP delegated from me. If this turns out to not be enough, than I will increase the amount as I am able.

However, if this does end up being overkill, than I reserve the right to drop the delegation and let in more winners for the next contest. This is, first and foremost, an experiment and as the Steem Power requirements change, so will the delegated winnings.


I have been on Steemit for [X] number of days, why am I having these issues!

The amount of time on this platform has nothing to do with the amount of bandwidth our accounts receive. A user that has been here for a year, never powerd up, and withdrawn all their earnings would have less bandwidth than a user here for a month with the goal of getting as much Steem Power as possible.

What Can I do if I don't win the contest this week?

Pay attention to the price of STEEM and SBD. If SBD is worth more than $1 USD than it is best to go to the market and sell you SBD for STEEM. You will end up with less STEEM than you had SBD if STEEM is worth more. We are not able to power up our SBD, and having more Steem Power is the goal anyway.

Is Steemit/Steem Broken?

No, limiting bandwidth is a feature of this blockchain and allows us create actions for free. Other blockchains charge fees to use the network and they don't worry about bandwidth. Steem runs without this model so we don't have to pay for every upvote or interaction.

This is also valuable as a deterrent against spam accounts. Since there is no wait time when creating an account with Vessel or steem-python, a person can create 100 new accounts and use them to abuse or spam the network slowing things down.

By limiting the bandwidth of new accounts, the abuser is unable to send hundreds or thousands of spam transaction without powering up each account. This would either take a long amount of time, or a large amount of money, both of which are a great deterrents.

No one ever says that blogging is easy, and blogging on the Steem platform in particular is a big learning curve. Anyone serious about this new way to pay content creators will do all they can to power up. Everyone else may fall to the wayside, but that is how it goes with anything. Those who take the time to learn the system the chose to join will fair better than those who don't.

For a another reference check out my good friend @carmalain7's post on the topic of Steem Bandwidth. He does a great job leaving out the technical terminology that will never leave my head.


This Weeks' Winners!


If you were not selected, do not worry! I will be running the contest again on Tuesday February 13th. The contest will run until the 15th, at whichtime I will delegate to the new winners.

Keep your heads up, my dear redfish, and power up wisely!

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Great post at clarifying some of the questions. However, I am not sure that the second question (about the bandwidth being recovered) has been understood correctly. If I may, what I would understand by that question is the following scenario.

Let's say I have a 100kb bandwidth available, and I have used 95kb, which puts me at 5kb available. If, hypothetically, my maximum bandwidth remains constant at 100kb (i.e. activity on the platform would not change), will I permanently have 95kb used?

Now, as you pointed out yesterday, the bandwidth is averaged out of a week, so if let's say I used 120kb and am at a constant -20%, in a week of inactivity, I should be back at 100%.

That's just how I would have understood the question, but maybe your answer was sufficient.

I am quite honoured to be one of the chosen winners! I will do my best to continue delivering high-quality material and making Steem a better community for all.


Awe yes! If that is the intention than yes the amount will reload after a set of time as long as the user is not so low on steem power that they get "locked out".

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Thank you SOOOOO much @jrswab - Means so much to me to win this and now be able to interact more freely with this amazing community.

As you know I'm totally new to all this - I don't really know what the hell I'm doing - I'm just glad to be here right now :D But.. being the newbie I am I can't seem to figure out how to message you directly on discord! But would love to chat more as I have a few questions if you ever have time <3

Many thanks again... really grateful for the delegation prize :)

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Keep working hard! Let me know if you need anything.

that's a great information, I never happened that issue yet because I am not so active yet and not doing much activity yet, but it ever happened to my colleague when I asked him to upvote my post. he said he cant do anything because his blog was in bandwith. ehhm I was confused at that time and dont understand at all, finally I tried to search on google and reading about it until I understood how it works...

This is useful information! I can see why I don't have an issue because I have a little over 100SP.


yes! somewhere between 50 and 100 SP seems to be the sweet spot.

That is really cool, I like the idea of testing out your theory by helping others out. It is definitely a win-win. I have only encountered the bandwidth problem once, it was my understanding that there was a glitch in one of the updates that was made. Again I can't say whether it's true or not, but from what I understand the glitch was fixed. I found myself able to use my account again. I will admit that it was absolutely frustrating. Thanks for sharing I love the idea of the contest.

@jrswab, I'm really impressed with how organized you are with your posting days! Good job on the live chat! 😁


Thank you! It helps me keep sane with everything I want to say :D

Thanks for sharing.. It answers so many bandwith issues raised recently.. Looking forward to the next context on feb 13.. Cant wait

This is very good and the information is very necessary at this point because the minnows or newbies are really suffering from bandwidth. What i do experience kost of the time lately, is even without doing anything no comment, no posting, i still experiences bandwidth issues. Thank you for sharing.


Yes that is because you are still new and Steem prioritizes those with more at stake in the system.


I'm new to this check out my page when you get a chance

Lot of Appreciations for you, realy great work doing Mr, @jrswab.

Thanks for bringing the knowledge on the bandwidth , I was never sure and too afraid to ask.


haha no worries mate! Check out my last post for a more in depth look and feel free to ask me anything on Discord.

Thanks for the information, I hit the bandwidth issue a few days ago, and was thoroughly confused. But the last few days have also given rise to a number of posts that have clarified the problem for me.


That is great to hear! Keep working hard on those posts!

congratulation the winners. i'm very happy to see this blog . they are very lucky they win this contest . @jrswab thanks alot much appreciated you creat a good contest and finished new steemians problem.
Stay blessed!


Thank you and I hope you enter the next contest!


You are most welcome sir @jrswab. Yes sure i will enter your next contest.


Thanks for the detailed article. I enjoyed reading it. Btw, what can i do to increase my chance of winning


Keep writing the best articles you can! It's a fierce competition out there!

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:D thank you!

Thanks for this informative blog, I also have the same situation about this "bandwidth", since I'm a newbie , don't know much what's the real reason about it...

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What a wonderful revelation. I now have a logical explanations to give tens to hundreds of people who have been disturbing me concerning this bandwidth issue.

I really appreciate this masterpiece. Kudos to you @jrswab

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