The payouts are going up while STEEM is going down.
It's a nice little extra that's coming soon for the users that stuck around although I do expect it to be temporary.
The reward pool is extra full because it hasn't paid out any substantial rewards in the last 10 days.
And we still have another 3 days before the real payouts start so it will probably go up a little more.
Here's a small timeline explaining why:
Reward pool timeline.
HF 20 resulted in 24h of no posts because of RC/Mana bug.
Rewardpool filled up 1 extra day.
Users can post again but no Voting mana. So basically 5 days of little votes. Many don't post Source. The users that do post will receive very little rewards 7 days later.
Rewardpool fills up 5 extra days.
Voting Mana is restored and people start posting and voting again (3 days ago). But it takes 7 days to get payouts from these posts.
rewardpool fills up 7 extra days
The reward pool has been filling up more than it could give away over 10 days. It's now filled with 900.000 STEEM (normally around 750.000).
A filled to the brim reward pool will start dishing out substantial rewards 3 days from now.
A nice little extra for the users that kept posting!
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