Witness Voting, OpenSeed and OpenLink

in #openseed2 years ago (edited)

Hello Steemians, two days ago I, and a few other Steemit Team members announced our resignations from Steemit. In those announcements we all mentioned needing to take some rest because, well ... we were all extremely exhausted.

Since that announcement I have received an unbelievable number of well-wishes and concern for my well being. This support means the world to me. It was wholly unexpected and I can't express enough gratitude for it. I appreciate all the positivity and assure you that I am doing quite well.

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Witness Voting

One of the things that has me energized and excited for the future is seeing the community galvanized around the Witnesses and protecting this blockchain we helped build. If you haven't already, please head on over to steemit.com/~witnesses and vote for a Witness that you know to be human.

While the circumstances may not be ideal, I take great pleasure in knowing that this community is finally getting the recognition it deserves as a real force in the blockchain space.

OpenSeed & OpenLink

One of the questions people have been asking me is what all of this means for OpenSeed & OpenLink. Well, it means that I'll have a lot more time to nag @bflanagin and @brklyn8900! We will be moving full Steem ahead with those projects, so if you want to help us move even faster, be sure to vote on our SPS proposal.

We have total faith in the Steem community to get through this struggle, but regardless of what happens with the Steem blockchain, we are committed to delivering an open source application development platform and encrypted messaging application that is built from the ground up to meet the needs of Steemians.

Stay Tuned

@roadscape, @vandeberg, and @gerbino are some of my favorite people in the world, and now that we are no longer employed at Steemit, you better believe we're talking about what is next for us. All we know is that there is no community we'd rather be a part of, or develop code for.

So be sure to follow @openseed, @vandeberg, @roadscape, don't forget to vote on OpenSeed's proposal, and of course ...

Vote for Witnesses!!!


Hey Andrew a strong move from all of you. Iam really wishing you all the best and I believe that with that kind of unique skillset that you guys got a lot of projects will stand in queue for you to maybe start there.
All this project work can be totally exhausting so pls take your time and recharge your batteries.
All the best

Thanks man, appreciate the support

Thank you Andrew for this strong support from you. You have made a great effort and you are planning these strong projects. I hope to achieve more desired goals and move towards success more and more. Good luck my dear.

I have been mostly silent during this whole Tron fiasco, mostly because there isn't much I can do to help and I walked away from Steem politics in 2018 shortly after my team presented at SF3. This decision had nothing to do with SF3, but rather some other other nastiness in the community that no longer seems to be crippling the judgment of any current leaders.

However, I've always been here, quietly working away at a project I hope will eventually attract more mainstream users and blah blah. You and I have talked about it. We're still in the game, just waiting to see if we will eventually have to rebrand. I certainly hope not.

I do want to tell you, though, that when I first considered getting a Steem account way back in the by-and-by days, your YouTube videos were some of the first I watched on the subject of Steem. So you've been a "staple" for me that pre-dates my actual onboarding experience with the platform. Since then you've always been here, and it's good to see this post making it clear that you intend to stick around regardless of employment factor with Steemit, Inc. Well, Steemhouse Publishing and I, as well as our small staff of editors and other folk, are planning to stick around, too, unless it becomes sadly clear that it's pointless and everyone on the platform leaves. So let's build something new from all of this, shall we? I'll be around, doing the usual. Thank you for everything.

Hi @rhondak! Nice to see you are still around. I'm glad you're still working on stuff here and how's TARC doing? I hope the need for it is starting to die down but I imagine it just stays the same like here.

You bet I'm still around. Well, at least I'm around on Steem. I ended up having to leave Appalachia completely. I'm living in Morocco now, but TARC still exists. We're re-branding to "Transatlantic Animal Relief Coalition" and working with some locals and a group called ERHAM on the Atlantic coast with TNR programs for both cats and dogs. I haven't posted about it on the Steem TARC account because of the Tron kerfluffle. I'm not taking any chances with more content just yet. But, long story short, after I released "High Kill," hostility got so bad in Southwest Virginia that I had to leave. I would have died there if I hadn't. I know I would have.

Holy shit. That's insane.

Morocco though. That's pretty awesome. I love Casablanca and thought I would visit but what are the chances it still looks like it did in the 40s? Although the movie was probably not really shot there.

I was pretty underwhelmed with Casablanca when we landed there. But I didn't see much of it. We drove through quickly on our way south. What I saw didn't look like the movie, for sure. I'm pretty sure it didn't look like it in the 40s, either. LOL

However, El Jadida is gorgeous. So is Sidi Bouzid, where we have a house. There is a post with pics on my blog from a couple of weeks ago. :-)

In other words, you guys go way back.

No, that's not really accurate. I've just been aware of his contributions to this platform even longer than I've been part of the platform, and am really glad to see he's not gone.

That's good. And keep up the good work.

I know you haven't technically been away, but it kind of feels that way, and with that I say it's great to see you back @andrarchy. Very glad to hear that you're still doing well, as if that's a surprise. Can't wait to see what you have in store for Steem!

It was a bit dicey there for a few days 😂

Lol, I meant while you were working for Steemit. Your blogging became a bit sparse compared to the early days of steem.

That is awesome news. Maybe this whole episode was needed to truly decentralize this Blockchain. What doesn't kill us, makes us stronger! 😎

Today, we mourn because of Steemit. Tomorrow, it will surely be the reason why we smile. Because, what doesn't kill us, makes us stronger. Love you @andrarchy. Keep pushing. Don't get tired. And this involves all other steemians out there. Tron might be doing many things now, but if we continue to push hard with wisdom, Steemit is climbing despite all odds. Get on, guys. Love your move @andrarchy. Bye.

I really appreciate that. It means a lot to me. Thank you

Can't say enough of how much respect you've earned in the past few days with your actions <3 Can't wait to see OpenSeed develop further AND the future plans for you and roadscape, vandeberg and gerbino :D Cheers!

Thanks so much for the kind words @soyrosa 😘

Thanks for everything you've done, and continue to do, to help the Steem community @andrarchy. 😊

Thought this might be a good place to share this too... 😉 😂

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A Cat Skunk haha.

Awesome news ! Seeing this strength and love in the community makes me know we are all part of something really special . One important thing about social media is that it always have to bring something new and exciting to the table, and it can’t get stagnant, I guess we can’t complain about that here on the Steem blockchain hehe.

Happy to be following you all!

I hate you @karenmckersie! You annihilated me every time on SM. I'm just kidding about the hate but I did dread seeing your name pop up.

Good to see that you are doing alright. I miss hanging out with you, LOL

Back at you! We should chat again! Some stuff has happened since then lol

I wish you all the best too. Now I am really curious how it will end. I hope there would be a balanced situation though for the sake of our beloved Steemit.
The last thing I wish is to lose the dezentralisation principle, cos this is what makes steemit special in the first place..basically one of the reason that brought me here.

Voted on both. Hope things turn out great so soon :)

If only you were a witness.

I don't know shit about coding and smart stuff in general #lol

You don't have to code to witness.

I like you, but I do not see how roadscape, gerbino and least of all vandeberg need you for anything.

You were 'head of communications' for how long ?
I do not see any result of your work, anywhere.

If the other 3 started logging their monthly progress in a public blog, they'd communicate more with us, than you have the last 3 years.

I'd say you have done nothing but fluff talk, but you did not even talk, man !
Sweet-talking ned and the secret slack is not communication.

I do not think steem needs you or eli to proceed from here.

Fortunately your opinion is irrelevant :) That being said, of course Steem does not need me. I need Steem.

Fortunately your opinion is irrelevant :)

Yeah, I'd fire you instantly :D
And then invite you to steak dinner.

Fortunately your opinion is irrelevant

OOohhh, not good communication skills...lol

I thought it was just me thinking this...

Heard a lot about you. Consider me a friend. If you guys stick around we can do wonderful things to this blockchain. Governance issue we will sort out soon enough.

So awesome! Exciting times are coming. It seems that this shakeup may actually lead to a stronger Steem in the end. Keep up the amazing work.

I’m glad to hear you’re doing well and forging ahead. This community continues to amaze me. Thanks for being part of it.

Steemit is a unicorn lol.

SPS voted with all the accounts :) Great to still have you around!


Voted! Also, if you need any help from me, you know where to find me. <3

Hey! Good to see you!

Full Steem ahead man. I could kiss you right now.

Well what are you waiting for? 😂

He actually means it though. He's in your washroom.

vote for openseed, I'm glad you're here.

You guys taking the action that you have shows character. True character.

That’s great to hear!

Maybe something great will evolve from this struggle. All the best for your projects!

Andrew, good to see you bounce back mate. I knew as soon as STINC announced austerity measures and laid a bunch of people off that you and the few others left would find themselves doing the work of multiple people for the same pay. I have been there myself and you're lucky it didn't burn you out because the aftermath of continual exhaustion is not pretty.

The community has your back 110% and I just voted in your proposal. I think you'll find you will have no problem getting the support that you need. You should speak with @aggroed and see if there is some overlap with what he is spearheading with Steem Engine, as well. I've been leading the front-end efforts there, but there might be some possibilities to link up and combine efforts on some pro-steem initiatives.

Thank you. Sorry If I ever said anything mean or harsh to you. That was said to a representative of Steemit, which you are now not.

I will look at SPS. This is a good tool to help us move forward.

No worries, I get it ;)

Thanks for standing up for the community. All of you have been awesome to us. Wish you nothing but the best on your future endeavors.

Steemit.com is no longer a trusted site

Indeed! Thanks to scumbags like @themarkymark and his band of criminals, Steemit has been turned into nothing more than a cesspool of fraud and corruption. They stole from 1000s of naive members in order to fill their own greedy pockets. Too bad there is not some way to cancel their Steem, and give it back to the members they stole it from.

Voted an approval for your SPS project. It is great to have your talents still focused on STEEM!

... don't forget to vote on OpenSeed's proposal ...

Done. :)

You guy are the best! Steem has a bright future because of people like y’all!

Good luck!

I am super curious about how much app developers will like this openseed “framework” and how fast will they be able to bring new apps to the ecosystem compared with the current “you need to have a ton of skills methods”.

Welcome back, this move definitely is bullish

Awesome, I will be glad to vote on your proposal and I an do happy and relieved you are still building on steem 😀

I am really glad hearing this project from you. My support is yours.

I am really glad
Hearing this project from you.
My support is yours.

                 - cloudspyder

I'm a bot. I detect haiku.

See. Hitting that reset button isn't so bad.

Thanks! Already done and done! Looking forward to what you build next.

Ha, resigned or kicked out from Steemit Inc., whatever . . . you and the rest of the team are still working with us, the community . . . and having great plans!

Great show and thank you so much for this post letting us know you are doing well!

Your exhausted FFS.!!! Get your hed out of your ass!!! This would not have happend if you had your fucking eyes open. Quit Good. See ya.

I'm not that old in the community and I never really got to interact with any of your posts, but, judging by how the community talks about you, I must also thank you for all the work you've done for us. Personally I hope to stay longer in the community and see that there are incredible people like you here, it makes me want to stay here even more and fight together with the whole community. Thanks for everything!

You have my little voice for OpenSeed proposal.

You pushed it over the edge! :)

I love this words!

Good to hear from you man...We all love you guys and your work.

Voted on your SPS proposal.

yes hopefully this project will run smoothly. glad to see you share a good proposal for the future of the community.

I donot know who you are but goodbyes always make me sad. I am just a newbie trying to make a place in rapidly growing Steemit community but I wish you luck in whatever choices you make in your life.

Proposal voted!!!! Thanks!!!


Much respect for you!! Already spent my all votes to bring this to normal :)

All the very best and best wishes for steemians hope that you guys will starts good projects

It's pretty mad what's happening but we have to look from the bright side. The community now is stronger than ever and the word is out there!

BOI also wrote a post about the latest events and we would really appreciate you taking a look.

Steem on, my friends!

Hi everyone
I’m sort of new to steemit and only joined when Tron purchased the platform as I’m a Tron investor and soon to be a steem investor. I don’t really know what’s going on but been reading through everyone’s comments to try and get a clearer picture. What I do know is steemit is very important to Tron and the Tron investors and not something that will be sold off to make money on. Trons is building a eco system where everything you will ever need be under one roof. From file sharing to storage, from online streaming to trons own version of YouTube and now we have a social media platform to rival Reddit. Would be nice if Tron developed one app where all this can be integrated. So I do think it’s in safe hands and will have unlimited resources thrown at it to develop the platform.

Do you like decentralization?

I do and that’s why I got into crypto many years ago. What isn’t right is freezing someone’s account. What would you do if the government froze your bank account ? You would kick off

Do you prefer centralization?

joeyarnoldvn Decentralization is when no one can influence your money.

Keep up the good work. I voted. I'm inspired.

this is great to hear! welcome back :))

Thanks for everything you've done to support the Steem community!

Thx for the update and that you are still believing and working for Steem :) Voted for the SPS #64 keep up the great work :) Wish we can also employ the other former Steemit devs somehow!

Interesting idea... ;)

Thank you for this commitment to continuing to developing second layer solutions! I am currently working on @ecoinstats as a SYNERGY FUND to support project builders. We are going to continue to support LTS #steem and building real applications with real uses for the real world.


You have had my support for a while now, I'm over 25k SP between accounts and heading for Orca. But what I have learned in the last years has been the most valuable:

It's what you build that counts

Thanks so much for the support man. Good to see you! And thanks for everything you're doing with the Synergy Fund!

@andrarchy, @roadscape, @vandeberg, and @gerbino

you are all heros. Already vote for openseed. I would vote 2 times if i can :)

Wish you all the best!!!

Maybe you can.

I like the tone, seems something is cooking & will deliver soon. I am an active token holder in STEEM - SE Space, so whatever way I could support the STEEM chain and to the community I will do my best! Looking forward to hear your next update and already made a proxy account which deliver votes to top 30 Human Witnesses through our community space!


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As with a lot of the other comments I know you don't know me; but I want to let you know that I appreciate the stance you have taken here. After being part of the photography community here for 2.5 years I must say I have been surprised by the strength of community which is coming out at the moment. Seems we just needed a common threat to unite under. Whatever happens to this chain the community will move forward in a decentralized manner somewhere. Best of luck with your new endeavors and glad your still here to work on steem projects.

Well you're an OG Steemian, so I feel like I know you! Thanks for the kind words, it means a lot.

Well if you ever need any photos of far away places to promote your work you know where to find them ;-)

im not here to sell your shit but

One of the things that has me energized and excited for the future is seeing the community galvanized around the Witnesses and protecting this blockchain we helped build

a witness system that works would be nice

i would love to have a place that works

with real people who are not in charge

thing is

most of "us" think you're still with the elders

and most of THEM think the first real investor is Satan

if you can make that work

i will definitely work whatever evil i have to make them believe you

but first i need to

i was gonna buy the right to speak but it says 'under maintenance'

do you really not understand ? and im not talking to the poster here

I totally agree.

I believe that the development of a true open source platform is the only solution.

In the field of software, Linux is trying to do it with all its projects and distributions and progresses every day.

I think very hard Linus Torvalds or Richard Stallman when they started with their projects, each with their ideas, thought that today Linux would reach the place it has.

Why can't we do the same with Steemit?

I fully support the project and will try to spread it with all the means at my disposal.

Greetings and good luck!.


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Enyoy your free time and take a breath, and good luck with your SPS proporsal,
well steemit is a great comunity specially when the thing are bad, right now every cryptoworld have their eyes in our blockchain.

definitely seems to understand how the system works

why not work for Justin Sun, did you apply ?

the people seem to like you

Wish you the best

Nice article !!

Well, overall I will be saying am looking forward to a great future with steemit. Better days ahead

That's really awesome. I'm not really active here anymore but I am really glad to see you folks all banding together and showing these fuckers that a good community means a lot more than a temporary paycheque.

I'll be cheering you on from the sidelines.

Voted for the OpenSeed Proposal. Looking forward to see more awesome stuff in the future from you guys :)

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On the contrary, I see that getting rid of existing Steemit witnesses is a very good thing...in fact, one of the best things to happen to Steemit in a very long time. It's long past time for Steemit Witnesses like @themarkymark and his lousy sidekick @buildawhale to be removed because they and their band of criminals have turned Steemit into nothing more than a cesspool of fraud and corruption, stealing money from the vast majority of naive Steemit members while at the same time filling their own greedy pockets.

The day that the last Steemit Witness is removed will be the first day of Steemit's rebirth...and a new beginning.

The only problem I see is that Steemit Witnesses have not had their Steem Accounts forfeited, and the money they stole returned to its rightful owners...the Steemit community. If members truly care about Steemit, the absolute best thing they can do is to remove their votes for the old Steemit Witnesses, and not try to keep them. Keeping such low-life scumbags will ensure that Steemit will go out of business.

Show me where the witnesses touched you.

Check any of my posts or comments! You will find that most if not all of them have been down-voted by @themarkymark and sometimes a number of his associates, such as @buildawhale. (AKA's).

But in any event, among other things, witnesses are suppose to set a good example for the rest of the Steemit community, but instead some like @themarkymark launch their own personal campaigns of retaliation against anyone who crosses them the wrong way. I'm not the only one who has run across that kind of shit on Steemit. Untold thousands have already left Steemit for that very same reason.

Steemit has a lot of problems, for sure! But none of them are so great as the problem with its own Witnesses. Justin Sun understood that fact, which is why he has directed Tron management to take the drastic steps that it is now taking to purge Steemit of its corrupt Witnesses. One of the easiest ways to do that is to require ALL witness votes to be from current active members. That move will essentially remove all current witnesses from not only the top 20 or 30 spots, but perhaps even from the top 100, since the vast majority of their votes are from members who have left Steemit a long time ago. I am confident that Just Sun will succeed.

Any member who does not see the need for this to happen unfortunately is part of the problem, rather than part of the solution.

Yeah, I have run across @themarkymark before but I understood his point and I just left to go to Whaleshares. I still come back here every day or two to see how the powerdown is going and say hi but it just wasn't the platform for me.

It doesn't make these folks bad people for wanting the best for their platform and I don't know the details of your situation but he treated me quite fairly and he bleeds Steem so that's what this place needs.

If you get tired of wasting your energy and sanity on silly shit like flag wars, pop by whaleshares and check it out. I'll even make you an instant account if you don't want to wait a day. I'm the same name over there.

"It doesn't make these folks bad people for wanting the best for their platform"

No it doesn't! But it does make these folks bad people when they use their SP and reputations to down-vote so many other members in order to destroy their reputations and thus receive nothing for their curator efforts, while at the same time, filling their own greedy pocked with tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. People like @themarkymark are nothing but barrel scum.

Be that as it may, why would you stay around and put yourself through all this? When I saw all of the corruption after spending six months here I knew it wasn't the place for me. Unless you are getting something out of it, why stick around? Maybe you like the drama? I know that a lot of people do, I'm just not one of them.

"Be that as it may, why would you stay around and put yourself through all this?"

I'm only passing the time here while I'm waiting for my 13 week (ridiculous I might add) power down to be completed (just 3 weeks left).

"When I saw all of the corruption after spending six months here I knew it wasn't the place for me. "

I beat you there! :) It took me less than 1 month to realize what was going on.

I do indeed like drama and arguments, but only when they occur on a level playing field. When however the odds are stacked against you, as is the case with Steemit with its "protected" Witnesses entering the game, down-voting everyone they do not like in order to line their own pockets, only a fool would stay on Steemit longer than they need to in order to get their money back. Sure, I never had much invested in the first place, but I see it more a matter of principle than anything else.

I guess I'd like to see one of 2 things happen...either for Tron to get rid of all existing Steemit witnesses, or else to shut down Steemit completely. At this point, either option would be fine with me, but one thing is for certain. Continue the way it is, and Steemit will not survive much longer. Only those who have a vested interest would argue otherwise. Perhaps in the past, those like the @themarkymark actually added something positive to the Steemit platform, but not any more. On the contrary, they have now turned Steemit into a cesspool while filling their own pocked with blood money stolen from those whose reputations they destroyed. It's now time for those corrupted witnesses to be removed, or else for Steemit to shut down for good.

Right on, well I wish you luck. I will just keep hanging with my whaleshares friends and watch all this shit from the sidelines. I do hope that real people don't lose out in this big dick contest.

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