How does it feel to be in the mad house for 11 days?

in powerhousecreatives •  4 months ago 

Uh...sorry. I mean, the Power house, but positive madness is a good source of power so I guess you understand what I'm saying, right?


To be frank, I've never heard of @steemitbloggers or #powerhousecreatives until a few weeks before, when the first huge Dpoll game started and my feed was flooded with bunches of resteems mentioning them. Well, probably they were famous and it's just me being a total introvert even on Steemit so I never knew about them...anyways, that's not the main point anymore. If you have been following me for quite some time, you may have noticed the new footer I have under my posts. Yep, I have joined them since the last Dpoll.

It all started when the poll concluded and they opened up their applications server again. I hit upon a post written by @jaynie and resteemed by @zord189 mentioning this, read it, tapped on their Discord server invite link and landed myself onto the applications server. It's quite a simple server, I don't remember much, but there's a question channel, an applications channel, some instructions on the welcome channel and a huge wall of text on the community guidelines channel. It isn't hard to apply either - read the community guidelines, agree that you can follow them, go to the applications channel and drop a message containing a link to your latest post as well as a quick introduction about yourself, and wait for DMs. It's really as easy as that.

But I actually left the applications server after some thinking around the community guidelines.

Mainly because their standards are really high. It isn't just about producing great content. In fact, the community guidelines mentioned nothing about content, as long as you are sane about content production (no plagiarism, no copy-pasta, no trouble-causing writings, etc) they seem to be happy with it. There are absolutely no rules that attempt to limit what your creativity tells you to do. The community guidelines however, focuses on what they expect from you as a part of the community, the daily tasks and the dos and dont's. You have to support a few members' posts of your choice every day by voting and commenting, as well as upvoting a daily selected article and probably resteem posts if you got picked. I got reminded of the horrible, hellish and nightmarish pile of coursework last semester and the first thing I ask myself is, "you sure you have the time for those?"


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At that point, I don't think so. Hence, I tapped on the red "Leave server" button and continued to hang around Discord and games like I usually do during holidays.

Probably it's coincidence, the post popped into my feed again on the last day of the application. I decided to drop into it again and read the thing again and evaluate it again...I think I can do it. Probably. It costs nothing to try anyways. Even at school I could probably finish all these tasks during lunch breaks...I mean, if there's a will, there's a way. If I want to and I remember to, I will find time for it...like what I did for those games I'm used to play.

I know it's very hard to convince myself again so I typed my application and hit the send button right away. And after a few days, I received that DM from @jaynie and here we go!


It's really a mad house. I mean, I think I once saw @jaynie saying "Welcome to the MAD HOUSE" somewhere in that Discord server...but it's mad in a really positive way. To keep it short for Tl;Dr lovers: I like it.

The entire server is powered by only humans. Well, except for the Mee6 bot, which always appear at random times like a Spotify ad, but the rest of it is 100% operated by humans. No machine-operated upvotes, no RNG-powered member or post selection, everything goes in the way a community should. There are sharing channels but they are indeed only for sharing. You interact, communicate, support and help each other in and out the server, on or beyond the Steemit platform. You know each other and give what you have on your own discretion. It's the very way a community should work and the guidelines are only there to remind people that everyone has their responsibilities to keep the Power House moving. Of course, there are upvotes and support from the official @steemitbloggers account, but frankly speaking it's like a bonus - what you get from the community might not worth a lot in terms of payout, it is huge in another way. Real readers and honest support, what else can you complain?


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The quality of the community does not promise the quality of content produced from it - you can have a valid community that does questionable stuff (the r/piracy subreddit is indeed a valid community). #powerhousecreatives however, nailed both sides equally well. Performing the daily tasks isn't a chore at all because good posts are easy to comment on. You know, I used the hashtag instead of writing "Power House Creatives" for a reason - I've made your life easier to read our posts. Open that link on the hashtag and have fun, come back after you've had enough :) From what I can feel as a part of their server, it's not only adding value to the Steem blockchain (dang, this is so cliché that I feel weird for typing it), but also encouraging people around to create equally good content.

Oh, we're not only walking around Steemit, too. The community guidelines also encourages us to support members' content that are out of this platform, so in some ways some of us are actually supporting good content that are capable of pulling others into Steemit... I personally never did external supports so I don't know, but hey, remember we're a house powered by humans, this species of creatures doesn't seem to have mercy on what they can do with their ultimate weapon known as creativity...

If some day I feel like throwing this platform away, #teammalaysia will be the main one to stop me from doing so - if it failed, #powerhousecreatives will. The community itself is worth it.


I know, at this point, you might be asking "So you are asking for my vote in the 20k SP Delegation poll like the others did?"

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Well, not really.

I believe that your vote is your vote - I won't ask you to vote for something. You must have quite a number of communities and initiatives you want to support, so it's your choice on how you're going to use that one vote available to your Steem account. That's why I wrote this post, telling you what the #powerhousecreatives is about, how it feels like to me as a new member, what I think of it, and you're the one that does the voting in the very end. At the end of the day, I have introduced PHC to you in a direction you might have not experienced before, and I'll leave the final decision on you.

Go check the voting record for @steemitbloggers on Steemworld, read more posts under #powerhousecreatives, ask yourself if we deserve the 20k SP delegation, and go vote for @steemitbloggers if you think we do.

It's not like you have the chance to do a platform-changing decision every day, use that vote and spread the word for the poll!

Oh, I almost forgot the footer,

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Have fun, and see you around!

--Lilacse

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And we are glad you applied again. This statement piece shouldnt rewarded so 100% My friend and thank you for letting me use your photo in My blog yesterday

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You're welcome ;) I'm imagining a few more different styles that I can put on the PHC logo...not sure when I'll push myself to work on it, hehe.

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Well its a Nice project, you could do a blog about the prees and the try out things and the actuall end result people Will enjoy that i think, i would

I'm glad you did decide to become part of the "Mad House" in the end, @lilacse! On the surface, it can definitely seem like a lot of "work" to fill community expectations and guidelines... but the "bigger picture" is that in a "gift economy" like Steemit ultimately is, you have to be ready to give in order to end up with the benefits and success you're hoping for.

This was a lovely post, seeing PHC through the eyes of someone newly arrived!

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Thanks for the compliment <3 and yes, it's a gift-based economy...that means there is no "we're going to get rich" or something like that, but everyone gets something else great in return!

Glad you liked the post~

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Glad you are one of the madhouse members! It really is powered by people and the great thing is anyone who makes the same decision as you to commit can join! :)

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Yep, and the actual point is, it isn't even hard to put effort to be part of a community like this <3

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Both sincere and touching. Very nice way to say things.

Imagine one day you think back on that almost random decision to give it one more chance. It's random things that sometimes make significant changes. Like how did we join Steem in the first place.

(Off topic: Thinking on a contest about it.)

Great to have you with us! Really OP - already grinding levels up on the Discord. Do have patience even when it seems that no one is paying attention. Somebody at some point does. Attention is a really scarce resource.

And the #powerhousecreatives plus @steemitbloggers are a force that generates attention. Bit by bit.

Yours,

Manol

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Imagine if some day scientists managed to develop a machine that reads every chunk of your memory and show it to you in a very beautifully organized timeline, we might notice that it is indeed the most random things that might have made the best and biggest impacts in our lives. I still remember randomly checking on a list of online chat software Discord came into my life...it's a chat software, what can it do? Made me a moderator of a gaming server, met at least a few great local or international communities, and is literally the key for me to know Steemit and eventually join it. And now, you guys - it's just as crazy as that if we observe it a little closer.

Attention is a scarce resource because it requires another severely limited known as time...but if it's worth their time, they will pay for it, sometimes without you knowing. It kinda results in some mildly interesting interaction that is hard to imagine at times, but it's a good reason why Steem is quite fun to stay around.

Bit by bit... Soon we'll get a byte, then a kilobyte, then... Oops, the computer science student syndrome, but I guess you know what I mean 😉

Contest? Looking forward to it, especially to the entries - it's anyways amazing to have great stuff to look at, right?

Thanks for your great comment!

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Soon we'll get a byte, then a kilobyte, then... Oops, the computer science student syndrome, but I guess you know what I mean 😉

Yup, I had this other meaning in mind, too, as I was writing it.

It seems like you already have the first draft for such a contest :) I have to finish another job for a client first. If I manage to do it before next job, I will make the post about the contest. Or rather... it will be sooner than that when I need to procrastinate a little, doing other things.

Wow! A nice and open post leaving the choice fairly to others whether to help with either joining or voting. Very well written, I also had a few invites from friends in the past to join @powerhousecreators, when they were still known as @steemitbloggers and always thought that I was too busy. Finally joined PHC this year and no regrets, as they are a wonderful bunch that are running the madhouse! Blessings!

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Thank you for the compliment <3 and do you mean #powerhousecreatives? 🤣

You aren't any less busy after joining in... Right? Sometimes we really think too much, being busy can be very fun, too!

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What a wonderful tribute to the community you have written! Bravo! The words you've composed make me very proud to have been a member here for so long, and I am very happy to resteem this! 😊
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Thank you! And if my words made you felt so...Quill's would make you cry, probably. I totally went out of words on his, it's on a whole new level. But seriously, we aren't cooking things out of air, PHC is really like that and that's why I can write it in this way!

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Yes, @quillfire is quite the wordsmith! I resteemed his post yesterday, also gladly so!

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@lilacse,

Welcome aboard.

PHC is really like that and that's why I can write it in this way!

And there's the rub. Human beings have an innate sense of honor. Most (at least the ones who are not psychopaths) WANT to elevate the admirable. And, they crave to be part of something larger than themselves ... provided that that 'something' is of noble intent.

Current culture poo-poohs this. Words like "Honor" and "Noble" are often castigated as relics of a bygone era. The poo-poohers are wrong.

Quill

Good to see that you reconsidered joining! It's a great community and one that is worthy of support!

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Yep, no regrets till now ;)

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Ha ha, so far? Or until now?

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As far as things are great!

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Thank you @lilacse for applying again! Welcome to our community and, enjoy!

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@lilacse yess it was nice meeting you in the discord channel!! hugs 💕

Oh and I didn't know you're from Malaysia! I myself am from S'pore ((':

Welcome again & hope to talk to you more often down the road (:

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/hugs 💕

That's how you start to meet people around on Steemit...it's really unexpected and a little surprising to know that there are so many people close to you swimming together in this pool called Steemit.

Thanks for your welcome and sure, we will :D

I really loved what you wrote. Thanks for applying again. I hope you may enjoy your stay in this community!

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Glad that you love it :) and I'm indeed enjoying my stay here!

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Welcome to the fam bam, @lilacse!


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Oh my god that GIF 😂

Thanks for the welcome!

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Thanks for describing your experience, I learned a lot from this post.

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Glad to hear that ;)

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