Promo-Steem Guild System and Steem Ambassadors Update

in promo-steem •  9 months ago

I am currently testing the first phase of the guild upvoting system, which is designed to provide a rewards mechanism for high quality #promo-steem posts, and I'm pleased to report the progress here.

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First of all, a massive shout out to @geekgirl who has done incredible work over the weekend putting together the core script which is now allowing me to pull the data from SteemSQL. As I had not interacted python with SteemSQL previously, I needed some help to get started with this from someone way cleverer than me, and she came up with the goods, enough that I can take it to the next stage now.

Promo-Steem Guild Objectives

This guild system was first mentioned in our promo-steem pre launch whitepaper, which you can find here.

The goal of the project is to create an upvoting system that consistently rewards high quality posts which are promoting Steemit and the STEEM blockchain.

The idea is that Steem Ambassadors, who will be approved by the community, will be the eyes and ears of the system. They will be curating on promotional posts, and when a certain threshold of them upvote a post tagged with #promo-steem, then this will trigger an upvote from the @steem-ambassador account.

Obviously, the plan is to bring in delegated SP which provides great rewards to those who are out there doing brilliant promotional work, bringing in new users and investors into the platform. It's also designed to cut down on the amount of spammy posts which are tagged with #promo-steem too, by having a system where trusted curators (Steem Ambassadors) effectively act as a buffer for filtering out spam and ensuring a level of quality.

Furthermore, the guild system is supported by a curation trail, which is already set up and working via SteemAuto.

Steem Ambassador Applications for community approval

Steem Ambassadors are respected, trusted and upstanding members of the Promo-Steem community who have a proven track record in the execution of highly effective promotional work for Steemit and the Steem blockchain.

In the next few days, those who have applied to be Steem Ambassadors will be released to the community on the @steem-ambassador account. Each applicant will need to be seconded by someone, and then the community gets to approve or reject their application.

Successful applicants will then start being Steem Ambassadors, and one of the most important aspects of this is that their curating forms the basis of the #promo-steem guild system. They won't have to do anything different, just continue to be great supporters of promoters all around the world, and curate on promo-steem tagged posts.

How the #promo-steem guild works

  • First, the system pulls the data from SteemSQL, and looks for posts which have the #promo-steem tag.

  • Then it parses them to see if each #promo-steem post has received a minimum number of upvotes from Ambassadors to reach the threshold. The current threshold is set at 3. This may increase (or decrease) as we analyse the data.

  • If a post reaches the threshold within 6 days of being posted, then it will be added to the next @steem-ambassador upvoting round. Each voting round, the number of posts to be upvoted will be divided by the available voting power, ensuring that @steem-ambassador always stays at 80% VP or above. This gives us the vote weight for each post @steem-ambassador is upvoting.

  • There will be one voting round per day. After this, the next voting round will occur once @steem-ambassador reaches 100% Voting Power again.

  • Once @steem-ambassador upvotes, the curating guild kicks in too, with those who are trailing it via SteemAuto adding their upvotes to the post. This maximises rewards for the author and of course those who are dedicating some of their voting power to the #promo-steem project.

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Current progress of the Guild

The guild upvoting system phase 1 development has now been completed. Over the coming few days we will be testing this live. As Steem Ambassadors get approved, the system will be updated to take into account those who the community adopts. I will be watching the activity of the promo-steem guild system to ensure that (a) we aren't missing posts which have reached the threshold and (b) analysing the data to see if there are bugs in the system that we can iron out.

After a number of very in-depth conversations about how upvote weight, frequency, vote timing, and how the algorithm actually functions and caluculates which posts to vote on, we have decided that we are going to analyse the results over the space of a couple of weeks.....mainly because we really don't want any high quality posts that deserve attention to fall through the net.

We have looked at other guild models (for example curie) and may in the future tweak the system to incorporate aspects of these structures if we feel that it best supports promoters. At the moment, we just don't know, so it's important to simply manually check the data. This is going to be a full time job until we can work out what we can improve on. We will of course update the community as to how this is going, and once we've figured it out will provide full technical details of how it operates.

Why promoting is an activity to support

Promoting STEEM and Steemit means more users and investors on the platform, which is ultimately great for everyone, because it creates demand, and therefore drives the price of STEEM higher.

Furthermore, one interesting property has been that users from many developing nations are absolutely smashing it out there in terms of promoting in their local and regional communities, and some brilliant initiatives have been created. I've seen Steemit on mainstream TV programmes in Indonesia, to people using their local church services to talk about Steemit, to fun street theatrics which are driving awareness of the platform.

This is having the effect of directing rewards to parts of the world where there is a great deal of poverty and unemployment, and personally this is a massive motivating factor for me. I want to see the STEEM blockchain being a force at irradicating poverty!

How to support #Promo-Steem

If you like the goals of #promo-steem, here's a few things you can do to support voluntaryist promoters who are effectively out there trying to grow the platform, and in turn, raising the value of STEEM:
  1. Join the SteemAuto curation trail for @steem-ambassador - Add a bit of your voting power to reward promoters!

  2. Delegate SP to @steem-ambassador - If you have the means, please consider delegating some Steem Power so we can incentivise promotional work, especially as the Guild upvoting system comes online in the next few days. Delegators will get a share of curation rewards that @steem-ambassador earns based on their delegation amount, so this is an active investment too!

  3. Follow our work, and get involved - Watch out for upcoming @steem-ambassador posts and give your approval to the Steem Ambassadors coming online.

  4. Curate on posts tagged with #promo-steem - The more people offering upvotes the promoters, the more attractive it becomes to do high quality promotional work...which remember helps EVERYONE here!

  5. Do some promotional work yourself - blog about it using the #promo-steem tag, which is one of the fastest growing tags on the platform! There are so many ways you can do it, and we have a vibrant community who want to get stuck in with you!

Final thoughts

What we are doing now is the tip of the iceberg. As #promo-steem becomes more and more popular, and whales start to realise that it's helping grow the value of their holdings, we expect that support from bigger account holders will increase. The circular effect of rewarding quality promotion, which in turn increases demand for STEEM, will have a massive impact across the entire community.

The one thing you can do today to help STEEM grow is to support the tireless promotional campaigns that are happening all across the world. Remember, these people are voluntaryists, and your upvotes encourage them to do more and more to help us all to prosper.

Credits: I'd like to express my gratitude to the following people, who have all given me their time to discuss and work out how to make this happen. @stephenkendal, @starkerz, @futurethinker, @geekgirl, @cryptocurator, @themeanbean

Love, light and laughter to you all.
Anarcotech x


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Hello @anarcotech

Many Commendations to #promo-steem dudes for coming up with a modalities to sieve curation worthy post from ill works people reports daily. This is surely a good step in the right direction.

However, I was not aware of openings for applications for the posts of steem-ambassadors and I had done so much promoting this platform with concrete evidence to tender, if need be. I really wonder if the opportunity still exist? I will like to know.

Thank you for your hard work.

@eurogee, the founder of @euronation community & The Host, Show Us Your Witnesses Weekly Contest


Sure. read the ambassador page on the website here and put it in. It might be that we have enough applications for round 1, but as promo-steem grows, there of course will be opportunities for new rounds. It's really about how many people apply and are accepted by the community.


Okay. Thanks

This is a great job .... faster walking promo-steam guild is getting better because every day I studied more increased tag # promo-steem. But unfortunately many are using it in the wrong place, such as a post containing photo food but the tag # promo-steem, this does not make sense mind.

as per your request to me to meet my friend about the coffee business I have emailed to you from my email and I also post about the promo-steem coffee aceh support London Cryptocurrency Show.


Hi @suheri. I have seen your email. I've been mega busy today getting the guild stuff working. I will reply to you soon, promise.


okay master


can i translate to indonesia in my posting @anarcotech


Please do so!

I'm in the process of setting up my first project related to #promo-steem. It takes time and involve some team effort. Mid March is my launch deadline.


It really does take some time. If people only knew how much time we dedicate behind the scenes to what we're up to, they'd be shocked. Every week, @stephenkendal, @starkerz and myself probably spend somwhere between 4 and 10 hours talking on skype about the project. Now we have @allasyummyfood involved too, and plenty of others who we speak to on a more infrequent basis, it's basically become a fulltime occupation! I look forward to hearing about your initiative, good luck with it!


Absolutely! Thank you for the encouragement! You can probably only learn when you start doing your own thing. Now, for @allasyummyfood. I was planning to get in touch with her as the project I'm up to includes attracting people to Steemit from UK. As I understand she's the one to get in touch with when it's about UK. Will do that in the upcoming weeks.

This is a great work and am really in love with this, I couldn't apply because I don't think I have really done anything promoting, just doing my personal one on one chat and bringing people onboard and being the host of my first #credo steemit promotion, I hope other opportunities will be given and am sure by then my profile will be updated to be an ambassador, for now I love really working behind the scenes, #promo-steem is really doing a job everyone should support..... Thanks for what you're doing in promoting steemit...... I stand with you in my little way


Thanks @keban. It sounds to me like you have already started as a promo-steem promoter, and all credit to you for that! We appreciate all support, no matter how small or large it may be.


Am just doing what I can, in my little way since I got active in Dec, thanks to @samiwhyte for this motivation although he got to know about steemit through me, since I got active I've not brought much, only about 20pple, my girl @hibiz and I has made it our duty to actively spread the gospel of steemit. I admire what you're doing and find strength in it.


You are right @keban

since I got active I've not brought much, only about 20pple, my girl @hibiz and I has made it our duty to actively spread the gospel of steemit

I can attest to these figure and this people have joined our community
@credo community


Thank you for the confirmation. Thank you for it's been fun working with you promoting steemit

We are very happy for this website as promoters of steemit.


Thanks for your support @battebilly

Good job guys. A lot of minnows are bound to benefit from this.


Certainly hope so. Ultimately, rewarding promotional posts is something that supports the whole community, and we want people to get behind the initiative and realise that #promo-steem is designed to benefit everyone, whether they are minnows or whales, because it will grow the value of STEEM.


I'm supportive of your mission. Anything that can help the community grow, is a welcome development.

Luar biasa good job

I represent the team @promo-steemrural.
We strongly agree with you Sir.
Steemit will be able to poverty and miss social. we @promo-steemrural today has joined into sports volleyball team very talented in my opinion, but I personally concern to them because they don't have equipment and sufficient support,imagine between them don't even have a sports shoes, Unfortunately..
For more details you can see it here.
We will discuss this and will support them with all the way we have.
Steemit will be able to change it all.

I've started the promotion of steemit in my post
We wish you could love
I need a lot of advice from you

Quick question @anarcotech. If I want to be a steem ambassador and also create posts about my promotion isnt that a bit of a problem with conflict of interest? How do we solve it? Do steem ambassador not allowed to post about promotion?


Yes, it's being built in. Steem Ambassadors can still do promo work and post about it, but their votes will not count to their own tally. It basically ignores them, and still requires a threshold of other Steem Ambassadors to upvote them. There isnt a conflict because they still need to go through the same post vetting process as everyone else.


Thank you for your reply @anarcotech goodluck with the london cryptocurrency show! Im waiting for some great news ☺

Very interesting

a good post for the promo-steem, the current progress volume of new members is increasing, continue it @anarcotech

Im in Auto now...number 34! Go Promoters GO! :)

Fantastic progress @anarcotech & @geekgirl : Thank You Both. The SteemAmbassador Curation Trail has climbed into the TOP 50 Curation Trails on SteemAuto! It's climbing fast.
You might be considering signing up to SteemAuto after reading the benefits outlined by Anarcotech. SteemAuto: (1) It is really easy and (2) There are some really useful settings to make your trail work for your bespoke requirements


Cheers pal. Awesome that we are in the top 50 curation trails now, and growing. Fantastic news. It's all starting to come together nicely.....