Mind Your Votes! An investigation and guide to maximizing your Curation Rewards.

in #steem-help6 years ago (edited)

As a Reddit veteran, I take my upvotes very seriously. Every upvote matters. When I first joined Steemit, I went about it the same way I have trained myself over the years. I'm scrupulous with my upvoting habits, only upvoting posts that truly intrigued me. 

There's much more to Steemit than Reddit though. In this post, we will specifically discuss Curation Rewards. This was bit of a mystery to me. For one, the Steem Whitepaper contains precious little information about the subject, while the information on the website is outdated as there were wide sweeping changes to the algorithm just before the first payouts

What really helped me dive deep into this subject was @jesta's brilliant SteemStats. Specifically, Vote Inspector, which breaks down the weightage of curations rewards by post. When it first released, I posted about my initial discoveries. I was surprised to find many steemers interested, so over the last 4 days, I have been investigating vote distribution patterns for several posts. I have also held several voting experiments myself, as well as followed those of some steemers with curious voting habits. 

Here's what I found.

There are four things that determine your curation reward, in order of magnitude -

1. Eventual popularity of the post (Total SBD generated)
2. Your Steem Power (Your stake in the Steem pie)
3. Timing of your vote
(How soon after the post was made)
4. Your Voting Power (How often you upvote)

Popularity - SBD Generated

Every post generates a certain amount of SBD. 25% of this amount is distributed among all curators. Note that unlike author rewards, curation rewards are exclusively paid out in Steem Power. So the total curation rewards for a post is 25% of the Steem Power equivalent of the total SBD generated. Your share of this reward is determined by the metric Weight

For example, if a post earns $3,000, at an exchange rate of 1 SP = 3 SBD, a total of 250 SP are paid out to all upvoters. If the proportion of your Weight as a sum of all upvoters is 1%, you get 2.5 SP. Note that there's a minimum payout threshold of 0.001 SP

Steem Power

In the curation world, Steem Power is king. Or, more accurately, your vesting interest in Steemit. I routinely see posts where ~80% of the curation rewards go to one user. Of course, these are mostly smaller posts. But even Trending posts can be highly skewed. 

This popular post with over 100 votes has ~65% curation rewards heading to a single steemer. 


Like kings, Steem Power is fallible. There's one way to beat highly vested steemers at their own game - timing. And, well, hoping that they are late. 

The earlier you recognize the potential of a post, the greater your Weight

Here, @bravenewcoin gets a larger share than @ned despite @ned have 700 times (!!!) the Steem Power! Similarly, @thedashguy beats them all. This is simply because @thedashguy and @bravenewcoin discovered the post sooner, while the whales came in an upvoted it 5 hours later. 

However, there's a massive caveat - 

The 30 minute rule

At 0 seconds after the post is made, you are penalized 100% of your reward. ( This decreases linearly till 30 minutes after the post, where the penalty is 0. The penalty fee goes directly to the author. At this moment, the penalty is linear. I.e. 100% at 0 seconcds, 50% penalty at 15 minutes, 0% penalty at 30 minutes. 

This leads to an interesting dilemma. By waiting 30 minutes, you avoid any penalties. However, the post could explode with upvotes within these 30 minutes, and you are left with a negligible share at the end of it, penalties or not. 

In the end, it comes down to a simple gamble - Do you think this is potentially a very popular post and could go viral any minute? Take the penalty. Be early. 

This is one of my most successful posts - a big reward for a minnow like myself. I could see this post would be a massive hit and be trending in short order, so I took the risk. I voted in the first 7 minutes, received a 75% penalty. Yet, it turned out to be the right decision as minutes later, the whales joined in the fun. Within 30 minutes, the post had generated several thousand in SBD. If I had waited till then, I would have ended up with 0.001 SP, at which point any penalty is academic. 

The other factor is time of day. Usually, during peak hours - Morning and evening US time, things trend very quickly. Often hitting $1000 within 10 minutes. Whereas off-peak hours, posts often take 30 minutes to a couple of hours to be picked up by influential steemers.

Certain posts are slow burners. The more analytical, longer and verbose posts often take time to catch on. Whereas some posts are punchy and trend fast - particularly visual ones. 

My general recommendation is - wait 10 minutes for posts that are very interesting and likely to be popular. 20 minutes otherwise. If it's peak hour and a post is destined to be Top 3 on the Trending page, take the penalty. Vote within 3-7 minutes. 

You are only rewarded for upvoting within 12 hours. Upvotes beyond that count for a long-term 30 day payout, but aren't rewarded for curation. 

Voting Power

Finally, all steemers have a Voting Power, that is polled at the time of the upvote. The more frequent your upvotes, the lower your voting power. If you are spamming the upvote button constantly, your Voting Power is likely to be under 50%. If you rarely vote - less than 5 times a day - your Voting Power will be over 90%. This means each of your vote counts for much more. 

In general, I have found a majority of steemers fall in the 70%-80% range, so this is mostly a non-factor. Whales usually have 90+% Voting Power as they are much more discriminate with their upvotes. 

Generally, I have found 30-40 upvotes per day is the optimum, maintaining your Voting Power in the ~70% range. Between getting the maximum upvotes in without diluting each upvote. 

Voting Power regenerates steadily to 100% over 5 days. 

Further observations

Should I upvote my own post?

Under every post, there's this little box that's checked by default - Upvote post. By clicking this, you forego any curation rewards for your post. On the other hand, this makes your post more visible. 

My simple recommendation is - hold your upvote. Especially if you are a minnow. You can upvote your post at a later stage. 


Note that by un-voting, you forego any curation rewards for the post, even if you upvote later. 

So what type of content is popular on Steemit?

The truth is, this is always a bit of a lottery. I have seen many great posts head into the void, lost in obscurity. Conversely, I have seen simple one joke posts trending rapidly. However, I have observed at this time these posts usually do well - 

- Posts by popular / familiar steemers.
- Tools / apps for Steemit. 
- Original content - particularly some form of visual art. Paintings, photographs, videos. 
- Travel blogs to exotic places. 
- Extraordinary subject matters.
- Dramatic personal life experiences.
- Most of all, the topic du jour. It was makeup two weeks back, marijuana last week, etc.

Of course, I bet all of this changes once Steemit matures and there's a diverse range of curators. 

Flags / Downvotes

Downvotes are tied to Steem Power and Voting Power just like Upvotes. However, I'm not clear on how this counts towards your curation rewards, if at all. 

Upvoting Bots

We love our bots, here on Steemit. In recent days, there has been an spate of upvoting bots. About 30-40 of them which are upvoting certain posts willy-nilly. It appears to be targeted mostly at the #steemit tag and certain keywords. Don't let them bother you, as their Weight is near 0. They are too early, often taking on 98% penalty, their vote spamming means they have very low Voting Power, and finally, they have low Steem Power. It is a perfect storm of negligible. 

A Personal Note

Personally, I intend to go back to my Reddit upvoting ways. I shall be upvoting original and interesting content as quickly as I can - get the authors my share of the curation reward. I know this will compromise my curation reward, but it's fine - for me it's more important to play my part in grooming the community, however insignificant my upvotes may be. Also, as a minnow, I don't have much to lose anyway. 

I'm also concerned that this system might disincentivize upvoting niche content, which may never make the trending page. The ability to find a niche and like-minded people is paramount to social blogging platforms. It's why we post online - because our real life friends don't know much about cryptocurrency or jujitsu. We can only have those deep conversations online. I hope the Steemit developers have a solution for promoting original niche content. With this diversity, Steem is well place to flourish. 

As a closing tease, I have a special post about Steemit lined up for Saturday which I have been working on for two weeks. Stay tuned!


Thanks for this informative writeup. Hopefully I've chosen just the right time to upvote it ;)

Re: self-upvoting, it's true that

By clicking this, you forego any curation rewards for your post

but you do so in favor of the post author, which is you!

Came here to say this, but looks like you beat me to it!

I'm afraid this post is likely to be lost in the void now! So it wouldn't have mattered. But who knows, with the 30 day extension now, maybe it can be revived. It's pretty weird how my preliminary article with just a couple of charts trended while this analysis which took me 4 days to write is going to be lost!

You have raised an interesting point! In posts that I tried upvoting, my Weight showed up as 0- i.e. no part of the Curation Rewards. As to whether or how that goes to the author, I haven't been able to verify. Would be great if someone with inside knowledge of the code could chime in. :)

The instant self-upvote rewards do go to the author (you) under the 30 minute rule so there is no harm there. The only reason not to use it is if you think the post won't get votes and you don't want to waste the voting power.

@smooth i have seen many users over here constantly upvoting themselves on every comment, but personally i dont like this way , i prefer to give rewards to someone's else for his good content in post- not to upvote myself to get anything more, i prefer to make it by myself doing posts that are helpful to other users.

The self-voting feature we were discussing only applies to posts not comments.

Voting yourself routinely on comments is questionable since comments usually don't get that much in the way of votes and rewards, and each comment vote uses the same vote power as a post vote. I only do it when I feel my comment is particularly important and I want to promote it, but in that case it isn't for the rewards, it is for visibility.

However, there are some users (I'm one of them) who don't post very much but are active on comments. They may feel that their comments are useful and a valuable contribution to the discussion, so worthy of rewards. (I'll leave it to others to decide if my comments are valuable.)

Thank you @smooth. That does make sense. Wish I could edit the post - this was clearly an oversight on my part, but it's already been locked! I just hope readers see this chain.

I only do it when I feel my comment is particularly important and I want to promote it, but in that case it isn't for the rewards, it is for visibility.

^^^ THIS

👍nice information, thanks @liberosist

I'm afraid this post is likely to be lost in the void now!
Somehow I stumbled upon your post two weeks later. ;) - But the problem, of course, remains. There is a lot of good stuff on this platform that just burns away like straw and is never heard of again. On the other hand quick memes and visual content get a lot of upvotes.

@nevid. Thank you, this seems to be the consistent trend

Badda-bing, right there baby.

You are only rewarded for upvoting within 12 hours. Upvotes beyond that count for a long-term 30 day payout, but aren't rewarded for curation.

Μy humble opinion is that it must be changed! It is fair that the curators get rewarded for their finds after 12 hours as well !!! Why not? The system right now don't give motivation for curators to extract quality content after the 12 hour span... This post was an exception! It must get the rule that good content will eventually survive !!! ...good content must survive regardless of the heroes out-there....

i absolutely agree. This post is as useful today as it was a year ago

Minnow here. Heck, I'm reading this now and I still find it as useful as ever.

I agree with you there. My guess is the current algorithm doesn't scale over such a long period, which would mean people voting after 3 days, let alone 3 weeks, get nothing. So there would have to be a separate curation reward algorithm for the extended period. Perhaps they are working on it and it'll come with the next Hard Fork. Wish @theoretical would step in with some insights.

There is too much incentive to game the voting system, and not enough incentive to cast genuine votes. Not only that, but I think people should be rewarded less when voting for authors with a good track record.

Right now curation on Steemit is like horse racing, except the favourites are given the same long odds as the outsiders. This is extremely polarising.

I designed the curation rewards system. The weight formula is tuned so that the initial value of your reward is about the same, regardless of which post you upvote [1]. This means that naturally your weight will be less if you're the last person to upvote. You can read more about the curation rewards math on my blog.

Thank you for chiming in, @theoretical! I'll certainly check up your blog, and I hope others would too.

If there are some Newbie like me, i recomend to read the @theoretical blog, there is a lot of info about the reward system. thanks a lot for all that info.

I keep learning more and more little quirks about how this works! Great read on how to maximize curation rewards! Thanks @liberosist! (cc @ftlian @dollarvigilante)

Glad it helped you, Randy. I know you are in a good position to pass on this knowledge on podcasts and people from the Free State Project :)

You know I thought that during 0-15 min all curation rewards go 100% to author and than between 15-30 it decreases until hits 0%.
that is why I tend to wait to 15 min mark for voting.

It's a linear curve. It used to be a power curve, but as of now it's linear - 100% at 0, 50% at 15, 25% at 22.5, 0% at 30, and so on.

that's good to know, thanks.

Great job organizing this content into a comprehensive guide. Very useful!

The steemstats.com doesn't seem to show anything yet for the 4 week payment. All the weights for posts after the initial payout are 0. Is there a reason for this? Do you know if it is something they are planning to update?

Like I mentioned in the post, there's no Curation Rewards for the extended 4 week period. All curation rewards are handed out in the initial 12 hour+ period.

Ok, that makes sense. So the "Vote Distribution" section is showing the curation rewards? I have been thinking it was how the votes/weights contributed to the payout amount. I assume they are similar/related, but not exactly the same thing.

Yes, it's the Vote Distribution section. And yes, the percent of Weight contributes to your curation reward. The calculation is pretty accurate too. To find out your curation reward, you can use this formula -
(Weight percent / 100) * 0.25 * Total SBD generated by the post.

Cool, thanks!

Finally the detail I been looking for - minimum payout of 0.001 SP. Plus, there was a bunch of interesting stuff in this post! Thanks.

I missed out on a little detail, too late to edit the post now!

To hit the 0.001 SP threshold consistently, you need a Steem Power of about 250. If your timing is right, you'll sometimes get curation rewards with 100 SP in the Wallet, but to consistently be rewarded, make sure it's well above that.

Downvotes are tied to Steem Power and Voting Power just like Upvotes. However, I'm not clear on how this counts towards your curation rewards, if at all.

Unfortunately no rewards for flagging.(your voting power just decrease )
The good "flaggers " are heroes or big shareholders :)

Thanks for confirming. I suspected so - but this never showed up in the Vote distribution, so I wasn't sure.

I've seen @berniesanders spot a plagiarized post and wipe away a hundred upvotes in one go. :)

I don't see this post being lost into obscurity. It's the most informative and very well written. I love reading tutorials, especially about #steemit . Thank you for sharing this knowledge.

It WAS lost in obscurity! You'll see that it's 3 days old. It entered the void, like many of my posts do, with less than a dollar. Luckily, someone resurrected it with a big upvote. I think it was @berniesanders, the true Steemit superhero. :)

This is the new extended 4 week system in action - giving us a second chance. I hope some other great posts are rediscovered too, including some of my own.

thank you !
very helpfull topics

Very well explained @liberosist ! , I was confused about the weight and timing before your post, thanks to you I finally understand !

Thank you. I'm glad I could help. :)

Thank you for the very informative post. I have one question for you @liberosist ! What did you use to diagram the weight of votes? They layout is simple and very readable. It is something I desperately need for #steemaway and showing the top ten who will receive x10 Power Vote

Like I mentioned in the post, I used SteemStats.com. It's great app by @jesta. Just enter an account name, and click on the icon next to Votes.

Thanks for sharing these tips. Although these tips are a year old I think these are useful.

good post, its will help for new steemians :)

Oh wow. I'm glad I found this post. I heard something about this 30 min penalty, but didn't really understand it. Is it still exactly the same?
I just tried to upvote good posts as fast as possible and didn't think this would cost me my share. :D

this explains some of the way upvoting works, still a mystery though.
I still dont understand why there are whales in the first place - it upsets the balance of everything.

That's just how the system works. Without whales, there would be no rewards and no Steemit.

Thank you, this article really helped me understand the voting system here.

Hi! Very interesting information. Every upvote matters to me too. Your post really helps. Good luck in Steemit!
Please, read my post too: https://steemit.com/introduceyourself/@knyaz/hi-steemers-my-name-is-igor-knyaz-and-i-ll-be-35-in-two-weeks

Great job !Very useful!

Excellent post, and thanks for taking the time to explain it. I'm still unsure what you mean by "Upvote post. By clicking this, you forego any curation rewards for your post. " Thats got me a bit lost. If you have time could you explain that a little more. I see somebody further down mentions it, but I'm still not clear. Much appreciated.

This was an oversight on my part. You do forego curation rewards, but you get the same amount back as part of author rewards. I wish I could edit the post, but it's too late.

no problem, thanks for your prompt reply.

The curation imho is a bit too complicated. We ought to be able to explain to a new user how votes affect his pay for an article and how him voting affects his curation reward.

thank you for this very useful information. I understand much better now.

I love reading posts like this, thank you for all the time and effort you put into it! Curation rewards are one of the few things I was still researching and trying to learn about. Now I can cross that off the list.

It's always great to come across posts that shed some light into the dark recesses of algorithms without any technical jargon. Personal experience, in my opinion, goes a long way in trumping theories. Your understanding is well presented and appreciated.

Some of my posts The Underbelly Of The Whale, My Steem Engine (Miner) Experience, Minnows In Whales Clothing, The Emotional Roller Coaster of Investing and The Power Of Minnows
@steempool Turning Minnows Into Whales
steemit.chat user masterinvestor.

After a few days on Steemit I feel I may actually know less about the entire system of it, but the one thing I am sure of is how usefull scrolling through the comments section can actually be, @masterinvestor
Nice comment. I gazed through your stuff and tossed a click onto the follow, so I can actually read through it all later on.

wow ..thanks for explaining the system... it still needs explaining to newcomers ( like me )

Welcome! I'll have a TL;DR post up soon as I realize this may be too much of a wall of text.

This is very informative and validates most that I have read or heard from what others said in videos. Thanks for this very crucial and vital information for newcomers to the platform and the whole Steemit community in general.

So, people will start to update their voting bots now )

Those insta-upvote bots seem to have disappeared. Not because of this post, of course, but it was about time they realized it. They may be getting smarter.

the penalty for the first 30 minutes was made to give advantage to human over bots!

That is obvious.
So, for now people are just using upvote bots to make an upvote right after some user from manually created list makes an upvote.
I'm sure there are much more ways to be creative at that field.

Wow, this post exploded, very interesting read :)
please check out my idea of minimal upvote payouts:

Well, I don't know if it would be feasible to pay out $0.01 for every post if it doesn't actually reach it. I highly doubt it. Internally, the blockchain does count votes up to three decimals. (You can check Steemd.com for the actual tally) So, ten votes worth $0.001 each could make it to $0.01.

thanks for research about steemit :) good luck for you @liberosist

Interesting. So I should wait another 15 minutes before upvoting this post? Anyway, thank you for the info on the upvote-bots, and your concern for original niche content.

It depends! So far it doesn't look like this post is too popular, so you could wait. Of course, this might not be a good idea with more popular posts!

This is a brilliant post, and soo informative and helpful. Wish I had seen it 20 minutes after you posted it though, ;) Thank you!!

Thanks, glad you liked it. :)

The post was buried during its initial 12 hours without much attention. But was later resurrected. So, even if you voted in the first 20 minutes you would have got nothing as the extended period does not offer curation rewards. If that makes you feel better. :)

It does, thank you. It's funny though because in the age of social media I've been conditioned to upvote something as a cyber-nod showing my approval or agreement. Now that I've read your article, I realize that habit may not be the best strategy here on steemit. But also, I'm just a little minnow so it doesn't matter much; that's good to keep in mind too. :) Oh! But you're waiting for your next payout, and the votes will help that right? So I'll upvote it afterall! :)

Good post

Steemit is still a mystery to me and I keep finding out more and more because of posts like these. There for I want to send you a thank you for sharing thise kind of information with us all! I am now, again, a little more steemit smart!

Thank you so much for this post, not only was the content great.. but your message for why you wrote it really brought it home. Every Up Vote matters, it is within our best interest to treat them that way. #Steemit

hey @liberosist wow i didn't knew you were a trained redditor. Yes I'm training myself for voting only good stuff

I find I'm upvoting way more than I should. I guess it's part of being a new platform - I find myself upvoting content from new members even if they are not great.

be a cheep, lets wait for a big whale to decide for you what is good and what is not (that's what it seems to come from your post actually). Lol
So is that your advice as a "veteran reddit voter" ?

This was a great write up. I just joined Steem today and plan on laying out my life story with some very useful and unique content that can help many people on Steem if you curate what I write to help other Steemers. And help other people join the community who are not on Steem yet. I have a whale of a tale to share. Cheers and thanks for your input. BigE

Very interesting and valuable information. Thanks for stitching it all together and sharing it with us.

I'm curious. Does the downvote have a time limit as well (the 30 minute rule)? If not, then we are looking at the potential for abuse. I could, theoretically choose something to upvote, and if there is no limit on the downvote side, systematically downvote anthing that challenges my payout without any skin in the game or limitation.

I haven't been able to observe much about downvotes. I would guess yes, the weight of downvotes would be reduced during the 30 minutes, but that is just a guess.

Up voted. This should be like a "sticky"

@liberosist , another well written post. Looks like you are quite at home in the trending pages now :) Love It .. A good author with great posts.

Thanks @jacor :) I still have many undiscovered posts, but yes, it all evens out in the end. Indeed, this one was paid out with less than half a dollar, so I hope some of the others will be re-discovered.

thanks your arts.

Very good detailed look into this. I enjoyed the read. It gives me the need to test some of your points. Great post.

Do share your experiences once you test!

Any things on upvoting and removing it and reupvoting ? I see a popup that It will reset the curation rewards? I think it would be good if you add this too in your article . It gave me a lot of info , thank you.

It's there in the article - check "Un-voting".

This is exactly what I needed. You did a great job of breaking this down!

Thanks, glad to help. :)

HI @liberosist
Just to let you know I linked to this article in my latest piece here

Now I understand how the newest rules works regarding upvotes, downvotes, and the importance of diversity in Steem. Thank. This is an inspiring post :)

@liberosist I am a newbie and still a little confused here. Could you please answer and explain this:
Given that a specific post which the curator upvoted has gone viral? In which case would the curator earn more?
Case 1: If the curator had upvoted in 3-15mins range (10% curation awards)
Case 2: If the curator had upvoted after 30 mins (100% curation awards) ?

Great guide! Time to start posting again!

Wow. Thank you - this actually answers a ton!!

Great post, thanks!

Fantastic post. Really, thank-you. I've been scouring steemit for more information on how this works. It's great to have it all in one place.

One of the Whales mentioned a few days ago that they would like to tie downvoting to rewards but they don't know how to do it without inviting abuse, so for now downvoting has no effect on rewards. Don't quote me on this, though :)

Question: what happens if I remove an upvote from my own post after publishing?

Thank you. Mind you - I don't expect everything is accurate here, these are just my observations. Also, these things are bound to change as we are still in Beta.

That was seriously clearly written. Thank you.

detail information ... I have read repeatedly ...TQ

Should be required reading for everyone.

Also post to take into consideration...Time worth spent on here even if you read and comment...Btw: How do you upvote replies unless your rep has to be up....

I just found this article @liberosist and it helps explain one of the major doubts I had. Thank you for sharing

the whole SteemIt thingie is overwhelming to me, but thanks for this little guide.

Thanks for putting in so much effort to explain the upvoting and give all the tips and tricks. However personally I do not care about the curation award, I upvote what I think is worth uploading. What I have not understood if people also get rewarded for their comments? Below some of the comments you receive I see a dollar rewards. If it is the case would you have any advice on upvoting on comments?

Yeah, the up-vote system here is definitely "sheisty" for the lack of a better made up word. So many people leave good encouraging feedback and ask good questions only to be ignored while everyone else is chasing that dolla' ... it makes the vast majority of content feel unimportant and overlooked. #mytwocents

I will upvote posts which are motivational and those which give tips on steem

a helpful information...thank you

Love this insight you found my guy. A way to time the curation.

Helpful. Newbies appreciate it :)

Thank you very much!
As I am new to steemit and new to the blockchain technology I see that there is much to be discovered. Even better if people like you present the discoveries easy to read in great detail!

Thank you for the information presented in this post. Very informative , and again thank you.

Impressively written and full of information I've been seeking. Most notable to me is the "Should I upvote my own post" I have been pondering why or why not for a while. Everything here is great knowledge, though, and appreciated equally.

Really enjoyed this. I have been lost trying to figure this out.

This is greatly appreciated. I read some of the "whitepaper" and must return for more understanding of this STEEM. I just joined and already I cannot upvote anymore (no voting power)!

Bookmarked now ! Thanks !

Wow! Thanks @liberosist for writing all this up 10 months ago!

have the algorithms changed again since then? do you have a hint for me on where to check on the up-to-date way this is being calculated?

I heard somehwere the penalty time has been increased to an hour?!

No, it's still 30 minutes. But yeah, there are major changes in Hardfork 19 - I think I'll do an update then :)

awesome... i made sure to follow you to hear all about it!

I found your post while searching for answers, "why I am not receiving any curation rewards even though I am curating carefully". It helped me very well. Thanks for the post.

Hi, I'm new to steemit and found this post very helpful for me as I was up voting all my posts and didn't realize that it was actually costing me instead of helping me like I thought it would, doh.

Thanks for sharing all this wisdom with those that desperately need it. :D

It was very usefull for me - newbie. Thanks!

please follow me and I'll follow you back :D

Thanks man for summarising the lengthy whitepaper into a well formatted blog

Nice article. Well I know am about 11 months late but at least it's very valuable information though some of the things I had to read them twice to get a hang of it!

Just the post I needed. Thanks man.

I just upvoted this post, 1 year later, that's probably a steemit lifetime ^^ :D

Let's see if anyone can find me :P

Really concise, enlightening write up @liberosist. Was planning on writing something similar myself as there's a lot of confusion surrounding this topic. You've beaten me to it and done so probably much better than I could, so have an upvote sir!

Thanks! I made a couple of mistakes. Since the post was revived from the dead, I'm unable to edit it. :( I've also discovered a few additional things.

Yeah there's a few things I have picked up on recently that are missing from this article that I think would be helpful to a lot of people. Good effort nonetheless dude.

tks fos all this information, very useful :-)

i appreciate your experience in the arena of upvoting and curation discipline. i intend to read a bit more from some of the links that you have highlighted.

Great post @liberosist ! I'm brand new to steemit and learning more every minute. While I think I'm starting to understand the ecosystem, I do have a question that hopefully I can get some guidance on. Is there any value, aside from the appreciation I can show, for upvoting a post that's older? It shouldn't all be about curation rewards if steemit is going to become a great platform so that's not a huge deal for me. But for a new person like me who just now found this great content, does an upvote help anyone or should I save my voting power for more "recent" posts?

Simple and informative, that is all i need.

Why does my upvote "costs" people money?

Don't worry about it - it's just fluctuations in the SBD generated.

I like to read old informative posts like this! It helps me to create a correct and clear image about this platform and the people around here!

Glad I found ur page!

Hey! I found this very interesting. I had my eyes open on what upvote is and how it works. Thanks for this. BTW im just 2 days old here im just learning things. Big thanks for this! :)

@liberosist this is a very helpful post Upvotinghereon and hopefully will get a chance to upvote early the popular ones. Following you @liberosist to learn more about this platform

Thank you for this post. Good info. Let's see how Steemit evolves and what new features they add. I for one would like to see re-steemed posts relegated behind the main blog page as a tab. That would be cool and separate the "spouty" fish from the "o.c fish"; spouty fish is that fish that doesn't create original content but instead spout out and "re-steem" other's posts. "o.c fish" are the original content fish. That's my fish.

Great article I had no idea about the details of Up voting and rewards

I've been reading up on how to earn more on steemit and your post is one of the clearest I've found.
well done

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