First Post Following HF 20... Welcome back!

in steem •  24 days ago

I remember when 4-5 pm Eastern Time was deemed the best time to post for maximum eyes and potential votes, I don't think that rings true at all today!

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Yep, all that engagement, supportive comments, votes, and kind wallet sends to worthy causes have taken their toll, particularly on our most engaged Steemians. Prior to around an hour ago, most accounts were in 'mana' debt to the quadrillions, but it seems like we have now been forgiven for our engagement sins, and our mana is starting to recover.

You can check your status on steemd (https://steemd.com/@abh12345), and on steemworld (https://steemworld.org/@abh12345) - The totals vary by a few hundred billion, but hey, who cares when we are talking quadrillions!

During the previous day, Steem has felt like a 'please wait, loading' screen on a favorite computer game. 'Initializing map', 'Equalizing resources', 'Building player attributes'. The main bosses loaded quicker, and likely found the best places for a strong foothold. Everyone else had to sit and wait, not knowing when or where they will appear, but hoping they'll become active close to a friendly giant, wishing to help out, and not next to an unfriendly giant, wishing to test how much mana it would cost to stomp them out 😨

Right now though, I'm seeing new posts appear from smaller accounts of dolphin-sized status, and so I thought I'd chance my arm with a quickie, if you know what I mean 😜

The first notification was a quick check of Steemworld after buying my first 2 pairs of jeans in about 3 years - see, I did use the downtime wisely, depending on how the jeans look when i start wearing them. I'm a size 33 waist, with long skinny legs. The choice is to either breath in all the time and for 32's, or buy 34's, drink beer and wear a belt. I'll let you decide which size I went for.

Anyway, I saw a votes going out, but also noticed:


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Which for accounts who generally tend to their VP ( @tarazkp and @bue under the bus 😜 ), this is not a pretty sight at all. It's explained here in case you missed it: https://steemit.com/steem/@steemitblog/update-on-unexpected-voting-power-behavior

For the next 3 days and 21 hours, I'll likely be taking a break on voting to allow my VP to get into the 90%'s again. This will be better for you guys I'm sure. Hopefully @krnel will still be on holiday, and i'll get to use the additional 5000 SP he loaned me while he was away. Thanks @krnel - nice timing on the break!

A 'thank you' to everyone sending me messages on discord and keeping me entertained over the last 24 hours - particularly with the theories on who's been trying to take advantage of the reward pool while 99% of us were unable to post and vote. A quick look around the usual suspects makes me want to type 'no-one', but some of you know that's not the case.



Votes fit for a king, by a king, go on son!

Anyway, each to their own.


Also, did you see @dtube have reduced beneficiaries to 10%? That's pretty cool, especially when you don't vote your own content. Previously I was losing 25% and up to 25% on rewards via a @dtube post, although it was more like 42-43% generally. That's still a reasonable hit though, and so a reduction to around 27-28% is welcome here. Nice one.

Right, time to test if 14,078,302,664,229 mana is enough to submit a post, here goes!

Cheers, and welcome back!

Asher

EDIT: One more thing....

Bring it on @fulltimegeek witness!

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Well, maybe not votes.. but you got the eyes 🤷‍♀️

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I did get some eyes yes :) That is nice, comments from people who've been told I wont be upvoting for a few days :D

The main bosses loaded quicker. Right.

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Seemed to be the case, but at least most of us are up and running again now :)

Welcome back Asher! I'm kind of afraid to try and make a post of my own. I guess I could do the standard "test" one, but does anyone really like to see those? I'm right at around 22% too, seems to be a somewhat common number for people. Anyways, let's see if my 104,018,218,072 mana is enough to submit this comment, haha!

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Oh also, in my experience jeans are meant to be worn until one half of them becomes shorts

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And it was! I think we are good to go for posts and comments, although less is 'care for blockchain' right now, or so I hear.

The one pair of Jeans I owned prior to today have rips in both knees. The are still wearable though I think, but yeah... needed a new pair!

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I just made a few 100% votes and noticed my VP only dropped 1%.. hmmmm.. I'm not gonna make a habit of it it was just a test and I figured I'd let ya know since we were on the subject.. I'm guessing that will be fixed pretty soon.

I get the knee rips pretty commonly too. I am pretty active so that rip usually makes it's way all the way around one of the knees sooner or later and that's what I meant by becoming shorts! ha

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Only 1%? That doesn't seem right, although I wouldn't trust the presentations of this stat fully at present.

I should have worn these jeans more, maybe they will become shorts next summer :D

hahahah... when he thought no one was watching 5-6 day old comments! :D

I would upvote you but well...Mana
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Yeah, i am going to upvote you :)

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You're almost at your normal voting power anyway :P Cheers!

Size 32 because you're both rarional and an optimist....

If steem doesn't pick up your eggs and beans diets will shrink you into them in no time.

If it does pick up, and you can afford to start eating lard again, you won't care about having to discard ur skinny jeans.

Welcome back!

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34! Planned beer consumption in Poland should do the trick, although If I do wear them here prior, the diet as above will mean them looking rather sad :)

Cheers, you too!

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If they end up being too large I'll take them off yr hands. I'm a 34" waist standard.

Unless I decide to do one of these...

https://www.outsideonline.com/2125031/what-happens-your-body-thru-hike

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Wow!

Sudden urge to go on a long walk right now!

Insane body transformation here! Ok, tomorrow, it begins. Something to do while Steem is repairing itself. Cheers for the link!

I still got some good 72 hours plus before I get to 100%. My debt will be paid by then. It feels good to be back :)

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Yeah I'm up over 4 days now. I tried delegating 2000 SP to help a witness disable/enable but it didn't seem to help. Seems to be a problem for witness accounts with low RC / SP, not cool!

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Wow, that's a long time to chill and do nothing. I only did an upvote and I dropped to 35% VP. Guess it's the debt I owed for having upvoted 5 days to the HF :)

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YAY!! Welcome Back Angel A <3 <3 <3

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Wooop! Glad to be back, that was a long day, all 24 hours of it! :D

Thank you for the greetings Lyndsay!

A break from voting is definitely in order!! It's good to be back though eh!!

Votes for for a king! Lol :0D

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Certainly is, blood carnage on the VP though!

What's he playing at eh? No game I'm interested in that is for sure!

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Yeah, I suspect people are hoping that they get the lions share of the reward pool for that day... tsk tsk!

Blood carnage, thats a good way to put it!

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I don't think the potential payout will grow much though, and so it looks like a potential waste of VP recovery at present?

'Carnage' all the way!

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I dont think so either but they try it out. Must have been a royal wrecking of the VP all those 100%ers!

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My heart doth bleedeth for the King, not!

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Very odd though because his is sitting at 20 like all of the rest of us so it is like they havent counted?

Man there is some weird shit going about

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I think your mention of powering up on taraz's post seems to have some weight. I just powered up a measly 14.5 STEEM and my VP jumped 1.5%. I tried 10 more and that didn't do much... hmmm

(taz also tried it and received a little boost)

Meanwhile, our witness @steemcommunity is flying up in VP - perhaps producer rewards are helping?

Here is what happened to me after claiming all my built up rewards:
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It was slightly smaller than that. But please note the $0.020 supposed vote value.

Here is what happened after the 100% vote, because I wanted to see what would happen. It was not pleasant.

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So my full vote which should have been $0.020, ($0.033 prior to HF and rewards), was pretty much cut in half.

I'll be back with an edit after clicking post to show the third and final phase, just so I can see it and save others some guess work on how it is working.
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And here is what makes absolutely no sense whatsoever:
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The wheel increased after commenting. There was maybe 12 minutes from vote to hitting the post key on the comment. So claiming rewards is very expensive, voting takes a pretty penny, comments, well not much at all. So how is this stopping comment bots? Stopping spam comments?I just don't get it, I guess next monday we will see, and in the meantime I have no clue how to vote, or how much to vote. Because this was my first vote and I know I did not have a lot of vote value before the HF, but with a $0.033 vote I could still vote about 20 times with out it being a dust vote if I was careful.

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Damnn! Got slammed for the vote!

Things are still working themselves out, I would say do your one more test and then hold tight for a few days :)

EDIT: Cheers for the extra test, I do think that touching little apart from comments is the way forward right now. We'll see if the comment spammers are affected in a few days, when this mana grace period is over.

Hello there @abh12345.

Looks like I timed my holiday perfectly. I'm going away for 5 days on Friday and, like you will probably not upvote anything until my voting power is back to >90%.

I'm not sure I'm going to post either but time will tell.

What a total balls up!

I wonder if kingscrown will be a dolphin by the time it's all over. 😂

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Hi Gill

Your VP will be back to 100% in 2d 19h 50m and you can knock a few more minutes off that depending on how long it has taken me to type this reply :)

I wouldn't call it a total balls up, the blockchain worked, and there was plenty of uncertainty drafted into the last @steemitblog before the fork. We just have to wait a few days and all will be well.

Enjoy your hols!

(Kingscrown is already an Orca :) )

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Kingscrown is already an Orca

yeah. I knew that @abh12345

I was thinking he might get penalised down to dolphin for taking so much of the reward pool while we were locked out . . .

. . . she lied! 😂

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Apparently he is @tarazkp. According to @abh12345 he's an orca!

I'm so not in with the in crowd! 😂

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Wrong again :D An orca with all his delegated SP, but a chunky dolphin withough :)

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What? Now you're just messing with my brain. 😂

And I quote

(Kingscrown is already an Orca :) )

Obvious question . . .

Where are the delegations from? I could go and look but would probably get confused with that too. 😂

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Yeah that statement was wrong. A dolphin with his owned SP, and an Orca including delegations.

You are going to have to learn how to look Gill!

https://steemworld.org/@abh12345 - insert the name you wish instead of mine, and click 'delegations' on the left - incoming are what you want to see :)

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I know how to do that @abh12345.

What I meant was I probably wouldn't recognise the names that were delegating. But I'll take a look. 😁

. . . so I see blocktrades is delegating to him and an account I don't recognise that only has a reputation of 25 but is able to delegate 13K SP.

Not surprising the rep is 25 since it hasn't made any posts.

It's not good for me looking at this stuff. I gets me down.

And I get paranoid that i'll get flagged.

Running scared . . .

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yeah, he should be a whale with what he has earned but I don't think I have ever seen his account without this:

as they say, it is your stake to do with what you want and some people keep voting.......

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... for their own 5 word comments...

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I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Seems to be the norm on here. 😂

I've already used my 100% vote on Matt's post, but used my personal account to vote here. :)

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I thought he had way more!

I guess we are “the victims of our own success” as the more active users that engaged most were penalized. After reading the Steemit post before the Hard Fork I thought to myself that those of use with a good amount of Steem Power would get through this but I was so wrong! It’s good to see things coming back to normal to start the grind again although I expect the engagement across the ecosystem to fall off the radar given the limited voting power available out there. I don’t want to lose my routine so I will continue!

A comment takes 1% of my Mana I noticed! So I can do 26 more and after more than 24 hours of experiencing withdrawal symptoms... Here I am!

I will check out your (then newish) jeans in November and might I offer you a beer or a glass of water you'll be able to deduct my opinion.

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I'm not going to worry about the cost of a comment too much, more concerned about my VP/mama.

Thanks, hopefully they won't have holes in them by then!

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Well, VP will recharge, but the cost of commenting seems to be pretty high and some are worried about their spot in your engagement league already ;-)

I'm actually counter trading the trend here and throwing out some votes during all of this.

There's something fishy about a Fixed Reward Pool mixed with no one voting that may cause some havoc on post rewards in the next few days. All that STEEM has to be distributed somewhere. Maybe, just maybe, that somewhere will include some curation rewards coming to me for being brave enough to vote when all signs say we shouldn't.

Then again, I'm horrible at this stuff, so could be completely off base and deluded.

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@tarazkp is of the same thinking as you. I've snuck a few votes in thus far, and as usual, only time will tell 😊

Just experimenting here @abh12345... here's the interesting thing: giving you a 100% upvote (worth all of 3 cents - woo-hoo) only caused my RC balance to drop 0.13%. However my VOTING POWER took it in the snout from 67.7% to 33.8!

Hope that normalizes, or all social interaction here will basically go in the toilet.

Now I'm going to see what a medium length comment "costs." Or if it will even go.

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Some are suggesting the odd vote while things stabilise could be worth doing. We will see in 6/7 days when the curation rewards are paid out.

I think most will be good to comment freely now due to 'debt forgiveness', and hopefully all will be good in a few days time.

Enjoy the jeans and beer, and know that (if it works) this is my first comment since the fork.
Cheers!

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Happy to be on the receiving end of your first comment following HF 20!

Asher..am powering down as i need it...is that wise where i can buy back or stop powering down when i got what i need. My property title is a collateral somewhere..i have until Oct. 20.
Your advice is very much appreciated. Ta.

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If you need it, it is most certainly wise. There's not really much more I can add, other than that I agree to take only what you need at these low prices, when compared to earlier in the year. Good luck!

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If steem goes up a bit..i dont need all of my powerdown 3k so i can still buyback...
or stop pd before the total 3k. Cool thanks Asher.

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Hopefully you wont need it all, fingers crossed for you.

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Thanks Asher... tell me, why will it be difficult to get steem in the future? What's the difference between before HF2 and now?

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The 2nd question is changing all the time @steemitblog.

Well hopefully the the price of STEEM will go up, so you will earn less tokens per post.

Also, I think more people will choose to delegate SP for SMTs and other projects, meaning there will be less available for pure bloggers.

Probably more reasons than that but there's two for starters 😊

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I've delegated a total of 7k already...for 3 different things. If they will do SMTs, i doubt it.
But will wait and see cheers! At least btc needs to go up if not Steem. You doing alright and still in Espagna? Be well.

Mana is going to give a lot of problem to me i guess ;p

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