My response to Justin

in #steem4 years ago

When I first started here I didn't have a deep appreciation of voluntaryism; the belief that all choices should be voluntarily made. But the more Steem I experience the more I understand it's importance.

Crypto is an odd space unlike physical space because it's so easy to pack up and leave, to forge a new path, and remove any aspect of a technology or community that people don't care for by simply walking away. Digital migration of people is practically liquid or gaseous. We're not bound by physical houses or geographical boundaries. Gathering people into communities in this space requires mutual understanding, full disclosure, and an avenue for peaceful discourse when there's disagreement.

For our disclosure to you:

This community has been relying on the funds inside of steemit inc accounts for four years to onboard users and develop the ecosystem. Steemit inc has been acting this way, and publicly pledging this from the beginning of the Steem blockchain. On Febuary 14th Ned exchanged external money to give up this stake and use the money for private gain.

In the eyes of many community members this current episode amounts to an exit scam by Ned aided by Justin/Tron and facilitated through collusion with poloniex, huobi, and binance. It represents a massive portion of funding for our ecosystem, the loss of our lead blockchain development team, and a devastating financial loss to all investors if simply powered down and dumped on low liquidity exchange pairs.

This sequence of events poses an existential risk to Steem.

Acknowledgement of your experience

I have listened to your position and I'm trying to understand where you are coming from. If I hear you correctly: You paid money for Steem, and believe that because you paid for it that it's your property to do as you see fit. Is this correct?

Governance

On top of the belief that you're currently a party to an exit scam, I'm filled with righteous anger as you occupy our governance with sock puppet witnesses empowered by the very stake that I see involved in the exit scam. The only thing that tempers that anger at all is the start of dialog, which itself has been so turbulent.

Things look grim, but at least you're talking and tacitly acknowledging some harm and a minimal amount of appreciation for our position. You're seemingly starting to accept some feedback while forming an actionable plan. Here's hoping we can make that actionable plan mutually agreeable.

It's my hope that you can demonstrate empathy and sympathy for our claim upon that stake, and use your experience with this community to date to come to your own conclusion that you've unfortunately purchased something like property with liens or stolen goods. The title to the property in your Steemit account is far from clean.

I'm hopeful you'll see how bad it is for all parties involved who help that story line progress. Steem is left without a development fund, multiple parties are liable for various types of fraud, and business relationships that are built on trust are eroded.

Fixing this mess

In order for actual consent to be given it must be freely given. At the moment I see Tron's current actions with the sock puppet witnesses as holding on chain governance hostage in an attempt to flee with developer funds meant for steem investors. It's impossible for me to make specific commitments that are honorable while I see our chain is being held hostage by these witnesses.

I'm committed to figuring out a mutually agreeable plan that provides this community with development, governance with sovereignty, and Tron with financial opportunity.

Please have the sock puppet accounts stand down and let's schedule some times to figure out how we get out of this mess from there. I think these are the next necessary steps to peaceful resolution.

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I agree with everything said here, and while I’m not in favor of a fork that would nullify or redirect the ninja-stake (at present) I would strongly encourage our witnesses to keep it on the table until we’re safe.

Simply put, Justin can’t be trusted and the only reason he’s Reaching out is because he’s backed himself into a corner. He’s proven, beyond the shadow of a doubt, his only interest in our community was a quick fuck and duck, and to rob as as he slipped out during the night. He got caught and instead of running now he’s back to sweet talking.

Justin is a hustler and doesn’t appreciate the concept of fair play. I support no cooperative action or peaceful negotiation while he’s still in a position to influence our chain.

Justin smiled to our face and buddied up to us while positioning himself to choke us out. Not we have him in an arm bar, but instead of begging us not to finish him he’s turning on the charm, looking for his next move. I say make him tap out before hearing anything he has to say. As long as he’s in the ring he’s not finished fighting and that means he’s still a threat. Nullify the threat, then peaceful negotiations can begin.

Well said. Exactly my opinion.

Just thinking out loud ....

Justin says he owns the Steemit Inc steem now. The witnesses/community say the Steemit Inc steem belongs to the chain always.

I think the community and Justin should mutually meet in the middle and code it into the chain. For instance, let’s say everyone agrees that after 3 years, Justin fully owns the tokens. It could be coded that if he powers down on day 1, 100% goes to the SPS. If he powers down on the first day of year 2, 66% goes to the SPS and so on.

This has several benefits. The first is it is coded so it removes the trust factor. The second is it is a win-win mutual compromise for both sides so we can move on from this.

The win for Justin is there is a point in time that he will fully own his tokens unlike at the moment ... at least from the community’s perspective.

The win for the community is this agreement keeps Justin here for at least that length of time. He will want to get a return on his investment, so he will likely develop the chain during that time. The second win is this gives the community more time to distribute tokens, further diluting the initial ninja mined stake so when Justin does gain full control it will mean less overall as far as governance.

Just my rambling brainstorm. It is a compromise on both sides which means it is likely a fair deal.

The problem is, with supermajority of witnesses anything can happen, so written in code is not as safe as it seems.

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Sure but that will always be the case to some degree. The only way to permanently reduce the risk would be to hardfork the stake out but that would be like killing yourself so you don’t get cancer. I think we need to stay united and decide on how best to move forward as one.

Bottom line is Ned fucked us and Justin. The history of this stake is what it is. We need to quickly come to a resolution and compromise in my opinion.

For me, while I can understand where you are coming from the quote,

" You (Justin Sun) paid money for Steem, and believe that because you paid for it that it's your property to do as you see fit",

is exactly how I view his stake.


I think its largely unreasonable to expect the man to spend stake to support the projects of the blockchain. Would it be awesome if he decided to on his own, hell yeah it would. I don't see any obligation for him to do so.

Are the ones asking him to hand over his funds willing to do the same with their own funds?

In the past Ned's Steemit Inc. decided to use their funds to support the blockchain but that doesn't mean that same responsibility will be taken on by the new owner of Steemit Inc and its stake.

I think there's a large group being very unreasonable in this situation. I don't see any exit scams. I see a man who sold his stake to a business man. Its the idea that Ned's tokens (now Justin Sun tokens) weren't his own that's incorrect and what is causing allot to have an incorrect view of the situation.

Unless someone can show me some sort of legal document that shows proof the STEEMIT INC. Ninja Mined stake wasn't privately owned the above is how I view the man's stake.

Anyone in their right mind would do what they could to secure their investment worth millions and that is what Justin Sun tried to do after yous soft forked him. While I don't like nor do I agree with how he tried to take the power of his stake back (used exchanges), I fully expected him to fight back for the stake he rightfully owns and purchased with his own funds.

Simple public statements from witnesses stating that they wouldn't re-do the softfork would go a long way to de-escalate this thing. I don't want to see these long political posts that don't answer the question Justin asked in his latest blog.

I agree, that would be a step in the right direction.

The question for some people is why would they want to stay on a chain with justin when they could pretty easily not be on the same chain.

They believe he adds discomforting centralization and has zero history of work on steem. And now instead of 4 developers just 1 experienced developer. Meaning what really can he do that we cant do ourselves with fraction of the stake.

Could the community and past steemit employees do more than justin for much less and without years of downward sales pressure?

So it maybe isnt even a matter of if those funds are his, if they properly tranfered or if we should trust him.... it becomes WHY?

A chain split is an option, however, will we lose out on SMTs, RC delegation and access to top exchanges?

Creating a sister chain that burns all of the remaining Steemit stake could go badly, on the other hand, the reduction of all that stake could improve the price of the remaining tokens. Its a gamble, but I think what we can take from this is that much of Steem's design needs to be reconsidered.

The SMT code is still available, and it was a non-Steemit dev, @howo who was doing final testing on it paid for by SPS. There might be, and probably is, some further refinement needed before it could be considered deployment ready but I think it could be done in time (and quite frankly I wasn't convinced it was going to happen very quickly with Steemit working on it either).

The others I don't know.

Okay, I was not aware of that. That would be very good news for Classic Steem if we go down that path.

If enough feel the same way as you do then to them I say, make a sister chain model after STEEM and give it a go. I'd support it but I don't support forking a man's stake that he purchased with his own funds.

I honestly dont think there are many at all that would support anything like that. Maybe a witness like that exists but certainly haven't heard of anyone willing to do that. I think people thought that was the case with 22.2 but honestly they just were worried about a hostile takeover and wanted to get @justinsunsteemit to explain his intentions. That's how I read all the witness discussions from back then people were opposed until they were convinced it was a temporary measure

They gave @justinsunsteemit just days from the AMA to the soft forking. This man is a millionaire many times over with other investments to tend to. Days is not enough time to jump to the conclusion of ........ well, lets fork his stake. The witnesses fired the first shot in this mess and Justin Sun fired back as he should. I don't agree with how he did it but I certainly knew he wasn't just going to sit back and allow his millions in invested private Steem to be messed with.

Private Stake should never be forked regardless of the situation. The only legit reason is if the private stake owner agrees to it.

Private Stake should never be forked regardless of the situation. The only legit reason is if the private stake owner agrees to it.

I cant be 100% certain but I think that is the total consensus of witnesses. But obviously they also wanted to protect the chain. Think about this justin could have done some incredibly bad stuff when he had all 20 block producers... like really destroyed everything. It's not a matter if we think he would have it's just bad that one person could have. And at the time there was lots of talk of token swaps moving over to tron. Etc

Justin Sun bought Steemit, its his property to do with as he wants. Token Swap is a non issue for me. Anyone can offer a token swap, some may have accepted the swap but I think its likely most wouldn't have. I think the fear built around that potentail swap was unwarrated.

I understand the potential downside of Justin Sun stake but lets be honest here a handfull of people already dictate who the top witnesses are. If the witnesses are serious about the current narrative their pushing (not haven one person with too much voting power) then they need to rework the whole voting system so its more fair to those who don't have a bunch of Steem.

Thanks for your comments @jarvie. I respect your thoughts andopinion on the matter.

@rentmoney agree with you. Something is abnormal.

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Unless someone can show me some sort of legal document that shows proof the STEEMIT INC. Ninja Mined stake wasn't privately owned the above is how I view the man's stake

Multiple video and audio records of the man saying this in his own words among a boatload of other supporting evidence all saying the same damn thing is more than sufficient to me. In fact that is more compelling to me than "legal documents", which could more easily be fake, taken out of context, not necessarily properly understood by non-experts, etc.

Justin got a massive discount on this deal. How that came about in the negotiations we can only guess, but at the very least he should have known something was not as it seemed and looked into it. Was it merely a careless error by someone inexperienced and in over his head, or was it something else?

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Outlining and speaking about what their then current plans were doesn't mean plans don't change.

To date I have seen 0 legal proof the Steemit Stake wasn't privately owned. Your comment hasn't changed that fact.

I will say that, all those videos and other proof you speak of should be compiled and put in a post to support your cause. I don't like what the man did to regain his power of Stake but I also don't like that his stake was forked.

When purchasing large amount of stake or anything for that matter a discount is to be expected. People buy in bulk all the time to get discounts. Justin Sun doing it for STEEM is no shock to me.

I will say that, all those videos and other proof you speak of should be compiled and put in a post to support your cause.

That's been done there are several of these if not dozens.

That "Disclaimer" you posted (and the web page it is on) didn't exist until AFTER the community already discussed forking to exercise control over the stake, but ultimately decided against it, in part due to the stake no longer being powered down and hidden and instead left transparent in the steemit accounts, where the community could monitor it and measure performance in developing the ecosystem against cash outs of the stake. Why do you think Ned did that?

Ned unilaterally writing "These assets are the sole property of the Company" on his own web site in a self-serving manner does not make it so, nor obligate anyone else to believe it or agree to it in contradiction to years of representations otherwise.

I can tell you that I personally told Ned on numerous occasions going back years that I would never let him or Steemit off the hook for his commitments on how the stake would be used, and I will not.

If you came along later after Ned stopped using the existence of a block of ninja-mined (essentially premined) stake earmarked to the development of the ecosystem as a tool to recruit and encourage support for his project, and felt those disclaimers applied as a condition of your joining Steem, then that's fine for you, but I did not and they do not.

Again, proof is needed of your claims. You say its been showed many times but I been linked to 0 topics (more importanly 0 legal documents) that show your claims are true. I would suggest one clear topic with all the proof shown in it. I think it would go along way with garnering more support or at the very least more sympathy for your position.

To that I would add words are not enough, they need to be legally binding. In the end it comes down to one position for me which is, If you can't legally prove The Steemit INC. stake is not private stake then it is private stake.

I always find I'm debating for the Justin Sun side and that's not my intention. I also don't like how Justin Sun responded to all this mess but I do believe he had a right to protect his millions invested. I by no means want the STEEM community to split. I been here 2 + years and rather like all the interactions and different opinions such as ours that I come across.

If you believe corporations shed their liabilities every time new stakeholders attain majority stakes, you are no capitalist, but something else. Either Steemit Inc. made such representations to investors, or they did not.

I submit that plentiful written representations of Stinc as to their use of the stake they mined exist, and further that 4 years of history of deployment of that stake back that record up.

It is facile and disingenuous to purport that Stinc's Steem has no limitations and earmarks on it's use that differentiate it from all other stake, and since that is your position, your position is irreconcilable with extant circumstances.

Get good, or get gone. Pander to Tron somewhere else.

Show me a legal document in regards to the Steemit stake and your claims. Until you or someone else does all I'm seeing is opinions based on emotion.

I don't pander to Tron or any other company. I simply look at all the facts brush all the emotional opinions aside and come to my own conclusions.

You can research corporate law as well as anyone else. The fact is that what constitutes a contract isn't restricted to documents executed by hand in front of witnesses, and myriad precedents to this fact apply.

Why do you think prospectuses carry disclaimers? Because they can be interpreted to be contracts between advisors and investors, and thus would create liability were the disclaimers not present.

Disclaimers such as this one ....

DISCLAIMER

Steemit Inc. (The “Company”), is a private company that helps develop the open-source software that powers steemit.com, including steemd. The Company may own various digital assets, including, without limitation, quantities of cryptocurrencies such as STEEM. These assets are the sole property of the Company. Further, the Company’s mission, vision, goals, statements, actions, and core values do not constitute a contract, commitment, obligation, or other duty to any person, company or cryptocurrency network user and are subject to change at any time.

The representations Stinc and it's principals made long predate that disclaimer, and it is probably unenforceable due to that and investors reliance on those representations, as well as it's obscure placement.

There's a reason the disclaimers in prospectuses are unavoidably obvious, and this disclaimer is practically impossible for folks to find. I've never seen it before now, for example.

Lots of people sign up to different sites without ever reading any of the T&C's sites have in place. A site/company (Steemit or otherwise) can't force someone to read disclaimers and/or T&C's. They can only provide the information in a reasonable manner. The disclaimer is located in the wallet section which seems like a reasonable enough place for it to be to me.

Since you admit to never seeing it before, how can you be sure the disclaimer wasn't up before the "promises" made? It could of been in another place you haven't looked before.

No legal document that shows the Steemit Inc stake is not privately own means that it is privately owned. When push comes to shove, the legal aspect here is all that matters. If Justin Sun was to take on the same goals and promises made by the previous owner of the stake then that would be his decision but he shouldn't be strong armed to do so.

The Ninja Mined stake been alive and active on this site and now when someone uses their hard earned money to purchases millions of dollars worth of it a small group of hand selected individuals decide to fork that stake. I'm sorry but that's a real shitty thing to do. Steemit Inc. isn't the only ninja mined stake on this blockchain. I think legally, Justin Sun has allot more on his side then not.

I have my fingers crossed this all works out in the end and Hopefully Justin Sun is going to stick around to help Steem(it) and the Steem blockchain grow because after this whole fiasco who in their right mind would invest big money into a place in which treats large investors as Justin Sun has been treated.

Look, you clearly intend to pander to Tron, so I'm not gonna bother to read your screeds anymore. Here you begin by ignoring we're talking about investors spending cash, not signups for free emails, and you're obviously spinning and dodging any facts that don't support your obsequious intention. I have no interest in BS.

Have a good day.

... is exactly how I view his stake.

The exchanges, which colluded with Mr. Sun in fraud to their users, demonstrated clearly that in the cryptoverse possession is ten tenths of the law.

@null|Mr. Sun

He is continously lying and trying to manipulate the opinion and public outlook on his actions.

He would give a shit on community opinion if only he could. He will do it the very moment the power shifts to his side.

Do not forget it.

If this is true, Justin knew exactly what he was buying.
https://steempeak.com/hive-100421/@ura-soul/yjovxoxe

Yeah. Thanks for sharing this.It sounds to me like the soft fork was essentially a SOUND maneuver to put the funds in "escrow" while thing got sorted out. And as I have been saying, with the long trail of mischief following this Justin Sun character I think one would be FOOLISH not to set up this sort of control mechanism. I full believe that Justin had already planned to do what he did. Of course, without hard evidence I can only assume this to be that case, based on OTHER dubious actions taken by Sun. But I think it is safe to assume in this situation. It's just a nasty situation all around, and it's sad that this has happened.

Thank you for the writeup.

But I believe that simply demanding him to remove puppet witnesses would go nowhere. If you were him, how could you be certain that 22.2 would not happen again? The moment he removes his votes, 22.2 witnesses may fork out his stakes.

I'm not demanding anything. I'm requesting. That's a giant difference.

There's no hardfork on the steem blockchain that's going happen because the exchanges are unlikey to update to the new version. The witnesses have been able to softfork his voting rights for almost 3 days and haven't.

Then make public statements to that fact. In his latest blog he asked if you supported freezing his stake again or not. If witnesses came together and made simple public statements that no we're not going to re-do the softfork since you've had your answer then that would hopefully ease his mind a bit.

Because it's impossible to make any deeply tangible statements honorably while in what I perceive as a hostage situation.

From his perspective his funds will be frozen again the moment he lets go of his sock puppets. So the only thing he can do is to keep voting, otherwise he's going to be locked up and unable to make any moves.

I don't like the way he's reacted to this whole mess any more than you do, but you have to signal a way out for him to break the stalemate. If he continues to vote in his witnesses, then tough luck, evidently we can fight him enough to veto his proposed changes.

The other possibility is he cashes out, which would decentralize the chain further and that's a good thing in my eyes.

The last option would be for him to build something with the community and get some ROI.

But all of these possibilities won't become a reality unless you guys signal him that it's okay to get rid of the witnesses.

I think @theycallmedan offered some solid suggestions in his reply. I like the idea of a portion going into the SPS. It's a safety net for us and an incentive for Justin to get involved in the space. Even if his only interest ever is to just make money, I have a feeling he can find opportunities abound here after all this settles.

Yeah, I like his response as well.

It's a hostage situation going both ways, He's taken our blockchain hostage, we've taken his stake hostage. Need to make a trade, We get governance back, he gets his coins. But accompanying that need to be the fixes that prevent or reduce the risk of his large stake taking over consensus.

We never took his stake hostage. JS claims he wants to invest in Steem via Steemit, so the company's funds being frozen should have no effect on that. If Sun planned on being around 5+ years he wouldn't have been at all worried that we froze his accounts temporarily out of fear.

In fact, Justin has so much money, that we should have all fully expected him to invest even more in Steem outside the initial investment. He should have been getting us exchange listings and looking for more developers before even trying to unlock his accounts. These are the kinds of actions that generate a lot of sympathy on the community level. Instead he tries to rule with an iron fist.

Hey guys, I need a million coins to hire more developers and get exchange listings. Please unlock liquid coin transfers on X account so I can do this.

And we would have done it... so obviously. He doesn't need 65M coins all at once. He can't use 65M coins all at once for anything except to fuck us over. This is exactly why Ned sold instead of performing these same fucked up actions himself.

Sun has no intention of helping us, and he has ruined everything, and now he will lose everything. End of story. (unless he deescalates, which I would be floored)

It's a hostage situation in his eyes as well. You guys froze his stake and he believes that if he removes his witnesses you will go right back and do it again. You have framed him as the enemy but it was you guys that drew first blood here, and then he responded. Either way, you can't demand he remove his witnesses without also putting in some safeguard that will prevent his stake from being frozen. It's a give and take at this point, not a take take.

If i will be him i try to prove that i am serious. His stake will be there.
If i will be him for sure i will start to invest in developement of steemit and onboard new users. Put steem on exchanges.
Trust me after that everyone will be supporting him.
He should start to communicate with us and start to work from the first minute. But like this he can still fix and his investment will grow.

If i will be him for sure i will start to invest in developement of steemit and onboard new users.

Are you willing to fund the above with your own private funds? If not why do you expect another to?

Why??? Because he bought steemit. And steemit is on steem. How a silly question. He invested sonhe bought steemit if i buy a land of course it will not worth much but if i build a house on it will worth more.
Do you get what i try to explain?

Your response here is in a different light then what I took from your orginal. If you are saying its in his best interest to help the STEEM token succeed then I would agree it is. But its his funds to do with as he pleases. If chooses to spend to help the chain grow then that would benefit us all including Justin Sun. That doesn't mean he has to ..... its his choice to choose to or not.

Thanks for the response and clarification on what you meant :)

Yes he doesnt have to. That is true. But as he mentioned in a town hall he wanna make money. If he wanna make money of course he need to take care of his investment in this case steemit.
So i try to take his point as a business person and i just dont see anything good in his decissions.
His investment is depending on our community. Because we are the value of steemit and steem block chain.
And he should know this. Or is it a smart businessman who buy something that he dont know what it is?
By the way if he treat the community nice i am sure the community will also support him and that will be the win win.

Do you think the witnesses will remove his stake?
If that happens than our witnesses will kill the steem blockchain.
That will be the worst move ever in steem history.
But if he remove his witnesses it will be a good start to find a solution for this whole mess.

Witnesses will not fork out his stake they would leave the chain. Justin's funds were never at risk

This battle will turn worse than the Hatfields & McCoys. A hard fork is inevitable because Justin does not have the mindset to understand why we feel the way we do AND Justin will never want to admit he did not do enough due diligence to what he bought, Justin needs to go his own separate way and we need to go our way. I’m fine with it because Justin is to reckless and not a good enough leader to move us forward in a consensus matter. He’s brain doesn’t work like that and he’s not cut from the same cloth as we are.

If someone had frozen your money - he paid for it, he would not have talked like this. Communication and negotiation do not have a good tone, neither of you acknowledges personal failures as if we were saints and he was a devil. We need synergy, we just have to look to the future, because with the old way we have a reputation that is falling, Steem is a value that is falling and we need investors and businessmen. We need to find a solution because here I see that both parties are right, he has private ownership and we have promises from the previous owner.

We need a serious business team for negotiations, a new roadmap for mass admission, greater decentralization and democracy as well as the elimination of negativism in the form of abuse of the downvote.

All the solos will fall into the water unless we find synergy, and he certainly won't leave Steem because of his reputation. Where money speaks is won by one who has more, so we should be wise.

My honest opinion is that what ever happened Justin he had a oportunity to make something big in crypto.
But he didnt think a same way as we think even he call himself a businessman.
If he is a wise businessman than he invest lil bit more in steemit he help to get exchanges listing steem and onboard new people. Than his "investment" he can sell for much much more.
But what we see now is somerhing crazy.
There is no logic in that what he is doing.
Or maybe i miss somerhing and he is something like George Soros 😁

@aggroed, the question I keep coming back to — and which sits at the root of much of this entire circus — is that of whether or not Justin Sun was even aware that he was purchasing "encumbered" property (be that explicit or implicit) in the sense of whether Ned even made mention of the fact that the ninja mined Steem was "supposed to" be used for future development and marketing.

"Due diligence" notwithstanding, it's a bit like a developer buying a prime piece of real estate that is technically without liens, not knowing that the land is very likely the habitat for an endangered species which would effectively block the developer's ability to build his shopping mall or housing development. "Caveat Emptor" and all that good stuff, but even high level transactions are often riddled with ambiguities...

Was Ned just so hot-to-trot to "exit stage left" that he conveniently "forgot" to mention this small detail about the intended use of the ninja mined stake? Whereas it doesn't materially alter the current situation, if Justin was substantially deceived about the nature of his acquisition it would go quite a long way towards explaining why he is playing his hand the way he is.

Keep in mind that I don't know the technical/logistical aspects of this, but could it be that a possible way forward is that a formal agreement is drafted and published that as of some pre-determined time and date, ALL witnesses — Justin's AND ours — agree to reset/update their witnesses to perhaps a ver. 22.6 that essentially mirrors the code that was running PRE 22.2, 22.444, 22.3 and 22.5? No changed powerdown time, no blocked stake, just "old" Steem.

Risky? Sure... but make the whole thing EXCEPTIONALLY PUBLIC so that IF anyone was to renege, the effect would be that they were standing up in the middle of town square saying "Yes, I'm an untrustworthy cheat and scammer." The possibility of publicly losing face with the entire world watching can be a very strong deterrent.

Perhaps negotiations can start towards creating an entirely new account called something like "Steem Development Fund" that can FORMALLY be declared and mutually agreed to as holding all/some of the ninja mined Steem, not just as a "vague promise" but as part of the Steem(it)'s formal structure... and that account be subject to special rules/exceptions written into the code. AND, could additionally be used/encouraged as an active "beneficiary account" for the greater community to support, KNOWING that the "donations" they send that way are formally earmarked for specific purposes.

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