RE: My perspective on the value of Steem Power
There seems to be an extreme myopic perspective regarding self upvoting.
First, anytime anyone votes on one of my posts or comments, I increase their payout when I return and upvote my own post or comment. By doing this manually, just before voting closes, I forfeit all or most of the curation payout because of built-in payout curves.
Secondly, because I actively vote, I need more SP. The system allows me to build SP via a self-upvote. It works against the community for me to be negligent in building SP.
I'm also looking forward to the day when I have enough SP to delegate to community members.
Equally important, when anyone powers down SP and then uses Steem to make a purchase (of goods or services) or makes a Steem donation within the Steemit community, it increases the value of Steem.
Steem that is moved from community member to community member has a better chance of staying inside the Steem economy if it has benefits to the new holder as SP. Removing the stigma of the self-upvote would increase the value of Steem as SP and keep Steem in a strong internal economy.
Basically, anything that removes STEEM's dependence on the USD, or other currencies of any type, to provide value to the community is a good thing.
Markets whereby we can buy and sell real world goods and services with Steem is one way to give Steem real world value. The markets give people incentive to trade Steem within the Steem economy.
Providing extra incentive via the self-upvote can keep Steem in the Steemit economy and community even longer.
All of these community benefits and personal incentives increase as a member's SP increases.
The community benefits much more when we have more dolphins handing out more nice-sized votes but as the dolphin grows, they reach a point of personal negligence if that are not investing wisely.
The self-upvote is one way to keep Steem in their investment portfolio. This improves the likelihood that they will keep engaging in the community, keep handing out upvotes, and keep allotting delegated SP.
I feel like it should be obvious that self-upvoting is an incredible benefit to the community.