Helpie is now a Steem Witness

in steem •  last year  (edited)

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@meno here.😎 And yes, you read that correctly, as of two days ago, our beloved creature from another dimension, @helpie, has put on his tech armor and joined the ranks among this blockchain's witnesses. The mission, however, remains the same, to support and grow the best Steemians @helpie and his community can find.

When this project started 9 months ago, I remember feeling very doubtful. After all, Who would care if a lonely minnow wanted to make a difference? All I had was an idea in my head, and the desire to help, to do my part, to prevent people from giving up, from leaving because everything was so confusing and still is.

Just like that I reached out to a few people from MSP/Palnet, and I told them my plans. One by one people joined, I delegated 400 SP of my own to @helpie and rest as they say, is history. Here we are approaching the last quarter of this year looking back in amazement, at least I am. I'm so proud of every single member of helpie, for all their efforts, for their always positive attitude and for their desire to, no pun intended, help.

My friend @themarkymark reached out to me and told me he would help us get this off the ground. As an experienced witness that knows a lot about tech and !pancakes, it made me feel like this was probably the best time to take the plunge, and take @helpie to the next level, thus expanding it's reach, accelerating its growth.

In our short tenure, I've had the support from some awesome people, not only from some of the best leaders of the steem ecosystem, but people I consider now friends, people that I love. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for believing in crazy me, and thank you for all that you have done. I hope that @helpie has given you joy, made you all proud.

Helpie Blurbs, because Cake and Chocolate

The following words are thoughts that some awesome helpienauts wanted to share, but I invite everyone who is part of this little but powerful community to leave us theirs too, join the cake/choco party if you will.


Helpie has been since the start a project to support the people behind the profile, to lend a human hand , a welcoming community that strives to bring us together as people … We support good authors , curators , developers but above all the good hearted and community oriented human beings.. It's not about who arrives first .. but arriving together.

Hopefully this will open up new possibilities and reach a bigger number of people who are in need of a welcoming community.

I personally would like to reach out to the art community in the platform that I believe has huge potential and the hispanic community that is quickly growing, being a native spanish speaker myself , I'd like to put some effort towards them (us) too.


Helpie to me represents an attempt at roping together long-term thinkers when it comes to Steem. This is significant, as the way the platform is structured is completely open in terms of governance, and long term success is essentially determined by the voting behavior of large stakeholders. We aim to grow together, and encourage behavior that is good for the long term. And this is highlighted by a focus for wealth distribution, to those that would be growing communities, encouraging engagement, and finding other ways to derive social value. We are community catalysts, and with our collective stake we will help make Steem an attractive platform for everyone to thrive in.


We all know what it feels like to be that small fish in the deep blue sea that is the Steemit platform. Not really understanding how it all works, totally confused and all alone...well, not anymore.

Helpie was founded with the idea of building a community (or village), around those users who might otherwise leave due to circumstances that are easily avoidable. Helpie searchers out those individuals that add value to the platform in their own unique way. While also focusing on those that are community minded and have shown commitment to the platform. We then bring them into the community, educate them on the ins and outs of the platform and most importantly, provide a family of support.

Communities are vital for improving user retention on this platform as a whole, and Helpie is leading the way in showing just what a community is capable of.

This new adventure will allow us to reach more people, helping them continue to grow and contribute to the platform in positive ways. While always keeping in mind our original goal; To be that network of support that is so necessary for the long term success of these valuable individuals.


When I first joined steem I felt completely out of place and confused. What was this place? There were so many spammers, scammers, strangers and bots that it was completely overwhelming.

I soon found myself aware of the fact that there were also some very specific rules of etiquette and proper posting guidelines, and it was difficult to keep up with them all.

I was just about to leave because I kept running out of bandwidth (plankton life) when, suddenly, a very kind Helpie member swooped down and sent me enough of a delegation to keep me from being restricted from posting.

I was then invited to join Helpie, and I immediately felt as if I had> been welcomed into a family that I had known already for my entire life. That may sound a bit unbelievable, but it really is true. They're the most welcoming group of steem members that I've ever encountered.

Helpie is a life-boat of sorts for both new members and also the ones who are already well-established but enjoy the act of "helping" others and those who seek to continue broadening their understanding of the cryptocurrency markets.

The ratio of new users to experienced ones is balanced in such a way that everyone benefits in this diverse group of bloggers and crypto enthusiasts.

I recommend this group to anyone who feels a bit of something lacking in their steem journey, and to anyone who genuinely cares about the future of steem and would like to find themselves being as successful as is truly possible here in this platform.


One day @meno and I were brainstorming about what can we do to help new steemians understand Steemit better, (after all there are some great initiatives out there that are already doing just that). We had an idea of making a little character that would pop with some tips, and the word "help" kept coming around in all our conversations, until we started referring to the little character idea as the "Helpie" - That was our calling! With nothing more than a name in mind, we opened that account made a test post and then spent the next few months in agony because somehow we locked ourselves out of the account, unable to find the keys to log ourselves in again... @meno said, "no worries, we'll open another one", and I simply couldn't let go, "yeah, but it would be the same without the name"... Of course between you and I, dear reader, we both know that its not about the name - its about the @meno and his ability to connect with people, as well as connect people among themselves. Helpie is not just about understanding how Steemit works, but about falling in love with the whole process no matter what the charts say... but i'm getting way ahead of myself... Luckily with a little enhanced interrogation - the way only a Russian can administer, we were able to retrieve the keys to the account, and with little expectation and a GREAT name, @Helpie made its second post on Feb 03, 2018... and never missed a day since.

What happened next is a little hard to describe. The ghost of @helpie started to posses one user after another, and before you know it, there was a collective spirit that had turned into a community of of real people. This was thanks to so many soulful (then plankton) Helpies like @pechichemena, @zipporah, @LLfarms, @staceyjean, @paintingangels, @bembelmaniac and a few others, who brought their cakes and cookies (and recently big ass pickles) to the table to share copiously with everyone.

Helpie became a place of friendship for all users (big and small) as well as a state of mind. And i'm so proud of @meno for working his butt off to help as many minnows as possible and yet making it seem effortless and fun. And now becoming a witness, with the help of @themarkymark who is an epic Helpienaut himself, is a giant step, that also feels very natural for @helpie to make. And I for one can't wait to see what chocomooncakes we can make as a witness.


A Lyrical Cry for Help(ies)

The first thing we're thinking is what rhymes with Helpie, so I'll tell you right now, there's nothing, oh wellpie.

I guess we'll just have to make this one up as we go;
Kind of like @meno when he let's his thoughts flow.

We've probably all heard one of his vlogs by now,
and if not Pechi can sing such good much wow.

The question is why should you vote this witness?
Well there's no other Steem community like this.

If you haven't been there for the Inspiro invasion-
or seen what the wormholes have been blazin.

You might not understand this magical land,
the only purpose is to be here and lend a hand.

Promoting user engagement is part of it,
but we're also all into some weird shit.

It's a little place to promote good content-
and supports users with every vote spent.

Plus @meno's a ninja and if you don't vote,
he'll throw chicken nuggets down your throat.


An Ode to Helpie

O Helpie, my Helpie!

Like a ship in the night

Filled with friendly beacons, shining with light

O Helpie, my Helpie!

What would we all be

but planktons and minnows, alone in the sea

O Helpie, my Helpie!

I'm thankful for you

Need I answers or cookies, you're there through and through

O Helpie, my Helpie!

Whether new or old

🐠We'll navigate this ocean, no matter how cold❤️

Yup. That pretty much sums it up. I've been with Helpie since the early days and can honestly say (as others have already) I've found family here. Such a lovely group of helpful people, always willing to lend an answer or a cookie. It may be my favorite 'cyber city'.

😍I love you guys!😍


I'll never forget that first DM from Meno, telling me he had this very special thing he wanted to share with me. He was a bit cryptic at first, but he made it clear that this invitation was a kind of acknowledgement – *like a knowing wink and nod of approval* – as if to say...*'you're good people.'*

Helpie was just a hatchling then, all downy-feathered and fresh, less than a week old. Still, it imagined itself/behaved much like a mama bird, ensuring we all felt warm and well-cared for, never want for virtual cookies or hugs...*and copious amounts of chocolate.*

Prior to that, I'd only known of Meno peripherally, as an open-mic judge. Thanks to Helpie, I now consider him – as well as his wife and little brother – among my dearest of friends. The same can be said for *soo* many of my fellow Helpies *(yes – I'm the rebel who refuses to use the word 'Helpienaut', because it sounds like an oxymoron to me – 'To Helpie? or to Helpienaut?...that is the question!')*

Jokes aside, Helpie feels like my Steemit *'home'* – that no-drama, relaxed space, always buzzing with lively chatter – *not so unlike a late 90's coffee shop.* No matter what I'm facing, I know I have a whole bunch of lovely friends ready and willing to support me. I can honestly say that – were it not for the consistency of Helpie, *I may very well have left Steemit many months ago.*

As Helpie makes this admirable step towards offering that same kind of stable, supportive presence via running its own witness, I'm feeling quite proud – *I know Steem/Steemit will benefit greatly,* just as I have.

It's like...Meno's now extending that special Helpie handshake towards the entire platform – his charming nod to let the whole damn chain know just how much he cares. How could anyone possibly resist?


I discovered @helpie when @meno posted a comment on one of my posts. Unlike most comments, it was intelligent and thought provoking. I reached out to @meno and have been talking to him every day since.

He explained the mission of @helpie to me and I immediate feel in love with it. I think we are all frustrated by the lack of quality and effort put into content on Steem(it) and want to see something better. Helpie and by extension @meno provides the support to do just that.

I haven't been part of Helpie for long but I already feel at home and love what @meno does. If you don't know what @helpie is about, have a look at the last @helpie hangout replay.

I have offered to provide the redundant hardware to help @helpie help the Steem network by becoming a witness. (Like what I did there? I couldn't help myself, I know, I'm helpless.)

Our commitment

Is very simple: We will continue to expand our efforts to be a force of good for this blockchain, to focus on the individuals, on their learning experience, to give them that "helping fin" to quote one of our newest members. Because we all understand how difficult navigating these waters can, and more importantly, we all know the true value a strong community.

Our hope is that those who decide to support @helpie's efforts do so because they see the value in people too. This whole thing would mean nothing, if we could not keep a strong happy community, if we could not support those who are here day after day trying to build something special.

The Protocolian Technical Stuff (is that even a word?)

Witness Hardware Specs

  • Intel Six Core CPU
  • 64GB Ram
  • Raid NVMe Drives
  • 1GBit Ethernet
There are two servers of the above configuration in two different countries maintaining the @Helpie witness. More will be added as needed.

One additional server is available and used for testing new releases of steemd.

The @helpie witness runs 0.19.12 release of steemd and will update as new releases are announced. Current testing of hf20 (0.20.0) is underway.

The @helpie witness maintains an updated price feed based on multiple exchanges on a 4 hour update cycle. Price inconsistency is monitored on exchanges and adjusted if needed to prevent a single exchange from massively skewing the price feed.
If you made it all the way down here, if you read this whole thing, a tip of the hat to you my friend and a giant thank you for listening to our little story. I know the journey ahead will be full of difficulties, but I'm confident we will come out victors on the other side.

If you would like to support @helpie and give us your vote of confidence, you can follow this link to do so. It will take to to steemconnect to cast your vote securely.
Until next time my friends...

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You've got my vote!

holy crapoly!! hahahahah thank you Bernie!

Great move, bernie! A really great move!

Whats not to love about @meno?
You got my vote the moment @themarkymark told me about it.
I will support any project you do because its guys like you that make steemit the place I like to hang out!

I had heard whispers of this @helpie project but have not dug in. I didn't completely realize it was your project until today.

I wish you all the success and ability to become a top 20 witness!

Wow even @berniesanders posted that if they didn't have a spot for you to unvote him and vote you ! WOW!
I always knew @nextgencrypto is awesome, just misunderstood by most.

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Very cool @meno, you've got one of our remaining votes. Just happy to see another "community-based" witness come online.

Never knew much about helpie till now, thanks for sharing & will look for a vote to move for ya.

thank you man

Can I get a "Witness?"


Helpie just keeps getting more awesome. :) Stoked to see this witness post. You've got my vote! 💖

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Woohoo! I just popped the cork on my vegan champaign kombucha whilst riding on my rainbow unicorn!!!
Well, ok, I just voted for Helpie witness and blew some Didge!

Blissful blessings and smiles

in joy



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Like I said before: this is great news @meno! I wish you, all the strength and luck needed to make this a resounding success! Thanks so much for all you do for us! <3

thank you for believing in the community brother... happy to have you be part of it!

Yay Congrats to vote now.....❤️

congrats, good work and much love mang :)

I ♥ Helpie!

Congrats, this post is featured on my news show (in Chinese :D) today.

Great news! Now its time for the hard work!
Top 100 here we come. 😁

I voted before the news so you can count on my support. Helpie is what Steem needs and I love what you guys are building here.

I strongly believe that you and the true soldiers behind the camera scenes of helpie are the true steemhardcore and anything less than not voting for helpie as a witness is depriving you of the true clarion call you heard. Go @helpie, go be the hero to save the Steem blockchain
Another witness have been added to my list, hurray!

Weee, did we have to write somewhere? I missed it, but do happy. May I borrow Carries banner fir a shoutout, preparing my curation of curators and communities

I just joined Helpie but I can tell already that the community is filled with awesome Steemians.

Go Helpie go! :D

Voted. If anybody deserves to be a witness, @helpie does. :)

thank you for the support brother!

Already voted for Helpie for witness! Upvoted and Resteemed the post! Let the Helpie nation rise!

the helpie nation, i like the sound of that hahahhah

very nice! congrats Helpie, you've come a long way and helped a lot of people. :)

helpies for the win, choco and cake for ever

@meno piggies, pancakes, dancing, and love! xo

Wonderful news, and a wonderful group of Steemians! Congrats to @Helpie, and Witness Approved.

thank you ma1ne! btw for next week i thought of another witness you could interview, not @helpie of course, one in the 30's (and helpie is a fish thing) - let me know if you need a guest.

Absolutely, we are always looking for steemians to interview. You're more than welcome to have someone from helpie or yourself join us as well to talk about the new witness!


thank you brother, much appreciated

Happy to have seen this in the chat and been one of the early voters.

Coming in late, a bit, I also did a little poking around at unheralded things Mark is doing behind the scenes for Helpie and decided to add a vote for him as well.

awesome Poly, mark deserves it for sure!


Hey Dude... A long way but you saw the light at the end of the tunnel... And we start with you and went this ways... and do you know a thing... we choosed the LABEL


and i´m still one...

Mostly im behind the scenes and mostly unseen, but this is my thingy... dont get seen for a while but when needed beiing the first to do yes DO!!

Im real proud about the thing HELPIE done in all that time...

thats why im still proud to be an Helpienaut

Wow me alegra muchísimo que esta comunidad ya tenga su propio testigo, que genial... Me llena de mucha alegría. Gracias por compartir tan buenas noticias con nosotros @meno.


I was happy that @staceyjean brought this to my attention, and you definitely have my vote! 😊

thank you kittygirl... of course stace did, she is awesome!

How much you paying for witness votes...since I ain't on the friend list ..

sending everyone sbds thru my alt @hottopic

i think i sent a million dollars already, but i usually send 0.001 because i want to give something to everyone.

STEEM gonna be 1000 $ in an year so that's like a dollar each person...

I think this is the funniest thing I've read today!

While I never have been visited before by @helpie it looks like a great witness project. I do have some witness vote available and will give one to the helpie witness account!
It is always great to see a witness who does care about the community and quality content (I do understand that quality is debatable!).
But it has come from far and the future looks very promising for you (@meno) and of course @helpie! Will cast my vote today!

Thanks for taking care of the smaller account on the blockchain!

Vote has been casted. Good luck!

hey brother, hit me up on discord, lets correct this! :)

Helpie is love, helpie is life. ♡♡♡♡♡

Dude! Wow I didn’t realize I was part of such an impactful community. Thank you for providing this platform of knowledge to beginners like myself. Keep doing your thing man, I’m excited to be a part of this community.

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Witness vote done! Good job @meno with the @helpie project 💪

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thank you dook!! all the best brother

Right after reading your post I stumbled across the post by someguy123 about steem in a box.... maybe time for me to look into the witness angle 💪

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synchronicity I was reading it just now! hahahhah

Yea the way he lays it out in his post I believe I could tackle it, may need a little help but I’m certain one of the tech guys in #onelovedtube could pull some socks up for me 💪

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Muy buena noticia. @helpie ha sido, desde que lo conozco, una iniciativa muy loable, pues permite el apoyo a los usuarios de Steemit que lo merecen por sus trabajos de calidad. Me consta porque así ha sucedido con varios usuarios amigos pertenecientes a @EquipoCardumen. ¡Éxitos en este nuevo paso! Saludos.

How could I not...


Congrats on and best of luck for this new endeavor @meno & team!

Got my vote. Saludos!

Felicitaciones, compañeros de @helpie. Están haciendo un gran trabajo.

Nice informatin meno . vote almost done . Congrats to @Helpie, and Witness Approved.

@meno, your pancakes are ready!

i wanted bananas... fakenews on the bananas?

Hi @meno!

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Your UA account score is currently 5.645 which ranks you at #445 across all Steem accounts.
Your rank has improved 3 places in the last three days (old rank 448).

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Helpie to the world! Voted!!! Resteeming for more visibility


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Thanks for information, I'll learn it more

Yes thank for information

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Bien me agrada el movimiento ... estoy nuevo en esto sin embargo me queda mucho por comprender de la plataforma,, espero estar a la mano con ustedes ...saludos

Congratulations! This post has been upvoted from the communal account, @minnowsupport, by paintingangels(serena) from the Minnow Support Project. It's a witness project run by aggroed, ausbitbank, teamsteem, someguy123, neoxian, followbtcnews, and netuoso. The goal is to help Steemit grow by supporting Minnows. Please find us at the Peace, Abundance, and Liberty Network (PALnet) Discord Channel. It's a completely public and open space to all members of the Steemit community who voluntarily choose to be there.

If you would like to delegate to the Minnow Support Project you can do so by clicking on the following links: 50SP, 100SP, 250SP, 500SP, 1000SP, 5000SP.
Be sure to leave at least 50SP undelegated on your account.

Good Stuff, @meno...
Looks like a solid effort, I guess our next step (@sapphic -witness) will be to load the backup. We saw a brief look of Top 100 ourselves, 80's in fact, and the blocks Mos Def come faster. We've trotted out the first Sapphic "D-App" which is an improved Steem Search. She has HiveMind running for futures apps and will have a third item running very soon, Top Secret for now ;)

Can bigger fishes join Helpie?

daddy dolphin.jpg

of course, send me a dm... have saphic send me one too...