Thank you @carrieallen for this amazing thumb image
Helpie Blurbs, because Cake and Chocolate
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 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.
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.
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)
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
😍I love you guys!😍
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?
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 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
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 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.