[ANN] Introduction of New Witness: @wise-team
It's not a secret that Steem is really important to me. I simply know that Steem has a great potential and I want to be among those who will help build the whole ecosystem around its core - Steem Blockchain. But is it possible for the individual to have any impact on this already huge venture?
If you want to help to improve Steem or build any significant project on top of it, you cannot act alone. Sooner or later you will need a break, and Steem deserves to be improved continuously.
I am glad, that during last 2 years on Steem, I was fortunate enough to meet a group of people with a similar mindset, complementary skills and with a needle in moral compass pointing to the same direction. Today I would like to introduce to you our team!
Why name Wise Team? The simplest explanation is that one of our flagship product is called Wise. At the beginning wanting to emphasize the existence of our 2nd flagship product - Engrave - we had a plan, to call ourselves Wisely-Engraved, but our CTO and main developer of Engrave insisted to stick with "Wise" because it is simpler in pronunciation and in writing :)
We believe, that a witness should first deliver something before openly ask for support in form of witness votes. Probably you are already familiar with at least one of our projects, namely a SteemProjects service, which since March of 2018 was visited almost 200k times by over 32k users!
Our project which you already know
Our projects which we believe you will want the most
For sure SteemProjects is useful, but we believe that two of our projects which has the biggest potential are Wise and Engrave:
Our smaller projects which helps others
Meeting real people
Being a witness is not only about creating software ;)
A witness is a really important role. After all, a witness is responsible not only for running a witness node (which enables Steem network to operate) but also... a witness should understand a real needs of Steem users, to accept/reject critical changes in Steem protocol.
To be more aware of what is going on we regularly organize meetups and give public talks about Steem to not-yet-Steemians, to better understand the perspective of others:
Nodes, Servers | Our infrastructure
While achievements of witnesses can bring the network the most value, it is still crucial for every witness to provide a stable infrastructure to reliably produce blocks, so network won't experience any hiccups. That's why it is so important to witness to have decentralized infrastructure with backup nodes.
Our setup allows us to perform a switch to a backup node in a matter of seconds after we detect a problem with our main node. Also, we have additional dedicated servers to host projects listed earlier and to have more flexibility in case of emergency :)
Are we new in the town? Why now?
Personally, I've dared to think, about becoming a witness after a lot of encouragement from a community after "We just hacked 11 accounts on Steemit! ~$21 749 in STEEM and SBD is under our control. But we are good guys 😇 So...". But first I decided to prove to myself and the whole community by delivering SteemProjects that my actions can benefit Steem every day.
After being Steemians for almost 2 years, @noisy and @perduta started running a witness node in May 2018 under account name @noisy.witness. We proved ourselves that we are able to provide a stable infrastructure to support a network. But our operation started to grow significantly, and very soon we realized... that our name no longer reflects what we aim to do.
When @nicniezgrublem join our team, we decided to switch to a new witness account with a different name, to reflect the fact that our team has grown significantly and to emphasize that our portfolio is a team effort. If you already voted for @noisy.witness, the transition will not be done automatically - in that case, please unvote our old account and vote for our new account - @wise-team.