Facebook, Instagram, Medium, Reddit
Or any other, what we would currently consider to be a popular "social media" website didn't reach their success solely on good quality articles/pictures/links/thoughts. There was no governing body yelling quality and demanding it from each and every one of its users. People were left free to do, and post whatever the f*** the want. That's how it should be and its a big factor in their success. Sadly, the same can't be said for the Steem blockchain.
Here, we have a Boogeyman, or even worse, a whole community of them. Demanding extreme quality of content, is a cancer that needs to be cut off at its roots.
This is what we are seeing more of lately on Steem and Steem-based dapps. It has been instilled into Steemians minds, by these self-righteous Boogeyman, that our posts should always be of exceptional quality. This, broken state of mind is plaguing Steem, and driving many regular users away.
It should be obvious that
Not everyone can create "good quality", grammatically A+, well thought out and written, witty, insightful, and thought provoking articles. It's just not possible for many. Firstly, because not all users on here are native English speakers, myself included. That is a big hurdle for many. Seeing a native English speaker butthurt and complaining about shitposts, who are obviously written by the non-native is appalling. Straight up stupid. Secondly, not everyone has the needed intellect to come up with what Quality Maximalists consider to be a "high quality" post. It's just not in the range for some. I'm not saying they are stupid or whatnot, just that some people don't have that writing talend.
Most regular users can't, or don't have the time/motivation to meet the Maximalist, The Boogy Man standards so they troll and complain about them. In some cases they will even flag the "shitposters".
By setting the bar so high
The Boogeyman, are driving away many regular Steemians who just want to use this platform in a similar fashion to Fb, Insta, or Reddit. Posting the kind of content which, in most cases doesn't have the needed quality to fall into the category that would satisfy the Boogeyman. So they lash out, troll and flag the regular users for using this blockchain how they see fit.
Do you get how wrong this is?
How big is your ego? Having such an over exaggerated sense of importance and excercising it through imposing such extreme ideas on rest of the community is a toxic practice.
Thousands of users have already left Steem because of the Boogyeman demanding unprecedented quality and shitting on their posts because it's lacking it. If continued, this toxicity towards regular users will, drive most of them away from utilizing the potential of the Steem blockchain and in the same time growing its value.
Minnows ( users with less than 500 SP) provide a big part of the value and and make up the majority of Steem users. They are, although not exclusively, in most cases accused and prosecuted by Boogeyman, for shitposting.
Even though quality is a somewhat important factor in the success of the platform we are using, it is definitely not the only one required for reaching massive success. While I do agree that quality is important for the consumers of content. We shouldn't excercisse our incompetence of discovering it through punishing those who obviously have no intentions of ever producing it.
They are regular users, don't you get it? They are no journalists, bloggers or proffesional vloggers. BUT THEY WANT TO PARTICIPATE ANYWAY. Why do you think it is your right not to allow it? Or to criticize them for it?
Where is that sense of self importance coming from? Your already big enough ego needs food to grow? What is it?
A much more important factor IMO, is the userbase. They are the strongest driving force behind the value of a social media or any other platform. No one can't deny it.
Only about 10% of users, probably even less, can produce that top level content the Boogeyman demands. None of the befor-mentioned centralized platforms have built their value solely on that, top level content. Instead, they built it by capitalizing on their huge userbase. Most of the stuff posted there falls into the range of what we would consider to be shitposts. That's just what people are doomed to post sooner or later and it is the same stuff they will later consume from others. Not so much from others in the recent years though, because the platforms changed the content we are presented from the one posted by our friends to that of websites, projects, companies spending money on advertisment. And the "top level" content some of them produce.
The: "Went to the mall with Loreen." single image post. The: "Lone picture of your cat" The: "Update on your childs teeth growth". The regular, everyday shit. This is what most of the regular users post on such platforms. Although, content of "better qualit" will persumably always raise up over the shitposts, that is what most of the content on the mentioned platforms is.
Regular, everyday stuff. Sharing your life, interests, hobbies or ideas with your friends, online.
Even though the Greedy Corps behind such platforms don't make money on the shitposts, they make it on the people using their site in the firsplace. The userbase is, and always will be, the main source of value on such platforms. The larger it is, the more money they are worth.
Yet, many don't realize this and instead of searching for alternatives, they waste their time online earning a buck for Zuckerberg and such.
If we could tap into 1% of the number of users any of these "services" have, we would have a much more valuable coin on our hands. But the Quality Maximalists will never allow that to happen because, the newbies will shitpost so they will drive them away. Back to being locked up and griding profits for the master of the centralized platoform they are on.
I would like to digress here
For a second, just to mention that this is where the revolution and power of decentralization lies. It is the exact opposite of centralized platforms. Instead of keeping all of the profits like the Greedy Corps behind mentioned centralized platforms do, the decentralized ones will share a big portion, if not most of the profits they make with the ones who provide most of its value. The userbase.
It will be a hard blow to the centralized platforms when their userbase realizes how they have been milked for cash all this time, while they could have been earning it for themselves.
It is this empowering feeling of being rewarded for something I elsewhere do for free, what got me on Steem in the first place and what made me instantly realize the potential of such a shift of power (money) from the Greedy Corps, back where it needs to be. In the hands of the people.
Back to the subject
I hope that we agree on the point that the userbase provides most of the value of a platform and that a big percentage of them will shitpost at some point of time. Some will always do it, while others more rarely. I also hope that you understand the consequences of being a Quality Maximalist/Boogeyman and that you will soon, stop beeing one if you see yourself falling into this category.
Steem implies freedom of speach. The right to say whatever the want without the fear of being censored. Why do you want to take that right away from some users? What makes you think its in your power to do so? How would you feel if the same happened to you?
I truly hope that everyone inline with and understand where I'm going with this because it's hard to be any clearer about it.
Bottom line is
The Quality Maximalists/Boogeyman, are poisoning this place, quite frankly decreasing its value while ironically trying to increase it. If you are one of them, consider converting. Your behaviour is toxic and it serves no good. Flexing your ego at others is unnecessary and is making you look like a fool. I suggest you stop doing so because soon, more will wake up to the fact of how bad this attitude is and the tides will shift. Not in your favour obviously.
What do you think?
I'll value any oppinion you might have and would like to see it in the comment section down bellow.
Who is @runicar? I'm a struggling middle-class citizen of a broken and corrupt country, trying to achieve financial freedom through the endless possibilities of decentralization. A true believer in Steem and its potential to shape the future into something much better than our present. I believe that Steem will, through tokenizing the world play a crucial role in creating the Age of Abundance for everyone willing to tap into it.
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