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Steem is a high-performance blockchain with very fast, feeless transactions utilizing Delegated Proof of Stake (DPOS.).
DPOS + social networking is an excellent fit because the witnesses tend to voluntarily contribute to beneficial projects for said blockchain & can easily communicate with the community who vote for them.

Terms you need to understand before reading:
Steem, Steem Power & Steem Backed Dollar

Steem had no ICO, and have been around since mid-2016 reaching top 1,000 in website rankings on Alexa and has had over 1,000,000 accounts created (each account costing valuable resources). The Steem blockchain rewards the liquid decentralized cryptocurrency Steem, to its users through a method called Proof of Brain (PoB), and has given out over $70,000,000 to date.

Here are some reasons why I am bullish on the future Steem with links to content I find useful. All quotes are sourced from the header link for each section. (My Content Is Not Financial Advice, Crypto is a highly risky asset)


Communities will leverage Steem to deliver the ability for Community leaders to own the communities that they buidl. Communities add a governance layer which allows users to organize around a set of values. It introduces a new system of moderation, which is not dependent on users' Steem Power.

Many people want to see long-form, original content, while many others just want to share links and snippets. The goal of the community feature is to empower users to create tighter groups and focus on what's important to them. Use cases for communities may include: microblogging, curated journals, local meetups, link sharing, etc.

Like Subreddits on Reddit, a Steem Community can form a group around a niche, IE: Tag: Cars - Community: Bob's Lambo Club. Steem Communities allow you to take ownership over your group, being able to set the parameters you want; IE: Owner, Admin, Mod, Member, Guest. All of these roles can be given to people and will have different levels of control within said community.

The biggest companies in the world, from Facebook groups to Quora's Spaces, all proving market validation. The problem with how Facebook, Quora, and the rest are doing it is there is no openness, no decentralization, no censorship-resistance, no OWNERSHIP. Or, in other words, no STEEM.

New efforts to make non-blockchain "decentralized" platforms have to lead to headache after headache. From relying on 3rd party payment processors and being shut down, to being censored on 3rd party platforms while being overly reliant on them. The issue with what I call fake censorship-resistant websites, or unscalable ones (if a project can't scale, might as well be fake, 99% of people won't run a node, that is why we have DPOS blockchains) while some actually mean well, they are just missing the boat entirely and doing more harm than good.

Communities built on Steem are powerful, but when you combine them with Smart Media Tokens (SMTs.) You have something very special.

For more detailed info: Community Design Github

Smart Media Tokens:

With Smart Media Tokens, Steem can give community leaders (whether they are app developers, businesses, or non-technical users) the financial tools they need to ensure that they, their community managers, and their community members are all incentivized to grow a community and buidl its value.

I believe reward tokens will have a significant role in how the internet works in the future. Smart Media Tokens will provide anyone the ability to create rewards tokens for their websites that is backed up by the Steem blockchain. No need to buidl your own blockchain or use a centralized database, Steem handles everything for you. Steem was the first mover for PoB and PoB token creation (Steem-Engine - Scot) - however, SMTs are built into the core Steem protocol, like erc20s are for Ethereum. Steem-Engine is a sidechain, which I'll get into next.

Influencers will be able to increase their brand awareness, raise capital with ease, and create an entire economy out of their business, product, and or talent. Being able to tokenize your skills and leverage that for capital now all while creating a speculative secondary market to drive future liquid demand to your token and business.

Steem-Engine.com is the first sidechain on Steem. This sidechain enabled smart contracts to be able to be built on Steem. This made it possible for Nonfungible Tokens (NFTs) and games like Steem Monsters to be built.

Steem-Engine scans all blocks added to the Steem blockchain for transfers, custom_json, or even comment operations that contain a certain sidechain ID. It then executes the smart contract function specified in the operation data and packages it into a block which is added to the sidechain. It also maintains the current state of the sidechain and all smart contracts running on it which can be queried using a familiar RPC API.

Steem-Engine will have all transactions posted to the Steem blockchain. However, the validation of the transactions will be done by a separate piece of software called The Steem Smart Contracts software (SSC).
The SSC software is free and open-source, and anyone may run their own SSC node and independently verify the transactions and query the current state of the system.

This opens the doors to have smart contracts that act like Ethereum has but on Steem (the same result in terms of user experience). With Steem-Engine came a form of early SMTs, however, Smart Contract Organizational Token (SCOT) allow more parameters, where SMTs is purely a Steem replica. Steem-Engine is a sidechain that feeds to the main chain, where SMTs are built into the protocol layer. Scots are faster to upgrade. The coding language being in Javascript vs. c++ for Steem; also, being built on a sidechain allows much more flexibility and freedom then operating on the main chain allows.

Scots purpose is making it possible to publish custom smart contracts to the platform. Scot allows token and dApp creators to buidl things that will not be possible with SMTs.

With Tribes, someone right now can go spin up their own Steemit.com IE: PALnet or Splinter Talk - these are Steem clones, with a niche-specific audience incorporating Scot rewards powered by Steem-Engine. Tribes also allow anyone to make what is called a Scottube.

Scottube allows anyone to spin up their own version of a YouTube (using D.Tube backend). In a few clicks, someone can make their own video site and easily incorporate Scot rewards, all using Steem-Engine. Tribes is an all in one inclusive place to have any social outreach methods you choose; video + blogging, all with a custom native niche-specific cryptocurrency of your choosing. Tribes are sort of a glimpse into SMTs/Communities, but with the added features like the power of Scottube capabilities.

HF21 - Steem DAO + The Economic Improvement Proposal:
One of the biggest improvements that can be done to the Steem economy is countering the reward pool abuse and leakage of Steem off the platform through abusive behavior. The Economic Improvement Proposal (EIP) aims to improve the economy Steem. The linked post above breaks it down, but here is a TLDR.

  • Author reward and curator reward split 50/50
    Splitting rewards between authors and curators when upvotes are given evens the playing field vs. abusive behavior; the goal is to make curating as/more profitable as abusive behavior.

  • Convergent Linear Rewards Curve
    This curve makes self-upvoting less profitable due to a slight non-linear curve at the start. Instead of one self-vote needed to hit linear for an average user, a post will need several stake based upvotes before it hits linear rewards. Thus, a single self upvote is less profitable then timely curating a post that gains lots of staked based upvotes. Even if a whale can get self-vote past the threshold from non-linear to linear, if that is the only vote the post receives, the whale is better off finding content that garners more upvotes and compounding that with their massive upvote that draws even more awareness to the post they are curating. Conveyor-belt to success.

  • Separate Downvote Mana Pool
    Right now, it cost voting mana to downvote, meaning you must sacrifice an upvote to downvote. Thus, very few downvotes because it is seen as an opportunity cost. With the new system, everyone will get 2.5 free downvotes a day, after that it starts to cost voting mana again. The aim here is if people see spam on the trending page, they will use their free downvotes on the spam posts. The way Steem works, we have a shared reward pool distributed via upvotes, so when you downvote a post, that Steem goes back into the reward pool for everyone else to share. When people fail to downvote and let spam reach trending, it hurts everyone else’s rewards. Free downvotes, when used correctly, can be looked at as free upvotes in a way.

These three fundamental changes coming up in hard fork twenty-one (HF21) are significant and should fight reward pool abuse and make upvoting others genuine content the go-to way to make money on Steem as a curator. The economy on Steem has been broken for a long time in heavy favor of vote-selling and excessive self-voting. It reminds me of an old quote from the Gold Rush: "The struggle between right and 6$ a month and wrong and 75$ a day is a rather severe one." - A soldier said when fleeing his post to California to find gold. Without checks and balances, there is no working system. The EIP is the most significant effort to date to improve the economics of Steem.

The Steem Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO):
Ten percent of the reward pool will be going to a DAO (also known as Steem Proposal System, aka SPS). The funds will be used to support development on the Steem blockchain. Similar to Dash's Budget Proposal System. Right now, Steemit INC. has been doing a lot of the heavy nonprofit blockchain work (scaling, etc.). The DAO helps the Steem blockchain to become more decentralized by having a way to fund future work. The funding at today's prices would be around one million a year, and Steemit INC is going to be donating to help jump-start the fund.

So, why am I bullish? What is the catch?
Steem is an efficient database due to the upgrade called MIRA - (Multi-Index RocksDB Adapter) - MIRA lets data on Steem to be stored on a regular commodity hard drives, not in RAM. The scaling solution EOS struggles with until this day, Steem has quietly solved. With the upgrades to Steem recently, the cost of running a full node has been reduced by over eighty percent. Moreover, optimizations are being done daily.

Right now, if someone wanted to make a censorship-resistant website with crypto rewards using PoB, (and did not use Steem), one would need to use EOS or Tron (DPOS blockchain or one with high TPS). From there they would need to buy a bunch of costly ram (IE: Block Ones 25 million dollar ram purchase for Voice). From there the project would need to fork Steem 😂 because there is not a better PoB setup anywhere else (which many have done). From there create their own PoB token on high TPS blockchain, then find a community. Sounds unreasonable.

On Steem, there are Resource Credits (RCs) that are generated over time based on the amount of Steem Power (SP) you hodl. Meaning the more SP you have, the more actions you can perform on the blockchain. RCs will be able to be delegated when SMTs come.

So, I could buy SP, delegate my RCs to new users, and use the SP to upvote the users. I do not need to worry about making my own token as it takes a few clicks with Steem-Engine. I do not need to find a community because Steem has several already. As an example, the Tribe "SteemLeo," an investing community, was created recently on Steem and had instant traction. Other Tribes like Sports Talk Social and STEMgeeks are emerging with great success.

The future will be tokenized tags. Each tag with several different front ends and a variety of different tokens. IE: Car tag may have Lambo = Lambo token, Prius = Prius token, etc. Each with their own front end and communities, both public and private. From there, sub-communities will form like: Car - Racing - Lambo - Bob's Lambo Club, etc. However, to use/buidl any of these things on the robust immutable public Steem blockchain, you will need valuable resource credits. 🚀

Steem is censorship-resistant digital real estate that gives you regenerative resources 🌱 (use it or lose it) in an age where centralized social media is doing the greatest content creator purge, we have ever seen. Any public business that hodls users data must use industries best practices. Robust, immutable, censorship-resistant public blockchains are the industries best standard when it comes to data protection (Bitcoin, Steem have never been hacked on the blockchain level). There are only a few public blockchains built for web 3.0, and among those, there is a tiny fraction that you can buidl web 3.0 apps today. Steem is on the top of my list when it comes to undervalued projects with a great use case, now, not tomorrow, now. Skate to where the puck is heading, and that puck is heading straight for immutable public blockchains.

Some good reads from top witnesses: 🧠
Why you should consider Steem as a blockchain/cryptocurrency for your project/startup/business - The Real Wolf
It is time to start paying attention to Steem - Tim Cliff

Steem FAQ
Our Plan for Onboarding the Masses - Follow @steemitblog on Steem for future updates.

State Of The Dapps - Steem

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Good stuff here. Keep up your good work! Are any of these investor friends biting?

I wrote this post to share with all of my investor friends that ask me, "Why are you so bullish on Steem?"
I wanted to make sure to cover all the bases with enough info/links that someone relatively new to Steem can still understand the magnitude of bullishness for Steem.
Feel free to share this far and wide on as many social media platforms as possible.
Did I miss a spot? Let me know any bullish info I missed, as I am already working on Why I Am So Bullish On Steem, v2.

Did I miss a spot?

I don't know as how relevant you are considering these aspects, but:

  • Very fast, fee free transactions.
  • You can send money to a readable user name instead a cryptic number combination.

Amazing post, really covered almost everything. One thing I would have added is the power of the upvote. It's not being showcased well enough by STEEM Dapps but this is a feature that didn't exist before STEEM, giving money without losing any (given through inflation).

I believe a lot of creative things can be invented with that, but it's just hard to think about them now because it's so new.

Great post! I resteemed👏🏻

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Just like you I’m bullish on STEEM, I think I’ll buy some. Your article was very interesting and I really am confident

Our organisation is new to Steem, and we very much agree with your assessment! 🔥

We don't hold. We hodl.
We do t build. We buidl.


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I very hope you are right and this is the why STEEM will go, as you wrote there are much stuff happening in the blockchain and I'm sure that will take it up

If Satoshi had to pick today between Bitcoin and Steem, I believe he would pick Steem. Not for any reason other than governance. ASICs centralize and decrease efficiency for PoW based coins. It won't work. We cannot waste power in the future. Every kwh spent may be measured and this is critical for long term investment . What is efficient ? What is secure? And what works. Steem does all three. It lacks the amount of liquid that Bitcoin boasts. Over time these problems can be solved. What's most critical to steem success is securing the repo and enabling direct democratic governance that Steem proved so powerful with our current witness governance and voting system .

Boom Dan, this is a fantastic post. I was looking to write a post about getting some more outward facing content and this appeared in the feed. Hopefully those who are on other platforms share it widely.

To think that this is only getting started now! The value will eventually rise to the reality of what we all feel!

This is seriously cool man. We're so occupied with day to day changes on Steem we forget to step back and write the overall picture. I'm definitely sharing this around with people I know would want to know more! Thanks!

Great post. Is there a reason you always spell build as "buidl"?

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When people search for buidl, it is crypto related. Just a small SEO hack I've found.

I had a feeling it had something to do with that lol. Interesting to see the "hodl" meme branch off into variants.

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You can bring the horse to the river but you .............

Good job you're doing for this blockchain.

Looks great. I've resteemed and shared on twitter. Will be a good post to point people to.

That's a great detailed information where you mentioned everything going on steem. Specifically I liked how you cleared the confusion between communities and tribes, comparison between steem engine tokens and SMTs. I have read about reward curve at many places, but all the doubts cleared by this. Definitely now this post became source for everyone to get update about all things going on here 😄 😍

So many reasons to be bullish about Steem really, this is well written @theycallmedan, at least I think this post should be featured by steem inc, I believing we have a working strategy and although we haven't actualised a lot in relativity to the ideal steem we want to build, I do believe we have a lot of prospect in place to gurrantee sucess for Steem in the coming short to long-term.

Good god what an awesome collection of details and insight. We are all thinking of some of Yosemite aspects but having them tied all together in layman’s terms is so valuable.

From a market perspective, I am bullish as well. The monthly steemit dump, state of crypto in general, and the impending sky falling (hf) seems to be prolonging this discount steem period and I am happy about that personally. I just hope resistance lines can be broken as easily as the support lines were.

The community is there and is just gathering steem power. In more ways than one.


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Wow! Really comprehensive, I could sense the high level bullish that you’re for STEEM! Dan you’re simply the best. The magnificent of Steem can never be overstated!

Thanks also for allowing this review to be shared around the world.

Yes, we call you Dan.

These are all great points, and I cannot believe we haven't made top news on like coindesk, cointelegraph, or any of the other big crypto news sites....

Because we would have to start paying to get PR releases or go and post where those people hang out.

Damn bro! You broke it down so simply! One of the best post this month! All I know is that I need to get more steem soon, it just depends what bitcoin wants to do in the next 1-3 months.


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And yet not on featured on steemit.inc.

And yet it showed up on my google news suggested post. I think I'd take the latter... seems like this was written for the outside of steem audience anyway

Thanks man, put some elbow grease into this one. xD

You used the whole jar 😂

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Fuck u 2 and ur little wee wee circle comment jerkoffs already! bitch twats! lol

Excellent promo material, and so many links for anyone who wants to learn more! I've tweeted it, as outside is where this needs to be seen more than in our own community.

Yes this is indeed a very shareable post. I'll be bookmarking it and sharing it.

The bullish info I share with my content creator friends is this: the opportunity to make DIRECT decentralized and uncensorable CONNECTIONS with followers/supporters. Meaning not through and or at the mercy of a company... no youtube, fb or patreon can sever a connection. Not even the interfaces of steem can cut those ties.

No matter what a web/app interface does the connection is through a completely unbiased blockchain. And having multiple interfaces to steem is the other important aspect to what I share with a creator. Of course I also tell them SteemPeak will try to have the very best experience and features but also it's important that there are many options.

Thanks you very much for this amazing post. I think upvoting and resteeming it is not enough. I ask for your permission to share this valuable content in my other social media accounts in trybe and cent, with the adequate reference of course.

Awesome post, shared on Facebook and Twitter - also keeping a post link in my notes to re share on a regular basis - this pretty much covers everything people need to know about the Steem blockchain.

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@theycallmedan, I am bullish towards this Technology and in my opinion value comes from the Technology itself. And in my opinion it's a long term journey because the bigger changes received the recognition after decades. Let's travel this journey and let's explore this change.

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Are you cool with me sharing this on other forms of social media @theycallmedan?

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Sure! Share it far and wide friend!

With the upgrades to Steem recently, the cost of running a full node has been reduced by over eight percent.

Did you mean reduced by 80% @theycallmedan?

Yes I did, nice catch! That "y" makes all the difference xD

Thank you 😃👍

Great summation of what's going on here; short and sweet but also hits on major points like Steem Engine, games, DApps and others. I think the communities angle was also important as that's one of the best things going on here is the tight knit communities that are working every day.

Perhaps add a caveat section to make note of the current powerdown limitation? Since this is geared towards investors, I'd rather be honest with them then get them hyped but just before sign-up, throw that wrench into the mix.

I've put my wallet to use as well and recently made two pretty sizable (for me at least) investments over the past 2 weeks! Steem for the win! Thanks for bringing this info to your investor friends as well as sharing it, with everyone else, on other chains and parts of the internet! It may take some time but we are growing each week for sure.


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It's a very good post @theycallmedan. I believe on what you said. We keep on steeming,, community will make it through.

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I am inspired by this great post.
Particularly interested in the website link to steem.

But here's the thing, our website is donated and I have no idea how to do the link.
As you might know smaller charities like Papillon face a continuous struggle for survival, as we have for the past 18 years and that's why I have created the @papilloncharity blog.

We have magnificent outputs with the poor people that we help and have built up some great friends here on steemit, but we are still struggling and the website link might just be a solution, as I never ask people for money.

Do you perhaps have an instant link that I could copy and mail to the website host?

In the link below you can see a bit about what we do.


Well then am looking forward to hf21.

Greetings dear friend @theycallmedan.

Excellent post!
Thank you for giving us this gift.

We have some history and a glossary of fully explained terms with valuable quotes.

Communities built on Steem are powerful, but when you combine them with Smart Media Tokens (SMTs.) You have something very special.

This phrase is blunt!

Since you seem to have some decent knowledge and experience, would you mind if I ask you to share your own opinion on my latest publication:

I would appreciate it greately.


its lightening quick and the real life usage only this one has so it gotta be my favorite we all know its steem

That fills me with hope, we all want a better and more productive Steem.

What a great post everyone should know, thank you for sharing

I think you have it covered! Thank you for this.

This is such a good writeup on steam. And they are the reasons I am so bullish on Steem too.

More hope and pie in the sky? I remember the SMT promise of 12/17...

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This Post makes me also bullish on Steem. Time to Buy more Steem?🤔

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steem's power knows no equals being decentralized everything turns out to be more beautiful to make steem's power users do it and not strong powers

it's easier to build on steem than on other blockchains. For a front end you only need a web developer (not even with steem engine)

That should be a huge advantage over other blockchains.

I'm glad we are buidling a great community!! I see what you did there ;D

A great way to convey the flexibility and utility of the Steem blockchain. I'll send my elevator speech recipients to this post.

Ty Guilty! Glad you liked it.

U right, i’m bullish on steem, ssh, I’m trying to ger moar!