Suggested Public Relations Management For Steem In Response to 'Dangerous Conspiracy Theories': Analysis Of Issues With The Steem Eco-System & Introducing The 'Steem Witness Protection Program'.

in steem •  6 months ago

Numerous voices have questioned since the early days of the Steem eco-system whether there is a conspiracy to covertly manipulate Steem for the benefit of an influential, small group. Given the high number of such conspiracies that have been exposed in 'offline' society, it is to be expected that they will be encountered in such an evolutionary and disruptive technology as Steem.

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From a public relations perspective, whether such a conspiracy exists or not is irrelevant, what matters is whether or not a conspiracy APPEARS to exist. From the perspective of any real conspirators, this means that steps must be taken to obscure their conspiracy. From an outside observer's perspective there may be concern just because a conspiracy appears to exist - even when it does not. From the perspective of improving the value of Steem and also the success of the long term sustainability of the platform, it is imperative to expose the issues that imply some kind of malicious intent and to fix them asap.

Evidence


There could be said to be an observable, repeating pattern which involves access to the use of the Steem eco-system and some aspects of the intended design of the system being shut down in significant ways. Here I will present evidence, speculate about possible motives (as if I am a neutral analyst - which I do actually aim to be) and suggest some improvements that can resolve the disharmony that such problems introduce. These pieces of evidence have been collated from numerous sources, but are - for the most part - easily observable with elementary research techniques being applied to the blockchain and steemit.com.

  1. The signup process has been broken for over a year, with there often being a less than 50% chance that a new user will actually be able to use Steem at all (based on my experience and that of friends and others I know). This means that a) there is a barrier to joining the steem eco-system that requires quite specialist knowledge to overcome (in the form of using 3rd party - paid - services) and b) the amount of new users that can join the system is greatly reduced.

  2. The witness voting page in Steemit.com only displays 50 witnesses, some of whom are dead. This means that it is unfairly difficult for new witnesses to gain exposure and votes. A minor fix/improvement for this was already provided in Github but has not been accepted and made live.

    https://github.com/steemit/condenser/issues/1783 (@Drakos suggests removing inactive witnesses from the voting page)

    https://github.com/steemit/condenser/issues/1296 (User complains about limit of 50 witnesses on witness voting page - tim cliff rejects at a time when there were only 69 witnesses in total).

  3. One single account (pumpkin/freedom) has so much Steem power that when it votes for a witness, they are assured of being in or near the top 50 witnesses and visible on the steemit.com witness voting page (currently this vote would put a witness at position 52 and that would mean that all the witnesses currently at or above position 100 would be in the top 50 with the pumpkin vote). The identity of the controller of this account is unknown publicly.

  4. Steps to improve user experience for new users by paying a support team have not been taken and no comments made about the idea by Steemit Inc.

  5. Steps to market Steem in a professional way have not been taken either.

  6. The notifications for replies and mentions has been totally broken in Steemit for maybe a year now.

Effects


The observable effects of these facts could be said to be the following:

  1. Those with the most money can more easily dominate the rewards pool, rather than those with the best ideas and posts, since an effect of new user onboarding being minimised is that here is less competition for the rewards pool. Users who have money but only limited creative ability will be able to use the 'network effect' that their Steem Power creates to continue to benefit from community support only as long as there is not a wide range of hugely more attention grabbing material available from other sources.
  2. Those seeking to be rewarded for inspiring and life changing posts will possibly look elsewhere or even seek to copy Steem on a new blockchain, since they either cannot even sign up or conclude that the system is a 'closed shop' that is unfair.
  3. Third party entities gain financially from the creation of new accounts.
  4. Knowledge about Steem in the wider world is minimal due to a lack of proper marketing, possibly reducing the price of Steem.
  5. Users who were present early on in the development of Steem and who participated in the creation process to some extent, who have had the longest to obtain Steem power and witness votes, have an increased ability over other newcomers when it comes to earning rewards as witnesses.
  6. Users who may consider becoming a witness are put off by the apparently impenetrable wall of big money voters deciding who 'wins' in the 'contest' of witness election. This results in a potential centralisation of network control, rather than the decentralisation that the entire design of the witness system is intended to deliver.
  7. The most significant posts and messages from humanity that might gain high traction and response from the community have a synthetically reduced exposure/reach. Ultimately, this devalues Steem and also actually plays a role in stifling human creativity and evolution.
  8. The broken notifications limit the ability users have in growing their network and responding to communication. This is a bigger problem for smaller accounts than it is for higher accounts who don't often even attempt to answer replies anyway.

Motives?


What could the motive be if all this were being done deliberately? Who benefits?

  1. Steem rewards posts subjectively and it has been stated publicly that the intended result is that those posts that contain high 'proof of brain' are rewarded the most. The smaller the number of active posters, the less competition there is for post payouts and therefore, the lower the quality that is needed for posts to be highly rewarded. Users that intend to post valueless posts and 'ring them up' through collusive voting and vote bots, stand to gain by having less users of Steem and less competition since they have no intention of 'proving their brain' in a way that others will agree with and vote for. The more high quality posters there are, the more challenging it is for low quality posters to get rewarded and supported. Therefore: Those who seek to artificially increase their payouts from Steem benefit.
  2. Anyone wanting to create a competitor to Steem would be in a stronger position to do so if Steem were functioning sub-optimally. Therefore: Those who create competing blockchains and social sites would benefit.
  3. Third party service operators who fill the gaps in the system gain financially. Therefore: Those who run relevant 3rd party services stand to benefit.
  4. Witnesses who hold the top 50 places in the witness list benefit from the dysfunction of the witness voting page. Those that are in the top 19 were being paid around half a million US Dollars annually during the recent high value of steem - so there is significant incentive to not fix the witness voting page for those involved. (n.b. People are murdered every day somewhere in the world for MUCH less money than is involved here). Therefore: Top 50 and top 20 witnesses benefit.
  5. It is well known by those who do 'due diligence' research that ANY possible new avenue for true free expression in human society becomes a target by those who intend to control voices that present a different narrative to the one that is neatly packaged via mainstream media, schools, governments and other 'authorised' avenues. The Hip Hop industry is a clear example of how the voice of an entire subset of society was bought out, controlled and overpowered by big money corporations - replacing heartfelt wisdom and education with guns and gold. The 'pirate radio' scene in Britain was born out of a similar large scale move to control the content of the 'air waves' and is another example of how forms of music and DJs who voice thoughts that are anti-establishment have been squashed using any means necessary. Social networks have been shown repeatedly to limit the reach of voices that the established control hierarchies seek to silence. Therefore: Authoritarian nation states and their controllers benefit.

Clearly there are several possible threads to examine, some of which may be red herrings and of no value - but they need to be considered if a complete picture is to emerge.

State Programs Known To Exist that Intend To Disrupt Free Speech


The general thread here appears to possibly point to the 'usual suspects' in terms of the entities that are well known to covertly manipulate freedom loving projects, including so called 'alphabet agencies' seeking to stifle dissent and prevent mass dissemination of messages that are contradictory to their own 'propaganda'. Operation Mockingbird and Cointel Pro are two well known probable CIA operations that would either be disrupted by true free speech or would become actively involved in attempting to derail the true free speech.

It is often difficult to differentiate between corporate actors and government actors since they are ultimately, often either the same people or take their orders from the same people. Therefore, I will not attempt to speculate as to whether a large corporate social network is involved or whether the possible manipulation is being initiated purely through a vehicle of a nation state.

Competing Blockchain Technology?


One of the intriguing factors here is that @dan, one of the original creators of Steem has left the project and has semi-regular public battles with @ned, the other co-founder. Dan is busy creating what he has stated is 'Steemit 2.0' using the EOS blockchain that is due to launch in a few weeks. It is certainly not beyond the realms of possibility that those involved with Steemit Inc. are so concerned about the potential of being overtaken by Steemit 2.0 and EOS that they aren't really concerned with actually fixing Steem. Alternatively, there is also a chance that those loyal to Dan or even Dan himself is/are taking steps to limit Steem for their own reasons.

Another alternative is that perhaps some in the Steemit Inc. team are colluding with other competing blockchain development teams for a hefty fee. I have no way to prove or disprove this idea and it is part of why it is so important that the problems with Steem are fixed as a matter of urgency if good PR is desired. I am not intending to promote some kind of witchhunt here or introduce dis-ease among those involved, the point here is only to draw attention to the logic that some observers WILL be using when they look at the situation externally.

Joining the Dots


I do not have enough information to be able to reach a valid conclusion regarding any possible 'bad actors' being involved here. This in itself is part of the problem for Steem, since in the absence of full understanding, 'conspiracy theories' often flourish. It is in the interests of any modern corporation or project that proclaims to be offering humanity an alternative that brings real and needed change that the seeds of any conspiracy allegations are taken seriously and the issues involved are fixed as soon as possible.

What can we say though, for sure?

There are numerous motives for leaving certain aspects of the Steem system broken. Fixing them would go a long way to improving public perception of Steem and increase it's value too. Fixing some of the issues would be a relatively simple thing to do too. The funds to do so must surely be available, yet we have seen neither any improvements, nor intention to make improvements. I leave it to you to do your own research here and maybe help us use the wisdom of the crowd to identify useful information that can help. I advise against making public accusations against specific people as this rarely helps - whereas outlining the evidence and available data can help by inspiring solutions without engendering ill will.

Recommendations


  1. Fix the signup process so that it is entirely reliable and equals or betters the signup process in use on other social networks and crypto systems. I have heard this is underway at Steemit Inc. but I have not seen any official announcement for it.

  2. Completely redesign the witness voting page so that all possible/valid recipients of witness votes are accounted for and given a fair chance at gaining exposure via that page. I addressed this in a recent post and will be making a more detailed proposal for an improved design/layout soon too. UPDATE: My suggestion for an updated witness voting page, based on @drakos' page on his site is here.

  3. Formation of a 'Steem Witness Protection Program' to ensure that witnesses have a fair deal. This can include a kind of curation guild made up of witnesses who upvote posts intended to give exposure to ALL witnesses. Rewards from the posts could be used to pay for votes to boost future informational posts from this program.

  4. Provide a roadmap for Steem that includes the introduction of professional marketing campaigns and some kind of official support team that can take responsibility for onboarding new users.

Final Words


I did not want to make this a heavy, controversial post - I like to bring a sense of humor and playfulness to such things, but there are clearly important issues here that affect the lives of many 1000s of people and it would be a dis-service for me to stay silent rather than take steps to bring improvements that can benefit all.

What are your thoughts?

Wishing you well,

Ura Soul

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What is the evidence for that? I don't have any at all. Thanks.

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That will come in due time. Do some digging, you’ll find it.

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I did look a while ago and didn't find anything - but I can look more deeply once my self cloning program is completed and I have 10 of me to get everything done :)
Any tips are welcome.

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Ask @jerrybanfield who it is? He is he sending SBD to @freedom on regular basis. There are also @postpromoter, @appreciator, @upme, @rocky1, @smartsteem and @bluemist sending SBD to @freedom all the time.

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Freedom delegates SP to bot owners - so that may be why.
More info here: http://steemreports.com/delegation-info/?account=freedom

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I know this are all bots, just suggesting who you can ask.

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I see, ok - yes, gotcha

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Or just ask @jerrybanfield?! I see him with @postpromoter, @appreciator, @upme, @rocky1, @smartsteem and @bluemist sending SBD to @freedom all the time.

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I know, just suggesting to ask Jerry Banfield. Maybe he know who is behind Freedom.

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He's never mentioned it to me. I doubt he has any special insight there.

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I've come to the same conclusion last fall.

Honestly the sign up process is a big big bug that needs to be fixed.
I've been promoting steemit to new users and potential investors and most of them are already stuck in signing up and getting approved.

Also on the witness part. I've always wondered why a creative and wonderful/problem solving witness like you I've never made it to the top 50s only to find out it is because of some inconsistency and what I'll call favouritism going on behind the curtains. I'm not happy about that.

The problems you outlined out here are very major and shouldn't be ignored if @ned and @dan values the reputation of steemit and the chances of attracting potential steem investors.

I have to say, I was not aware to the absentee witness
phenomenon until the radio show yesterday. I think that there were some very good points raised.

There is a severe roadblock for anyone who would consider becoming a witness, I myself had thought about the idea, however if one has to spend 300 - 400% more than they can earn in maintenance on a witness node (leaving aside any setup costs) there is no incentive for new witnesses.

The witness voting page as it stands is laughable and IMO clearly geared to keep the witnesses at the top exactly where they are.

For what is supposed to be a decentralized network steem and steemit by extension is heading the way of an old boys club at best or a dictatorship at worse.

The voting patterns across the top 20 witnesses is shocking if I am perfectly honest. I can't think of one logical reason to vote for a dead witness other than protectionism.

The sign up process too is a disgrace if I am perfectly honest, you can sign up to any other social media platform in a matter of seconds.

Thank you @ura-soul once I get to PC I will be Resteeming. I am also looking forward to seeing what @drakos and @sircork have to add in their posts.

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Thanks for your comments - it would certainly be helpful to hear a thorough and well researched response from Steemit inc.
Maybe @andrarchy can arrange something?

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Indeed, I would be confident that a solution can be found, I believe it is a matter of will though. I suppose it will be a signal of intent to keep the status quo or to break up the seeming old boys club.

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My post on the topic of witness position manipulation is turning into such a gargantuan rabbit hole I may not be able to finish it without help. Which is why I called out for technical data analysis assistance on the show yesterday. I really need someone who can run some fast queries on the data. I am a programmer with the skills to learn the APIs and do it, but as a leader of three international organizations I cannot peel off enough hours in the day to get it done. And so it goes.

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I looked for your post, but wasn't able to find it - can you link us? thanks.

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" is turning into such a gargantuan rabbit hole I may not be able to finish it"

It's not posted yet :) It will be days, possibly a week if left only to me, which is why I keep crying out for data analytics help every time we mention it :)

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oh, that one! gotcha.
i'll message you on discord in a while to discuss if you like?

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Hi @sircork, I wish that I had the skills for the job. It is somewhat out side my remit. That being said if I can assist please let me know.

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Kind of you to offer, this is going to take someone with some pretty rapid fire data analytics and block chain api/sql query writing skills. I'll find them. They're here :)

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Thank you for your witness vote!

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I finally got to a PC! So hopefully my massive 150 SP will boost you right up the table! LOL

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To the moon! Thanks again!

Another well thought through piece. I only hope that @ned reads and starts taking action otherwise it could all go down the toilet.

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If you think @ned is going to take action, you may not totally understand who benefits from the illegitimacy of things and such.

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I presume you mean he does? But if he doesn’t fix tuff the whole thing can’t g to zero?

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The fact @ned is not doing anything about this say a lot by itself.

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To be honest, even though I believe Ned may be tacitly involved, it's not really his problem to solve. Steemit inc and steemit.com are NOT the steem blockchain. They are just the makers of an amateur hour interface to the block chain. They can barely program their way out of a paper bag at stinc. solving hard problems is very much beyond their skills, even if it WAS their responsibility.

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Maybe it's not his duty on paper, but it should be moral duty. It's simple to change the world...if it is right thing to do, do it. If it is right thing to say, say it.

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I actively spend every day changing the world with the @YouAreHOPE Foundation as well as my other philanthropic endeavors. I am here to tell you, ned doesn't have the experience, backbone or skills in his paradigm to pull it off.

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Followed you initiative. I think his saying that flagging war between @berniesanders and @haejin is good because it attract traffic to the network. WTF that mean?

BTW I'm also trying to make Steemit as friendlier place I can make. Just recently made post about pedophile abuse victim who was on Steemit: Link. He/she left Steemit because of who know what reason? I think it's because lack of support. I will try to get him/her back. Will make few of those post because on first one no one responded with comment.

To be honest don't see any point in Steemit if it wouldn't be used for helping each other.

Without getting into my history about falling in one of these black holes of signups I offer a easy fix. It looks like there is zero marketing to enroll new members and slightly better in the support department why don't we use the MLM profile. Instead of having an open enrollment use member based. the only way to get on Steemit is sponsorship . YES it is complicated to first understand but not hard to overcome with little support. Heck if you take closer look that is whats going on now anyways. . A friend or family member is the ones who tells someone about Steemit and that person becomes go to guy or gal for support.

Interesting article; reality check; must be of concern for the likes of @stephenkendal who seems to be besotted with this software and has embarked on widespread marketing. One can only commend him for such an unilateral effort!

I would not expect much self diagnosis of Steemit's ills (so aptly enunciated by you) on this platform given the apparent self interest by (some) or (many)? for the apparent drift sideways.

As Steemit users/investors we need/require external commentary and analysis about .....Steemit. What are the alternatives? I am on SOLA, but it is primitive at this point.

No doubt this stuff exists. I know for example, Clif High has commented verbally of the efficacy of Steemit. Perhaps ura-soul or others can put up the links to others who have critiqued the platform as part of this thread?

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I haven't read much commentary on Steemit from external sources for long time. In the early days a lot of the comments were negative, with accusations of ponzi / pyramid schemes. I'd say that those claims have been shown to be false in the pure/accurate sense - although as with offline economic systems, there is clearly a wealth pyramid involved here.

It would not take much to fix these problems in the system and it is that which is both a cause for concern and also a saving grace if acted on.

I find funny that Busy.org can have features that original don't have. Don't know why Steemit Inc don't update features on the site. Here and there something is updated, but that is very little.

About witness page...You sad it all. So obvious it's not fair that only 50 people are visible there.

The more I find out about Steemit, more are realize it's not decentralized network i financial way. Some people have to many monetary influence. For some of them we don't know who are they...another big BS! Also about witnesses - Didn't research it big time, but what I saw not many of them are active in posting on Steemit. Don't know how witness who say it care about Steemit can find that acceptable?!

Don't know what to say about this comment from @ned on @berniesanders / @haejin flag war:

From my perspective, it’s incredible how much web traffic these two generate.

He meant in positive way, like @haejin bs post which make him millions on Steemit is not problem at all.

Another his statement:

Steemit is a centralized website sitting atop a decentralized protocol—that’s Steem. These centralized and decentralized entities are completely different but work together.

So it's obvious it is not decentralized platform moneywise.

It's irony...

The best thing about Steemit is killing Steemit in same time...money.

Money money money
Must be funny
In witness world

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To explain, when ned wrote that Steemit is centralised and Steem is decentralised, he meant (i presume) that Steem is run on webservers around the world run by witnesses who are a group that is populated by anyone who wants to be in it, whereas Steemit is a website that is run by a corporation that just uses the decentralised database/blockchain of Steem. I don't see anything wrong with that in and of itself and it doesn't inhibit the decentralised nature of the blockchain. The problems come when Steemit is the main interface to Steem from the public's perception and when the features on Steemit subtly nudge Steem away from decentralisation in practice and towards centralisation due to a conglomeration of power.

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Who holds the keys to change the code?
If that is stinc and not the witnesses then stinc is the dictator.
If it is the witnesses and they get voted out at stinc's whim, stinc is the dictator.
Running off @dan was a calculated plan to move in a crapitalust rape the reward pool direction.
That much is pretty obvious.
How the sock puppets interrelate is still holding some mystery, but the overall objectives are pretty self evident.
Stinc has no interest in anything but grabbing as much as they can, as long as they can.
And why shouldnt they?
Its good crapitalism.
They dont need the rewards to eat.
It really strokes their egos knowing they are screwing poor people that absent their actions could have their lives materially, and permanently, altered.
Whats not to love from a powerful overlord purview?

Very interesting reading. Also the list of upvoters, or better nonupvoters.

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Thanks! I see you have a couple of spare spots in your vote list - I have a spare spot in my witness vote inbox.. wink wink, nudge nudge.. 8)

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Count on me in a couple of days.

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Oh, great - ok :)

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Can I get a wink and and nudge into this mix? ;) nudge

  • Your charitable, irritable witness #71

Awesome post.

Big ups for having the balls to say all this when nobody else will.

It's blatantly obvious that Steemit is being deliberately held back and screwed over, and like many people I have some theories, but I'm not going to post them on Steemit because I'd get slaughtered.

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Years of looking under rocks has shown me not to make any assumptions and I aim to minimise them - so I am not saying there definitely is a huge conspiracy, but we can plug the holes anyway. I am currently reading a book about a pharma whistleblower who turned a product into the most successful one in the company's history just by cleaning up the corruption in the production line. ;)

Honestly, I'm glad you made this post. It provides awareness for people that don't understand what is going on internally within our blockchain and it's core units of power. Coming into steem as a new witness, I tried to make an effort not to invoke animosity towards myself and ruin the chances of our project succeeding by respectfully tackling the issue of steem seed node availability, the issues and dangers of having them ALL in the hands of the top 50 witnesses, problems with bringing over and converting my current user bases elsewhere into proud steemit users. Great article man. Once again. mystery-person2.png

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Thanks! The great thing about solving controversial topics is that the solution is just the solution that you would implement anyway, regardless of any conspiracy. Heres's to perpetual improvement!

a secret plan that is run by a group of people who have been kongkalikong or conspired to do something harmful and dangerous in terms of politics. For example the conspiracy to overthrow a political opponent or conspiracy dropped the name both of a certain political party cadres, etc.

God told man to tolong-menolong each other in goodness. But there are just people who are tolong-menolong thus, conspired, or conspiring in doing evil. I agree with you @ura-soul

** those who have the most money can more easily dominate the pool of prizes, than having ideas and posting best, due to the effects of the new user is minimized here is that less competition for the prize**

this needs improvement because all of us hope in steemit happens in real and honest to pilot another application.
Thanks you so much @ura-soul

Some of your math is wrong.

At current Steem price, top 19 make no where near 500K$ a year,

also where do you get data from for saying 50% of registrations do not work? I am curious so I can look

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The calculation of the witness earnings was made when steem was much higher (a few weeks ago) - it is not unreasonable to think that the price will recover - so i just use that figure as the rough one to go by. Regardless of the current price, the past price has been that high and the point is that the potential for earning in that position is high.

The figure of 50% of registrations failing is not based on any hard 'scientific' data, it is just the result of my use of the system and the feedback I receive from others who try to sign up. Actually, in my own experience the rate of success is lower than 50%, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt. More accurate data is welcome.

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Based on your point "Regardless of the current price, the past price has been that high and the point is that the potential for earning in that position is high"

Then please also consider just last March when Steem was at $ .15 cents and yearly earning for a top 19 witness was approx. $ 13K a year before expenses.

Also, your statement "One single account (pumpkin/freedom) has so much Steem power that when it votes for a witness, they are assured of being near or in the top "

is not totally correct, that 1 vote alone isn't even enough to put a user in top 50. I will say though, that yes it is a nice vote to have, BUT to make it to top 20 it take's a WHOLE lot more.

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Yes, the price of Steem fluctuates, but that does not change the fact that being in the top position is highly sought after and potentially lucrative. Maybe in a few months the price will go to $20.

Pumpkin's vote is currently worth 15742MV. If a witness has just that vote alone they will currently be in position 47 in the active witness list, so that puts them in a visible position on the current iteration of the witness voting page in Steemit.com. You are correct then that this vote is not enough to get into the top 20. What I was thinking when I wrote this post, but did not articulate, was that It will be pretty damned hard to beat recipients of the Pumpkin vote, without having one. I have updated the post to be more accurate, thanks.

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Ok, but on the other side of the coin so to speak, the price could also be at .01 cents or .15 like it was 12 months ago.. I hope not..lol But it could. But yes I do believe the future of Steem/Steemit and price is going to be great. We have SMT's coming, and we have "communities" coming.

The pumpkin vote would not alone put you in the witness voting page for top 50.

It currently, would take 18.054 gv to be in top 50 witness voting page at

https://steemit.com/~witnesses

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Ah yes, I am really tired here and was looking at the list of active witnesses on Drakos' page since that's the only list I usually pay attention to. Currently the pumpkin only vote would get you to position 52. So with that single vote, roughly all the witnesses above the current position 100 would actually be in the top 50.

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I'm willing to challenge that theory as well . But who else has as many MV as Pumpkin to get a vote from to compare data? Clearly you can see the largest influence on the top 50 witnesses comes from that single user. These are things I learned myself as well man weeks ago and anyone could. Quite easily in fact. One could assume from the given data that a vote from @pumpkin or someone similar could make any witness a main contender for top 50 overnight (Active or not). I attended the ramble last evening and was told not to ask questions about that user so this is a funny coincidence. The obscurity behind a resource with that much influence is indeed intriguing to say the least. Especially if it's intention is not to produce anything beneficial rather than ingest which may not be the case. If in fact it's intentions are rather malevolent, then anyone in collusion with such a resource would also have to come into question. The truth is, the anonymity of the blockchain prevents this resource from impeachment. For all we know it could be a.... (boy hush yo' mouth) :P.....Hell I'd task @pumpkin to vote for my witness any day, just as anyone else would. My projects are positive and definitely what i believe to be in-line with non destructive, decentralized motive. Meanwhile, it's plain sad to see a perfectly capable (expensive) witness machine sitting idle doing nothing when there are phantom witnesses listed with many blocks missing and screwy price feeds holding massive voting weight. But us smaller witnesses are competing with them. There is no long slow hard earned way to become a witness anymore. That's all a facade. I did it within the first week joining the network and maintain 2 nodes as well. There are also not 14,000 of them as some have even suggested. Even if there are, Unless the system is completely broken or god forbid (bullshit) A decent vote from Donald Trumpsfeld the almighty could definitely push you into a more valuable position. Granted, some guys on that roster "check out" so to speak. Ya have to be your own judge of those things when it comes down to it. BUT, there are others that seem like they "drank the kool-aid" as some would say :) All ya gotta do is look man, there is a lot of shit out here that just beg curiosity. Wow I can't believe you said some of this lol this is nice... real nice.

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Who told you not to talk about Pumpkin?

Saying this when everyone would prefer to move away shows some guts man.. Anyways it for sure is an educating blog...

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Tanks to share

All good points!
THIS👉“Another alternative is that perhaps some in the Steemit Inc. team are colluding with other competing blockchain development teams for a hefty fee.”
Somethings afoot that’s for sure, Steemit is like a ship with no captain and a drunken crew!

it's not really a conspiracy. they've been admitting everything since the start.

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admitting a conspiracy doesn't make a conspiracy not a conspiracy ;)
who has been admitting to conspiracy anyway?

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it all started back when they'd switch the blockchain off so that outside miners cant mine. they've always wanted a small group of people in control. and it's probably not a bad thing. you can find people like dan and ned's comments on the crypto boards still. steem was labelled as a scam coin from the start. is why it took me a year to even check it out.

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I see, I was not around for that so it's the first I've heard of it.

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nice educative post sir . really I am unknown many facts you have mentioned in your article. :( I hope we overcome all these obstacles. I agree really it is so tough for a new user from registration process.

i agree. it took me about two weeks to get signed up... and i nearly gave up on it. Is the prospect of making steemit usable to a larger pool of people too risky for the whales, in that their money pools will somehow be depleted?

it sure seems that way to me. I could post links to articles all over the interwebs, but if you have to sign up to upvote or follow, and it takes two weeks to do so... theres really not much point. I'm going to stick around awhile longer to see how it works, in any case.

excellent post. you seem to care about making this place better for all.

There is NO EXCUSE for the signup issues!

  • I have 2 friends that signed up over a month ago and never have received the next email to get on.
    • I understand you can sign up through busy.org.
      • Is that what I should have them do?

If busy is able to sign people up, why can't the mothership (Steemit)?

At times, it seems almost like they want to the platform to fail...

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Potential exit strategy #32: Get rich, then let it all burn from apathy

This great technology, i appreciate your creativity....