The Vision Remains the Same for me:
Build a Social and Economic Community. (the value is the community)
I think it is reasonable to retain good people and we can use inflation to do this. While no one is entitled to an upvote, using the inflation pool to support good users, who we want to keep seems like a reasonable thing to do. Each day I get to control a bit of the inflation pool, and so that is how I allocate my piece.
I do not consider what I do content discovery. I do not pretend I find the best darn articles on the site and smash them up to visibility. I do care about content looking decent, being engaging and entertaining and I give my votes manually.
I do this because if we can manage to attract and retain users, more will come.
Where people gather and economy occurs. That means where ever people gather other people want to sell them things, tell them things and provide and participate in entertainment for them. The more people who gather the more diverse the economy is.
I believe by retaining and attracting people into the economy we attract investors. We will also attract developers when we have a community filled with people to support and use their products when they release them.
I think that tribes, apps and in the future communities also support this view.
The bloggers do not create sell pressure, they create buy pressure.
Not everyone shares my view. Some think if the stakeholders can keep their own inflation that will attract stakeholders. I think that is the definition of a ponzi.
Some think we should focus more on content discovery. I say that is only attractive to Authors. Personally I want Steem to feel easy, fun and casual. There can be plenty of great Authors in the mix, but it is too limiting to feel you have to be a great Author to post on Steem.
When people are here they will use the tokens to spend, save, buy, trade and engage with each other and various apps.
Where people gather an economy occurs. It's all about the Community.
It's just one vision, not everyone shares it.