The last updates to the bot improved the overall post quality on dMania a lot. dMania supporters do the curation on dMania. Supporters who have a fair voting distribution, get authorized and take part in the curation process.
To improve the fairness and prevent abuse, I have made some additional changes to the bot.
Extended curation window
Posts can be selected by the bot with a post age between 6-24 hours. That gives supporters more time to vote on posts.
The upvotes from the bot belong to the whole community. The upvotes per user are limited. Some users try to get more upvotes by using multiple accounts. I have blacklisted anyone who tried to do that, but it is not enough. To prevent this kind of abuse, I have set a minimum reputation of 50 for bot upvotes.
There is no account verification on Steem and it is not possible atm to prove that one account belongs to one person. The closest thing to check if an account is real is the reputation. The reputation has to be earned by actively posting and receiving upvotes from other users. I can't be faked that easily.
Users who try to abuse the system and get blacklisted can't just switch to another account, which makes blacklisting bad actors a lot more effective.
This change means that new users who just created an account can't get upvoted by the bot. I was a bit reluctant to add this change, because it makes it harder for new users or discourages new users. Nevertheless I think it is necessary. Reputation isn't tied to your Steem Power and even minnows can get a high reputation. New users have to engage in the community and build their reputation, before they can get an upvote from the bot.
You may have noticed that the reputation of the dMania account is 0. The dMania account was target by the crazy guy on Steem and his flag bot army. He flagged every bot comment he could find and flagged them into oblivion. All of those comments had zero rewards.
Not sure if I can get the reputation of dMania account back up again.
Some supporters got the necessary voting distribution by upvoting posts which got already upvoted or older posts outside of the upvote window.
The new vote distribution check only considers votes on posts that can get upvoted by the bot. Posts that are older than 1 day or already got upvoted by the bot won't matter.
What that change means is, that there is no way to fake your vote distribution. You have to do some curation and upvote posts on the New, Trending or Feed page.
You can still upvote other posts of course, but they won't affect your vote distribution.
dMania supporters need a minimum reputation of 50 to get authorized as well. I have increased the minimum Gini-Simpson-Index (Index that measures your vote distribution) to 0.975.
There is also a new requirement to keep your voting strength above 50. This will limit the amount of voting that supporters can do.
You can check your vote distribution and your Gini-Simpson-Index on https://dmania.lol/vote-diversity. The check for bot curation shows only the relevant votes for the bot curation.
dMania supporters receive 15% of the rewards on dMania and control the upvotes of the dMania bot. The dMania bot uses the collected Steem Power from supporters to upvote posts on dMania. To become a dMania supporter, you have to delegate some Steem Power to dMania. The minimum is only 5 Steem Power. The more Steem Power you delegate, the higher your rewards and the more power you have on dMania. By delegating Steem Power, you are lending your Steem Power to dMania. The Steem Power still belongs to you.
There are already over 450 dMania supporters:
... and many more
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