The ability for anyone to share other peoples Steemit posts, on their own, or as part of a compiled, aggregated list, could potentially bury much of the recent controversy about the subject.
I made my case for such a feature in a recent post, here. The ideal is for an implementation that's easy to use and understand, and one that's reasonably equitable to both authors and promoters.
There were some great responses including this from @dantheman
It's not yet clear whether dan was talking about a feature where we could "reblog" our own content, or someone elses, so until I see it, I continue my endeavor to propose this feature.
Having this feature in place could open a lot of doors for lesser known authors, and bring viral potential to any post.
My assumption is that any implementation of this kind of feature would give a very high percentage of the rewards to the original authors.
This would mean authors would be most likely thrilled to have their content shared, ("resteemed?") and would also allow promoters ("aggregators") to post as many "hidden gems" or other lists as they wish, without fear of the authors demanding a bigger cut, or criticism about disproportionately profiting off other peoples work. Also, any break from this "reasonable convention" would most likely be criticised, so there would be a more level playing field all round.
Maybe hide these resteemit articles from the main feeds? They'd only show on a user's blog? Then the user can resteemit anything they find interesting and it would show in their followers feeds?
I think it's an excellent suggestion, though some of the popular content aggregators who are making a lot of cash right now might not be too keen on it. Then again, they already have a captive audience in their high following count.
Here's how the feature might look when featured within a post, as a compiled list.
Top X blah blahs
I love blah blah so I put some blah blah in your blaah so you can blah with these top, undiscovered, blahs.
Blah blah blah, dantheman, blah blah, check it out here...
Also, blah blah, freedom.
I love this one a lot because blaaaah blah...
I suggest that readers could open or Upvote these listed posts, from within the article, just like from any regular listings page.
As well as this, any featured posts would automatically get a (very generous) cut of the rewards on the "parent post". The other benefit of this type of listing, with just a small thumbnail, is the ability to promote photographic posts without the photographer getting pissed.
You'll also notice a new icon, which represents "resteemits"
Think of the viral potential!
Facebook has "share". Twitter has "retweet". Let us RESTEEM ... in a way that rewards original authors most generously.
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