Steem-UA Is On Everyone's Lips.
The reputation score on Steemit is, and have been bogus ever since you could start paying for votes. This is not an article where I'll discuss why or how that happened as everyone knows that the reputation score is inaccurate in many ways. For about a week now, we've heard many things about Steem-UA by multiple user per day, and I figured that I'd talk about some of the details regarding @steem-ua, but also discuss their ranking system in this article.
The First Time I Heard About It And My Delegation.
I heard about this UserAuthority-thing 6 days ago, when @abh12345 wrote about it. I was quick to check my current UA-score and I replied in his post with a screenshot of my results.
I have read multiple articles and I've tried to understand the current ranking system since that day, as literally everyone is talking about how you will benefit by a higher rank. I was also quick to make a small delegation of 50 Steem Power as I wanted to give this a test-drive, but also due to the fact that so many established and legit users talked about how good it was.
I know that I would be eligble for more upvotes per week if I delegated more than 50 SP, but due to the @asapers project and my delegations towards that project, I don't have more than 50 SP to spare at this time.
That being said, I delegated 50 Steem Power and I received my first upvote quickly after that.
Almost mesmerized by the outstanding results, I was eagerly waiting for my second upvote. Especially as everything I've read so far, has been about your UA-score,(how to improve it etc.) and that you'll get upvotes based on your rank.
My second upvote came:
This was not a good upvote at all, in comparison to the first one I received... My second upvote was worth $0.93 less than my first one. I quickly went to see my rankings again and it looked almost identical to the first one I've already showed you... So it couldn't be for that reason I received such a small upvote this time.
Before going into anymore details, I just want to tell you that I am thankful for Steem-UA, and the upvotes I've received for my 50 Steem Power exceeded my expectations I had prior to the delegation.
I Tried To Understand The Reasons Behind My Votes...
I read more articles, I read the official steem-ua's announcement post a couple times more, and I read some more...
It looks like the ranking system is really advanced and cool. They don't just check how many followers you have, your steem-ua score depends on several factors.
This is what they said in their announcement:
How to increase your own UA score?
To put it simple: by being interesting / "attractive" to others. Either you publish interesting content that people want to read and comment on (like @paulag for example), or you own a lot of Steem / SP that you might want to share with the people you interact with (like @thejohalfiles for example), or you do other noteworthy things with that people might be interested in (you form a community like @dtube, @utopian-io, @steemhunt or publish an app like @steempress for example). Being a Top Witness helps as well! ;-)
@cryptoctopus said this, in his post.
How to Increase Your UA
The first step is to delegate, the next is to increase your UA. UA is tough to game since it's much more than the raw amount of followers that you have...it's also WHO is following the people that follows you as well as a number of correction to prevent abuse by bots.
Your best bet to increase your UA is:
- Keep engaging with the community
- Create great content people want to follow
- Add value by creating some sort of community, app, events, etc.
- Run for witness
- Network on the steem.chat and the Steem-UA discord
So, by looking at these two posts, we can easily see that you can improve your rankings by doing several things. The amount of followers you have might or might not be that important... What's more important is what you do.
With that said, I don't know if my delegations towards the @asapers project I'm the co-creator of makes any difference in my rankings, and I don't know if our rather recent project to "force feed" users to minnows matters either, even though it says:
The @asapers is far from being a super-community like the ones above, but we still have about 300 people in our Discord channel, and we've shared our rewards with almost the same amount of people so far. The "making minnows"-project has just started, but we've already successfully pushed 3 out of 3 users into the minnow category, and judging by comments, engagement and interaction around these two projects, I'd definitely say that we are important and valuable. Hence, I am doing valuable things for the platform.
Despite that, I drop in score and rank.
Although I've got several comments on my recent articles, and despite the fact that I've replied to everyone (or almost) in those articles, and upvoted multiple comments, my numbers decrease. I seem to be dropping in rankings for each day I am being active...
I know that this is not the fact, or that it shouldn't be, and I'm not really concerned as it's just a minor decrease... And, I also figured that literally everyone on Steemit is working hard to climb the rankings right now, so the competition is probably fierce... My drop could therefore be due to normal circumstances like these.
What I haven't been able to figure out though, is the upvote percentage and the reason for my second upvote to be less than the first one I received. I once again tried to be logical, and I thought that it could be due to the mass of people who're joining.
- It wouldn't really work out to give away 13.5% votes to everyone, right?
If that's the reason, which I'm sure has at least something to do with it, I'm totally okay with it. Even though it doesn't really explain the reason behind my two upvotes and the changes in percentages I received, while I was sitting at basically the same rank.
The ONLY Thing I Can Think Of...
The only somewhat logical answer for my drop, seems to be my @dlive streams. If we take a look at my recent articles, regarding the "minnow maker"-project for instance, we can see results like these:
And Results Like These:
Meanwhile My @dlive Posts Looks Like This:
As you can see. The difference in terms of comments and resteems are insane. I get zero resteems and zero comments on most of my @dlive streams, because, people talk in the chat while you stream, if they talk at all.
I don't know if this is the reason for my drop in UA-score and ranking, but it seems highly likely. The more I think of it, the more logical it seems. However, that would mean that both resteems and comments are in the algorithm somewhere, to justify your rankings... And if dlive posts with minimal comments are affecting your overall ranking and UA-score, streamers are going to have a hard time...
While I Was Trying To Get Some Answers...
I quickly browsed through "steemworld.org/@steem-ua", in an attempt to find some answers, when I suddenly saw this:
Now, I don't know the UA-score of this user, but he seemed to get a higher percentage than my second vote. So, the value was naturally a bit higher too. Nothing odd with that...
Until I noticed this:
I don't know if this user is involved in the Steem-ua project in any way, but judging from the little information I've been able to gather so far, it looks like he is not involved in the project and it looks like he has not delegated anything either, which looks a bit weird, as the only way to receive votes from @steem-ua is to sign up, and you do that with a delegation.
With this being said...
I recommend @steem-ua, and I love the idea behind the project. Hopefully, we'll be able to get some more insights and details regarding certain aspects in the near future. After all, the official announcement came out a week ago... So they're still new, and I'm sure they're working hard to improve!