The 5 Stages Of Vote-Buying Downvote Grief

in #steemit2 years ago


Vote buying. It's like giving cocaine to monkeys. It might be cool for a while but ultimately you end up with no cocaine and a bunch of dead monkeys.

But despite this, it seems that some people can't get enough of it. Some of them pretend that they have never heard of Hardfork 22 and the free downvotes and why it was seen as necessary.

When they receive a downvote for buying votes they get upset. They rage and sob and tug in disgust at their own penisy parts.

Often they think it's a conspiracy. A gang of power hungry steem OGs rampaging through the platform punishing the little guys.

They cry censorship and send angry wallet memos saying that the downvoters are SCUM-BAGs who will get their just desserts.

No one reads those memos.

In truth these poor downvote recipients get very emotional and it can be a hard time for them.

Which is why I have written this post. In it, I will discuss the 5 Stages of grieving Vote-Buying Downvote Grief.

My hope is that those plucky young fellows staring out at the deep cold waters way below the bridge might take a step back. Take some solace from the stages described below and realise that is ok to feel this way.

You hear that guys?

It's OK to feel this way.

Don't worry. We're here for you.


Hey why you downvote me, I did nothing wrong!!!

I only produce original content, why would anyone downvote me!?

If bidbots exist I don't understand why it's not ok to use them!?

Your brain will, at this point, have gotten confused between your back snarler and your mouth. Hence the nonsense spouted in defense of why you buy votes.

Let me help, all that brown mouth tobogganing must taste really bad.

So... to give you a hint.

You don't do it to get exposure.

You don't do it to promote your posts.

You do it to make a profit.

To essentially purchase cheap steem and in doing so undermine every other user who doesn't buy votes.

There. Doesn't it feel better just to be honest?

Can we move on now?


Inevitably, you will feel angry. You will feel wronged and this will bubble out of you in a spume of rage at your downvoters

You suck!! Your content is shit. You are a SCUM-BAG. It's a lefty conspiracy. Blah blah NSA.

Some people say that you shouldn't get angry.

I, on the other hand think that it's fine. Do something with your anger though. Don't just sit at a computer screen with an oddly flaccid penis.

Get out there, shit in a cup of hot water and pass it to a beggar telling them it's a mochaccino.

But don't tap furiously away at your keyboard trying to threaten people with your limited vocabulary.

It's sad.


Why aren't you going after the big guys, the whales?

What about @himjiminy and his voting circles, attack them not me!?

If you don't leave me alone you will be sorry!!

There's always someone else to blame eh?

My advice here will be succinct but useful.

Go to a mirror. Look at it.

See the dick looking back. That's the person who has been buying votes.

He/she is a dick.

Don't be that dick.


I may as well just quit. There is nothing here for me and my amazing content.

You can't make it here without licking whale balls or buying votes. I'm powering down and leaving.

Ah yes. Quitting because cheating didn't work.

I have the solution to that too!

Try not to take shortcuts and actually make a fucking effort. If your content isn't shit you might even be surprised by the results!


Ok, I will stop using them. I will try doing it right.


Well done, you have accepted your wrongs and are on the path to becoming a true credit to Steem.

Oh, wait, what's that you are doing? Buying votes via an alt??


Back to the start again.


Oh, wait, what's that you are doing? Buying votes via an alt??
Back to the start again.

Lol, pretty much this if they manage to get so far. But unless it's their first time, usually they give up at denial.

And, the former account will be respamming trash.

HAha, you have seen it in action I can tell! They do most often give up at denial but I do get amused when their former account starts resteeming all their new accounts posts, Lol!

And don't forget, it was 'hacked', but they are uninterested in recovery unless it can be forgiven without running the steemcleaners gauntlet of transparency and disclosure.

Oh thats right, my account was hacked, oh woe is me!! I've lost everything but not , lol!

Now with cross-posting capabilities 👍🏽

Haha. Only a few abusers are bold enough to use this feature for outright abuse. But most gve it a try or two. It's definitely on their check list of things to be told not to use.

I never understood it. To me, I could never do it. It really seemed to be like paying someone to be your friend, just yucky.

There are a surprising amount that will try to get away with it. Some of them more will known people trying it on 6 day old posts to sneak under the radar. Gits

Now I want to create an account for @himjiminy.

Lol. I did think about it!!

PFFFFFfffffffFffttttt XD

Wait people are still doing that lame crap? o_O Pfft.

Oh yes indeed!! On the surface it looks like we are free but some bots remain and others who have lain low safe crawling out of the woodwork again!!

@meesterboom, In my opinion everyone bears their own Deeds. It's really important to hold a viewpoint which is balanced in nature and which gives equal opportunity to everyone to express themselves but unfortunately world is also filled with those people who really like to dominate others. We don't have to bend, but we don't have to become like them. When we do right thing continuously wrong things will become tired and possibly it will change. Stay blessed.

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I am quite on board with this philosophy mate! We can only keep trying!!


Yes. Have a pleasant time ahead.

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...and who owned most of the big bidbots? cough top 20 witnesses cough cough


Indeed! A whole other tale!!

What about that other stage...Retaliatory downvoting. Surely that deserves a mention?

By the way, I've been following @himjiminy for years. One of the greatest steemians ever. Lol.

Oh man, how could I forget that! That deserves a post all on its ownsome!


Happy to help the Boom where I can. I look forward to the post... 😂

Thanks for the ENGAGE.

Someone's gotta keep me right! Lol :0D

I could be your secretary. Hope the pay is good...I look terrible in high heels and a tight skirt though. Just getting that out there early.

Dammit, that's a deal-breaker!!

Looks like my hunt goes on 🤣🤣🤣

Haha...I make a good coffee though...

Nah fuck it. I'd make a shit secretary...What about side-kick?

Haha, side kick is much better, in fact just a duo. Defining coffee and fighting crime!!!

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Just the right amount of sarcasm and humor that we’ve come to expect!

I think I might have gone too serious thankfully at least you could see the sarcasm!!! Cheers old dawg!!

Ohhh! I have been missing you! I couldn't for the life of me post anything! My post key wouldn't light up. Wah!!! Steemconnect hated me and wouldn't acknowledge my existence. Busy booted me.

Why the hate, man? Why??? I might as well have been a vote buyer. Or tried to hang onto the holy trinity robes. OMG... Who rattled your cage tonight?


Well, it took me 6 hours, but, I finally got it to post for me, for God's sake. I promised it I would buy it a vote or three.

Upped and Steemed

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Lol. There is nothing quite like the horror you feel when your keys don't seem to work!

You should have seen my post before I want back and tried to make it funny :0D

I didn't even know you could buy votes... but I've been on Steem only less than a year.

Thankfully, it's not such as big thing now that we took steps to counter it but the fight is a never ending battle!

Wtf did you do with Boomy? Where's the funny guy. We want him back.

I thought I was being funny!!! Lol

Don't even get me started.

Exactly. Some starts should never be given leg room!

Great!!!... except few get to stage 5, some don't even get past stage 2.. that pocket dude.., you know the one!

The ones that do the whole 'course' generally do quite well after coming out the other end.

Yeah, stage 2 is like the elephants graveyard!

I have seen a few come out the other side and do not bad though, always heartening!

@boomerang is the latest, I know your aware of this one though. There's some dodgy voting ring going on in there.., with all the STEEM drama all this is slipping under the net.

Yes, I am aware of that one. I suspect done off chain nonsense. Boomerang head always been dodgy.

Always another mole to whack!

Wowser, I'm guessing by the lack of comments I'm not the only one with my jaw hanging open hahaha, not often the boom gets serious! You're pissed huh? Man, I always go back to the vote buying as what threw steemit in a downward spiral. Sucks balls that no one listened to the wise back in the day.

Haha!! I thought I was being light hearted although to be fair I started off being narked because for the millionth time had to explain downvotes to someone, lol

You are dead right though. It was bidbots and vote buying that threw Steemit in the bin and forced all the good folk to leave!

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It was bidbots and vote buying that threw Steemit in the bin and forced all the good folk to leave!

No! Bidbots kept all the great authors engaged and rewarded!

I know you're kidding 😆

Bring 'em back, I say!

Hyper inflation too!

And Ned!

The holy trinity!! What heights wet could achieve with those three back !!!!

The second cumming should make the circlejerks happy

Yes, they world be over the sun moon!

Oh gotcha, well I wouldn't blame you if you were miffed, those people drive me bonkers!

Me too. Although, it is entertaining when I'm bored to go and bugger a few of them :0D

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Hah. I was merely some months active on Steem when I wrote bidbots should be taken out of the pool.

I especially love those downvoted who claim it is a quality post. That argument is usually the reason not to check which post got "victimized".

Bunch a [email protected] I have no time for.

I have precisely zero time for them either. There are a few of us that as soon as they became a thing knew it was doom but we were talked down by the owners... Same people doing a lot of talking these days :0D

Oh I remember those owner campaigns and the weak sauce argument: it's not about the money, it's to promote posts. Biggest BS I heard from greedy ROI hunters.

But sure, then you don't need to be in the rewards pool either, right. 🙄


The promotion, it was always the promotion. Ah, It makes me laugh thinking about it. I think HF22 only got support because they could see the ship was sinking

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We all must find the right path for some people it is harder then others LOL...
Great job on explaining the 5 stages... Cheers!

You are right
But you guys should focus also on self-votes
and some big whales, not about their good content they have big votes from others for their power
they vote for themselves as a Circuit exchange not more

There is a lot of skulduggery on the platform but it is vote buying that in my opinion was killing it dead and chasing good creators away.

The vote circles get downvoted too but that wasn't the subject of this post!

ATTENTION @steemflagrewards...
March 17, 2020... 0.7 Hollywood Time...

Lol. No one even cares about you

That's exactly the POINT I've been trying to make... You and your Teams of Down-Voters have turned into the "ABUSERS" you started out "FIGHTING"...
ATTENTION @steemflagrewards...
March 17, 2020... 11.2 Hollywood Time...

Ah, son, son.

You'll do yourself an injury. But by all means carry on.

Ps. I don't actually think you downvoted this post?

I will Build an Army to fight you, using your own Methods...
Trust me, there are many who would love to FIGHT back...
You have become your own worse ENEMY...
ATTENTION @steemflagrewards...
March 17, 2020... 11.3 Hollywood Time...


Knock yourself out.

You won't actually build an army though. It's all just talk.

It's entertaining right enough.

You people still have time to give back everything you took from me, including my "Status"... My Posts haven't made One Cent yet, because of Little People like you and the many Teams of Abusers...
ATTENTION @steemflagrewards...
March 17, 2020... 11.4 Hollywood Time...

You aint getting your status back, but you know that, lol.

You say teams but I am a lone wolf. You could call me Maverick if you like.

We could be chums. Have you ever been to Paris?

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