Screw Malicious Flagging: 1 Flag Vs 130+ Votes

in #steemit2 years ago

If you take a look at my profile, you'll see that my last post was the target of malicious flagging.

Flagging of a magnitude that while over 130+ Votes were positive and many at 100%, the post was disabled and hidden due to low ratings.

This wasn't any other post though, it was a post that I worked a lot on, and that the community appreciated. It got included in curation posts, had over 70 comments and it was my MOST SUCCESSFUL post ever.

Having said that, I don't even know if the vote was on purpose or simply a mistake.

This is what I'm talking about in today's post.

I Spent 8 Hours Designing the Post:

On my last post, I made a Steemit Card Game with a lot of Steemians you are used to see on the Hot and Trending sections of the site.

The cards were based on the popular Magic the Gathering tradecards' designs and were personalized with each Steemian's avatar, name, character traits, quotes, special abilities that showed their personality and more.

The cards shown above are some of the many included in yesterday's post.

I spent a lot of time thinking about who to include, thinking on each individual card and their skilss, designging the cards and placing them all on a A4 International Paper model with wooden railings... it was neat and proper.

It was quality content, and most people noticed that. In fact, there wasn't even 1 single negative comment and the only negative vote was the $280 Flag that made sure my post would see the light of day again.

Everyone Enjoyed it: Laughs, Curation Lists, Trails, Name it!

Of course that to make a post where all of the community could relate to the cards and laugh about them, I'd have to make them on high-profile individuals.

I did so, and I never expected this but they laughed along and showed me their support.

Then, the post started to be resteemed and shared on curation lists, and I saw that this was my MOST SUCCESSFUL post ever...

...but it all ended soon enough.

One person, and I appreciate that you don't tag such person on I'll risk getting hammered again, took everything away and hid the post with one click of the mouse.

It was all it took.

It didn't matter that I didn't harm noone, or that I am a small fishy just a month old.

And the worst thing is what I'm going to talk about next.

I Don't Know if the Flag Was On Purpose

There are a lot of reasons to suspect that the flag wasn't on purpose, but rather a reactionary action due to some rivalries on here.

Due to some resteems, there was room for someone to suspect the post wasn't humorous at all.

Maybe it is even a scripted thing.

I don't know, I have no explanation. What I do know is that I still think it is worth it.

It was worth it because even though the post is hidden and with zero rewards, people still come to comment, laugh about it and leave me with words of support.

I got to get a reaction from the community, and the community recognized my existence.

That in itself was a blessing.
Having my existence on this ecosystem acknowledge was worth all of that and more.

I'll resume my regular postings tomorrow, and who knows if I'll make more cards eventually.



Resteemed, because this is fucking bullshit.

This is why I'm checking out of this community, fyi.

Checking out would be an absolute tragedy, since you add so much and add great curation. I've read your comments on the flagging topic and agreed with everyone of them. There is so much potential in steemit, but the abuse by those who either bought power or scam power ruin the experience and effort of the rest of the community and I would argue give no welcome to new people.

The flag was 100% without a doubt malicious, it is the standard weapon of the two parties currently doing the greatest Steem Bank Heist ever pulled.

Upvoting and Flagging weren't enough, now they are greatly influencing witness voting with all that power proxied to the ringleader.

This post was creative and very funny. There is NO WAY that it should have been downvoted. I was vey much pro-haejin camp but now that they are acting in the same way at the B.S. camp I'm backing away. The fault is the system which allows this abuse. Its been tested and the faults highlighted and a redesign is urgently needed.


            ´´redesign is urgently needed.´´


The simple solution is to change the reward weight to: votingPower * sqrt(SP) so that SP doesn't have a linear effect.

I would even go for a logarithmic weight.

That will not work. If SP has sqrt voting power then anyone can increase their power by about 41% by simply splitting their SP into two accounts, and increase it even more by splitting into more accounts. Only the most aggressive value maximizers (which overlaps somewhat, but not entirely, with abusers) would do this, leaving casual users with even less power.

Having three accounts and doing everything the same on all three accounts is a lot of extra work.

Also it would reduce your author rewards. You can curate three or more times, you can't author three or more times.

I think most people won't bother splitting accounts.

You're probably right, most people won't bother, but abusers trying to maximize their profits certainly will. Which means more voting influence and ultimately more rewards will go to those who game the system, and less to the typical or casual users who don't. There are already bot herders with thousands of accounts. It isn't hard to manage a few more.

BTW, splitting up SP does not hurt author rewards. SP has no influence on author rewards at all unless you self-vote, which can still be done easily by having all of the accounts vote for the posts.

abusers arent most people and for them the extra effort is nothing

I was thinking about this. The Sqrt needs to be applied to the total SP for a post and not individual votes. That is,

Sqrt(v1*sp1 + v2*sp2 + v3*sp3...) and not

Sqrt(v1*sp1) + Sqrt(v2*sp2) + Sqrt(v3*sp3)

When it is applied to the total, the splitting of votes doesn't matter to the payout.

True, however this still rewards splitting votes across posts. How does that matter? This would give far more rewards to self voting, and now self-voters would post more times with smaller votes on each for a larger total reward. Not only does that increase overall reward for gaming the system (and therefore less for everyone else) but it would incentivize posting more spam, low value comments, etc.

this still rewards splitting votes across posts.

That's a great point. But I beleive that can be solved too by the same method. When you calculate the reward for a user, you calculate the total steempower incident on that user across all posts, and then apply sqrt() on it, instead of calculating for each post separately.

I'm not sure what you mean by incident on that user across all posts, but if I understand correctly then the abusers can create many new accounts and have each one only post once (per period). There won't be anything to combine across posts with only one post per account. This is even worse than just spamming because all those new accounts impose overhead too.

There are other implementation issues with this such as the computaitonal overhead of aggregating, the fact that the posts aren't paid at the same time, etc. But those aren't worth getting into because any attempt to impose sublinearity when there is no mechanism to force users to keep their stake in a nice bundle where it can be counted (and therefore penalized) is pointless. And even if it were, It is also very questionable from the perspective of STEEM value whether it makes sense to introduce a strong incentive for anyone who already holds STEEM to sell it and reduce the incentive for anyone who already has some STEEM to buy more. That sounds like a recipe for disaster to me. The whole premise is looking at things too myopically from the point of view of voting 'fairness' (questionable to me as "one SP, one vote" is also 'fair' in a lot of ways) and losing sight of the fact that everything rests on top of investors attaching a high value to STEEM. If that isn't the case then voting means nothing because you will be voting on nothing but crumbs.

Peoples are more creative and having more brainstorming ideas.

Hello Tarquin. THanks for the support.

There are some people with some pretty interesting ideas to improve things around here already.

I personally feel this is more of an attitude change needed to be honest @tarquinmaine . However fool proof we can keep improving the system, if the human nature does not change, Steemit will one day turn into FB / an authoritarian or dictatorship run platform controlled by the system.

Hence, no more transparency, no more freedom of speech either.

I am not for the flagging wars, but at least this system is still simple enough to see who are the good hard working people and at the same time transparent to see how ugly offenders are.
(responding to you and @themarkymark 's conversation)

@tarquinmaine it has become a trend of flagging with obvious intentions,
major actions needs to be taken for this.
writing a post is not at all an easy task....flagging is

plsce bro vote me

 2 years ago Reveal Comment

"decentralized" means there won't be rules to ensure things are "free" or "uncensored", no less fair.

Downvotes are vital to the algorithm that determines how valuable the community as a whole (including each member with their own stake in the platform), deem a specific post.

If you click the flag button, what's the very first reason it gives for potentially flagging a post? "Disagreement with rewards"

This means anyone, for any reason, can upvote or downvote a post. Flags should not be "completely removed"

He said it!

You're my hero.

Or flagging / downvote should cost like on StackOverflow. If you downvote on StackOverflow both the person downvoting and the person being downvotes loose reputation.

As a result you only downvote if the post is so bad that your are prepared to pay the price of the downvote. It still happens because some postings are that bad.

not a bad idea, this is a creative solution to downvotes, even if they cost 10% it would mean something

Just because a subset are hate flagging doesn't mean there isn't a useful purpose for proper flagging. Please, don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

There may be a good purpose for flagging but in a decentralized blockchain based social media you either have all kinds of flagging or no flags at all. I can write up a program and flag every post that is earning more than say $100 or any criteria the software can detect. Perhaps detect the user's skin color and flag everyone with black skin. That's possible.
If there was a platform like Steem without flagging, I would switch so fast.

You could attach a price tag to downvoting. Then people need to consider: Is the post that bad that I want to pay the price of downvoting.

This was my first thought as well. However imagine someone posted a video of something horrific - a snuff video or child abuse or something. Should there really be a cost associated with flagging that? Is Steemit so inherently a-moral that it wouldn’t put these activities on the same level as any old post or comment you don’t care for, if we made them all cost the same to downvote? I’m still very new here, so I’m not really sure how it all works. It seems like there are lots of people who haven’t been here a long time and know all the lingo and games, but for newbs it’s not really obvious at all.

But those examples are the kind of post where I expect almost everybody being prepared to pay the price of a downvote.

Those examples are so horrid that I expect those with multiple accounts to downvote with every account. No matter the price.

Also the cost of downvote should be in relation to the gain on upvote. A Plankton should be paying far less for the downvote then a wale. That is the only way this idea would work.

 2 years ago Reveal Comment

How would you deal with multiaccounts then?

It's doesn't not does it take into account bot votes or otherwise inorganic voting. This idea would not work in practice.

Ya, why can't the system simply put a formula taking into the ratio of positive vs negative votes, multiply by the SP of the voter. So if that's only 1 negative vote out of the eventual 100 positive ones, then the SP is 1/100 of the voter. Or else simply just put a limit of the maximum SP one can downvote for a post, regardless of how much SP he has.

because that would let people cheat by smurfing, you cant pit 100 small votes against a major shareholder flagging, the flagger made a big investment in steem and has a right to use each inidividual share freely

Many are saying so but I am of a different opinion. Within a state there should apply rules valid for everybody, rich or poor. To be rich doesn't give you the right to punish or suppress anybody who is poor just for fun for example. The same should apply for the Steemit platform where I think should be implemented some (software) rules to prevent that big accounts damage smaller accounts in an arbitrary way. I have nothing against investors to earn money (actually I am an investor myself), but I am against arbitrary flags or flags with the only intention to damage a certain user.

Furthermore it is true that (money) investors invested money, but it is also true that many other people invested for example much time or thoughts with the aim to improve Steemit. Money isn't everything which counts, and in addition I think that if we are able to create a platform where people like to stay and post and don't feel threatened by arbitrary flags, in the long run that will actually lead to an increase of the STEEM price (and thus would help the investors, too).

I agree!

on steem you can gather riches by taking part even if you are poor, and grow your share in voting

money isn't everything on steem, but share holders decide where the dividends should get spent on, and everyone is a shareholder including you :), its not such a bad system once you aclimate your personal reservations about it.

The problem is if a bigger account randomly (for example because of a different opinion concerning any topic) decides to flag all posts of a smaller account and prevent him from earning anything. Then that has nothing to do with quality of his articles or with preventing spam or plagiarism, but is nothing else than personal hostility.

When talking about Steemit we often hear the word 'censorship-free', but in reality real discussions between bigger and smaller accounts aren't often taking place because the smaller ones fear to get flagged if they defend their point of views too persistently.

What would you think if I decide to flag all your articles from now on? Would you really say to yourself "OK, @jaki01 is the bigger stake holder, he should do whatever he likes with his money which includes flagging me."?

I first saw this post as it was resteemed from one of the parties that is, for lack of a better phrase, on one side of the flag war. I think it was a flag of association. "You are my enemy, I shall attack you and all you decide to support."

Which is a bit sour and sad. It feels like you have a population who exists on here, and it is a large population, who are pushing for a Utopian ideal, and then there is warring faction that is gradually threatening to draw more and more users in to it.

I always wondered what was going to happen to Steemit if voting got driven by political motives. Christ, it'll be a nightmare if it sees the same sort of factional bickering that exists on other social media and forums.

Right now, I don't see anything being done about it. The mantra is "manage it yourselves" and there isn't really a mechanism for that to be done to an effective level right now.

It is already happening!!
We have seen quite a lot but this kind of stuff starts getting really serious. @berniesanders tries to shout for quite some time but who listens ????

I think we'll see a better mechanism in the future, at least there are some great ideas being thought up.

I tend to think of something, and then I immediately think of how someone could game it.

I was thinking you could have something called Authoring Power, much like Voting Power. The more you publish, the more the post rewards skew towards the curators. This would see high volume and high reward authors actually give back to the audience a bit more as a default.

That's the simplicity of the Steemit blockchain isn't it?
We handle our own.
Totally our own decision.
Or do we need governance like the Main Stream Social Network?

We have to decide on that.

I agree, we handle it and move on, I prefer freedom of speech

Sadly the guards watching over the bank are effectively wielding foam bats. The robbers literally don't know what's hitting them.

There are no guards, just local militia and they won't come out of their homes.

Aaaaah. Well now you made me scared. Do you think this will have long-term repercussions? What do you think we can do to solve this problem?

Yes, its a problem I believe will rot the system from inside out. Ability to flag should be earned or at least taken away from anyone miss-using it. The system is wrong as it encourages people to use flagging if they believe the votes are too high. In my opinion if people believe the votes are too high, upvote like crazy the posts you like. It has same effect on reward pool.

yeah, and when they flag the big earners, the reward pool gets redistributed back out to everyone else, including all the spam bots. doesn't solve any problems. Steemit should just implement the system of and 99% of the problem is solved right away.

Wait. I didn't know steemfollower had such an inner working. Why do you think it would solve the problem for Steemit?

It's right you want to say

I still don't understand how the bots quite work. I though about writing about them but the diversity of who uses them, how they work and why they work I have not quite grasped but I find it oddly fascinating. not sure about them at all. They really seem to stack the decks against us all. but this whole post/ blog / thread is very educational for us newbies / minnows.

This is why every online community, no matter how dedicated to a philosophy of decentralized self-governance or against restrictionism, will always implement some strict form of moderation. Which, of course, always goes swimmingly for the community. Moderators have never overstepped their bounds. Nope, hasn't ever happened.

the need for moderation is severely amplified in the case where there's monetary gains directly involved :(

don't get me wrong, corruption still exists on a platform that has karma that does nothing, but on a platform where you can SELL the karma you get? hoo boy, that's blood in the water

Which will only make it more attractive to be corrupt. The real problem lays in the lack of individual responsibility for one's own experience on the internet. And demanding that other's take charge of their experience. When the site steps in and implements some sort of fix to bad behavior they just wind up making more problems.

Look at @spirtualmax over here, he loses out on a big valuable post. Why? Because the site wanted to put a system in place to help curtail bad behavior, the flagging system. Is he going to be compensated by the site or the person who flagged his post? Of course not. But what happened? The community responded with their votes and their voices and this post far surpassed the one he lost.

The only way for people to have the community they want is to for everyone to step up. If everyone just passes off that responsibility to a few select people those few select people will never do as good a job or be less susceptible to corruption than a self regulated and personally responsible community.

That's pretty well said Mr. Kangoroo!

I think long term it is going to hurt the platform's success. They are made more powerful by this activity and that isn't going to wane any time soon.

I think you solve this problem

the only thing that stops bots is stuff that also hampers userfriendliness and functionality. we're talking about having to human-verify every time you comment or upvote :P

it's not pretty but it might NEED to be done if people are going to exploit the system

I am new here, don't know much about voting, rewards, or coding, but seems to me that the coding could be changed, pending community support, to change how downvotes work?

It seems to me downvoting someone into oblivion is not the point of enabling the down vote function. It was a tool intended to quash malicious content for sure, but not for punative retribution.

Here is what I am suggesting, love to hear your thoughts.
What if downvotes cost the person casting the downvote something, like a stake of their own reputation, or SBD, or something, like what if you only had one per day, and if you used it, there was a commision that voted on whether the content was malicious or not, deserving a down vote, or not.

You could code a means of annonymity into the voting, review, process.

So you down vote me, and it costs me $100.00, or whatever. I "appeal". It goes to a randomly selected group of Steemians, and they can review the material for themselves, and vote to either affirm my original post was "malicious, and deserving of down vote" or they can "overturn the down vote and loss of rewards".

The system could even have a cost to the down voter if they are overturned, like lost SBD or SP, or Reputation.

It could happen with annonymity if coders allowed.


I am not a coder, I have no idea, maybe there are some unforseen complications with this sugggestion.

Hey, votes are made by share holders, theres nothing wrong with a shareholder using their votes, this autoflag thing sure its bad but its fine, look spiritualmax made his money back and more so there is social workarounds to the problems caused by shareholders using their flags maliciously, all is well in the weird and wonderful world of steem.

all is not well if every incident has to be solved with a public complaint post :(

that's not what anyone wants to see all the time, it's not what this site is truly about

I don't see that working, I could see it become a tool for even more abuse of power.
However, I saw some great ideas already, am thinking of writing a post on how to prevent these things from happening.

One of the most promising ideas is to just make the flagger leave him motive in writting.

I am not a coder either but I like where that idea is going..seems logical .. therefore it will never work lol (that seems to be the norm these days. If it makes sense then nope! not happening. )

 2 years ago Reveal Comment

That's.... kinda anarchy for you.

Cool analogies bros.

 2 years ago Reveal Comment

Well, it's a system where there is no governing authority to prevent certain behaviors, so people with more power or influence can do what they want, including eating you.

I've been seeing this for a few days and was wondering what was happening. Turns out is some powerplay. I guess time will tell where this leads. I hope their energy runs out soon, since I'm planning to stay here for a long time. I'm liking this site. It would be a shame to see it drop a lot in quality due to those people.

You're optimist. That's nice.
Need to be an optimist to believe in STEEM right now.

I haven't noticed until now since I've been working a lot, but I hope it'll be turning out well in the end. I have to read more about this. I hope it's not too concerning.

It can still be fixed.

You, I like you... going to send you an invite to my invite-only community.

yeah, we should also respect them though as shareholders and hope that they perform more responsibly in the future, these are basically steems ceos.

I'm not justifying their actions I'm just saying its voting shares after all they help decide where the dividends go.

Yeah, and they're CEO's that the board can never vote out of office.

not entirely true, they have as much stake per investment as you do or I do if you want them out invest 10x what they have and you have a boardroom where they're smaller

votes are dividends awarded to those the shareholders want the dividends to pay out to, if they invested to get a vote let them have it, if you want a stronger vote, invest! ;)

if they no longer want their investment they'll sell it and someone else will hold those shares and decide who steemits dividends get rewarded to, you are also an owner of steem based on your shares.

There is a reason that there are laws in place in corporate structure to prevent the activity that is happening here. Investing 10x what they have isn't a reasonable option because that is millions of dollars that pretty much no one has.

A director of a corporation can have 99% ownership of a company and bleed the company dry to fill their own bank account and what happens? Does someone need to buy their shares from them to make it right? No. They are removed from their position in the interest of the 1% of shareholders by a governing authority. We don't have such a governing authority, so this all comes with the territory, but it doesn't mean it's not going to do severe harm to the platform.

Calling them CEO's is not really accurate, because CEO's exist in a world where they are held accountable by a board of directors, by a governing authority, or the other share holders. Steemit whales are held accountable only to themselves and other whales.

laws are centralized organisation, steem has a decentralised trustless way of organising itself, when it favors stronger votes its just the system working properly, its up to us to learn how to use the system elegantly at this point, for instance you can complain and complain about unfair flagging, but spiritualmax didn't go that route he sorted it out, he got more than his due rewards because of the way humans organise themselves on top of this system.

Expressing outrage at the system being heartless favoring voting power is fine I was outraged when I joined, I don't see it that way any more I want to have some steem power and vote what I belive in, if ranchorelaxo believed in flagging posts bernie sanders shares thats his right while he holds shares, its not a profitable activity so he wont do it forever, there really is no problem here.

hey @reidlist I think your ideas are quire thoughtful, followed :)

the problem seems to me that the more power they accumulate, the faster they accumulate more yet. the rest of us somehow doing something about it seems unfeasible.

Abuse is abuse, whether they created it or not.

they didn't create steem, they invested in it, you are also co-owner of the platform based on your holdings, and you have as much right as they do to decide what those voting shares vote for.

:D:D:D Steem CEOs :D:D:D. They found that with ~1million$ investment they can profit something around 4million$ a year. Incredible ROI. And they are cashing out.

yes steem is a profitable investment, you can probably make 4x a year on your investment at the current network size, whether you invest 10$ or 1 000 000.

That is a good thing, start investing and using your shares to vote what you believe in.

check out my protest song to the flag wars

Better move quickly or after the bubble bursts you might be left with monopoly money. Or u think that the current steem ecosystem valuation of 1.3+ billion $ reflects reality? Or that this nonsense here attracts any serious investors?

Nah, what that group or individual managed to do is pretty awesome.
And here is how you can replicate it:
Post ten times a day on astrology. That topic attracts a lot of crazies. And you always want to have crazies on your side. During that time start creating an army of bots, cus a robot army is even better. Then buy enough steem power so you can make a dent in the reward pool. Investment also has to be large enough so the platform creators leave you at your business. Nobody fucks with a person who just gave them almost million dollars. Now, when you feel the time is right, start printing money. If somebody opposes, direct your army at their direction. But you have to move fast because when the platform fails, your initial investment might be in danger.

gg ez

yes thats a way to make the dividends pay out in your favor, which as a share holder you should be able to do

it is discouraged, perhaps even inconvenient to reward yourself on steem, which I think is enough, you should not force people to not get the dividends for their shares, you should just encourage them be social and to give it to other people by voting, if they really want to get the dividends themselves they should, because they invested in the first place, why do you think steem allows you to vote your own post in the first place?

I dont see the problem. It seems to me that people add their own rules to the system, like getting the rewards for your investment is bad, if every voting share they have goes into paying out themselves, thats fine, its the dividends for their shares which would only be worth what it is thanks to the investors.

erm, I might have come across a bit direct there, I dont feel very strongly about these views I express here even if I come across that way, I just admire the way it works

A lot of variety of different unique people here on Steemit. As always the saying has its own way "YOU CAN"T PLEASE EVERYONE"


Would you be able to name the two parties? I'm curious

Always somebody pulling crap

Perhaps steemit calculation works that way because the creators want you to feel like a boss at the top not considering abuse.

Who are the two parties that is doing the Steem Bank Heist?

As a new user, I have no idea whats going on here.

Great post, people need to look out for this. Something needs to be done tim prevent it. Love the trading cards! Played a lot of MTGO years ago. I used to draft every day. Limited rating was 1800+. Good times, great post!

plsce bro vote me

good good pictur post and vote give you nice job all friends


Hoe is this fair. Someone invested a lot of energy into good content and he becomes a victim of a feud he has nothing to do with.

So pissed

@spiritualmax I love your resilience.
Stern on

Flagging should register the displeasure of the viewer and serve as a signal to the author and other viewers that the content may be iffy. The impact on earnings should be removed. There is just too much power play based on wallet size. It will harm the continued development of the Steemit platform and the related tokens.

Oh dear! Here is @smooth-a again with his counter flags like his famous, senseless ridiculous flagging rampage “THE Experiment”. I am still struggling to chase my reputation, he destroyed those days. I wonder why he flagged this article this time??? I am amazed that the whole community got together to help This member is only a “victim”, getting in the middle of whale wars! Smooth! I muted you before and will mute You again. You and @abit never made sense then and Now you don’t feel like this member should get that much of the reward pool, while gamers game the system for so long already! Just let him have his Justice and Fun!

Maybe you just touched someone's feelings.

This was great! Had a good laugh and you are quite creative when it comes to your photoshopping ability. haha
Thanks for a fun post!

This is crazy!

Max I checked your blog and other post just to verify that whatever your are saying is that right or not, because I was amazed to see if someone could get success in this short time and i must say i am impressed.
The kind of fame you are enjoying, you really deserve that. Whatever happened with your last post shouldn't have happened.

Thanks man!
That is so kind of you to say! I'm grateful for the amount of support I've been getting through these days.
Great to see that the community spirit work and that there is justice.

You are welcome. It is my pleasure.
Just followed you to not miss out the interesting content coming from you in future.

Are witnesses participate in this war?

I would say so since they are the core of the system, and whales should be backing some witnesses which will not go against them.

Some spoke up and were flagged heavily by the opposing side...

There's no perfect system. That's the problem with systems after all. They cannot please everyone. They are made up of individuals, and some individuals will use their power in ways others don't like.

No, Steemit is not perfect, but it is a lot better than other sites. Yes, you were flagged, but I still saw the content and appreciated it. Your post and the single flag against it is an example of the ongoing battle here however.

As others have been repeatedly pushing for, we need to discuss the issue and not ignore it. You have a solid case, your post should not have been flagged, and in the future you will benefit from what happened.

Steemit will benefit too as long as the issue isn't ignored.

I'm just hoping that the solutions proposed are carefully thought out, for we should not replace one tyranny with another. People who invest a large portion of their wealth into this platform should continue to benefit, or they will leave.

Perhaps it would be difficult to do, but maybe a veto type power by shear numbers could reverse a large and powerful single flag. Sure, it is not perfect, but a separation of powers structure does help in other systems. Maybe that type of solution has already been proposed?

There are a lot of solutions in the table as of now... problem is there is always a way to either manipulate them or make them void...
People are thinking though, and I'll personally start working on that myself.
Thinking of writing a post about it.

@aggroed has had some excellent ideas from the past posts I've seen.

Having a way for the "masses" to reverse an unjust flag as a sort of veto power is a decent idea, but I'm not a coder or Steemit, Inc. guy. It would seem to be a decent compromise between both sides too. When there's clear abuse, people would have a way to reverse it. The whales still keep their power and wealth too.

The other problem is that some of the worst characters have multiple accounts. How do you get it so there is only one account per human being?

I don't think that's possible, but a reversal by the masses as a veto would be irreversible. The abuser having multiple accounts would not help them.

That sucks dude...

you are reflecting your id @spiritualmax that's the spirit man. keep going

Flagged because whatever the merits of your complaint, whining about how people vote their stake does not itself add value nor belong on the top of trending. Consider using the decline rewards option if you want have such a discussion without attracting flags.

How Altruistic of you to come up in here and trim the rewards... [/sarc]

  1. Do you even know muh boy Max?
  2. Did you even read the post where it was Maliciously Flagged? (and it indeed was...)
  3. Fine way to introduce yourself (not!)

...but anyway, I'm @underground, dedicated STEEMER since mid-May 2017 (yeah, still a newb) but I believe in the platform as much as anyone with my "stake", maybe more. I have a good little bit of vested interest in Max here, I selected him to be my protégé in @taskmaster4450's 1kSP program. If this post is not flagged to oblivion, (plenty of time remaining for that) Max will have eclipsed my own reputation, and rather quickly! I'm proud of him for that. He is a hard worker, dedicated and cares a lot for his followers. I think his posts geared towards minnows are some of the best I have seen on this platform, because they are written by a minnow for minnows! He is an experienced blogger... and you do not know if you are taking food off his table by flagging this post. One Flag makes a point, 2 demonstrates ill will... I can tell you that you are not hurting his physical well being by doing it but I'm pretty sure you did not know before 2 flags were thrown. I flag sparingly, and most times a small one is sufficient. 1 here would have sent your message, the second was punitive, IMO. You have not only took a great big "whale dump" right on Max's head, you have effective 'shat upon' a large, Engaged portion of the entire community.
That's all I got to say about that... [/gump]

Final Point, yes, I have seen delicate subject matter use "decline rewards" to great effect. Does such an action insulate the author from loss of reputation if flags are cast anyway? tia for return commentary.

Does [decline rewards] insulate the author from loss of reputation if flags are cast anyway?

No, but it is one less reason for flagging, making it less likely to happen at all.

BTW, there is no "loss" of reputation if the rewards are reduced but still net positive (this ignores some very unusual edge cases that are very unlikely to happen in practice). The author will still gain rep but gain less of it (as with rewards).

In any case, Max may be a great guy or a scoundrel, I honestly have no idea. There is nothing personal here. But nevertheless whine posts do not add value to Steem (which is what is supposed to justify rewards being paid out at all) and when I notice them I will flag them.

I do encourage Max (or anyone else) to make posts which do add value to Steem and be rewarded for them.

You know smooth, I want to believe you as I agree with how you justified your flag...

I didn't take it the wrong way, but reading this I was thinking... what about my last post... you didn't see value being delivered?
The response I had from the little time it was up says the community saw value there... but I get 0 from it and the post missed a lot of its audience for the malicious attack.

If you want to promote adding value and discourage whining, leave your BIG flag here by all means, but do upvote the post that delivered the value.

If on the other hand, you just want to cut the rewards off because you think I don't deserve, then say it so insteead of claiming it's just because I didnt add value.

I added value on my last post and what did I get? Nothing.

Cheers and nice to meet you.

you didn't see value being delivered?

No I didn't see it at all. I'm not reading posts all day every day, as much as I might like to sometimes. I have other obligations and time commitments. (As I commented elsewhere, I happened to notice this one because it was #1 on Trending, making it hard to miss. Perhaps you could say it was a victim of its own success with respect to my vote, but nevertheless it is still earning a significant amount.)

Cheers and nice to meet you


You didn't see it because of the flag, else it could be on Trending and this wouldn't have appeared which is the point.

See you around mate :)

I like smooth's attitude its eccentric and fairminded, followed
lots of interesting people popping up

I think you are further proving that you did not read the prior post which was maliciously flagged, because in that context this one looks less, or non-whiney at all. Obviously you don't have to do anything, but it appears you are detached from the bigger issues surrounding this latest conflict between 2 opposing viewpoints. It's really not about Max to most of the participants in the 2 posts. Coming in hard and heavy, and quite late, you may be inadvertently aiding a viewpoint that you might not agree with... Just Sayin'.

PS Edit: thx for clarifying my question. Could be something addressed in HF 20. It would also not prevent flags in other material posted by the one invoking "flag protection" if it is ever structured that way.

You are correct. I didn't read the post and I don't think it is relevant to whether this post adds value and deserves to be rewarded (in my opinion it does not). I don't feel that I am obligated to read every post or dig deeply into every personal or political conflict that takes place on the platform to exercise my voting rights. I happened to notice this post because it was at the very top (as in #1) of Trending which IMO is absurd for an 'I got flagged' whine post.

Well, hey, at least you DO care enough to clarify what the thought process was, makes more sense now. I'm just pretty certain that there is a bigger smack-down coming at the last minutes of voting... and that your flag will end up being less of what it was intended and more of a help to a group that many consider to be a drain on the system. I appreciate active participation and I Know that is what we have, now! I apologize for coming off with an attitude at first...

That is one of the issues of steemit, stifling free speech. For example, before Xmas, if you posted a negative comment, or just one that disagreed with the narrative, on a bitconnect post, you would instantly get flagged into oblivion. I understood flagging was supposed to prevent plagiarism etc but it is used to prevent debate and anyone who dares to stray from the script is punished.
For this reason, people are afraid to disagree with certain posts, therefore making them look more popular and unchallenged. This does not encourage free debate and along with bots, is the biggest issue on steemit.
Having said that, I don’t have a simple answer. I accept it’s a really difficult issue but there must be a way of implementing flagging that allows for a free debate where people can post their thoughts etc without fear of retribution?

I completely agree. I came across blatant copy/paste plagarism in the past few days. I wanted to downvote it for that reason, but yes I am afraid to because of retaliation. I've personally seen what happens online when someone knows they can get back at you and push your buttons to the poing of wanting to quit.

I'm too stubborn to let someone control me like that. Anyway...YES there should be free speech on this platform without fear of retaliation. We all have different opinions. That's what make this forum great. How do we learn and grow if we cannot communicate?

this is by far the most compelling counter argument to flagging: fearmongering

flagging is ineffective because people fear that fair flagging might get them into power struggles they cant handle

I say thats a good thing, my motto is dont just go bonkers trying to fix the reward pool by flagging until I'm confident and powerful enough to make a difference, until them leave it for those who can affect change to do the best job they can. Sound fair for a free network? does to me, from my perspective that's how the net has run since the 90s really, mods do modding.

You're so nice for commenting on this post. For that, I gave you a vote! I just ask for a Follow in return!

thanks ber, I mean smurf :)

Kinda scary and discouraging! I'm aggressively promoting steemit as a great place to share valuable content and be rewarded for your efforts. If this type of stuff persists then it's going to hinder the growth of the platform in major way. At least leave a comment and let the person know why their getting flagged. It's through open and honest communication that this platform will take off. Keep the quality content coming! At least you know you're doing something right to get on the radar of a whale! Congrats to that! 👏👏

not really, if you get mistakenly flagged, you can make things right if you have a positive approach, this is a perfect example

There's some justice in the world... I got flagged but now people supported me, so they see how unfair it was.
Thank you for stopping by :D

Yeah! Fucking weird if you ask me. Some random dude decides to create a flagbot and just flag certain kind of content, no reason to it but to hide certain things/certain people/certain efforts.

It looks like civilian casualties in a war.