Being A Member Of The SteemSTEM Community

in #steemstem6 years ago

Hello everyone, we at steemSTEM have a message for you

This post is designed for both newcomers and to the aspiring members of the steemSTEM community. We are going to address important aspects regarding the overall quality of a post that go beyond scientific writing technicalities, and we’ll also demonstrate how to engage in this community. As will be shown, this entails more than having some science-tagged-posts being curated by our crew.

What Does it Involve, Then?

Let’s start with a question. Why are you posting? If the answer is ‘money’ to you, then it is obvious to us, too. There is a distinct difference between posts of somebody struggling to come up with ideas to get rich and somebody who has been inspired to teach or engage in the community with original ideas. The most successful authors are those who are both driven by reward, and passionate and consistent with their work (more on this later).

The level of commitment and pride you have for your blog content is essential. Your reputation and followers are the by-products of this and the upvotes always come next. Yeah, in short: the community comes first. The rest follows.

So, just in case you got this order of events mixed up, please reassess it.

Commitment and dedication

What do you blog about? Plants, animals, mental health? Whatever it is, take your time to do some research on your topic. This is after all how your readers will eventually follow you.

This might take a while, but keep in mind you are not the only one in this situation - this always makes one feel better! The goal should be to create a document that you are proud of - which will likely take anyone quite a bit of time!

But what is research, if not searching on Google? Try Google Scholar or other academic sources. Don’t be afraid to personally email researchers on the subject you’re interested in. They are almost always more than happy to engage with you, give you permission to use their images and offer even more than you asked. It could even be an opportunity to bring a new professional into the community.

Dig Deeper

Often when I write about something on the fringes of science, I find that a slight detail has been disputed in a paper saturated with evidence to the contrary. These aren’t things to ignore, embrace it and discuss it, even if it is your area of expertise. There’s nothing wrong with a subject being wrong or controversial, as long as you rationally discuss it and provide evidence whilst opening up discussion.

Pressing the POST button

Now, that you have finished writing your post, which might have taken you several hours or even days to put together, you are ready to press the POST button. Yeah!

As soon as one presses the POST button, the obsession begins: ‘Will I be upvoted?’ ‘Why aren’t they upvoting me?’ I think ‘Mine is better than theirs, yet they got the big upvote?’

It’s tough.

But, here is the good news: the steemSTEM team has a group of curators, scouring the platform searching for all the material related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.They are real knowledgeable people, looking for quality content in order to reward them better.

But it is a small team with limited voting power. 6 months ago it was easy to upvote every single post, 24/7, that deserved it with time to spare to scour the lesser-known corners of Steemit to find new potential. Now things have grown exponentially, this is impossible, yet each curator still reads and proof-reads twenty (or more) 500-2,000 word posts a day.

But there are much more than 20 authors, and so a higher level of expectation is a must, and authors need to strive to be the best.

So what are the minimum requirements that we look for?

  1. Originality : In case you are not sure of how to be original when writing a science post, it is simple: Write using your own words. This equivalently means making more of an effort than just giving a twist here and there to that article you saw in or on BBC Planet.

  2. Well Written, Clear English: If your reader can’t clearly understand the points you are trying to make, then your post is not effective!

  3. Well Formatted Posts: In short, make your content easy-to-read and follow for everyone. Add headings, find nice images (and reference their sources), and do not make your posts too long, or too short either!

  4. Use A Language You Are Comfortable With: Curators are all seeing and all knowing. They even have magic tools! If you feel it’s too difficult to write in English, you may try to translate an article about global warming from a Spanish source and try to sell it as your own original work. This will most likely leads to flags and reports to steemcleaners, and your Steemit career could be over, just like that!

Instead, we have a growing, trusted community of different nationalities, from Nigeria to Italy, France and Venezuela. If you persevere, these communities will allow you to grow in your first language.

If your English is average but needs improvements, consider using tools such as Grammarly or even, you know, friends from the aforementioned communities.

References. Please reference everything; all the sources of information for your post, as well as all the images. This is not that hard and will only bring you credibility. We all stand on the shoulders of giants, so give them a little credit.

These are the minimum objective requirements, and you are capable of meeting them, don’t you think? We think so too. So please keep them in mind.

However, the bigger we grow, the more selective we have to become, so how do you shine above the rest?

Well, once you’ve mastered the minimum requirements, there are, of course, other things to consider: practicality, originality, personality, style and other subjective factors all lead to a more beautiful and worthwhile post.


Sure, a 12-page report on the physical dimensions of spines on the leaves of Western Sarahan cacti or whatever is important in some academic circles, but what value has it to the steemstem community readers, and to a larger extent, Steemit itself? If the answer is ‘nothing’, perhaps you should reconsider the topic. OR if you still choose to proceed, temper your expectations for the amount of attention it will get.


We already discussed using your own words to make original content, but instead of just finding a topic and re-writing it, perhaps try to find a new angle, find some of the latest research and discoveries. Don’t just put other content into your own words (but of course do ensure that you use your own words!), make the content itself your own!


You could even include how the information you discuss has a personal impact in your life. This brings followers in because they get to know you and want to follow you, rather than the information you provide. Writing in your own style gives us curators more confidence that it really is you too, rather than some report copied from some obscure website, which then wastes more time as we work on finding the original source material.


Don’t be afraid to make the post fun or humourous. Don’t be scared to mix it up a bit with some creative spin, fictional characters debating for example, or using your other talents to make it shine, be it music, art, photography or whatever. The more unique it looks, the quicker and longer it catches everybody’s attention.

In short, authors should ask themselves ‘is it valuable’ or ‘is it interesting to the casual reader’, or even more importantly, ‘is it understandable?’

Beyond the Post

There is more to this opportunity. As we said at the beginning, being a member of the Steemstem community is not only about writing a post and having it upvoted by the team. It is first and foremost about sharing STEM knowledge, educating and eradicating superstitious beliefs.

There are many ways to become a member of the steemSTEM community besides posting quality material. You can for instance engage in healthy and adult debates, take part in friendly chats in the steemSTEM chat channel, or even motivate other members of the community through commenting on their posts.

The attraction of Steemit, for many, is the financial reward. However, the posting/expecting to be paid for it pattern can be a frustrating one, particularly for newcomers.

So, please try to look beyond this. This is a view that will only isolate you from the bigger picture that the steemSTEM community is: **a family of science lovers who support one another with mentoring, comments, jokes, upvotes, quick words on the chat, collaborative works and so forth.

And, of course, why not … a community that sets an example to all the other ones within the Steemit platform.

Thank you!

@abigail-dantes and the @steemstem team

We thank @nitesh9 and @rocking-dave for the creation and rights to use the steemSTEM images and gifs presented throughout this post


Very well written post.
I believe as more users find their way to steemit, something similar to this should be found at the Trending page at all time, or at least routinely.

Perhaps consider adding a standardized link to this post at the end of the Distilled posts? That way, you could continuously direct readers curious about how they can get a steemSTEM vote, or be featured in the Distilled post, without needing to repost it.

This is a good advice. It will be added to the 16th distilled tomorrow :)

Indeed! I am going to put a link to this post on my articles from now on too :)

Excellent idea @fredrikaa, hopefully once communities become official, we will gain the ability to 'pin' a post at the top of the communities trending page.

Obviously, this article has just solved my problems regarding making contributions. I believe with time, alot of users will this channel very resourceful even towards getting answers to alot of unknown realities out there.
Thank You steemSTEM. My write-ups would from now be worth reading through.

Steem On !!

Great idea👍
I love How this community works together!

This is too cool :D

This response! It is perfect! Definitely makes all the effort worth it :D

I still have quite a bit to learn about the navigation and use of Steemit.

I am a radiologist and have been thinking of some posts regarding some basic information / misinformation / opinions about various medical imaging procedures and the state of medicine in general.
Is SteemStem an appropriate TAG for such information, or should it be limited to more technical scientific ideas?

Thanks for your part in making this platform diverse and interesting.
I love to see some of the more creative stuff here, and as an outlet for my art and photography ideas it has so far been great fun. I look forward to perhaps sharing some ideas on my experiences in the medical field also at some point.


Welcome to Steemit. I look forward to following your posts and maybe having some discussion. I am a rheumatologist but I am mostly posting on my great interest in paleopathology (which includes xray studies of fossils). The son of a fellow researcher told me about Steemit and I think it is a good platform to get others interested in something I am somewhat passionate about.

And I have seronegative spondyloarthritis, inherited from Dad. Does this fucking thing ever go away or will I be taking arcoxia my whole life?! Advice welcome.

arcoxia? like arxidia but in cypriot dialect? you can have mine, but I don't think they will help :(

Mine are working ok for now, but the double-dick guy could use an extra pair to go with the extra dick.

Yes I imagine I will be using this more for an escape from the medical field rather than commenting on it the vast majority of time. But this does offer an interesting outlet for just about any subject I can see. My son talked me into trying the crypto world out and so far I'm glad he did.
I will have to go look up your site.

I am a radiologist and have been thinking of some posts regarding some basic information / misinformation / opinions about various medical imaging procedures and the state of medicine in general.
Is SteemStem an appropriate TAG for such information

Our tag is not just for technical content. Its for any STEM related content, we are just trying to uphold quality standards, to help give us all more interesting things to read. :)

So yes, your idea is welcome here!

Thanks for the guidance.

Yes of course we value this kind of content, especially informing about misinformation. Give it a go!

I join my voice to the one of the two other replies! Please give it a try :)

Thanks for the encouragement.
I have seen your blog before . Impressive stuff! Physics has always intimidated me. I feel I barely learned enough to get by when I had to, so I appreciate someone who actually can understand and use physics intelligently.

Thanks for keeping things clear. As a newbie on steemit I really appreciate valuable tips. It is pleasure to create content that makes other think about the case and comment their point of view. Spreading knowledge should be more common on todays Internet!

Spreading knowledge should be more common on todays Internet!

Definitely, it's why we are trying so hard here.

Spreading knowledge should be more common on todays Internet!

I absolutely agree. I love teach people cool stuff about animals and biology, so now that I can actually get paid to do it, there's no reason not to! I don't get why there aren't even more passionate content creators here; they could earn so much money by writing about what they love!

It has been quite a challenge to write about science topics. Trying to find the right balance between what may engage a general audience and making the post as scientific as possible. In my last post about graphene, it was not easy to pull away from orbitals of atoms and decentralized electrons to continue to talk about graphene and keep the post on topic. It leaves one wondering about completeness of a post. The difference is really a presentation to a room full of scientists vs a post for everyone else. It takes practice and skills to get there. Great guidelines for all.

I get what you're saying, and balancing it can be pretty difficult. I often find myself reading over a post before I should publish it when I realize that I use a work that most people probably won't understand. So then I spend some time to explain it, but quickly realize that the post is far too long and complex for regular people to enjoy, so then it's back to editing it once more!

One thing that's worth noting is that I personally feel much better about this balance now after having written on Steemit for a little over a year; I don't get stuck in the editing process for as long anymore, and the balancing comes more naturally now that I'm more tuned with my audience.

It has improved for me slowly. It is now not about explaining the complexities now but rather giving an overview in a way for people to enjoy it. Thanks so kindly for responding.

It is now not about explaining the complexities now but rather giving an overview in a way for people to enjoy it.

Well said. I completely agree with that ;) Many details that are very fascinating to us who are well-educated within a certain field is just plain boring for the readers.

The difference is really a presentation to a room full of scientists vs a post for everyone else. It takes practice and skills to get there.

Yep, that is indeed the challenge! It definitely takes a LOT of practice to get there. I wonder if I will ever truly achieve it.

Good to know that I am not the only one trying to push electrons out of the way.

Awesome read.

Your team has been so helpful to me. From day one, you guys have guided me towards providing more engaging content for this platform. You have also encouraged me to persevere in this competitive environment, regardless of the financial reward. I can’t thank you enough for your time and commitment to ‘us’ creators.

For these reasons I will continue posting for the SteemStem family.

We are glad to have you posting here! You are doing some really nice work!

You have said it all, great rules which won't even appear as one once you start writing things you are passionate about. Thanks for sharing.

It is our pleasure to share. Let's hope many people will read :)

You are right, you've taken the horse to the stream... It's left for the horse to drink or not.

What a great post. I wish I would've posted my first few articles with the @steemstem tag, but I am still learning. I'm writing about my journey with psychedelics and the proven science behind it all. I always make sure to post all of my references, since this topic is tricky to write about it, tends to scare people away. But that's why I'm here! To hopefully educate and to share my own experiences, so others who may feel lost or frustrated with lacking therapies can at least investigate alternatives. I'm not concerned about making money, if I was, I'd write about something else. So, from now on I know the one tag that'll have to be placed for sure.

I am very pleased to see you here @therightsideofup. Don't be frustrated about your two first posts ... as lemouth said, the curators do browse other tags!
All the best to you always :)

We are also browsing other tags but there it is easier to miss a post due to the flow.

I always worry my stuff is too long or unrelatable or boring or unoriginal. I'll try to improve.

I worry the same about my own! Its a constant quest to learn and improve.

I am on the long-post side as well... So far, I never received any comment about that. I however try not to write more than 1500 words per post.

Same here. I try to provide more and more information through my post but as a result it becomes long.

So, it's my constant endeavour to make my content precise and yet interesting. While I trying my best to improve my writing skills as well as my English grammar and vocabulary. :D

However, the guidance of @justtryme90 and @lemouth have improved my writing to a great extent. :)

It's really tricky to find the sweet spot where the post is just the right length. It's way too easy to get stuck on either too long, but goes into enough detail or right length, but should probably explain in more detail.

Rewarding the best is always appreciated. Keep going.

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