250 days ago today Utopian.io was born. It was conceived with the intention to create a New Open Source Economy, and facilitate a fair rewarding system that could be integrated in Github and similar Open Source platforms.
Over time, Utopian has changed and evolved both as a platform and organization. However, our goals remain the same: incentivizing stellar quality contributions to open source projects and the Open Source ecosystem.
Having reviewed many thousands of posts, we’ve learned a lot about how we can incentivize and prioritize quality above all. To emphasize that, we’ve integrated a scoring system that may have lowered the quantity of contributions, but has undoubtedly contributed to an overall rise in quality.
Even though rewarding fewer contributions may lead to loss of potential income for Utopian.io, we see the long-term impact of the changes made to Utopian.io incentivization policies as a significant step toward building the Utopian.io that will serve the needs of the Open Source community best.
As we continue to learn and grow, we make sure to stay attentive to you, our community of contributors and open source project owners. Your insights are always welcome, as we strive to reach and empower even more Open Source projects we can introduce to Utopian.io and the Steem blockchain.
Usage of bidbots is not a new topic of discussion in the Steem user community. Utopian.io and other initiatives striving to promote quality content on the blockchain are engaged in constant battle with bidbots that seem to be taking over the blockchain to allow for users to maximize profits on expense of the quality we, moderators, community managers, curators, contributors and genuine curation initiatives fight hard to maintain and promote.
As of today, Utopian.io will no longer incentivize or reward the development or promotion of for-profit Steem bidbots.
Note that Utopian.io will continue to support and incentivize the development of ethical non-profit Steem voting bots, and similar open source initiatives that have clear and convincing policies in place.
In addition, Utopian.io may also exclude contributions upvoted by bidbots from being considered for potential reward.