What Do We Value when Curating Music related Posts? an IINC publication

in #value4 years ago (edited)

In our introduction post - published about 3 months ago - we've explained in little less than 4 sentences who we are and what we are aiming for.

Some of you may have seen us on one - or more - of your post(s); Some others may not. Some of you may know a bit more about what we value and vote for; Some may be able to guess; for others we maybe a tiny - or even big - mystery.

It is about time to give you some transparency to what we value!

But before we go into that, the - exactly - 3 sentences we wrote before - in our introduction post - explaining who we are and what we do.

Illuminati Inc (in short: IINC) is a music community facilitator and has set itself the goal to support the growth of a valuable and quality music community around the STEEM blockchain.

Our main activity is to support the music community by giving extra attention to undervalued posts. Every day we try our best and search for a bunch of great posts and give it some IINC love with a nice upvote.


Value is in essence quite subjective, although certain things in life we all value, like the ability to use all our sensors and senses, to have a place to sleep, the ability to generate an income, the ability to source food. I can continue this list for a considerable time, but I won't, knowing you get my point. Those services and things we all value, are - more or less - objective values. The subjective part plays a roll again in the details of these objective values: like what roof we have over our head, and that roof is located, the looks and more; like what food we can make available for ourself, what amounts, the taste and so on.

What We Value

When we search for posts to give our vote to, we try to be objective, as much as possible. To be objective, we've created some guidelines we apply when deciding on our selections.

In our community we have quite a few users being interested in music. However, it seems the music creators/producers are better supported then the music fans. Popular services such as DSound and contests/challenges such as OpenMic - and so many others - are better suited for music creators. Not so many challenges are supporting the music fans though. In general the music fan seems to be having a harder time on Steemit to establish a presence.

We at IINC therefore focus our curation efforts on posts adding value in more ways then - just - music. Mostly we trigger on written post with a personal touch (experience, story, opinion,...). Such posts can include music - whether the music is created by the author of the post or by somebody else - but may not have to.

Some of the Key Characteristics of a post we consider for a vote, are:

  • Personal Touch
  • Original
  • Unique to Steemit
  • Quality over Quantity
  • Pending Payout: soft limit < 1$

Note: Examples of post we value can be found in our Curator's Choice series.

Note: Our vote value is much more than what we can give with our own Steem Power; Curie and a few others users are following our votes giving us about 4 dollar vote value based on 100% vote, todays settings and Steem and SBD values.

Vote Spread / Distribution

We try to spread our vote power as much as possible. Certainly, we may vote for posts by the same author more than once. We may even vote for the same author multiple times, but we limit the number of votes to the same author to a maximum of 2 per week.

Note: It rarely happens we vote that many times for the same author, and even when we do, we may do this only for limited period of time. Generally those authors write such great posts, they are being picked up by the Steemit community at some point in time and get higher post values than our (soft) limit of 1$.

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written by @edje aka @qsounds
supported by @mammasitta aka @massivevibration

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Thank you for explaining! I am both a music creator and lifetime music lover. You have a great initiative!

I regularly partake in the posts of @perceptualflaws and @vanessav that allow us to post videos and interact and I love it! It is like hanging out at the record store back in the day!

Steem on and thanks for being here.

Awesome page I gave you a follow. You might dig my posts if you like music content

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Thank you kindly @edje , @illuinati-inc & @curie for up voting my song ( Talkin Dirty ) very kind of you I am surprised anyone would take notice very much appreciated. MantiBlades

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How wonderful; Thank You.

Gracias por elegir mi publicacion, y por el apoyo!

this is great work. bring decentralization and rewards to the artists!
i'm super impressed.. 😦

We do our best :)

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This is a truly interesting and compelling endeavor. I know you are making a real impact in this community because I've seen it firsthand. Musicians and music fans appreciate the support and attention.

Being sort of an amateur at both making and appreciating music myself, I'm more of an admirer of what is happening than a useful participant.

Being very interested in community building on the STEEM blockchain, however, I find it both fascinating and encouraging to see your actions make a positive difference for people. Well done!

Thanks so much! BTW, we need the admirers as well, the fans so to speak :) I'm also not a musician but try to write decent posts.

I am Pricasso most wonderful artist and you have blessed me now I shall bless you like only Pricasso knows how. Pricasso today has created in your honor this masterpiece...


The blog here dedicated to you https://steemit.com/art/@pricasso/my-ode-to-illuminati-inc-iinc

Yours Always

Thanks so much, what an honour! As a gratitude: I can't vote for your post since it would abuse the curie vote train, but I did vote with my own accounts.

You are most welcome my sire much appreciated and I am truly elated you enjoyed the masterpiece.

Be blessed

Yours Always

This seems really neat and a nice initiative. Thank you for helping all of us.

Thanks for supporting my first post on steemit. I'm still trying to learn as much as i can from this place. Thank you for the explaining of your initiative!

Wish you a lot of pleasure on Steemit!

Hey there i just wanted to say hello and congratulations on this wonderful initiative! its so nice to have people like you hanging around on the community! :)

Thank you so much; We try to do our best :)

Ah cool to see an explanation of what you are doing. I like the concept behind what you are doing even more now!
I am a music creator but also a lover of music who really enjoys curating playlists and giving insight on music that I enjoy which typically isn't being heard by the masses.
The posts of mine that you have upvoted [thank you once again for that; it's been the biggest boost for me on here thus far] definitely fit the criteria of what you look for to upvote, so it's cool to know what you were looking for and see that you appreciated my posts for that reason :)
It's neat to see that you are supporting the fans because you are right that there is a real lack of contests aimed outside of artists making music.
However without the fans there is no support for the artists in the first place so it is good to see someone supporting them!

Thanks for sharing your view and agreeing with our approach.

Hello @rilluminati-inc, I am now knowing about you, I think it's excellent initiative, I'm a music student and sometimes I do something for steemit that I like and for others to enjoy. Thanks for your initiative.
This is my participation in this week's openmic

Success with the entry.

I've been in to heavy music for as long as I can remember and I really love to educate and help people find bands that they other wouldn't have come across. I also love to promote smaller bands that haven't quite made it yet and get people to hear their music so thanks heaps for the latest upvote on my post I'll continue to deliver great content because it's what I love to do!

How cool! Looking forward for more :)

Thank for the information @illuminati-inc ,, I am very interested in this ....


Thank you very much for the support.
Even though I've been posting mostly about comics, I decided to add music in my review posts. I was thinking of k-pop and metal. After you supported my first music article I felt more confident about it.

Thanks for the hard work. Greetings from Venezuela!

I really appreciate what you are doing for the music community.
You're an inspiration for current/future Steemit users.
I think the values that you uphold in this post correlate with what Steemit is trying to provide to the world. Great job!

Sorry the 7 day voting widow is closed :-(

Nonetheless I want to sincerely thank you for the much appreciated and totally unexpected upvote and recognition. The platform can at times seem like a futile pursuit, and your upvote keeps hope alive --it's a wonderful thing you're doing.

Thanks again! @roused

Great words and much positive kewlness and good vibes! I like that! Brilliant! Thankyou! :D

Super Thanks! :)

Is there someone with your project that I can talk to when you vote on plagiarized posts?

Yep, you can. What post we voted for is not original, ie plagiarism?

Thank you! That is good to know. We all do our best to detect plagiarism, but translations are very difficult to find. We certainly will exclude this user for further support.

No problem, was just wondering what the best way to go about contacting you is if I happen to come across anything else?

Thank you for giving support to the last chapter of Wackos 2. I appreciate it and now feel more motivated to start uploading Wackos 3. Once again, thanks.

If you'd like to read the first chapter, it's posted here.

Hi @illuminati-inc, I am totally glad about this platform which I have once benefited from... I have another musical article which I believe will be of huge benefit to music performers... Please follow the link https://steemit.com/music/@joshuacraft/anatomy-jazz-improvisation

Thank you for support me, i really appreciate it.

Thank you for the upvote on the SMA Tune Up post. We will continue to promote great music and competitions on steemit.

I find this post very informative. I know there is many people who doesn't know how to make better their contests, in which way, and here they can find the answers, or some of them because everyone has do make a personal experimenting and bringing by step that which you call personal touch, for example. Thanks for considering some of us worthy of your appreciation.

thank you so much for your support! me as a beginner and music lover it is very valuable! I hope that you will often visit my blog)

Hi dear @illuminati-inc this community has a discord?

Not today, maybe sometimes in the future.

Hey guys, this is a cool initiative. I just did a "Behind the lyrics" post about a song I wrote with my band and it might be something you are looking for:

Thank you so much for selecting my "This Bridge" song. It meant a lot to me.

In my opinion it is a very good idea. It motivates me to continue with my project called "Raving Foxes" where I am going to post my personal reviews from the techno parties and also share informations about techno labels, clubs, DJs and producers.

Thanks for the upvotes. Much appreciated!

Nice to know... okay lets rock up steemit!
Steemit up, little darling, steemit up :)

Thank you so much for your support of my work and also for your support of others it's very encouraging to be recognized and found valuable🎂📬🎶☺


I read the whole post, I really loved your idea of helping the music community ...

Is it necessary to use some tag? like for example @ illuminati-inc?

thank you for supporting my post, God bless you for your generosity and upvotes.. Im so happy and thankful..

I just came over as I received an upvote from you guys and wanted to say thanks for that really unexpected surprise! I've been on Steemit for a few months now (infrequently posting bits and pieces but always trying to post from the heart) and really enjoying the platform as a blogger, musician and music fan but with no real expectations :)

I do feel inspired to write more blogs on here now following reading this blog

Cool stuff Indeed , thanks !

Wow, awesome. Thank you for giving me support on one of my posts... Grateful....

You're Most Welcome! :)

Thank you very much for your support. ;-)
Music = Love
Music = Power
Music = Our past, our present, our future
Music gives humanity so many kind of emotions, it helps remembering, it heals, it makes humanity move, sometimes it makes humanity even stand up.
In short terms: I think like you about it...
PLZ continue rock like this ;-)

Awesome dudes! Thank you for voting my post! Ah, music lets me meet so many cool people. You guys are amazing! Keep doing you!

Oh wow, this is so awesome.

I am new to Steemit and noticed a big vote from you. I am thrilled to see an initiative like this, built on compassion and real value.

And here I was, thinking Steemit is dominated by bots and upvoting societies, thinking that's what it takes. But creating great content should always be #1, and it will rise above the noise over time. Thanks to people like yourselves.

Thanks again, and rest assured I will pay it forward =)

Also, focusing on listeners certainly tends to get overlooked. There are so many places musicians mercilessly spam their links. Usually without context even. Just a boring link. I'm trying to show them how to respect people's time, while also making their music seem more interesting.

really appreciate the support on my cryp-hop post. it was amazing to get so much attention on one of my submissions. thanks for looking out for the music fans out here!

Good Day, One question have discord? I want to enter friends thank you very much if you give me the information

Wou, amazing, it's nice when we support other persons and talents of them. I hope could support like your when i grow in this community.

I love music and can equate a beautiful piece of music to every sad and happy part of life. Thank you so very much for your support

Thank you!! Creating a decent music video takes more work than most may expect. Travel, Cameras, editing, mixing, Getting permission to publish all take a considerable amount of effort. Thank you for hitting one of my posts, very much appreciated!!

Thank you for manually choosing my post. I am glad.

thanks for suppirting quality music post ..
we appreciate your effort and support...

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Thank you very much for your vote on my recent and other post,s,ive only just found out how you encourage and help others unlock and bring out their creativity! and this is excellent work, keep it up, all the very best :)

Super and thanks for your kind words.

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Great initiative! Thanks for supporting a few of my posts. I'm starting to get to learn the mechanics of steemit so I can participate better. What is your advice about self voting for a minnow?

Well with a quick search I've found a satisfactory answer. It makes more sense to work as a community if we are serious about the longterm viability of this platform. So I will stop self voting and more actively seek good content to vote on, comment on and curate. Happy curating and thanks again! It's because of your curation that I have considered it reasonable to make something from steemit with a serious approach.

Self voting is not an issue imho. However, it becomes an issue when out of the 10 available votes a day, one uses most of them on own posts and comments. That said, when vote value is more like cents, their is in fact no reason to self vote. Some users with bigger SP may not like authors who self vote and dont cast there vote to such post. BUt that said, I don't think there are many of such users around these days.

Thanks for your reply and perspective. It's not like my votes mean much in a monetary sense at the moment. For the time being I will focus on being an individual curator and finding good content to consistently comment and vote on.

So glad to have found you as my posts typically include something to do with my husbands jazz band Jason Hanna & the Bullfighters and the gigs we attend ⭐️

thanks a lot for your support..i wish the best 4 u

thank you for the love you shown me and all of us musicians! It was nice to get your support on my first week on Steem.It

Always appreciate the support from IINC. It's always a little daunting writing a very long music article or how-to post about music production thinking I might not even break $1 for >1000 words lol. You definitely alleviate that worry! Thanks again.

We try our best to help those who took a serious effort to come up with an interesting post.

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thanks a lot!

amazing post, grateful with the support you gave me, very good initiative dude

Thanks for the love guys, keep up the great work!!!

Found yr live on my very good friend post, telling him it’s a really great platform and it will be a great surprise for him :) as an Indie musician fun a supported excited to find out you making someone’s day! My bro is a great supporter for man-many years. It should be very warming for him to get onto receiving side at this time :) your rock!

Super we could be of support to bring your bro onboard! Always looking for great content creators.

You, my friend, found yourself a new and intrigued follower! Can't wait 'til you go on! Greetings from Germany! <3

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