If I were a billionaire, I'd buy Steemit and...

in #wishful-thinking10 months ago (edited)

When things went wrong, I used to joke with a former co-worker that, "when I rule the world, things will be different". Well... just for fun... here's imagining how things would be different if I were a top-tier stakeholder on the Steem blockchain.



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OK, so obviously this is an exercise in wishful thinking, but it's a fun exercise. What would I do if a magician put a billion dollars in my bank account tomorrow, and I used part of it to buy out Steemit?

The other day, @o1eh asked whether Steem looks like an abandoned project, and he gave some good reasons why it might look that way to outsiders. It's had me thinking about some ways to change the trajectory. So, here's what I might add to the mix if I had Steemit's resources at my disposal.

This is not intended as a criticism of the way things are being done, but just thinking about a path forward to announce to the world that the Steem blockchain is open for business, at first without adding much to anyone's workload.

[1.] I'd activate all of my available Steem Power and use it for voting, with the following goals:

  • Continue existing community support efforts
  • Build a stable of high quality, sponsored authors that can attract readers
  • Incubate an army of developers
  • Amass an online crowd of virtual assistants
  • Inflation control

[2.] I'd launch a community to serve as a developer incubator

[3.] When these initiatives are operating successfully, I'd follow up by doing something about the rewards algorithm to disincentivize voting that overvalues a post.

[4.] I'd address the cosmetic issues like the ones that @o1eh alluded to in his post.

[5.] I'd kick off a marketing program

This is not an exhaustive list, but it's enough for now. Read on for more about each.

Activate Steem Power and target it to enhance the ecosystems

At present, the @misterdelegation account has about 21 million of undelegated STEEM POWER. Some probably needs to be reserved for delegation to new account creations, but I would put most of that amount to use, voting to support platform growth. In the end, I'd probably target a vote allocation that goes something like this:

40% - General community development can be used for any quality posting.

This amount would continue to support the existing initiatives and general content producers at large.

15% - Build a stable of high quality, sponsored authors that can attract readers

This would go to a small number of authors who I would support in a patronage type of relationship. These authors would have a proven track record of attracting readers on other platforms, and they would agree to post some of their content, exclusively on the Steem blockchain.

15% - Incubate an army of developers

I think that one of Steemit's best initiatives since the last hard fork has been the Newcomers' Community and one of the best parts of that has been the achievement system that @cmp2020 had a hand in creating. I would seek to repeat that effort as a way to cultivate new developers. Two key aspects here would be an achievement system and using the Steem Developer Incentive Program representatives as moderators and curators. (It might make sense to increase their share of the developer incentive budget order to accomplish this.)

With the developer incentive program representatives as moderators, I'd set up a bot to vote on day-6 of a post's lifetime in the community, and its vote would be proportional to the combined votes of the moderators. i.e. if no moderators voted for the post, neither does the bot. If all moderators voted at 100%, so does the bot. Otherwise, the bot votes in proportion to the number and percentages of moderator votes.

15% - Amass an online swarm of virtual assistants

I would maintain a list of projects that virtual assistants could work on, have them blog about their accomplishments when done, and use the blockchain rewards to incentivize it. This could include things like updating documentation, writing Wikipedia entries, or answering research questions. Basically, this could be anything useful for the blockchain that can be compartmentalized into independent "bite sized" pieces.

15% - Curate posts with @null beneficiaries in order to regulate inflation

This is basically just the current burnsteem25 initiative, but I would run experiments to see how different voting strategies effected user adoption and retention. My first hypothesis would be that it makes sense to vote for more burning when organic usage is low and less when it's high.


It should be noted, that there would be drawbacks to this deployment of additional SP for voting. Namely, other curators would probably earn lower returns because of the increased competition. In turn, this means that some of the people investing in business models that depend on spamming the blockchain might withdraw their investments. IMO, this isn't so bad, though because:

  1. It would divert rewards from people who are spamming the blockchain to productive users;
  2. By growing the ecosystem and using it more productively, we can hope that the increase in token value might offset the loss in quantity; -AND-
  3. Entrepreneurial investors could be hoped to buy up the investments of anyone who exits the spamming business.

Create a community to serve as an incubator for developers

So, as mentioned in the previous section, I would set up the community and ask the @dip.team to set up the achievement system and moderate it, then set up a bot to mirror moderator votes on day 6 of a post's lifetime.

What would achievements/levels look like? There's a lot that could be done with this, and it could change over time. DuoLingo for example, has more than 100 levels in its German language module, and the structure seems to change about once per year.

Here are some examples:

  • Install steem-python and do a query that shows interaction with the blockchain on the current date.
  • Use one of the Steem software libraries to vote on a post
  • Use one of the Steem software libraries to post something
  • Use one of the Steem software libraries to show blockchain statistics
  • Find a bug and submit a pull request
  • Have a pull request approved
  • Build a simple web app
  • Build a simple cell phone app

From simple to complex, the possibilities are limitless. And this would build skilled developers who could turn into entrepreneurs by deploying their own apps on the blockchain.

Rewards algorithm

For several years, my opinion has been that Steem's biggest problem is the rewards algorithm that incentivizes people to overvalue a post. It is highly demotivating for someone to work for hours on an interesting and informative post just to see it get outperformed by a post that was copied and pasted from someone's Twitter feed. Something (other than down-votes) needs to be deployed to penalize voters who vote a post up to a value that's far higher than the consensus.

As long as spamming is the most profitable use of the blockchain, spamming is going to be the predominant use of the blockchain. It's frustrating, but that's how incentives work. To some degree, this could be mitigated with down-votes, but that creates a toxic, fear-based culture that drives people away for different reasons.

A simple change might be to take the VESTS from the highest valued voter and to throw them back into the rewards pool, then to pay all curators based on the reduced amount. By doing this, I think that voters would be incentivized to anticipate what other voters will do and try to vote with the pack.

I don't know if that's the best solution, but once the phase-I pieces are in place and generating results, finding a solution to this problem would be my highest priority for phase-II.

Fix all the cosmetic stuff that makes Steem look like an abandoned project

My second priority for phase-II would be to make use of the virtual assistants from phase-I along with other resources in order to fix all the cosmetic shortcomings that @o1eh alluded to in his post, Does STEEM Look Like an Abandoned Project?.


If we say that phase-I took a year and phase-II took another year, then in year 3 I'd probably fund and launch a marketing initiative. I think the cosmetics and the reward distribution algorithm need to be fixed before a large marketing spend would be a good investment.

On the other hand, if the changes from phase-I and phase-II were effective enough, than large scale marketing in phase-III might not even be necessary.


One of the underappreciated use cases for investing in Steem is to direct the type of content that gets produced. On a daily basis, we see how investors cause content to be created on very specific topics that don't get much traction or visibility elsewhere: the Steem blockchain; A Tron fan club; virtual assistants tracking down plagiarism and reporting on their results; and of course - low-quality Elliot Wave charts. To a large extent, it's the investors and curators who decide the topics that people will write about here. This is why, in my imaginary world, I'd build my growth plan for the blockchain around curation strategies.

So, when I win the MegaMillions lottery and buy out Steemit ;-), there's my 3 year plan for using blockchain rewards to spur platform growth.

How would you spend your billions?


@pennsif pointed out in a reply that I misread the gross as the net, and misterdelegation only has about 2 million.. so, this changes things a little. My priorities would be the same, but I'd up the allocation for the general community development to 60% and reduce the other categories to 10%. This also turns an imaginary "3 year plan" into an imaginary "5 year plan". ;-)

Thank you for your time and attention.

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Steve Palmer is an IT professional with three decades of professional experience in data communications and information systems. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics, a master's degree in computer science, and a master's degree in information systems and technology management. He has been awarded 3 US patents.


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A very good set of ideas... Just need the $B now 😀

One small point re this...

At present, the @misterdelegation account has about 21 million of undelegated STEEM POWER.

@misterdelegation only has 2.8M SP free currently. Most of the rest goes to the delegations to all the @steemcurator accounts, and a couple of others.

Oh, I was thinking that 21M was net, but you're right.
It's gross. Thanks for catching that.

I like your to-do list, wish you were a rich man. 💰💵

Hehe , he´s a centralist , stop decentralisation , höhö ?

Oh , I thought the lengendary fork 21 flattened the reward curve so far the users cannot damage the #CHAIN by overvoting , and there are no further curation reward generated having a post upvotet over , what was it , twenty or so , dollars .
And so I do not know what You mean by the word consensus , ... , something ideological ?
It´s a fact , posting is a bonus on a Blockchain , and this bonus has become the biggest advantage of our #CHAINZ , besides the decentralisation , but there has to be some "greed" , a way to get out something , and attraction to put money inside the System , as investment .
The value of a #CHAIN lies in the transactions booked on it , the more , the more value it has .

So , what You write here is the essence of what #WEALL think or may think , and I´ve read theese thing over and over in the last years , and Yes the #STEEM needs urgently some , some , yes , hihi , much some , but the point is #WEAREACOMMUNITY and if the community is not able plus the witnesses to take over again , to connect again , to buildt together again , ... .
Steemit was just the core and all around went to hive when Justin came , and since then , nothing occured but havin´ hive-images blocked , höhö .

So it´s a matter of #SP , witnessvotes and community activity to get something done , in the first place , not some forced industrial evolution .

Thank You .


Hehe , he´s a centralist , stop decentralisation , höhö ?

You have to play the cards you're dealt ;-). Even decentralized ecosystems still have top-tier players. See, The Rule of Three, for example. Jagdish Sheth makes this argument:

Competitive markets evolve in a predictable manner and, once mature, exhibit many similarities across industries and geographies. Most notably, each market tends to be dominated by three major, volume-driven firms, which we term “full-line generalists,” surrounded by a constellation of smaller margin-driven firms that are either product or market specialists. The three large firms together control approximately 70% to 90% of the market;

On this point,

Steemit was just the core and all around went to hive when Justin came , and since then , nothing occured but havin´ hive-images blocked , höhö .

I wouldn't say that nothing happened. Steemit has done some creative things with curation - and they replaced and surpassed the things that teams like @Curie had been doing. Curation is one of the blockchain's core differentiators from most other blockchains, so this is important.

But yeah, obviously we need maintenance and growth in other areas, too. And (IMO), that means someone has to organize the effort. There are only a couple plyers here with the level of influence that would be needed in order to do that organizing.

Höhö , that´s what I meant , this is not about markets in the first place , it´s about community and to realize that giving means growth here on the #CHAINZ .


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It is incredibly. I really like your plan. I couldn't think of anything better.

As part of the marketing strategy, I would focus on the opportunities that the STEEM blockchain can open up for businesses and educational institutions. I believe there is a huge unrealized potential here.

As part of the marketing strategy, I would focus on the opportunities that the STEEM blockchain can open up for businesses and educational institutions. I believe there is a huge unrealized potential here.

I definitely agree, especially about business opportunities. I don't know why more businesses haven't figured out that they could use blockchain investments here to generate income at the same time as building "buzz" around their product. This platform really should be ideal for business marketing.

I think it is necessary to describe in detail the scheme of actions, how the STEEM blockchain can help in business or advertising. Then maybe someone will take the opportunity. I've been thinking about it, but I have no idea where to post it so the business can read it.

I think people just don't understand the specifics of the STEEM blockchain and have no idea how to use it in their business.

I agree. It's hard to know how to get on the radar without spamming other platforms or being otherwise intrusive.

Let's start some kind of crowd-funding...! ;-))

I like the way you distribute the money that the magician makes appear, it strikes me that at points I can perceive your intention to make growing this panel , at no time do you speak in the singular, this makes me think that you are a determined person to achieve your goals and if you have even more possibilities, imaginary or not, I would hire you, many people work, but not all of them do it with the intention of improving and making others better

If I had a billion I would buy 70% of the steem supply that is in circulation, I would put it all in steempower, although currently I don't think binance, upbit and other exchanges have that much available. By retaining that amount of steem in stagnant steempower, the price of steem would rise above the dollar or more.

And with that amount of steempower create your imaginary world in steemit

Good exercise of imagination, with approaches that must be taken into account to take Steemit to another level.

Many of them I am digesting and others surprised me.

I just hope you win the lottery...

Excellent work!

Indeed, buying steam is advisable to make a profit. This is a long-term project that is really worth investing in. No bank will give as much interest as the steem platform. It is only necessary to accumulate power, I have been following the platform for the second year. She is stable and it pleases.

I love the Steam platform. I want to plan like you. I really like your plan. Because I can't think of anything better than this steam platform. So please pray for me so that I can continue working well on this Steam platform. stay well

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