ATS-Witness Update: January 2018

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This is my first monthly witness update since launching in late November.


As the holidays have passed and we welcome the new year, it’s time for an update on the @ats-witness happenings!

These witness updates will likely come once per month, with any time-sensitive and/or @ats-witness project-related updates falling between them, as necessary.



News and Announcements


If you read my original post from the launch of this witness account, or if you’re familiar with the contests that are run from my main account, @ats-david, then you already know that I’ve been trying to establish a fun sports community for the Steem blockchain for over a year and a half. In my first post, I mentioned that I planned on creating a website for a variety of sports-related content that would be tied directly to the Steem community and reward users with the Steem cryptocurrencies accordingly. I have an announcement about that and an “official” affiliation/partnership with another Steem community.

I have been a proud supporter of the Steem Poker League – @spl – for many months now. If you’re not familiar with the @spl, it’s a community of poker players at all levels who can play daily freerolls and other tournaments for Steem Dollars with verified members from the Steem community. The @spl has seen impressive growth (increasing its daily users by over 600% in recent weeks) and has given away thousands of Steem Dollars in prizes since inception. It has a good management and moderation team and you can join their Discord community and sign up on the website at Lucksacks.com.

So with that being said...


I would like to announce that @ats-witness (and @ats-david) will be working with Lucksacks.com and the Steem Poker League to bring you sports content and contests!


This is an exciting time to merge the growing sports and games communities into one platform, especially considering that there is quite a bit of overlap between the two. Poker players and sports enthusiasts will soon be able to move seamlessly between online card games and sports contests...and be rewarded in the Steem currencies for both! If you enjoy sports and card games, give Lucksacks.com a try and join the chat on Discord.

Further details about funding, development, and timelines are being worked out and we will keep the community updated on any progress.


Witness Info


Since officially launching @ats-witness on November 21, 2017, zero blocks have been missed with no server downtime and it continues to run on a 32GB RAM server. This server will likely be upgraded to 64GB of RAM soon, as the platform continues to grow and transactions per day continue to rise.

From the rewards for the initial @ats-witness post, I sold 20.001 Steem Dollars on the internal marketplace at the then current market prices for 131.859 STEEM. I powered up 101.859 STEEM into this account. The remaining 30 STEEM are being held in reserve for future allocation. I transferred 20 Steem Dollars to my @ats-david account, allocated for recurring server costs.

This week, I adjusted my Steem account creation fee to 0.100 STEEM to reflect the increased prices of STEEM over the past three weeks and I will continue monitoring fees and STEEM prices.

While a few other witnesses have been increasing block sizes to try to deal with bandwidth issues for some users, I have made no changes to block sizes and do not have plans to make any in the near future.

Due to the spike in the Steem Dollar price that began the day after launching this witness account and the sustained support it has received well above the target peg, I increased my price feed bias to 400% a couple of weeks ago and reduced the APR on Steem Dollars to 0%. These parameters will remain as they are until the Steem Dollar prices fall below $4.00. I will then reevaluate the markets and may adjust the parameters accordingly.


A quick note on the Steem Dollar peg


I will likely explain this in more detail in a post from my main account later this week, but I want to be clear about pegging and the reason for adjusting my witness parameters.

The Steem blockchain was designed as a two-token system. We have an investment token that extends privileges to stakeholders in the Steem blockchain (STEEM) and we have a debt token that was intended for use in commerce (Steem Dollar) that does not extend any privileges to holders, other than redemption for STEEM. Witnesses are essentially the managers of these two tokens and their relationship to each other. Witnesses are responsible for publishing price feeds and setting parameters that maintain the proper relationship between the investment token and the debt token.

The intent of the Steem Dollar peg is to provide a crypto token with very low volatility to those who wish to use it for commerce. If we are intentionally ignoring the volatility or otherwise doing nothing to attempt to maintain the peg, then there’s no point in having a debt token in the first place. There is no purpose for two volatile tokens on the same blockchain – one of them representing a debt on the other.

Other than maintaining a functioning witness node on a reliable server, witnesses literally have only one other job: Publishing price feeds and setting the related parameters.

As a witness, it’s my responsibility to monitor prices and to evaluate market conditions, then adjust my witness parameters to reflect those conditions. If I’m not doing that, then I’m not being a “good” or "responsible" witness. Of course, not adjusting parameters in a given time frame is always an option, depending on the length of your outlook regarding prices and market sentiment.

Sadly, most witnesses don’t bother with setting price parameters at all. Some of them aren’t even sure what the parameters are or what their effects are. There are a handful of witnesses in the top-50 that aren’t even publishing price feeds and haven’t been publishing them for up to 9.5 months, yet are still producing blocks and earning rewards. I do not intend to be one of these witnesses and I will continue to set my parameters to reflect my intention of maintaining the Steem Dollar peg, until or unless blockchain protocols have been changed to reflect a desire to no longer want or need a debt token.



If you haven’t already, please consider approving @ats-witness.


As I’m currently outside of the top-50 on the witness list, the Steemit.com interface does not display my witness name on the voting list (and this is poor practice, in my opinion). So if you’d like to vote, you’ll need to enter “ats-witness” manually into the “VOTE” field here: Vote for Witnesses.


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Thank you to everyone supporting me! Stay tuned for future updates and announcements!


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Great work my friend!, already voted for you as a witness! :)

That's some really good news bro! Makes sense to have 1 location for poker and sports. . Will other Steemit contest sponsors be able to host their sports contests on the site or only the contests you have been running? Thanks.

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As of right now, there are no plans for other users hosting sports contests. We need to work out more details and test scripts to figure out what's viable and what isn't. Anything is possible at this point though, so I can't rule it out.

Good stuff, seems like you've got solid plans and are accomplishing a lot in a short time.

I have to admit.. I have a love/hate relationship with the SBD price right now.

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Yeah...it's cool to be able to sell them at really high prices, but at some point, we need to be responsible witnesses and either legitimately attempt to maintain the peg or scrap the token altogether. (I'm not in favor of the latter.)

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sbd $10 forever!

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There may come a time that it is more reasonable to adopt a higher peg than keep trying to push it down.

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Seems like having a debt instrument trying to peg to a dollar isn't super practical. Unless we want to adjust sbd supply as quickly as Steem value and sbd market cap changes... No one anticipated what market pumps would do to our peg, but it should have been a sign to all of us when it was easy to maintain at the time when Steem was greatly undervalued. :Shrug:. I don't know the answer, but I think it will continue to be very difficult to keep sbd pegged to any value but what the market dictates along with available supply

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I mean, I agree with @inquiringtimes. There needs to be some responsibility in the peg, so the price is more durable. However, I don't know if I want it to be THAT closely pegged to the dollar either. Market cap changes make me happy.

The only problem with this pump is that by the time the next one comes, more of us will be tempted to cash out because of opportunity lost on this last one. I only cashed out like $25 sbd, and I wish I would have cashed out ten times that. For kicks and giggles.

Totally forgot you were a witness, glad I saw this and you have my vote!

nice post, great view - I like your posts and i follow your blog. Photos are great to express - you are great. I love Steemian! I ask you to follow me please - visit my blog. I have good content! And keep up the good work. Your skills are great. Great view too..... (damn if you flag me i will remove my witness vote! Hang on - I wanted to do a promotion i almost forgot!)

On a serious Note! You HAVE to move into the Top 20 Witness! No doubt!

Sadly, most witnesses don’t bother with setting price parameters at all. Some of them aren’t even sure what the parameters are or what their effects are. There are a handful of witnesses in the top-50 that aren’t even publishing price feeds and haven’t been publishing them for up to 9.5 months, yet are still producing blocks and earning rewards. I do not intend to be one of these witnesses and I will continue to set my parameters to reflect my intention of maintaining the Steem Dollar peg, until or unless blockchain protocols have been changed to reflect a desire to no longer want or need a debt token.

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I'm Tuck Fheman, and I support this message!

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I don't get it. Who are you?

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I'm @littlescribe, and I support this message! :0)

I already added @ats-witness for witness category

Its nice to see you put on a suit and tie and post on steemit every once in a while.

Go go go spl

SQUEEEE!!

Upvoted nice post keep it up

this is a nice witeness-categorical updates.....
i observe this post..
this is an informative mail..
thanks to you..for sharing this nice post...

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I agree, this witness-categorical update is the nicest.
As I observe this post, my eyes dance with delight.
As if it were a mailing of information straight to my steeming heart.
So many thanks for updating your sharing of witness information @ats.david

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congratulations and thanks you too.i am so glad same to you...
please carry on...
i will wait for your next post..

Sadly, most witnesses don’t bother with setting price parameters at all. Some of them aren’t even sure what the parameters are or what their effects are. There are a handful of witnesses in the top-50 that aren’t even publishing price feeds and haven’t been publishing them for up to 9.5 months, yet are still producing blocks and earning rewards. I do not intend to be one of these witnesses and I will continue to set my parameters to reflect my intention of maintaining the Steem Dollar peg, until or unless blockchain protocols have been changed to reflect a desire to no longer want or need a debt token.

This is a huge issue as far as I am concerned. We have some new additions to the upper ranks of witnesses that do not set this at all. And as you say this is important. Steemians when voting for witnesses should consider this in picking their representations. BUT sadly they do not. These "witnesses" should be pushed out of their spots ASAP.

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Hey Ats, could you please post a thing on this? We will all resteem it for you.

After 6 months on Steemit, I am still trying to get my head around the Steem vs SBD issue and the difference in their value! LOL! I can never figure out how I choose to be paid 50/50, but a huge amount is SBD and a tiny fraction Steem when I have payout. Doesn't look like 50/50 to me. LOL! I keep plodding on though, and will eventually get it into my old head! Keep p the good work. It sounds very much like you know what you are doing! Not sure if I have voted for you yet. I'm going to check now!

Nice Post Dear Steemian. Thank You For Your Effort
Shared LOVE With My Upvote. How about you Share some Love too?
Cheers and Have a Peaceful, Profitable Year .
Keep Posting and Get Rich ;) :)

I am first time commented your post and upvote because your post is informative

And follow you

good news friends, your news is very useful for everyone

The Fed with all their tools have a hard time with monetary policy. I would be interested in a post further explaining the tools you have to try to maintain the peg.

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A little late. I've always know you've become a witness or working towards it and truly was just to lazy to figure out how to vote. Which is pathetic since you do so much for the community. I know it means pennies in comparison to what you do for the whole community, but if you had up a million pennies you'll reach your goal! I hope everyone else puts the few seconds to do it. I will be making a post and with a video as well thank you and everyone else!