I was going to write this super-massive post on reviewing witness votes, now that we are on HF22, but it seems there are many of them already floating around:
So I thought that it would be a good opportunity to whip up a quick bot. The witness-vote-check bot can basically tell you what witnesses you are voting for that are inactive. You can then safely remove your vote. The command is:
You can do this anywhere on the blockchain in the comments. @untersatz (my witness!), will reply back with an informative message.
Here are some quick facts about witnesses:
- The top 20 witnesses are full-time block producers, each taking a turn
- Blocks are produced every 3 seconds
- Witnesses are awarded with Steem Power for each block they produce
- A backup witness produces a block at position 21, based on their rank
Your witness ranking determines how often you will be allocated a block to produce.
Why do we have to bother with reviewing our witness votes anyway?
The blockchain used to have a rule that automatically skip inactive witnesses that are still registered after 24 hours of inactivity. That meant that you could just turn off your witness and the blockchain would just ignore you after 24 hours. However, this logic has been recently removed and inactive witnesses who have not un-registered are still schedule for block production but will miss the block. The higher their ranking is, the more frequently they are scheduled and the more blocks will be missed slowing down the network. -- @quochuy
So there you have it...@quochuy (another deserving witness!) answers it quite succintly.
What are you waiting for?
Check your witness votes in the comments!!!
Consider using one of your witness votes on untersatz!
We are currently ranked 150 (111 active) and, unfortunately, there are several witnesses above us that are retired but still have people's votes.
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