Meet Our Witnesses - @netuoso

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Steem is only as good as the leaders who help keep our platform running smoothly, are continually introducing new features and fixes for problems. It is up to the rest of us to decide who our leaders should be.

If we want to see this platform continue to grow and flourish along with the Steem token, I feel it is our duty to elect witnesses who will not only serve as master nodes but also add to the development of the Seem/Steemit environment. Most people are able to run a node with a little but of research and the proper equipment, but Witnesses vying for the top spot on the steemit network are rewarded for there position and should be doing more for the community. We all have 30 votes to cast for the witnesses of our choice and these are the 30 most important up votes you will ever make on this platform. Witnesses are the leaders in this community and thus it is of paramount importance that we due our due diligence before casting our votes.

Until a month or two ago I had barely used my witness votes and I felt it was time to change that. I didn't know many of the Steem Witnesses and hadn't put in enough effort getting to know the people who keep this platform running. The first thing I decided to do (which I should have done months ago) was read through all the Steemit FAQ pages to get a better understanding of how our ecosystem functions. After that I headed over to Steemd to check out the top 100 witnesses and what they've been doing on the platform. I highly recommend doing those two things right now, if you haven't already done so.

Really, stop right now, click on the WitnessPage, and check out some of our witnesses, I'll wait.

Okay, now that you're back, let's continue.

This is the second group of interviews that I have conducted with some of our witnesses. If you are interested in reading more of what some of our other top witnesses had to say, head over to my page @jasonshick and check them out. This second round of interviews will include (hopefully) interviews with @gtg, @aggroed, @austibank, @anyx, @drakos, @curie, @btcnews, @utopian-io, @lukestokes and @netuoso. If you have any other suggestions as to witnesses you would like to see interviewed, please leave a reply in the comments.

Today's witness is @netuoso. Currently ranked just inside the top 20, @netuoso does a shitload of work for the platform. When not online @netuoso goes by the alias of Adrew, a computer software developer through and through, we are lucky to have him on our platform.


One of, if not his biggest contribution to helping our platform is SteemCreate. SteemCreate is a site where potential users can site up and create a steem account instantly. One of the biggest problems with getting new users on the platform is the time it takes from signup to actually being able to login and start posting. SteemCreate has solved this problem. Steemcreate does come with a fee, but 80% of that fee is deposited into your account to help you get started. SteemCreate also acts as a recovery agent in the event that your account gets hacked or you lose your password.

What's more is that SteemCreate has a nice simple interface and does a great job explaining exactly what steem is, how users can make money and some good steemians to follow in order to learn more about the platform. If youhave any friends or family interested in signing up on steemit, send them over to SteemCreate, a great choice for getting started on the platform.

Andrew is very active on Github as he made over 300 contributions last year, with one of his biggest contributions being a STEEM bot Framework, which allows users to do many actions across multiple different accounts with ease. Check out more of @netuoso's work on Github here.

Another awesome thing that @netuoso has created for the steemit users that most are unaware of is Steem Pacman. This old school arcade game can be played by any steemit user free of charge and what's more is that you can actually win some steem by playing. What can be better than that? If nostalgia has started to overtake your emotions right now, head over and have a few games of Pacman and maybe even win a few steem while you are at it. You can read more about the creation of SteemPacman here. @netuoso plans on creating more of these retro games in the future, so be sure to be on the look out.

I had a chance to talk with Andrew a while back and he gave me some really great, in depth answers. Below is a full transcript of our conversation. Make sure you go over to @netuoso's page and show him some love.

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  • What is the biggest obstacle that this platform must overcome before it goes mainstream?

There are several things that can really help to propel Steem into the mainstream. However, one of the most important aspects that need to be addressed is probably account creation. Currently, a user has to essentially apply for an account, provide a method of verification, and wait for an email. This process is handled by SteemIt Inc and involves some level of manual interaction. For Steem to be able to handle the hordes of users that are wanting to join, creating an account will need to be seamless.

  • Financial advice aside, what ceiling value do you think steem has in terms of price?

Steem currently has a market cap of around $700 million dollars. Keep in mind, Steem has been around for a very short amount of time compared to other major cryptocurrencies and Steem is already in the TOP 35 cryptocurrencies by market cap. This accomplishment, I believe, foreshadows what is to come with this platform. Steem is revolutionizing the way content creators and curators get compensated without the need of a central mediator between the two parties. I do not think a price target of $10 for Steem at some point in the not-so-distant future would not be unreasonable due to the recent announcements by VICE and Global Blockchain Technologies, amongst others.

  • What is the biggest mistake new users make when joining steemit?

One of the problems that I have with Steem is the fact that many of the interfaces for interacting with the blockchain put dollar signs everywhere. Every post and every comment and ever vote has a dollar value assigned to it. For a network where a large portion of the users are seeking financial independence from the government, it always interests me to see people relating everything to their local currency. I am going to make my own voice a bit louder by changing the dollar payouts to show only Steem priced payouts. Instead of seeing a $1 payout it will be a ~1 STEEM payout. As the price of STEEM breaks farther away from USD, and as USD continues a downward trend of value it will benefit users and the platform more to be priced in STEEM directly.

  • What makes you from different witnesses in the steemit community?

There are a few witnesses that are also developers, but I try to take it a step beyond by consistently contributing to existing open source projects as well as creating new projects. I find it more rewarding to help a user add a cool new feature to their codebase than to create a project from scratch where my opinion is the only one that I have to take into account. Some examples are my contributions to Condenser, Vessel, and BusyOrg. These projects are some of the largest in the community right now and adding support to them will benefit every single member equally. On top of contributing code and support directly to projects via Github, I also run and manage the SteemDevs Discord Server. SteemDevs Discord is a collection of some of the brightest developer minds in the Steem ecosystem. Users are encouraged to join and present projects they have created or ask specific code related questions. Answers for questions are usually provided within 24 hours of being asked and are available in every programming language.

  • With some of the current problems steemit faces, I.e. Whale circle jerking, pool draining, bot votes etc and some radical backlash by the likes of @berniesanders, what, if any solutions do you see?

Steem is a very technical platform where users are able to express their voice through their stake. Essentially, this means “whale” users are always going to have more power, control, and influence than newly joining “minnow” users. On top of this, like with any community, there are specific tight knit groups that tend to keep their support within their own group. I find it interesting that you bring up @berniesanders. I find bernie to be one of the more effective users on this platform. Some individuals do not appreciate his rhetoric, but I tend to ignore that level of things and try to understand the point of the message or rant. As far as solutions, I believe there are discussions relating to Hard Fork 20 that might help make some of the changes necessary to protecting the reward pool for all users. I personally believe bot votes and vote selling and the like aren’t a huge problem; at least not one completely exclusive to Steem. Personally, I believe one of the largest problems right now is a poor ability to filter based on language, reputation, possible spam, and other heuristics.

  • Do you ever see any coin coming close to rivaling the power of bitcoin?

Absolutely. Bitcoin was the first incarnation of a very successful blockchain implementation. However, despite having such first comer power, Bitcoin is not the answer to every problem in the world that may be answered with cryptocurrency. Ethererum, for instance, already contains more expandable logic than Bitcoin through its smart tokens. Steem SMTs will be released soon, bringing some similar abilities and techniques to web administrators wishing to adopt the technology. EOS is a notable currency, as well as IOTA. All of this being said, I believe it is wise to hold several different types of cryptocurrencies at a balanced weight so you can offset your risk involved with holding any cryptocurrency.

  • If there was a worldwide internet and cellular blackout for a week, what would you do for those 7 days?

I am currently in the process of outfitting my fifth wheel camper trailer with solar panels and energy efficient appliances. If the internet were to cut out before I finished, I would just drive to a solar store a couple states over and pick them up to finish the process of the installation, then I would hit the road! My plans right now are to have everything finished and road worthy for the start of the new year. I will leave Louisiana and head through Texas, Oklahoma, and end up in Colorado. After hanging out in Colorado and giving my snowboard some cold snow treatment, I plan to head further west and travel thru Nevada, California, and Washington. Of course, my black lab hiking partner will be close by and ready to explorer the lovely parks and trails.

  • What is one thing that most people don't know about you?

This is kind of a hard one because I am a fairly open person. I guess something that I do not go around telling everyone is that I am a politically apathetic atheist. Okay… well people might know that already. Some people might find it interesting that I was engaged at one point (didn’t see it through to the end — so maybe that isn’t so crazy for me). For a real attempt at this question I suppose I could say that I absolutely love learning. School, research, learning, etc … you know, the stuff most people can’t wait to put an end to forever when school lets out. I spend a large portion of my days learning new technologies, cloning open source software, and reverse engineering anything I can get my hands on.

  • Where is the best place in the world you have ever been?

I haven’t had the ability to travel a freely as I would have liked thus far do to my previous job demands. However, Steem now has me looking forward to a future of constant traveling, programming, and preaching the ways of the good lord, Steem. I would have to say that Tortola, the largest of the British Virigin Islands, is by far one of the most beautiful places I have been. I could see myself with a fancy beverage lounging out on the beach most days of my life if I lived in such a place.

  • If you could only vote for one witness (besides yourself) who would it be and why?

Despite my strong feelings for particular users, I would have to say Utopian-IO community witness. Utopian-IO is a platform built on top of Steem that enables developers and other contributors to open source projects to get paid directly in Steem for their work. Utopian-IO recently launched their community witness where the proceeds will be funneled back into the platform for all community members and contributors to Utopian. I believe this is a very noble idea, and responsible too because there will always be a collective mind of developers willing to solve any issues related to server hosting or whatever comes up. If you do one thing for me today, you should go vote Utopian-IO for witness!

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Some great responses in there. Before this interview I had absolutely no idea Tortola even existed, but now that I do, I would love to take a vacation to this beautiful island. Once again thanks to @netuoso for taking the time to have a chat with me, go show him some love and go give him a witness upvote, as he is more than deserving.

This is part 12 of the series "Meet Our Witnesses", You can read the interviews with @rival, @good-karma, @someguy123, @liondani, @patrice, @jerrybanfield, @kyle, @pharesim @reggaemuffin, @timcliff and @gtg by clicking the links:

https://steemit.com/witness-category/@jasonshick/meet-our-witnesses-rival

https://steemit.com/witness-category/@jasonshick/meet-our-witnesses-good-karma

https://steemit.com/witness-category/@jasonshick/meet-our-witnesses-someguy123

https://steemit.com/witness-category/@jasonshick/meet-our-witnesses-liondani

https://steemit.com/witness-category/@jasonshick/meet-our-witnesses-patrice

https://steemit.com/witness-category/@jasonshick/meet-our-witnesses-jerrybanfield

https://steemit.com/witness-category/@jasonshick/meet-our-witnesses-kyle

https://steemit.com/witness-category/@jasonshick/meeting-our-witnesses-pharesim

https://steemit.com/witness-category/@jasonshick/meet-our-witnesses-reggaemuffin

https://steemit.com/witness-category/@jasonshick/meet-our-witnesses-timcliff

https://steemit.com/witness-category/@jasonshick/meet-our-witnesses-gtg-second-round-of-interviews

Make sure you follow along to this series as we get to know many of the leaders in the Steemit community and show some appreciation for everything they do. Thanks for reading and check back soon.

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What a wonderfully presented interview. I have seen a few of these by other users and I have to say, you have an excellent writing style and do a great job of presenting what was said in an interesting manner.

Since I responded to these questions, I have received and installed my solar panels, fridge, AC, and am on the finishing touches so I can actually begin my life on the road.

I am very bullish on Steem more than ever and love that we almost hit $10 after I responded to these questions. That was a FUN time and trust me, we will be seeing it again. Some people believe $200 STEEM is possible in 2018 ... who even knows anymore?!

I have made some progress on removing the dollar signs from my condenser and will hopefully have a proof of concept deployed to https://condenser.steemliberator.com very soon.

Thanks again for helping to get the word out about what the witnesses are and what we do.


To your readers: I highly suggest you go read the rest of @jasonshick posts about the witnesses to better learn exactly what the job entails.

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Your time and answers were much appreciated. Congrats on getting closer to being able to live life on the road.

It seems this interview has brought some of the bigger whales out from the depths, both good and bad. Either way, people need to know more about some of our awesome witnesses, so thanks again

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Yep. Sorry about that. Caught in the crossfire

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Yup, just part of the fun I suppose. But it seems at least a few hundred people will see this post so hopefully it can get you a few more witness votes

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Yhh, I needed someone to help me out with understanding all the things about the witness votes and stuffs.

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follow back and upvote....thanks

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Self promotion could make your reputation a whale snack!

Your Reputation Could be a Tasty Snack with the Wrong Comment!

Thank You! ⚜

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follow back and upvote....thanks

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Of course, thank you, I'd do just that.

This is an amazing post. It's good not only to vote for witnesses (many people don't even know about it), but also to be informed as to WHY you are voting for that witness. Information is power and post like these are extremely useful in selecting who to vote for. Thank you! @ironshield

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Yeah our witness vote is so important and yet so many of us fail to use it. We need to change that. This is our chance to have a say in the future of the platform

I am not at the phase to comment anything on the work of the witness. But, I see that you've brought into @berniesanders here into your conversation which attracted me. Reading his post, I see his work as rather contributing to the system than degrading. As you play that part of interconnecting the witnesses with the whales and post the conversation, I would love to read of the destruction that at times is rampant in the system here with whales fighting with one another and what witnesses think about the same. I am not sure if witnesses as contributors hold any powerful position to review the FIGHTING of the whales and taking necessary actions but if in case, they as a collective team, hold the power to negotiate, I think they should do that immediately. That's because, when we see whales fighting over power distribution or over proper allotment of the PER DAY Steem, it scares the newcomers that they might just be flagged or put to risk of commenting or writing a post of any kind (be it good or bad)

Thank you @jasonshick for the the interview. I await in anticipation to read more of the witnesses stories.

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Do some research on some of the top witnesses here and it will help you understand a bit more about everything that goes on and why people like @berniesanders are so passionate. We do have our disagreements in approach but I do think our intentions are aligned, we just need to come up with a better way to achieve these goals. Go check out a recent post by @mikepm74, where he breaks down how the reward pool works. It is a great read if you have questions about how rewards are given out.
https://steemit.com/steemabuse/@mikepm74/the-reward-pool-for-morons-it-s-a-bid-bot-stupid

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Thank you for the supplementary article, bro!

This is a great interview and it shows how absolutely on point @netuoso is. He is definitely extremely deserving of a top witness spot on this platform and I actually feel a little more comfortable with my investment with him behind it.

The quote that stuck out to me the most right now was this one:

I am going to make my own voice a bit louder by changing the dollar payouts to show only Steem priced payouts. Instead of seeing a $1 payout it will be a ~1 STEEM payout. As the price of STEEM breaks farther away from USD, and as USD continues a downward trend of value it will benefit users and the platform more to be priced in STEEM directly.

I think this is an extremely important change that will really resolve a lot of the confusion that's occurring for newer users at the moment.

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Yeah, Andrew is a rock solid witness, we all benefit from having him around. Your upvote bot tracker has also been a great addition to the steem tools. If you'd be interested in a similar interview to the one above, I'd be more than happy to pick your brain

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Thanks, I would love that! I've never done a steem-related interview before other than going on @aggroed's show a couple times. Feel free to reach out on steemit.chat or discord if you want to set something up.

what a great interview. I have played the pacman game and was really fun, in general i like the idea of bringing the gaming into steemit and as you mentioned at the start of your post i need to, to take a look at the witnesses and vote some day :P

i think your posts will help me learn a couple of things about them so i have bookmarked this post to read tomorrow the others ones too!

also @netuoso who isn't a politically apathetic atheist nowadays :P ( for starters i guess i am too :P )

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Yeah, more use cases on steem will be awesome. If we could get several games going that would be amazing. Don't forget to show @netuoso some love

Not a terrible list of choices you've made there and posts like these are super important as our community continues to take on 1-5K new members per day, according to the stats (Bot or Not, you be the judge)

I would love to do one of these with you some time.

@SirCork
Founder: @YouAreHOPE Foundation
Founder: @SteemStarNetwork
Steem Witness

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Haha I am glad you approve. Our witness vote is the most important click we can make on this platform and a large percentage of people don't even know what witnesses are. Gotta raise awareness somehow,while hopefully earning a few dollars myself. Will definitely be happy to do an interview with you. discord work best for you?

miami (jasonshick)#4887 here is my discord tag.

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Certainly does, just drop by my discord community for @youarehope and @steemstarnetwork or DM me anytime, I around here nearly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

https://discord.gg/zkTeKeS - I am @SirCork over there too of course.

Miami huh, I lived in Hollywood for nearly 10 years.

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Hey fellow Floridians that’s cool I’m in Davie right now also just joined discord very nice to meet you guys

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Haha, yeah, except he's in Canada, and I'm in Virginia now, and haven't lived in south Florida for nearly 6 years now lol

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It’s all right I still consider you guys team Florida LOL

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Proud to be part of the team, coach.

"Teem work makes the steem dreem work!" - @SirCork

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Will be in touch for sure, as for the nickname Miami, its very outdated, from half a decade ago, has to do with the Miami Heat basketball team. I'm a Canadian, sorry for the confusion. And like all canadians we say sorry too much

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Actually, you all say Sore-ee :) :P

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Hey, what's your discord tag? can't remember which post you wrote it on

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I'm @sircork there too, visit https://discord.gg/zkTeKeSto look me up in the @YouAreHOPE discord

I've heard that @ats-witness (@ats-david) would be a good interview. Maybe check that guy out.

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Haha sure, the more witnesses and the more information I can help get to the average user, the better. Discord the best way to contact you?

Great work again! These really help me with my witness votes. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 On the PacMan @netuoso. Keep up the great work, I want to see pictures from these Steem Powered adventures. Another solid interview, headed to cast a vote :)

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You are highly welcome and the interview was great.

great interview and good to learn more about the witnesses through your posts thanks for the work putting these together

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Thanks for stopping by Jay. Happy to spread more information to the community. Make sure to show @netuoso some love

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I did I think but will double check

I would love to visit there. Great article!

Great Jason.

I love reading how our witnesses are not just artificial and unknown people that we need, too they have a soul and a heart behind. Thanks for personalizing, it was necessary.

I am going to make my own voice a bit louder by changing the dollar payouts to show only Steem priced payouts. Instead of seeing a $1 payout it will be a ~1 STEEM payout. As the price of STEEM breaks farther away from USD, and as USD continues a downward trend of value it will benefit users and the platform more to be priced in STEEM directly.

This bit is VERY interesting. I am eager to see how this change will impact the ST - SD ratio on the long run.

Nice post like it

We need your touch... to impact lives out there😀

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Great interview :)
Exellent!!

The witness vote is truly important and could be of greater benefit to the steemia community at large, leadership begins with individuals attributes, potentials and dynamic contribution to the steemit community at large. Thank you for your utmost contribution.

another trickster!!! 😪

I am @earnmoresteem and you got a 12.50% upvote courtesy of @malonmar! I invite you to send SBD with other post in memo and I will upvote you this new post.

Muy buen artículo hermano, apenas estoy iniciando en la plataforma y este tipo de material sirve para irme familiarizando con la página y los beneficios de ella para un mejor uso y crecimiento de la comunidad, que sigan los éxitos! Saludos desde Venezuela!

I am still very new and this interview helped understand me a little bit more about Steemit.

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Glad I could help

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Great idea, but hard to implement! Still, I wish you luck!!& it is interesting to observe activities. enjoy...... upvote & resteemed

@jasonshick great information and great job. Thanks a lot.

Thank you for the post Jason, I actually needed a bit of knowledge in this aspect because I keep seeing vote for blah blah blah for witness but I don't know what it is all about but with this being said, I guess you just put someone on the right track.

Hah! I was playing STEEM Pacman a couple of hours befor I read this post.

I do not think a price target of $10 for Steem at some point in the not-so-distant future would not be unreasonable

So... he thinks it would be unreasonable?

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Lol you caught that huh.

I stepped on my words but I mean I do NOT find it unreasonable. We almost hit it already this year

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The price of SBD/STEEM is all well and good, but when are we getting space invaders?

please support me please :)

its good info piece

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Quite an informative post, reasonable suggestions, thank you for all your efforts to develop the platform. I just like you believe the future phenomenal success of the Steemit.

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He is definitely an all around solid steemian. Appreciate your support. Make sure to support his witness campaign

jasonshick, your content is always excellent. Whenever I see your post, I know that there must me excellent quality content in it. So I comment your post before reading the post . I learned a lot about steemit reading your posts

Hy brotha ..in this week I done my work in translate of @netuoso part of meet our witness in Indonesia, Very well done work brotha, @netuoso done the great work in platform. And he explain it in deeply of your question, this a part very large of content of I very statisfied in the translate of, many information in the post. You are a great one @jasonshick

https://steemit.com/witness-category/@dilimunanzar/memperkenalkan-para-saksi-netuoso

Greeting from Aceh,Indonesia.