Witness Update (11/10/2018)

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Had too much good food yesterday afternoon in a casual meetup with the @coingecko team (https://coingecko.com), all thanks to @bitrocker2020’s arrangement. Please consider voting him as witness if you haven’t done so. He’s been very active for well over a year networking, organizing events, giving talks, flying around, and just plain Steemin' it up.

All said, @coingecko is keen on playing a part in developing tools and services relevant for the Steem ecosystem, so please give them a follow and let them know what you have in mind. Also, check out their recent writing contest here.


Alright, now that we’re in a couple of weeks since the HF20, I'll do a little "update" here following-up on a post made by @rishi556, which I thought are good and fun questions to answer: https://steemit.com/witness/@rishi556/question-for-witnesses

1. Why did you decide to become a witness?

I've been using Steem for well over 2 years before deciding to run as witness myself. Why only recently? There are a few reasons:-

  • It's a way to take care of my investment here. Currently I'm in a phase in life that I'm engaging in "slow think" after discovering Tau. So I'm not writing as often and not very social these days as my mental resources are maxed out. This is when I found out that Steem's economy is misaligned, thanks to @trafalgar's wake up call. Is the protocol seriously forcing me to post whatever and vote on myself or sell my votes all the time, just to keep up with others? Someone just selling their votes for the past 6 months will already be ahead of me by a whopping 50,000 Steem Power. Indeed that has been the case. So what's the point of content and curation? If you don't understand what I'm talking about, you can search for the posts on my feed. Just hide the resteems and scroll down. Or just ask some of us more about it.

  • Long-term is more of my game, so I'm here to nudge the network towards what I think is the path to longevity (maybe controversial: deploy Steem on the Tau network in the future). How about stuff like marketing, testnet deployment, etc? They're very important activities, but I'm not the expert. For those I'd definitely engage people with much better experience and discipline.

  • Also, who doesn't like some extra Steem? I also need to catch up with those already ahead of me in SP due to my "mistake" of curating over the past year. I just want to be able to support more communities in the future. So I don't mind getting involved in setting up a witness to do so. Actually I'm very glad to have been exploring this option.

2. Have you made any contributions that have been accepted into the STEEM codebase? If so, what was it?

None. I can deal with code, but it's just not where I spend my time on.

3. HF20 started out with a ton of bugs. What do you plan on doing in order to make sure that we don't suffer a repeat of that?

In the short to medium term, and if witness budget's good, I will get a developer/tester to perform whatever's necessary following the good advice of those with way more experience that I trust. On the long-term, again I'd recommend getting Steem implemented on the Tau network in the future to solve this problem. I will be writing more about this in due time when Tau has a functional MVP to show.

4. What have you done to promote the STEEM blockchain outside of the blockchain itself?

Funding those who do. I'm not much of an active networker and event organizer, not especially at this point in my life. However, I did promote Steem in my music events in the past. But they're really just fun experiments. Also, half of what I talk about with friends and new people I meet these days do include both Steem and Tau. Is this counted as promotion?

Much better way to promote is to actually have a truly useful product. I'd suggest having applications that make full use of both Steem and Tau in the future. In my opinion, that's how you create a blackhole to pull people in. I'm all about going the approach of 10% effort for 90% effect with the right technologies. Just have to wait.

In the meantime, there are better people to use your witness votes for if you're prioritizing excessive promotion. I'd reserve the push for a better time.

5. Communities have become a very big thing in the STEEM ecosystem recently. Have you done anything to promote communities and help them out?

Yes. Nothing major at all. Just saying that Steem makes it easy to do so, especially through votes.

6. Do you understand enough of the STEEM codebase and C++ to be able to tell what changes are being made when they are committed?

Yes, but not effortlessly. I can get by especially after doing some cross-references.

7. Have you developed anything for STEEM? It doesn't need to be software, a community that utilizes STEEM counts too.

@curie along with some others in the beginning. Just the broad ideas of it, in my view. The details of how it functions are all developed through the hardwork of everyone else. I just say and write stuff most of the time.

8. Communication was a major problem for STEEMIT INC. Many people want the public to be able to read whats happening in the private witness channel that STEEMIT INC has created. What do you think about that?

For me it's clear the network has Steemit Inc as a major stakeholder. Anyone's investment then will heavily depend on trust in their curated network. So my default stance since day one: it'll be up to their decision. Is being public is likely the better route in this case? Maybe. There are security considerations that I can't be 100% certain so I don't mind the privacy.

9. STEEMIT INC has done a major part of the development for the STEEM blockchain. Who should be doing more of the development for the blockchain, them or the witnesses? Or is it a shared responsibility where the witnesses do one part and STEEMIT INC does the rest?

I don't have good answers for this in short-to-medium term as I think most blockchain projects have the same bottleneck of core developers, probably due to inherent limitations in human communication and knowledge building without something like Tau. Ideally, top witnesses should be involved in development as well because in the really long-term, of course we can't just rely on Steemit Inc forever.

Anyway, the only sane way to do this in fully decentralized mode over the very long-term is to just get Steem on the Tau network in the future. I know it sounds like a lazy cop-out answer at this point, but that's how highly I think of Tau even though it doesn't even exist yet as a blockchain like Steem. My controversial opinion: Tau is going to be the definitive generalized blockchain, so I'm not spending my time anywhere else anymore, other than Steem. I think 99.9% blockchains out there are a waste of time. Maybe you'd agree with my position once you understand the fundamental breakthrough that is the Tau Meta Language. I'd urge more witnesses, especially in the top to get on the train as soon as possible.

10. Why do you deserve to become the top witness?

I don't deserve it. I'm just a guy trying to take care of my own investment here and offering advice to take Steem beyond most normal definitions of "long-term". I'd also be ready to drop out if I ever find myself demotivated being up there, so better people can take up the role instead. Long-term leadership roles are a highly sub-optimal arrangement in this day and age, in my opinion. Unless truly exceptional of course, which is rare given the many different kinds of circumstances we can go through that may demand something else.


Onwards, post-HF20.

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Alright, that's all. Thanks for reading! I would also like to take this chance to thank all the super active devs, witnesses, content creators and curators out there! I'm actually around most of the time even though I'm not using Steem as often as I would like these days. Just drop me a message here or on Discord if you have any questions.

You can vote on your favorite witnesses here: https://steemit.com/~witnesses. If you trust in my choices for other witnesses which you can check on steemd, you can also set me as your voting proxy on that page.

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Glad to be voting you as witness. Will check @coingecko and see how I can contribute.

On the long-term, again I'd recommend getting Steem implemented on the Tau network in the future to solve this problem. I will be writing more about this in due time when Tau has a functional MVP to show.

for some reason I fee this will be great for steem as an asset and a blockchain. Thanks for being a true leader

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Thanks @mistakili.

Yes I feel the same way too about the combo, especially after looking into its technicalities and potential. I hope it works out, or I'm the crazy one here! ;)

I’ve voted you a witness but this guy you mentioned here ( @bitrocker2020) is absolutely new to me, so it feels good to me to also vote him a witness too considering the testimony you gave about him, this is one of the ways we can support each other in building a stronger steem/it ecosystem.

Thanks @kevinwong for all the effort from you. Lastly before I forget, those food varieties are so yummy 😋 you guys really enjoyed.

This is @maxdevalue

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Thanks a lot @maxdevalue, plenty of social witnesses who do plenty outside, but don't get much recognition!

Honest and open, that's nice. I'll check out your post about Tau before I get too excited, but I'm glad you're aware that you sound like a broken record ;)

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Lol I've been mindblown for the past 10 months or so, it's kinda tiring actually haha. It's hard to describe the feeling. Maybe it's like disbelieving that man-made objects can fly until you see it in action. Harder to see the fundamental breakthrough in something like a blockchain concept I guess, but it's just as real to me!

Malaysia boleh! Rock on @coingecko! Thanks for the continues support and curation instead of vote selling. Grateful for people like ya!

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Haha thanks but now i've increased my self-voting in the alt-account. Had to. I mean i can sell for the same effect, but I'd just do it myself until something gets done about it.

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Haha yeah was about to comment on that as well. Well it's just the way the ecosystem is. Oh well rooting for your alt-account to get fat as well.

I'm sure you'll support the community back again as it gets fatter :D

Interesting article @kevinwong. I never really got into this whole witnesses votes but I will inform myself and try to understand whats behind it! Keep up your great work! People like you have a huge Impact in growing this community into something awesome. Cheers!

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Thanks @worldcapture, witnesses are paid by the Steem blockchain to maintain its infrastructure. We basically run some software on some servers to do so. That's the priority. With more competition, the community may be able to demand more out of the witnesses, like marketing, development, etc. Anyone can try becoming a witness by the way!

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Thanks for the explanation @kevinwong ! I always thought its something like Block Producers for EOS , lol! ) I'm not good at all the technical stuff to be honest but I'm always willing to learn. I'll def have a deeper look into it later today. Cheers!

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yes they're about the same!

Glad to see more witnesses publishing updates.

Thanks for your support and for being a witness. Everyone needs to appreciate the work that goes on behind the scenes. I feel Steem is going through growing pains right now. It can be so much more than what we see now and I want to be part of that. Steem on

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I think RC has been likely a good step forward if it pans out well over time, although the situation with exchanges is not very good atm.

We needed witnesses like you @kevinwong because you are doing an active role in developing steem into a more robust blockchain, just keep it up.

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No i'm not active in steem's development at all, much more witnesses out there involved in the day to day progress of it!

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There are lots of ways to support steem anyway so it is cool still @kevinwong

Great read, you deserve to be a witness for bringing value everytime

Your contribute on the steemit ecosystem is in front of each of us, it's amazing that we have to vote for you as witness as well!
Keep it going @kevinwong

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Thanks a lot @bafi!

I like how sincere and straightforward you are even though some topics are kind of controversial like the deploying steem on tau. I hope you will find the time to support people here on steem during the period you will be highly invested into developing your ideas for the blockchain. In the meantime you have my full support ( for the little it's worth :P )

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It's just easy for me to say things lol. Certainly putting nowhere near the work of what most witnesses are doing developing stuff all the time.

Super honest witness report! Please continue to stay witness and participate in the discussions amongst witnesses. Hope soon you'll belong to the top, so you also will be included in the discussions with STINC. I think you undersell yourself wrt community building; You did, and still are supporting communities starting with Curie and a a while ago was the driver to start the music curation team @illuminati-inc. Added to that, you spread your vote power to many people and as far as I know never powered down large amounts, ie you stick with Steem, no matter what.

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I'm in the private channel, although not the witness one. I don't communicate much there anyway, pretty much just lurking and reading what people have to say etc :) I prefer to just say what I want through my posts or simply on the chain. Thanks to have been leading @illuminati-inc!

daem that food looks delicious, my proxy voted! keep raising up the standard on Steem for all Kevin!

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I actually slept for hours for the first time in the afternoon, after that food lol

Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. I'll just pop the link to this post in the comments of that post so if anyone wants to find another answer, they easily can.

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No problem, thanks for putting forth what you have in mind!

This is when I found out that Steem's economy is misaligned, thanks to @trafalgar's wake up call. Is the protocol seriously forcing me to post whatever and vote on myself or sell my votes all the time, just to keep up with others? Someone just selling their votes for the past 6 months will already be ahead of me by a whopping 50,000 Steem Power. Indeed that has been the case. So what's the point of content and curation? If you don't understand what I'm talking about, you can search for the posts on my feed. Just hide the resteems and scroll down.

I couldn't agree more and I can't think of anything more pressing to be changed. I'm working on something on that front.

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What can be done? Some don't even see the problem, some say attitudes need to change, etc lol

edit: to add, i've tried speaking to some but it all points to either: get overwhelming community support, or just have the head of the helm (steemit) to finally decide that there's a problem/solution. it's so far misaligned i wonder why many don't think it's urgent to solve.

Excellent dialogue, my friend, and it’s very good that you wrote to us about it, which gives me more insight into the work of witnesses and how the overall functioning of our ecosystem takes place! Thank you @kevinwong

Even though I have a small SP, at least I have given it to the rightful person. Hopefully soon move to the big 5.

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terima kasih banyak @kevinwong, sangat mencerdaskan dan informatif postingan ini :

Hi friend it's my favorite thanks

I like

Interesting

I'm new here brother, I'm you made me hungry ajaja Causey I really love that kind of food

Interesting, I'll visit @coingecko's post to enter the contest. thank you.

Que excelente post sigue a si

Kevinwong is the best. I’m always a fan and always find his writings inspiring and mind blowing. What he has done for Steem and for different communities is priceless. (our superhero!) Vote for him as witness and you won’t regret. Steem + Tau = future.

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I really appreciate articles like this, well detailed and will give us insight about yourself. After reading this, you'll surely get my vote. Keep it up!

This article really gave me the idea on what is Witness all about. I've heard about it a couple of times already but I wonder what is it about. It's a good thing I happen to read your post. What makes it more interesting is the photo of those mouthwatering dishes. :)

with the kind of work that you do, it's great to enjoy the company of your fellow witnesses over a good meal. =)

This is great, but why are all the faces in this Photo closed? I want to know all the great people here

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wouldnt you love my face instead?

looks delicious 😎 specially that you ate them with your friends 😋

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Its amazing to have balance diet

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Awesome

The only witness update that is Delicious ;)