Witness Update - lukestokes.mhth - October 26th, 2017

in witness-category •  29 days ago

5 months ago, on May 29th 2017, I made my witness annoucement. I didn't build any secret witness voting alliances or campaign in direct message chats beyond posting here and letting a couple friends know.

Today, I broke into the top 20!

Thank you so much for all your support. Keep in mind, witness votes change all the time, so there's no telling where I'll be in the future.

Here's a quick video I made this morning to share my excitment with you via my voice and body language. So much is lost in text alone.

What I've Been Up To

  • As I started creeping closer to the top 20, I realized I need to have a hot backup witness server running all the time. Every 63 seconds, I'm up to add more content to the blockchain so if my primary box has an issue, I need to fail over quickly to the secondary machine. Last night (how's that for timing!), I finished configuring and syncing my backup witness server. It's now live with these specs:
    32 GB RAM
    4 cores
    1 TB HDD
    1gbit/s network

I figured it was important to get a new server in a completely different location. I now have a live witness server in both Germany and the United States. Once again, big thanks to @privex. If you end up using their services, please let them know I sent you.

  • I've been involved in some public discussions with Steemit, inc about the frustration the community has been feeling lately with the site performance of Steemit.com. You can read about my posts here and here and some recent dialogue here and here. My goal with these discussions is not to troll, belittle, or in any way discourage those who are making this platform we love so much. My intention is to passionately and accurate represent this community as best I can. Actively using steemit is really frustrating right now. I've been using steemitstage.com lately, which helps a bit, along with busy.org and chainbb.com. I hope we'll continue to see open communication from Steemit, Inc about these issues and what's being done to resolve them.

  • My witness missed 8 blocks! 😱😦🤦 Though I have a great notification script, it was sadly disabled! The last time I got a notification in September, I forgot to remove the notification text file to re-enable it. The reason my witness went down is I ran out of space in the shared memory file. In the future, I'll be writing a script to monitor that file and send notifications (along with disk free space and other important server metrics). My Rocketchat notifications on my phone, for some reason, didn't notify me right away either. This was the main reason I finally got around to setting up a live backup server.

  • My seed node at steem-seed.lukestokes.info:2001 is still working like a champ.

  • Current Economic Witness Settings:

    SBD APRBiasReg fee
    1%00.2
  • I moved the Witness Engagement Report from weekly to monthly as it doesn't change all that much each week. We're at 23.44% engagement for accounts with > 100,000 VESTS.

  • I'll see you in Lisbon next week! I'm going to do my best to represent the community, have fun, and get a feel for what the future of STEEM, SMT, and Steemit will be. I'll let you know how it goes for sure.

Thanks again for your support!

Got 33 transactions on block 16674820 by lukestokes.mhth -- latency: 82 ms

I love seeing that in my logs. :) :)


As of this post, I'm currently holding position 20!

If you want to know more about what witnesses do check out:

You can read my witness announcement post here:

My previous witness updates:

I don't plan to do frequent witness updates unless I have something worth sharing, but I'm always available if you have a question or concern. I'm monitoring my servers daily and keeping up with the #witness channel on Steemit.chat as best I can.

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Luke Stokes is a father, husband, business owner, programmer, and voluntaryist who wants to help create a world we all want to live in. Visit UnderstandingBlockchainFreedom.com

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tratare de usar esas otras paginas de steemit, ya que he tenido mucho inconveniente con steemit.com, gracias por su informacion. saludos..

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¡De nada! Espero que los problemas de rendimiento que todos estamos experimentando se resuelvan pronto.

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ayer cambiaron la interfaz, creo que ya falta poco para que mejoren las fallas que estan presentando.

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Seguro espero eso.

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Really, do you speak spanish?!? What secrets do you hide?

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I took some Spanish in high school and I was able to talk like a 5 year old (okay, maybe a 3 or 4 year old) enough to get by when our family spent 10 weeks surfing in costa rica. Other than that, I'm all about Google Translate. :)

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Dear @lukestokes, You have my witness vote, and my proxy. I can see that you are a man of integrity who wants to support this platform in the right way.

You stand out as 100 times better than a certain other popular figure - who ranks very close to you - in the witness votes - who has in the past abused his popularity, and publicly advertised on youtube how to milk the steemit reward pool. (He often sounds like a deranged lunatic). I won’t say his name, but I think you know who I am talking about.

Also, very good seeing you respond to the above comments in Spanish! That takes extra work. I think now you will be getting some votes from Venezuella, thanks to @karlin, and her family and friends.
Now you will get some votes

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Thank you so much for your support.

(He often sounds like a deranged lunatic)

Yeah, I get that impression as well. Some have described him as "my friend" just because I'm not talking down to him like so many others and because I did eventually agree to vote for his witness due to his commitment to spend money on advertising to promote Steemit. He certainly has a "colorful" history when it comes to community engagement in other projects, and I don't yet trust him because he hasn't earned that trust (quite the opposite, I'd say). That said, I try to find and encourage the best in people, and I'd love for this to be the community which impacts his life in a positive way so he can be a genuinely trustworthy, important member. I look forward to meeting him in Lisbon and getting a better sense for where he's at emotionally and mentally.

Thanks again for your encouragement and support. I'd love to stay in the top 20, if I can, but I'm right on the bubble at the moment, so very vote counts. :)

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Yup, his decision to spend the witness money on advertising was an important step to demonstrate that he would like to make amends for his non-exemplary behavior on steemit and youtube. We’ll see how he behaves in the future. Maybe the loose screw will fix itself!

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I hope so. I still get the feeling it's a bit of "I'm sorry for being caught" instead of "I am a man of integrity who understands the difference between what's right and wrong to begin with."

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Great job, it is very exciting to learn another language :D

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hola @karlin, es genial ver a nuestros amigos de Venezuela aquí.

Me gustaría que sigas las instrucciones para dar tu voto de testigo, (witness vote), a los @lukestokes.

En mi opinión, es un hombre de íntegro, y honesto, (man of integrity), que quiere mejorar esta maravillosa plataforma.

Puede hacer clic en los enlaces en la parte inferior de esta página para seguir las instrucciones para votar por él.

Vaya a esta página web para votar. https://steemit.com/~witnesses

Lo anterior se tradujo usando Google Translate, ya que no puedo escribir en español.

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fabuloso, lo haré con todo gusto. gracias amigo

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listo amigo ya entre a la pagina y vote por lukestokes.mhth. espero haberlo echo bien.

Woohoo! I'm proud of what you have accomplished, man! I'd like to think that me including your witness in my signature for months now at least added some minnow votes your way, however insignificant they might be :D But, it's all you and all that you do. Congrats, Luke!

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I hope you appreciated the shout out in the video. :)

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Oh!!! I didn't realize there was a shout out in the video haha! I just read the whole thing but didn't play the video. I'm not sure if you remember but I don't have audio on my computer. Will view it in my mobile for a bit. Thank you in advance for the mention! I really appreciate even the thought of it :D

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Man, sell some of your Steem and get yourself some audio! Dang. :)

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Saw it! Thanks for the shoutout, man! I didn't realize I was the only one named haha! It was a great address, felt like a celebratory speech haha! I do have to say, you might have missed the opportunity in saying "My name is Luke Stokes, and I am so stoked..." hahaha!

I don't make nearly enough to justify me buying speakers haha!

Enhorabuena y espero que alguien soluciene esta pagina. Esta haciendo mucho daño y sobre todo la falta de comunicacion por parte ee Steemit Inc, muy frustrante

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Estoy completamente de acuerdo. Es realmente frustrante

You deserve it my friend! I'm excited for you... I always mention you when someone asks for Witness advice (along with @blocktrades)

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Thank you!

OMG luke that a real great job you did. especially without some commercial activities. Today I wrote a blog about it.. I stopped begging for witness votes and hope for natural growth. And we will see how this works out. well done

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I'm all about the all-natural approach. :)

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Well done and thats why you deserve top 20.. But I guess you already had some powerful friends who supported you to give you a kick start. Anyhow amazed how fast you did it.. For me it could be a life changer.
Wow, thx for your upvote on my post, lets go for natural

Enhorabuena y espero que alguien soluciene esta pagina. Esta haciendo mucho daño y sobre todo la falta de comunicacion por parte ee Steemit Inc, muy frustrante

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Estoy completamente de acuerdo. Es realmente frustrante

I'm so happy for your, Luke! You really deserve this!
As you mentioned in your video, you bring both the technical expertise and community spirit, so everybody should give you their witness votes :-) Resteemed this for even more attention and looking forward to seeing you in Lisbon.
Steem on!!!

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Thanks so much for your encouragement and support. I'm looking forward to telling some surf stories together. :)

I watched the video. You started programmining in 1996? You would have still been a teenager, I think?

Unfortunately, we didn’t have computers when I was a boy. I got my first computer in 1985 when I was 28. It was an IBM PC. Green and black screen, no hard drive, no mouse, no USBs, no graphics, 64k ram - that I upgraded to the max of 256k.

Of course there was no internet or WWW in those days. Software and data moved by physically carrying a 5.25” floppy disk to another location.

I bought the PC second-hand. There were no shops in my country selling new computers. It cost me CHF 5000 including MS DOS. Back then the exchange rate was around $1 = CHF2.80. Today the dollar is worth much less. It’s now $1 = CHF 0.99.

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Yeah, I was in high school making websites for my friends. Not sure if JavaScript rollovers and such count as "programming" but I was learning a ton and having fun. By the time I was in college, I was running my own apache server with mysql and a PHP guestbook (remember those?) I wrote myself. It was fun. During the dot com craze, I had companies I had worked for during the summers try to convince to not to go back to college by stay and work with them. I'm glad I finished school. :)

That's a lot of money for a computer. Dang. Thankfully, my dad was a database programmer who worked from home so we always had computers around and I think I learned about database design just sitting on his lap as a kid where'd he'd explain stuff to me.

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No websites in 1985! I was an expert in every MS Dos command. You wouldn’t believe the things I could do in an autoexec.bat file (For the uninitiated, autoexec.bat was a small file that ran a series of commands when the computer booted up). When Lotus123 appeared I knew every command and could write macros with my eyes closed. Computers are getting so cheap these days, they will soon be giving them away. (Maybe not Apple). Until 2009 I was 100% PC. Then I bought an iPhone.... then an iMac.... My PCs started to gather dust. Now I am 100% Apple. Oh the irony of being in the control of the largest company on the planet, yet loving them to death.

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Ah yeah, I use to have some fun with autoexec.bat as well. My buddies and I would have LAN parties late into the night playing quake 1 and whatever else we could find. Our first networks used BNC cables. If one person had to go home, we all had to stop are game as the whole network would go down if someone disconnected. Those were the days. :)

The first of us to get a "real" job got hired by IBM so he went to Fry's electronics and got a 10/100 switch. We all bought new network cards and felt like gods transferring files and mp3s around. It was pretty sweet. :)

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Those were the days!

Congrats on # 20. You deserve it. 🐓🐓

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Thanks so much. :)

Voted for you Luke, some of the people on that list I am like, "what the hell?"

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Hahah... thanks Randy.

Congrats!

I can't even imagine the excitement! Keep up the good work!

I look forward to help you and everyone work toward a more voluntaryist world!

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Thank you @teamsteem! I know you're support has been a big part of my success here.

Wow, you are a great witness, I feel good that I voted for you, and I feel that I should be giving you more support that I actually can... Can I ask you a question - How did you made the second machine in Germany since you are staying in US? I mean, did you came to Europe for that? And finally, congrats for your setup, you must be proud!

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Thank you for your support! No, no need to be physical present to maintain and manage a server. It's all done remotely and can be done from anywhere in the world. Germany happens to be where @privex has their primary data center, but they've recently started supporting the US as well.

Can i make design for you and promotion your witnesses sir.. Maybe we can support each other and work together 😊

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Yeah, go for it! The image I've been using is... pretty bad. :)

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awesome sir... thank you already interested sir ,,, i will contact you through discord to get your big picture.

Well done Luke.

You were one of my first witness votes, and I've not been disappointed. I do like the fact you have technical knowledge, and are active here on Steemit. The buying/trading of votes well..... what is all that about!

I did have a good read through the Steemitblog this morning, and although I've not made a direct response to your thread on there, I was a bit taken aback by Ned's remarks to you.

I re-read your post on 'dog food', and the comments by you in the post and failed to find any lack of manners anywhere. ichykitten said perhaps what many were thinking...

It's fair to say that Ned and the team are under a bit of pressure and stress with SF2/SMTs/Steemit issues/DDoS etc, but that still doesn't excuse the comments made, in my opinion.

Anyway, bring on Steemfest and perhaps some answers and good news. I shall see you next week :)

Congratulations on making the top 20 again!

Asher

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Thank you for your support, Asher. See you next week!

Congrats on witness stat. Also a very large thank you for trying, (not sure succeeded) to get @ned to understand the importance of Communication. I really do appreciate what you and the others I have selected as witness do.
I may not fully understand the witness tech side, but I think there is the people side to witness also. May not have been what @ned wanted when they came up with it, but it certainly seems to be what people on steemit expect.
Thank You and congrats again.

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Thank you! I'm doing what I can to bring some sensible dialogue to the situation. Hopefully this will all be a memory soon and we can enjoy a great system that works well. For now, I'll be using ChainBB and Busy until this gets figured out.

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I think that is one of the things that has me most frustrated, I am aware there are other portals to Steemit, but they all seem to want one of your private passwords to use their portal. That to me seems wrong in light of all the theft issues about accounts. If they (third party sites) had a different password sign in then I might use them, but to use me steemit password, no. If busy.org wants me as a customer they should have their own log in password, if that makes sense.

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I understand your concerns here and they are valid and important. That said, I like how Steemit, inc has gotten directly involved with the development of Steem Connect. If that project remains open and visible, we can have some assurance the validation of keys is happening in-browser only and our private keys are never sent over the wire. Additionally, those third-party integrations have an incentive to build trust and create secure environments. That enables us to trust them (on some level). Only use your posting key, and you should be fine.

So true hard work pays off then I see..

Congratulations on making the Top 20 witnesses!

Congrats Luke! #20! Glad to hear the news. I probably sound like a broken record, but.... thanks for all you do to support the community. You're pretty much my definition of a witness. Looking forward to reading your reports on SteemFest2.

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Thanks so much for your encouragement and support. :)

Congratulations! 👍

My vote for you will stay so long Steemit will exist.. forever because of you!

Congrats man, and well deserved, you are one of Steemit's best.I really appreciate all that you bring to the community in the way that you show up, engage and support it.

Thanks for all you do!

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Thank you so much. It's been so encouraging to see all the positive support from the community. :)

This is exciting now you're officially a Steem whale.
Next step? Crypto whale. ;)
Good luck and cheers.

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Heheh. I'm an orca anyway. Whale status next. :)

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Luke I'm on to something but I cannot discuss it here. It's huge.

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I want to discuss it with you.

@lukestokes Congratulations sir! Happy to hear that one of my witnesses are growing better..

More power, and GOD BLESS

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Thank you!

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My pleasure sir!thank you to your upvote..

Well deserved!

Enhorabuena y espero que alguien soluciene esta pagina. Esta haciendo mucho daño y sobre todo la falta de comunicacion por parte ee Steemit Inc, muy frustrante

well done!!!!

Congrats Luke, you deserve it! :D I'm glad all of our (little) witness votes have helped in the long-run! You have my witness vote until Steemit dies!

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Ha! That's quite a commitment. I won't hold you to it. Vote for me as long as there aren't 30 others who will do a better job than I can. :)

Congrats on making it to the top 20, Luke-- that's awesome! I see you as the ideal witness-- you're both a business owner and understand community relations, and you have the technical aspects covered, as well.

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Thank you! It's easy to fall for the imposter syndrome and think you're not doing enough so I really appreciate your comment.

finding solutions is a noble deed, let alone a solution that gives positive energy to the wider community, this solution is very good for all of us, giving way out of the problem, thanks for the findings.

Congrats!!!

Well deserved!

Congrats on making it to the top 20!

I think you're a good person @lukestokes
God Bless you and your future contributions to steemit.

I appreciate that bro !

very needed post.