@reggaemuffin witness server update

in witness-category •  10 months ago

Hey folks,

at some point I just need to make a cut and do a new update. Here is what I am up to lately:

The welcoming contest is going really well. That contest took months of planning and I am glad that my idea + 500 STEEM are in good hands with @inquiringtimes!

My witness server and my seed node are both running with 32GB of RAM and with the steem usage rising I took the time to switch to a 64GB witness server. So my old 32GB server will keep online as a backup server. With me being almost in the top 50 (currently place 56 after a tough ride) I have more funds available to setup a good witness. Expect me to expand that network once I rise higher in the ranks.

I used this opportunity to adapt my witness parameters. I tuned down account creation cost, as the steem price rises, accounts need to be cheaper in steem amounts.

There were also many complaints about bandwidth limits the last days and I finally brought it up with the other witnesses. After some discussion, @timcliff made a post that summed up the issue pretty good. I personally decided that my block size will be higher for the moment. And other witnesses are doing the same thing. It is a tradeoff between good first user experience and increasing the blockchain size.

My witness server is running smoothly and my seed node too. My servers are monitored and since now had no outages or missed blocks.

The buildteam rpc node will get a second server and @themarkymark is working hard on bringing that one up. Our node is the fastest in response time as shown by the rpc node monitor. And since people notice that, we are spinning up a second server to keep it that way.

I plan to review the source code of new hard forks and help with testing the test net. As @ned put it, this is one of the things we need more witnesses doing and I can brush up on my C++ skills that way.

Since I am currently writing on my bachelor thesis, I will have to cut down on helping users a bit. Over the last months I encouraged and supported many users in helping their fellow new steemians. I will continue to support them on a high level but will have to cut down on the amount of private messages that I receive from users asking for immediate help.

My current witness votes are pretty stable and am quite happy with my selection. Suggestions are welcome but since I am on 30 votes now, it is a question on who raises the bar. My witness vote does not count for much but I intend to vote for witnesses who support the network.

I am now in spot 56 and slowly climbing. I lost a few big votes from people who disagree with me and this is a good thing. It shows that people care about their votes and I hope that my supporters vote for me, because they support what I do. I got some unvotes because of MinnowBooster and that is probably something I have to accept. I am encouraging the community to hold discussions on voting bots and how to deal with them. Just saying that it is bad won't get the network anywhere, we need discussion and improvements. And as long as no one is stepping up, MinnowBooster will be the better bot of the lot.


To support me, vote for @reggaemuffin as a witness:

Go to the witness page https://steemit.com/~witnesses
Scroll down and enter reggaemuffin in the box:

Click on Vote
Thank you for supporting me :)

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voted your witness @reggaemuffin... By the way what's your bachelor thesis on? The only thing I feel bots should change is ban plagiarists and vet the content to some extent. It might require some more time and effort, but at least prevents abuse.

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Thank you for your support!

My bachelor thesis is on runtime verification. My plan is to adapt a runtime verification language into ruby on rails so that it automatically verifies everything on new changes. It is a push to see if academics and real world use can be connected, while keeping the strong properties of the language.

MinnowBooster is working hard to ban all plagiarism. But as @patrice can probably confirm, it is a loosing battle. So we rely heavily on users reporting abuse they notice.

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Sounds interesting and promising, all the best for your thesis! And yes that's very true, searching content as a curator gives an idea of the abuse that's rampant here. But your dedicated work for the community is notable, keep it up :)

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I think it will be very difficult to implement! Checking the uniqueness of the content will be hard. Users should understand for themselves what they are doing!

Recommendation! Plagiarism can be tolerated, but with some limitations in the percentage. Moreover, it would be more effective if for plagiarism they simply blocked the opportunity to vote. To the post, which contained plagiarism was simply closed for voting.

Why is that?
Very often people copy some news, as they liked it, and there was no time for rewriting. In this case, I believe that it is just necessary to close access to voting on this post.

What do you think? Maybe I'm wrong from the programming position, since I'm not a programmer(
But, I think that it would be fair!

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Yes, it would be nice if people would refuse payput on material they did not create. Unfortunately, there are many people who just want to get free money

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Unfortunately, such realities of life (

Thank you for caring for the community above your personal interests. It clearly shows that your dedication to see SteemIt grow is bigger than just to be "in the top 50". With that said, here's to seeing you break into the top!

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Thank you!

The funds we witnesses get have the purpose of funding our servers and support the community. And that is exactly what I do. I hope that other witnesses see this the same way. A top 20 pay could achieve a lot if used for the community.

It really is a good thing that people care about their votes. Not everyone will agree with you, and that's not a bad thing. I do not know much about the bot, so I got nothing to say about that.. anyway, best of luck!

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Exactly! Witness votes are important and every steemian should think about their votes. If you vote someone for witness, use it as a tool to push the network into becoming how you want it. Like every government election :)

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thr real efforts always pay you, best of luck and keep sharing :)

@sibtainali

Hello @reggaemuffin i just voted for you as a witness you have been of support to most of my nigerian friends i am suee they will understand if cut out on that a bit, concerning the witness voting i dont think there should be compettitions on this witnesses should support each other there still alot that needs to be achieved here its a good thing people are given out votes to those who deserve it.

Thank you.

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Thank you for your support!

I will continue to support. It is just hard to keep up with all the messages :)

The nigerian community brought a great many talents to the blockchain in my opinion and I hope that my support can amplify that!

I got some unvotes because of MinnowBooster and that is probably something I have to accept. I am encouraging the community to hold discussions on voting bots and how to deal with them. Just saying that it is bad won't get the network anywhere, we need discussion and improvements. And as long as no one is stepping up, MinnowBooster will be the better bot of the lot.

Well said my friend! The TOS of @minnowbooster and your strict dedication to follow through on them is what most other voting bots are lacking.

I agree this is a much needed debate (on a constructive level) and I appreciate your up-front position on the matter!

Es ist immer schön zu sehen das die Witness die man votet einen guten Job machen und ich finde es auch gut das du paar updates bringst damit die Leute die dich gevotet haben auch wissen was so abgeht.

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Danke schön :) Gibt nicht immer viel zu berichten, aber ab und zu muss ich auch mal ein update raus hauen ^^

As always your support for users and this platform in general astounds me. You will be a top 20 witness in no time and Steem will be a better place for it!!

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Thank you :) It means a lot to me hearing this from you!

You've got a good heart and ill try talking to my pals about voting for you as a witness.cheers!!

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Thank you for your support :)

Do you have any comment about the BIAS and the situation with the SBD?

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Sure thing:

SBD is still over $1 but it is slowly getting there.

There is a lot of correlation between STEEM and SBD now so it looks like the people pumping SBD are dried out. I think for users the best thing is to convert to STEEM, that will give good earnings and pull the price down.

My bias is pretty high and tied to the SBD price. This means that (simplified) more SBD gets printed and the price can drop faster. But since I am not that high up in the list and many witnesses disagree with a bias (or just don't know what it does) it does not make a huge difference it the moment.

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Thanks man. Awesome answer and you have my support.

I'm planning on doing a post tomorrow about the BIAS and SBD. Can I quote you?

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Definitely! If you have any more questions, hit me up :)

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Your efforts are appreciable and I want to vote you as witness, but I don't know the background of witness system.

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It is like a government election. You vote on the people who represent the steem network. So if you vote me as a witness, you trust me to make decisions that are good for the network.

This affects new user signups, bandwidth, steem price, SBD interest rate and that the network is stable and free. Witnesses are the ones to decide these things and the gatekeepers who accept/reject updates to the blockchain. So you want to vote witnesses you trust and who you feel make good decisions.

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Thanks for the knowledge sharing of Witness System. Will vote for you.

Have a great day and stay blessed.

Your selfless service in spite of your busy schedule on thesis is highly appreciated.Thanks for sharing the post that shields light in bandwidth issues , that issue has really rendered some of my friends as if under ban.I will followbyou to get more updates on how to steem better from you.

Vielen Dank fuer deine Unterstuetzung @reggaemuffin Viel Erfolg und Durchhaltevermoegen mit deiner BA Arbeit.

Hab das mit dem Witnessvote jetzt auch nachgeholt, bist mir wohl aus dem Radar gekommen weil du nicht auf der Liste stehst sondern man dich manuell eingeben muss. Naja, korrigiert!

Viel Spaß noch mit der BA-Arbeit, ich gehe jetzt auch wieder ran an die Diplomarbeit :D

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Nice, danke für deine Unterstützung :)

Und dir auch noch viel Spaß und Erfolg!

Thanks for the things you do, the bandwidth problem is a frustrating one and after discussing it with timcliff we still do not have an answer about the way it is being calculated and and more importantly - what is the restoration rate of it? This is a crucial point as it blocks a user from doing anything, happened to me and it was annoying as hell.

Will be happy to get an answer if you know or can dig into the c++ involved with that issue.
I think I will upvote you - your server looks impressive.

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The bandwidth is a fractional reserve. Basically (simplified): The steem network has an amount of bandwidth available and gaves you some of that, respective to your steem power. You can use that bandwidth. But if people use the bandwidth, there is less available, so steem will give less out.

Example: Say I have one GB available. And I do a huge post that cost me 3 MB. That post reduces the network overall supply and I have used 3MB of 500MB. If I do another post, I have used 6MB of 250 MB. And if I wait a bit, the network has less load again and I have 6MB of 1GB again.

So: How much bandwidth actions cost, that is pretty fixed. But how much is available in the system is always in flux. Similar to how voting power is pretty easy to calculate, but determining how much your upvote is worth is pretty complex and changes all the time.

So while timcliff and many others know how it works, explaining it is not easy. And since the maximum is system dependent, there is no easy way to show it per user.

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I am also experiencing the bandwidth problem 4-5 days.And I don't know what the cause is.You said related to what we do on the site.but I did not do any operation for 15 hours, compared with the bandwidth error of the band.So I did not fully understand why ?
Thanks for information. @reggaemuffin

Where have you been hiding from me now I follow your wonderful work Welcome back and your post is very cool thank you :)

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Thank you :) I don't post often, but I resteem awesome stuff other talented steemians are doing :)

Keep climbing! Looking forward to the additional node!

Thanks for the great work you doing bro,what bachelor are you offering.
I just voted you for witness since you have given your updates.

I always vote when I feel the witness is helping the community a lot.

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I am doing my bachelor in computer science.

Thank you for your support! Voting for witnesses that you feel help steem is the best thing you can do to support the network.

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Hope you signed up for the Steemit thunderclap coming up soon that will make Steemit trend on Twitter?

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@reggaemuffin is one of the biggest supporters of the Thunderclap project!

Thank you @reggaemuffin!!

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Thanks for the thunderclap idea,we are just waiting for the moment to trend.If anyone hasn't yet signed up,I wrote a tutorial yesterday and you can check on my blog!.

Steemit to the moon.

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I resteemed two posts already I think :) And yes I signed up my accounts to it. The gif was epic and we need to spread the word!

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We shall be trending on Twitter today hehehe.

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That would be epic!

I love what you do for our community, and help it getting bigger and stronger @reggaemuffin! Thank you! :D
I think you will climb up to the top 20 in no time! :)
Upped and Resteemed!
Btw, I think I will make a new "smokeless" drawing of you again soon ;D
Have a nice day, and keep up the good work!

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Thank you for your support :)

This community can achieve great things and I want to do my part in it. Definitely check out the thunderclap campaign: https://steemit.com/marketing/@cryptoctopus/it-s-time-to-thunderclap-not-satisfied-until-we-get-1000-people-to-participate

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Nice campaign! :D
I definitely support it!
Thanks for sharing! ^^

Have been looking on all that comments on this post and found out that @reggaemuffin is one of the most trasted person in comment voting there i know that one day You r going to be one ov the best steemian becouse he make you want to comment and vote one him every time he posts thanks bro for that .
Am not that you can vote for my am jst giving you gratitude

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I try to reward good comments, so to promote a community where people love to talk :)

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Thaks that for that love.
One love

Great Post!. Interesting Story. I want more of this. Keep it up

Thank you for all of the work that you do to make steemit great and making a difference. You are right on one thing, some of the bots will be an issue going forward.
But as with any issue what we need are open and constuctive discussions. Its ok to have different opinions but its important to work through and find the best solution.
These current flagging wars are a perfect example of what not to do and only shine a bad light on steemit instead of finding a solution to the issues that are there.
Well done.

Good work keep it up! Already voted for you as a witness

Keep up the good work.

Awesome Job My Friend...

just voted for you. I am so mad that you are not a witness after all your contribution here.

Nic post

Thanks for the update steemit, i follow you, thanks for sharing

That's really great for strengthing of Steem Blockchain. Thanks for sharing this post.

Have a great day and stay blessed.

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Thank you!

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Welcome. ☺️

I follow you and I like.. Thank you .

I have upvited as a witness
Hope you are doing great and best wishes for your life
@reggaemuffin

By the way friend i have made a post on you 3 days ago have checked it .if not kindly view it .and dont mind for this

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Hey @bitcoinist,

thank you or your support!

I noticed you immediately unvoted me again, please check your votes. steemit.com is sadly not making it that easy to vote.

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Ok i ll check do check my post on you bro i have maded for you 3 days ago @reggaemuffin

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Nice work, just saw it :)

People caring about their votes is good thing otherwise we get an awful things and people voting for friends and such

yeah everyone here want some attention but some spam tht's why bot is working people just watch the post and make comment
and best of luck for the thesis
best wishes for you

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Thank you :)

I like you.reetem

Thanks for posting your updates. I just voted you for witness. Kepp up the goodwork of helping out the Syeemit community. We in #uganda are behind you on this

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Thank you for your support!

i'm interested in running a witness. not so fussed about the ranking really just as long as it helps and it's reliable. thank you for your efforts and all that you do.

Thank you for the article! Good luck in the implementation of the planned, @reggaemuffin!

Good info bro
I will vote for you in the witness

Witness done! 👍

this is my 1st time to vote you @reggaemuffin keep it up

Bandwidth is really a very annoying situation.I do not have much of my power, is that why I am experiencing this problem? @reggaemuffin

I hope bandwith problem finds solution. Although I am a new steemit user I have had a bandwith problem. I hope the upgrade of the servers is good enough. otherwise we will face this problem from scratch. the bandwidth problem hinders the development of new users like me to a great extent. thank you very much for informing me about the bandwidth problem. @reggaemuffin

to keep society's interests above their own interests. Steemit grows up this way. Thank you for having the resources to provide the servers and support the community.

Great to hear an update from someone as passionate about the platform as you are. It’s about doing what you personally think is the right thing and sticking to your guns. Something you always do.

Keep up the great work in 2018 mate.

thanks for information @reggaemuffin
ok, I will vote you in witness

voted for ya mon @reggaemuffin - thanks for your contribution and thoughts🥋

Actually truth be spoken, i have been undecisive about voting of witness because i don't know much about them and i'm happy to say it is your post i first came across coming from the witness. It is a good news hearing that you are now the 56th which means you are rising fast and that suggest to me that you have what it takes to take steemit to a whole new level. Therefore, i can confidently vote you as my witness and most of all, i wish you the best @reggaemuffin.

good luck on your thesis! i can only imagine how tough it is juggling things around. great effort man keep it up.

I really like the fact that you are using your platform to take care of you community. Indeed, you are a leader

its amazing post and good information.

a good post my friends will always follow your post @reggaemuffin

Keep rising in the ranks reggaemuffin! You have been dedicated to this platform and it really shows, just like the market there are ups and downs but over time those that put in the most care and effort (like you!) should come out on top.

You were my first witness vote ;p

hola pasate por mi perfil y ayudame

Thanks for the update. I've been looking to redistribute some of my witness votes. You just got mine. ^^

Hello @reggaemuffin. I have voted for you. I am simple fiction writer here on Steemit and the vote might not mean much. This is the first time I have voted for anytime to be a witness and going through your profile, looks like you deserve it. Have a great 2018!

Hi Mr @reggaemuffin I've shared my publication in place by mistake Can you please forgive me

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Forgiven :) Just make sure to read the vibe in a busy channel and not try to grab the opportunity next time.

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Sorry for the glass that caused you in but do not come back the ball I'm very sorry

I will vote you as witness!

i vote for you bro !!

thanks for this good post i gave upvote and follow you @reggaemuffin please follow me friend @exchangetimes

we love what you do we'll upvote you anytime and comment any day

your posts provide a good information and useful for us who want to learn it, I like your post ..