Spring is here, 18.1 is here! Time for a little witness update.
Yes, the reward pool is filling up nicely, and yes I also got a post downgraded from about $150 to $6 :) Let's see how the new payout-schedule will work out in the coming weeks! The hardfork 18 and the hardfork 17 "rejection dramas" made the platform even harder, faster, better and stronger I think. More dedication, especially since the unfortunate departure of @dan I find that it is not a "jump a sinking ship" but "let's upgrade and sail this ship around the world" mentality.
Ofcourse I have updated my witness node, backup node and public seed node (all dedicated machines accross 3 different providers in 3 different countries on 2 continents) to v0.18.1.
- Update my own Steem related apps: With the release of v.0.18.1 some of my own apps for Steem where behaving erratically and @fyrstikken pointed out that his apps / machinetools stopped working and suggested I should take a look to mine as well. Which is what I did and I am happy to say that SteemStream, Steem MVP, SteemFighter, Steemy or Not, SteemStory and Steem-O-Graph are all working flawlessly again.
- SteemTools Spring Clean: Just now I have sent out an email to all developers connected & listed on SteemTools to ask whether they are still actively developing and supporting their own apps and update their details accordingly.
In regards to @abit's voting experiment, albeit I am (IMHO) not a whale I have stopped my voting bot (I still follow some users via Streemian.com, but that is in no comparison to my voting bot).
Additionally I carefully monitor the Pricefeed / Quote bias "experiment" from some top 19 witnesses to alter the payout ratio in Steem/SBD to correct the SBD price and have offered my help in adjusting my bias should it be necessary. Until then I will stay with my current settings.
That's it from me for now. Tomorrow we are off to Portugal (Alentejo region, near Cercal do Alentejo) for some weeks of working in a bit higher temperature and comfy climate, and enjoying some Pasteis de Nata (depicted below) with our coffees. If you happen to be in the neighbourhood, be sure to ping me so we can enjoy a Sagres together. I will be online daily and keep monitoring my nodes.
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