@TimCliff's Updated Witness Application

6 months ago

A lot has changed since I submitted my original witness application seven months ago. I thought it would be good to submit an updated witness application explaining why I believe I would make a good witness =)

What is a Witness?

Witnesses are the elected leaders of the community. They are ambassadors for the project, and many of them work on things to improve the value of the platform.

Witnesses are tasked with validating and producing the blocks for the blockchain, which ensures everything in the network operates smoothly and correctly. Every three seconds one of the witnesses assemble all of the transactions that have occurred (such as posts, comments, votes, STEEM/SBD transfers) into a "block" and then they store all that information in the distributed database network called the "blockchain".

Witnesses are also responsible for maintaining an accurate and up-to-date price feed, as well as deciding on several important blockchain parameters. Witnesses control the cost for websites like Steemit.com to create a new account, and decide how much interest to pay for holding SBD. Many witnesses also host a public 'seed' node that other witnesses and the rest of the community can use to interact with the blockchain.

For more information on what witnesses do, and how to select good witnesses - check out this Witness Voting Guide!

Who is @timcliff?

I'm 33 years old, and I live in New Brighton, MN. I am happily married to @artist1989 =)

I have a Bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Minnesota. I have nine years of experience in professional software development, working for a "Software-as-a-Service" company that develops applications for the energy industry. I spent most of my career as a software developer, although I have recently transitioned into more of a project management role.

If you want to learn more about me, you can check out my "reintroduceyourself" post!

How is @timcliff Involved?

  • I am actively posting, commenting, curating/voting, and resteeming good content.
  • I helped to organize all of the community's ideas into the Steemit Wish List.
  • I worked with @bitcoiner to create the Steemit.com Quick Start Guide (formally the "Welcome Page") to provide new users the information they need to get started after signing up for a new account.
  • I am heavily involved in discussions on how to improve the platform and whether to accept hardforks.
  • I review all activity in the Steem and Condenser GitHub repositories and frequently comment and make suggestions. I frequently submit pull requests with various enhancements and glitch fixes.
  • I ran an experiment called @the.masses to see what would happen if everyone in the community had access to the private posting key of an account.
  • I worked with @pfunk and several members of the community to submit pull request 1352 to add over a hundred new questions/answers to the Steemit.com FAQ page.
  • I submit periodic Steemit Development Updates - GitHub Report posts to let the community know what the Steemit dev team has been up to in GitHub.
  • I create a weekly Reports from the Witnesses post that provides the community a summary of all the witness update posts from the past week.
  • I attended the Beyond Bitcoin Show to talk about the Steem/Steemit platform, and experience a backup Steem/Steemit witness.
  • I created Instructions for Installing a Steemit.com Instance (for Developers).
  • I have hosted several bounties and contests to reward the community for participating and being involved.
  • I regularly submit witness reports to the community to let everyone know what I'm up to.

What are @timcliff's Views on Steem/Steemit Topics?

Server Architecture

I run a primary witness server as well as a backup server, that both run 24/7/365. I have an automated script that runs to detect if my primary server starts missing blocks, and if it detects that the node is failing it automatically switches over to the backup server. I do periodic maintenance on the servers, but I only work on a server when the other one is running as the active node.

Server Specs:

  • Operating System: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Processor: AMD 3.1 GHz, 6 cores
  • RAM: 32 GB DDR3
  • Hard Drive: 3 TB

Security:

  • Remote Hosting
  • SSH keys to login
  • Password authentication disabled
  • Root login disabled

Seed Node:

I run a seed node with high availability. It is hosted in a data-center in France, so it will provide the best latency to European users. The address of the server is 176.31.126.187:2001. The status can be seen on @wackou's https://status.steemnodes.com/ seed monitor page.

Interested in Becoming a Witness?

If you are interested in becoming a witness, check out this guide from @bitcalm. It is a great resource, and provides pretty much all the info you need to get a witness node up and running! You may also be interested in learning how much witnesses make per block. The information in the posts may be slightly out of date, but they are still fairly accurate, and at least a great place to start.

Voting

If you think I will make a great witness, please vote for me here:
https://steemit.com/~witnesses
Or via the command line: vote_for_witness youraccount timcliff true true

Thanks

Thank you for taking the time to read my witness application post!

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@timcliff is active in help chat, active on steemit and one of the first whales you will encounter in the steemit ocean as a young minnow. And he will improve your day just by meeting him, and he may not even know he is doing that for so many. If he does know it, he is awfully humble about it! Great work @timcliff you've helped me and forgotten it by now but now I'm returning the favor, as I've locked in my witness vote for you and will keep it that way until you decide you don't want to do it anymore. So glad you are in the backbone of the "Steem beest". ;)

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Thanks @sircork - I really appreciate it!

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We're all counting on you, Obi-TimCliff!

Also, I tagged you in a comment I posted on a very interesting "question for and about whales" post this morning from someone I am following. I am sure you have a lot to wade through, but I'd be very interested in your answer on it when and if you have time. Thanks in advance!

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ty tim couldnt ask for better

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Thank you so much for your time and attention! I knew you would know!

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I'll only vote if he'll make me billions of rubble's, that I than convert in Canadian Pennies

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Please vote me

@timcliff, thank you so much for all you do. I really appreciate the simple explanation you gave regarding what a witness actually does. Happy to support you. I just voted.

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Thanks!

im glad i stumbled upon this, i'm new and looking to jump in head first and you are setting a great example of the different opportunities and what it takes to make things happen here,

great job man

I've been on steemit since 27th June 2017 and certain names pop out from time to time doing useful things around the site.
You have been present, which is in my view one of the most important attribute of a witness. Amongst many other things.
You got my vote @timcliff

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Thank you. Much appreciated :)

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My pleasure keep up the good work. We need it.

You earned a vote just to explain what the heck a witness means. Good work on Steemit. Great going. All the best. 🙌

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Thanks :)

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It's all my pleasure. You are welcome. :D

@timcliff though I'm pretty new here I'm currently absorbing every single information I can get about steemit and this amazing community. The last few days were reserved for the "witness" topic :)
Thanks for clarifying what a witness is and how I can help to support the people making steemit what it is: the future of social networks. Fair and transparent.

Just voted for you and thanks for what you do - it's because of people like you we can use and grow steemit :)

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Cool, thanks :)

Hey @timcliff you got my vote

After reading this post and seeing how you have been active in this community I fully support you for a witness. This article really helped me understand what the role of a witness is!

thanks
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Cool, thank you! :)

Nice update, and I resteemed. I hope other witness follow your step. Nice ! :)

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Thanks @happyphoenix!

[Edit] p.s. The credit for the idea actually goes to @pfunk. He submitted an updated witness post a few months ago, and I thought it was a great idea so I did it too :)

Namaste @timcliff,

Excellent Witness Thread - eloquently written.

My vote goes to you.

Respect :)

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Thanks :)

@timcliff, happy to support you! Thank you already for all the help.

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Welcome!

Iam just 1 day old, and trying to absorb as much as i can. Thanks @timcliff gor the explanation and @pfunk for original idea of this witness program. And thank you also @jockey to introduce me to Steemit. Very much appreciated.

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Welcome :)

Good greeting: I am new to this community, I have been fascinating all this and you are my first Witness and also my first comment is for you, I am Latin and maybe my English is not good 'but you motivate me to go ahead thanks Friend and to continue learning.

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Very cool :) Welcome to the community!

Already voted for you a while back but still keep up the good work.

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Awesome, thank you! I appreciate your continued support :)

You're doing a great job. Keep it up

@timcliff wouldn't it make sense to reward 100% SBD when the price is so high? I think it should be a witness parameter so that they can force the price to go down. The price has been way over $1 for days now even weeks so the steem dollar experiment seems to be a failure, something needs to change in the code imo, what's your take?

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Oh hi there!

I just went to your comment section to find you to say thanks for your vote on one of my posts today!

Whale votes. They are always appreciated by some of us!!!!

  • have a good Sunday.
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It is a tough problem. The change you propose is a lot of work, and while it might help, I'm not convinced it will solve the problem. Plus, if we increase the supply by too much then we have the debt limit to worry about.

IMO, the real problem is not that there isn't enough supply, it is that there is not enough circulation. Too many people are buying and holding, instead of selling when the price goes above the peg. I don't know the solution, but that is the problem I think we need to solve.

Keep up the good work.

( @timcliff is definitely worth your approval )

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Thanks @gtg - it means a lot!

Hi Tim, Just wanted to let you know you have one of my votes for witness and to thank you for your support of the Steemit community.

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Cool, thank you!

Gave you a witness vote. Thanks for all the hard work and time you put in to help this community.

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Cool, thank you!

Hello Tim,
I am enjoying learning this new platform and reading about your contributions to steemit. You have my witness vote with my thanks for your efforts!

Today I voted you and supported you as witness @timcliff .. I believe with your ideas. Succes for you, I'm from Aceh. May I chat you from steemit.chat?

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Cool, thank you. Yes, of course.

Hey @timcliff I just voted for you. I'm very new to this so the explanations you have given above have been very helpful. Keep up the great work 👍

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Cool, thanks :)

I have voted for you as my witness. Thank you for your support @timcliff

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Thanks :)

@timcliff I have recently joined steemit. I must say that steemit is really engaging. I stumbled on this post while exploring witness. Great information. I can feel your dedication, eagerness & excitement to help and grow this community. Really appreciate your efforts. Keep up the good work!

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Thanks :)

I just voted for you

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Thanks :)

"CAN I GET A WITNESS" Thanks for this write up, I was wondering what all tis witness talk was. Clarified and learned.

Tijo~

I'm counting on you.
I also hope you are always active to help us with low level. And poor

I really like this post; Although you took the idea from someone else, more should follow your example. It is always good to have some interaction with the community and especially regarding what witnesses are doing in general and more particular what you as a witnesses contributed! I have voted for you as a witnesses btw.

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I totally agree :) Thank you very much!

hi @timcliff nice to meet you

A super-slick application as always Tim - super sharp boyo :) Upvoted and RS.

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Thanks @mindhunter! =)

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@mindhunter always got your back Timbo ;) ... and Good Guy Greg too!!

Amazing very good info i shared it on my twitter account nice job.

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Cool, thank you!

voted for u!

Great introduction! Thank you for all the work you put into int, you got my vote!

Have a splendid day :-)

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Thanks :) You too!

Voted, thanks for all your work!

witness upvoted

Thanks for your help. @timcliff Couldn't have got going without it.

One of my votes goes for you! You seem to have a good reputation, keep it up :)

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Thanks :)

Hey man, I'm a new steemian, just started 3 days ago. Read your post here and just wanted to let you know I'm grateful for you and what you do here in this community and you just got my vote.

Upvoted here, followed, and voted for you on the witness board.

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Thanks :)

good work

tim i was wondering how does steem fund development?

You got my vote Tim! :) Maybe one day you'll be able to solve the spam issue! (or maybe it's just users posting...and posting...without considering the content they submit?)

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Maybe :)

Hi Tim ^_^
I've been reading witness threads after I learned what's witnesses are about.
I quite like some of your fun suggestions and how you're open to experimenting for changes and improvements, I'm voting for you as a witness now.

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Thanks!

I just voted you. You did very great.

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Thanks :)

Witness the best choice.
I like it @timcliff
Resteem

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Thanks @barvon!

Appreciate the update... you have my continued vote.

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Continue the Good Job @timcliff. I shall vote you.
Edited Voted, Followed and Resteemed.
This Might Be Helpful
https://steemit.com/steemit/@ogoowinner/what-would-happen-to-your-steem-bitcoin-and-alts-if-you-died-today

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Thanks!

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You are welcome.

Thanks for good sources to read.
Is such witness node similar to one I had when I was mining? Is this same process of making blocks or my mined blocks was somehow different kind of blocks? It's still not really clear to me.

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Yes, it is very similar. The main difference is that the amount of blocks that you get is 100% based on the number of witness votes that you have.

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That's what I thought.
So in "proof of work" way of making blocks I was using my cpu power to be able to generate block while in "proof of stake" way of making blocks I would use stake "power" of those who votes for me.
And now when I finally have my silly amount of stake am I still mining with what I had defined as witness = decentral as proof of stake in contrary with
miner = ral001 miner = ral002 etc.
Because it was (proof of stake + proof of work) and now it is only proof of stake.
I'm sorry. I'm still so steem-stupid.

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An army of decent rals? :-D

You are right more or less. In pre-HF17 world, your node was doing exactly same job as @timcliff's node is doing now with except that his witness is scheduled for block production because of votes (how frequent depends on amount of votes), and your witness was scheduled as soon as you've successfully broadcasted your computed proof of work (how frequent depends on cpu speed).
Now there are no miners so you don't need
miner =
lines, also you should get rid of your
mining-threads =
line. And voila. You have a witness node that is able to generate blocks for Steem network.
Of course that's not enough. In practice you need votes, even to use your stake you would need to do that explicitly with vote_for_witness. Do not do that however before bringing your node back to life because I suppose you didn't upgraded after HF17.
Good luck :-)

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Yes, that was my idea but it never worked as expected, only one account mined something and army of rals was never created :(
Thanks for your detailed answer, it's very useful :)

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Yeah, that sounds exactly correct :)

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Thanks :) So there's still hope for me :)

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Goodness. I think I need a download to get my head around this.

A witness vote is also a block? (Where does the rest of the Steemit community come in? Or does that mean witnesses just have huge voting power for posts?)

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Witness votes and author/curator rewards are separate. There is a lot of good info in the FAQ.

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Maybe I should have worded my question like this:
"If you as a witness upvote a post. Would your vote have more power compared to if you weren't a a Witness (with the same 72 --- reputation level)?"

Is that Better?

:)

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No. Me being a witness, and my reputation score (72) have no influence on the amount of influence I have over rewards. The influence over rewards when I upvote is 100% based on the amount of SP that I have.

I had already done my 30 votes, but replaced one of them now to vote for you.

What I don't like is that here are only shown 50 eligible witnesses - why not show all to guarantee a fair competition? I fear many members don't know and also won't seek the names of the other possible witnesses.

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Thanks! :)

I was below the top 50 for many months. I was OK with it at the time. I knew that I had to prove myself, and it was an honor once I broke the top 50.

You can check out the top 100 here: https://steemd.com/witnesses

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Good thing I haven't exhausted all my votes yet! Gotta look at the underdogs first!

Thanks for the link. :)

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Thanks! What about the struck out names? Did they "resign" anyhow?

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If they are struck out, it just means they are not currently active. Many of them have decided to no longer run their witness nodes, but others might just be taking a break.

Amazing communicator! Always impressed...

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Thanks :)

Thank you so much for your time and attention! I knew you would know

Already vote Sir

you should have been a witness a long time ago....in my mind, you're already one.

Voted for your witness, thanks for all you do!

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Awesome, thanks!!

It is very amaizing and it contains more information

wth is witness voting can someone help?

I am very happy to come here because I found a better opportunity

Great explanation bro :)

A very nice work and I will continue to follow you and you also follow me ... Have we agreed @bakabou159704