Wackou witness update - 2016-10-10steemCreated with Sketch.

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Here comes my witness update for the last month. I didn't make weekly updates as I haven't been able to put a lot of work for Steem recently, due to real life taking so much of my time, and didn't feel like putting out an update without anything to say.

So, what have I been up to during the last month?

  • I succesfully upgraded my witness to version 0.14.2 once consensus had been reached that this was the version to upgrade to. I did test 0.14.0 and helped discover some issues that led it to be rejected until 0.14.2 was published.
  • I now apply a 12% discount to the feed for Steem dollars, as suggested by dan, abit and smooth, and updated the bts_tools to publish feed prices using a configurable discount value. Feed price is now also computed as the weighted average between Bittrex and Poloniex (it used only Bittrex before).
  • the Steem seed nodes status page now loads much faster. Note that this doesn't show the real time status, the data on the page is refreshed every 5 minutes. Witness names are now clickable and lead to their witness thread for those that publish it on the blockchain. Table is sortable. I also plan to add uptime statistics at some point in the future.
  • I have finally decided on the new name for the bts_tools, and will go with "Overmint", as suggested by gtg.
    He has been awarded 100 SD, and the other proposals 25 SD for their efforts (1, 2). "Buckmin" was pretty good too, I liked the concept ;)

Given that I hadn't been able to work as much as I would have liked recently, I decided to redirect some of my witness pay to initiatives that I felt were worthwhile, and so I sent:

  • 5000 SD (1) to contribute to making Steemfest a reality. Great initiative by @roelandp which will definitely help Steemit build a strongly knit community, a great foundation for the future! Unfortunately, I am unable to attend due to other commitments, so I guess I'll have to wait for Steemfest 2 to see everyone...
  • ~9000 SP to @robinhoodwhale (1, 2, 3), as I feel that curation initiatives are essential to reach an equilibrium where good content is rewarded appropriately. (Can't wait to see what comes out of curation guilds once implemented by the dev team!). I decided to support RobinHoodWhale instead of Project Curie as it seems to me that project Curie already has a lot of support, and I believe that if we want Steemit to be really decentralized, we will also need to have decentralization of curation initiatives.
  • 1000 SP (1) to @projectnewbie, for the same reasons as above

With this post I would also like to announce that I'd be happy to become a "backup" witness, ie: not in the top 19 (but not too far either, eh :P ).

Being realistic, I already have too many other commitments to really dedicate a significant amount of time into Steem, and would prefer to temporarily take a step back. This doesn't mean I'll disappear (for sure not!), but I'll be focusing on maintaining what's already there (bts_tools managing a properly running witness with feed publishing, backup, etc. and seed node, as well as the seed nodes status page) and make sure it's as bug-free and generally reliable as possible, instead of developing new features / new projects (I do have so many ideas, though...) If I do develop new features (and I surely will, in time), I'll do it at my own pace, without the pressure associated with being one of the top witnesses.

Rest assured that I will stay ready to kick in in case experienced witnesses are needed, whether for dealing with fork issues (much less likely in the future) or helping test and debug release candidate versions.

I also want to say that I'm glad to see guys like @jesta, @anyx and @gtg entering in the top 19 witnesses. This only goes to show that over time, consistently contributing witnesses do end up gaining rank while others slide out, and the system eventually converges naturally towards the best allocation of its resources. A beautiful example of delegated proof-of-stake in action!

Steem on!

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Hey @wackou. I really like your attitude towards being a witness. You make a great role model, and you have contributed a lot to the network. Your seed node monitor is hugely awesome! Voting for you was an easy decision.

I am going to remove my witness vote from you tonight though, since you haven't really been active in a long time. Based on your post, it seems you are OK with this. If it was just that, I would probably still keep voting for you because you are awesome, but I am only one spot away from the top 20 now, and this will help me inch closer ;)

I plan to continue to follow you and if you start up as an active witness again, I will likely vote for you again. Thanks for all your service. Steem on :)

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hey @timcliff, thanks for the vote of confidence, and yeah, I'm fine with you removing your vote from me. I even did remove my own vote for me to make room for some other witnesses (I just realized that I wasn't voting for you, this is now fixed ;) ).

I saw you actually made it in the top 19 without my help, definitely well deserved! I especially like that you've been making information flowing better between witnesses and users, and like all the small things that you do, every day, to make steem better. Consistency and persistance are keywords here!

Personally, Steem is still a bit on the back burner for me, but I haven't disappeared, and hope to free more of my time after summer (it's been a tough year that might come to an end). Steem on!

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Thanks @wackou - you have always been one of the witnesses that I looked up to and admired, so your vote of confidence means a lot :) Would love to see more of you if you decide to get back involved :)

Hey @wackou this is great work look forward to seeing the fruition of your work exciting

Thank you so much for your generous donations. That truly is above and beyond! Hopefully more witnesses can take after your lead! For this site to succeed we really do need to distribute the wealth!

Thank you so much again for the projectnewbie donation! I will see to it that it will go to good use! :)

Thanks for your witness service!

Thank you for the contributions towards these projects!

With this post I would also like to announce that I'd be happy to become a "backup" witness, ie: not in the top 19 (but not too far either, eh :P ).

Based on this I am voting on you :) Willingly offering to drop out of the top 19 because you feel like you aren't doing enough for the community shows that you really have the communities best interests in mind. You're someone I definitely want in the top 19!

Thank you for your service! :-)

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Thank you for your support :) I'm happy to have been able to serve as a top witness for the last 6 months, it has been an interesting ride for sure!

Very good post, continue like this and you will be great, I am trying to grow in this community, follow me and I will follow you

excellent work i follow you my friend

Great post! Great work!

I am a newbie, so this jargon is really foreign to me. But I wish you all the best and may your investments return many times fold!
(c/o @craftsofluv thank you for voting)

Thanks so much for all of your hard work! :) We always need backups.

what a great post to see

good luck ♥♥

When are you gonna post again? Miss them! :D @wackou

You really got a very bz day or life and reading through all of this that makes my eyes droll and brain drain already :) so many things have going on in and out on your way too. Just be in good health and don't forget health is wealth, take care of yourself. Good luck for you are one of the bz person behind steem who have so so many things to do in running around. God bless u and ur family. Steem on!

Ready vote for witness @wackou
I would like that in exchange for support for the witness vote, vote for my publication in which I represent my country in a contest! thank you very much!