Witness Update - the trouble with Negative Vests with me @c0ff33a ☕️

in witness •  8 months ago

So the talk of Steemit is still what happened in the Early hours of Tuesday morning, 3rd of July when Steemit became inaccessible, as did related sites like steemit.chat. I was going to make this post about what happened, but pretty much every other #Witness has covered it already.

So relatively new witness like myself @holger80 (he's an awesome Been developer and has serious coding skills) explained that The account nijeah managed it to freeze the entire steem blockchain you have to wonder the intent of the account holder (and yes, the irony of reversing that account name is not lost) To try once might have been a mistake - 4 times with different values there was an obvious attempt here to test and break the system.

The blockchain itself is well coded, you can't possibly account for every weird and wonderful thing people might try and do that will crash it - but you can make sure when a problem occurs the chain shuts down to prevent an exploit of the crash. The chain shut down and the devs located the problem, coded a fix and released an update for all Witnesses to install on their servers. I picked up on this when I woke up on Tuesday, but couldn't find any helpful information so I asked my friend and fellow #thealliance Witness @jatinhota and he of course had all the information to get my own Witness server updated. In Witness update - node updated to 0.19.5 @jatinhota also explains what happened, he was on the ball and able to put his Witness in maintenance when the problem occurred, and then update and restart with minimal down time and no lost blocks - That is a Witness you should vote for. Many were not so lucky, after the freeze of the blockchain and updated patch release any Witness server running the older release was incapable of resolving blocks and the missed block count was massive - all because of one person doing something that was obviously going to cause problems.

Anyway, all this has been covered elsewhere, so for today's post I would like to share the 30 Witnesses I vote for - and yes I do use all 30 Votes. It is quite plain to see what happens to this blogging site Steemit when the Witness servers stop - so does it! And that makes me wonder, because I take an interest in looking at the Witness voting habits of the accounts I come across and it really does surprise me how many big Steem Power holders and high rep long term active members either do not vote a single Witness - or just a few. The top twenty Witnesses keep this place running no doubt - if you can't be bothered to work out who you might like to vote for - surely ticking from 1 to 20 isn't that hard? If you invested thousands, even 10's of thousands in this platform it surely has to make a little sense you try and make sure it will keep functioning properly. It makes me wonder if these people were to buy a Lamborghini they would refuse to put petrol in it because that was "a little to much extra effort" and when it stopped for lack of fuel just leave the boring trinket at the side of the road and go off to do something else.

Witnesses I vote for and why

Account: c0ff33a
Reputation: 65.61
Vote value: 3.78 MegaVests + 0 MegaVests proxied = 3.78 MegaVests
Votes for 30 witnesses

  1. aggroed - Well respected throughout the community.
  2. ausbitbank - Many people I know speak highly of him, and that reputation is well deserved.
  3. blocktrades - We all need Blocktrades, providing massive support for this blockchain.
  4. c0ff33a - Well somebody has to.
  5. curie - What can I say, I'm a big fan of Indian cusine.
  6. derangedvisions - #thealliance member and creator of fantastic photography contests, he also put's so much of his own SP back into the community and funds the contest rewards himself.
  7. drakos - A true inspiration when I was looking to set up my own Witness - his technical knowledge is unprecidented and if you have caught any of the Steemitramble Witness Chats you will know also a friendly, warm person that you instantly connect to.
  8. enginewitty - A man who always has my admiration, as the founder and leader of the @thealliance community he supports so many people in so many ways and I really think most have little idea how much he really gives to them all.
  9. gtg - Single handedly keeps this place running, his top position is well deserved between Witness and Node Servers and supplying the blockchain log needed to set up a fresh Witness install - if you vote for only one Witness this is the one.
  10. guiltyparties - #thealliance Witness and organiser of the Veteran community.
  11. holger80 - Beem dev and a very knowledgable and friendly person.
  12. jatinhota - #thealliance witness, very skilled and helpful - always has time to help and encourage others.
  13. lux-witness - Good team, working hard and supporting communities.
  14. mahdiyari - SteemAuto and SteemFollower, humble and friendly great guy.
  15. noblewitness - Witness team of 4 for the @youarehopeaccount
  16. patrice - Steemcleaners Witness active in keeping Steemit spam free.
  17. pcste - UK based Witness I found through the Witness ranking list, friendly and produces great content.
  18. puncakbukit - Voted my Witness and as a new upcoming Witness himself I am supporting him as well.
  19. reggaemuffin - Developer who has invested a great deal into the platform.
  20. sapphic - New witness that is very active in many communities and deserves support with Witness votes
  21. someguy123 - Developer that needs no introduction, the list of what he does for this platform is extensive
  22. swisswitness - Relatively new team witness trying to support the platform and community. Interesting discussion on Witness Votes
  23. teamsteem - An easy vote this one, especially if you look through the blog, active poster and keen engager.
  24. thekitchenfairy - Another #thelliance Witness, active in many communities, wonderful blog posts on a variety of topics including cooking, always engaging others as well.
  25. themarkymark - Another active Witness which I like to see, consistently posting and also engaging others in comments
  26. therealwolf - Talented developer who built Smartsteem, always professional and courteous and quick to answer questions.
  27. timcliff - An extremely active top Witness, always present at the Witness Chat events, active on steemit.chat Witness support and consistently posting and engaging with the community.
  28. ura-soul - UK based Witness, knowledgeable and thorough - he did some very in depth research into the impact of GDPR and possible effect on Steem Witnesses
  29. yabapmatt - Active developer created Steem Bot Tracker, Post Promoter, and Steem Monsters along with a Witness price feed utility.
  30. yehey - Working very hard to support people and communities, has also produced many guides on setting up a Witness server which helped me set up my own.

And that is my list, there are currently 120 active Witnesses you can vote for and everyone should vote for the accounts and people they feel will bring them the most benefit on the platform. This is my choice, you all should make your own. You can of course make c0ff33a your Witness PROXY and your votes will be cast the same as my own if deciding on all the different options is confusing.

My own Witness Server is running smoothly on 0.19.5, I am continuing to resolve blocks on an increasingly regular basis thanks to continued incoming Witness Votes - thank you all for taking the time to give me your support and trust.

Some of my previous posts you might have missed

Witness Update by @c0ff33a

The C0ff33 Vlog 29th June 2018
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curie - What can I say, I'm a big fan of Indian cusine.

Aaaaaarrrrrghhgghh! @dreemsteem, you are a bad influence!

Anyway, thanks for the listing of the witnesses, some overlap with mine, but I think I have a few slots free so I might check out your suggestions.


hehehehehe what do you mean???? i'm so confused. i'm a very great influence!!! LOL


One day, I'm going to drop your tag all over Steemit and watch as you go from one ping to another!


That’s a great idea @bengy, we can just keep finding ways to mention @dreemsteem in comments. Now you mention it I went out to a restaurant last night for a curry, half way through the waiter came up to me and said “Curry OK”, I said ok just one song as long as I can record it for @simgirlandsnook


I have been forbidden to laugh at any jokes until @dreemsteem laughs first... She is a jealous joke teller.


hahahahahahahaha @bengy and @c0ff33a - free to laugh! I have enjoyed a chuckle.... LOLOLOL

i love you guys! you brighten my day <3




oh my gosh.... he cracks me up so much!!!!! LOL


this would be delightfully hilarious hehehehehe

Thanks for the update and all the work you do as witness.

It might also be worth adding that if people find the whole voting process complex, they can always set someone else as their proxy.



Thank you very much, and that is a great idea I will remember to do that next time.

Great information, thank you! I had already voted for many of the same witnesses, and I was now able to update my votes.


Thank you very much, especially for the Witness Vote that will make a big difference to my position. I think it is important we vote a variety of Witnesses - there are so many with very different and I think this variety is key to help grow our communities.


You're welcome. I like a witness who talks to us. A lot of them don't....

Thanks for explaining everything about that day issue witness really play an important role and they should be active :)


Thank you very much, I try my best to keep active.

So what is going to happen to you know who? Nothing i'm guessing. why would he do something like this? What did he hope to achieve? It's just weird.
I have a few spaces on my witness list open so you are now being added to that list. Good work @c0ff33a


I don't really know what will happen to the account in question, it is easy of course for them to say they did not realise what would happen. I suppose the hope is by trying to break the system in this way it might glitch and do something beneficial. Fortunately all it did was shut everything down, it's quite impressive the developers were able to find the problem and fix it in such a short period of time and all active Witnesses quickly updated their servers.

Thank you very much for the Witness vote, it means a great deal to me I'm still way down the bottom of the ranks at the moment - which I don't mind because my whole reason was to support the blockchain by running a Witness server - but it would be nice to get a block a little more often then every 55 hours :-)

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I thought about running a witness node months ago to support the network but then I saw that there are 14,000 witnesses already so I didn't bother. You seem to be doing pretty well in the rankings so far. Good luck.

I have some spots open, and you've definitely given me some witnesses to consider. Thanks for sharing! :)


Thank you very much, it's worth filling all those slots if you can - who knows one of those Witnesses you vote for might do something for you one day. I hope all the family are well.

I was away and missed the upset to the block chain. I’m glad you, being a fairly new witness, was able to get a handle on it. Jatinhota must know his stuff!
I have voted 30 witnesses and it looks about the same as your list.


Thank you very much, at least you missed everything not working! It was certainly nice to have some help, and Jatinhota was well ahead of the game - I think he was back online in record time.

Thanks for calling in and leaving a lovely comment :-)

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