Steem Secret #6: Witnesses Votes Give The Most!

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Votes on posts pay once. Votes for witness pay indefinitely up to 0.18 Steem every 63 seconds equal to over $300 A DAY in Steem Power for the top 20 witnesses! View the list of witnesses at https://steemd.com/witnesses and adjust witness votes at https://steemit.com/~witnesses. When we would like to vote for a witness outside the top 50 such as jerrybanfield, type the account name in the box at the bottom of https://steemit.com/~witnesses and hit vote just once! If you click the blue upvote button beside any vote outside the top 50, that vote will then be removed! Refreshing the page is an easy way to verify the votes are there for any non top 50 witnesses! The voting box looks like this!

Vote Jerry Banfield Steem Witness

What is the easiest way to handle Steem witness voting?

The easiest way to vote for witnesses is to set a proxy. If we would rather never think about the word witness again, we can set someone we trust to make all of our 30 witness votes for us. I choose each of my witness votes carefully based on what the witness is giving to the community and/or how the witness has personally collaborated with me. If you would rather not think about witness voting again but still would like your vote to count, make me your proxy because then all witness voting is done automatically for you through my votes?

Are the top 20 Steem witnesses really earning $300+ a day?

YES! With the current price of Steem at around $1.20 and the current earnings for each witness equal to about 250 Steem Power a day, that is $300+ A DAY earned by EVERY top 20 witness. Here is a video explaining more which I will soon make into a full post with pictures showing the inside of the Steem witness system! Note that I used the word mining in the video to maximize traffic on YouTube while we call the system here Delegated Proof of Stake or just Steem witnesses to describe those participating in the process of creating the blockchain.

How many users vote for witnesses?

  • With 312,805 accounts today according to https://steemdata.com/stats, only one witness @good-karma has more than 1% of existing users voting for him as a witness. No other witness has even 1% of total users voting which makes participation in the witness process even worse than voting for president in the US!
  • Less than 8% of all users even make 1 vote for witness as explained a post by a fellow witness @lukestokes at https://steemit.com/witness-category/@lukestokes/how-many-steemians-are-not-voting-for-a-witness-i-found-the-answer. In summary, over 100,000 active users have never made even one witness vote. As you can see, we as witnesses are working to change that with continuing education about how important it is to vote for witnesses.
  • Followers of @jerrybanfield have the lowest percentage of witness participation of any witness with 11,000+ followers making a total of 362 witness votes equal to about 3% of followers also voting for witness. Thank you very much to each voter on the list at https://steemdb.com/@jerrybanfield/witness that has taken the time to make a witness vote or proxy!
  • Followers of @teamsteem and @jerrybanfield by total voting shares have the lowest participation among the top 100 witnesses with @teamsteem having almost enough follower voting power to be in the top 20 at 48.392 GV while the actual votes are 15.772 GV meaning less than a third of total voting power from followers is leading to witness votes. @jerrybanfield stats are close to the same with 32.676 GV owned by those following and a total of 10.831 GV in actual votes which is because of the generosity of a few whales following that took the time to vote!

Why are witness votes so critical to the future of Steem?

  1. With paying Steem Power to witnesses every day to build the blockchain, witnesses in the top 30 are earning enough to continuously have a greater influence in our community through author rewards and curation. When we vote those up we trust to give the most back, we are planting seeds to receive back the most in rewards ourselves.
  2. The top 20 witnesses make the decisions on which versions of Steem to run meaning that updates requested by Steemit Inc can be rejected if enough top 20 witnesses agree. When we vote witnesses up we trust to make decisions that benefit us, we are certain to have our interests represented going forward.
  3. Users often hate changing witness votes meaning once the vote is cast, it often takes a significant event to prompt a change. While it is good to have patience and tolerance with the life situations of each witness and not remove votes every missed block, not updating our witness votes on a regular basis can allow witnesses to keep earning even with little or no service to our community while those that are newer or less popular can invest a lot of effort without receiving much in return. Review witness status at https://steemd.com/witnesses by noticing the version, price feed, number of misses, and whether the witness name is crossed out or not. Notice the witnesses towards the bottom are active and still have offline witnesses above them including several offline for most of 2017. Before writing this post, I was also voting for two offline witnesses and just reached out of them yesterday after removing my votes to ask if they would be updating!
  4. Witnesses are our front line of defense against attack and are critical for our growth. Unsecured and inattentive witness servers make it easy disrupt our blockchain. While our choices for the top 20 witnesses are the most critical, the top 50 spots are essential to have witnesses most ready to serve in the top 20 at a moment's notice in case of emergency.

In summary, most of us put a lot of thought into our upvotes on posts carefully selecting the percentage and taking pride in the authors we upvote and recommending posts to our friends. According to the data, we often ignore making our most powerful upvotes in the form of support for witnesses. In my first month, I did not make any votes for witness either and hope this post is useful today for us to be aware of where our greatest voting power is available in the form of our witness votes!

Would you join us today in voting for witnesses at https://steemit.com/~witnesses and refresh the page for any upvotes for those outside of the top 50 to verify they went through correctly because when we participate in the witness voting process, we feel empowered in our community here on Steem?

Vote Jerry Banfield Steem Witness

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Set JerryBanfield proxy

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I just did it! I voted u my proxy..i have great faith in your votes.. Keep up the innovative ideas!!

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Alex I love the articles you write especially https://steemit.com/writing/@eco-alex/the-remarkable-diary-of-an-earthship-eco-builder-2-the-dream-was-born-why-earthship-s-are-amazing-the-need-to-be-self-sufficient and am honored you chose to set me as your witness proxy! I am planning to delegate Steem Power to you to use for the eco train. Am I correct in understanding I need to delegate directly to you and you will make the votes?

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Jerry that is amazing news for the whole ecoTrain! You were always my desire for our V.VIP 'seat' and I am totally honored, and very happy indeed, to hear that you will be entrusting me to help us make great authors shine, and promote and encourage people to start writing great new content for Steemit. That and much more!

I was literally just about to start writing a post on what the ecoTrain is exactly. Quite a few people have been asking this lately as it is not obvious exactly what we are doing.. I think now is definitely the time to explain it so you can really see what we are all doing.

So, yes you are right that you will delegate your Steem Power to me eco-alex for to help upvote those posts that ecoTrain make. One thing i'd like to mention is that we only upvote our posts when we like them, and not just because they are on the ecoTrain. i spent a lot of time searching out great people who were not yet even on Steemit to start the ecoTrain up 2 months ago. Quality high value posts are our motto.. The general theme of the ecoTrain is posts about

"Things that can help make the world a better place"

This covers a huge range or topics, so the ecoTrain is not just about one thing or another.

I've just written a post on what is the ecoTrain so please check this out. It explains it quite well and I think after reading you will understand better what we are doing.

https://steemit.com/steemit/@eco-alex/ecowhat-here-s-what-this-ecotrain-thing-is-all-about

If you would like to email me about this I'm of course happy to chat on
steemit.eco.train@gmail.com

Many hearty thanks for your delegation!
@eco-alex

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This is innovation in action. What even more amazing happenings are we going to see up ahead now? I can't wait to find out ...

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Alex thank you for helping me understand how to move forward! I will be doing a tutorial and making the delegations soon for the eco train and a few others!

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Veryy happy to support each other!
Look forward to seeing your delegation post!

Id like to invite you to write a post with ecoTrain. Once a week we collaborate with a question that we answer. The question this week is...

"What is the greatest gift youve ever given?"

Several of us ALL write from our own perspectives and then i cross link them all and we have great diversity of opinions that way. I love the spirit of giving and know how good it feels and how great things turn out when u do. Im sure u must have a story or two to share.

To further add value to this we also are awarding 10sbd to any followers who post their answer! Thereby we are encouraging new writers to try it out!

Were all posting on Monday so plenty of time to write...

Are you up for it!?

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Thanks Jerry, I'm a passenger on the ecotrain and appreciate your interest in our goal of flooding the world with positive posts. :-)

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Voted you for witness as well. Btw, you put me in upvotable without upvoting me :-)

Good post explaining some detail about witness' role. I've a few questions here:

  1. Why do we have to go to the ~witness and then type your username for voting? Couldn't it be possible that you or any witness can provide us some direct link where we just need to click for the vote? Is it difficult to develop such a facility ...to make voting process easier for users?

  2. Why do posting key is not enough for voting to witnesses and we need active key for this action?

  3. Can you reveal your analysis of the witness you recommend right now (or on a regular basis) instead of asking for proxy rights to you?

  4. I've seen such posts earlier too where new Steemians are disparaged as if they have done something wrong by not voting to any witnesses. How are they expected to vote any witness without even knowing what they are doing? Even one month is not sufficient to know 100 or more witnesses and selecting 30 best ones out of them.

  5. What's wrong if no witness is voted? Instead of voting a wrong one, won't it be better to not to vote at all?

  6. Where can I find a comparative chart or analysis for what each witness is doing or had done since becoming a witness?

  7. Is there any channel or a time slot, where all witness canvass for votes and answer any queries we may have got for them?

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@xyzashu love your questions and am happy to answer!

  1. Using either https://steemit.com/~witnesses or the CLI wallet are the only options the developers at Steemit currently give us to vote. Hopefully it will be easier in the future!
  2. The active key is required because posting only handles making posts, upvoting, and commenting. Making a witness vote is a very important action that therefore any apps we use without the active key do not need access to!
  3. Yes I will make videos and posts explaining my votes for other witnesses to be transparent about why I am voting for a witness and to help educate as to what each witness is doing for us that may not be obvious!
  4. You're right the witness voting process scares a lot of us when we first see it as it did for me. While I saw the word witness and looked at the list in the first month, I did not make any votes. As I learned more about what witnesses do, how important witnesses are, and which witnesses were giving the most in a way I could see it, I started making votes and chose to become a witness also. Setting a proxy is the easy way to get started if we find one person we trust to help us make all our votes to start. As we participate here longer and invest more, it seems logical to remove the proxy and start setting our own witness votes.
  5. With voting for no witnesses, we are also not using any of our power we have of choice. While there is nothing wrong with doing nothing, we generally enjoy feeling included and participating fully in life because that is the real benefit of living. I felt much more included in the community when I started making witness votes and I think many of us feel the same. Any witness vote is likely to be the right one to support someone trying to help because I see no witness that is purely trying to sabotage our community.
  6. A chart of what each witness is doing looks like a trending post idea to me!
  7. Every witness at https://steemd.com/witnesses has a URL link where the witness announces their campaign and asks for votes. Some witnesses are available at https://steemit.chat/channel/witness while others are responsive to comments especially in #witness posts.
    The best place to reach many witnesses on steemit is in the comments on witness updates. A few witnesses are hard to locate in the community which might also make figuring out why to vote for them challenging!

Thank you for asking these questions and giving me this opportunity to respond!

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WOW @jerrybanfield, I wasn't expecting such a comprehensive reply from you. It made a lot of things crystal clear to me now. Your answer to point 5 prompted me to vote for you, which I just did. But I checked up and noticed that I've already voted up to 6 other witnesses. So as explained by you in no.4, I assume if I give you a proxy, my other 6 votes would also be judged according to your preferences and you may change those too. So I'm very much looking forward to your actions on your answers in point 3 & 6, as soon as it can be taken at your end 😊

Many thanks for pointing to the several ways to interact and know more about witnesses in point 7.

I'm glad to read all your answers. Wanted to ask a few more at the time of questioning but had to leave at that time for some other work. But now, I think you have given me enough pointers so that I can make some efforts to find those on my own. Many many thanks to you for all you do! 💓

Would you mind if I give you a small tip! post ed here?

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@xyzashu thank you very much for your reply here letting me know how you read what I shared and for the tip also! I am going to start using @tipu soon too!

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These answers are really clear and make me study more.

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Hi @jerrybanfield! You have just received 0.101 SBD tip from @xyzashu!

Check out the newest post from @xyzashu: 50 Word Story Contest Week #24 - "Being Human " and follow if you like the content :)

@tipU quick guide | earn interest in @tipU profit

Set you as proxy I feel like i'm in good hands. Thanks for your support of ecotrain!

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Tim thank you very much for trusting me to make all of your votes for witness by setting me as a proxy 5 minutes ago!

Honesty and transparency are very important to me. You demonstrate both of these. They come through in you videos and your written articles.

I have been following you for some time now, even prior to your joining SteemIt. Therefore; I voted for you as a witness.

Source Credit: giphy

I am now going to ask you to be my proxy. I just set it up, so hope it works out!

Respectfully,
@sargento

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@sargento thank you very much for trusting me as your proxy and showing the screenshot in your comment!

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You are more than welcome! Have a great week!

I just set you as a proxy. :) May my witness votes be in good hands. :)

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Paolo thank you very much for setting me as your proxy!

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You're welcome! I knew I made the right decision of doing so. :)

Perfect! Done!

Thanks for taking the trouble off my hands! You haven't let me down yet @jerrybanfield

Cheers!

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Me also, I have only been active on Steemit for a short time but I see Jerry working the hardest to promote the site and also to help others while doing so. I can support and develop a lot of trust for someone like that.

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I know @deaconlee !!

If I have a question I just go to his profile and look for the video with the answer cause there always is one.

I'm actually watching him on DTube right now haha

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Josh thank you very much for setting me as a proxy 15 minutes ago and trusting me to handle all of your witness upvotes!

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I've already cast my vote on you Jerry ,can I still make you as my proxy?

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Sure we can set anyone as a proxy even if we have voted at https://steemit.com/~witnesses by putting in the name of the account we want to proxy for us at the bottom of the page under proxy!

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Lee thank you very much for setting me as your proxy!

yeah niceeee post i'm voting for jerrryyyyy :) i set you as my proxy

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@victorialuxx thank you very much for resteeming this post and setting me as your proxy!

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you are welcome @jerrybanfield you do great job for steemit community so you deserve votingg for witness :)

I'm quite new to steemit so trying to get my head around it all, I set you as my proxy @jerrybanfield anyway. Thank you for the informative videos.

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Skyhooks thank you very much for setting me as your proxy!

Hi Jerry, Voted you as witness. Aim to be top 20 here before you run for President. That way the Steem Community can help you further ;)

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@ladydiana thank you very much for voting for me as a witness 6 hours ago and your suggestion to work on the witness more before the presidential campaign :)

@jerrybanfield You are so much invested in steem, I trust you and will set you as my proxy!

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Daniel thank you very much for trusting me to be your proxy!

Thanks Jerry. Voted for you as well.

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Anytime Jerry! Have a great week!!

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@aaronnn47 thank you very much for trusting me as your proxy for witness votes!

In my first act of getting my witness voting in order, I just voted for you @jerrybanfield keep up the good work!

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Doug thank you very much for making my witness one of your first three votes!

Yet again you never fail to fill us in with the latest updates, cheers mate!

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Just set you up as my proxy ;)

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Salman thank you very much for trusting me as your proxy!

@jerrybanfield You are now my proxy! ;)

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Максим thank you very much for trusting me enough to set me as your proxy!

@jerrybanfield You are now my proxy! :)

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@mkt I am honored you have trusted me to make all of your witness votes for you by setting me as your proxy today 13 minutes ago!

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I didn't occupy myself with the whole witness subject matter yet. Surely I will catch up on this but for now I want to let someone decide for me who has already done his homework! :)

I've had you chosen as 1 of my witnesses for a while Jerry!
Hope you make it to the TOP 🐠🐬🐳💻💥❤️

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Alex thank you very much for investing your time in choosing 30 witnesses to vote for and making me one of them!

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No problem Jerry! Keep up the awesome content!

Just when I think that I pretty much learnt everything about Steem, Jerry's posts come along and prove me wrong; that's very exciting. I will have to look more in depth regarding all this "witness" thing.

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@cryptoeera thank you very much for resteeming so many of my posts and commenting on every one! With 12,985 Steem Power your vote has a lot of influence and I see you have not made any witness votes yet at https://steemd.com/@cryptoeera.

Would you please join us in voting for witnesses at https://steemit.com/~witnesses because you will then claim the power you have to influence who are the top witnesses? If you would like to make it easy, would you please set me as your proxy because you will then know all of your votes are being cast based on the research I do to choose my votes?

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@jerrybanfield, right now I have 13,010 Steem Power and soon am thinking to invest around $15,000 more and power all up into Steemit.
I kind of know the basics of how Steemit works, but I know for sure that you know much more in depth than me; and I also know that you're open to collaborations.
I would be very glad if we could chat somewhere in private where you could let me know if there are ways to help each other, how I can optimize my investment the most so I can earn more SP and how you could benefit as well of course from the amount of my SP.
If yes, please don't hesitate to let me know if there is anything that we could agree upon to benefit from each other because I also am a true believer that genuine relationships and collaborations is the key to succeed in whatever your activity is.......

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Hey good job buying steempower! now u can upvpote all my replies to you with like over $1 each! XD But no seriously i can help you too, I have 2400+ followers and I would be happuy to coach you as much as i can, zackza@gmail.com or text me 619-302-0398 you can text me anytime and ill be hapy to show you how you can start making a lot of followers using the steempower you have, because when you go upvote [eoples comments with the $1 upvots you have now, it makes friends REALLy fast! I love making friends with peope; whop just bought a bunch of steempower! You are just like my friends @gigafart or @tytranm or many more who have bought steempower and then they become a dolphin then whale and as steem goes to $10 ypou will turn your $20,000 in steemit wallet into a quarter million dollars , steem is one of thbest crypto currency investment

I will follow you and i hope u can join my club of new whales, new dolphins, who orbiot around @jerrybanfield and try to create our own fiefdoms and mini kingdoms

i am studying jerry to see his secret of getting 12,000 followers in 4 months, like 3k followers a month! its crazy! i think his youtub and facebook ads do it but it MIOGHT actuially be his freakin steemit posts! he makes like 2 or 3 BIG ones a day and theyre now a STAPLE of steemit trending posts! im super jelous, i am glad hes there working harder than me though so i know that I OCULD be making MORE money

Im glad hes proving to my brain that yes I am working slow and could be workingharder like jerry,damn jerry is showing me that I could be postying more posts and doing big longsteemit related posts about the things we need tio imrpove steemit with, but jerry is so big now he gets to just be an ideas man now! He ihas made HIMSELF steemits head of marketing PRETTY MUCH

and he EARNED that position!

Its CRAZY that steemit is SO open like that, its a meritocracy in that way! you can come help steemit however way you want the whole steem bockchain reminds me of a decentralized company (Speerate from steemiut inc which is a private company ) but the steem blockchainis this crazy Decentralized Autonomous ORganicatoon (SAO) and it has open positions for anyone to occupy, anyon who wants to come do the work and make the posts will find be able to create tat foothold for themselves!

I honestly see steemit as having enough potential where I could hire peopel who would then have full tuiem work just completeing all the srticles and ideas I currently hacve but cant compelet because of lack of man power lack of time, i get tired, i cant just drinka punch of coffee and do a bnch of posts or i get tired, i need interns!

I seriously feel like theres enough work on steemit that we could fill a whole office building full of workers whosejob it would be to just post everyday all day, and there would be plenty of money in it because10 percent of those workers would be on full time steemit signuop duy going out and finding new users, finding INVESTORS because look, NOW is a CRAZY time in history, especialy for peopel who wanna make money at home!

for anyone whop doest know, there are literaly crowds of people online with billions of dollars collectivly LOOKING for someone to give their money to, to invest iot! peopel are actively looking for places to spend their money on! people want the next big coin! and steem can be thacoin! Remember wofl of wallstreet? the way he sells those stocks over the phone? We needto sell STEEM to investors like that! Steem IS the greatest thing in crypto right now! I honestly believe an investmentin steem right now will earn you more money than even Bitcoin! I mean look Steem will go from $1.50 to $3 a lot faster and easier than bitcoin will go from $5000 to $10,000 ...and so that hypotehtical office building with 10 percent of the workers working to get investors on steemit? That would help get the price of steem up and help to pay the reward pool for all the new posts i would have 90 percent of the workers working on!

So I just wish we all knw the potentiakl of steemit! and even i am probobly not seing the full potential!

We should ll realize how powerful steemit ius and invest more money into it and think TWICE before selling or powering down!

stay powered up and make nw posts instead of powering down! Never power down and live off curation and comments and post rewards!

Anyway I sincerely believe we could raise the price of steem by simply hiring some people to go sel investors on buying steem and stempower as an investment opportunity! Look how peopel were able to pump into IOTA! Billions of dollars pumped into some random Vaporware Altcoin called Internet of Things Token IOTA and so if THEY can do it WE can do ioty!

cool. upvoted

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This post received a 4.4% upvote from @randowhale thanks to @maxsteem! For more information, click here!

Well done Jerry in explaining the importance of a Witness AND the lack of voting from the vast majority... which is WHY this Post is so important.

Voted You as a Witness within a short period of time that You joined STEEMiT.

Thank You again 4 raising the awareness & importance of voting !!

Cheers !!

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@sacred-agent thank you for making me one of your first witness votes along with 17 other witnesses!

Ok, I set you as my proxy. I trust your judgement!

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Mark thank you very much for setting me as a proxy!

I've commented before about how I felt it was unfair that the votes of users with higher SP had a greater weight when it comes to witness votes, but @lukestokes introduced me to the concept of sybil attacks & game theory which helped me understand why it might be necessary. The stats you have produced regarding the numbers of users who aren't casting witness votes are interesting.

I would be really interested to know, (were you to be given proxy voting privileges for all accounts you identified) how much difference it would make to the top 30 witness list. What number would you be? Would the combined power of all those minnows, trump the power of the few whale witness voters?

I'm about to set you as a proxy. Perhaps a few hundred thousand more will too, and we can see the results of the experiment!!!

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Jimbo thank you very much for setting me as a proxy! According to http://www.steemreports.com/witness-voters/ the power of thousands of smaller voters generally ads up to one massive upvote from a few of the top voters. For example, the top witness @gtg has thousands of smaller votes which equal his one vote from @freedom and are slightly more than his one vote from @dan.

I voted you as my proxy for witness. Please keep continuing with your good lessons. Thank you once again for sharing such a a valuable information.

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@opportunity4u thank you very much for trusting with me your witness votes by setting me as a proxy!

I have actually made a footer in my later posts, asking members to vote for the right witnesses and using all the 30 votes carefully but surely. I was earlier not voting your witness, but after reading your article and seeing your performance, now I am. Had to kick one out!!!

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@siddartha thank you for helping bring more participation in the witness voting process! I am honored you chose to replace one of your votes with a vote for me!

@jerrybanfield You are now my proxy and Resteemd ;-)
Wish you all the best from germany.

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@thundersky thank you very much for setting me as your proxy and sharing the message about the importance of witness upvotes as a resteem to your followers!

I have a couple questions I hope you will be able to answer.

I am uncertain if, like upvoting a post, curation of witnesses is also rewarded? I am aware that the witness upvoted is rewarded (and specifically per your explanation), but is there also a curation reward for voting for a witness?

If not, then there should be! As hungry as many folks on Steemit are for rewards, the rewards for voting for witness would drive many to undertake to exercise their responsibility to do so, I think.

Also, as you point out, after assigning our proxy, we are often recalcitrant to change that vote. I have assigned my proxy to a witness I remain confident in (not to disparage you at all @jerrybanfield), so please don't denigrate me for not currently changing that.

But, since we have 30 witness votes, after we have assigned our proxy, are we then able to cast single votes thereafter without withdrawing the balance of our votes from our proxy?

In other words, @aggroed has my proxy. If I cast a witness vote for you, will @aggroed retain the other 29 votes still, or do I then need to cast each of them individually?

I'd appreciate such answer as you can give on this.

Thanks!

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@valued-customer thank you very much for asking more about voting as a proxy! Setting a proxy is an all or nothing approach meaning the proxy gets every vote. To combine the benefits of a proxy with manual voting, a proxy can be used to decide on the majority of individual votes while adding, subtracting, or replacing some votes. For example, @aggroed is voting for 30 witnesses none of which are for me while I am voting for his witness.

If you wanted to vote for me and effectively keep @aggroed as a proxy, you could remove the proxy and manually set most of the votes @aggroed has set as seen at https://witstats.steemliberator.com/index and find one to replace using the rankings or whether that witness is voting for @aggroed back.

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Thanks for explaining that proxies are all or nothing,

Is there a curation reward for witness votes, like there is for votes on posts?

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That is a very good suggestion because currently there is no reward for voting on witnesses!

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Hey jerrybanfield,
Thanks for sharing

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@coinlend you're welcome! I see at https://steemd.com/@coinlend you have not made any witness votes or set a proxy!

Would you join us in voting for witnesses today at https://steemit.com/~witnesses because with over 6,000 Steem power your vote has a lot of influence?

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@jerrybanfield: Since I really apprechiate your content and want to support you, i gave you my witness vote!

@jerrybanfield I just read in another article you don't get paid for a SEED Server is this correct? I also read they go in the top 50 to show a longer support to Steem but unpaid for?

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@williams858 you are right that seed nodes do not get paid for directly. Instead, witnesses are asked to also run seed nodes which about half do with most of those towards the top having seed nodes while many in the bottom do not.

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So in my view would you think I would be better doing a standard node unit i get established a little better? I have tried to contact Privex ref a node but had no response as of yet! I will put recommendation in from you! :)

You've got my vote!

You probably wont understand what I'm writing about because whole blog is in Polish language...
Unfortunately we have no Polish witnesses :(

So voted for you to appreciate all of your job!

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@damiano thank you very much for making me one of your first two witness votes and I hope we get a Polish witness soon!

thank you Jerry. witness votes are yours to proxy influence. I appreciate your content. You are the main reason I am participating.

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@rocksolid thank you for setting me as a proxy 9 hours ago! At https://steemd.com/@rocksolid it says the proxy was cleared right away which can happen if hitting the button twice.

If you would like me to be your proxy, would you set it again at https://steemit.com/~witnesses and double check it by refreshing the page to make sure the proxy is still there?

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done - sorry about that. can you verify your proxy appointment?

Just been on a slew of you vids on youtube... and am going to get started on Dtube soon :) Voted u as a witness and just wanted to let you know I enjoy your content. Keep up the good work as I know you will Jerry!

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@diggerdugg thank you for watching so many videos with me on YouTube! I am excited to continue my shift over to DTube as the primary place for my videos and appreciate your vote for me as a witness!

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The more you shift @jerrybanfield, the more I watch over there :D:D

I have already voted you as witness. Glad i used the vote perfectly.

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@mirhimayun thank you very much for making me one of your first seven witness votes!

I'm not very sure of this witness system but I voted you as witness sine my early day in Steemit cause I appreciate yiur contribution to the community very much @jerrybanfield

However I have a question, since the top 20 witness have every say in the future of Steemit. Does this make Steemit any less decentralised?

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@fr3eze thank you very much for voting for @teamsteem and me as witnesses! With the top 20 witnesses often rotating in and out, we do have fresh input on a regular basis. That said, having 20 people that make such important decisions for each hardfork has been working so far but still does centralize us significantly. We are doing better than Bitcoin and most other cryptocurrencies in this respect but we still could use a little bit more decentralization especially for witnesses with having the blocks split up more evenly among say the top 30 or top 50 witnesses instead of top 20.

I just voted on you as a witness
To be on the top witness, how many votes do we need?

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@machhour thank you very much for making me your first witness vote! To be in the top 20, a witness needs to have over 15% of all the Steem Power available approving their witness!

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ok thank you for much for sharing

@jerrybanfield i learn lot of things from you .thanks for this i want to do something for you .but i don't know about withness too much can you tell me somebeneficail thing for increase sbd on steemit its my facebook id if you have little time for your follower
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https://www.facebook.com/farhannaqvif

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Farhan thank you very much for voting for me as a witness!

Am I allowed to vote twice jk 😂🙌🏼

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Charles with 21,185 SP you are effectively voting 21,185 times :) Thank you for making @teamsteem and me two of your first votes!

Already voted for you a few days ago! Well deserved IMO! Jerry for Steem president! haha

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@jerrev thank you very much for making me one of your first give votes for witness!

I just voted for you @jerrybanfield! You deserve it! :)

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@luckysteem thank you very much for making me one of your first two witness votes!

I'm not sure what this is all about since this is my first day. However, I have voted you up as a witness @jerrybanfield. I think you deserve this just for posting this and letting me and others know about witnesses. I will read up on it more and vote up others as I make my way around this community I have just joined. I'm looking forward to discovering all there is.

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Jose thank you very much for making me your very first vote for witness!

UpVoted and Resteemed.

I also decided to vote you as a witness.
Good luck in your game of thrones i hope you get the iron throne some day!!

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@miguelportela thank you very much for making me one of your first two witness votes!

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Yes I am deciding very carefully how to use them.

You fit all the criteria that i decided to use:

  • Honest
  • Helps the community to Growth
  • Active blogger, not just a passive Witness
  • Informative
  • Not fanatic, seams to me that you have reason behind your decisions
  • No hidden agenda
  • Has a linux server running the steem XD also pretty important

For now only two people qualify for this.

My witness vote has almost no value but will growth for sure.

Awesome series
I went through the six steem secrets# and I tell you @jerrybanfield , you have really defined Steemit to newbie in the most simplistic way

Great work done !!!

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@olanrewaju thank you very much for making me one of your first 3 witness votes!

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Uniqueness is brand I cherish
Am in love with you blogging page
Keep it up!!! @jerrybanfield

@jerrybanfield i've been following you since early 2015 With your Facebook ads course. It's simple amazing! Thanks to that i'm Working as a Community Manager from various artist of my country. And guess what? Thanks to you, i'm now in Steemit and invest all my life Savings!! Right now i'm waiting for a new computer to start writing and editing videos for my Steemit Blog, and also when i have enough confidence and followers will be a witness. Thank you for all, and wish you the best. Cheers.

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David thank you for sharing when you started following me online and joining me in both of us investing our life savings here! With 3,228 Steem Power, you have a very influential witness vote! I see at https://steemd.com/@davidrestrepo you have not made a witness vote yet!

Would you join us in voting for witnesses today at https://steemit.com/~witnesses because if you are like me voting for other witnesses will bring forth the courage to launch our own witness?

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Of course! Done. Hope you keep doing all the things you are doing for the Steemit community. My vote is my way to thank you for sharing your knowledge and for the things you have been doing here. Cheers! Hope my vote help you, and hope we keep in touch.

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This is eye opening . But what do you post that isn't ? That's a good thing .

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Thank you @admyrer for your kind words here and voting for 30 witnesses including me!

Voted for you jerry!

If it weren't for you who knows when I'd have found out about steem! Thanks for guiding me here! It's been a great journey so far, and it's all thanks to you!

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Robert thank you very much for approving my witness 17 minutes ago!

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This comment has received a 0.78 % upvote from @drotto thanks to: @banjo.

Great post demystifying the whole witness thing a bit, it's confused me since I got here.

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Thank you @catonwheels! Would you consider voting for me as a witness at https://steemit.com/~witnesses because your one vote there would help me indefinitely?

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Of course, done :)

yes i do vote

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@samest I see you are voting for 26 witnesses currently! Would you consider making a vote for me at https://steemit.com/~witnesses also because you still have 4 spots in your list?

I still have witness votes. How many votes can I give to one person?

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Each of us can vote for up to 30 different witnesses!

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Oh, this is why I pushed the button twice and it didn't work ...thank!

It seems like you are always diving into topics that I am curious about, in relation to Steemit! I believe I read over 1 article in my 2 weeks that was about the witness process. I was aware that they receive compensation, and from what I now know about what the witnesses contribute to the site, it's completely just. I appreciate you going over the stats our "participate" in the voting process, as well. I will definitely be submitting a few votes and remembering to eventually cast all my votes as I become more acclimated to the platform as a whole. Overall, thanks for another great article!

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Frank thank you for learning about witnesses with us!

Great post, I've got you and @teamsteem voted up already for witnesses. I still have a lot of witness votes left, so IF THERE ARE OTHER CANDIDATES LOOKING FOR VOTES, PLEASE POST HERE! I'm not familiar with a lot of the names in the Top 50 as I haven't really seen them around.

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Thank you very much for voting for us as witnesses and letting others know you are available to help them vote! I have found several witnesses to vote for by reading their posts at https://steemit.com/trending/witness.

Hey @jerrybanfield - do you make a witnessreport?

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Yes @art-universe I am hoping to do one today or tomorrow!

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Hey Jerry, sounds good - I am curious ;-)

Incredible ! I didn't knew they win that much !

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It took me months to figure that out!

You have my vote , that's pretty amazing to learn the amount as well :)

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Farwa thank you very much for your vote! I checked at https://steemd.com/@journeyoflife because the witness votes often do not track properly for witnesses outside the top 50! I currently do not see a vote for me in your witness list!

Would you visit https://steemit.com/~witnesses to vote for me as a witness again and refresh the page to make sure the vote is there afterwards because sometimes voting in the top 50 it takes a vote and refresh to make sure the vote stays?

I have appreciated all the witnesses thus far, my account wouldn't be half of what it is without a handful of them! While voting for a couple others @jerrybanfield definitely has this little guy's vote...I mean you are probably one of the most giving high profile guys on here:)

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Dillion thank you very much for your vote! I checked at https://steemd.com/@dillonford because the witness votes often do not track properly for witnesses outside the top 50! I currently only see a vote for @theprophet0 as a witness.

Would you visit https://steemit.com/~witnesses to vote for me as a witness again and refresh the page to make sure the vote is there afterwards?

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Whoops...Password key wasn't saved! Done dealio:) The both of you now have my vote!

Thank you, I have long time chosen you @jerrybanfield

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@amri thank you very much for supporting me as a witness! I just checked https://steemd.com/@amri because the witness votes often do not track properly for witnesses outside the top 50! I currently see 23 other votes but no witness vote for me!

Would you visit https://steemit.com/~witnesses to vote for me as a witness again and refresh the page to make sure the vote is there afterwards?

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Ough, yes..
My Happy @jerrybanfield, and it just had me repeat it, try again to check friend

Excelent post friend!

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Thank you @stefanycaldera! Would you consider making your first vote for witness or setting me as a proxy at https://steemit.com/~witnesses because participating in the witness process helps each of us to feel on the inside in our community?

This is kind of a heavy read so I got to resteem it to read later after work. ;)

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Thank you very much for the resteem!

Can we cancel the vote for witness once voted ???

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@gemsborg any witness vote can be canceled by clicking the blue button next to the witness's name!

Thanks @jerrybanfield. You have been a great in helping me and others get into the Steemit community.

like me!)))

wow the more I learn about this the more unstable and un-democratic it seems to be!!!

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It is democratic! You can vote for anyone you want and everyone can be voted!

Hey man Thanks for all the hard work you put in Your posts are very informative and i usually learn things from them

Hi @jerrybanfield, I have selected you as my proxy, have good faith in you for your active participation in steemit, does this mean you will be taking care of witness votes on my behalf?

Wow!! This is by far the best and most valuable post I have read so far on Steemit!! I am very new here having joined this amazing revolutions just now in August 2017 and wow this article has opened my eyes to things!! Thank you so much for taking all this time and research and sharing this with us here, very valuable!!! :) Resteemed and thank you so much for all your time and effort @jerrybanfield !! Much respect, Ruxandra

Ok I'm convinced! I'm gonna get my witness voting sorted out. Thanks!

Thank you, Jerry. High Quality Content as always :)

mr banfield i am a poor 16 year old kid from morocco my dad makes 300 dollars a month,and with bills and rent it becomes 150 dollars for food please i am asking you to help me by upvoting my post so i can help my familly so please help me this is my last hope

How can I earn $ 1 in a vote
As I needed from Steam Power

Congratulations @jerrybanfield!
Your post was mentioned in the hit parade in the following category:

  • Upvotes - Ranked 6 with 577 upvotes

Dang, had no idea witness' made that much coin (pun intended) great information and shows us how valuable and important the witness vote is, the one people are the most likely to never do.

Thankyou Jerry, it helps me a lot.

@JerryBanfield thank you so much for the great content you create ;)

Hi Jerry - I watched your free tutorials but you missed a big bit of how to follow someone. After an hour of trying to follow you I was about to give up, it was not until, I by mistake click on your picture at the top of this blog found the follow button - To me that is the first thing that needs addressing in your early tutorials - Also the joining steemit needs to be a lot more clearer as I thought after the phone code recognition I had to wait for an email, very confusing and unclear, I waited 2 days but no email arrived. So I tried to log in and tried 2 or 3 things and eventually got to the next bit of creating an account - That eventually completed, I'm in - I hope you do not take umbridge from the above but as brilliant as your tutorials are you seem to forget the small thing that matter to us old guys if we want to get followers. Now I have to figure out how to buy steem . But thanks for the free tutorials. Now if I post and then click the twitter button that should post to twitter and my facebook

Great works, I wish you success

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Hey Jerry! I just voted you as my proxy! I love reading your posts, please keep on posting one! Thanks :)

Hello Jerry Banfield! I just set you as my proxy, btw nice posts!

I just made you my proxy! You deserve this star :)
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