OPEN LETTER TO @WHALES: please be mindfull with your MASS-DOWNVOTES before it's to late


111.jpg I believe that currently, most Steemit users are aware of the latest changes which followed HF21 and HF22.

Especially HF21 has brought many extreme emotions ...

INTRODUCTION

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I've read a number of interesting publications related to that recent forks, however, most authors seem to focus on the new 50/50 reward split, non-linear rewards curve and benefits of new free downvote pool.

And today, I would like to focus on that latest improvement: free downvlote pool. I see this as a crucial topic which doesn't get enough attention.

Lately, I've witness groups of users teaming up and looking for other targets that they could mass-downvote to their satisfaction. And many people out there express satisfaction, whenever they can join mass-downvoting and sending one user after another into "oblivion".

PROBLEM I SEE

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Dear readers, try to imagine a community in which people who have the largest stake (wealthy ones) are receiving new weapons.

A tool that allows them to punish anyone who doesn't follow and obey their own 'code of ethics' and unwritten rules. Imagine that you could lose your hand whenever they would decide that you deserve that (regardless of your crime). Or sentence you to death, without any warning or even without letting you know what you did wrong.

Imagine a world full of small local of wealthy warlords, who started "cleaning" the world from unwanted people and targeting them for crimes that were not considered 'crimes' until now. A world where those warlords do not take any responsibility for their own actions (and there is no power that could regulate their behaviors or punish them for wrong decisions.

This is how I see Steemit right now. And I feel so sorry for all those users, who's accounts and sometimes months of work ruined just within a day. Very few users with a large stake, seem to even try to put himself/herself in shoes of those who are being flagged/downvoted for reasons they usually do not understand.

So many of them act like simple "downvotes" would solve the problem.

EXCELLENT EXAMPLE

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I understand that fighting abuse is generally a very noble thing to do, we all still should think twice if receiving punishment is equal to the crime.

Please have a look at this example of a user, who has been mass downvoted and his reputation went down from 40 to 12, simply because he used a picture, which was coming from a free picture site so he was allowed to use it without giving credit to this site:

Honestly, sadness was all I felt while reading this comment. I'm really sad for all those vulnerable users who will suffer for reasons they sometimes do not understand.

How many of you would continue your efforts on the Steemit platform, knowing that you got downvoted so badly to the point that your publications are no longer visible to anyone?

IMPORTANT QUESTION

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Is it really the way to go?

How much longer can Steemit endure with unregulated "militia" (wealthy users with their own visions).

Militia that can punish anyone they target without any given warning, without adding to a blacklist of people being warned, without taking any responsibility for their actions and possible mistakes.

We can call them militia, we can call them warlords. Either way, those users are absolutely above the law. Their invested wealth allowed many of them to become THE LAW. And it's absolutely scary ...

IT'S TIME FOR REFLECTION

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I strongly believe that it's time for solid reflection, before it's too late.
On one hand, so many people are trying to onboard new users,

...but at the same time many of those users are being discouraged by being targeted. Often without warning, without a second chance and sometimes without any option but to power down.

After all, what would you do if you would become downvoted till your reputation is close to zero and your publications are no longer visible to anyone .... would you still stick around?

Those newbies more often than not are coming to conclusions, that the Steemit platform is very complicated, with a huge learning curve, there is pretty much noone supporting their efforts and helping them to get some traffic. However, there are many people eager to punish them for "doing wrong".

Let's make it clear: I'm not fully against downvoting and I see great work done by users like @theycallmedan and many others, however it's very obvious that something needs to change. Or we will end up killing the remaining of our small userbase and turning STEEM blockchain into club of "wealthy and privileged only" users.

Not to mention that users who will be "forced to quit" Steemit will probably never come back and will share their awful story with others. Is that what we really want? To bring so much negative PR to our platform?

Something really need to change. And we should start with acknowledging the problem and thinking of solutions.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER:

Right now we're building downvoting culture and results of our actions will stay with us for very long time.

RESTEEM IF YOU CAN
Yours, Piotr

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04.09.2019 12:15
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11.09.2019 12:13
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While I understand that downvoting may be necessary in some extreme cases, what I suspect will happen is that instead of tackling the real abusers, easy targets will be picked off while the worst offenders continue unmolested because they're too big to take on.

04.09.2019 12:30
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To avoid that you can downvote thosre posts if they do not follow the rules. I doubt it will hurt them but at least you are honest.
If it comes to downvoting the rules are for everyone.

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04.09.2019 17:00
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05.09.2019 12:26
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Late thank you for dropping by and for your comment @deirdyweirdy

Enjoy your weekend, Piotr

14.09.2019 22:05
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As we both know, downvotes when used properly are good for the Steem economy as they preclude the efficacy of redirecting inflation to things that are not helpful such as spam, plagiarism, or low effort miners of bid bot votes.

It is important for us to encourage a good worth ethic within the Steem culture and that is where I see downvotes as having a certain utility. There is a bad side when they are not used properly such as in cases of content agnostic revenge flagging.

Here are a few things I believe we should remember to downvote or flag properly:

  1. Leave constructive feedback
  2. Keep your emotions out of it.
  3. Try to view the whole picture of the value the post brings to the network rather than focusing on one thing
  4. Don't flag for ideological reasons.

I could expand on all of these but one in particular I would like to speak on is #4. Let's say you disagree about some conspiracy theory but there is an author on Steem producing content supporting that theory.

Let's say they go all out in the presentation. They create images, GIFs, and the language is superb... But ideologically you disagree with the premise.

That's ok. We can agree to disagree but that does not mean we ought to downvote it. Nobody is saying you have to upvote it, either.

Personally, I may give it an upvote just to reward the time and effort even if it is something I do not agree with ideologically.

That bring said.. My upvotes are not to be seen as endorsement neither are my downvotes the opposite. I vote based on perceived value of the content irrespective of the ideas or beliefs they espouse.

Now, it is true I may gravitate towards curating those that represent my worldview but that is my right and everyone else's as well.

Thanks for bringing this topic to the forefront.

04.09.2019 12:30
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This is a mature approach and standard, sadly many will fall short.

Posted using Partiko iOS

04.09.2019 13:00
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You see what @smidge-tv just did. That would be called an opinion or revenge flag.

(He used to get flagged by us for spamming copy/paste YT videos)

Thanks for providing an example of what NOT to do, Smidge.

04.09.2019 13:00
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Dear @anthonyadavisii

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ave a look at what happened with my own publication. For no reason it has been downvoted by few powerful accounts and all SP in rewards (none coming from bots) were cleard out.

Over hallf million SP behind downvotes, without any explanation why I was flaggedso hard.

I never felt so discouraged to continue my adventure on Steem blockchain, the way I am today ....
cc: @achim03, @devann, @oivas, @definethedollar, @missaj, @goldmanmorgan, @deirdyweirdy, @fucho80, @zekepickleman, @minimining, @yonnathang, @alokkumar121, @juanmolina, @dm312, @movingman, @maxbow, @xpilar, @newhope, @majes, @majes.tytyty, @mariusfebruary, @deathcross, @digital-wisdom, @futuremind, @shadowspub, @wakeupkitty.

04.09.2019 16:45
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Friend @crypto.piotr, a few hours ago comment on your post, then I come and I find this.

Very accurate your words I really think that it is a mistake that should be corrected, I do not understand why someone is censured and punished simply for sharing their opinion regarding the changes made, we need to be more responsible when using the negative feedback for not harm someone who has exemplary behavior within this community.

Strength friend, we must move on, I am sure that this can be solved and these people reflect to withdraw that negative vote.

@fucho80

04.09.2019 17:22
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Brother @crypto.piotr:

With my little knowledge I can affirm that those negative votes were made by the same person. These downvotes were issued in the same minute of time. These accounts must be related in some way.

Then this "punishment" obeys the criteria of a single "mind."

Do not feel sad about this. It was simply an excessive action of a human being with a lot of SP but without any scruples.

05.09.2019 00:03
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I've been looking at this since the notification and trying to compose some thoughts for you, but this one is tough, because to me it defies any semblance of logic.

I think you jumped into the snake pit with this post my friend. I admire your courage to speak about something that many might be afraid to address in this space.

The powers that be implement the code, and we take what we get. It reminds me of of the general social structure of the world. It isn't much different is it? The one's at the top dictate what is good for all of us, and unless people unite with common goals, nothing ever changes. The polarization of society makes it pretty difficult. (People don't agree on things..)

I find you to be someone who does their best on Steem, and you think of creative ways to build community. Regardless of some of the backlash you've received, I can only see it as a projection of other peoples problems. You do a fine job. Don't let this get you down my friend. I hope this doesn't discourage you to the point of quitting. That is a real danger , an implosion of the ecosystem, people will not continually stick around if they get bullied post after post.

Best wishes @crypto.piotr,
@futuremind

05.09.2019 16:49
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Good morning @futuremind

I recently responded to one of your tags, and you didn't even respond back.. Perhaps it just wasn't drama oriented enough for you?

I'm sorry for not replying earlier. I've been sick for couple of days and I'm only slowly catching up with replying to all comments. I surely didn't mean to ignore you and I appreciate your time.

It's sad to know that you think that all I care about is creating dramma. I hope you can see my point of view: this post wasn't about me and about any dramma at all. I tried (in the most polite and mature way) bring up issue that is really affecting many users.

Personally I know several users, who has been affected with mass downvotes and some of them already decided to quit this platform. I still see it as a problem and please allow me to give you another great example: @ulqu3

This user just posted something after being away for quite some time. He then upvoted his publication using bidbots and got heavily downvoted. Which would be okey, as long as someone would bother to inform him why is he being flagged by so many people.

This is the problem I've been trying to underline. It's important to create healthy mindset of those powerful stakeholders. It's not about creating dramma (as you suggested in other comment).

Thank you again for your reply.

Yours,
Piotr

14.09.2019 07:55
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Yes, the drama comment was unfair of me to say. I was wrong for that Piotr. I really don't think you are drama oriented. I was in a shitty mood, and shouldn't have even responded in that moment.
I am sorry for saying that.

I actually very much agree with the downvote problem. If a large stake holder is going to take away someones rewards, they certainly should comment with reason. I really wish downvotes were never implemented into the system to begin with. There are some logical arguments to why they need to be there, but I see mostly negative outcomes from the implementation, and I think a better system could have been designed.

I'm a top stake holder in the weedcash community. It's very specific to cannabis related content. We try to keep it on topic, and we utilize flags when necessary. We have a specific system though, where if a user posts out of context, they get a free pass on the first post. We notify them that they have utilized the tag incorrectly, and no flag is given. If they continue to post out of context, then we flag. Some might even disagree with this system as well, but the idea is to show some compassion, because it could be a new user who just made a mistake. We want to encourage, not discourage.

It's easier in the niche tribe communities that are specific to topics, but not so easy in the main tags, because it comes down to difference of opinion, and we are not all going to agree on things. In this sense, I see flags as inefficient and detrimental to the ecosytem, and as you stated, something that has the potential to influence people to quit completely. That is a loss for steem.

When I say you jumped into the snake pit, I do not mean it in a drama oriented way, and stated it was something that I felt admiration for, because it takes courage to talk about something that could result in flags. I do feel you are pretty courageous.

Thank you again for responding maturely to my rather immature comment.

Best regards,
@futuremind

14.09.2019 09:31
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I am sorry for saying that.

Thank you for your words. Appology happily accepted :)

I really wish downvotes were never implemented into the system to begin with. There are some logical arguments to why they need to be there

Indeed. Downvotes are nothing more than "patch" to wrongly designed token ecosystem.

In my opinion all that would need to be done is to create "whitelist" of accounts that are allowed to receive rewards from their work (which would make it a huge privillage, not a right).

Everyone could have an option of commenting, upvoting etc. But only those who would be whitelisted would enjoy those extra benefits (rewards).

Thx for sharing your experience in stake holder in the weedcash community.

We want to encourage, not discourage

You nailed it! Punishing is short-term solution. Building awareness is what really help solve problems.

because it takes courage to talk about something that could result in flags. I do feel you are pretty courageous.

Thank you. Flags would only take away some of my reward. That's not a big deal. I'm more worried about "regular joes" who will feel targeted and will quit steemit. I've lost already few steemit-friends lately because of that. And it's more painful to see them go away than to see some of my rewards being taken down from me.

I hope you are making a quick recovery and feeling better.

Thx buddy. I got better already :)

Yours
Piotr

15.09.2019 10:30
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As you know, I had a similar experience of being subjected to downvotes. My response was to simply let it pass. I took a few days off, stayed away, and revitalized my personal motivation and agenda.

Of course, the support I got from you and numerous other Steemit compatriots helped a lot.

It took a while to get over the discouragement, but now I'm back. Once again, I'm enjoying composing posts.

I hope you find yourself re-inspired and rejuvenated. Cheers!

11.09.2019 07:49
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Yeah, I remember your unpleasent experience @majes.tytyty

Did anyone contact you and warned you that using bidbots will be punishable before you received downvotes?

Yours
Piotr

14.09.2019 07:56
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Yes, I was contacted by a Steemer named @lordbutterfly. His message(s) were blunt, rude, and very undiplomatic. At first, I had no idea why he contacted me.

Whatever ... it's in the past now. Let's make the best of the New Steem.

Cheers!

14.09.2019 12:50
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Unfortunatelly lordbutterfly isn't very polite. I also encountered his not really pleasent comments few times.

Hope you're not discouraged @majes.tytyty

16.09.2019 09:46
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I was a bit discouraged, but I'm well over that nonsense, and I'm back to the "enthusiastic" level. Creating posts regularly, and enjoying it.

Last night, I went to HUG gym restaurant for their amazing plate of chicken cutlets and huge salad. Sat at the same table in the same chair, but missed my good friend Piotr.

Hope you are doing well in Poland. Also, I hope that someday soon, the price of Steem and other cryptos will ascend to their "proper" levels, and that then we can arrange to meet somewhere ... in Europe or SE Asia, maybe.

Cheers!

17.09.2019 00:59
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Old good days @majes.tytyty. I hope I will be able to visit CM next year for a month. Hopefully you will also still be there.

ps. I've heard that CM is currently almost like a ghost town, with very little tourists. Right? Is immigration still an issue ?

17.09.2019 05:55
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My visa is good until April. After that, I'm not sure if I'll still be here.

Yes, not only is the Chinese tourist season over (Thank God and Buddha!!!), but there are also fewer other tourists and fewer retirees.

And the number of retirees will drop over the coming year, and beyond. After the recent election, which was "won" (read, "stolen") by the military coup leaders, the govt has clamped down and made it more and more difficult to get visas.

That goes for anyone. Even some 1st-time visitors to Thai who are trying to cross the land border from Malaysia are being turned away. And 5 people who applied for an education visa with my school had their applications rejected when they submitted them in Hanoi or Yangon.

And some of my friends in the residence complex where I live will not be able to extend their visas next time, since they will not have enuf money in their Thai bank account.

I'm looking for a better place. Maybe ... Malaysia. Or Poland!! :-)

18.09.2019 06:35
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@smidge-tv why are you downvoting this?

04.09.2019 13:01
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If you keep reading may figure it out. Everything in life isn't always as it appears.

05.09.2019 12:45
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Flagging without conversation is abuse.

If you get a group of accounts just farming flag away. If that fails employ the terms of service.
Serial Flagotting, close the accounts with the terms of service.

Better for the price to go down to 1 or 2 cents than have the whole thing die completely.

04.09.2019 13:15
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What the fuck are you talking about. Did you think you wander into a centralized platform pretending to be decentralized or are you seriously suggesting that anyone holds the power to close accounts on a decentralized platform? You confuse the Terms of Service for a Front end, with the non existing and never conceived Terms of Service for the platform. Fuck you're retarded.

04.09.2019 15:51
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You bad manners are only outdone by your ignorance

05.09.2019 03:14
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Your obsession with @berniesanders is pathetic. Get a life.

05.09.2019 03:14
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You are bernie, you fuckwit and you are obsessed with me.
I am beginning to suspect that you want to suck my cock ! ewww

05.09.2019 03:21
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Your obsession with @berniesanders is pathetic. Get a life.

05.09.2019 03:21
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:D

05.09.2019 12:58
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You're a fuckwit. You literally think that there is a way to block accounts on a decentralized platform. Fuckwit.

05.09.2019 21:36
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If you a bernie account you already know full well that there is a way to do that.
If you are an independent account (which I am beginning to doubt) you should still know it, because you were commenting on the same post where i learned that not only is it possible, but it has happened before. So i actually bother my ass to check it out. Gosh fancy that, this is a blockchain and we can check things out lol

So I will leave it up to others to decide who is the fuckwit in this instance.
If you are an independent account, you will do well to ask questions before jumping to false conclusions. When you don't it just makes you look even more stupid than you did before.

05.09.2019 22:27
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Your obsession with @berniesanders is pathetic. Get a life.

05.09.2019 22:27
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You're a fuckwit because you think that there is any kind of way to block people fro transacting freely on the chain. Fuckwit.

06.09.2019 03:08
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''there are none so blind as those who will not see''
Or in your parlance, you are a Fuckwit hahahahaha

06.09.2019 03:16
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Your obsession with @berniesanders is pathetic. Get a life.

06.09.2019 03:16
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Sure I'm a fuckwit, after all I think that on a decentralized, transparent, censorship proof blockchain there is a way to ban people or to hold them to "the terms of service".

ban-accounts-muh

06.09.2019 03:27
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What ever fantasy you want to believe is fine with me.
Be as ridiculous as you want. I enjoy a really good laugh
thanks

06.09.2019 03:18
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Your obsession with @berniesanders is pathetic. Get a life.

06.09.2019 03:18
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06.09.2019 03:23
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Your obsession with @berniesanders is pathetic. Get a life.

06.09.2019 03:24
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Sure fuckwit, you keep lying that there is any way for anyone to block anyone else from transacting with the chain or the content on it, I'm sure calling anything contrary to your bullshit lie a fantasy or a matter of faith/belief and ridiculous is not a total farce.

06.09.2019 03:25
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That may be so but only someone with some serious comprehension issues would think this is actually a decentralized platform.

05.09.2019 11:39
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Sure, because the fact that both the stake and the network is decentralized is just pretend, it's actually all cleverly disguised because all the witnesses are belong to one entity.

05.09.2019 21:35
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You don't have to belong to one particular group the power/decision making is centralized within a minority of the holders.

06.09.2019 05:37
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Prove it, so far you've made wild claims and tried to attack my abilities for not agreeing with your wild, unsubstantiated claims, prove your claim that the power is centralized within a minority of holders, and demonstrate that steem is not a decentralized platform and how it's a matter of comprehension to not think so.

07.09.2019 21:54
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Just look at the recent HF and how many people objected to it, they didn't want it, including some of the witnesses and large whale accounts but it went through anyway. I've never seen a HF yet that was met with so many objections from upper tier. No, I am not going to go dig up that which you can find on your own written all over the place on here.

08.09.2019 00:36
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Sure, you're so full of shit as per usual, and no surprise that you want me to dig up what you yourself claim, why not burden me with the onus of proof, how convenient and kind of you.

09.09.2019 00:06
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Here's just a couple, they were easy to find as I resteemed them, one has some heavy hitters in it. There were many others before and after, you want to see them go do your own search. I am not so full of shit as you think I am.

https://goldvoice.club/steem/@tcpolymath/no-on-21-automatically-vote-against-the-hardfork

https://goldvoice.club/steem/@improv/how-steem-works-will-change-for-the-worse-for-most-of-us-if-we-don-t-stop-it-important-for-newbies-and-oldies-alike

09.09.2019 02:15
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Huh, how does any of that prove that the power is centralized? How does any of that mean anything like you said? You are clearly brimming with shit.

09.09.2019 03:46
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A centralized business is one where the decision making process and control are held in the hands of a few, just like here. Decentralized there is equal distribution of decision making and control. Go look up the meanings. This place is not decentralized. This place operates just like any ordinary corporate entity.

09.09.2019 08:36
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Yeah keep repeating the same bullshit again and again as if it's true. Not only were the proposed changes started from grassroots but it was the community, stakeholders of all shapes and sizes, that pressed on with it. So no, the decision making process and control is not held in the hands of a few, and decentralized is not "equal distribution of decision making and control".

Decentralization is the process by which the activities of an organization, particularly those regarding planning and decision-making, are distributed or delegated away from a central, authoritative location or group.

So much for equal distribution.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decentralization

Here you are, on a decentralized, censorship proof, transparent platform claiming that it's not decentralized because it's not "equal distribution", while you try and claim that the decision making process and control operates no different from any ordinary top down corporation, basically lying, bullshiting and spreading FUD. Fuck off you fucktard, you think that those two posts are basis for your wild, idiotic claims, and you think you can twist definitions and meanings to whatever suits your narrative, as if. Fuck off.

09.09.2019 16:51
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Decentralization
Decentralization is the process by which the activities of an organization, particularly those regarding planning and decision making, are distributed or delegated away from a central, authoritative location or group. Concepts of decentralization have been applied to group dynamics and management science in private businesses and organizations, political science, law and public administration, economics, money and technology.

09.09.2019 16:51
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" and you think you can twist definitions and meanings to whatever suits your narrative, as if."

No that'd be you.

10.09.2019 07:50
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What THE Fuck Are You Talking About? you twisted decentralized to mean "equal distribution of decision making" when it simply is distributed decision making, and are denying that and accusing me of what exactly, you fucking bullshit filled idiot?

10.09.2019 17:05
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Here take your sorry self over to edicted site and argue with someone who knows much more than I do as if he thinks this is truly a decentralized site, maybe you can tell him and some of the comments to f off.

https://goldvoice.club/steem/@edicted/binance-steem-withdraws-back-online

10.09.2019 08:11
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I don't need to, I can tell you to fuck off with your twisted definitions and bullshit FUD, what's the problem, doesn't the fact that the proposed changes were a grassroots initiative not bode well with your tinfoil hat narrative that this place is centralized?

10.09.2019 17:07
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I didn't tell you you couldn't tell me to go f off, doesn't bother me in the slightest. It just shows your lack of intelligent dialogue. It's no wonder people don't want to deal with you or feel it necessary to try and use you to sick on people....I am glad I don't have that kind of reputation,

11.09.2019 04:24
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Lol what kind of reputation do you have, lmao.

11.09.2019 13:28
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So you want me to tell @edicted to fuck off because "he thinks this is truly a decentralized site"?

Let me ask you this, ya fucktard fuckhead idiot, if we presume that the power is centralized in the hands of a group, who would they be exactly, those that direct, control or otherwise could do so? Names and accounts please, no excuse for anything less.

10.09.2019 17:16
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This pushes them toward efficient centralized services and servers controlled completely by a single entity.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: When actual decentralized applications start being propagated here

That's what edicted said.

Now I am done engaging you, you act like I am the only one whose every questioned whether the site is decentralized when I've seen dozens of articles since I've been here. I've told you repeatedly go look for the stuff yourself....in reality you'd find fault with everything I'd drag back.

11.09.2019 04:10
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Sure you fuckface, you claim ithat the place is not decentralized, and offer nothing to substantiate your claims, now after I pressed your bullshit you want to change your tune and say that the platform is not decentralized because people don't develop decentralized apps for it. What a fucking idiot.

11.09.2019 13:30
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Go see edicted, those are his words but you'd rather troll me trying to make me look as I am the only person on this platform arguing it's not decentralized.

12.09.2019 02:43
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I agree with you. There is plenty of content I vote for simply because it is good and well written although I am not interested in the subject. I do not care about that. I love to read and it still can be a good read.

The only problem is where to go if they start hunting you to break your neck because it is a great sport or to prove they can? Who will stop this? Where to get your right?

We all are here and invest in Steem.
Some with money, others by writing..

💕

04.09.2019 16:49
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"Let's say you disagree about some conspiracy theory but there is an author on Steem producing content supporting that theory."

I will downvote anything that is a lie like pizzagate. Or that goes against coventional scientific wisdom like Anti Vaccine posts. Its not about opinions or disagreement. This place is a cesspool of disinformation

10.09.2019 06:20
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Think it looks better from the positions of "orthodoxy" to actually articulate a counter argument demonstrating how it is disinformation.

It's easy to dismiss whole theories that are unpopular but takes a bit more effort to attack the underlying supports or things they use to try and substantiate said theory.

Also,I do believe it's healthy for scientific consensus to be challenged so the things we assume to be so can be re-examined. I mean people have believed some wonky shit take blood letting for instance.

10.09.2019 11:46
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Hi @anthonyadavisii

I was just going through some older replies and I realized that I never thanked you for taking the time to write this comment.

Appreciate it a lot,
Piotr

14.09.2019 22:02
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I realized that people only downvote each other when they don't like another's content or they are having a conflict with others.

04.09.2019 12:34
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Very well said. Even as a mid-size account, I’m afraid to post...worried that someone or some group will wipe me out. I use promotion services as much for ROI as to give curators full vote value...it doesn’t mean I put less “brain” into my posts. I am forced to do this by the new rules. How is that my bad?

04.09.2019 12:42
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it says on the frontpage "post shit : get money" ... no need to excuse yourself about it ... this post has been censored four hours after already, as you say people wil be afraid to speak their own mind as the cartels coagulate and downvote EVERYTHING thats not their way ... you are absollutely correct, sir and with this we probably lose someone who puts a lot of work into making posts and marketing EXACTLY how they always prescribed how it is done ...

as for me ? that would cost me 3 cents as i dont spend one iota on promotion until this debacle is fixed ... the rich will soon find out whales need plankton or they starve = lol, sorry for @crypto.piotr here, but so much for this "opensource" "decentralized" democratically governed very very little niche on crypton. Passive is the way to go but what if no one risks posting but the cartels who silence everyone ?

its a disaster so far and i think the hate is just breeding b/c vendettas will soon be all over the place and the age of grumpycat and haejin will soon look like strawberry fields ...

04.09.2019 16:30
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Late thank you for dropping by and for your comment @definethedollar

I wonder what's your impression about HF21 right now?

Enjoy your weekend, Piotr

14.09.2019 19:44
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Hi @crypto.piotr
I see how much effort, hard work and thought you put into this place.

This post reflects my own views on the matter. However it would appear that there is serious corruption going on underneath the flaggoting.

The answer to our problems appears to be in the Steemit Terms of Service:

14.1.1. Use of our Services in any manner that could interfere with, disrupt, negatively affect, or inhibit other users from fully enjoying our Services, or that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the functioning of our Services in any manner;
22 Termination. We reserve the right, without notice and in our sole discretion, to terminate your license to access and use of the Service, which includes, steemit.com, and to block or prevent your future access to, and use of, the Service that we provide.
Notices to Steemit, Inc. should be directed to legal@steemit.com

We all know who we are talking about and several of his accounts need to be terminated ASAP

In my alt account I made a post which is vastly understated. here is the link.
https://goldvoice.club/steem/@kiwisteem/is-this-just-a-malfunction-or-is-it-due-to-something-more-sinister

04.09.2019 12:50
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What if I told you that even though you are correct and the TOS does indeed say that. The man in question is the same man who wrote the terms of service, and who runs the website. How do you ban the creator who is drunk on power. You can't.

04.09.2019 13:00
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Easy. He is not part of stinc.
If they dont its only a matter of time before its over for everyone who earns their living doing this.

04.09.2019 13:04
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You are saying he is not part of Stinc?

It is clear that he is part of Stinc. Hence not being banned for making death threats. But others were banned for the same thing.

While you keep searching for an answer and I am glad to help you in that quest. Sometimes the truth is as plain as the nose on our face.

04.09.2019 13:07
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No he is not part of stinc.
He only has influence not total control.

04.09.2019 13:17
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I don't agree.

04.09.2019 13:48
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If you believe you cant, you wont.
If you know you can, you will

Its all about public opinion and demands

04.09.2019 13:23
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Goddamn you’re a halfwit.
MMore baseless laims...

How pathetic are you that you spend your time making shit up just for a little attention..

04.09.2019 14:09
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Dear @berniesanders:
Could you please be so kind and tell the audience why you nuked this post?
Is it because you see misuse of the reward pool, misuse by his @projecthope, or do you want to show disagreement with the content or do you just not like @crypto.piotr? I really would like to know your intention.

Kind regards,
solarwarrior

04.09.2019 21:24
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Late thank you for your support @solarwarrior

14.09.2019 19:41
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hey are going?
I would feel a bit sad about that

12.09.2019 07:41
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Sorry for such a late reply and thank you for your kind comment @joe.public

I've noticed that your reputation is -2. How come? What happened?

Thx for sharing link. Will check it out right away.

Enjoy your weekend :)
Piotr

14.09.2019 19:39
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I appreciate the reply @crypto.piotr

Yes my -2.919 reputation score is an accurate reflection of the characters of two of our top twenty witnesses mark and nextgen
Apparently they do not enjoy being challenged regarding their many abuses of many account holders and their many abuses of the reward pool itself.

imho the way to make this place work is to spread Steem as deep and as wide as possible this will have the added benefit of reducing the demand of bidbots maybe.

I think we need some people with a bigger voice than mine to start calling for rules about the percentage of Steem Power a group of account may hold and the rest just gets shoved into liquid Steem.

14.09.2019 20:42
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Hello dear leader @crypto.piotr, great article.

Please have a look at this example of a user, who has been mass downvoted and his reputation went down from 40 to 12, simply because I used a picture, which was coming from a free picture site so he was allowed to use it without giving credit to this site:

I think we begin to see the negative effects and the consequences of a change introduced without necessity, who needs negative votes? But beyond that, there must be the conscience of those who have the power to punish people for a crime committed, and you summed it up very well, actions that are not considered crimes. Or is there a steemit manual that typifies the crime and contemplates the magnitude of the sanction? ...

If we have introduced many changes so far to "improve" the operation of the platform, because not to introduce a new Hard fork to correct something that begins to become one of the biggest mistakes, and is not a criticism against the system, it is the denunciation of an unfair fact.

Friend, we should echo news like this and try to get the attention of those who have the power to change this unfortunate situation.

Blessings leader, keep moving forward without stopping.
@fucho80

04.09.2019 12:56
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Good points and probably a potential target for downvotes! ;)

I think it was @briggsy who posted an idea in a post a couple days ago where he was questioning/appealing to people with dusty old, unchecked witness votes. I am guilty of that as well.

He was downvoted into $0 because they felt it was not a good idea and harmful for the platform.

So someone who thought of and articulated an idea for discussion for the betterment of the blockchain has all rewards erased because someone disagreed?

Why not take the time to address and discuss like a business owner would who had gotten a bad review on his google business profile?

Anyhow, we like to bitch but there is wisdom in the ranks of the witnesses. I know things will take a while to settle in the new steem and I hope the wisdom will prevail.

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04.09.2019 13:02
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He was downvoted into $0 because they felt it was not a good idea and harmful for the platform.

That's just so awful :/

Sorry for such a late reply and thank you for your kind comment @zekepickleman

Enjoy your weekend :)
Piotr

14.09.2019 19:36
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downvotes are censorship, tout court, if you dont like someone you can ignore them, its been abuse of power from the start by a very small group of rich fucks pushing their vision and NOW expecting "the masses" to onboard to come fix it and "just buy it and dont ask questions" (as literally read on twitter, as if this is a cult or something with the sole use of feeding the top 20)

downvotes are detrimental, no fucking major brand in his right mind will enter here when direct competitors or "conglomerates" as piotr describes here can just WRECK THEIR FUCKING MONEY STRAIGHT AWAY ... how that does not get through to the walled-off brains of the upper echelon here, i have no clue and pardon my french but when they say masses they mean middle classes and they probably dont realized but they talk about people as if its their duty to pay for THEIR bills lol ... treat them like workhorses and serfs, not clients ... they probably blind to that because they're always stuck in their little niche and very likely were born rich

but thats exactly how it sounds , having people clog up or selling their downvotes they dont use was simply inevitable after this ... so ... i wont bring a friend and some money because i already know nobody wants to pay to post puppies and see the money sold off the next day in the name of bills from america :)

tsch ...

04.09.2019 13:11
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Sorry for such a late reply and thank you for your kind comment @goldmanmorgan

Enjoy your weekend :)
Piotr

14.09.2019 19:34
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glad to see you didn't throw in the towel yet , Piotr ... i think they really took the wind out of the sales of ...how should i call it the in-betweeners ..? it doesnt make much difference for zerolevel or penny-posts and the whales get more than before but the people putting money in it just have to follow the rules of goodspeak and code of conduct .. i still think its the worst idea so far ...(the downvotes) the rest is just a temporary patch as inflation of the hyper-kind will catch up anyway if they don't halt it, no matter how much minus they give to anyone at all in payouts ... but well, so here i am, i tell myself
"i'm gonna take some distance from the circus because now it has gone to hell for sure" and what do i do ? i create a fresh acount with 60 sp just for talking, lol .. maybe im a masochist ...:D of sorts ...
see you around @crypto.piotr

18.09.2019 13:26
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Hi my friend,
I wanted to write a post on the subject as well but finally left it be... Thanks a lot for picking this up. What we live on steem at the moment is simply sad...

Downvotes give power of the powerful

These free downvotes are like the oppression tool of bigger accounts over small ones. Small accounts are too scared to downvote anybody having more SP than them.

Downvotes are not necessary

Among the powerful accounts I see this belief that these downvotes have to be used. It is seen as a kind of responsibility to protect steem. There is no such responsibilty if there is no abuse! Downvotes should only be used when there is abuse.

Bid bots try to adapt but they are shot down

Bit bots try to change. I just wrote a post and got a manually curated upvote from smartsteem. I was very happy about it but within seconds I got a powerful downvote from another whale. Bit bot services that try to change their business model are shot down by others.

At the moment it is like the far west where the one with the biggest gun wins. In the end these downvotes will make people leave the platform. There will be less content and in the end there will be nothing to upvote...

We had downvotes before HF21 and seldom used them. Even though there are some free downvotes available we should only use them when we see real abuse.

If we start to downvote because we don't like the content of posts, we will soon land in the same world than youtube where only the most popular contents gets visibility. Steem is/was a wonderful world where there was place for everybody and it would really suck if this plurality was lost.

04.09.2019 13:12
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There is no such responsibilty if there is no abuse! Downvotes should only be used when there is abuse.

Yes agreed.

Like James Bond said:

“Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action”. ― Ian Fleming.

If you are trigger happy you are bound to shoot someone who is innocent.

04.09.2019 14:30
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The bid bots are not shot down, they come up with something else read between the lines please here and will always find an other way to earn.
You think those who write 10 posts of 5 lines a day and selfvote only or buy to make up to 20 Steem or more give up that easily on their earnings?
🤔

There is a lot to think about.
💕

04.09.2019 16:56
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I am agree with you regarding bot and downvote

13.09.2019 02:07
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Dear @achim03

I only had a chance to read your comment and I would like to thank you for sharing your thoughts.

These free downvotes are like the oppression tool of bigger accounts over small ones. Small accounts are too scared to downvote anybody having more SP than them.

Indeed. That's also how I see it.

In the end these downvotes will make people leave the platform.

Very sad, however very true. Problem which really exist. I can even give another example: ulqu3 - he has been away from steemit for a longer while. Came back, posted something and used bidbots to boost his post to trending page. He got number of heavy downvotes, but noone bothered to tell him what did he do wrong. Not even one warning or explanation.

I already know several similar examples and it's not hard to imagine and understand, that many of those users will quit steemit. And that worries me.

Absolutely appreciate it. Enjoy your weekend,
Piotr

14.09.2019 19:32
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IF i met a person in real life I do not like - I go away. I do not tell him what to do or not to do. It´s his life.
IF I see a blogpost I do not like - I go away. I do not have to downvote him because maybe someone else like the post.
Downvote and make some downvote-war? I do not like it.

Who will descide what is good or bad content?
I tried to explain steemit for a friend and tell him that DO NOT USE WRONG TAG because people wil downvote you and get angry. That is "freedom" at internet...Sounds so weird.

04.09.2019 13:18
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Late BIG THX for your supportive comment @minimining

Yours, Piotr

14.09.2019 19:29
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I have agreed at all times that a warning should be given before any action.

04.09.2019 13:58
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The said account's reputation is back to 40.

Your images are not shown due to low ratings. Wonder what that means? No explanation or link to explanation given.

04.09.2019 14:16
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Dear @devann

Have a look at what happened with my own publication. For no reason it has been downvoted by few powerful accounts and all SP in rewards (none coming from bots) were cleared out.

Over half million SP behind downvotes, without any explanation why I was flagged so hard.

Sad :( Im so discouraged today .....
Piotr

04.09.2019 16:45
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Injustice, leader, pure injustice, we must recover someone should help solve this.

04.09.2019 17:37
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Someplace @themarkymark had given an explanation of why downvotes. He was talking about whaleshares where since no downvote is allowed, people post images with no content to rape the reward pool.. And no one can do anything.

Also, if you look at the benefits at the moment, most downvotes even from a minnow goes against bid bot users.. Therefore, gives a bit of leverage in the hands of everyone.. Though, a smaller guy down voting may not be as big as a whale doing so..

I get your argument on what could go wrong but right now the experience is otherwise.. So it's not that bad.

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04.09.2019 14:44
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Dear @oivas

I'm sorry for such a late reply. I've been sick for past few days and I'm just catching up.

I get your argument on what could go wrong but right now the experience is otherwise.. So it's not that bad.

I know that downvotes can (and are) being used by many large stake holders to make steemit a better place, but it's obvious that there is huge room for abuse and there is very little (or nothing) we can do to prevent that.

My goal was to point out the problem. Problem which really exist. I can even give another example: ulqu3 - he has been away from steemit for a longer while. Came back, posted something and used bidbots to boost his post to trending page. He got number of heavy downvotes, but noone bothered to tell him what did he do wrong. Not even one warning or explanation.

I already know several similar examples and it's not hard to imagine and understand, that many of those users will quit steemit. And that worries me.

Enjoy your weekend buddy,
Cheers, Piotr

14.09.2019 19:26
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Sad to hear about ulqu.. I think I just read a post from whatageek as well where he was upset with few downvotes.. With everyone capable of down voting it can certainly go either way.. 🤪

Let's hope for the best and hope to have SMTs soon!

15.09.2019 19:31
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I've read post by @whatageek and I really hope you won't give up on steemit

16.09.2019 09:43
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No, I won't @crypto.piotr. 😊 😊

17.09.2019 04:38
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Hi friend
definitely a solid topic to talk about.
I think downvote is good, provided its used wisely and with proper reason and action. This is introduced to stop abuse only so if we found any users abusing the platform then we should leave a comment first. Just because one don't like the post then should not downvote and its wrong. If this will happen then we will lots of people leaving platform who are victim of this downvote.

Everything has its pros and cons and if this feature is used in right matter then it will help steem it become even better and vice-versa.

I have seen few posts having high rewards are downvoted for no reason and I guess its because people think that post is not worth that much reward. Its a tricky question and I hope in coming days we can have better understanding about it.
Thansks @crypto.piotr

04.09.2019 15:06
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Dear @alokkumar121

I'm sorry for such a late reply. I've been sick for past few days and I'm just catching up.

think downvote is good, provided its used wisely and with proper reason and action

We're clearly on the same page here. I know that downvotes can (and are) being used by many large stake holders to make steemit a better place, but it's obvious that there is huge room for abuse and there is very little (or nothing) we can do to prevent that.

My goal was to point out the problem. Problem which really exist. I can even give another example: ulqu3 - he has been away from steemit for a longer while. Came back, posted something and used bidbots to boost his post to trending page. He got number of heavy downvotes, but noone bothered to tell him what did he do wrong. Not even one warning or explanation.

I already know several similar examples and it's not hard to imagine and understand, that many of those users will quit steemit. And that worries me.

Enjoy your weekend buddy,
Cheers, Piotr

14.09.2019 19:22
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Hello Piotr:

Wow!

Brother, I'm seeing your post, it has three hours of you publishing it and it's hidden by low grades.
You have tremendous negative votes from: @ z8teyb289qav9z, @ngc, @abusereports and @sirvotesalot.
Apparently this issue you addressed has great sensitivity for these people.

A tool that allows them to punish anyone who doesn't follow and obey their own 'code of ethics' and unwritten rules.

Definitely there is sensura in Steemit.


It is a pity that the voices are silenced, tolerance is not practiced. We are not mature enough to understand and respect the opinion of our fellow man, even if we do not share it.

Paraphrasing Stan Lee:
"Great power implies great Responsibility..."

I think a great power has been placed in the hands of the users but we have no real responsibility to use it correctly.

Your friend, Juan.

04.09.2019 15:15
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A lot of utopian ideals on steemit get dashed on the rocks of human depravity as they do in the world at large. The law of unintended consequences is irrevocable this side of the fall.

04.09.2019 16:07
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Late BIG THX for your supportive comment @armadilloman

Yours, Piotr

14.09.2019 15:58
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This is great think and good article about HF21. thanks for sharing. I just resteem it.

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04.09.2019 16:13
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Great post as always. Very thoughtful insight into how Steem works now. With whale abuse on the main chain, tribes are affected because whatever SteemitInc and whales do on the main chain impact the price of the sub-communities. Steempeak has made it easier to see the bigger picture.

04.09.2019 16:21
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well that took only 4 hours to get censored for speaking against the feudal lords, sorry to this @crypto.piotr , but this is q.e.d. , right ? hope you didnt put your money into promoting, i have no idea how this can be considered abuse so its downright censorship and probably soon after another person who actually works on his posts lost because this way there's nothing to it, right ?

really sad, not one week into it and it already shows what they should have known from the start would happen : increased neo-flagwars and formation of downvote cartels who dictate what can be said and what not ... im not wasting one cent on promotion until all of this is fixed

04.09.2019 16:25
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Its obvious to my mind that there is now a new elite here that have been communicating a hell of a lot behind the scenes, because stinc has obviously abandoned ship and been replaced with a skeleton crew that nobody even hears back from in replies, not to mention a measly amount of sp in the accounts.
I cant actually be bothered to say anything else, but i do regret ever promoting steemit to people, luckily only one person invested money into it and it happened to be my mum hahahah.. I felt the need to cover the money she spent (1000 gbp @2 usd per steem) and buy her Btc Ltc and Ada instead hahahahahahah

Let em have it, I would rather have a life of living instead of sat in room at a screen :P

04.09.2019 16:30
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Dear @movingman

Its obvious to my mind that there is now a new elite here that have been communicating a hell of a lot behind the scenes, because stinc has obviously abandoned ship

I'm sorry for such a late reply. I've been sick for past few days and I'm just catching up.

Is that you feel about STINC?

It seem that you're more frustrated with steemit than I already am lol :) Anyway hope you will stick around.

Cheers, Piotr

14.09.2019 15:56
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Hope your back to good heth again!I have mixed feelings, but its just wierd how the steemit team have been replaced with new people that have no sp, and also dont reply to many people 😂
Even the hf helps just the ones with mass amounts of sp, and how easy it is now to have multiple accounts and to earn more curation from them. Whales can just 'scratch eachothers backs' and still benefit much more than small accounts. It is what it is, anarco capitalism and everyone does have the right to do as they please with their own money (sp). I guess everyone will go to trending, see who dont get downvoted for bidbot abuse, and then go from there to set up autovoting for the best curation rewards, which by the way, wont decentralize steem, it will just give more votes to the already large sp holders..

I am powering down and transferring the steem I have to savings for a rainy day, and will buy new steem soon, or even better, just use actifit to earn steem 😁

We shall see! It turns out that im highly sensitive to EMF, and its getting worse with 5G networks ect. I wasnt online before I was shown steemit, and soon i will be also boycotting tech (just not using it daily)

15.09.2019 17:42
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Dear @movingman

Thank you for that amazing comment. Appreciate your time and energy.

its just wierd how the steemit team have been replaced with new people that have no sp, and also dont reply to many people

I'm a bit confused. Did anyone from steemit team have been really replaced? I know that HF21 gaved power to large stakeholders, but STINC team seem to be intact.

Whales can just 'scratch eachothers backs' and still benefit much more than small accounts.

You nailed it here buddy.

I am powering down and transferring the steem I have to savings for a rainy day, and will buy new steem soon

And Im confused again. You're powering down steem and you will buy new steem? You've lost me here :)

Anyway I really hope you're not planning to give up on this platform

Hope you're gonna have an easy monday :)
Yours,Piotr

16.09.2019 11:18
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Hahahahaha..

And Im confused again. You're powering down steem and you will buy new steem? You've lost me here :)

Why not! The steem I have was all paid for when i should have been stacking sats ;) its tainted and I want to save it for a rainy day with no 13 week powerdown. Its there to sell in a few years when steem recovers to a decent price again(laughing whilst i typed that!).. I still work and live with hardly anycosts so im injecting money into crypto often, and when the time is right I shall re-invest into newsteem (stealth hashtag)..

I think very alternative to everyone else, and so to most it would make sense I guess.. I dont like to sit at a screen often and before steem I was not on any social media for a long time :)

16.09.2019 18:54
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Each hardfork was a so called fight against abusement.
HF20 against scam etc
HF21 plus follow up against bad content (not only plagiarism) and bidbots.

You know the expresdion: If you csnnot beat them join them?

If no one downvotes or wsrns for bring downvoted if... this will go on and get worse. So use your downvotes and say why.

The example given by you is no exception and seldom just one post. You are on someone's blacklist and all your posts will be downvoted.

A good question is: What will you do?
Me? I fight and leave. There are better/more places. I am not here for the big money but this is my hobby.

I wish some whale could answer the question what all whales (300?) will do if they are the only ones left.
Who will feed them?

What I find most annoying is the lack of answer, no reason given. I have doubts about the amount of plagiarism. Steemit wants good content, no twitter site but on the other hand their definition of good content is each post that earns 20 Steem or more.

Might be the bitbots are gone but already other options are available. Those who fight for good content, write their fingers off will not be rewarded only take the risk their neck will be broken. Steemit is happy with that. They sacrifice the users so they do not need to check out if the downvote (flag) is deserved.

What will you do? If you do not need your downvotes you give more power to the whales.

🤔💕

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04.09.2019 16:44
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Late BIT THX for your supportive comment @wakeupkitty

Yours, Piotr

14.09.2019 15:53
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Piotr

There is bound to be some abuse of the downvotes, just as there was before the HF. You come up with one example but don't name the person or who is doing the downvoting.

There are quite literally thousands of accounts which have been placed on blacklists for a range of abuses on the platform including vote farming, spamming, plagiarism, circle jerks, bid-bot abuse etc. I'm not kidding on that. Install the extension steemblacklist and watch as your make your way around.

So who is this one person who claims to have used public domain graphics and was heavily downvoted? Who did the downvoting? If the person is truly innocent then there are those who could be interested in helping. Be aware, is not the first time I've howls of innocence and have learned the current bad action is just the tip of the ice-berg.

I don't personally take part in doing much downvoting. That is my choice. But, if I come across someone misusing the platform, I do choose to.

I have always watched some of those currently engaged in downvoting platform abusers doing so at the expense of their potential income and often without support. There is two sides to the argument.

IF the current level of downvoting makes some of those abusers either go away or stop their bad behaviour, then the move is better than I expected it to be. Discouraging the abuse makes the platform more attractive. It's not like people can just have their accounts shut down like on other platforms.

04.09.2019 16:45
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Dear @shadowspub

Thank you for your kind comment. Appreciate it a lot. As I always do.

I fully agree with you that some abuse will be happening. Let's take a look at new example: my own publication has been flagged by over 600SP. All the way from over 20SP in rewards to zero.

Without any explanation at all.

If the person is truly innocent then there are those who could be interested in helping.

I truly wish to know who I could reach out to in order to receive help. If someone who is here for over 1 year (and knowing quite a number of people) doesn't know what to do in current situation then new users will also be completely lost. Wouldn't you agree?

So if you could help me figure out why my publication has been downvoted to ZERO and you could help me out somehow (at least to get some upvotes to make this post visible again) then I would be only grateful.

You come up with one example but don't name the person or who is doing the downvoting.

Indeed. I believe it's best not to use usernames. Especially mentioning those who do downvoting can end up really badly (for me).

I understand that there are different blacklists, however it still isn't protecting anyone who isn't on that list. Basically regular users have no protection any more and downvote pool is clearly creating new mindset between some powerful accounts. And it scares me.

Install the extension steemblacklist and watch as your make your way around.

How can I do that?

So who is this one person who claims to have used public domain graphics and was heavily downvoted?

This has been one of MANY examples I've found. Trust me, there is tons of small accounts crying out there lately that they got downvoted by several accounts and they do not know what did they do wrong.

IF the current level of downvoting makes some of those abusers either go away or stop their bad behaviour, then the move is better than I expected it to be

I hope you can see the problem I'm trying to point out.

The main problem I see is the fact that we can fight with abuse of bidbots, abuse of content being stolen and many other forms of abuse. However there is absolutely nothing we can do to fight with downvoting abuse. And this is the one that may potentially damage this platform very badly.

One more time thx for your time and kind reply.

Yours
Piotr

04.09.2019 17:19
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I know what you are referring to ... however .. I've also looked into many of those who claim to be mysteriously downvoted .... sometimes it is a situation just like yours where you've been downvoted by a whale. (or different size) and there is no obvious reason.

Sometimes it is because the post got caught up in a pissing match between large account holders and it gets taken out on innocents who upvote or comment.

All too often though the person claiming innocence and confusion, is a multiple offender of bad behaviour.

I have a suspicion that the downvotes you got was out of frustration over your topic. Yes, the person who downvoted you and it is a person, can be unpredictable. Let me also share with you some observations I've had of this person over my time on the platform.

When I first arrived here, he did a lot of curating accounts and handed out some really nice upvotes. The first really nice upvote I ever got came from him. It was very encouraging to remain on the platform. At the time it was all new, people thought this would be something worth investing their time and effort into.

I watched as the abuses we're still dealing with today started to creep in. The only way to fight the abuses was for the larger accounts to downvote the miscreants. Few did. He was one of them. Many held back because to downvote meant using their voting power they could use to make money on their investments.

He was among those who saw that protecting their investments though downvotes was necessary. There were only a few. They got a lot of flack, a lot of crap and a lot of attempts at retaliation. Most who could help stood back and watched when guys like him responded with frustration.

So, yeah, I make no excuses for him downvoting you but I get why.

You have developed some stake on the platform. You have some smaller accounts who look up to you .. at least they look to you for votes. It would be good for you to learn more about the situations and problems which have brought about the implementation of 2.5 free downvotes a day so that stakeholders can fight the abuses.

I get the sense of frustration at seeing a post claiming the very tools they are using to fight the abuse is going to bring about the end of the platform. Come onto places like discord and visit the servers where people work hard to identify the actual abuses and are trying to take action to stop them.

You'll accomplish one of two things... you'll learn to identify the abuses and be the person who teaches the offenders to do better or you'll realize some of those offenders know what they are doing and just keep doing it. They don't get onto blacklists at the drop of a hat.

Yes, some of those claiming innocence might be innocent. If you were better informed on what to watch for, you could help them to learn how to avoid future downvotes and use the platform correctly.

Do I agree with your post being downvoted? Not really. Do I get why he was frustrated and did so? yeah I do.

You know I try to be fair and honest Piotr.

04.09.2019 19:23
5

Couldn't agree more.

05.09.2019 01:35
0

Dear @shadowspub

I'm sorry for such a late reply. I've been sick for past few days and I'm just catching up.

I know that downvotes can (and are) being used by many large stake holders to make steemit a better place, but it's obvious that there is huge room for abuse and there is very little (or nothing) we can do to prevent that.

My goal was to point out the problem. Problem which really exist. I can even give another example: ulqu3 - he has been away from steemit for a longer while. Came back, posted something and used bidbots to boost his post to trending page. He got number of heavy downvotes, but noone bothered to tell him what did he do wrong. Not even one warning or explanation.

I already know several similar examples and it's not hard to imagine and understand, that many of those users will quit steemit. And that worries me.

Enjoy your weekend,
Cheers, Piotr

14.09.2019 15:52
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In short, it still leaves in evidence that the negative votes will only be used to convenience. Unfortunately, the way it now seems cloudy. Greetings @crypto.piotr.

04.09.2019 16:49
1

@everyone reading this comment

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It has been just 4 hours since I posted this publication and after initial upvoted exceeding 20SP I've been flagged by few accounts (over 600k SP in downvotes) to the point that this publication isn't displayed any more.

Would anyone have any idea what could be potentially reason of receiving all those downvotes? I would really love to know why have I been downvoted so hard ....

I never felt so discouraged to continue my adventure on Steem blockchain, the way I am today ....

Yours
Piotr

04.09.2019 16:55
8

Might be the incessant wallet spam?

04.09.2019 17:12
2

I was thinking the same thing.

04.09.2019 17:41
0

Dear @meesterboom, @aaliyahholt

Thank you for taking the time to read my comment and share your thoughts. I didn't send any memo within past few days so I'm not sure if this is in any way related.

Even if that would be the case - how could I (or anyone in my shoes) learn anything from this punishement? My goal in this publication is to build awareness that such a mass downvotes will slowly and steadily discourage users. And those users will be sharing their terrible experience with people outside STEEM blockchain.

Imagine that I have some friends, some of them with decent amount of SP. And i've tons of engagement and my own quite large stake. And I cannot do anything to protect myself.

What smaller accounts can do? I will carry on as usual, but many new users would give up right away.

Today it's me. Tomorrow will be someone else.

Yours
Piotr

04.09.2019 18:08
2

5 days ago actually. It's quite spammy and everyone hates it as you have been told on many an occasion

04.09.2019 18:14
1

Why would anyone hate free money in their wallets? I personally like it and I have discovered some great content through wallet messages.

04.09.2019 18:52
0

I don't really believe that. I'm not saying it is the definitive reason you have been downvoted it's just the most likely to me.

If it is hard for you to understand let me state it simply.

Your wallet transfers are spammy and that is how everyone I have ever heard talk about it sees it.

If you can't or won't understand that then I can't help you.

04.09.2019 19:01
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That may be the case for some @meesterboom. I, for one, am very glad I discovered @crypto.piotr exactly through such type of "spam" you're referring to. If someone opts out explicitly and they're still getting memos, I agree. But if it's a one-time thing, I don't see a problem if there is some intended value adding there.

Anyways, I doubt that the current massive downvoting exercise is due to those memos though.
Especially, given the topic of the post but let's see.

04.09.2019 19:10
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I guess it's one of those glass half empty or glass half full scenario's. Now, especially after this hardfork where it took, for example, 14 votes to make a penny on a post whatever someone's willing to donate into the ol' wallet for free is welcome. I've said that before the hardfork also, doesn't bother me someone wants to give away that which is tremendously hard to gain on here. I just ignore the messages as we've been told a lot of those are iffy...but if they want to continue to give it out it's their lost.

05.09.2019 11:24
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It is indeed their loss,I am only going on my own feelings regarding wallet spam and others I have spoken to on the subject and attempting to offer a very likely (IMO) cause :0)

05.09.2019 11:28
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Perhaps you're right @meesterboom

However I still would like to be informed why am I being downvoted. Not to mention that I would like to be warned. And I believe that many others in similar situation would also like to know why are we being flagged.

Otherwise there isn't much of a lesson to be learned, wouldn't you agree?

Thanks for your time, we may disagree a bit but I really appreciate your comments,
Piotr

04.09.2019 19:37
2

Disagreeing is fine indeed! :O)

I suspect that your case is different from most others and it is solely down to the wallet transfers. Others will have their own reasons. Inevitably there are reasons. Sometimes they arent fair but in most of the ones I have seen they have been

04.09.2019 19:42
1

I fucking hate downvotes

04.09.2019 20:21
9

Thank you @knircky for your help. I owe you a huge favour.

04.09.2019 20:37
3

I agree!!

06.09.2019 05:57
0

I have seen it many times here.
The accounts used z8teyb289qav9z, ngc, abusereports, berniesanders, sirvotesalot, thecyclist, nextgencrypto belong to bernie.
baah may be trying to impress.

Bernie does not want people to be reasonable. He wants war.
He believes in the ways of empire. Create division, get people attacking each other, then they are more easily controlled.

Just think about how you see Steemit, the world changing possibilities it holds.

What group of people are afraid of that? Who controls main stream media and why?
the corbet report link https://goldvoice.club/steem/@corbettreport/aiw65t1vqbb

04.09.2019 21:50
2

Clever boy. Stay low and stay safe buddy🤗

04.09.2019 22:09
1

It may be a bit late for that : )
My last post was not received very well

05.09.2019 02:12
0

Welcome to the list.

05.09.2019 11:14
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Late thank you for dropping by and for your comment @kiwisteem

Enjoy your weekend, Piotr

14.09.2019 22:08
0

newsteem or #oldsteem doesn't matter, it's going nowhere, sad but true.

05.09.2019 07:16
1

@cryptogee, looks like Bern dawg got another one.

Conspiracy theory: ngc is "acting" as the blockchain villain or bully so people hoping to "defeat" him will buy Steem. His antagonistic role is intended to coax a would-be hero onto the chain.

04.09.2019 17:15
2

Hi @anthonyadavisii

@cryptogee, looks like Bern dawg got another one.

Who is Bern dawg?

ps. I'm not sure if it would work if you "defeat" someone by overpowering opponents that greately.

I seriously wish to know what in my publication triggered this team-flagging.

Thx for your comment,
Piotr

04.09.2019 17:23
1

You're telling me you are not aware of the persona known as BernieSanders? He may very well be a team of people for all we know but can't say for sure.

He also runs a witness and is probably the most notorious vindictive downvoters on the chain.

Sorry that happened to you. I took a light DVing from his (of their) accounts a while back for saying the wrong thing in a comment.

I mentioned @cryptogee as he wrote a series when he was targeted with DVs for getting on Bernie's bad side.

04.09.2019 17:39
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Hi @anthonyadavisii

I've been always staying away from drama and flag wars. My goal was to engage with like-minded people and so far I was doing well :)

Im guessing I need to learn about few more things I wasn't aware until now.

ps.
Imagine that I have some friends, some of them with decent amount of SP. And i've tons of engagement and my own quite large stake. And I cannot do anything to protect myself.

What smaller accounts can do? I will carry on as usual, but many new users would give up right away.

I will check out @cryptogee right away. Thx again buddy
Piotr

04.09.2019 17:46
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this post is not an abuse, actually using your flagging power against an idea is a clear example for abuse! and thanks to HF21 now you can flag more!!
if steemit cannot tolerate such posts and content, we shouldn't wonder the price of STEEM tokens...

04.09.2019 18:08
1

@everyone

Requesting everyone reading this to resteem this post just to show that "mass-downvoting" or whatever it is called is not something we tolerate. We have to stand up with each other and question what's going on.

And what is up with Steemit not showing post due to "low rating". Will they not even give the post a chance to claim back the support?

04.09.2019 18:41
3

Already done that :-)

04.09.2019 19:03
0

The problem isn't the downvoting itself. The problem is the cost of it. Currently you get 2.5 free downvotes and 10 upvotes per day. Those numbers seem way too off for me. I can at least understand the argument for 1 free downvote per day (I don't agree with it. But I see why someone would propose such a thing)

Everything is made worse with the non-linear voting curve where larger stake holders have disproportionate voting power. This EIP was a mess and it shouldn't have happened in the first flace. The SCOT Tribes and future SMTs would have taken care of the problem.

04.09.2019 19:07
1

Dear @vimukthi

I'm sorry for such a late reply. I've been sick for past few days and I'm just catching up.

Everything is made worse with the non-linear voting curve where larger stake holders have disproportionate voting power.

You nailed it.

Enjoy your weekend buddy,
Cheers, Piotr

14.09.2019 15:48
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Downvotes can be abused, but they have already done a lot of good. Hundreds of dollars in rewards have been returned to the pool instead of going to people who just milk them with self-votes or buy buying votes on junk posts. I could find you plenty of examples. I have seen some people threaten to 'rage quit' because they got flagged, but in some cases they bought massive votes on low quality posts. That is not good for Steem as it sets a bad example. Some of the vote sellers are not happy either as they are losing business, but they will have to adapt. There are still ways to make money.

No system is perfect, but this is what we have now.

I have not had them lately, but your transfer memos are a form of spam. If you have something to say then make a comment and take the risk on it being downvoted.

It looks like you were just downvoted by one person with multiple accounts.

04.09.2019 19:24
3

I fear to downvote some of the abusers because they have waaaay more steem power they have over 100k in some cases, even if I am in the right they might just bring me to 0 for spite

05.09.2019 02:39
2

There are plenty who have a lot less as they keep powering down to buy more votes. If more people do this then it is not practical to retaliate.

I would say you should consider not giving your own comment such a big vote. That may be seen as greedy and attract downvotes. #NewSteem is about helping others. You still get curation rewards.

I see you are already getting downvoted. It may be worth rethinking your strategy. Steem has changed.

05.09.2019 07:29
0

Bullshit. Why don't you go write Whatsup that line of crap.

05.09.2019 11:46
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Late thank you for dropping by and for your comment @steevc

14.09.2019 15:45
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i hAve cOmE t0 ErAse ThOse EvIL DownVotes bY @berniesanders

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04.09.2019 19:45
1

lol

05.09.2019 12:27
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I am sorry for this, you are very right friend, things like these are the ones that discourage small fish, like me!

It is a pity that after spending some time, (because due to the situation in my country, it is very difficult for me to devote many hours to steemit) things like this happen.

Just keep swimming ...

04.09.2019 20:19
1

And many people out there express satisfaction, whenever they can join mass-downvoting and sending one user after another into "oblivion".

Why is that weird? Most of us cant take away much rewards alone from highly rewarded posts we deem as being over-rewarded or abusive so when more people join us, wer happy.
If you have a goal you cant achieve alone and someone helps you... wouldnt you feel happy.
Thats the simplest way i can explain it.

Honestly, sadness was all I felt while reading this comment. I'm really sad for all those vulnerable users who will suffer for reasons they sometimes do not understand.

Hmm. Id hardly call it "suffering" getting a downvote or two. Things like that are easily fixed. This is a very poor example and i dont see your point.

What that guy should do is learn from the experience and move on.

We can call them militia, we can call them warlords. Either way, those users are absolutely above the law. Their invested wealth allowed many of them to become THE LAW. And it's absolutely scary ...

Sure. We have characteristics of a plutocracy on STEEM..
You should have figured that out within the first week of coming here.

without a second chance and sometimes without any option but to power down.

Give me an example. Just one example of someone that isnt given a second chance and is left with no option but to powerdown.

Or we will end up killing the remaining of our small userbase and turning STEEM blockchain into club of "wealthy and privileged only" users.

What exactly is it that people are doing with downvotes that will kill the user base??? You just make claims and im not seeing anything to back it up.
Who is it that is getting downvoted for unjust reasons (in your mind) by the community and forced to powerdown because they cant make the downvotes stop.

Give me one name and ill see if i can help.

04.09.2019 21:11
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Dear @lordbutterfly

Late thank you for your comment. Appreciate it. I only had a chance to read it right now.

Id hardly call it "suffering" getting a downvote or two. Things like that are easily fixed. This is a very poor example and i dont see your point.

I know that downvotes can (and are) being used by many large stake holders to make steemit a better place, but it's obvious that there is huge room for abuse and there is very little (or nothing) we can do to prevent that.

My goal was to point out the problem. Problem which really exist.

Give me an example. Just one example of someone that isnt given a second chance and is left with no option but to powerdown.

Example: ulqu3 - he has been away from steemit for a longer while. Came back, posted something and used bidbots to boost his post to trending page. He got number of heavy downvotes, but noone bothered to tell him what did he do wrong. Not even one warning or explanation.

What exactly is it that people are doing with downvotes that will kill the user base???

I already know several similar examples and it's not hard to imagine and understand, that many of those users will quit steemit. And that worries me.

Please remember, that on the other side of the screen are real people.

Give me one name and ill see if i can help.

Thank you again for your kind comment.

Yours,
Piotr

14.09.2019 15:44
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he has been away from steemit for a longer while. Came back, posted something and used bidbots to boost his post to trending page. He got number of heavy downvotes, but noone bothered to tell him what did he do wrong. Not even one warning or explanation.

So why didnt you tell him. You obviously know what is going on and why hes getting downvoted.

14.09.2019 16:04
1

hi @lordbutterfly

So why didnt you tell him.

Well. I did. Via DM.

But it's not about it.

Should it be mine or those using flags responsibility to inform this user why he was downvoted? After all I'm not flagging him. So how can I talk on behalf of abusers?

I'm pointing out the problem and it seem that you don't see that, so let it be. I tried to explain my view the best way I could.

Yours, Piotr

15.09.2019 07:50
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Its no ones reaponsibility to tell you anything. They can choose to do so bur if you want to know why, ask.

I asked you to

give me one example of someone that was forced to powerdown and wasnt given a second chance

You did not give me that because that person doesnt exist and you make dramatic statements that dont have a basis in reality.

You yourself DMed him. Well now he knows. His "second chance" will be given to him once he stops botting.

15.09.2019 08:56
0

This totally sucks to see. One of my first dpolls after HF21 was to ask if people were getting too many free downvotes. 75% said that the downvotes are too much. You can check results at https://dpoll.io/detail/@d-zero/are-we-getting-too-much-free-downvotes-or-too-little

It has been just 4 hours since I posted this publication and after initial upvoted exceeding 20SP I've been flagged by few accounts (over 600k SP in downvotes) to the point that this publication isn't displayed any more.

On the bright side we have good people voting with enough SP to get the post close to 5 STEEM. Maybe the solution is to lower the power of downvote power using n^0.5 curve (person with 200SP has X1.41 times downvote power as 100SP)

04.09.2019 21:22
1

Dear @d-zero

Late thank you for your comment. Appreciate it. I only had a chance to read it right now.

Yours,
Piotr

14.09.2019 15:40
0

Hi @crypto.piotr

There is nothing wrong with your article, you ask questionable questions about flagging and many here have answered you. Of course, the meaning of flagging is different from person to person.

I have used flagging myself, but not without reason.
I have always explained and given warnings before going to that step.
In fact, it has also led to some of the warnings I gave to get on the right path and they wanted help understanding what they could do and not do in Steemit.
Some of them are actually my friends today in Steemit.
Flag them without telling why it would be possible for them to get away from this platform and tell their friends about it.

I think everyone needs a warning first about why they can be flagged. And when we give a flag there should be a comment box that we must use before we can access the flag.

Everyone here at Steemit was new users once and many made mistakes including myself.

Flagging someone to use the wrong tag without saying why is the same as not teaching something to others, but putting yourself to the judge without elucidating the case for them

I have also seen that there have been several new small accounts lately that just take advantage of flagging me for no reason.
But I do not want to start a war against them, it will not be right
They do not post and do not respond to inquiries.
Such accounts should be able to be logged and stopped.

I hope you continue with your quality posts and that people will give their support to you.

04.09.2019 22:29
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Dear @xpilar

I only had a chance to read your comment and I would like to thank you for sharing your thoughts.

I think everyone needs a warning first about why they can be flagged. And when we give a flag there should be a comment box that we must use before we can access the flag.

I love that idea! I never thought about it. That could help.

Flagging someone to use the wrong tag without saying why is the same as not teaching something to others, but putting yourself to the judge without elucidating the case for them

Absolutely! You nailed it!

We're clearly on the same page here. I know that downvotes can (and are) being used by many large stake holders to make steemit a better place, but it's obvious that there is huge room for abuse and there is very little (or nothing) we can do to prevent that.

My goal was to point out the problem. Problem which really exist. I can even give another example: ulqu3 - he has been away from steemit for a longer while. Came back, posted something and used bidbots to boost his post to trending page. He got number of heavy downvotes, but noone bothered to tell him what did he do wrong. Not even one warning or explanation.

I already know several similar examples and it's not hard to imagine and understand, that many of those users will quit steemit. And that worries me.

I hope you continue with your quality posts and that people will give their support to you.

Absolutely appreciate it. Enjoy your weekend,
Piotr

14.09.2019 15:39
1

Yes, we share the same thoughts @crypto.piotrPosted with

15.09.2019 22:17
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Negative votes don't seem good to me

Greetings @crypto.piotr.

04.09.2019 22:44
1

I'm tempted to downvote this post based on the sensationalism I'm reading.

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I am thrilled to see content like this hasn't been boosted up to the trending page with paid votes, so it can sit there, disguised as popular opinion, and mislead members into feeling things like fear. When someone like you, Crypto.piotr, does such a thing, those actions have the potential to create far more damage than what you claim to be damaging. Personally, I think you know that.

04.09.2019 22:57
1

Personally seeing you reside on trending for what use to be a six, seven dollar fun shit post now making thirty or over is doing more damage. You probably couldn't write such a constructive post as this one. (which I know you can but that sock isn't trending)

05.09.2019 11:45
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Seeing you come here and insult me, all while accusing me of bullshit with your lies, doesn't surprise me, because you've done it often.

05.09.2019 19:19
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Um I wouldn't quite say it's bullshit when the last time I saw you on trending last week the word shit was actually in the headline of one of your post, every investor wants to say that's exactly what I was looking for a site with a poster who has the intellectual stimuli to use the word shit in the headings of their post. I heard their practically breaking down the door trying to invest now.

I am sure if there was a contest to see who can use the word shit most on this site you'd surely come in as the top contender.

I expect now your ultra sensitive easily triggered self will follow this up with one of your usually threats to use your power to intimidate me, as that's your usual course of power.

06.09.2019 05:52
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There you go with more of your bullshit.

06.09.2019 05:59
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Why don't you explain where the relationship deteriorated?....something as simple as making a child's comparison artwork to your own and you got all offended. Super offended. I'll flag you offended. Get off my site control freak offended. You are what's wrong with this platform....your the only one who can offend, insult, and write crappy stuff and if someone comes along with a joke about anything you write their out. So please do start with posting that bit of artwork by my granddaughter, along with the comments so everyone can see exactly what kind of character you are.

You think I have the reputation of a troll here....that's how delusional you are, it's suppose to be a censorship free platform where people can say what they feel, it's people like you with all your sock minions that would prefer it's memorex and not live. At least what I say I put some meaning behind...I don't ramble on about piles of shit this and shit that.

06.09.2019 08:19
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You were offended when I asked you kindly to not accuse me of being a plagiarist. I had explained that even know I knew you were joking, others reading wouldn't know, so I thought it would be best to leave that joke aside. You went on and on and on and on to the point where I became frustrated with you because it was a simple request.

It deteriorated further when you began accusing me of having sock puppet accounts, calling my art shit, saying my posts are idiotic, yadda yadda yadda, a constant barrage of insults that continue to this day.

Fuck off already. Everything is on the goddamn blockchain for all to see. You accuse me of things and never offer an ounce of proof yet I can back up my claims and prove you're nothing but a piece of shit towards me every time you feel like speaking to me. Just fuck off. Can you understand? You've put yourself in a position to give me no reason at all to like you. Fuck off. You are a nutcase troll. Nothing but a negative piece of shit. I don't want you in my life. You're toxic. Leave me alone.

06.09.2019 08:38
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Nobody in their right mind wouldn't have gotten a four year old child's artwork mixed up as plagiarism but somebody who has no sense of humor at all. You drove the conversation further by keeping the iteration followed much like you seen this explode into multiple accusations of character assassination, more four letter expletives, threats and the like. I could never quite equal how "quickly" you can make something explosive and toxic. Thank you for proving me right just how easily triggered over something so innocent as a four year old child's artwork was. You got offended by something that wasn't even an intent and couldn't even handle explaining that wasn't the intent. There isn't anybody on here that won't tell you I've tried my hardest to attempt to patch up or resolve a conflict before moving on and I surely don't talk to them like you do, that's why some people, particularly like you, it's impossible to find reasonable common ground. Everyone can see the fault line here, many won't admit it as they are to busy scooping up a scintilla of change.

06.09.2019 18:42
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As we can both see, you're still offended I made a simple request and you're still going on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on. So annoying. So frustrating. If I could go back to that day, knowing what I know now, I wouldn't have spoken to you. You've become one of the most annoying people in my life now, all because I made a simple request and YOU disagreed. I have no problem with the disagreement part but since then you've been treating me like crap, because you didn't get your way or because you think I'm wrong. You act so damn innocent yet even here, you've been nothing but insulting. I didn't come to you. You came to me to insult me and it's because of things that happened a LONG time ago. For the last time. Fuck off. I'm muting you. I'm done.

06.09.2019 19:02
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I am not the least bit offended. I should have been back with the deal over a four year old's artwork...that should have been my cue in regards to you and how easily triggered you are. Everyone on your site is a mock rundown of people all in agreement with everything you write or post no matter how ridiculous it is. I am not made up that way and I have, and admit I have when it comes to you, given you constructive criticism before to your grimace or ire, however you took it at that time. After we moved past the picture debacle I just couldn't stand it anymore, sure I grant you give pretty good up votes compared to a lot of the rest but there's no amount of money worth giving up how you want to express yourself whether in a constructive matter or in a manner reciprocal to how you feel it will be displayed back to you. When I look at all those accounts all lined up saying the same thing I think there are either a whole lot of desperate people needing pocket change or there's a whole lot of sock puppetry going on, or maybe a whole lot of people like the topic of shit. For someone to write so many demeaning and worthless post I often wonder if it's because they embellish in seeing how desperate people will go to obtain a few cents, or if there isn't someone sort of psychological attachment/study to it as to see how low one will allow themselves to be demeaned about repeated articles on the subject of shit and for how low a benefit. People aren't reading crap like that to stimulate their intellect. No worries...I stopped following you quite a while back but the shitty part is we're bound to run into each other out on the circuit.

07.09.2019 09:38
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Go away. Stop trolling. I've heard enough of your insults. You've been doing it for months. There's obviously something wrong with your brain. Go get it fixed.

07.09.2019 11:11
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I did say see ya' around but not on your grounds. Bye.

07.09.2019 19:32
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Well no. You had to take a moment to throw everyone else under the bus first.

07.09.2019 23:58
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Lots of people on here probably do need to do some reflection, they won't though, greed always overcomes.

08.09.2019 00:38
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Yes, you really should look at yourself in the mirror. You won't though. You'll continue to be a negative force and view everything through the eyes of your paranoid delusions where up is down and giving money along with half of the rewards to the community is "greed." It's not you, it's them, and how dare they enjoy something you don't.

08.09.2019 00:51
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Yeah like the community just took a big cut so you could have more...right. lol. That sir is written all over the place here. Seems I am not floating so lonely in that boat of thought as you think I am.

Here, go have some fun, lighten up, have a few laughs...just don't laugh to hard and they won't hear you and hold it against ya! Cheers!

https://goldvoice.club/steem/@sunlit7/a-steemit-parody

08.09.2019 02:54
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Before I look. Let me guess. More trolling? Negativity?

I looked. I was right. Thanks for now proving I'm being truthful and you're just a troll.

08.09.2019 03:05
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It's called blogging, I've been doing it for years, I am a high reputation blogger on the Disqus platform...it's called getting over yourself, you should try it...then you can move on to forgiveness and open dialogue instead of expecting everyone to be encased inside your mindset. If you can't laugh at yourself and your mistakes you can't laugh at or with others.

08.09.2019 05:29
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What you're doing is called insulting people and trolling. That's all you do.

08.09.2019 05:35
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That's just your closed mind perception, you don't gain a high reputation in the blog a sphere by trolling. You have a good day, I am moving on now.

08.09.2019 08:52
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There is a reason other social sites removed downvotes, dislikes, etc... It's just too negative for most people to handle. People like to go places that make them feel good. People will stop showing up here if it makes them feel badly, regardless if they can earn a few pennies. I think overall the free downvotes will end up doing more harm than good but that won't be completely apparent until precisely what you described here happens down the road. While trying to police the reward pool we lost sight of trying to grow the pie and make it appeal to more and more people. I feel we are doing the opposite.

05.09.2019 01:15
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100% agree with you.

The Bill always comes due

05.09.2019 01:41
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Dear @jondoe

Late thank you for your comment. Appreciate it. I only had a chance to read it right now.

Yours,
Piotr

14.09.2019 15:35
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@crypto.piotr, It's really unfortunate aspect and in my opinion this subject is like every aspect have two faces one is Evil and one is Good. So, this change gave free hands to both evil and good now let's see where this ship will reach. Stay blessed.

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05.09.2019 01:27
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Thanks for your help :)

05.09.2019 01:52
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Hello my friend @crypto.piotr

it seems that a very decentralized system is now becoming centralized, which seemed like a place where content creators came to show their quality of work and wisdom. It seems to be disappearing little by little.

It is true that the downvotes section was created to stabilize the abuse of content promotion through bots. But now we see that it is not working as expected.

Great content creators are receiving these downvotes in their publications without using bots for their promotion.

It is true that this section of downvotes are created to stop the system, spam and spamers, but the reality is that they are stopping all the excellent creators of content and especially original material.

One of the big reasons I am observing is that, accounts with high economic rewards receive many downvotes, and are accounts with a very low SP reputation.

I see something serious too, accounts with a high level of SP do not have any downvote in their posts, I think people or curators are afraid to give a negative vote to all whales who are the ones who receive the rewards.

I have received 37 downvotes in only one of my publications in which I help to promote steemit with a video created by a creator of extraordinary content, the real author of the video, Steemit is supposed to be the important thing for everyone, why not let it Promote?

One serious thing is that, many leave a vote called downvote, but no one dares to leave you an explanation in the comments section. It's not valid for someone to come and tell you that they don't like your publication and that's why you get a downvote. It's not valid for someone to criticize your content when it's original.

This was not done to send creators to the basement and leave them without visibility.

The truth is that accounts with a high level of SP are the ones that have the power here.

I hope that we continue in a decentralized system and not that we become a centralized system like RIPPLE or FACEBOOK. Where everything would be done with intermediaries, being so, would not get good results and those who are powerful will continue to become more powerful.

Don´t give up...!!

Yours,
Edgar...!!

05.09.2019 03:21
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Dear @edgarare1

I'm sorry for such a late reply. I've been sick for past few days and I'm just catching up.

I see something serious too, accounts with a high level of SP do not have any downvote in their posts, I think people or curators are afraid to give a negative vote to all whales who are the ones who receive the rewards.

Absolutely. Great point here.

I'm sorry to hear that you had such an awful experience. I didn't know that you got downvoted so heavily :/

It is true that this section of downvotes are created to stop the system, spam and spamers, but the reality is that they are stopping all the excellent creators of content and especially original material.

We're clearly on the same page here. I know that downvotes can (and are) being used by many large stake holders to make steemit a better place, but it's obvious that there is huge room for abuse and there is very little (or nothing) we can do to prevent that.

One serious thing is that, many leave a vote called downvote, but no one dares to leave you an explanation in the comments section

Indeed. Problem really exist. I can even give another example: ulqu3 - he has been away from steemit for a longer while. Came back, posted something and used bidbots to boost his post to trending page. He got number of heavy downvotes, but noone bothered to tell him what did he do wrong. Not even one warning or explanation.

I already know several similar examples and it's not hard to imagine and understand, that many of those users will quit steemit. And that worries me.

Enjoy your weekend buddy,
Cheers, Piotr

14.09.2019 15:34
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Steemit is converting to DrugWars

Hi crypto.piotr, I think it's important to have changes, which affects the system in a good way. As it seemed in the first look, the HF21 was looking promising. More curation, less sh.tposts...but it seems to me, that it started to be used in a bad way. Yes, you are right with the downvotes, it might not serve just as a tool to "improve steemit", but also as a revenge fighting place such as DrugWars. Okay, DrugWars is just a game, where you can earn some DGW tokens (STEEM previously), but still a game. I really think this kind of behaviour should stay there. I think this might change a bit in the future when the "olympic sport" of downvoting will not be as amusing as it is right now after changing the rules that way.

05.09.2019 06:17
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Great comment @ritxi

Indeed. One thing that scares me the most is the fact that we can fight with different sort of abuse on steem blockchain, but there is absolutely nothing can be done to those who abuse downvotes. That's scary.

Imagine that steem competition in order to destroy this community would only have to invest less than half million usd, spread it between accounts, power up and steadily be targeting few users at the time. How long would it take for most of those users to quit steemit? probably not that long

Yours
Piotr

05.09.2019 07:34
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Indeed it might happen, but I still hope rationality and positiveness will succeed and win.

05.09.2019 07:49
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This post needs some more exposure but unfortunately, it won't. resteemed.

05.09.2019 07:31
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Late BIT THX for your supportive comment @katteasis and for resteem

Yours, Piotr

14.09.2019 15:30
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The only sad part is human nature, @crypto.piotr

The system was supposed to cater to help balance up abusers, but the system is not full proof enough to realise whether it is a mob bully, or a righteous move.

Because after all it is decentralised. Which means the control comes from the human.

Just like guns are as evil as the user.

It has two sides of a coin.

And thus it is important that newbies need community support rather than marketing rallying / fishing from speakers who only introduce and get number of members to sign up.

Like a bad sales with no follow ups after sales service.

So since it is decentralised, which means bases on "people's" choice, then everyone need to support the right witness and walk away from the abusive "warlords"

But usually, like in the real world, those who are truly wealthy, you pretty much know what is in their mind.

05.09.2019 07:50
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Dear @dses

Late thank you for your comment. Appreciate it. I only had a chance to read it right now.

Yours,
Piotr

14.09.2019 15:29
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Free downvotes certainly put the majority in charge. It promotes group thought over independent thought. For this reason alone, I dislike the idea.

05.09.2019 10:06
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Hello! I don't know what to say... I'm really afraid of this.

Some time ago, I had been downvoted for an account randomly.

This is scary... you've got to be careful buddy, you could be a target for a massive downvote...

So, maybe we have to move to another platform? Whaleshare? Publish0x?

I'm afraid to say something and get flagged :/

05.09.2019 10:28
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Ever thought you may operate a bit to much like Jerry Banfield?....all your marketing gimmicks?...maybe they think you may be a Jerry sock.

05.09.2019 12:39
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Hi @sunlit7

Sorry for such a late reply. Just had a chance to read your comment a moment ago.

I'm not sure what do you mean and I'm failing to understand how one could compare me to Jerry. I'm very curious. What similiraties do yo usee?

Yours
Piotr

14.09.2019 15:27
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I stated one, that being placing several promotions at the bottom of your site. You are much more refined in your writing style then Jerry, proper punctuation, more organized placement and thought patterns. Whereas Jerry can see to appear to be babbling on without much thought to all that. I am guilty of such myself...lol, and have been told so before...lol. Jerry though has been known to get other people to write his stuff for him back in the day, whereas at times it made him appear more organized in his thought processes.

Mainly just because of the promotional materials, tools used and never use the word passionate....it's like Jerry's buzz word.

15.09.2019 18:06
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Hi @sunlit7

Thank you for your prompt reply. Jerry is being very self-centered.

I'm indeed placing some promotions on the bottom of my publications to support those 2 businesses, because they are supporting growth of non-profit "project hope".

Also I'm not selling anything to anyone lol.

Anyway Jerry wasn't such a bad guy, however I still wouldn't like to be compared to him :) That ain't cool a tall

Hope you're gonna have an easy monday :)
Piotr

16.09.2019 11:11
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I can't really complain to much about Jerry when it comes to my behalf, he ran a contest and guaranteed people would receive some sort of upvote for writing their stories on a subject he presented. When some of the stories were worse or written more poorly than myself, another person (whose story was overlooked) and myself complained and he made it right, fifty bucks right. I basically try to stay on the sidelines even though I can't argue it seems he did somehow slip down the rabbit hole.

If it were me I'd find another word for passionate when promoting things, like I said it's his go to word.

17.09.2019 00:21
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@crypto.piotr please make a new fork and remove free downvote feature every whale is downvoting newbies and poor minnows without writing a reason some says your english is not good take downvote what rubbish it is ? if you have spell mistake get downvote ,

05.09.2019 14:15
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Dear @crypto.piotr

Wow Really, my friend, I have no words and I don't know what to say. It's scary what is happening with your publication.

I know what it feels like, when I had a month inside steemit. I made a comment and in that comment they placed a flag on me.
That was terrible for me, the problem was, I made a very flat comment that seemed to be made by a bot, that did not like the person to whom I made the comment later and talk to him I apologize, I could prove that it was not a bot and then I take off my flags. Today he is a good friend and we are always in touch.

I know what that is, really seeing that you got negative votes I felt it and reminded me of my experience.

Sometimes I have seen some people who give negative votes, but definitely those people deserve it since it is very obvious that they copy and use photos without placing the source and things like that are very brazen, to that type of person if they owe place flag

Now the question is why they did that to you ..

Friend, I really want this problem solved.

I send you a big hug my good friend .. for you and for your whole family

05.09.2019 15:59
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Dear Piotr, i am really tired how is going this social, i think it is going to die soon...

05.09.2019 19:36
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Steemit has never had a good system, I don't expect new downvoting to be any better either. There is a ton of stuff on steem that should be flagged, the system has left it up to the judgement of those holding SP who are going to have varying ideas on what is shit and should be downvoted. What is the alternative? Maybe it should be consensus flagging by a large part of the community that doesn't really on vote power. Steem could be radically be changed, it probably never will though

05.09.2019 23:35
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Hi Piotr, you wrote a decent piece but was unfortunately downvoted by some whales. Like you, I prefer to stay out of the drama on Steem. I am here to just post and interact with like-minded people. Hence, I have no insights as to why this happened.

Hope you won't get too upset by this incident, there are still many people behind you and I am looking forward to your next piece!

I gave you a 100% vote but with my puny SP, it probably won't do much :p

05.09.2019 23:39
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Dear @culgin

I'm sorry for such a late reply. I've been sick for past few days and I'm just catching up.

Hope you won't get too upset by this incident, there are still many people behind you and I am looking forward to your next piece!

I'm not. At the end of the day being downvoted by those large stakeholders only helped me to point out problem.

Problem which really exist. I can even give another example: ulqu3 - he has been away from steemit for a longer while. Came back, posted something and used bidbots to boost his post to trending page. He got number of heavy downvotes, but noone bothered to tell him what did he do wrong. Not even one warning or explanation.

I already know several similar examples and it's not hard to imagine and understand, that many of those users will quit steemit. And that worries me.

Enjoy your weekend buddy,
Cheers, Piotr

14.09.2019 11:36
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This post made the Daily Hit Parade for "most commented post"
https://goldvoice.club/steem/@arcange/daily-hit-parade-20190904

06.09.2019 04:10
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Facebook has never had a dislike/ downvote option...

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06.09.2019 08:40
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I totally agree, I think Steemit has lost its way a bit unfortunately.
When I first started on Steemit I was under the impression right or wrong you could post whatever you liked uncensored which I know you can but there are people who could ruin your account if they disagree with you just because they have more money than you, Rant over . Cheers mike

06.09.2019 11:32
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I appreciate your comment
Thx for dropping by @mikenevitt

there are people who could ruin your account if they disagree with you just because they have more money than you

I can even give another example: ulqu3 - he has been away from steemit for a longer while. Came back, posted something and used bidbots to boost his post to trending page. He got number of heavy downvotes, but noone bothered to tell him what did he do wrong. Not even one warning or explanation.

I already know several similar examples and it's not hard to imagine and understand, that many of those users will quit steemit. And that worries me.

Enjoy your weekend buddy,
Cheers, Piotr

14.09.2019 11:33
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Don't what to be called an idiot for my ways of seeing things, and reading through some of the comments, there are lots of great opinions and reflections of what we all understand if you are not around for less than a year. It's a difficult topic because easily gets mixed with other things that usually drive the objective of the conversation towards everywhere, except the one we need to talk about.

Either way, I just wanted to reply sometime to Piotr, about:

After all, what would you do if you would become downvoted till your reputation is close to zero and your publications are no longer visible to anyone .... would you still stick around?

Yes, I would. Because STEEM for me is not just the blockchain to post anymore, and I know that eventually those trying to achieve that feat will give up or change ideals or priorities... and if you are worth your reputation, it will go up again. Either way, by itself, reputation is another great topic to solve, which in my opinion should not be based on only on downvoting/upvoting, but also on the duration of those actions... it might feel idiot, but it's like asking to vote for a president (where everyone has 1 vote per day to cast) and on top of it, you need to pass anti-bot tech to make sure you are human.

07.09.2019 02:58
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Dear @forykw

It's a difficult topic because easily gets mixed with other things that usually drive the objective of the conversation towards everywhere, except the one we need to talk about.

Wise words indeed.

Because STEEM for me is not just the blockchain to post anymore, and I know that eventually those trying to achieve that feat will give up or change ideals or priorities...
if you are worth your reputation, it will go up again.

You say that you wouldn't be discouraged. the point is that many others will. And we should ask ourselfs a question: can this platform afford to lose even more confused users?

If your reputation will go down so badly, then thumbnails and your publications are not even being displayed (correct me if I'm wrong). To build reputation back - it may be a real challenge. For new users it may not be ever possible to achieve.

I can even give another example: ulqu3 - he has been away from steemit for a longer while. Came back, posted something and used bidbots to boost his post to trending page. He got number of heavy downvotes, but noone bothered to tell him what did he do wrong. Not even one warning or explanation.

I already know several similar examples and it's not hard to imagine and understand, that many of those users will quit steemit. And that worries me.

Enjoy your weekend buddy,
Cheers, Piotr

14.09.2019 11:31
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I know I am probably making the sound of too neutral here... but I love technology... and even if I consider STEEM blockchain a long term investment (especially of my time) I don't want to see profits necessarily in 1 year or try to live with it. Therefore the picture changes...

If your reputation will go down so badly, then thumbnails and your publications are not even being displayed (correct me if I'm wrong).

This is only a reaction of the UI... all the data is on the blockchain and anyone can see it. If tomorrow I develop an UI that never hides content based on reputation, there is nothing preventing me to do so. Yes, this will not be the case for all users, but then expect that someone will try to, one day make the... "unregulated UI"... where you can see ALWAYS everything... and then either take your "selective decisions" by deliberately choosing who to hide, or using a "configurable preference", make those decisions automatic.

Either way... it's not a concern to me.

He got number of heavy downvotes, but noone bothered to tell him what did he do wrong. Not even one warning or explanation.

Yes, this I am against. Unless he already somehow showed that he knew... if so, people will not forgive. But yes, in general I am against of that attitude. I like to first explain, warn, give a chance to redeem once... and then if you continue, KILL hard.

I already know several similar examples and it's not hard to imagine and understand, that many of those users will quit steemit. And that worries me.

For the users that are great ones, yes that is a worry and pity thing if they do. Unfortunately, this might only change with experience and more exposure of "stability". STEEM is still a very young technology, even if with 3 years. Early adopters are the ones that can change the future of this.

I think that we need to wait for Huge Business to start screwing up on blockchain VERY hard... Then, the value of things like STEEM, raises from ashes... because at that stage, companies competing for this technology can't possibly beat the experience of years. Then, those companies will start "investing" on these open source ventures, trying to capitalize on them, and if possible, privatize them (if that could possibly happen). Some will try to Buy people...

... I am playing that long term.

14.09.2019 12:01
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Dear @forykw

This is only a reaction of the UI... all the data is on the blockchain and anyone can see it.

Good one :) Please define "anyone". Reality is that even right now users will struggle with lack of visibility. The fact that UI is not displaying post will make it only harder.

So technically anyone can see it, but in reality pretty much noone will.

Not to mention that "anyone" would have to be narrowed down to less than 0,01% population of the world :) Maybe one person per each thousands Steemit users will know how to access any data on blockchain, which isn't being displayed on front-end. I surely don't.

I think that we need to wait for Huge Business to start screwing up on blockchain VERY hard... Then, the value of things like STEEM, raises from ashes... because at that stage, companies competing for this technology can't possibly beat the experience of years. Then, those companies will start "investing" on these open source ventures

Let's pray for that.

Hope you're gonna have an easy monday :)
Yours, Piotr

16.09.2019 11:27
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It's Tuesday already =)

and... yes anyone can, but not everyone wishes to spend enough time to understand how to. Values of time and knowledge between who wishes visibility and who wishes to understand it, changes within each Steemian. Blockchain is not yet here to serve... but to be explored, evolved and experimented.

In my view, who takes most advantage of it, will probably be the ones that keep involved in it. Making profit or not.

16.09.2019 13:47
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Correctly said! Gentleman! I don't think steemit is doing any smart move to help people.
I think in Later future this should be changed!

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07.09.2019 04:57
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Hello Piotr,

good idea to pick this up and reflect on it! Frankly I've been questioning my engagement here on STEEM once the call to arms, so to say, had begun after HF21.

I understand that the free downvote pool is a way of addressing some of the issues in STEEM, but I also see that the teaming up will lead to flag battles and outright war between different groups, and to me just the sheer complexity in trying to make sense of all that is important to have some reasonable success here on this platform will put off new users, and will also push people off of STEEM.

I couldn't complain in terms of downvotes besides the one or the other camillesteemer or other bot downvote I've received in the last half year.

After looking at my content and the results of my effort plus the risen complexity in here I'm quite frustrated and couldn't get myself to continue my daily posts so far.

I'm taking a time out for the moment with regards to creating content on here to watch how things will further unfold.

I've removed my delegations to the @therising and @upmewhale (total of 7,500 steem delegation).

These are my left delegations for the moment where @minnowbooster is a little support from me for new users, @tipu still makes me a little steem to counter inflation and @steembasicincome because I like the idea behind it.

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Just looking at the votes for your post here shows me what I don't like about downvoting.

There are so many factors to keep in mind like right or wrong tags in the eyes of different groups, agreeing or disagreeing with the content of a given post, team battles, quality and so much more.

How can anyone expect that an average user on STEEM will not be frustrated by this?

Sure, the market decides and I can just assume that in my case I've either in such an niche (crypto, infosec, AI at times) that isn't of interest or that simply the quality of my content is so insufficient that I can't expect more "success" on here.

But if I can't expect any rising success on here anyways why should I bother and make myself headaches regarding downvotes?

I could as well take my content somewhere else (medium or such) and it would be probably the same amount of readers without having to pay attention to STEEM downvote weaponized battles.

On a side note... I also still see a big accounts upvoting themselves for instance.

One thing that I will more closely pay attention too is rewards on curation. Right now I have some of my favorite accounts on "autopilot" for upvotes and also drop votes into the curation trail of curator.

I'll pull these auto voting settings in a few days and will experiment with manual curation for a while.

Cheers!

07.09.2019 10:43
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Dear @doifeellucky

Thank you for your great comment. I appreciate your time.

I understand that the free downvote pool is a way of addressing some of the issues in STEEM, but I also see that the teaming up will lead to flag battles and outright war between different groups,

Indeed. I could already witness some war happening between few bidbot owners and other large stakeholders.

After looking at my content and the results of my effort plus the risen complexity in here I'm quite frustrated and couldn't get myself to continue my daily posts so far.

I really hope you won't give up. I really would love to have you around. Not to mention that I found your content really valuable and worth reading.

I've removed my delegations to the @therising and @upmewhale (total of 7,500 steem delegation).

I wonder why. IS delegating not profitable any more? I never did it so I'm not sure.

Just looking at the votes for your post here shows me what I don't like about downvoting.

I can even give another example: ulqu3 - he has been away from steemit for a longer while. Came back, posted something and used bidbots to boost his post to trending page. He got number of heavy downvotes, but noone bothered to tell him what did he do wrong. Not even one warning or explanation.

I already know several similar examples and it's not hard to imagine and understand, that many of those users will quit steemit. And that worries me.

Sure, the market decides and I can just assume that in my case I've either in such an niche (crypto, infosec, AI at times) that isn't of interest or that simply the quality of my content is so insufficient that I can't expect more "success" on here.

I would love to help. Try to reach out to me via DM (telegram: crypto_piotr or discord: crypto.piotr#3426

Together with several other users, we're creating small community of people passionate about technology, AI and blockchain and we opened small telegram channel, where we share links to our publications.
I also resteem them on @project.hope and we're trying to support each other. Those 2 channels are providing us all with more visibility (you can see for yourself, that each post has decent amout of comments and some rewards).
I would love you to become part of it.

Cheers
Piotr

14.09.2019 11:24
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Personally feel that
Opponents should pay a higher price,
such as
Affirmative votes are deducted by 2% of mana.
That negative votes should be deducted 20% of the mana.

07.09.2019 12:44
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The reputation system is currently so busted that it should be completely removed from the Steem blockchain, no bytes should be wasted on it! Instead each dApp can come up with their own system that ranks users on the things that matter to that particular dApp (some dApps already do this).

07.09.2019 20:12
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I took my time to read most of the comments in this publication, but this only confirms to me what I was thinking about the HF.

This is the worst change that has been made here. As in any totalitarian regime they speak about control and improvements, but their design encourages the oppression by the stronger ones with all their capricious irresponsible decisions.

There are mad and disrespectful people everywhere, but the social systems may be arranged to stop their madness or to encourage it. The design of the last HF —with its happy downvoting feature and its disrespect to authors— is encouraging mad and unhealthy interactions.

The downvotes you received are simply an expression of shameless censorship. They carried their message very clearly: We are the masters, we decide which opinions are acceptable... and yours is not. Their love for dictatorship is evident.

They even didn't care about the good intentions and the good spirit of the reflections your brought. This is how they treat the best members of Steemit, the most respectful and dedicated authors. This is how they say that they don't care about the quality of our relations here.

They have the power... hence they don't care.

08.09.2019 02:27
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Dear @spirajn

Thank you for your great comment. I appreciate your time.

We're clearly on the same page here. I know that downvotes can (and are) being used by many large stake holders to make steemit a better place, but it's obvious that there is huge room for abuse and there is very little (or nothing) we can do to prevent that.

My goal was to point out the problem. Problem which really exist. I can even give another example: ulqu3 - he has been away from steemit for a longer while. Came back, posted something and used bidbots to boost his post to trending page. He got number of heavy downvotes, but noone bothered to tell him what did he do wrong. Not even one warning or explanation.

I already know several similar examples and it's not hard to imagine and understand, that many of those users will quit steemit. And that worries me.

Enjoy your weekend buddy,
Cheers, Piotr

14.09.2019 10:58
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The idea behind it might be good, but now it's being used in an evil way. Sad to note that lots of whales won't even bother commenting on this. People just try to avoid being caught in the crosshairs.

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08.09.2019 20:32
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Thank you for your kind comment @fredkese

14.09.2019 10:51
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I think the free downvote has been a refreshing addition to the blockchain and has really given more control over curation and limiting expoits of reward farmers. It also provides a better engagement metric for users to see how content resonates with people and not just positive reinforcement. We this on YouTube and Reddit and it works well there

Like any system, there is room for abuse and flag wars etc but we have to accept that no change comes without an element of abuse.

Its also seen a shift to manual curation and I'm seeing more rewards going to authors who I personally feel should be rewarded. I just want to see more engagement on posts, I think its still pretty lacking

Also instead of the wallet memos perhaps you should also take advantage of the various promotion services now available on tribe sites and via eSTEEM app

09.09.2019 11:38
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Dear @chekohler

Thank you for your comment and sharing your thoughts. I fully agree that downvotes can serve great purpose. Hope there will be less and less situations like the one described in my post.

Its also seen a shift to manual curation and I'm seeing more rewards going to authors who I personally feel should be rewarded. I just want to see more engagement on posts, I think its still pretty lacking

Indeed. That's a good direction so far.

Also instead of the wallet memos perhaps you should also take advantage of the various promotion services now available on tribe sites and via eSTEEM app

I'm already using steem-bounty and promotions on PALnet and SteemLeo. Any other recommendations?

Memos are still the most efficient way, however I'm already sending them only to those who follow me (the way few other larger accounts has been doing).

Again thank you for your feedback,
Enjoy your weekend buddy,
Cheers, Piotr

14.09.2019 10:48
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It's me again

Just wanted to underline, that I know that downvotes can (and are) being used by many large stake holders to make steemit a better place, but it's obvious that there is huge room for abuse and there is very little (or nothing) we can do to prevent that.

My goal was to point out the problem. Problem which really exist. I can even give another example: ulqu3 - he has been away from steemit for a longer while. Came back, posted something and used bidbots to boost his post to trending page. He got number of heavy downvotes, but noone bothered to tell him what did he do wrong. Not even one warning or explanation.

I already know several similar examples and it's not hard to imagine and understand, that many of those users will quit steemit. And that worries me.

Yours, Piotr

14.09.2019 10:59
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It is the power of infinity, it shows that anything can happen, no matter if it is bad or good, it has the same probability of occurrence; that and more will happen in this city as it is an emerging phenomenon, it is uncontrollable.

09.09.2019 14:59
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That's true its becoming a war zone for the rich. It's very annoying at time because people like us have no power to fight back or even defend ourselves.

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09.09.2019 16:35
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Hello Dear Friend, I would like to thank you for writing this post. It is as if you and I share a the same inner thoughts, the way you verbalised it is actually far better that I could have. The imagery you created is spot on, as someone who originated from Africa and was constantly having to be worried for myself or my family that we could be attacked at any point, I echo the sentiments that Steem should not go that way.

Putting downvote power in the hands of people who have money but may not be qualified to be objective or to contain their emotions is highly dangerous. I am on Steem today because of the positive sentiment I received from whales in the beginning for my ideas and not because I was met with a hostile downvote, I certainly would not be.

I understand the need to prevent abuse and think it has its place, but the same as the law prevents vigilantism, there should be rather one accountable body that to the best of their ability evaluates posts against properly defined criteria and not just give a gun with daily free bullets to everyone who has an opinion of who should be shot at for whatever reason they personally decide.

If you look at the latest buildteam post, we have started to give away 20% of post rewards by setting @null or @steem.dao as beneficiary, this is likely to give users some reprieve from being downvoted and some immunity when promoting their posts, but not guaranteed, especially if post quality is dubious.

However one member of our team members who relies on income from translating a weekly a weekly post for us had this to say:

i feel like we are giving away our meal to the bullies at school while doing this

Also my team reports that alot of users are leaving Steem, I personally fear this will become a policed state, I came to Steem because it embodied the spirit of freedom which is what crypto is all about, I now feel that it will become a place where bullying will become rampant and many lives will be destroyed, I now live in a country that has very low violence but workplace bullying is very high, which leads to emotional damage and high suicide rates, this is a massive social problem and by going this route of empowering whales with downvotes without evaluating their character and ideals to wield such downvotes is highly dangerous.

I will continue to monitor the situation and receive feedback from users such as yourself.

09.09.2019 23:24
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Dear @thecryptodrive

Thank you for your time. Amazing comment. I'm glad to know that we're on the same page and we see those issues.

Today I've noticed another excellent example of being mass-downvoted without a warning. My good friend ulqu3 was away for quite some time and he posted something the other day and used bidbots to push it to trending page.

Try to guess what happened to his publication? Few solid flags from different users and noone did bother to explaining why is he being downvoted. That's the easiest way of "killing" our userbase :( Unfortunatelly.

Putting downvote power in the hands of people who have money but may not be qualified to be objective or to contain their emotions is highly dangerous.

You nailed it!

It's really time to build awareness and ensure that large steem stakeholders do not feel like they are "the law".

Thanks for sharing link to your latest post. Will check it out right away :)

Enjoy your weekend buddy,
Cheers, Piotr

14.09.2019 08:26
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I thought we agreed you were to eave me alone ! Do i have to write another article about you and spam you page or will you stop!

10.09.2019 20:14
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Imagine a world full of small local of wealthy warlords, who started "cleaning" the world from unwanted people and targeting them for crimes that were not considered 'crimes' until now. A world where those warlords do not take any responsibility for their own actions (and there is no power that could regulate their behaviors or punish them for wrong decisions.

Excellent example.

Why do we have self-appointed copyright police (vigilantes)?

11.09.2019 19:59
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Thank you for your comment

That's just the way this system is build @logiczombie

14.09.2019 08:15
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Down voting is not literally bad but way it is.being used is Bad. Some people abuse downvoting especially if they want to release there stress to other people.

The Problem is not the system but steemers.

SYSTEM ->No Freedom of Choice-> follows command.

People-> Freewill-> Free to Command

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08.10.2019 14:29
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Buen dia! Realmente estoy de acuerdo con las normas, pero ciertamente cuando observo tanto poder negativo y lleno de malas palabras, es decepcionante! Mientras continuarémos siendo positivas y como particularmente Steemit nos ha estimulado tanto, cosa que disfrutamos realmente.. y lo hacemos con "Cariño" decidimos continuar. (Steemit es una herramienta valiosa). Me encantan sus escritos :)

18.10.2019 13:35
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