My Background and Vision for Steem


Hello Steemians, I’m Steve and I’m a blockchain engineer at Steemit, Inc. In the following video I chat with @andrarchy (Head of Communications at Steemit) about how I came to Steemit, what I’ve been doing since I joined the team about a year ago, and where I see Steem going in the future. I also talk about the work I’ve been doing more recently on SMTs, and what work remains to be done.

To learn more about who else is on the Steemit Team and what they do, you can visit the “About” page on steem.com.

My Backstory

I started getting into computers and programming at about the age of 12 and I was hooked, fascinated instantly. I started fooling around with Linux and bash scripting. It was a hobby of mine for a few years, but I didn’t yet consider it my profession. I went to college for business, general stuff, and I got a business-like job when I got out of college.

But I was never quite happy with my career. I really enjoyed creating things and the beauty of software is that with no materials, except for your brain, you can create beautiful things. That’s why I decided to turn my hobby into my profession and went back to college for computer science.

After working on Content Management Systems, followed by a giant program for commodity trading for 5 years, I wanted to move into something innovative. I started to get into cryptocurrencies and saw the opportunity to work in Steemit, and work on the Steem blockchain, so I jumped all over that opportunity. I studied hard for my interview, got the fundamentals down, and was eventually hired. Then I jumped in on the chain.

At Steemit

I started with little things like bugs, and some little tiny SMT features to get my feet wet. Then I worked on MIRA after what I call “The Reckoning.” Cost cutting measures needed to be taken, so we revamped the backend database with RocksDB, which was a big project. Now I’m back, laser-focused, trying to get SMTs out.

Completed Work on SMTs

When I first got hired I did work around “NAIs” which is Numeric Asset Identifiers. It’s a unique ID for an SMT. SMT names will not be on the chain, they will be identified by a number that represents the SMT. They come from a pool of available numbers so that you can’t claim vanity numbers like “0000000000” or “123456.” So I implemented that pool and I fixed some issues in the NAI code.

After that I moved to MIRA, which dramatically reduced the cost of running Steem nodes by moving the blockchain from RAM to commodity hardware. You know that trick where you pull the tablecloth and all the plates stay on the table? Implementing MIRA was like pulling the tablecloth off … and then putting it back on with everything staying the same.

Ongoing SMT Work

After finishing up the work on MIRA a month or two ago, I moved back to working on SMTs. My goal, at the time of filming this interview, was to finish work on the ICO process (launching an Initial Coin Offering) and I’m happy to announce that work is now complete. All the code needed to create an SMT, set up the parameters, launch the ICO, allow contributions, evaluate whether the ICO was a “success” (sufficient contributions were made in the specified window of time) or failure, and launch the token, is now complete!

I don’t foresee major hurdles to us shipping SMTs. The remaining work is now mostly around Proof-of-Brain, token emissions, and how RCs are handled within the SMT ecosystem. There may be some opportunities to simplify this code, but I don’t see any hurdles that will stop us from a release relatively soon. At that point focus will shift to coordinating a hardfork with the Witnesses and the rest of the community.

Delays?

The main thing that has been standing in the way of releasing SMTs isn’t some impossible-to-solve technical problem. All we needed was a block of time where we could be focused on SMTs and not be pulled in a million directions. Many things happened in the past few months which required we divert our attention away from SMTs like HF20, MIRA, the EIP (Economic Improvement Proposal), the SPS/Steem.DAO (Steem Proposal System), and Testnet. The real problem is that is context-swapping is expensive. Moving from one project to another makes it difficult to stay on track.

Finishing SMTs

All we need to finish SMTs is the time to focus, and then it will get done. Aside from some minimal Testnet support, that’s largely where we are at right now. Thanks to the work being done on Tesnet, numerous bugs have been found and patched. That means that we can be reasonably certain that the roll out of HF21 will be very smooth, and after that, it’s going to be clear sailing for SMTs.

My Vision for Steem

I think there’s a lot of “alt” coins that provide little to no value, and some of them have market caps greater than Steem. I think that will change when there is a shake up and a lot of these alt coins die off. Steem is one of the few coins that actually provides a service, performs a function, and has real world possibilities right now. I think it’s not yet understood by the masses, but marketing and getting listed on Coinbase can help with that.

I want to see a mobile presence for Steem. I’m a big fan of censorship-resistance so I want mobile clients that interact directly with the chain, that way nothing can be censored. That’s what I want to see … tomorrow. But things take time. We’ll get there Steemians. In the meantime...

Steem On!

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Let me know how many posts can be posted weekly or daily, about the post on the Steemit.
Well i find the answer to every question from youtube but i got no answer from youtube then i would be very grateful if you help me.
I like your account to answer my question.
Because you've been working on it for quite some time.
@steem.orignal

24.07.2019 18:58
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I will listen to this interview on my drive home in 2 hours.

We really need a price spike to get investors back in, this downstream in satoshis and dollars is discouraging.

Hopefully SMT’s create the same ICO style explosion in price that Ethereum experienced

24.07.2019 19:11
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You are a true force! Thankful every day for you and your brain. Great post.

24.07.2019 19:11
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Great work! I am very excited that SMTs are basically ready to go.. I am sure it takes time to implement, but it is definitely worth the wait!!

24.07.2019 19:27
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I had Bit coin connect wallet last year.how do I transfer my funds to a different coin?. I'm a sports card collector / blogger I like talking about sports cards

26.07.2019 00:42
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This was mentioned in the post:

getting listed on Coinbase can help with that

Is there a reason why we are not on coinbase yet?

24.07.2019 20:12
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I had Bit coin connect wallet last year.how do I transfer my funds to a different coin?. I'm a sports card collector / blogger I like talking about sports cards

26.07.2019 00:42
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Not sure what you are asking here? You want to convert bitcoin to a different coin, like steem?

26.07.2019 16:38
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Second that!

24.07.2019 23:30
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Steem to the moon.jpg

26.07.2019 15:41
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Every time I try and use steemd.com to look up my comments and stuff, they never seem to appear anymore, & I get this message below instead:

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And then I always get this message too!

I also always run into this message below!
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Time for me to stop voting for them for witness, I think they are corrupt! Must be the global blacklist or something else going on!

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I only vote for 2 witnesses, now this new removal will take me down to one! Un-Voting @steemd in the morning if my stuff is still broken! I will add @parriko for witness to replace @steemd! This is getting ridiculous, there is not going to be any way for me to access my account any more if everybody keeps blocking me like this! #onmyown! Seriously this is all @themarkymark’s fault! He’s the one doing all this to me, slandering me calling me the troll. Truth is he’s way worse than me, and he is the real troll! Just go look at the vote history and see how irresponsible he is flagging all my posts for months. Pretty soon I’m just going to concentrate on downvoting everybody who votes for @themarkymark for witness, no excuses! I’m going to start making my list!

Also anybody I see voting for him will be eligible for my downvote too! I don’t know what else to do but try to get rid of him as a witness! So if anybody out there wants to help, just make sure you don’t vote for @themarkymark for witness! That would help me a lot! Here is an example below from today.
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Someone send me a list of everyone voting for markymark! I’m going to have to go after them one by one! Heres another:

E2CE5126-E250-4FC9-A5A4-6E7EE19ED6DA.png And another:
3645547A-9032-41DF-A4F8-85E94DB5A042.png I downvote people, but not like this, this is different. Here’s another:
F229D5BC-8EBD-47C0-9A17-4225B25A265A.png This is why I downvote anyone talking to him! Here’s another one:
3AE7E91E-09CF-4C17-8825-3D33CB2C89EC.png He’s the problem troll here, not me! I’m just defending myself! Get rid if him whatever it takes! Somebody do something about that maniac! I’m not giving in. I could go on all night with these screenshots, but I’m tired and have to fo to bed now! Good night!
Ok I guess I got time for one more, he even downvotes my sunset photography:
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In the morning I’m just going to add more and just keep posting this over and over every single day as the list grows until somebody helps me out and listens! Goodnight!

Follow @coininstant for more!

28.07.2019 11:00
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24.07.2019 19:22
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getting listed on Coinbase can help with that

What is the main reason for not being listed?

24.07.2019 19:51
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I can't speak from experience, because I spend most of my time coding, but I would assume the competition to get Coinbase's attention is fierce.

24.07.2019 19:56
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I question some of the latest coins that were chosen to be listed on Coinbase. Unfortunately deep pocket money must be the basis for their latest picks.

Posted using Partiko iOS

24.07.2019 20:18
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Same here. Some have/had lower market caps than steem when they were listed and also the issue of whether or not they are a security is more murky than that of steem. Not sure why we are not on there yet?!

24.07.2019 20:20
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I keep hoping Steem gets listed on Coinbase....
We are a working blockchain, s I’m not sure why we are not a priority??

Posted using Partiko iOS

25.07.2019 13:59
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There are lots of working blockchains not listed on there. I would think given the other things steem has going for it, IE one of the most used by real people, didn't do an ICO, sets up perfectly for Coinbase Earn etc. would have it near the top of the list.

25.07.2019 15:56
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I had Bit coin connect wallet last year.how do I transfer my funds to a different coin?. I'm a sports card collector / blogger I like talking about sports cards

26.07.2019 00:43
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I agree, we should be at the top of the list, but my gut feeling tells me we are not.

Then with HF21 coming they probably don’t want to touch Steem.

Someone reminded me that after HF’s the exchange wallets need to be updated and are offline.

Last year Binance was offline for almost month, and that will just kill Steem’s price, and we don’t need that happening now!

With all this “talk” about on-boarding and light wallets yesterday, I wonder where we are going.

I made a comment on the on-boarding post yesterday, about my friend that is trying to get her account setup and she is so lost.
I am afraid she has lost her account.
I was trying to help her, texting information...... She hand wrote her master password......it’s so easy to miss one letter 🙄

If we go to light wallets, will exchange’s lower our priority to list Steem?

Posted using Partiko iOS

26.07.2019 14:53
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Not sure, but I do know a bunch of hardforks won't help our cause because they will always have to keep updating/upgrading their wallets. Which after enough times they may say it's not wort it if not enough trading volume even takes place with that particular coin. Regarding the price of steem tanking if wallets are off line... ehh... remember if the exchange wallets are offline, it might mean people won't be able to sell... though more than likely it will just mean they won't be able to transfer in or out.

26.07.2019 16:41
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I had Bit coin connect wallet last year.how do I transfer my funds to a different coin?. I'm a sports card collector / blogger I like talking about sports cards

26.07.2019 00:43
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I’m not sure how your wallet works, but I’m sure there is a withdrawal button.

I

Posted using Partiko iOS

26.07.2019 14:32
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What is the main reason for not being listed?

On many exchanges it comes down to greasing palms. Not sure if coinbase has a base listing fee or not.

27.07.2019 12:02
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If Profit >> Price of the grease

DO IT :D

P.S. This is why crypto must be centralized (*oh, nooooooo)with a single strong figure, with elan, with magic, with visionand with a lot of coins

27.07.2019 12:28
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What did you see in steemit that made you get into it?

24.07.2019 19:56
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  1. Peoples time and ideas are worth money. Traditional social media sites take your work and profit off it, sharing nothing back to the creator. Steemit shares value back to the users who make it a reality. This is a game changing paradigm shift in my opinion.
  2. Traditional social media has centralized control over censorship. The STEEM chain itself has the ability to mitigate this issue and I think this feature has great potential and should be exercised.
  3. STEEM is at the forefront of the cryptocurrency/blockchain revolution, STEEM is also open source. Both of these things are incredibly attractive to me as someone who loves technology.
24.07.2019 20:35
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Thank you for this response.

24.07.2019 20:39
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Steem and Steemit are the best..... I made $40,000 in 6 months here simply sharing my artwork and photography.

29.07.2019 09:52
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I had Bit coin connect wallet last year.how do I transfer my funds to a different coin?. I'm a sports card collector / blogger I like talking about sports cards

26.07.2019 00:50
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Awesome, thanks for this! Any chance we can get some support for lowering the number of witness votes per account from 30 to say 10, or even 5? The top 20 witnesses are all being selected basically by a few of the largest stake holders which is doing the opposite of decentralizing the chain.

24.07.2019 20:11
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Very interesting idea.

25.07.2019 00:06
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I think we need to make this change as soon as possible.

25.07.2019 15:54
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I personally would be in favor of such a change. I think that starting a discussion about making a change like this would be a good next step.

At the same time, we need to stay focused on the release of SMTs and I would not want to see any other changes taking precedence over it at this time.

25.07.2019 16:49
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I agree. I think SMTs and Communities need to be the top priority, over anything and everything else.

25.07.2019 17:05
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By the way, what is the ETA on these things (SMTs)? A month or two? Longer? What is your best guess?

25.07.2019 17:38
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There is no official release date as of yet. We will likely be posting burn up charts that can give more insight into SMT development.

Unofficially, we are making a really strong push to have something to show for STEEMFEST.

26.07.2019 16:28
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Awesome, that is great news! I sincerely hope you have something to show by steemfest then! :D

26.07.2019 16:43
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I'm relatively new on the platform, but this makes it clear to me several aspects of which I had some doubts.

There are a lot of people who are committed to the project and no one can think that this is done to make it worse. On the contrary, all this work is for us to take that leap in quality that we all need.
On the other hand the invasion of new currencies in the market through steem engine what they do is promote disunion. At this time more than ever we must remain calm and make steem the blockchain that we all want.
NO to censorship.

Greetings from Venezuela.

24.07.2019 20:56
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Thanks for your service man 🙌

24.07.2019 21:04
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Great post and thanks for laying all this information out so clearly. Coinbase...that would be a step forward, for sure! Really looking forward to SMT's

24.07.2019 21:56
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Hurry up~ plz

24.07.2019 22:12
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Thanks for all this info. This is great.

@Gerbino could you please answer to me the following questions? I will really appreciate it.

Right now I am planning to lunch a token over Steem-Engine. After reading all your points I can see SMT's have potential so basically in your opinion and based on your knowledge: would you recommend to wait until SMT's are lunched or should I start the token using SE and them move to SMT's?

Also, what are the estimations in costs for an ICO performed under SMT's system? So far in Steem-Engine, making a token which can actually get a real use it is around $600 minimum. So it would be nice also to now if all the ICO's in steemit will have a cost in STEEM? Another thing that comes into my mind is to know if the SMT's tokens will be capable of act as an autonomous blockchain. That last question and pardon my ignorance in those matters, is because if the SMT's tokens will be capable of being listed in exchanges as well? Maybe all this development will make STEEM Blockchain as Ethereum where right now we have trading pairs as ETH/USD, ETH/many tokens created under Ethereum. So I imagine something like trading pairs as STEEM/USD(in which case they are being traded as we all know) and also STEEM/any SMT token.

Thanks in advance for your hard work and for your time.

24.07.2019 22:22
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I think that depends on what your intention is. I would wait/use SMTs if I wanted to list my tokens on popular exchanges directly; especially if the exchanges I'm considering already lists STEEM. The reason is that if an exchanges lists STEEM already, then all the infrastructure is in place to support an SMT. I don't deal with exchanges directly, but I imagine that one of the major hurdles an exchange must do is setup the infrastructure to support a new blockchain. If your token has volume, and the exchange already has infrastructure setup to support STEEM, it's a no brainer to add an SMT pairing.

24.07.2019 23:14
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Really great info here. Thanks for all your work.

Has burning a certain amount of Steem been considered as part of the ICO cost. If not, please suggest it. I personally would like to see more Steem uses/sinks.

24.07.2019 23:59
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There is already a mobile app on Steem blockchain called Partiko, you should check it out :)

Posted using Partiko Android

25.07.2019 00:29
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I had Bit coin connect wallet last year.how do I transfer my funds to a different coin?. I'm a sports card collector / blogger I like talking about sports cards

26.07.2019 00:44
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no censorship would be nice.

25.07.2019 01:47
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Already no censorship.

25.07.2019 23:00
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Image (or post) not shown due to low ratings

29.07.2019 00:49
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That's not censorship. Censorship isn't readily accessible information curated as hidden by default on certain front end services. Censorship is when you cannot access the information, no matter how much you try, when the information was changed / edited without any kind of reference that it was edited, that's censorship. Let me ask you this regarding information curated as hidden by default, do you think that it should be removed, the option for things that have been downvoted to be hidden? If so, do you think that such warning/caution should not be attached to questionable content? What if someone posts some incredibly harmful things, like fatality pics/videos, and they make it seem like it's a video of kittens when it's actually something very disturbing and clearly harmful, not just deceiving, should they be able to do so pretty much with impunity?

29.07.2019 01:17
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who guards the guardians?

01.08.2019 04:42
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That's exactly the point of this whole place, there are no guardian roles at all. Anyone who wants can copy this entire place with almost no technical knowledge, they can figure out how to distribute the initial stake and start their own version, and tweak it how they want, and if they want, they can only clone the condenser (the front end) as that too is open source and requires close to no tech knowhow, and they can change whatever they want, if they want to remove the option to make content that's rated below a certain threshold initially substituted by a button that once clicked reveals the original content, then they can, and people have done that already. They have cloned the chain and removed the option from the base layer (chain) to downvote, like whaleshares.io, then there are other places that, like busy and partiko, have a completely different front end that doesn't hide things that have negative payouts, and they did it the "hard" way, by making an entirely new frontend, it would be almost trivial to do it the easy way and clone the open source condenser.

I asked you those questions to discuss the merits behind serving certain content to the audience with a warning/caution that it may not be "good", because I think that such a feature is essential to the well being of the platform, it provides a very simple to use mechanism to caution the audience, and even if it is abused, it absolutely does not make it censorship, ever, since no information is unavailable or edited in any way. The whole "who guards the guardians" seemingly tries to avoid that conversation on the false pretext that there are such roles or such roles for the roles (guarding the guardians). Think about it, does the "rated/marked as hidden" feature not offer an overall benefit to the community, and do the downvotes as well not work to offer a check for unabridged abuse, not necessarily things like spam or bad/disturbing /deceitful / harmful content, but behaviors like exclusive self voting which would threaten the health of the overall community and would begin by as a prisoners dilemma, whereby more and more people race to vote only for themselves as there is reprocrisuon for doing so and anyone who is acting otherwise would mean not maximizing/capitulating on a guaranteed steem of profits.. I'm sure these aren't the first time you've stumbled over, these things are explained on a weekly basis it seems, just moments before writing this I ridiculed a retarded individual for trying to make a case that rated as hidden is censorship. People take censorship to mean anything and everything that isn't received positively it seems, they probably have never been actually censored or have witnessed actual censorship, it appears that people will whine, exactly like you have, asserting nil explanation or substance, nonsense like censorship, on a censorship proof platform for eternity. Even if things aren't rated as hidden, @hobo.media will certainly try to say it's demonization and therefore censorship, as if people are entitled to positive votes but not negative ones and rewards are guaranteed as if this isn't a game, but a crowdsourcing milking scheme.

01.08.2019 05:41
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Look away everyone, nothing to see here. This is not censorship. ;)

01.08.2019 06:19
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You're reduced to mindless ridicule and spamming, while like a good hypocrite you engage in censorship even though you yourself claim to be a free speech absolutist, and it's a logically sound conclusion as by using your own interpretation of censorship ( certainly, not mine, which posits that rating things as such, is simply rating things as such, especially considering that you cannot suppress my freedom of expression on this media by doing so) this is jetbejet (through - and-through) censorship. The beauty of all this, you expose that despite the numerous remarks and snide comments regarding being for logic you care for no such things, to you ridicule nil thought is fair, as was previously numerous attempts at tone policing amomg other such fallacious avenues to attempt at convincing people that "censorship is rating things as not worthy of rewards", and here you are trying to give credence to the inane nonsense non sequitur that there are guardians that need guardianship when the whole discussion was about the necessity of the "rated as hidden" feature, a discussion I didn't abide from for even the briefest of moments.

01.08.2019 06:35
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Dude, the flag was a joke... I thought that was obvious. Wow, I must have really pissed you off in that old conversation for you to rant so much at me.

And no, I did not read that wall of text, I glanced a bit, but not enough to know everything you said.

02.08.2019 07:30
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Not at all, I enjoy ridiculing you for your hypocrisy, nonsense and blatant lies, and could not care less what you think, as I said before, I'm not here to make you my friends /convince you of anything, you are just a medium for my repertoire exposing idiocy and bullshit.

02.08.2019 12:49
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Just screwing with you @baah, no true hard feelings intended. :)

01.08.2019 06:19
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This is coming from someone who rationalized that downvoting is censorship because it attempts to change behavior based on socioengeneering, that basically anything that impedes the free spontaneous expression is censorship, so that when someone boos at a speaker, they are engaged in censorship, and so that if they say they don't like something and voice that opinion, be it through voting, thumbs down, etc, that's attempting to suppress and inhibit the other person, and that is censorship because they are engaging in and I quote

"Censorship is not necessarily deleting but also inhibiting, prohibiting, putting down and restraining an expression. Flagging is restraining a message by making it less visible with the intent of it being seen by fewer people due to being more difficult to take note of.

Is flagging intentionally inhibiting content?

Definition of Inhibiting: "to discourage from free or spontaneous activity especially through the operation of inner psychological or external social constraints"

..

So, is flagging censorship? Anyone saying it is not is not disagreeing with me, they are disagreeing with the English language according to academically backed dictionaries.

You literally "reasoned" that because censorship is suppressing and because suppression is inhibiting that any inhibiting is censorship, and when rebuked and pointed out that some "X" are "Y" and some "Y" are "Z" but that doesn't mean all "Z" are "X" you literally said:

This is a ridiculous argument. I mean to be polite, but its so blatantly wrong. The point to this paragraph is nothing more than trying to reduce facts and truth with bewilderment. Its a trick, make the matter sound more complicated than it actually is and the opposing argument appears questionable. This is manipulative debating, like a politician would do.

Let's keep things simple, shall we? If it walks like censorship, and quacks like censorship, its censorship.

Which needs no rebuke as assertion nil explanation is dismissed by an assertion to the contrary, but let me be courteous and extend you another chance:

So anything that is inhibiting free expression is censorship, especially things like disagreement, dislike, negative opinions, as they all are confirmed by your litmus test:

"to discourage from free or spontaneous activity especially through the operation of inner psychological or external social constraints".

So here you are, a hypocrite in flesh and bones, trying your darnest through mockery, ridicule, sleazy slimy snide remarks" no true hard feelings" to operate to discourage me by the operation of inner psychological AND external social constraints, correct?

01.08.2019 07:26
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Dude, you are trying to bring back an old conversation that I ended because it was exhausting continuing the conversation. We disagree, let's just agree to disagree. I had given you plenty of my time back then and typed out plenty of responses to you. But I do stand by everything I said back then, it was right then and it is right today. You disagree with me, and that's fine.

But I warn you, businesses as brought up the downvote feature as one issue they have with this platform. Many publishers prefer places like Minds.com over Steem because this place is overly investor-centric for a social site. And investors have too much power over the place, able to devalue what they want and punish whoever they want. It has been recognized by many Steemians that whales have the power to make this place pointless to a user. If all your content is going to be shaded and condensed and your images removed, and you're not going to be able to monetize your content, you will not value coming to Steem and posting up content. Steem is its reward system and visibility, and when you reduce to completely eliminate those features, Steem because useless to you.

Let me show you:

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I found this quite comical, this guy honusurf believes in utilizing his 20,000 SP to punish people that simply communicate on Steem with someone honusurf dislikes. This shows the evils that exist with downvotes. However, this person's experience on Steem is ironically pointless, and the guy's 20,000 SP is not doing him/her much good because an even more powerful tyrant dislikes honusurf: iflagtrash and abusereports.

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This guy's content production days seem to be numbered. Why be on Steem when you could be on a more popular site that also doesn't reward you for content? The value of Steem's reward system is being taken away from honusurf by iflagtrash and abusereports.

Let's look at who else iflagtrash and abuse reports are censoring:

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Look at all the people that upvoted that guy's post. The majority of the people liked the content, but Steem's design did not care about what the majority thought. Steem served the wealthy three that disliked it and reduced the value of all the other voters to 0. I can't imagine I would ever want a system like that to grow to the popularity level of Youtube or Twitter, let alone a combination of all the social medias and blogs as is Steem's objective.

01.08.2019 19:07
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I don't like Honusurf, he/she seems like a real jerk. But I still don't believe in people having the subjective power to render their access to Steem's key features pointless.

Why but, clearly you don't understand simple game theory :

If there is no penalty for self voting and self voting is a guarantee of maximum "rewards" then it makes sense that in very short time the overwhelming majority will resort to self voting instead of risking otherwise. In doing so they are literally incentivized to spam post, and this will likely be completely automated so that they can set it and forget it as whatever value is extracted in a constant race to the bottom, until this place is rendered as the most nonsensical space in the world, with witnesses voting only for themselves, regardless of how many votes they have alloted, and with no one who is interested at all in building anything on here.

You are so completely wrong on this topic that you clearly have no qualm to lie and claim that things are removed or to use less than one percent of one percent of one percent of all flagging (which in itself is less than one percent of one percent of all voting) as some kind of argument that it's bad, but you don't like it, but you don't believe in flagging, but you don't like it.

01.08.2019 20:23
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Well, I'll give you this. It was fun hitting the downvote button on this comment...

02.08.2019 07:37
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Way to try and avoid the pertinent conversation regarding no flags and the viability of the system forward in such a scenario,o yeah, and thank you for demonstrating what a shit for brains idiot you must be by flagging something you have nothing to say to that had absolutely no reason to be marked as abusive.

02.08.2019 13:02
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Any conversation with you cannot reasonably be labeled "pertinent" in my opinion. The topic of flagging vs. not flagging is important to me, and I am happy to have that conversation with someone that seems reasonable and open-minded. You are not someone I believe has those qualities.

02.08.2019 22:39
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And what do you base your insipid opinions on? Did you not bring up the suggestion of no flags? What I pointed out in such a scenario is entirely pertinent to your suggestion, and there's absolutely nothing to debate about that not being pertinent. You can make up as many excuses as you wish to avoid that conversation and then try to claim that it's about me when it has absolutely nothing to do with me and my qualities, it is all about what would happen where there no flags, but thanks for demonstrating yet again your petulant insistence on strawmen and ad hominems alike, don't forget to yet again show that disagreeing with my remark regarding the inevitable consequences of no flagging without being able to formulate anything of substance or at least thoughtful is, aka your argument of silence--let's agree to disagree was not enough, you needed to try and censor me, something that you claim to be entirely against, or as you call it, "free speech absolutist", and then continue to do so, hypocrisy at it's best. Let me guess, you think that it's censorship sometimes, but not all the time to flag, right, or you don't even bother to try and justify it, right?

03.08.2019 01:40
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Well, of all the requirements I have for a worthy individual to debate with online I would have to say the ability to competently utilize the space bar on the keyboard is of the utmost importance.

03.08.2019 04:06
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Another snide remark without any basis what so ever. You lied, tried to claim that images are removed by flagging, you lied once more and tried to claim that YouTube doesn't even censor, when in fact YouTube has probably censored more people than China, and they continue to do so, you then avoided the conversation regarding a fairly simple to envision scenario that would undoubtedly happen if your idea of no flagging manifested and sought to attack me and my abilities instead of discussing what you claim to care deeply about, and the while you engaged in numerous attempts to silence me by flagging, which you consider censorship and is something you lied about as well by claiming that you are a free speech absolutist which is a complete joke and now you're still trying the same fruitless smearing and baseless jabs at my character that bore you absolutely nothing before, and that when confronted about them, just like numerous other things you brought up, you had absolutely nothing to base or substantiate them on.

Yeah, sure, I'm lacking in the ability to competently utilize spacebar, lmao, you're reduced to bullshit, and nothing else, and you tried to say I'm unreasonable why again? Lmao.

03.08.2019 16:30
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I did not lie, you are slandering me. Images are removed from visibility due to low rating, unless the site changed that. What you are claiming is that the blockchain data remains there. Yeah, maybe, but who is going to see it? Who is realistically going to spin up a condensor site just so that they can see their own content, which was made not visible for the rest of the community? Nobody.

04.08.2019 01:13
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Yeah, maybe, but who is going to see it?

There's no maybe about it. And whoever wants to see it.

Who is realistically going to spin up a condensor site just so that they can see their own content, which was made not visible for the rest of the community? Nobody.

You don't need to, you can use numerous options that let you see that. Not only that, on steemit images are not removed, they are still viewable, all one has to do is click on the REVEAL button that accompanied the message WARNING /CAUTIONING that said content was hidden due to low ratings. That's beside the point, because there's nothing to debate about "removed from visibility" Vs "images are removed" and your bullshit claim that I've slandered you, and/or whatever twisted delusional semantic argument you want to make that "images are removed" which was all you said and "images are from visibility", because the main point was what you avoided with that, you still avoid the conversation about your suggestions that no flags would make Steem better and your continued avoidance of that speaks volumes about how much you thought about and think about what you professed to be deeply concerned about, but much like your hypocrisy regarding censorship, lies about YouTube Censorship and it only points at what a twisted and delusional view of the world you have, hypocrisy without regard and snide remarks to accompany the evasion and twisted logic. Why are you responding again to someone you think hasn't the grasp of typing? O yeah, to claim I slandered you. O well.

04.08.2019 03:27
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Lie some more:

YouTube do not even censor lol.

Imagines are removed by steem flags.

02.08.2019 13:03
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it was right then and it is right today. You disagree with me, and that's fine.

It wasn't correct then, and asserting that it is correct now won't change it.

01.08.2019 20:24
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Assume there is a fixed amount of money to distribute, and that those who have a long-term vested interest in the future value and utility of the currency are the ones who must decide how to allocate it. Every vesting user casts their votes on who did the best work and at the end of the day the available money for that day is divided proportional to the votes such that everyone with even one net positive vote gets something.

The naive voting process creates a Prisoner's Dilemma whereby each individual voter has incentive to vote for themselves at the expense of the larger community goal. If every voter defects by voting for themselves then no currency will end up distributed and the currency as a whole will fail to gain network effect. On the other hand, if only one voter defects then that voter would win undeserved profits while having minimal effect on the overall value of the currency.

Ergo flagging.

01.08.2019 20:52
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this post was hidden due to low ratings

01.08.2019 22:15
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I asked you very pointed questions that you avoided, I consider this as nonsense then, good luck trying to be heard or taken seriously by anyone other than complete idiots and retards, and even though there's plenty of those imbecilic nonthoughts by their nature there are very very few with the knowhow, the connections, and least the reasoning ability to effectuate any meaningful change regarding making this place a toxic hell hole where users can post fatality videos under the deceptive title and thumbnail of "the cutest kittens ever" and do so without recourse other than maybe some idiots who stick around and try to warn people through the comment section, and without flagging, the fatality spamming trolls can earn tokens while doing it, perfect environment to promote crap, but at the very least, you can have your "no censorship please".

02.08.2019 00:40
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this post was hidden due to low ratings (not by me)
which further proves my point that Steemit is NOT resistent to censorship.
In fact I'd suggest that the existence of the Flagging mechanism is evidence that Steemit has built in censorship.

01.08.2019 22:24
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It doesn't, hiding something and offering a clear option to reveal it which acts as a caution/warning and completely removing something are two entirely different things. Also, Steem is not Steemit, no one has been censored on steem and for that to happen, for someone to have their content removed requires that 17 out of the top 20 witnesses do so.

The irony is that 'this content' which you claim is censored, is presented unchanged in it's original form and you are responding to it, in essence how can something be censored and you can see it in its entirety, unedited and completely original, and respond to it?

Clearly your interpretation of censoring is rating things as hidden, which anyone who understands what freedom of expression is, recognizes that rating things is a form of expression itself while whatever was rated as hidden, since it is still available in the exact same place where it was first published and is otherwise completely intact, only predicated with a caution that it's rated as negative, it does not infringe on that author's freedom of expression.

02.08.2019 00:32
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I agree. :)

01.08.2019 06:20
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Here you are, shameless as ever agreeing to what exactly? If the agreement was thoughtful, if it was sensible or at the very least if it was true and right, my question would be cherished as a jump point to explain yourself and clarify for all what it is you seemingly consider agreeable, something that any critical thinker wouldn't squander by slinking away from in silence, but I bet my bottom buck that you won't come back with a straightforward and cogent explanation which leaves nothing to uncertainty or vagueness alike as to what "who guards the guardians" is in reference to and how that has any validity as a contention to what I said

01.08.2019 06:52
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Dude you tagged @hobo.media, of course it caused my notice... Duh. You rubbed the genie lamp.

As for the "vagueness" claims. Actually, I have not been silent, you and I spoke a lot on this subject and it got tiresome. My "silence" is really a result of me giving up in being able to have a respectful conversation with you. Marky and I disagree on this topic, but we're able to do it respectfully and walk away from the conversation without disdain for other. Your debating style reminds me of me when I was 18 before reading the book How to Win Friends & Influence People, and there was a reason I had had that book put in my face back then.

As for my agreement to the guy's statement. Look, all you have to do is reading a dictionary and it will point out that the downvote feature is censorship:

Censorship, the changing or the suppression or prohibition of speech or writing that is deemed subversive of the common good. It occurs in all manifestations of authority to some degree, but in modern times it has been of special importance in its relation to government and the rule of law.

Source: https://www.britannica.com/topic/censorship

Your argument is that the downvote does not prohibit nor change the language. It does change the message as images can be outright removed "due to low rating" as it says. However, it does in fact suppress the speech of the downvoted individual as well.

Dictionary definition of suppress:

There are a few definitions I found particularly suitable for this topic:

  1. "to restrain from a usual course or action"
    (content is now shaded and made less visible than all the rest)
  2. to inhibit the growth or development of
    (you want it to lose the rewards it would have received by voters other than you and lessen its ability to be seen and discussed)
  3. to keep from giving vent to
  4. to keep from public knowledge
    (why would it go shaded and condense if not to make it difficult for people to see?)

You are also completely ignoring why people are fleeing Youtube for Bitchute and Patreon for Bitbacker and cryptocurrency donations. Youtube is not prohibiting content, but making it more difficult to find with its new algorithms, and also demonetizing them. Patreon is commonly spoken about as a platform that demonetizes content it dislikes and the wide audience of these content producers refer to this as financial cenorship.

Lastly, the evidence is in the behavior of flagging communities and bots that reveal the truth of their authoritative mentalities. The Abusereport bot literally explains that it will flag anyone the bot creator deems a "trash" person. This shows that its creator is a controlling authoritarian with the same attitude of the Twitter administration with its subjective judicial system. Worse, the creator of the bot is imposing on Steem the same concept utilized by cults that employ shunning and the shunning of those that do not shun marked people in order to control access to a variety of viewpoints.

The reality of the downvote feature is that it exists due to authoritarians that are not satisfied with having a vote for what they like, they need more, control over the voices, thoughts and votes of others. Elections do not require downvotes, a vote for one thing satisfies as a vote against all other options. Downvotes are simply unnecessary.

01.08.2019 18:34
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images can be outright removed

Nothing is removed.

01.08.2019 18:45
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BTW, YouTube is removing content and has been, what you're talking about is ridiculous. Not only do whole channels get deleted but some comments are edited in real time.

01.08.2019 18:46
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Censorship is all suppression and all suppression is inhibiting and therefore all inhibiting is censorship. Flawless nonsense, zero qualm for sensibility like not all suppression is censorship, or not all inhibiting is suppressing.

01.08.2019 18:49
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Alright dude, we're never going to agree and I can't see how there is any value in this conversation going on further. So, good luck with everything.

02.08.2019 07:54
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Lmao, you give up trying to assert that nonsense in order to convince me that it's correct in the least? Let me repeat it for you:

Without flags this place would quickly cater exclusively to self voting formulaic spam and will soon lose any and all value as abuse would be unchecked. In an analogy, if there are no rules of the road or if no one can or no one enforces them, what do you think that will happen? Mur freedom, or endlessly less? (it's a rhetorical question, make me happy and waste your voting power trying to censor me and the truth, as idiots usually cannot stand being demonstrated to be idiots by their own words)

02.08.2019 12:57
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this is worthy of a post in itself

09.08.2019 01:16
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Look away everyone, nothing to see here. This is not censorship. ;)

01.08.2019 06:18
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Exactly what isn't censorship? I'd like to see if you can explain your response with clear and sound rational logic or if you'd rather be left to snicker in the corner while seemingly attempting to find some support from someone who responded with a non sequitur, as you've done thus far.

I'm sure that if you keep this up you'll have no problem convincing people that steem is inherently allowing anyone with a little bit of stake to censor, something that it (steem white paper) states in no uncertain terms that it is against on a most basic level, and wouldn't be a stretch to call it the ethos of this place, and after all, if you aren't actively exposing that disparaging and blatantly deceptive fact, you're silently condoning the deception. Check mate.

01.08.2019 06:46
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I can view anything here simply click reveal comment etc.

29.07.2019 09:53
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Thanks for the hard work.

25.07.2019 02:02
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thanks Gerbino.

25.07.2019 02:38
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Thanks for the great post! Steem is not on coinbase, but could i send steem dollar to the wallet? Sorry, im new on steem :-)

25.07.2019 04:06
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Post is very lovely and encouraging.
Hope all is well at the end. Waiting for steem SMT. Will see you soon .....

25.07.2019 04:12
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Thank you this great Reply
God bless you

27.07.2019 08:04
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Stevie baby! Finally some (much deserved) face time! ;)

25.07.2019 06:04
1

Thanks brother, great to hear from you!

25.07.2019 14:44
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Good post

25.07.2019 08:39
1

Very nice, thanks for the peak into your accomplishments and perspective.

25.07.2019 11:35
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1,2,3, gute Laune

25.07.2019 11:37
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I enjoyed reading this, tho I didn't watch the video but it was nice read. Thanks and best of best in your codings!

25.07.2019 11:50
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Thank you Steve!

25.07.2019 13:56
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Thanks for working on Steem and doing this interview :D Steemit Inc starts to come a live this way ;-) Cheers!

25.07.2019 14:47
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Ayúdame con un me gusta o un mensajito para poder comenzar a ganar algo de dinero por favor.

25.07.2019 15:34
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@gerbino best of luck with hf21 testnet stuff and then moving onto SMTs. Wonder how they will differ from Steem Engine tokens. Heard this on #pypt

25.07.2019 16:18
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!SHADE 1
Thanks for engaging with posts presented on PYPT

29.07.2019 19:44
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Hi solominer the SHADE tokens are on the way.
Thanks for sharing SHADE
To view or Trade SHADE visit steem-engine.com

29.07.2019 19:45
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Thank you for all the work your are doing for STEEM. I see that their are a number of folks working furiously (I get e-mails from GitHub showing the work going on). Appreciate your devotion to this blockchain revolution of ours.

#PYPT Podcast !

Have a great week. This post was shared on #PYPT by @jackmiller [witness] for the STEEM Blockchain.

25.07.2019 16:22
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My pleasure sarge! o7

25.07.2019 17:08
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!SHADE 1
Thanks for engaging with posts presented on PYPT

29.07.2019 19:44
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Hi sgt-dan the SHADE tokens are on the way.
Thanks for sharing SHADE
To view or Trade SHADE visit steem-engine.com

29.07.2019 19:45
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Great to know about the person behind those commits ... All the very best

25.07.2019 17:11
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Good information, build confidence in STEEM.
I think it is the first label that should be used.
I will begin to cure everything that is labeled with steem.
Thank you.

25.07.2019 17:39
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Great reply my good friend here on steemit

27.07.2019 08:02
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Thanks for all this info. @gerbino

25.07.2019 21:30
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thanks @jackmiller for sharing this post, on #pypt @pypt

Always good to see who works on Steemit and what they are up to!
Also, thanks for joining us at The Witness Chat recently on The Ramble.

25.07.2019 22:51
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!SHADE 1
Thanks for engaging with posts presented on PYPT

29.07.2019 19:44
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Hi bluefinstudios the SHADE tokens are on the way.
Thanks for sharing SHADE
To view or Trade SHADE visit steem-engine.com

29.07.2019 19:44
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Thks for the work you are doing @gerbino for the Steem community. You nail it and I agree 100% that Steem is the only token out there providing a service that people really want. Many altcoin with die. Price and Value are not the same. Steem On!

26.07.2019 02:04
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অনেক ভাল

26.07.2019 02:25
1

yes
you true.

26.07.2019 02:36
1

Thank you for this response.

26.07.2019 06:02
1

These interviews are helping community to start having confidence in steem team. But do do get external resources into the cycle for much more effective and efficient development.

26.07.2019 08:55
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I want to become problem solver like you, and am working toward that vigorously

26.07.2019 10:13
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amazing vision of steemit the future is there :)

26.07.2019 17:41
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rise me up looks like a good service. do you think it's convenient to make to every post?

26.07.2019 17:44
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Thank you so much !

27.07.2019 00:14
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Thank you for the update, and for all your hard work on the blockchain! 🙌 I am very glad that @jackmiller shared this link during the PYPT curation show in TheRamble discord server! 😃

27.07.2019 06:16
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!SHADE 1
Thanks for engaging with posts presented on PYPT

29.07.2019 19:44
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Hi thekittygirl the SHADE tokens are on the way.
Thanks for sharing SHADE
To view or Trade SHADE visit steem-engine.com

29.07.2019 19:44
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Nice to meet you here on steemit community am new a member from Uganda africa i need your help and advices about this platform

27.07.2019 07:57
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Interesting thoughts about the censorship resistance...

STEEM is already censorship resistant (for text at least), if you're a power-user. The difficulty is enabling it for casual users who rely on GUIs to fetch data and interact with the chain. Anyone hosting a website or listing his app in app stores is legally liable for whatever can be accessed through it. You can receive DMCA emails, get ISP-DNS blocked, or worse...

What we need to achieve true censorship resistance:

  • fully-static apps (i.e. no server at all - all data conversion work done in the UI) - already the case for DTube :)
  • no need to go through an authority to download/install - that means no apple store and no domain name. Rather the builds need to be shared via p2p like torrent or ipfs
  • no 3rd party integration (in the large sense). That means no domain names or ips anywhere in the code. The app should auto-discover peers and catch up with all the data on startup

The value of doing all that for blog posts or videos is kinda low tho, when you consider that you're gonna lose 90% of your users because of the added complexity.

But imagine doing it to build a decentralized marketplace (silk road) leveraging the escrow / savings / memo encryption / no-fees features of the steem chain?

27.07.2019 11:41
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I think all Steemians are disappointed with how the coin is ranking. I can remember it being in the top 20 or even higher. It has more utility than most above it.

I am still not sure where SMTs will take us, but that seems to be the main vision. I want to see more people using Steem and the communities feature is what I look forward to.

Have fun

27.07.2019 13:25
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Hi, how can I help?

27.07.2019 19:35
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Great Job!

27.07.2019 19:41
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This is a bit over my head, but I can appreciate your tenacity and applaud you for finding your vision and working in something you are passionate about! I agree with you that the Steem coin will do well as our community provides value. Hoping I can contribute as you have!

28.07.2019 05:56
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always fascinating, when children with 13 years already start a big deal

28.07.2019 07:09
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I couldn't agree with you more, Steem, for me is the only one that is working right now, has a large user base, has a large amount of dApps available (some of which are tremendous) and shows real potential, Steem is miles ahead in terms of blockchain evolution, not only for devs and entrepreneurs but socially too, most of the other ones are on a promise, so yes Steem on indeed!!!

28.07.2019 09:33
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Every time I try and use steemd.com to look up my comments and stuff, they never seem to appear anymore, & I get this message below instead:

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And then I always get this message too!

I also always run into this message below!
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Time for me to stop voting for them for witness, I think they are corrupt! Must be the global blacklist or something else going on!

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I only vote for 2 witnesses, now this new removal will take me down to one! Un-Voting @steemd in the morning if my stuff is still broken! I will add @parriko for witness to replace @steemd! This is getting ridiculous, there is not going to be any way for me to access my account any more if everybody keeps blocking me like this! #onmyown! Seriously this is all @themarkymark’s fault! He’s the one doing all this to me, slandering me calling me the troll. Truth is he’s way worse than me, and he is the real troll! Just go look at the vote history and see how irresponsible he is flagging all my posts for months. Pretty soon I’m just going to concentrate on downvoting everybody who votes for @themarkymark for witness, no excuses! I’m going to start making my list!

Also anybody I see voting for him will be eligible for my downvote too! I don’t know what else to do but try to get rid of him as a witness! So if anybody out there wants to help, just make sure you don’t vote for @themarkymark for witness! That would help me a lot! Here is an example below from today.
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Someone send me a list of everyone voting for markymark! I’m going to have to go after them one by one! Heres another:

E2CE5126-E250-4FC9-A5A4-6E7EE19ED6DA.png And another:
3645547A-9032-41DF-A4F8-85E94DB5A042.png I downvote people, but not like this, this is different. Here’s another:
F229D5BC-8EBD-47C0-9A17-4225B25A265A.png This is why I downvote anyone talking to him! Here’s another one:
3AE7E91E-09CF-4C17-8825-3D33CB2C89EC.png He’s the problem troll here, not me! I’m just defending myself! Get rid if him whatever it takes! Somebody do something about that maniac! I’m not giving in. I could go on all night with these screenshots, but I’m tired and have to fo to bed now! Good night!
Ok I guess I got time for one more, he even downvotes my sunset photography:
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In the morning I’m just going to add more and just keep posting this over and over every single day as the list grows until somebody helps me out and listens! Goodnight!

Follow @coininstant for more!

28.07.2019 11:00
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Hola Comencé a seguirte amigo muy buenas tus publicaciones

28.07.2019 15:41
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Thats great

28.07.2019 17:34
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awesome way to make videos keep it up

28.07.2019 19:55
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Nice work. Keep it up. 👏👏👏

28.07.2019 20:15
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Hola gerbino buen post... Te felicito. Espero a tu próxima publicación por acá.

28.07.2019 21:45
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I am really glad to meet you on SteemIt and applaud the work you are doing. I too am a believer in Steem and hope that things will keep moving up from here. Thanks! Let’s Steem on!

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29.07.2019 07:48
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It would be really great to be listed on Coinbase now.... but I just send my Steem to Binance .... convert to Litecoin and send to Coinbase. It’s supper easy ... fast and cheap.

29.07.2019 09:51
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I am new but more power to steem !

29.07.2019 17:16
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Thank you for developing this fantastic platform bro!

31.07.2019 19:38
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