The chances of getting negative curation, aka the almighty downvote, for using Bid Bots is very high post-HF21. Organic curation is replacing the artificial botted user experience.
Keep your posts bid bot free to avoid negating downvotes.
Yeah it's real shitty to write this post. I support organic curation and content discovery. I also support everyone's right to decide on whatever the fuck they want to do on a decentralized platfrom as long as they're not screwing over anyone else.
Does bid bot use screw other people over? In part, yes. It draws rewards from the communal reward pool. In part, no, as bid bot owners have to maintain their investments powered up. It's a balance. You got to look at both sides. Lots of bid botted crap got published over the last few years. A lot of it was pure filth that wouldn't earn a penny otherwise. Can be said that it's that history of filth that's fueling the current war on bid bots and bid bot users.
Bid bot use kills the sense of authenticity in post valuation. It leads to a lot of reward disagreement. You figure you deserve the rewards and you obviously do, because it's you and you know how hard you worked (or didn't work) to get that post out. Others see inflated values. That's one take. To look at it from the other side, who's to say that non-botted posts have a deserved value? The guy with the $50 in real user upvotes might just be best buds with the right people. Who the hell's to know. It's a fucking nightmare sorting this shit out.
I'm not a bot user myself. I'm such a shit bot user that the one time I had to use one for a promotion I had to ask my buddy to figure it out for me. Using a bid bot isn't easy. It's easier to run one, which I helped do for a time. It's fun to build them that much I can attest to. I don't know what role, if any, bid bots will have in 2020. They may all die out. They may evolve.
For now, those who use them got a real problem and that problem is they're putting a target on their back. It's seen as artificial reward manipulation. I don't want to tell anyone what to do. Everyone has the right to self-determination. I'll be straight up here. I joined back when we saw dogshit on Trending at 2k, mostly thanks to certain whale accounts. A bid botted $10 post isn't pulling that trigger for me. Not everyone has that image of the old 2016 Trending burned into their mind. We got a new set of users and makers out here now and the ecosystem took a drastic shift.
So I'm not going to tell you what to do. But I'm going to tell you what I figure I'd do and what I'd do right now is stay the fuck away from bid bots and focus on organic curation. Get to know some groups. Form one. Work towards increasing content discovery. What's the point of writing if no one's seeing it? Bots aren't the answer. No one reads bid botted posts; you just feel better about doing all that damn work when you see some numbers on the post, never mind you paid for those numbers.
When I see a hole in the drywall I see a solution. The solution is to patch the hole. There's no point in crying over this hole. It'll be a hole forever if you don't patch it up. Best is to take all that reliance on bid bots, throw it out, and readjust. Figure out how to fill that hole together.
I got the idea for the @dline project by looking at curation groups. The idea for there to be a retention project without anyone knowing it exists. Users aren't supposed to know they got dlined. They get their votes and comments and never know how it happened. It's a different but thankless approach. But that's the thing here, we need more of these approaches. Not going to tell you that I thought of something brilliant. Going to tell you that you can think of something brilliant.
So that's your challenge right here: think of something brilliant. Don't give up. You built up too many bridges to give up. Just think and ask for help if you need it. Got some amazing venture or post you worked your ass off for? Tell me. Anyone can message me. If I miss it just message again. I take messages from everyone. I'll never downvote you for sending me a link or for taking up my time. Speak up, ask, think forward and fix that hole.
10% of the rewards from this post go to the burn barrel @null, rest will go towards the next participaction challenge