I am No.t a NUMBER!


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I recall when I first grasped the "reputation" system of Steem... As a complete noob to this space, it held great magnitude and oh did I work and work to increase that little number at the top of my profile as if it was some kind of rainbow that held a pot of gold once reached. It was honestly like a continuous carrot dangled in front of my face, much like it is to most others newer to this space - that is, until they begin to climb that little ladder of irrelevance and realise for themselves just how utterly meaningless and destructive that number is!

Yes, I have earned my way to the 71 that I currently stand at - but the reality is that a good percentage of people here have simply bought their way to it which is unfortunate, but of no consequence in this post.

My point is WHY was this STIGMA of hierarchy put here in the first place?!

It gives many an unwarranted sense of entitlement and it makes people on the flip side of that coin feel unworthy and irrelevant! It reminds me of something oh so familiar... what is it... it's on the tip of my tongue... OH, that's it... OUR SHALLOW SOCIETY!

"Ooooh darling, what is that you are driving?! How does it even get you to where you are going?! - Why don't you get a new one? Have you seen mine?!"

Who's "grand" idea was it to create this automatically subconscious divide among equals from the ground up?!

I am so SICK of the stigma attached to that number!!!

Last week I was told that it was ridiculous to see a "rep 71 individual" behaving in such an unnecessarily emotional and dramatic manner" - errrr, ummmmmm....hmmmm let me think this one through - I don't recall signing any "LEVELS CONTRACT" with terms and conditions about how I could and could not behave or express myself. I am a human being with the right to express whatever I please, in whichever way I choose to do so.

I really detest how so many people here waltz around with their REP number like its a prefect badge! We are not in school anymore and you won't be sending me to detention.

As it is, the community of STEEM, whilst AMAZING - is a minority in the grand scheme of things and we should be standing together as a TEAM, not casting lines of divide!

And it is an UNDENIABLY unconscious divide! - You may not even REALISE that you are actively playing a part in that divide but there is a good chance that you are! Scrolling through feeds I can almost put money on the fact that 80% of people here are unintentionally paying less attention to a post by a 40 rep individual as they are to a post by someone with a 68 rep.

How sad is that?!?

I know there are many people here, including myself who try to remedy that "stigma", but would it not make more sense to do away with it completely?!

Judging one another from the outside in seems a pretty shallow approach and if we are to ever hold a REALLY loud voice to the rest of the world then I think removing that little number of divide would be a good place to start leveling the playing field so we can all TRULY stand as equals.... which is precisely what we are when you strip it all down!

We are a COMMUNITY, how about we start to behave like one! We are not "reputations or numbers" - we are people, human beings - and we all crapped in our nappies when we were babies!


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Awesome point

11.09.2019 21:00
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thanks ;)

11.09.2019 21:05
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@jaynie - very valid point - what purpose does displaying a "reputation" number that has nothing to do with a person's "reputation". As you said, many have bought their way there to that number. I'm working my way toward Dolphin for more weight to my voting power, but I could care less about that "reputation" number. But I know you are so right, people look at that number and pass over lower numbered people and look for bigger numbered people to vote on. Those doing that are losing out on some really great content. I say - Yes - STOP DISPLAYING IT - it serves no positive purpose.

11.09.2019 22:31
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Precisely.

11.09.2019 23:05
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I think that would be an interesting idea for sure! I have such a gamer brain - when I first joined, and saw my rep number climbing, I just assumed it was because of my activity on the platform (which in a roundabout way it is, since I hadn't invested any money at that time).

Then when it clicked that the number reflected the amount of Steem Power you had, and that you could essentially go from a 25 to a 70 in two seconds if you bought enough Steem to power up, I was like...


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Definitely food for thought, @jaynie. 😊

11.09.2019 23:05
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I thought it was related to the amount of rshares allocated to your account via upvotes (let me search where I read that from an I will share the link with you)

12.09.2019 00:49
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Hmmm, that would be interesting if that's how it goes. I keep trying to wrap my brain around how all of it works, but here I am, almost exactly two years later, and I'm still...


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12.09.2019 06:10
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Lol I will search for it and share the link as soon as I get my hands on it... Also let's break it down together since it is indeed very complicated

12.09.2019 15:30
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Coolness! Sounds like a plan, @joelsegovia! 😊

12.09.2019 23:33
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Precisely. It is in NO way an accurate gauge of ANYTHING. In addition to that, even if it WAS representative of "dedication" or "value" it is still creating a divide because we ALL have to start at the bottom of that ranking no matter how great we are at blogging or how much passion and enthusiasm we have rearing to go...

13.09.2019 10:36
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It was better once upon a time, and it can be better again. The community part is what is great about SteemIt. I have to admit I have a bit of a reputation bias, but I mostly try and look at the content of the post.

11.09.2019 23:21
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I seldomly look at that number since bid bots can make you a 60+ rep in one day of purchasing votes.

12.09.2019 00:49
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Precisely my point, but most still do it unconsciously regardless.

13.09.2019 10:34
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I do agree with what you have said and I certainly hope it heads in that positive direction. As for looking at the content of the post before anything else, I wish more people did that.

13.09.2019 10:33
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It would be better if you can highlight peoples behavior instead of a number labeling his "reputation". For instance if an user tends to curate more often than posting it should be a curator, if he or she stream videos on dtube the label streamer shall fit him or her... There are many more examples, for instance those who engage heavily in splintersland (a.k.a. steemmonsters) could be labeled as gamers or whatever name fits in.

12.09.2019 00:47
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That is an interesting take on things. I quite like that.

13.09.2019 10:37
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Hah, yeah, I don't have the faintest idea how it's calculated at all, and I've never looked into it. It doesn't seem to effect content at all.

12.09.2019 02:02
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Nope it has zero relation to content detail or quality.

13.09.2019 10:37
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Couldn't agree more...
That number doesn't mean a thing. Take te example account you just posted in the 'abuse' channel on PHC.
Makes me wonder why I put all that time and effort in to reach the same rep score, lol.

Scrolling through feeds I can almost put money on the fact that 80% of people here are unintentionally paying less attention to a post by a 40 rep individual as they are to a post by someone with a 68 rep.

There's a lot of that going around, unfortunately... I try to do exactly the opposite, even though I would probably earn more curation rewards if I didn't....

12.09.2019 07:33
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And you were the first person that came to mind when I mentioned that... re. certain people trying to do the opposite of what we are unknowingly conditioned to do. :)

13.09.2019 10:38
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😉
It ain't easy, though. I mean... maybe it's different during US daytime, but during European daytime, there aren't that many interesting posts to curate, imo. Not from low rep people, nor from high rep people.

I have the 'created' feed open in a tab all day, refreshing it at least every 15 minutes and, to be honest, I'm pretty bored with what I get to see.
Sometimes I feel like I should take the easy way, optimize my autovoting and look after myself first. My curation rewards have gone up a little, but they've not skyrocketed.
But then again... looking after myself = trying to give this platform a future... and without new accounts, there is no future.
Still, I find it more difficult each day to motivate myself.

(And, to be honest, I would lie if I said that my own reputation score didn't matter at all. I know it is shallow, but still... It's a little frustrating that not really getting somewhere with that rep score is the price I'm paying for helping out so many newcomers these last two years.)Posted with

13.09.2019 12:22
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during European daytime, there aren't that many interesting posts to curate, imo. Not from low rep people, nor from high rep people.

Agreed.

(And, to be honest, I would lie if I said that my own reputation score didn't matter at all. I know it is shallow, but still... It's a little frustrating that not really getting somewhere with that rep score is the price I'm paying for helping out so many newcomers these last two years.)

I understand what you mean and you are right in that respect... but it is never too late to find a healthy balance :)

13.09.2019 13:16
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I have to admit I was pleased to get my number up but mainly so my vote would amount too more. It’s still low!

12.09.2019 10:24
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I think we all share/d the same sentiment, but once you get there and realise that absolutely nothing changes and how completely pointless it is, it becomes obsolete.

13.09.2019 10:39
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I like growing my reputation but I know it's a worthless number. The highest rep account on the blockchain is haejin who is also the biggest shit stain here. That says it all.

I wouldn't worry too much about other people's opinions. Do what you enjoy and as long as it's not harming anyone else their opinions are worthless. There is no point even listening to them never mind paying attention to it.

12.09.2019 10:53
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The highest rep account on the blockchain is haejin who is also the biggest shit stain here. That says it all.

BINGO! haha :)

I am not at all worried about it personally, because I have long since realised how pointless it is but I still don't like the false "dick swinging" that it creates around here.

13.09.2019 10:41
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i think if steem were to actually reset the reputation for everyone and come up with a system that didnt rely on how much steem you've brought in over the lifetime of the account(bought or otherwise) it would at least be a good start. i understand the need to gamify activities in most community settings so i'm sure there can be a more fair system to still have a reputation without the financial requirements.

12.09.2019 15:12
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I totally agree! It should be based on merit not on wallet... but as we all know, money rules. lol

13.09.2019 10:42
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This “community” is way less about community than it is about reputation and earning crypto cash.

12.09.2019 17:12
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In the grand scheme of things - yes, you are correct which is why I am ever grateful to have my PHC community, where as a small collective we focus on the things that are ACTUALLY important - those being, the people behind the blogs and the content itself. :)

13.09.2019 10:43
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Well yes, it is just a number... but it is also one metric for seeing how "respected" an account is on STEEM (and by that, I don't mean that it is a judgement on the quality/quantity or any moral judgement either...).

However, like all metrics, they are useless if taken by themselves... and out of context and all of that...

12.09.2019 19:32
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but it is also one metric for seeing how "respected" an account is on STEEM

Hmmm, sorry but I don't agree with that one bit. It may have been intended for that purpose, but it has failed miserably! It is in NO way an indication of anything other than what money can buy you now, precisely as @niallon11 pointed out in his comment.

It SHOULD be representative of that, but it isn't. As it currently stands and functions (or doesn't function rather) - it serves no positive purpose other than delivering false perceptions.

13.09.2019 10:47
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It is only a first impression... And like real life first impressions, it can still be right or wrong and needs to be back up by substance afterwards. By respected (I did use the quote on purpose), I meant how the account had been voted upon by other accounts. It serves that purpose well, but it carries no indication on how or why the votes were delivered. That sort of thing is next to impossible to deliver in a single metric... In the same way that a credit rating doesn't necessarily determine the worth of a person!

13.09.2019 12:58
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I hear what you are saying and I understand the angle from which you are looking at it - it's a bit of a double edged sword really lol

13.09.2019 13:14
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@jaynie...Adsolutely brilliant!

You would be a unique and strong lawyer. I agreed with you.

Thank you for expressing yourself so free, and open for equality between human beings.

You are an inspiration, and anyways we know who we are. With reputation or not reputation numbers!!:)

12.09.2019 21:18
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hahaha thanks - Actually I did want to get into law and probably would have if I was not living in a completely lawless country lol.

You are an inspiration, and anyways we know who we are. With reputation or not reputation numbers!!:)

Thank you :) and yes... we do!

13.09.2019 10:48
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@jaynie I agree with you.

I wish you the best!! :)

Have an awesome weekend! :)

13.09.2019 19:18
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@jaynie,

I agree. The Rep Score is of utter insignificance, a thing which is more bought than earned. Whatever its original intent, it has been corrupted to the point of irrelevance.

Quality of content is not reflected by resume or wallet size. Indeed, some of the worst content is produced by those with the "most impressive" of both. This is the blockchain's Achilles Heel and it will be our undoing if not soon remedied.

Evolution is unkind to pretenders.

Quill

12.09.2019 22:58
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Whatever its original intent, it has been corrupted to the point of irrelevance.

100% agreed! - and on all other counts too.

13.09.2019 10:49
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Now this is a rant I can fully support, some excellent authors out there with low rep, why... they only offer content once in a while, quality detailed posts.

Then there are those with high rep posting 1 photo pics a few random words 8 times a day, which do you feel deserves the ranking?

Being pushed up the ranks via purchase or pushing information in my mind holds no motivation at all.

13.09.2019 10:26
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Quite right Joan and what annoys me about it as I have stated here already in the comment thread is that it delivers a false perception and when new comers see some of the people that are on the top (re. reputation numbers) it sends a very negative message.

13.09.2019 10:50
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Never give up, there are always those who arrive with learning to better themselves and stay to strive onto better days.

Whimsical quick 'money' never builds a good name, nor does it leave people looking forward to communicate again, only genuine bloggers build together on the know, like and trust factor.

13.09.2019 12:50
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Absolutely!!!! One of the main reasons I am really grateful for PHC :)

13.09.2019 13:09
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Excellent observations, @janie. If this is a true content platform where quality matters, the focus should be on the content, not the reputation of its creator.

15.09.2019 12:46
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