Freewrite: What Constitutes Effort on STEEM?


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This time around, you take a series of your art, photos, or collectibles, and write a narrative about each one.

This is the struggle we get with the Facebook crowd. They stick the pictures on, wait and wonder why nothing happens.

This is more like becoming a writer, a journalist. Some have it, some don't. Anyone can learn to do it, with varying degrees of success.

09.02.2020 18:03
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Even low effort has some value in my opinion, but I agree the expectation of some people is not realistic for what they are putting in.

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09.02.2020 18:24
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And YouTubers... We encourage people to come from other platforms, but of course VERY few will post to Steem/DTube/3Speak exclusively. They will just treat 3Speak etc as another place to spread their videos.

How should they be rewarded? The STEEM based effort is often no more than just clicking the upload button. At least hopefully they make some effort to add some text to describe what the video is about...

09.02.2020 19:25
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In those cases as a voter I look at how engaged they are on the platform. If they are merely just flyby cross-posting their content and not participating, I typically pass them by at the very least. In some cases when they are over-rewarded, and their replies to comments are non-existent, I'll downvote them.

@gardeningchannel hasn't made a YouTube video in a little while, but typically when he does, he is highly engaged in the comments. I personally want more rewards directed to creators such as this, and less to people passively attempting to monetize their content.

09.02.2020 23:28
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Yes agree on that differentiation.

@gardeningchannel is a good example of engaging. Pity he seems to have stopped posting at the moment.

12.02.2020 12:07
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High Effort on STEEM is High Effort on STEEM

That's all you need to say. I spend hours and hours in the music studio, invested in thousands worth of equipment, gear, learning production techniques... but that's got nothing to do with STEEM. I went travelling, spent thousands on flights, accommodation, activities but that's got nothing to do with STEEM.

When you then want to get something out of the platform/network/community, whatever you want to call it, you need to put the effort in to THAT specific platform/network/community. There's no magic formula, it just requires effort.

And if you can't/won't/don't put the effort in to make your posts (at the bare minimum) on STEEM then you can't expect to get much out of it.

Same with anything in life as well in that sense.

09.02.2020 18:15
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When you then want to get something out of the platform/network/community, whatever you want to call it, you need to put the effort in to THAT specific platform/network/community. There's no magic formula, it just requires effort.

Well put my friend. Thanks for the input!

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09.02.2020 18:28
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Ah I just logged in at the right time and saw this post. People who expect something for nothing grind my gears 😂

Skills on writing, video editing, music production can be taught to those that are willing to learn. Obviously you need some minimum level of initiative and creativity but a lot of it from there comes from drive and motivation.

The amount of times I've seen cookie cutter tracks and promo with just a link shared to the track as a tweet to be considered "marketing"...

Anyway, I'll stop myself there otherwise my phone keyboard will become less sensitive as the tapping on the letters from my thumbs become firmer with each word 😁

Thanks for the misterengagement.

09.02.2020 18:36
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Quality is definitely subjective. To some people, seeing a photo with 20 words describing it is a waste of STEEM upvotes.

To others, they appreciate the work that led up to the moment captured by the photographers lens.

Same goes for something like a drawing. Some see a simple scan of something you drew and think it’s worthless in terms of voting and others see an artful piece that took hours to plan & draw.

This is why communities, SE and SMT tokens are so important with an ecosystem like Steem. It allows the people who appreciate photography to reward quality photographs and the people who love art to reward quality art pieces.

Same for written content. Some people want a nice, handwritten piece of content that dives deeply into a topic of interest. But that’s not for everyone.

I think a lot of people (too many) on Steem value content based on word count rather than actual substance.

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09.02.2020 18:58
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This is why we have upvotes and downvotes in the first place, and through them can express opposing viewpoints of valuation.

I definitely agree that SMTs in theory should change the game. If there is an SMT centered around low effort posting (twitter and instagram type posts), how those rewards are distributed is none of my concern in terms of being a holder of STEEM. The spirit of STEEM base chain is blogging, and in that spirit, highly rewarding a piece of content that doesn't meet a minimum of standards from a SEO perspective is a non-starter for myself and many stakeholders.

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09.02.2020 19:20
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Damn make me feel like using the #shitpost tag on all my posts

09.02.2020 19:12
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Haha, if the shoe fits! Even #shitposts have some value, the question is how much? You've never struck me as someone with unrealistic expectations about it!

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09.02.2020 19:30
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Josh, I agree with you on almost every points described in this post. But my main point is:

  1. We don't really have to agree, this is not a platform of consensus. That is why there is upvote & downvote
  2. My main issue with most of steemit "content creators" is the sense of entitlement. In my mind that is the source of the problem
  3. Everyone in steemit is "content creator", please! Seriously? 80% of steemit is probably shitpost. Our friend @abh12345 can probably do some basic research and give us a better number. My point is, there will always be argument what is good and what is not so good, but there will always be content that we can all agree that it is "shitpost"
  4. Similarly there can always be content that most of us can agree that it is stunning! That is the content we expect in "trending"
  5. My final point to the greater community; please stop thinking about personal goals/earning for a bit and think about the platform as a whole. Because if you continue to do your old ways, there may not be a platform to complain/milk etc. On the contrary, if you stop and just think about the betterment of the platform, may be there is hope and then we all survive and thrive together.
09.02.2020 19:31
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We don't really have to agree, this is not a platform of agreements. That is why there are upvote & downvote

Of course, I can only speak for myself and in which direction I feel the winds are blowing.

My main issue with most of steemit "content creators" is the sense of entitlement

I agree with you there.

Everyone in steemit is "content creator", please! Seriously? 80% of steemit is probably shitpost.

I would argue that most of those shitposts are content, and have some value, just not very much. There's too prevalent a view that you should get points for just showing up. In that way it's a good representation of the current state of our society.

I fully agree with your last points, but I don't think it will change much until the platform matures and is viewed as an institution.

09.02.2020 20:02
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09.02.2020 20:02
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I think that won’t work for me any more, as I think I have 1000+ tokens :) ...... right? @abh12345?

10.02.2020 00:37
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Is performing quests on holy bread and kicking ass on splinterlands "high effort?" IDK but those games put more money in my STEEM accounts than my blogging does.

My posts take me an hour tops to type out, including editing, uploading and finding pictures on pixabay. Sometimes they get written even faster.

But... I spent a LOT of time perfecting my writing craft, I read lots of books, and I took lots of typing classes to get my thoughts out faster. Shouldn't I be making $300 bucks per post? That's how much I make when I freelance and write for companies.

Then go freelance. LOL

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09.02.2020 22:19
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I'm guessing most of your statements are rhetorical, but I will respond anyhow.

It has little to do with how much you could potentially make outside of STEEM, and everything to do with how much the reward pool can sustain on STEEM as a platform. If you scale up the STEEM price, I would expect the potential reward in dollar amount to scale up as well. As far as the reward pool covering your sunk costs, the potential is there, but the expectation shouldn't be.

As far as using STEEM as a medium of exchange for trading game items, if you can make more money doing that, more power to you. I buy and sell Splinterlands cards using steem all the time.

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09.02.2020 22:58
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@metzli In my opinion all that you mentioned are high effort. I play splinterland too and I enjoy gaming in general.

However the question you ask is how you monetize it. It’s a valid question. To monetize anything you need a consumer. If your gaming content can earn $300 just like your freelance work, more power to you. But it is up to you to scale your time and effort accordingly. Right now there is no content out there in steemit that can pay $300 for an hour for your effort. So I am sorry to tell you that at this point in time this platform is unable to sustain your requirements.

10.02.2020 00:24
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I believe in the blockchain. At this moment, I feel wealthy, but am not feeling wealthy enough to invest in my future (traditionally speaking, using fiat) my steem blockchain efforts are for me to reap the rewards of in 10 - 20 years. Let's hope I am right in investing my time here.

10.02.2020 02:47
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10.02.2020 05:42
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Planktons voting less than 100%

10.02.2020 11:20
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Thinking about how to properly size your nanovote is important.

10.02.2020 15:09
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Usually if you are only posting photos and other images, you should be aiming for a bigger amount of text to describe the image/s, the topic involved, your thoughts about it and what you were doing and anything useful to share with the people of Steemit so they can better know the information surrounding what you have posted about.

Videos can get away with less, but not 1 paragraph, hell even 2 paragraph's isn't always the best. At times I try to aim for at least 3 paragraphs with a video to give some description about what people can expect in the video and information about things I chose and such.

I do want to try aiming for more text overall when needed with videos of my gaming, but I do my best to ensure I edit it to not be a constant stream of me playing. I chop it up to get the more important and better parts of my footage.

And yes, people who post less and expect much more need to stop expecting that. I am all for seeing posts with nice amounts on them, especially if my posts do, but I don't expect I get heaps and heaps and just enjoy sharing what I post about.

Hey look, this comment is bigger than at least half the posts on Steemit. 🤣

10.02.2020 11:33
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Nice, it looks like you have a great philosophy in terms of creating value. I think the most successful people are those that seek to create value, not simply concentrate on extracting it.

Hey look, this comment is bigger than at least half the posts on Steemit. 🤣

Calling all voters, calling all voters.

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10.02.2020 14:28
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Well since new steem became about creating content, the posts I always aimed for quality but now it makes it more worthwhile as people upvote based on quality. So whenever possible, people should try writing more and making the post stand out or at least be a good post for people to enjoy.

Thanks for the engage too,mate.

10.02.2020 14:38
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Great points you raise here bro,
I think it's human nature to experience moments of feeling like "things aren't fair", and that applies to everything, not just Steem. The harsh reality is life is not fair, and in a collective sense, humanity only needs to take a look in the mirror to see the source. Competition based capitalism is the world we have created, and continue to sustain.

Sometimes I get a little down on Steem, sometimes I feel like my post rewards are not high enough, but then I see people who've been here just as long as me, and probably put in an equal amount of effort, if not more in some cases, and I am making more than them. That is enough for me to take a step back and say "I am grateful."

To take it a step further, some people put effort into quality content on platforms like Facebook and make nothing.

I have a family member who's been peeping my Steem account lately and thinking about joining, and was blown away when I showed them my earned assets over the course of two years. It's not a ton of money here in NY, and I'm fortunate enough to be able to just stack it for the future. The point is, even if it's only a few cents a post, that is a few cents more than one will make on Facebook. In my opinion, that's reason enough to use Steem, while keeping gratitude in the forefront.

One last thing, engagement kind of sucks lately, and I'm willing to bet it has to do with that sense of entitlement. Comments do take a while to compose and think about, so it's understandable to a degree, but failing to engage and build relationships on some level with others is negating the intrinsic use case of Steem altogether, so the complainers need to check themselves! (imo) So, lower stakes can do those engage tokens and make alts to pump up low cost SE tokens and reward with those as a work around. Everyone knows they're getting some bilpcoin when the comment on futuremind's posts, and sometimes I'm in a good mood and blast all my Steem VP and comments too, who cares.. Less focus on the rewards, more focus on the revolutionary aspect of Steem! ok done rambling

10.02.2020 12:39
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The harsh reality is life is not fair, and in a collective sense, humanity only needs to take a look in the mirror to see the source.

Some people's idea of fairness boggles the mind. It has nothing to do with work or quality.

To take it a step further, some people put effort into quality content on platforms like Facebook and make nothing.

I think the major idea is that most people can't get their actual friends and family over here from Facebook, so they feel like they deserve something out of any effort they apply here. If it wasn't for rewards, they'd be gone.

I appreciate the substantive reply!

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10.02.2020 14:19
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I love psychology, and I agree that the fairness concept has nothing to do with work or quality. I mentioned to someone earlier here that I've been in contemplation about hierarchies and the nature of reality. Specifically human nature, and comparisons between intelligent organisms vs non-intelligent, or at least what we perceive as non intelligent. I won't get into it much here, but I'm thinking about composing a post on the topic.

I think the major idea is that most people can't get their actual friends and family over here from Facebook, so they feel like they deserve something out of any effort they apply here. If it wasn't for rewards, they'd be gone.

I think that is accurate, but many are on a mission to earn rewards regardless of who they can onboard, and I have seen some people come and go that really had no clue just how good they were doing here. 10-20 dollar posts in no time, and saying they felt their content was worth at least 50 dollars a post or it wasn't worth their time.. ok.. Did you make that kind of money somewhere else blogging to justify your deluded perception of what you "think" your time is worth? And are you considering what that Steem could potentially be worth in the future? Just my frame of thinking, sense of entitlement is rampant everywhere.

Thank you for the engage tokens @joshman, that was really kind. How does that command operate? It prompts a token transfer basically? I checked out the token on SE, and Asher's engagement league is super motivating, so this would certainly be a good way to support the project as I see it.

10.02.2020 18:42
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If you think anyone here owes you a vote, you could not be more wrong. Stop acting so entitled, it's not becoming of you at all.

Nobody "owes me an upvote", but I certainly don't expect a DOWNVOTE unless I've VIOLATED SOME RULE.

If you want steemit to be an echo-chamber for whale sycophants, then, by al l means, DOWNVOTE any and all criticism.

However, if you want steemit to be a MARKETPLACE OF IDEAS, then we should try to let people who like stuff to express their opinions by upvoting.

Imagine if people could join pa.treon and REMOVE monthly subscription payments from content creators they DISAGREED WITH? Do you think this would IMPROVE the pa.treon platform?

10.02.2020 15:27
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I have never advocated for content-centric opinion-based downvotes, and feel it is a cowardly way express disagreement with an idea.

Thanks for the comment!

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10.02.2020 20:27
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I have never advocated for content-centric opinion-based downvotes, and feel it is a cowardly way express disagreement with an idea.

I agree. Thanks for clearing that up.

10.02.2020 21:52
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I'm just not sure "effort" is the best predictor of "value".

Is a book (or birthday-card) produced by a printing press (low effort), automatically "less valuable" than a hand-written-book (or birthday-card) produced with much higher effort?

Are you familiar with AXIOLOGY?

10.02.2020 19:01
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Raw effort of course isn't the sole indicator of value.

I do value prior effort less, and express that through my voting. I prefer content created for the blockchain in terms of both post narrative and author engagement. I value simple digital reproductions of prior works, with little to no additional narrative (blogging), significantly less.

I am familiar with axiology as a general concept.

10.02.2020 20:47
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Sure, that makes sense.

But there are some that believe "low effort" posters should be stomped into negative rep.

And this is what I disagree with.

11.02.2020 17:00
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Every post made with honest intent has some value in my opinion.

11.02.2020 21:32
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Sometimes I just want to share something I find interesting, without any commentary, in order to spark a conversation.

11.02.2020 21:43
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Are there really lots of people complaining about not receiving enough reward?I have not encountered that yet.

Or are they complaining about the over abundance of flags?I have encountered a lot of that lol

Stunning 1st photo btw, breathtaking.

Effort and Value are very subjective terms. What may be a huge effort for me may be nothing at all for you. What may hold significant value to me may be completely meaningless to you.

The value Steemit holds for me, is in the conversations and connections. I am sure others will derive value from other aspects. I feel a bit confused by your post.

11.02.2020 00:34
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Are there really lots of people complaining about not receiving enough reward?I have not encountered that yet.

Many times the discussion surrounds a low effort post that's been over-rewarded and downvoted.

Thanks! They are subjective, which is a vote can be made from -100 to 100%, so an individual evaluation can be made. This is how the system was designed.

13.02.2020 05:49
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Wow thanks for the ENGAGE tokens : ) and the reply. So much to learn lol

Many times the discussion surrounds a low effort post that's been over-rewarded and downvoted.

I notice that some get a free pass with low effort posts. One turned up in my feed that had been resteemed the other day. It was just a one or two sentence question. I liked the question so I replied. I also looked at their other posts, all the same very low effort, but nobody gives a shit and he get a massive amount of engagement. I don't understand why people have a problem with some low effort posts and not others. I dont believe its just about the amount of rewards. More likely the ability to defend against attack.
Having said that i was having a look at mac-bot ? something like that, and I found an over abundance of accounts making up to 14 posts per day of what looked liked copy past with the same (probably alt accounts) voting. Well yea that needs to be sorted, but then he is also attacking that account tts which i think is a cool thing to use and would love to be able to call it the way you called the engage, especially with long posts.

Trying to dictate the quality of posts ! not such a good idea imho especial when it is not dealt with in an even handed way.

I guess reaching consensus on what needs to be flagged and what should not be flagged is difficult in a decentralized environment.

13.02.2020 08:35
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For sure, the focus tends to shift on what to go after, because there is only a limited amount of downvote power on an individual level, but there is also a limited number of people willing to use their downvotes at all. It can be a game of whack-a-mole.

If you see stuff that is particularly egregious, you can share it in the @steemflagrewards discord.

13.02.2020 19:11
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Thanks for the info and the engage.
I singed up with Steem Engine and to my surprise i found I already had some Engage Tokens and six other tokens and I have no clue how or why i got them lol
No complaints just laughing at my own ignorance

13.02.2020 20:59
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Thanks for the mention, brotha! I'll work on getting @trendthis on the mention exclude list as requested in about 30. (Feel free to remind me if I forget.)

If you are interested, I can set you up w a webhook like I did for @chops.token so people can see new @trendthis promoted content. lmk

14.02.2020 01:25
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13.02.2020 05:52
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12.02.2020 13:23
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Thanks!

13.02.2020 05:50
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I have nothing more to add to this i totally agree but maybe just one thing it is a shame and sad when i see a great post go unnoticed and then some post with a blurry photo and some broken English that doesn't even make sense and gets rewarded well..WTF..i don't get it 😣

13.02.2020 04:07
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That's more of an indication of our collective failure as curators in both the positive and negative direction.

Thanks for the comment.

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13.02.2020 05:51
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It is a huge job to keep up with i do appreciate that 👍

14.02.2020 13:16
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Thanks guys much appreciated 👍

14.02.2020 13:14
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Resteem your posting

14.02.2020 05:36
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Super

14.02.2020 05:39
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