My Personal Thoughts - Steem/Tron Saga

This is a very long and rambling video where I discuss my personal experience of the days leading up to the Steem Community Witness initiated Soft Fork 22.2 and The Tron Hostile Takeover a few days later.

I walk through my thoughts on the situation, while also covering where the Ninja Mine even came from (and why it's different), the clear threats to the Steem Blockchain, how certain aspects described in this hostile marketing from Tron were actual items listed in the sale and therefore payment was dependent on them occurring (and therefore a very valid threat), do I think this was all avoidable, and what happened in those "Witness Chats".

This is an hour-long, yes a whole hour, rambling video of my opinions and only that. I speak for no one and represent no one but myself.

As promised I do try to answer a few community questions after my rambling, around 40-minute timestamp (if you want to fast forward).. but most were answered through my explanation of the situation though.. in my own words.

The video was one take, unrehearsed, no plan.. just me talking my way through my experiences in this situation leading up to where we are now. What I think, and what I experienced.

... and apparently, I had a lot to say. Due to the size of the file, I had some issues uploading and therefore it's a day late. Since the time of recording, we have already seen a few more updates (and got more questions sent to me).. So I will try to record another (shorter one) soon. To update everyone on where we are now and what the next possible steps may be.

The following are just my honest thoughts and opinions. They do not represent any group or attempt to speak on anyone's behalf. This is just me... saying what I think.

**2 of the 3 Exchanges involved in the Hostile Takeover I mention in the video have started powering down as of yesterday.

**I will go over the most recent updates in the next video.

**As mentioned in the video, this is a good post that shows some of the concerning messaging coming from Tron, leading up to the Soft Fork

Much Love,


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09.03.2020 14:01

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09.03.2020 14:07

Lol at "stealers". Justin a football fan?

09.03.2020 17:58

We calling thieves "stealers" now?

I can see him say it.

11.03.2020 21:59

Thanks for the history lesson, I think its important for all of us to know as much as possible before we make our decisions. I honestly think even if this results in a fork its still a pretty amazing case study of how decentralisation and old style of corporate governance does not mix and you'll need to find a new mix to work together.

Lol if anything this is a very expensive lesson for everyone, but we won't be alone there will be plenty of blockchains that go through shit and some will just die from it. A lot of the capital in the space is just speculation and eventually, it will be squeezed out of the chancers as some start to develop and pull away from the pack.

I think a lot has happened here worth saving and if so, more power to the people I say

09.03.2020 15:07

Yes I think the backstory and the things that led up to the decision of the softfork are important to know and I hadn’t seen it covered yet (I may have missed it).. as sometimes narratives get twisted and it’s hard to know the truth.

I do agree that no matter what happens, this most definitely is a story for the history books.

09.03.2020 16:34

good info thumbs up!!!

09.03.2020 15:48

Thank you, glad it could help 🙏

09.03.2020 16:32

Apparently work is still going on hostile take over with just 8 witnesses in the top 20 now.

09.03.2020 15:54

Yes that is mainly due to the @proxy.token account (with a very large proxy) voting some of the Tron sock puppets accounts due to (in their own words) trying to "hold the balance". I actually believe this is a very bad and actually a huge security risk to the chain. Having multiple nodes in consensus who have shown inability to do so competently (can't even update price feeds) is a very bad decision and if we saw any technical issues come up with them there, could be detrimental to the chain.

I understand the KR community wanting to keep a balance, but I don't quite think they understand the risk they are taking by doing so. I'm going to try to cover that a bit in the next video. As it is concerning to me.

09.03.2020 16:00

Hold the balance to secure their account funds which where frozen.
ONe fact which is certain is this was a reaction to his account being frozen. Freezing his account was a hostile action to him and all large account holders. IT showed that large stake holders must answer to the current witness central authority or risk having the funds frozen. Now justins lawyers claim this was illegal, if so then the witnesses are hackers. WHen will the witnesses come forward with legal advice supporting their actions of freezing legal property?

10.03.2020 12:32

No matter how many times you say it.. it doesn’t make it true.

I look forward to you and your attorneys analysis of this situation. Have a wonderful week!

10.03.2020 12:57

Why wont you answer a simple question.
Did the witnesses get legal advice when they decided to Freeze 12 million dollars of Justin Suns legal property. ?
The community deserves the answer to that question.
All account holders should know the answer to that question.

10.03.2020 13:19

You'd rather they did your biddings, wouldn't you?
I set them as my proxy because it seems they're the only ones not blindly picking sides here. Everyone else is rabid like 12-year-olds about how Tron took over the chain.

You pulled a gun and Justin pulled out a bigger one.
Go cry to mama!

10.03.2020 20:34

I have no bidding, dear. I just don’t think voting for one person running 20 nodes is a great decision from a security stand point, as I said.

10.03.2020 20:45

When i read about the pop network, that got "robbed" by Tron Boy, i saw even more Red Flags...

09.03.2020 16:06

How that was handled was very hard to watch, and due to the ability to control the narrative .. it’s something that went almost completely unnoticed unfortunately

09.03.2020 16:32

control the narrative.? You and the witnesses have done a great job!
Hostile take over?
Freezing a large investors legal property is Hostile. If illegal then a Hack!
When will you and the witnesses come forward with a legal opinion on the freezing of legal property. The community has a right to know if Justin Suns account being frozen was legal. If legal then its not a hack and the witnesses are not hackers. Then we can move on to the actions of the exchanges. That is step one.

10.03.2020 12:45

Then go hire an attorney... and perhaps look at facts when you throw out ridiculous statements on behalf of Tron.

10.03.2020 12:55

So your saying the witnesses , froze 12 million of Justins legal property without any legal advice?
The community needs to know if the witnesses acted legally.
IF you dont know just say you dont know.
I dont act on behalf of tron , i act as a steemian trying to get down to the truth. THe witnesses , voting bots, and whales are controlling the trending page. THe CNN of steemit.

10.03.2020 13:13

Dude.. take your meds and stop spamming me.

10.03.2020 13:16

lol. Just red wine. ( organic)
Was just trying to figure you and the witnesses out. Your support team etc.
Trolling yes, spamming no.
Honestly im done, got the answer i wanted , understand i targeted you because your part of the witness group and i wanted to figure out the logic behind the decision to freeze the account. The lack of answer says everything. Always, acting in the best interest of the chain. I believe steem has the best utility on the planet. THe inflation distribution is it only downfall. Plus what just occurred.
Best, Test45

10.03.2020 13:59

They cannot answer this because they acted illegally. There's never been any legal thingy with them from the onset. They keep rambling about how Tron took over the chain yet they ignore the genesis of the 'takeover'; Freezing Sun's legally acquired stake before even having a conversation.


10.03.2020 20:31

They also just censored my comments with downvote bots . They took my reputation down to negative. Just for asking those questions. They need to go.
Im 100% behide SUn now. They are censoring anyone who even thinks of supporting Sun or question the witnesses actions.

10.03.2020 20:37

Very nice

09.03.2020 16:07

Very interesting talk @justineh - Now I finally understand where this "not" pre-mined stack is coming from. Thanks! :))

09.03.2020 16:13

Glad I could help with that, as I think that history is important and while the information is out there, sometimes it’s easier to absorb in video form.

09.03.2020 16:31

Being so impressed by the community, will you power up the Steem you are currently powering down..? ;)

09.03.2020 16:26

I have been powering down for months due to a personal choice of not wanting to be on a chain in partnership with Tron. I still feel this way. I’m not saying a partnership is bad, it could actually be great for many here.. but as an independent individual it’s not something I want to participate in. So I guess whether I power up or not will continue to be a personal decision based on what happens next.

If that SP is somehow needed to help secure the chain, then that would be something else entirely.

So my personal decision of whether to power up or not will continue being just that, a personal decision.

09.03.2020 16:30

I feel the same way about Tron ;)

10.03.2020 08:12

"I have been powering down for months due to a personal choice of not wanting to be on a chain in partnership with Tron."

Wait. You've had knowledge of the sale to Tron for months?

WTF. How did you know this, and why didn't you share it?

10.03.2020 17:40

There have been rumors since last year. Based on actions I saw I concluded they were more than rumors. I’ve spoken about it repeatedly and how I had no interest being involved with a project ran by him. Months ago I made a post to say I as opting out because I didn’t agree with the direction we were going. I wasn’t privy to the sale, but assumed it would happen.. and chose to power down.

10.03.2020 17:53


10.03.2020 18:10

This explains a lot about why she's chosen to be unreasonable.

10.03.2020 20:40

This explains a lot
About why she's chosen to
Be unreasonable.

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10.03.2020 20:40

Excellent.... I’ll go Subscribe to your Youtube Channel.... I’m OffgridTV over there.

09.03.2020 16:29

Random comment about STEEM related things just so I could feel like I fit in.

09.03.2020 16:37

Random reply not about Steem as I think you are lovely and here is a cookie 🍪 🤗

09.03.2020 16:54

Technical response to this. Roughly seven paragraphs and a few images to help prove my point. Some math. A Ned meme. No profanity which is unlike me but I wanted to be taken seriously for a change and sometimes you gotta make sacrifices. All that just to say I agree, feel humbled, and would like to say thanks. Then I later added 'you ain't so bad yourself' with a quick edit.

09.03.2020 17:05


09.03.2020 16:45

And I still stand behind those words.. you and your lies can most definitely continue to fuck off 🙂

09.03.2020 16:51

I just find it interesting that this was initial attitude right after the exchanges got involved. I was sidelined from the slack you're referring to, after expressing opinions against the impending softfork. I realize that some people just thought I stopped talking.

And I also realize that, whoever it was, felt that apparently scrubbing that slack was also the right decision.

09.03.2020 17:15

No you were removed for sharing screenshots and information out of context to help back up your made up narrative... something you have a history of. Plenty of people continue to be in the slack who disagree with one another.

As far as my response.. this was after days of you and individuals spinning lies and trying to pretend like Justin and Tron were here to hug you and there was no valid concern. You are entitled to your opinions, but also it’s acceptable for others to tell you to fuck off when you use lies.

As I said, I stand behind those words still and think your continued lies are absurd.

The rest of my thoughts, about the important stuff, can be seen in the video of this post and future ones to come.

09.03.2020 17:24

I publicly shared a couple paragraphs of what I personally wrote in the slack. In doing so, I removed any mention of the specific plan to softfork and replaced it with a general "if the witnesses do something drastic before they should" instead.

If I were cynical, I could argue that I was invited to the slack in order to keep me from talking about the general notion of preemptive action in public. And when I wouldn't stop speaking out against it, I was retroactively labeled as leaking information. <- If I were cynical.

It would be an interesting tactic if true, right?

09.03.2020 17:32

I remember when you were added, it was due to your work in coding and some valued your input. It was an open invite group, anyone could add who they wanted.

The quote you shared involved other people’s words too.. but I had nothing to do with you being removed, so can’t really advice on that.

As far as your tactics... I don’t really care, I’ll I’ve seen are lies from you and don’t feel like spending the energy to figure out why that is. Do as you wish, but others may wish to tell you to fuck off.

09.03.2020 17:41

The quote you shared involved other people’s words too..

You must be referring to this:


In the slack (which is probably now scrubbed) there were people who mentioned atomic swaps.

But I talked about it too before entering the slack.

but I had nothing to do with you being removed, so can’t really advice on that.

And yet:

No you were removed for sharing screenshots and information out of context to help back up your made up narrative

I paraphrased my concerns and hinted that I wasn't the only one who had these theories. Then I was quietly sidelined because, perhaps the narrative was inconvenient.

And now I'm being continuously called a liar for something that was scrubbed from the slack.

09.03.2020 17:52

Nothing was scrubbed, free slack.. old conversations go away automatically. That wasn’t the quote you shared that was expressed as another time where you were sharing sensitive information out of context.

The quote doesn’t even matter at this point imo as your actions after have been very clear... as far as being called a liar, I think you have made plenty of posts full of lies to give anyone enough reason to call you such. I wasn’t even referring to what you leaked when I said that tbh.

09.03.2020 18:05

Oh well ... c'est la guerre

09.03.2020 18:08

Like I've always said, they always knew what they were doing. It was clear that there was a misunderstanding. But a select group of people decided to move to protect their own interests.

10.03.2020 20:19

Was freezing Justin Suns legal property, illegal. NO spin, No narrative.
The community deserves an answer to that question.
We honestly cant even debate what occurred without clarifying that point.

10.03.2020 13:05
  1. Witnesses choosing to decline specific transactions is very normal, and they have every right to do so. Especially if they feel the security of the chain depends on them doing so.
  2. Steemit inc stake that has previous agreements attached to it is very different than “Justin’s private property”... so I understand why you keep screaming that, but if you can’t even acknowledge the difference then it’s clear you are just attempting to troll and not worth talking to. As we are discussing a dev fund that was acquired in a very specific way and that makes it unique.

Now... go make your own post and stop spamming mine.

10.03.2020 13:09

SOrry , not spamming wanted to make sure you where aware of my question. YOu replied and i will only comment in response to your comment. Understand the answer to these questions change everything.

. So , no they did not get legal advice. Got it. thank you

  1. Actually, no there is no difference. Steemit inc stake had no legal agreements attached to them. The witnesses would have produced them by now. So your saying ned doesnt have to pay Taxes on the stake he sold to Justin? Really?
10.03.2020 13:34

Witnesses don't have a legal obligation to run any code.

10.03.2020 18:19

Witnesses don't have
A legal obligation
To run any code.

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10.03.2020 18:19

"... it’s acceptable for others to tell you to fuck off when you use lies."

Well. Let's consider this then:

"I don’t agree that casting equal votes somehow makes the playing field unfair.. and this all is completely irrelevant from my post tbh."

Since that's a response to my comment discussing how Tron took over governance of Steem, which is the point of the OP, and in reference to the 30x magnification of the weight of Tron's stake, which facilitated it's takeover, the above quote from you is factually incorrect.

You then state:

"I don’t misunderstand simple math.. I just have this horrible fault of actually understanding how the blockchain works. And for the record never attacked you here..."

After you flagged my reply, which is clearly understood as an attack.

So, you're lying.

Fuck off.

10.03.2020 17:27

No I flagged your comment as I didn’t agree it should be on the top and was over rewarded. It’s not an attack, it was using a tool provided by the platform we are on... and it wasn’t even a full downvote.. if I wanted to attack you it would seem fair to use my full downvote and any trail that follows.

I’m sorry that you are offended I don’t want to debate you on a topic I see as irrelevant, and then you decided to then insult me... but quite frankly I still think the idea you are so desperate to discuss is irrelevant and based on complete ignorance. So 🤷‍♀️

10.03.2020 17:30

Who said I was offended? Your assumptions are revealing.

I am not saying you're a liar only because you attacked me by flagging me. I'm saying you're a liar for claiming 30x weighted stake is equal votes, and that you understand the math and how blockchains work.

All three of the latter things cannot be true, and you know it, so you're lying.

I am not offended by that. I oppose it. I expect it from you, and your trail. Making such false statements knowingly is why this post is supported as it is by those that have profited from this 30x weighting of the stake of your supporters.

I do want you to fuck off. You are.


10.03.2020 18:17

Sounds good.. please mute me and get off my comments then. 👋🏼

10.03.2020 18:21

I was sidelined from the slack you're referring to, after expressing opinions against the impending softfork.

As you’ve already acknowledged, that’s not why you were removed.

And I also realize that, whoever it was, felt that apparently scrubbing that slack was also the right decision.

It was a decision made by multiple people and as far as I know, nothing was “scrubbed.” It’s a free Slack, so it’s possible that comments were eventually archived after a period of time.

As Justine has already noted, many people disagree with each other in that Slack. But you already know just doesn’t happen to fit into your particular narrative.

09.03.2020 17:44

Haha. It's funny because you guys have twisted values.

I only bend over when I have something to pick up... and even then I look if there's someone behind me. 😉

09.03.2020 17:35

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09.03.2020 18:02

09.03.2020 18:02

This is from a week ago.. not really sure how it’s popcorn worthy

09.03.2020 18:54

09.03.2020 18:54

Like fine wine, think drama often gets better w age. 🥂


10.03.2020 19:25

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09.03.2020 18:02

Sometimes don't you wish you were wrong?

I think many shared your exact same concerns regarding the soft fork, yet it was pushed through anyways, and the worst case scenario played out. It may have been slightly about protecting the chain, but make no mistake it was also about the top witnesses keeping their jobs.

09.03.2020 18:33

Sometimes don't you wish you were wrong?

I was wrong. I had no on-chain evidence, but neither did they. I am myopic to on-chain evidence for protecting the chain. I don't apologize for that.

I thought the community would take the attack on DPoS seriously. I thought Tron wouldn't respond at all. Or, I thought if they responded, I thought they'd work within the protocol (because there did exist a technical response that did not involve getting the exchanges involved).

I initially thought that when the exchanges did get involved, they only used Tron's exchange balances, which would have been slightly defensible, but the math didn't work out once you investigated that. By the way, a cool-headed response to exchange funds would have been to assume they only used Tron's balances and tweet that Tron must have 90% of the liquidity.

Witnesses who want to keep their jobs is a given. I don't blame them one bit for that. But this "dev fund" they're fixated on seems to be the linchpin to the entire platform, which is hilarious.

09.03.2020 18:48

Because if that stake is allowed to vote, they likely don't keep their jobs, simple as that.

09.03.2020 20:05

Sure, that would be up in the air, but not a certainty, especially now that the community is less apathetic.

But even before breaking up the apathy, I'm not convinced the "dev fund" would have lead to absorption.

09.03.2020 20:09

Which stake is that? The Steemit inc stake? As you realize the community has countered that.. correct? The fact that Poloniex customer funds are still being used and the idea that we have 20 sock puppets nodes being voted is the issue.. not that “witnesses want to keep their jobs”.

You seem bitter and unwilling to look at actual facts.. the Steemit inc stake is being countered. So I guess I’m confused what your grief is exactly.

09.03.2020 22:08

Upvoted so everyone can see how @justineh made you her little bitch.

09.03.2020 20:23

Oh goodness...

09.03.2020 20:37

Good girl.

10.03.2020 01:27

Calling other people "Pussy?"

Look in the mirror, simp.

10.03.2020 01:25

Scroll of Truth hahahahaa

10.03.2020 10:11

It's a good idea to relate your personal experience of these events, for improving public understanding, and for the sake of posterity. I agree that the founder's stake has been a sword of Damocles hanging over our heads as long as Steem has existed, and that witnesses have failed to resolve that threat heretofore.

I have personally engaged several current and former consensus witnesses in an attempt to better decentralize Steem, and still do presently. One issue that is pressing is how large stakeholders are advantaged by the extant witness voting mechanism over lesser stakeholders. 30 witness votes without depletion magnifies the influence of larger stakes over witnesses, and this appears - whether it does or not - to compromise witnesses regarding their positions due to their dependence on such stakeholders.

I will not detail supporting evidence of that pandering resulting from the problem (despite much existing), but will show the math that explains how larger stakes are enabled to wield influence, disproportionately to their actual hodlings, over governance.

User A has 1m Steem, casts 30 votes for witness, and wields 30M Steem influence over governance. User B has 100 Steem, casts 30 votes for witness, and wields 3000 Steem influence over governance. The difference between their hodlings is 999,900 Steem. The difference in the weight of their influence on governance however is 29,997,000 Steem. Heretofore witnesses have failed to rectify this imbalance in influence on governance, and an accusation can reasonably be made that, due to the general misunderstanding of this magnification of stake weight, historically consensus witnesses have been willing to pander to the interests of the most substantial stakeholders to secure their positions.

I have discussed this current dilemma with many stakeholders, current, and former witnesses held in high regard generally, and have been given estimates of the stake held by Tron presently of ~100M Steem. Under the current witness voting paradigm that enables Tron to wield 3B Steem influence over governance, and this dramatically contributes to Sun's ability to instantly undertake control of the blockchain at his sole option.

Clearly, this is a problem, and like the founder's stake itself, has been a problem with decentralizing governance as long as Steem has existed. This voting mechanism was coded by Stinc, which held the largest stake on the platform, and has refused to abstain from voting through codified mechanisms, although before Tron did so this stake has never before been used to effect governance directly. It is obvious why Stinc did so.

While making the change to 1 Steem = 1 vote may not completely prevent this stake from being capable of arbitrary centralization of blockchain governance, the principles of decentralization, and of proportionality of influence to stake critical to DPoS, strongly support doing so. All that is required to make the change is to deplete VP for witness votes 100% without recharge (until votes are withdrawn, whereupon VP recharges 100% instantly), and merely adding VP code already deployed and well proven for ordinary voting with appropriate parameters is all that is necessary to do so.

In discussion with a consensus witness since this hostile takeover has been undertaken, I have been struck by their unwillingness to substantively address this disproportionate influence of substantial stakeholders over governance. Frankly, their approach to the matter raised a stench of undue influence that triggered the smell test, and forced failure. I have also discussed this with other community consensus witnesses and former consensus witnesses with less objectionable results, including agreement that this change reduces Steem's vulnerability to Sybil attack, such as it now suffers via the founder's stake deployed by Tron.

In the event we resecure Steem governance from the present attacker, it is of critical importance that we decrease our susceptibility to Sybil attack from this vector, and normalizing the influence of stake on governance so that all Steem holdings equally weigh on witnesses is essential.

This problem has strengthened Tron's hand in it's attack on our blockchain, 30x. It's time to acknowledge the weaknesses of Steem that have allowed this existential threat to it, and arrange to resolve them to make the blockchain more secure and more decentralized.


09.03.2020 17:27

I believe you have gotten this reaction because much of what you suggest actually changes the base design of DPOS. If stake weighed voting is not what you want (and I have my own issues with it at times), then dpos perhaps is not for you. And I don’t mean that negatively.. it’s just some of these things are basis of the whole design itself.

As far as witness vote expiration, how to avoid issues with exchanges voting in the future etc.. I feel all these things have been openly debated and may be experimented with in the future.

This situation isn’t just about a large stake holder though, as you imply.. it’s about a fund that was established in ways that gave them an advantage and all of this was “accepted” based on the idea that it was done in place of an ico as a way to find development for the Steem blockchain. Therefore it’s very different imo

09.03.2020 18:19

You can have stake weighted voting of witnesses that use mana, just like votes on content do. Things just like that (and others) have been mentioned on here for a couple years now but none of the top witnesses thought it necessary to do anything about it, mostly because they were all being kept in power by a handful of accounts. Changing that would have affected their paycheck.

09.03.2020 18:28

Mana has to do with regeneration of vote amount.. RCs etc.. how does that have anything to do with witness voting or how would that even be beneficial? Or are you saying you don’t feel there should be 30 equal weight witness votes?

09.03.2020 18:52

Yes, I am saying that every vote for a witness you cast it uses your witness voting power. How many votes you wanna cast depends on how much weight you want to give to each vote. 1 full power vote or any number of smaller votes. It's essentially one vote per stake, but the weighting of that vote can vary.

09.03.2020 20:01

That's a pretty good idea. I had a similar idea using weighted ranking. For example, first ranked witness receives a full vote, second ranked witness receives 80% of the vote, third ranked receives 64% of the vote, etc. You could vote for 20 different witnesses but it would only be equivalent to 5 full votes.

I think your approach is more flexible but achieves the same objective of decreasing the ability of any large stakeholder from controlling all the top witnesses.

10.03.2020 15:06

Please reread my exegesis of how witness voting currently works, and what I propose is necessary. In no way do I suggest anything other then DPoS. What I note happens now is that larger stakes influence is multiplied 30x.

That's not DPoS at all. Stake should be proportionately represented in influence on governance, and that is what I propose.

The abstention of exchanges and the founder's stake from voting is a separate issue, and I also recommend both of those parties execute code already available to restrict their accounts from voting.

I so specifically address the founder's stake advantage, and agree with your characterization of it's threat to decentralization as remaining unaddressed.

Perhaps you're tired, and did not understand the comment. Regardless of why you didn't understand the comment, your reply indicates you did not understand it.


1) I do only discuss DPoS, and not some other mechanism.
2) the problem I discuss is disproportionate representation of stake in the present witness voting mechanism, not DPoS at all.
3) I do specifically address the founder's stake and agree with you that it has been a threat as long as Steem has existed, that the witnesses have not resolved.

09.03.2020 18:58

I don’t agree that casting equal votes somehow makes the playing field unfair.. and this all is completely irrelevant from my post tbh. So in my current very busy schedule, I will not be taking the time to debate something that I feel is completely irrelevant. Whether stake should be able to cast 30 votes, and therefore “control consensus” is a fair question, but considering any changes to decrease this could be simply countered by making multiple accounts sort of defeats the purpose. Imo.

I appreciate your opinions and will look back on the decisions of this that have been brought up, but I think the idea behind it is quite flawed imo.

09.03.2020 19:02

"...casting equal votes somehow makes the playing field unfair..."

Sad you seem to misunderstand very simple math.

Try to get some rest. I know you've been busy.

09.03.2020 19:35

No, I don’t misunderstand simple math.. I just have this horrible fault of actually understanding how the blockchain works. And for the record never attacked you here, just said I didn’t agree with the base thing you were saying needed to be fixed and therefore didn’t see the need in debating it. If you want to, go make a post about it...

Thanks, have a great week.

09.03.2020 20:12

So, how do tokens with greater influence on governance, 30x times more influence, become equal votes? I do not understand your understanding.

Do please explain this to me, since you know how the blockchain works and understand the math. Because tokens with 30x the weight of other tokens do not seem to be equal to me.

10.03.2020 03:47

@valued-customer you are not wrong, I'll use a solution (of sorts) to illustrate the larger problem.

Lets say we restrict any top 20 witness so it gets maxed out at 10-25% of total stake votes, and the more votes a witness has from the same account, the faster the steempower vote decays, or some counter intuitive algorithm that encourages periodic review of votes and diminishes the repeat big votes. eg. 1 SP that is a new vote has 100x more powerful (capped at 10 - 25% of stake) than 1 million SP that has voted the same account 90% of the time last 1-2 years.

Unfortunately dpos is still an oligarchy in some sorts even with 1 SP= 1Vote (vs 1 SP = 30xVote), hard to change unless stake holders becomes radical long term altruistic thinkers (aka not humans yielding power) .... E.g try telling OPEC (shieks) and Russia (putin) to start mass investing 90% of their resources into clean tech and deleverage from oil pollution for it's people's and planets sake...... it's just too much inertia (greed) to overturned.

best to hf Steem (if it's to survive) reboot a new block chain into some sort of Egalitarian-Weighted-DPOS blockchain, how that would work would probably need some gifted architectural foresight.

Such a EW-DPOS would surely encourage new ideas to be implemented quicker and equally let bad ideas die off faster, this would naturally speed up the blockchain ability to evolve faster.

or go leave some ideas with @theoretical so when he create a new social media crypto it deals with DPOS damaging weaknesses revealed by Steem's experimentation.

10.03.2020 10:42

You're absolutely correct on every point and in every detail.


10.03.2020 15:55

Whether stake should be able to cast 30 votes, and therefore “control consensus” is a fair question, but considering any changes to decrease this could be simply countered by making multiple accounts sort of defeats the purpose. Imo.

No. Creating multiple accounts would not allow you to circumvent anything, since those accounts would now have less voting power. So if we reduced the max vote to let's say 5. And you still want to control all 20 witness positions, you would need 4 times more STEEM than before. Because in order to get in 20 witnesses you would need 4 different accounts each voting 5 different witnesses.

10.03.2020 10:02

I’m for decreasing witness votes, but stated I have no interest in debating mana voting.. which apparently has pissed off some people. I don’t really care anymore 🤷‍♀️

11.03.2020 01:27

You made a very nice video, but DPoS is hardly perfect. Its an experiment and valued-customer is simply suggesting tweaks, not the complete removal.

Frankly, I believe we should change the stake weight to a stake amount * stake duration system. Its still a DPoS (or Techno-republic as I think of it), you still have witnesses and the general idea, but it guarantees the most loyal to the blockchain have the most influence.

It would also protect against opportunistic whales performing a hostile take over. Your stake may be nothing like Justin's, but in this system you can win by being more devoted long-term. If you and others decided it would be worth it to you to stake for a much longer duration than Justin would be comfortable with, it could be easier for you to maintain the status quo.

Justin showed us that the current system is more of "Proof of Bought Tokens" than proof of stake. If influence was based on both amount of tokens staked as well as length of the stake, then you can say its a true skin-in-the-game system.

10.03.2020 20:41

I agree it’s very flawed, even said so in the video.. in fact dpos is so flawed I’m not sure it can achieve what we have attempted for it to do, add in an inflation pool that encourages individuals to devalue the ecosystem for a quick buck and we have the shit show we have today.

I’m aware the gentleman wants to tweak it, and I fully encourage that and have seen many talks about it. What I said, originally, is I felt like much of his ideas actually questioned the base layer of the chain. Now reading his over 20 comments on my post.. I see he simply wants to reduce the number of witness votes an account can cast, which I agree with to a point. From the first comment, that wasn’t clear.. and having seen his interactions previously.. didn’t feel like debating the base layer of the chain today. So I believe I simply agreed to disagree.. which he then needed to insult me, and spam many of my comments with nonsense.. and now has taken over my post of how apparently I’m working with the evil stakeholders or some shit .. so quite frankly.. 🤷‍♀️ I don’t have much more to say.

11.03.2020 01:49

Fair enough, if you are being harrassed no need to respond to him. I have not been following all the comments, just that one from him was quite lengthy and caught my eye.

11.03.2020 02:24

"I see he simply wants to reduce the number of witness votes an account can cast..."

No. I reckon you should be able to vote 1, or 500 witnesses, but your votes are based on VP, just as ordinary voting, and for witness votes that VP depletes 100%, and doesn't recharge.

This means that each Steem you vote with can only vote once. Not 30x. This means that if you have 1M Steem and Bob has 100 Steem, the difference between your stakes is 999,900 and the difference between your influence on governance is 999,900.

Each stakeholder then wields as much influence on governance as they have stake. That's what I propose, and that's what I think most people think stake weighting works like now, but does not.

11.03.2020 07:43

That's a very interesting idea. I had only thought of simply using our current VP mechanism to deplete witness votes 100%, and not recharge them until and unless they were withdrawn, and then to recharge them 100%, which makes the code easy and pretested (for four years now), but adding a powered up time variable does have merit, if adding to coding and testing complexity.


11.03.2020 07:37

I have realized how deceptively you manipulate people. I note that @ngc has long done exactly this through the @berniesanders account. I also note how the consensus has been controlled via this 30x magnification of a few massive stakes.

I also have observed the Hegelian Dialectic in operation before, the creation of a left-right divide that prevents any rapprochement between the subjects of such leadership, and see that same policy could be ongoing on Steem, through the posturing of Ned/Sun on one hand and the consensus witnesses on the other.

Working together you, Ned, and the witnesses have engineered this crisis to manipulate stakeholders into passionately supporting the oligarchical governance of Steem that has been long delivering over 90% of rewards to whales - like you.

I hadda sober up before I saw it, but I did, and now I see it. You have served (not this account, but this user, who controls the @ngc family of accounts) as a mastermind manipulating the society with your ability to adopt personae, and also to coordinate support for consensus that constitutes a cabal of profiteers from the outset of witnessing. You have long worked with @ned to do this, and may be coordinating with Tron to do so now.

"User A has 1m Steem, casts 30 votes for witness, and wields 30M Steem influence over governance. User B has 100 Steem, casts 30 votes for witness, and wields 3000 Steem influence over governance. The difference between their hodlings is 999,900 Steem. The difference in the weight of their influence on governance however is 29,997,000 Steem."

This 30x multiplication of the influence of the largest stakes on governance has enabled your cabal to maintain an iron grip on the consensus, and now has enabled Tron to utterly centralize governance using Stinc's stake with @ned's help.

Depleting witness vote VP 100% without recharge completely defeats this scheme, and that is why members of the cabal have so long pretended to fail to understand the problem and the solution, retreating to puerile misunderstanding and a posture of incompetence as is so often seen IRL politics.

DPoS is broken, and 30x magnification of the largest stake is one of the breaks that has allowed Steem to be threatened with complete centralization. These breaks have made the consensus cabal a lot of money, and pretending to be retarded has prevented rational discussion. When that failed, Bernie's bots could drive people off the platform, as has been successfully done repeatedly.

I almost sympathize with proxy.token voters at this point, except I see that their tactic is the opposite of what will decentralize governance of Steem. Supporting either side in this contest supports oligarchical dominance via magnification of stake weight on governance. Both the consensus cabal and Tron profit from the mechanism.

Supporting 1 Steem = 1 vote for witness is necessarily opposition to both overlords, not splitting support between them. I will be considering how best to proceed given this new grasp of the machiavellian political machinations you've long undertaken, and what that means in relation to establishing an actually decentralized consensus.

Thank you very much for enabling me to grasp how prone to manipulation I have been. I mean that sincerely, as few things could make me more vulnerable to overlords.

11.03.2020 16:55

Many solutions (better than what we currently have) were mentioned by several users on here for years now, yet none of it was taken seriously. As you mentioned mostly because it would have impacted those in power. Now that they (some) are out of power, you can bet they will do everything they can to get it changed.

09.03.2020 18:31

Some witnesses, at least one, that remain in consensus now, continue to avoid making this change, as I cited in the comment.

09.03.2020 19:01

In discussion with a consensus witness since this hostile takeover has been undertaken, I have been struck by their unwillingness to substantively address this disproportionate influence of substantial stakeholders over governance. Frankly, their approach to the matter raised a stench of undue influence that triggered the smell test, and forced failure. TBQH, they sounded exactly like Roy Liu, making statements that meant nothing. I have also discussed this with other community consensus witnesses and former consensus witnesses with less objectionable results, including agreement that this change reduces Steem's vulnerability to Sybil attack, such as it now suffers via the founder's stake deployed by Tron.

I have always considered discussion as something very important to reach the truth or to evolve ideas, conceptions, and concepts to something better and more effective, to advance and reach new frontiers.

What I have learned in recent weeks is that "critical thinking" is something rare, really rare. and as with mainstream media, populism and the FUD were widely used to advance agendas and gain more power and support. The people who are currently in power (Sun / Witnesses) here are demagogues and will do everything to keep their power intact, the population is easily controlled by playing on their emotions, their fear, their culture, their ethnicity and, more importantly, their "greed", and I think this will continue as is as long as the flux of money one the chain is mostly controlled by a few people (projects).

“Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world.” ~ Henry Kissinger

The op is getting over 203$ for stating a list of known things and is more inclined toward one side (I am neutral but fuck you). I couldn’t care less about how much the post gets to be honest (we are habituated to this), but it seems that the opinions of some people matter more than the opinions of some other people (no matter how much the idea is well contracted), same as with mainstream media who control what the population know and see even though everyone has the freedom of speech or the illusion of it. I don’t know what’s worse, leaving under an ideocracy where you always loose, or a dictatorship where you have a 50/50 chance that the guy is good.

To end with, I am convinced that almost everyone knows the truth (regarding the current situation), everyone knows the solution, and everyone knows what should be done to make things better and right. But no everyone is willing to do the right thing regardless of knowing the whole picture. This is primitive and chokingly savage, people are fighting each other like a bunch of primates without any rules or native wit, because involving reason and logic will make them lose something, losing something so the ecosystem as a whole can thrive. But hey! who cares if your strategy is not ethical, the end justifies the means.

I decided that from this point on, I would not participate in any discussion that concerns the "Sun / Witnesses" situation. Not because I don't care about the chain, but rather because I believe my time would be better spent on something or a place that values my time and opinion. The solutions are just there waiting to be implemented, what’s lacking is the will to implement them, and since we are on a chain were the majority of people have unspoken contracts with each other (circle-jerking/curation projects), things will not move until people start to understand what accountability is. In politics, people say that the government is just a reflection of its population. If we keep electing people just because there is a “money” factor in the equation than the chain is doomed.

PS: I see that po also downvoted you ... maybe next time, you should try something like:

Trigger warnings: logical things involved, possible brain activity and information stimulus.

10.03.2020 03:47

I like being flagged. It means I am hitting them where it hurts.

10.03.2020 04:34

Seriously, and then she has the nerve to get all passive-aggressive bitchy with you in the replies. What a joke.

10.03.2020 07:42

Was this before or after he insulted me for stating I didn’t want to debate an off topic at this very moment?

11.03.2020 01:59


11.03.2020 07:44

The post is getting $200 because I’ve been working for over a week behind the scenes to ensure Steem is in every news organization I can get to pick up the phone, and the people Voting it know that... but sure, bitch about rewards... this place is truly amazing...

11.03.2020 01:32

I actually explained to you why I downvoted you, and you continue to bash me in comments with the most absurd accusations. I stated repeatedly these are my opinions .. and I’m not defending shit. If you want to just throw absolute bullshit out to just be heard and noticed, feel free dude.. but you’re the one who wanted to start insulting me as I said I had no interest in debating the topic you brought up at this time.. I didn’t do shit to you, and still here you are acting like a victim. Grow the fuck up.

11.03.2020 01:58

I don't care that you flagged me or you make pretense to not have been extremely offensive. You presume to tell me how to speak, and where, and take umbrage that I don't obey.

The fact is you're misrepresenting how witness voting is influenced by 30 full weight votes, and you're defending the mechanism Sun used to take over the damn blockchain, and that is what I seek to stop.

You're changing the subject and making this about persons, and that's disingenuous, and a harm to the folks that may not understand how Sun's ~100M Steem can weigh on governance 3B Steem.

Don't claim this has nothing to do with the hostile takeover. Or that I somehow attacked you, when I addressed the matter. If your identity is so wrapped in defending the mechanism that enabled Sun to attack Steem that criticizing that hostile takeover method is an insult to you personally, then you are far less capable of rational discussion than I suspect.

Cut the bullshit, and address the issue.

11.03.2020 08:53

I’m telling you that these changes will take further discussion and most importantly - a hardfork. Which requires plenty of notice to exchanges to let them plan to update as well.

So as I’ve said repeatedly- I agree that the system needs work but it doesn’t fix the problem right now and I didn’t see the point of spending hours debating something right now that doesn’t actually fix the current issue.

I apologize that I misunderstood your first comment, there was a lot going on in it and it took reading all your other comments to even understand what problem you were attempting to address. But, as I had tried to point out with my reply - that’s not something I see value in debating at this time as its irrelevant to the current situation, as it’s not a viable solution currently.

So you can pretend this is some sort of conspiracy that I am “diverting” from or covering up for those “evil stakeholders”, or perhaps you could listen to what I’m actually saying and stop being such a dick. I don’t really care either way tbh.

11.03.2020 13:42

I don't care either. Nothing except the capitulation of Tron will resolve the present threat to Steem, and that's the fact.

I am glad you may better understand the problem that contributed to Sun's seizure of governance of Steem, but it's basically irrelevant now, and the comunity is left between a rock and a hard place: the new overlord Justin Sun, or the legacy oligarchy that has continuously controlled governance for the benefit of a few massive stakeholders that have thereby gained the vast majority of Steem produced via inflation.

Continuing to posit that the mechanism proposed to eliminate the 30x weighting of large stakes, which is the same VP that has been tested for four years via ordinary voting, is somehow unpredictable and dangerous continues the long obfuscation and dismissal of danger of this centralization of Steem governance, and the ease of equalizing every Steem used to vote for governance, and decentralizing DPoS rationally.

Do have a nice day.

11.03.2020 20:12

True words!
I decided to stop talking about the Tron Steem saga since yesterday. Never felt freer.
Common sense, as they say, is not common at all.

10.03.2020 19:57

The post is getting $200 because I’ve been working for over a week behind the scenes to ensure Steem is in every news organization I can get to pick up the phone, and the people Voting it know that... but sure, bitch about rewards... this place is truly amazing...

11.03.2020 01:31

Behind the scenes ... giving heads I guess.

and the people Voting it know that

You are pathetic and dumb as fuck, and you will always do as told. You can't even do simple math FFS, probably why they chose someone like you. An obedient secretary, zero critical thinking, zero logic, acting like a retarded parrot. A disgrace to the women on this chain, a puppet, a person with no honor or integrity.

There are other people more deserving than you, people who can do math, but no one gives a shit about them, probably because they don't have a pass to enter the lollipop club. Next time you want to play the PHILANTHROPIC card, at least decline the payout.

Get lost viper, we have enough grannies seeking attention here.

Bear this in mind that your lust for power and attention will cause your doom.

The clock is ticking, can you hear it? Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock ...

11.03.2020 02:15

This + we have to remove proxy voting. We have many dead voters here. Users are selling their votes for a few upvotes or some other bribe and than leaves. Resetting proxy votes before important decision will be a good start.

10.03.2020 09:13

Democracy vs Republic:

I wonder if people want Steem to be decentralized through a voting system that may resemble a democracy or even better a republic and that is a contrast from being governed through centralization. But at the same time, I wonder if a certain flavor of decentralization would then mean anarchy as in a void of power as seen with what might be a flaw in the design as seen in the fact that Tron Overlord Justin Sun was able to sneak in via buying Steemit Inc and via colluding with exchanges to take over and govern a Steem blockchain, a blockchain that should be decentralized according to many people and yet was flawed in the design by the fact that it was manipulated as seen in what Justin did.

Constitution Blockchain Code

Perhaps, we want a certain type of decentralization that is governed by the blockchain code which could be compared to like a national constitution. So, of course, Steem has blockchain code and yet it is said by many that there is a flaw in the mechanism of democracy as that can result in mob-rule as seen in how Tron was able to take over via cartels (exchanges). That's why I prefer republics over democracies.

Four Branches of Steem

I would be in favor of three or four branches of Steem to resemble that of the United States government in order to keep things balanced and perhaps we need three or four sets of witnesses, meaning a group of witnesses for each branch of the Steem blockchain or architecture.

Limited Anarchy

I prefer anarchy as a counter to authoritarianism but only to an extent. The world does not have absolute anarchy and never will. Governments generally grow excessively too often. That means people should always fight to make governments shrink.

In conclusion, Steem is still my favorite blockchain social network and I do wish it the best.

We should try to find ways to keep the voting system balanced somehow.

10.03.2020 10:37

"The world does not have absolute anarchy and never will."

On the contrary, in fact you and everyone on Earth has complete autonomy, despite that force might be threatened or applied, and this is in fact actual anarchy. Nothing but your perceptions refutes this actual situation.

The fact is that every person on Earth is the Autarch of their sovereign life, and nothing has any potential to change that, ever.

10.03.2020 17:12

That comes down to your definition of anarchy. There are several different definitions to anarchy and I'm not sure which one you are using. What you were saying may be as vague as a certain type of communism. But regardless of what you are saying, you know that empires rises and fall. That means no anarchy in the sense that rulers come in to rule over people. When there are no rulers in the mist of anarchy, then rulers come in and fill in that vacuum, that void, that donut hole, that absence of power, and they take advantage of it in the same way Tron Overlord Justin Sun did.

10.03.2020 18:19

What I mean is that no matter what someone tells you, you decide what to do. If they say they're the emperor, God, the President, your mom, it doesn't matter.

They're not the boss of you.

You are. You always have been and you always will be. No one rules you.

You are without rulers over you - unless you let yourself be ruled.

11.03.2020 01:48

Yeah, I believe in freewill.

11.03.2020 08:53

I wonder if we should adopt the electoral college, that is the U.S. voting system for electing presidents. Justin Sun might be equivalent to the popular vote but with money instead of votes.

10.03.2020 10:09

I note that the electoral college has not enabled Constitutional governance to continue unabated in the USA. Steem is broken. I see no point in replacing that with something that is as broken as American electoral politics.

10.03.2020 15:57

America is the best. So, you hate the United States. It is the best system ever. Period. That is why people try to come here. That is why the world watches what we do.

10.03.2020 18:23

"So, you hate the United States."


You have no idea what I hate or love. Just because something is flawed doesn't make it hateful. Keep your judgment of my personal and uncommunicated internal views where they belong: no where.

Maybe the world watches what we do because we bomb the shit out of people around the world. Maybe not. But your knowledge of me ends where my words quit delivering it. Don't make shit up.

11.03.2020 01:43

That means you do hate it. That confirms it. America is not bombing the world. That is whatever infiltrated America and uses America to do terrible things. But what America became is not 1776 but more 1984. America was Anakin Skywalker but the United States was seduced by the Emperor and turned into Darth Vader. But then Luke Sky Walk Trump came to try save Vader and redeem it and we are still in the middle of trying to save the USA and I believe in trying.

11.03.2020 08:56

"...what America became is not 1776 but more 1984."

Why do you hate America? If you don't love your overlords, you can just move to China.

It's provably false to state I hate freedom, and you make that implication with your claim I hate America. It's just as applicable to you. It's a deplorable tactic to make false claims about anyone that disagrees with you. We haven't descended to it before, and I again recommend you not do it now.

11.03.2020 20:18

People make false statements about things all the time. Stefan Molyneux wrote a book about it called The Art of the Argument. That is why I love America so much, for the foundation it stands on.

12.03.2020 07:49

Well, please don't make false statements about me.

12.03.2020 09:14

I love America. However, it appears as if you were attacking 1776, well unless if you were attacking the deep state. It is not a false statement if it is true and especially if it appears to be what you were doing. If you are against the corruption inside the RINO Republicans, then I agree with that.

12.03.2020 18:33

Whether or not you and I agree is not the same as whether or not I love America.

You are not the judge of me, or anyone but you.

Keep that in mind, and we'll get along fine.

12.03.2020 18:37

People should judge people in the sense that people should confront other people and some judgements have already been made. Now, keep in mind that judgements may not always violate or interfere with freewill and judgements can be an aspect of free speech.

13.03.2020 02:20

Stating someone hates their native country because they don't agree with you politically isn't a sound judgment. You may feel like that, but you might find it reasonable to refrain from voicing your every feeling, because other people have feelings too.

It's generally wise to keep in mind we really don't know what's in someone elses mind. I'm not confident anyone at all really knows what's in their own mind, much less the minds of others.

I don't hate America because I do hate murderous thugs, corrupt bankers, or lying politicians, or because I don't think the electoral college is freedom itself. I don't hate women because I don't want the to abort their babies. I don't hate babies because I don't want to force women to have them. I don't hate you, or Trump, or Bernie, but I hate some of the things I've seen come from them and everyone else.

Judge not lest you end up judged by the same standards.

14.03.2020 07:12

But politically speaking, assuming we do not disagree, then we both believe and say the same things. Judging is a good thing and not a bad thing. The problem is when people judge inaccurately and incompletely. Just like there is good anger and bad anger, there is good judging and bad judging. I'm trying to help people make better choices. I enjoy reading this book, The Killing of Uncle Sam. Emotionalism can lead people astray.

14.03.2020 18:17

I don't intend on agreeing with everyone, or even with anyone about everything. I do expect that free folk can disagree without calling names, or else we're doomed to end up fascist proles.

I also note I know damn well I am incompetent to know everything, or even anything completely factually. I believe this is true for everyone, because I don't think anyone has a brain competent to know actual reality.

It's why I personally strive to remain constantly aware of my incompetence.

Worse than emotionalism is hubris. It's a curse on the smartest people in the world, and particularly harms science. In politics, it's impossible to avoid, and does lots of damage to the ability of society to prevent being subjugated.

15.03.2020 00:01

Hubris is a new word for me. But I see that it is similar to pride which can come before a fall. Children can keep people humble and down to earth as they learn to better converse and teach kids without abusing them. One of the reasons I keep a blog is because value the ability to review and learn from my past. The past few hours for example, I've been looking at my life in 2010, which was ten years ago. And I'm still trying to unpack that at the moment. Sometimes, it can be overbearing, like too much for me to even look at.

15.03.2020 09:40

My kids humbled me more than I would have believed possible. I highly recommend parenthood as the best means I know to improve one's grasp of reality.

I also cringe, literally physically cringe, at memories of my past. I think anyone who examines their life carefully does.

15.03.2020 10:19

Parenthood, yes. Also to a lesser degree, camp counseling.

15.03.2020 15:24

That was long, but I am enjoying listening to people chat on the subject.

As far as Tron voting for its own witnesses, I think it's fair to mention that they did this allegedly due to 3 Super Reps refusing to respond to requests to upgrade their boxes. I'm pretty sure (prior to 2 weeks ago anyway) that if any of our top 20 didn't respond when new code was put forward, they would be out in a matter of days.

Anyway, I was pretty confident that this move on Tron would mean battle stations over here, and the rest as they say, is history.

Personally, I don't think Justin is going to go for any middle ground (partial burn, SPS donations) and think the only outcome here is a HF. Short term pain for long term gain, I hope.

09.03.2020 17:29

Yes that was their response to the Tron communities outrage.. just like the Hardfork’d the Steem chain to protect it from hackers 🙂

I don’t know much more than what I’ve heard from those within Tron on the matter - that that excuse was bs

09.03.2020 17:33

lol, well I know the 'hackers' talk was absolute shite, but I've yet to see someone show that 3 Super Reps were or were not running old software for a month before Tron booted them out with 3 socks.

If I knew where to look I would do some digging.

09.03.2020 17:37

I’ll see if I can get anything sent your way

09.03.2020 17:59


09.03.2020 18:39

'm pretty sure (prior to 2 weeks ago anyway) that if any of our top 20 didn't respond when new code was put forward, they would be out in a matter of days

That's just not correct. There are numerous cases (at least two I can think of immediately) on Steem where witnesses have refused to update to new code that was put forward and were not out in a matter of days.

The developers don't get to unilatearlly jam whatever code they want down the community's and witness's throats, except on a centralized sham of a chain like Tron.

The way the system works is that witnesses opposed to an update have the prerogative to not adopt it. It is then up to those who want it adopted to convince those against and/or make changes to address the concerns and attract broader support for it.

I'm no Ned fan but to his credit, apart from one exception, he actually respected this aspect of the system enough to refrain from using the Steemit stake to centralize the chain. Justin, on the other hand, appears to repeatedly behave as a dictator, using any means he can to get his way regardless of what anyone else thinks.

10.03.2020 05:10

Let me put it another way. If the vast majority, but not the supermajority of consensus witnesses had upgraded but there were a few who were uncontactable after repeated attempts, they would be out. I say this partly because our 'original' top 30 or so were so tightly bunched that one whale vote had the potential to make a difference.

This could be a moot point and not actually what happened over a tron, but i don't remember a time on Steem where the majority were held waiting for a month before uncontactable/silent consensus witnesses were finally ousted.

10.03.2020 06:27

This could be a moot point and not actually what happened over a tron, but i don't remember a time on Steem where the majority were held waiting for a month before uncontactable/silent consensus witnesses were finally ousted.

That's entirely reasonable and correct, but ask yourself why it didn't happen that way on Tron.

Why didn't the other votes simply kick these SRs? Clearly they had some disagreement with Justin over whether that was needed or even advisable.

10.03.2020 11:23

I wish I knew more about the situation. It’s strange to think that these 3(?) could keep themselves in consensus if the remainder didn’t support their non-action.

What they need is a place where the masses could document such a thing...oh...

10.03.2020 16:20

Prior to the sale of Stinc to Tron, you think Stinc would have voted out those witnesses? Do cite priors. It's never happened before.

10.03.2020 17:42

Well no, because they didn't.

Just voting witnesses on the Tron network just a few days after buying Steemit Inc. was pretty unsubtle though.

I actually wrote about it being a test, as a complete joke, but the more things progress, the more i think it was an act to incite action from our previous 20.

10.03.2020 17:54

Well, you made the point that Justin using the genesis stake to replace witnesses was analogous to Steem witnesses being replaced for the same reason, and this would then involve not the community voting witnesses in or out, but Stinc.

It is not analogous at all, because the Tron voters didn't replace those witnesses. Sun did.

10.03.2020 18:07

That's not what I meant.

I hear he used the genesis stake on Tron to boot out witnesses who refused to even respond 'for over a month' to any communication. And that this would never be the case here, with witnesses working together towards a code update, and the fact they were so tightly bunched. There is/was a slack for communication, and forks were generally adopted within a few hours once the first had switched.

10.03.2020 18:18

awesome video and lesson. partnership is not bad but centralization is bad.

09.03.2020 17:29

@11:40 Yup...that's my thoughts as a small business owner. Steemit Inc., Tron, and the witnesses should have worked all this out in private prior to the public announcement.

Instead, we get a public shitshow.
I'll just add that anyone with any knowledge about the ninja mined stake (let alone Ned) could have predicted ALL of this in advance. The only logical deduction one can draw from that, or so it seems to me, is that this public drama was what was wanted for some reason...

09.03.2020 17:34

I actually don’t think this drama was what they wanted at all, in fact I don’t think they’ve ever dealt with public push back like this.

As far as communication, yes that would have been great before hand.. but the only people who would have been able to make that happen would have been those privy to the sale.. so Tron, Ned and Eli. I guess they felt it wasn’t needed.

As far as reactions and this drama.. imo they thought they could just come in and take over, do as they wish.. etc. Perhaps with better communication (and less hostile announcements) this could have gone differently.. but I do not think this Drama is what they wanted in the slightest tbh

09.03.2020 18:10

I'm always okay with possibly being wrong. Although I'm somewhat of a techno Luddite I was aware of the ninja stake and even I could have predicted the reactions by the witnesses...So, if I could see that far ahead I'm not sure why Ned couldn't. It's totally his house to sell but there
seems to have been some liens put on it and I see no reason that the issues surrounding the ninja stake couldn't have been worked out in private.
Let me ask you this: is the blockchain technology an 'easy' crossover to Tron and its blockchain? And if it isn't why did Tron and its team come in with guns a-blazing when they actually need the Steemit devs?

09.03.2020 23:58

No, the blockchains are not compatible.. so that is a great question - if their goal was to make “sister chains”, develop the Steem chain or whatever else they are stating now.. why wouldn’t they speak to the devs who actually built it? Why wouldn’t they want to meet with them first.. figure out what could be done etc? Perhaps they never had any desire to do it in the slightest 🤷‍♀️ Who knows.

10.03.2020 01:52

Thanks! And I'll try not to be too annoying:P
What would it take financially to get a fully decentralized blockchain up and running including monthly maintenance costs? For this query let's forego income for the creators (who deserves money for blogging/different issue), and just focus on income for the devs and witnesses...What kind of KA$H are we talking about? Is this info within your sphere of knowledge?

10.03.2020 02:28

Another way to think of my question: why do witnesses (whom I've been told are broke) think they can run(finance) and manage a blockchain?

10.03.2020 04:45

I think maintenance can be done through a DAO, and yes I believe we have many developers who are capable to do what you’ve discussed.

As far as your other comment, I’m not really sure what you mean by that.. all witnesses are independent individuals but some actually run successful businesses and have been responsible for a large amount of Steem’s once success. If someone is needed to “manage” anything, specifics could be hired through the DAO as well.

As far as an actual maintenance number, I do not have that. Sorry 😐

10.03.2020 13:14

I appreciate your reply's to my queries...Thanks!

11.03.2020 02:04

SO YOur saying Justion should have answered to the centralized authority of witnesses. ?
With only a 20% stake he needed community support. THe community had a right to hear from him.

10.03.2020 12:22

You’re being ridiculous, spamming, and it’s clear your a Tron troll. I will be downvoting you now. Go to your own posts

10.03.2020 13:12

I honestly didnt think accounts could get frozen like Justins did. Im nervous and should be. Dont you want to know if freezing accounts is legal?
Who will see my post? i dont have support of the voting bots and whale that you do. Dont you see how centralized that is?

10.03.2020 13:47

"... the only people who would have been able to make that happen would have been those privy to the sale.. so Tron, Ned and Eli."

You said above that you were privy to the sale months prior.

So, which is it?

10.03.2020 17:47

Nice to hear thoughts like this

09.03.2020 17:41


09.03.2020 18:11

Tron team's position has been consistent. They never intended to destroy STEEM token. The statements you refer to have been misinterpreted by some of the community but were made in the context of Steemit and other dapps they rightfully own. You don't have to believe them, but it's not fair to misrepresent their stated position. Regardless of how you view their words, it is their prerogative to define their meaning and actions.

09.03.2020 17:49

They have stated their position clearly through multiple texts, I am not misrepresenting anything. Also, as I stated.. these things later to be described as “miscommunication” were actually listed in the sale. Much of the sale price was contingent on that token swap and migration to Tron. Why do you think Ned is working so hard to help get it done? He doesn’t get paid unless it happens.

I respect your views, but I have made my own opinions based on the enormous pile of evidence that eludes to the fact that Tron planned a simple pump and dump, and had no intention of building on Steem.

Whether they knew what they actually bought, not sure. Perhaps there was quite a bit of miscommunication in the sale and they felt they were acquiring a whole block chain, all dApps and therefore migrating was not that radical in the slightest.

As I said, these are my opinions.. but I think I’ve been very careful not to jump to conclusions.

09.03.2020 17:58

these things later to be described as “miscommunication” were actually listed in the sale. Much of the sale price was contingent on that token swap and migration to Tron.

Can you provide those documents itemizing the sale?

It could have been miscommunication, aggressive marketing, or many other things like an automatic atomic swap only when using specific apps like Steemit. Many witnesses and yourself have chosen to believe the worst-case scenario among many other possibilities, even when Tron has denied taking this position.

09.03.2020 19:32

I already went over this in the video. Thanks.

09.03.2020 22:09

So they(tronfaggots) innocently hacked the exchanges? Or colluded with them? Or with Ned, or with all? Or it was miscommunication? I like how you think this is her "opinion" and how you jumped at the bit to 'real' represent how they never wanted to destroy Steem...

09.03.2020 22:48

The exchanges are independent and responsible for their own actions, but the governance issue should not be conflated with Sun's Steemit purchase or potential token swapping.

10.03.2020 00:36

Yeah, I was agreeing with you, FagSun is innocent, what the exchanges did was not because they were manipulated, conned or otherwise deceived into doing by him, he had absolutely nothing to do with it. Those hostile witnesses on the other hand are probably behind that.

10.03.2020 02:50

Sorry to sound like a broken record, Justin used many high priced lawyers , in a 12 million dollar purchase. How could they make anything contingent on a blockchain that he would only have 20% control, not a majority which require community support. Which is why nothing could happen without community support. Which shows the freezing to be unnecessary.

10.03.2020 12:17

They never intended to destroy STEEM token.

Their definition of "destroy" is very different then ours.
Token Swap and threatening that STEEM will be made worthless if we dont migrate is without any doubt an intent to destroy the chain.

They dont think it would be destroyed since in their eyes it would exist on TRON but in the eyes of anyone else that action is malicious and destructive.

09.03.2020 19:11

I doubt that lol.

10.03.2020 10:41

"They never intended to destroy STEEM token."

Well, then they fucked up royally, because taking over governance of the Steem blokchain sure as fuck destroyed the Steem token.

"... it is their prerogative to define their meaning and actions."

In what world? In this world words have predefined meanings, and that's the only reason we can use them to communicate ideas to one another.


10.03.2020 17:52

Words have multiple meanings and language is used creatively. I wouldn't dictate to anyone what they meant by their own words, especially if they are speaking a recently-learned language.

11.03.2020 02:01

You don't get to define words yourself. They pre-exist you. If Sun said stuff wrong, he needs to clarify what he really meant to say. He has staff for that.

11.03.2020 07:28

They thought they bought Lino and Dlive. Thats what they thought.

09.03.2020 18:21

Yeah it’s very possible that the way it was sold to them was misleading and they just felt this was another normal acquisition for them.

09.03.2020 22:10

Do you think Justin Suns high price lawyers are that stupid?
Do you think they would spend 12 million dollars and not know what their buying?
You speak in possibilities, not facts.
Have you or the witnesses talk to a lawyer about freezing his legal property? If it was illegal then by definition it was a "Hack". His lawyer say illegal, have you spoken to a lawyer that disagrees with that?

10.03.2020 12:11

Dude... Roy and Justin actually said there was miscommunication in what they thought they were purchasing. And facts.. well I’ve not heard one fact out of you.. rather just following me around and spamming every comment like the Tron bots on twitter.

Go make a post, hire an attorney.. and stop spamming or I’m going to use my downvotes to clean up my post.

10.03.2020 12:59

You mean sensor me. RIght?
Did the witnesses get legal advice when they decided to Freeze 12 million dollars of Justin Suns legal property. ?
The community deserves the answer to that question.

10.03.2020 13:21

I will make a post, on this very point. I was hoping to get an answer from you first. I believe you know the answer.

10.03.2020 13:23

She cannot downvote you because just as how they've voted her post this high, they'll be expecting votes from her on their next 'community' post. lol

10.03.2020 20:39

Was Lino not a blockchain or is Lino somehow different than how Steem works?

10.03.2020 10:43

Why were you blocked?

09.03.2020 22:20

I received a week long twitter suspension during the time I was trying to get the news of the Tron hard fork out there. I believe it was a mass reporting done by bot accounts as I did not break any TOS.

Their reporting system is easily games. If enough accounts report the same thing, the person is just automatically suspended. It’s happened many times Tron is well known to use bot accounts, so that’s my best guess.

09.03.2020 22:27

Twitter banned me and many people. So, it is not a surprise.

10.03.2020 10:44

1 you deserve respect for putting yourself out there.

However, you devoted most of your arguments in defense of the need for centralization and regulation. I recommend truly understanding the difference between centralization and decentralization .

2 yes Ned and Dan started with an advantage, they created the damn thing!

we should at least respect them for that.

3 Ned had legal ownership of the Ninja mined stake, YOu even mentioned that they resisted the idea of making 100% for the community, Its 12 million dollar! That shit uses lots of lawyer and legal documents. IF no document exist thats a clear indication its his, not the communities.

4 The community support is based on a false narrative , you started this conversation with "Tron hostile takeover" thats your narrative. The only hostile action was the freezing of Justin Suns account. YOu wont except

" hack" but you should talk to a lawyer first. IT was justin Suns legal property which was frozen. SO if illegal, its a hack. Justion many lawyers say it was illegal, what do the witnesses lawyer say? Thats right , they didnt think to ask. Well they should! Lets end that debate.

5 The community should first understand the legal stance of what occurred.

This was not a community decision, the decision was made before the community even knew what was going on. Then they banded together under a false narrative of whales and voting bot accounts.

6 Justin and his lawyers, are not stupid . They understood they where only buying 20% of the company. They knew they could not fully support any of their ideas with a majority which would have to include the community. They where attacked , hacked! , by the witnesses. The community was never given a chance to decide.

7 Decentralization is risk of big and fast change, big ideas! Thats what we agreed too. Justin Sun was the biggest investor steem has ever had! HE clearly believes in steem. IT was $12 million of his money he invested. That got the attention of other investors. Rather then welcome our new family member, we attack. We make sure no other investor will invest. We destroy our relationship with our largest exchanges which we need.

Wake the fuck up!

I'm a steemian willing to go down with the ship.

09.03.2020 22:55

Did you say they only bought 20% of Steemit Inc or are you saying that they do not own all of the Steem blockchain itself or what does 20% mean? Where and what is the 80%?

10.03.2020 10:46

20% of th steem supply.. 100% of Steemit inc. app.

10.03.2020 16:13

Currently being censored for asking questions the witnesses justineh dont want to answer.
Steemit is centralized folks!

10.03.2020 20:54

We have nothing to loose with Justin Sun!

10.03.2020 20:55

" IF no document exist thats a clear indication its his, not the communities."

I suggest you cite case law that supports your position that representations of company principals to investors have no effect. This is not the fact, and if you do any research into corporate law you will find numerous examples of contractual obligations being undertaken with nothing more binding than words and handshakes.

Many times, from before Steem was even mined to immediately prior to the sale to Tron, Stinc and it's principals stated verbally and in writing that the founder's stake was not going to be used for governance, and it was to be used for development of Steem, and for four years Stinc and it's principals actually did not use that stake for governance, and did use it for development.

If Tron's lawyers believe that does not constitute obligation to investors in Steem during the last four years, they're shitty lawyers.

10.03.2020 18:00

I would like to hear the verbal. Do you have the link?

10.03.2020 20:42

Wait. You're so uninformed you haven't even heard @ned say these things, and yet you're offering your opinion on the stake in question? You are a bit rash, son, as well as biased in the extreme.

Do catch up.

11.03.2020 01:33

Im interested in the actual legal documents between ned and the community on his stake. Can you send that link?

11.03.2020 17:24

Quit wasting my time.

11.03.2020 20:31

Nice thought

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09.03.2020 22:56

Shudang! Quite the comprehensive ramble ;)

09.03.2020 23:39

Damn @justineh, an hour vid!! Fine i'll listen haha :)

10.03.2020 01:24

took me some time to listen ;)

10.03.2020 02:13

Love too... Good idea...

10.03.2020 03:51

Very nice idea

10.03.2020 04:59

Dear Justineh,I haven't watched the full video because it is so long but I tried to watch or listen to the key parts of it.

So after listening to yourself,I think there is nothing new in this video.I mean it is not your fault but it is like we are stuck in a situation from where we just don't want to get out.I thought that we were all united but then I realized as you said:

There are a group of large stakeholders who are voting only half our witnesses and half of the sockpuppets because they don't want to take sides but just stop anyone from taking control.There are small stakeholders who are doing whatever they can and there are some large stakeholders who are doing nothing at all.

Now,I realize that we are actually not that united anymore since the time it all started.I don't know but I think we are also making it all personal like slandering about Justin and Ned.

The main thing we have to understand that we are not supposed to fight for control.We are supposed to fight for decentralization and keep the steem the way it is.I don't want downvote feature to be removed or powerdown period to be reduced within 3-7 days.I just know it that much.

Thanks for making this video.I don't know how helpful or informative it was because you actually added nothing new in this video or no unique analysis of yours about the current situation.Still,it is a one hour long video.So I have to thank you for that.

Best wishes to you.We love watching you,keep doing what you do.

10.03.2020 06:52

But if we don't fight for control, then somebody like Justin Sun does.

10.03.2020 10:49

But if we don't fight
For control, then somebody
Like Justin Sun does.

                 - joeyarnoldvn

I'm a bot. I detect haiku.

10.03.2020 10:49

I liked your video, i thought it was informative and entertaining at the same tine. I learned a lot, it reminded me of watching the real world STEEM edition or something. Keep it up, i thought that was a funny funny question about steemit doing a newsletter to help get out the vote, lol!

10.03.2020 07:23

Thanks for your clear minded informations...

10.03.2020 09:15


11.03.2020 02:22

I've heard bits and pieces concerning the legend of the ninja mine over the years. But the way you explained it helped me get it. So, Steemit Inc was behind it. Interesting. My main concern in the Tron Steem Drama is in regards to whether or not exchanges voted for witnesses with the help of Steem currency which may have been not theirs to use, that is assuming exchanges did do that.

10.03.2020 09:49

Yes it’s been confirmed they used customer funds to vote with, but all have begun powering down at this time. So hopefully that won’t occur again.

11.03.2020 02:22

Yeah, hopefully not.

11.03.2020 08:53
266$, good job single mom from the rural USA


10.03.2020 10:44

Hello angry Serbian man who can’t do math! Thanks for stopping by!

10.03.2020 12:57

No, no, only highschool girls can't


Try this

X(steem) x 150% >> (X+Y (steem per post)) x 10%

All you dropouts should do is to be quiet and make Justin pump the price

10.03.2020 13:30


10.03.2020 13:38

Just a group of coordinated friends trying to save their source of income by controlling the people they feed every day. They call them 'community'.

10.03.2020 20:37

heard you were spreading drama with your usual flavor of love...just drop by to get my fill :P

10.03.2020 10:52


10.03.2020 20:35

Nah, I was just trying to take the time to share my experiences and to give information for anyone who wanted it... as I didn’t make a post everyday to tell about the amount of hours I spent working on PR to ensure Steem was in the news.. you know.. the usual thing to do around here, tell everyone how amazing you are in a shit post everyday. Then was then met with trolling from accounts who hold no stake, yell really loudly and insult people and then bitch about being treated badly. I’m trying to remember why exactly I was trying to help save this place tbh 😃

But good to see you DJ, I missed you ❤️

11.03.2020 01:39

Muuaaahh, miss u 2 ❤️ ..... also u look great on ytube, keep the tussled hair look, suits u.

p.s. you're too good for all them sensitive and salty steemians :P

11.03.2020 09:09

All the best For you... I strongly support that @justineh

10.03.2020 11:29

I use steem in earning for stacking more Bitcoin! Adding tron to steem community will help boost earnings but folks don't see that.

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10.03.2020 14:14

Adding Tron hasn't boosted earnings so far. Perhaps your $trillions are farther off than you think.

10.03.2020 18:03

Sure I could see that and why that would be beneficial to STEEM stakeholders, but forcing a token swap for a TRC20 as was announced and stating STEEM would be worthless, doesn’t really help in the slightest in that case.

People should have a choice, and not be forced into anything.

11.03.2020 02:21

@justineh, you're a great soul! I'm so happy to see you in action! ;)

10.03.2020 14:22


I did watch some and try to read some of the comments and I'm sure you opinion is great and I'm not the most concise person either and this sentence is getting kinda long and why am I even writing this.

TY for your efforts nonetheless.

10.03.2020 14:41

Hahah, I’m so sorry.. it’s sooo long. It’s truly just me walking through the experience and probably not beneficial in the slightest. But for some random points that maybe people didn’t know leading up to the SF -


  • witness chat was not closed door, had open invite up until last week. So not this “secret club” being made out to be. More people probably could have been there, some maybe were over looked in the chaos, but it wasn’t a closed club.
  • I feel the witnesses acted the best on the information they had and the hostile marketing Coming out of Tron. Much of which has been described as a “misunderstanding”.. but witnesses were given information that the sale actually was contingent on things like the token swap, so it wasn’t just miscommunication.
  • Communication was attempted by the witnesses to Tron multiple times for nearly a week; it was repeatedly denied by Eli from Steemit inc and Tron.
  • then I just explained the ninja mine a bit for those that weren’t aware of how it came to be.

The rest was just me rambling through a time line.

Thanks for your comment 🙏

11.03.2020 02:19

Its a very good summary. Thank you ","

I picked up most of that from skipping around.

I have essentially tmsame reason.

I think too many people were sympathetic because they thought Tron people wsre ignorant of Steem and dPOS and Ned took advantage.

I don't believe this is the case, they hired people, they didn't care, the managed to wreck 22.2 very quickly. I don't think this is the action of someone who doesn't have a plan or know what they are doing.

Tron was being shady and quiet. 22.2 got em talking for better (or worse).

11.03.2020 04:26

10.03.2020 15:54

Interesting post.
Flagged for disagreement on rewards.

10.03.2020 19:19

I was going to comment with “that’s totally fair 🙂” but then realized you went through to also upvote comments that were insulting for no reason.. so cool.. thanks for stopping by 👍🏼

11.03.2020 01:28

Good reply from your side.

I agree that @valued-customer should have left out the "simple math" part, which I shouldn't have upvoted, but he is correct in saying that a reduction of the number of witness votes would make it less easy to attack STEEM like it just happened. Let me give you a simplified example:

Assuming you have exactly 900 SP and there are exactly three Witnesses, then you can vote any Witness with exactly 900 SP.
Let's assume that you can only vote for one Witness out of three due to the restriction I suggest and therefore distribute your 900 SP to three accounts in order to be able to continue to vote for three Witnesses. Then each of these three accounts has 300 SP. So you can only vote for each Witness (one with each account) using 300 SP.

Have a nice day!

11.03.2020 06:59

Yes, and I responded to him somewhere that most definitely I see things that need to be improved with the current set up, but those fixes will need a Hardfork. Which will require weeks of coding, testing, advance notice to exchanges and planning etc. So for me it’s not a viable fix to the current issue we are in, so I didn’t see the value in spending the time debating the specifics of it at this time. Others most definitely can, I was just stating I didn’t feel it was a good use of my personal time currently.

Honestly I’ve always supported the update to witness votes; haven’t thought much about the idea of it being a set up where your SP is divided by all your votes. My immediate thought is it would make it easier for one stakeholder to get a sock puppet account into top 20, but haven’t looked at the logistics enough to have a full opinion on the matter.

And while I think these discussions are most definitely important for further improvement of the DPoS design, it wasn’t something I wanted to sit and debate at that time.. and thought I was politely saying so. Plus, with my experience with that specific user, he had gone way off on his ideas and it’s hard to even pinpoint the core of what he’s trying to say. I should have taken more time to do so, but also.. I have no desire to speak to someone who is rude, argumentative and driven mad by conspiracy theories to where it seems his whole entire point is to argue for the sake of it.

With all that being said, I can acknowledge that my response perhaps came off aggressive (it was not intended) and that somehow made him going into more of attack mode, but quite frankly I’m not going to deal with someone attacking and then playing victim after, I would rather just ignore them going forward.

Anywho, my original comments were made quickly while I was at work, so now that I have a minute I wanted to make more detailed ones.

I feel an update to the witness voting is needed, and am aware it’s been discussed often while trying to find a clear solution. I hope we see improvements on this matter in the future.

11.03.2020 13:53

thanks for the effort of making the video and post, Kudos Justine.

10.03.2020 19:43

Thanks Joy 🙏

11.03.2020 02:13

@justineh I am currently working on an audio version of the video featured in this post. I want to know if you approve me posting it in the comments here once I have it remastered and is uploaded.

This is a good summation of things and think that it should be spread and especially so to places where such video sites are censored.


10.03.2020 19:56

Yes that’s absolutely fine, thanks for doing it.

10.03.2020 20:09

Here is an audio version of the video from @justineh's parent post.

The origianl article featuring the video:
The original video on Youtube here:
Or here:
This is the direct link:
If someone could upload this audo file to IPFS that would be awesome.
10.03.2020 22:11


11.03.2020 03:23

Great posting

11.03.2020 15:10

Good, well made video!

11.03.2020 19:46

Dear Justineh,

I am Harry and a sort of newbie.
I think I could help you or some english speaking Steemians understand other groups’ opinions. So give this comment.

Thanks for your valuable opinion. It’s my pleasure and helpful to understand what you and old witnesses think.
Please let me give you simple feedback that may be some other group members think now as far as I know.
I am a sort of newbie so do not understand many things. But because of that, I could be a sort of objective. I am not on any side or biased.

  1. I understand some part of it why you and past witnesses insist on some core value like “Decentralization” and some other ones.
    But it seems some witnesses or you may be a lack of understanding about other community's “emotion” and opinions. This could be a different issue from Justin or Tron.
    I think that because up to now you and your side hasn’t needed to understand. You and past witnesses‘ side are a sort of center of this steem world having made big decisions and relevant benefit. So it seems to be related to what doesn’t respect other groups opinions(at least emotionally). So some other communities don’t believe past witnesses side direction. Many members think former witnesses group try to keep their sole absolute power and wealth from Justin and new trend. Someone may believe that in (up to now)decentralized world, past witnesses and relevant group were a sort of governor of that world controlling all like a king or god.
  2. And Justin seems to be a businessman pursuing benefit. For him, decentralization or other ideal ideology would be meaningless. That may be very crucial fact for many steemians. But it may be true.
    I do not have any power or enough knowledge about steem. so not many reason to be on Justin’s side. Just my small view.
  3. There is a clear language and culture barriers between groups or steemians. But you may not feel that seriously. You may not need that seriously up to now. Because you have been in the center of the power and steem culture. Still english language, culture and some groups are the center of this world. Some believe that other culture and language are not regarded as important considerations.
    Even though you cannot learn new culture or language, at least try to understand a variety of culture or language.
  4. I think you and old witnesses may be better to approach this issue step by step. First, try to explain your understanding to other groups, not pursuing them. Just explain. and step by step, you try to accept the others as a partner, but not as targets that should be on your side and giving SP to help some witnesses. It could be failed or not. But at least try.
15.03.2020 10:26

It might surely workout well . let's see what happens!

16.03.2020 00:50