Open letter to Justin Sun

I've never understood why people write open letters to politicians, ceos or celebrities. I'm pretty much sure they don't look at them anyway. But here I am, trying to address a person wealthy enough to have home stories in magazines I don't read. Maybe it reaches him.

Dear @justinsunsteemit,

that was a rough start. Maybe you had a closer look at what you own now, and even if not I want to congratulate you for your purchase!
You are now a huge stakeholder of one of the most promising blockchain technologies out there. In the AMA you told us how advanced TRON is, but seriously, nothing that platform offers impresses anyone here. So let's talk STEEM.

The project has a rough history. It started out with a way too high inflation, and the people working on blockchain code continued with pushing weird ideas changing stuff. The community often felt bewildered by those changes, but for the sake of doing at least something most of these things were pushed through. There were a lot of promises for better communication, and during the last months it looked like it's really improving. Then the Steemit Inc. sale happened...

You are in a crucial position now. While the tech is great, the community is the biggest asset here. Getting both under one hood, combined with your capabilities, can lead us to formerly unknown heights. On the other hand, if you continue the way it went before, the decline will most certainly continue.

It's not difficult, but there are a few things you have to take care of imo:

  • Steemit Inc. stake was mined early under better conditions than anyone else could get, under the premise to be used for development and onboarding. There has been a lot of mishandling of these funds. Please consult with the community how to handle them responsibly.
  • The STEEM blockchain is a different product to the blockchains you work with. There are no smart contracts by design, it is a database for text/json storage. This creates flexibility for app developers, and the diversity of apps compared to what i.e. TRON have to offer should be notable. Cherish this!
  • Development on STEEM by Steemit Inc. just started to get more open. This path should be continued and prioritized even higher.

These are the absolute basics. If these ground rules are met, you will find us to be a very diverse and welcoming community. Don't make quick decisions or let single people tell you all that's wrong, but take the time to get a grasp of the whole ecosystem. You'll be amazed.

Looking forward to your ideas and contributions,

// EDIT:I tweeted this, help it get some visibility if you're there

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16.02.2020 14:12

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16.02.2020 14:20

Downvoted because it is spam, completely unrelated to the post. I see this happening all over Steem. Please stop and only comment in relevant places. Namaste

16.02.2020 14:28

It's been a while since I've seen a flag with an explanation. I'll vote up the explanation because I would like to see more of them.

16.02.2020 21:49

Thanks. I appreciate you

16.02.2020 22:07

While you're right and I agree with you with accounts like that and the rep that goes with them often it is pretty unnecessary/time consuming.

16.02.2020 22:55

Good post. Thanks for taking this initiative. Resteeming.

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16.02.2020 14:29

I have been a part of many transactions involving new ownership of a company I worked with. Never have these transactions worked out well for me.

Luckily for us, this is not new ownership of the blockchain. Just a section of it that has been underperforming for quite a while.

Love the open letter and I am betting it makes it under his nose. This is an investment and he has a wealth of information, opinion and passion related to a large investment.

Gonna be interesting and potentially more fun than it already is.

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16.02.2020 14:38

It’s good.

17.02.2020 04:28

@justinsunsteem take heed Sir @pharesim had a lot of valid concerns for the development and improvement of both steem and tron. Best regards.

16.02.2020 14:42

We need more of these , the thoughts came on my mind and few minutes back, I did comment on similar lines to few others before I saw this. Justin definitely can gain a lot if he understands this echo system and it will be WIN-WIN for everyone.

Appreciate you starting it.

16.02.2020 14:46

Great letter and I do agreed on most. Hope he gets the msg.

nothing that platform offers impresses anyone here

That's harsh XD

16.02.2020 14:49

Me too

17.02.2020 06:39

This is a very good statement, I hope for us, he will read it!

16.02.2020 14:54

Agreed and thank you 🙏 for defending our fellow Steemians. We count on you witnesses to protect the interest of the community.


16.02.2020 15:10

Those 3 points seem very well thought out. I support this opinion.

16.02.2020 15:14

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16.02.2020 15:41

Very, VERY well said!

16.02.2020 15:44

I have been away for a while, I found out about this news yesterday and make me feel like old days in steemit. this is a huge community with an exceptional platform, I hope this brings more life to this project. Nice letter!

16.02.2020 15:46

I'm terrible at taking my thoughts and writing them out on paper, but this does a pretty good job at it. I would like to see more of these written if nothing else so we know where people stand.

I know words are cheap, but I think it would be good to see we as a community are pretty much on the same page and standing together as well as for those on the outside looking in.

16.02.2020 16:27

Full support, Steem on :)

16.02.2020 16:27

I think you have very good understanding and knowledge about steem blockchain and tron blockchain its very nice post and good advice

I hope Your open letter get noticed by Justin sun @justinsuntron #justinsuntron

Justin sun is a good and respectable leader in cryptocurrency community he will take his time watched are develop closely and read all suggestions from steemit and steem community

He is capable enough to make better decisions if he takes his time and not try to get quick profits and rewards he should make decisions for the betterment of steemit Dapp ,steem blockchain and tron foundation

16.02.2020 16:33

You are absolutely right sir.I appreciate this and I think everybody appreciate this.Because as human beings we must follow some rules & regulation...

16.02.2020 16:50

A community requires trust. And this has always been the main issue with Steemit Inc. We're at a breaking point I think - they can use this opportunity to improve in a very short time, or they can completely ruin it.

16.02.2020 16:52

Upvote and Resteem!

16.02.2020 16:53

Talk about a wild card, this could go anywhere.

16.02.2020 17:09

Well done @pharesim! Talking about facts in a clear way without negative elements. That might be a voice (lopen letter) which is heard (read) at places where there is a fruitable ground. Thank you!

16.02.2020 18:19

Great letter, hope it will arrive at the right door!

16.02.2020 19:09

Great issues you are addressing there .I hope Justin reads

16.02.2020 19:38

Not bad. I think the first thing Justin needs is a trustable interpreter.

Between, I followed you on twitter and gave the post more visibility

16.02.2020 23:54

Justin right now..

17.02.2020 00:08

Good perspective. I hope he sees this & people will start to arm up.

I'm not calling for a war, just a show of strength.

17.02.2020 00:24

Great write up mate

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17.02.2020 00:38

In the AMA you told us how advanced TRON is, but seriously, nothing that platform offers impresses anyone here.

Really? I think that is a bit harsh and maybe a bit presumptuous too if you're claiming to speak for all of us. If this is the attitude we are taking then we really are going nowhere. Crypto Tribalism wins again...?

The rest of your letter is good though. Thanks for sharing :)

17.02.2020 01:43

I was talking about the points he mentioned in the AMA - scalability and dapps. Nothing of that is better than what steem offers from a technical standpoint.

Hopefully someone can find possible synergies between the two, but, from a technical standpoint again, it's hard to imagine for me right now.

This is not tribalism. I hold TRX myself. I just can't find anything to do with it besides staking and looking out for the superrepresentative that pays me the most for my vote.

17.02.2020 01:59

Do you play Blackjack? :)

I don't own any TRX but I have been looking into it since this announcement and am well invested in other Smart Contract blockchains like ETH and EOS. I do like the idea of having proper Smart Contracts implemented natively on STEEM so from a technical standpoint I will have to disagree with you.

17.02.2020 02:09

I don't gamble, but I made the first dice app on steem. It was running well over a year, there is no need for smart contracts for provably fair gambling. The max risk due to the app doing the transactions centralized is what you set in a bet, and 3-6s later you and everybody else know if you've been scammed.
I stopped it because too many people lost a lot of money, and I originally only coded it as a proof of concept. I don't regard gambling as something that needs more platforms, people can lose their money in enough places already. And even if you think it's beneficial, it's already possible on steem.

The idea of native smart contracts on steem has been discussed and discarded long ago. We already start to see the scalability problems decentralized calculations bring with them on both ETH and EOS, and a lot of people saw them coming from the start. As long as there's no good solution to them it's wasted effort.

17.02.2020 02:20

Gambling is just one use case for Smart Contracts and it's arguably the simplest one. More sophisticated DApps will (and already are) being developed. Every blockchain has scalability issues so thats not really enough justification to kybosh the idea, but I am not going to argue with the STEEM tribe about it so lets not.

I know there was once a plan to upgrade STEEM to run on EOS tech when Dan was around and that got killed off a while back with the whole executive schism but the idea of upgrading the underlying blockchain tech to support Smart Contracts is not out of the question for me. The question is, would it really be worth the effort and expense for Justin to push that?

Personally I think migrating to TRON to realise the synergetic benefits and then potentially forking out if there's a governance problem is not a bad strategy to get the underlying blockchain tech for STEEM ugraded. Maybe it's too risky and disruptive to the business models of the STEEM tribe to really consider though.

17.02.2020 02:52

The existing use cases are well covered by ETH, EOS and TRON. They are not congested by these though, they are congested by gambling.

The concept of steem is not decentralized execution of code. We are lightyears away from having scalability issues. The codebase of steem is the most efficient out there, we are prepared for tens of thousands of transactions per second. Smart contracts would change that, and I strongly doubt the witnesses would take that risk for the chain for something that doesn't cover the mission statement.

EOS runs on steem tech. I don't know what you think you know, but there wouldn't be an upgrade about that. Dan played with the idea of implementing smart contracts, but then moved this to an own project. He took over the codebase of steem, since then there have been several huge updates on steem itself as well as on the code used by both.

I don't know what you understand migrating to mean. So far all info we got was that STEEM would become a TRON token, which would kill off this chain, completely ignore the governance structure of the project, and would by no means be an upgrade! The tech base here is solid, and a move to TRON would never be possible without huge modifications to the TRON core.

As soon as this question is out of the room, there is no need for any sort of tribalism. But yes, tell a decentralized community that you will now decide their future will bring people together.

17.02.2020 03:11

Ok.....I'm not that interested in arguing with you, nor of defending what Justin has done or even is planning on doing.

I am only interested in avoiding yet another shit-show and seeing STEEM make the most of its opportunities. I think I'm wasting my time though, sadly. Good luck to you all.

17.02.2020 03:31

Now you're just being a troll. If anyone wasted his time in this conversation it's me, explaining you things you don't have the slightest idea of. But sure, hold your opinion holy and ignore the reality. Everything will be great, it's Justin!

17.02.2020 03:34

Wow. I didn't realise you were such an asshole.

17.02.2020 03:59

Yeah @buggedout you stupid dummy. Why are you wasting this guys time? It's obviously over your head and your pea brain cant understand it.

Are..................maybe he is just an asshole because i know that you don't waste anyone time and your deffo not stupid.

17.02.2020 06:51

Yeah @buggedout you stupid dummy. Why are you wasting this guys time? It's obviously over your head and your pea brain cant understand it.

Are..................maybe he is just an asshole because i know that you don't waste anyone time and your deffo not stupid.

17.02.2020 06:52


17.02.2020 05:50

This conversation had a great starting point. (It's just that I come late here for voting.) Not to speak about where it had gone then. Lot's of smart contracts are done with Steem. Not via Steem. But that's not a point here. So I keep it as is. Steem on!

Oh, btw: Thanks for the open letter. I could not have read it when it hasn't been open - no matter whether the addressee finds it.

26.02.2020 16:01

I thought the letter was short, balanced and to the point. @buggedout

You seem to read one sentence in a slightly biased way... and then carried on the conversation. It is unfortunately sometimes even a good conversation get imbalanced somehow and runs amok.

I don't think you and @pharesim are in much of a disagreement to begin with. Anyways I hope you gather your thoughts. Last few days emotions are running high. It is normal. But please let us slow down and think about the facts. Not much has actually happened, and it is highly unlikely anything else will happen anytime soon.

17.02.2020 15:44

Did you miss the part where I said :-

The rest of your letter is good

I'm not the only person who thought that the sentence I picked out was harsh. In my experience if you are trying to reach out to someone like this you don't insult them (or their project) in the first paragraph.

I know that it will take time for this to play out. I only need 13 weeks.

17.02.2020 20:32

I didn't actually. I that's why I wrote:

I don't think you and @pharesim are in much of a disagreement to begin with.

I am saying that you are mostly in agreement. You are also correct that it will take time for this to play out. Whether you will need 13 weeks or more is up to your personal choice and risk tolerance.

I can personally tell you that I have 2 full orders of magnitude (and more) money to loose compared to you and I am staying.

17.02.2020 20:42

Development on STEEM by Steemit Inc. just started to get more open. This path should be continued and prioritized even higher.

These means that there is an open source community working on STEEM, or there will be?

17.02.2020 02:23

It is open source, there are people working on it. Most of them are getting paid by Steemit Inc. to do so, but not all - and there are quite a few ready to jump in if Steemit Inc starts to do things the block producers don't agree on.

17.02.2020 02:25

Great open letter. Hope it finds his eyes :)

17.02.2020 02:26

I watched AMA with Justin, it appear that he didn't knew much about our platform, but to be honest when I joined steem, I didn't know much too.
It would be good if he would convince some of his 4 million tron users to join our platform.

17.02.2020 03:17

We have to consider that people like Justin don't have the time for reading posts and responding to things unless it is their true passion to engage with individuals. So the key really is to be surrounded by the right, small handful of people.

I can only hope that's the case, because we can't rely on him to understand the entire ecosystem in a year, let alone a week - In the same way we can't expect Trump to understand the US political system in intimate detail. He just needs the explanations at the precise time its necessary to make an action.

Fingers crossed he knows what he's doing in this regard

17.02.2020 04:33

I'm sure Justin will read your open letter. You have my support.

17.02.2020 09:27

I think patience is important. Fortunately for times like these, there is a 13-week power-down to help keep steady hands.

17.02.2020 09:46

YOU ALL , plus me, are the ones he can learn a lot from, for his own things.

17.02.2020 11:46

Well said!

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17.02.2020 11:53

Open letter to Justin :

Dear Justin,

Ned fucked you over just like he's been fucking us over the entire time. He sold you a Bill of Goods. He is a man-child brat that throws temper tantrums. Dan is laughing. The end

Love the most talented Blockchain ever.

P.S. you will never OWN us. You ain't in China anymore Dorothy !

17.02.2020 12:58

you have a point, steem is different from other blockchain. Let's just hope he won't rush things in steem and never compare steem on other blockchain. He's new so I think he needs to be educated of how steem works.

17.02.2020 14:13

17.02.2020 16:06

In what world do you live, man, @pharesim @justinsunsteemit

of one of the most promising blockchain technologies

you can't just promise something for years, you need to deliver the results.
Peter Pan, never growing boy is not something worth adoring

during the last months it looked like it's really improving

What on Earth was improving? Userbase is somehow still shrinking, although there is about 6000 posts per day = not-hing

While the tech is great

What is great? Every time the HF happened the chain was dead for several days.
What is great? The code written so well that entering a negative number for power killed the whole chain :D

the community is the biggest asset here

What community?!
There are people on the planet, more than on serious social networks and 10.000 here, on Steemit.
It's 100.000x less than FB. Steemit is 10% of 1% of 1% of FB. Can you imagine that insignificance?

NOBODY cares about Steemit, besides top 50 dogs and 500 poor Africans/ Asians telling you how great this post is Sir

Please consult with the community how to handle them responsibly

DON'T! You created this. Utopian run away with the money. SteemSTEM supported Wiki plagiarisms with hundreds of dollars per post. DaVinci who paid hundreds to translate some irrelevant open-source projects. What else, oh yes, Curie, lovely community that supported own cousins and relatives.

This creates flexibility for app developers, and the diversity of apps compared to what

And yet - there are no apps?! Some stupid gambling and games with 50 players

you will find us to be a very diverse and welcoming community

Who cares about you?!
There is only a couple of thousands of users.
A local football club has more fans than the whole Steemit.

If Sun is smart, he will create a completely new community. Nobody cares how inclusively diverse you are now

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17.02.2020 18:04

Honestly, as this point you need to either get on a camera or at least use a microphone and voice your thoughts

When you resort to text you are leaving a loooooot of room for misunderstanding and conflict

17.02.2020 18:26

This is really great platform.
Just needs to be fixed, many people don't like when their profiles and balance is public...

17.02.2020 23:09

I think its worth a try

18.02.2020 02:13

There's a chance this letter actually gets to @justinsunsteemit. He might even read it. Thanks.

18.02.2020 03:38

Great letter @pharesim, thank you for using your voice put your rational thoughts out there. Steemit really is a unique community that is a great asset that needs to be cherished by Justin and the TRON community.

Very interesting times lie ahead for us all, but it is very reassuring to know that we have calm leaders like you within the community that have the courage to put your neck out there and share your words with Justin.

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