Actions have consequences. I get it.
newsteem with its “free” downvotes has had profound effects on the Steem blockchain’s ecosystem, most of them positive but some quite pernicious. Although free in terms of voting power, in other ways they can prove to be quite costly.
In my little corner of the blockchain, I chose to use some of my downvoting manna against Steemlandia’s Model Citizen. Not surprisingly, he opted to revenge downvote. But (probably naively) I failed to consider that my mosquito-sized downvotes would be countered by a disproportionate response:
On one level, this is not really a big deal. After all, I’m a mid-sized Dolphin. If SMT’s prove to be the game changer that I think they might be, I’ll do just fine. Other than my monthly “predict the price of Steem” contests (in which the winner got the post’s liquid rewards), I’ve lately refrained from self-voting. That said, I have nothing against earning a few quatloos here and there from my postings. Since our Model Citizen has been on a rampage, that’s been impossible to do with the exception of Steem-Engine tokens. So, from the Department of Full Disclosure, at least for a while, I’ll be self-voting to earn S-E tokens since Our Model Citizen seems to have no interest in S-E tokens so his downvotes have no effect on their distribution. So I’ll be using #creativecoin #steemleo #palnet #neoxian #marlians and other tags where appropriate.
So if some of you who’ve been upvoting me have a strong aversion to self-voting and want to choose to downvote me instead, I’m okay with that and won’t hold it against you.
As an aside, I was surprised to learn that I’m a Top 50 downvoter. Weird. I suppose it might be because, in addition to the sporadic manual downvoting I do, I use SteemAuto to follow the downvoting trails of @curangel, @ocdb, and @slobberchops, lazy bastard that I am.
Not that I always agree with their downvotes. For instance, in the case of @ocdb, @felt.buzz said it better than I can (my cognitive dissonance compounded by the facts that I delegate to @ocdb and that I recently got a large upvote from the account).
Anyway, I just want to be upfront about what I’m doing for now and why.