Free Downvotes Are Comming


Steem rewards are given through an inflation pool based on the amount of stake you hodl. The inflation pool is finite and shared amongst everyone on Steem. When someone uses bid bots to promote their post, they are essentially taking money from every other user on the platform. So please, use bid bots wisely and appropriately.

This is why when you advertise using a bid bot; you don't pay much because you get your money back, well where did that money come from? That money comes out of every Steemians pocket. There's no free lunches in life and Steem is no exception. I'm not against using bid bots to promote important topics that provide value. However, I'm against excessive/abusive use of bid bots.

We need to find a way to implement a burn when using bid bots. I'm not sure how we do this, except asking every bid bot owner to burn some Steem out of the bot profits to help the blockchain, but that isn't something everyone should rely. We could also ask people who promote their post heavily with bid bots to burn some Steem themselves, showing the community they are not taking advantage of the inflation pool. If anyone has a suggestion that will work, feel free to let everyone know.

With free downvotes, I'll be looking at posts that makes over $200 to make sure the inflation pool isn't being abused. If your post has over $200 in votes, but 95% of those votes came from bots, and your post adds little to no value for Steem, here is your fair warning, I will be downvoting you. Nothing personal, I'm simply protecting my investment in Steem.

The inflation pool should be used to help on-board new users, reward great content, and community work for Steem. Again, remember, the rewards on Steem come from a finite inflation pool that everyone shares. Every time you use a bid bot to promote your post, you are taking money from everyone else, so I ask, please use the bid bot services responsibly. Thank you.

I encourage all Steemians to use their downvotes. Without checks and balances, Steem will crumble, it's up to all Steemians to step up and help clean up the trending page and beyond from bid bot abuse.

The power is in our hands Steemians, Cheers!


Comments 68


Fair!

Posted using Partiko Android

11.07.2019 20:14
1

Agreed.. 100% ...

11.07.2019 20:14
1

I think that your approach makes sense and I agree that using the downvotes will be good for the platform. I'm a bit concerned about retaliation downvotes myself because they may actually effect me more so then others with a larger rep, but that's probably just because the concept of downvotes is so new. We will see if that sort of thing actually happens. Probably not if multiple people use them on the same posts.

Posted using Partiko Android

11.07.2019 20:15
1

People don't want to naturally downvote. Retaliation for what? Past actions? Well, stand by your actions, and show that you have grown for the better from having made them, and people will possibly forgive these "things" you fear retaliation from... if they don't,... It's maybe time to move on? As harsh as that sounds.. idk.. I've certainly said some stupid shit on here, and I haven't been hit with downbots or any of that.... Maybe I should bring up even harsher controversial topics only shared at a table with other drunks.. but then I'd have to assume my viewers are drunk too... So I think it's a hard no on that.
My top 3 controversial ideas top of my head.

  1. Population control SHOULD be a thing... But not how you view it from your perspective.
  2. People are stupid and don't think. Legit.. 100% especially in this day and age of instant gratification and impatient bordeom from a constant flow of stimulus that's purely entertainment.
  3. Privacy died, and noone noticed. Because a game took over.

Idk, maybe I should dig deeper.... But I try to not seek out and desire those negative intentions. What's the point? Wasted time. Now if something comes up on my feed that I disagree with on a personal value and morally wrong view level.. I'll take action , unfollow those involved, block if an option, and move on with life. If it's strait illegal, maybe dig deeper and do some investigating, who knows... But I won't be a spectator who just holds the camera watching and getting some gratification in the back of my skull and downvotes for fap material later..
But what do I know? I just did a fat ass dab of some premium thc wax and I'm stoned.... ^>^ have a beautiful day, and don't be soo paranoid. Namaste.

11.07.2019 20:37
0

I think this is a UI problem. People think they have the money 100% when it hits their content via upvote. This is not true, and if we can somehow make this feel better via UI and less personal and more business, it could help. I agree, downvotes right now are as harsh as they can possibly be implemented. There is a red thumbs down button that takes money from you! Would the hell wouldnt be pissed at that xD

11.07.2019 21:08
2

I once voted and commented on a post made by someone who was in a tivy with another user and then I started getting downvoted on my own posts. So I was basically getting downvoted not because of my posts but because the person didnt like the fact that I was supporting someone they were in a fight with hahah. I'm talking about that sort of retaliation.

11.07.2019 21:30
0

I think at these prices today, 200 might be too high as that is ~600 Steem out of the pool (450 to author). However, to send it into a loss (most offer around 10%) would only take a $20 clipping. 200 is a good place to start perhaps though.

As for the burn, what might be interesting is if there is an option on the bidbots where a user can select it and the bid will provide the vote, minus any potential profit (and perhaps a fee) and it will be automatically sent to @null. That way there is the profit burn and potentially an actual cost to advertise through the bot. If the post is worthy, it will make profits anyway.

edit:> If the post is worthy, it will make profits anyway.
if it is useful and adds value, the cost of advertising will be small in comparison to what it may earn.

11.07.2019 20:15
3

True, I may readjust my number. With the current price, and if Steem dips any lower, I will need to readjust.

11.07.2019 20:57
4

Yep, and if it goes up significantly - move up. It is hard to think in terms of Steem allocation but when Steem is at 10 dollars, a 1000 dollar post is only allocating 100 steem, unlike now where a 30 dollar post does the same.

11.07.2019 20:59
0

More power to the trolls, great. Instead of fixing a current problem, they're going to make it worse. I think downvotes are being abused for years and with this option, I don't even want to think about what will happen. I bet Flag Wars will escalate to a point of absurdity.

11.07.2019 20:17
5

I agree

Posted using Partiko iOS

11.07.2019 20:25
0

Trolls max out their DV power anyway. Giving Trolls 20%ish more power while giving everyone else 100% more power (no one uses DVs atm much because it's costly) is a fair trade-off. The minority are those who downvote maliciously; the majority will downvote to protect the inflation pool from abuse.

11.07.2019 20:34
3

I don't think people refrain from downvoting because it "costs" something.
Most accounts downvotes hold no water against a bid bots.
And there is the real possibility of retaliatory downvotes - that really hurt.
"Free" downvotes don't address that.
We need to at least be able to pool/delegate downvotes in order to achieve anything measurable.

11.07.2019 21:06
0

Honestly I think this is true. I'd gladly delegate the downvote stake that @pifc has as it's a community account and retaliatory flags can hurt the community as a whole since we use the rewards to pay for leases and prizes. We barely cover the costs of the everything as it is and that is with donations from community members for most of our prizes. The loss of a couple weeks of rewards (or more) due to someone taking exception to a flag could mean the end of what we are doing.

That said our VP will not be used for flags except for plagiarism just as it has been since the account was started. Will be nice to do that without cost, but it won't change our flagging practices.

11.07.2019 22:28
0

steemit will die....thats what will happened

11.07.2019 20:52
0

What is dead may never die.

11.07.2019 20:59
3

Is that a GOT quote! Nice. Be well

11.07.2019 22:24
1

Downvote trails will be a thing in hf21 :^)?

11.07.2019 20:18
1

Yes, they are already being created I believe and, there are also downvote trails in operation now and have been for a long time.

11.07.2019 20:20
0

I'm only aware of Steem flag rewards but with free downvotes, I'm going to guess they will explode in popularity.

11.07.2019 20:32
0

Yep, and then there are the more private trails of individuals too. There will be more coming I am sure.

11.07.2019 20:45
0

Glad to see you leading the way.

so I ask, please use the bid bot services responsibly.

I think bot owners should also act accordingly...

11.07.2019 20:18
1

To listen to the audio version of this article click on the play image.

Brought to you by @tts. If you find it useful please consider upvoting this reply.

11.07.2019 20:21
1

This seems fair... in my opinion $200 is pretty high. At current steem price, anything over $100 on a post with 90% bitbots use should be somewhat flagged if it doesn’t bring value. Time will tell after HF 21 😎

11.07.2019 20:23
1

Yeah, I think 100 should be under scrutiny, maybe lower on some.

11.07.2019 20:30
2

Agreed 💯

Posted using Partiko iOS

11.07.2019 21:03
0

Makes sense to start at the top of the list and make your way down, then there is no need to put a value out there at any point?

11.07.2019 21:22
2

I agree, wipe out the worst of them first. Top 10 bidders a day get a 25% down vote until it's reasonable. Eventually, people will learn to avoid bidding their way on to first couple pages of trending 'all'.

People are still free to use bots and do whatever they want (this includes downvoting, too).

11.07.2019 23:55
0

Yep, i think that if incurring a loss, they will make different decisions, no matter how much they say "it is for promotion" :)

12.07.2019 06:57
0

Yeah it does. It is just something to consider because payout is going to fluctuate with price, so factor in the Steem being allocated from the pool.

12.07.2019 06:56
0

Steemit is a mirror of the world. There are amazing stuff, but also a lot of scrap. I am a relatively new member here (less than 4 months). And I do not hesitate to push my downvote bottom even if it costs me.
Only the high-quality posts should be rewarded to help this community growth. We evaluate the quality of the content and make a simple decision to upvote, downvote or looking for more.

Posted using Partiko Android

11.07.2019 20:27
1

Well this is an interesting way to look at it. J think it will generally be beneficial to the community if we do this but it is a subjective issue.

11.07.2019 20:28
1

Sounds like progress @theycallmedan ...

"If your post has over $200 in votes, but 95% of those votes came from bots, and your post adds little to no value for Steem, here is your fair warning, I will be downvoting you. Nothing personal, I'm simply protecting my investment in Steem."

... to know some of the "big boys" will be doing this. If there was some "vehicle" like the current curation trails for auto(up)voting tied to your downvotes, others would have an opportunity to "join forces" with you ...

Or ... Perhaps someone will build a bot that has all the right criteria set for its downvotes and it could be supported by us?

Posted using Partiko Android

11.07.2019 20:33
4

Steem flag rewards.

11.07.2019 20:54
0

It will be very interesting to see how this new Downvote function will work, I do worry about retaliation and heated arguments that will surely come but at this point in Steems existence any change is a good thing. I would really like to see it a a prominent button under posts. Let's hope it is used responsibly.

11.07.2019 20:45
1

In a general sense I agree with you... That being said, bidbots don't really steal from the pool as some say. I mean, not technically. Now, this is not to say the rshares are not misallocated, on that front I think there's little debate.

The point is, the rshares being "sold" the "right to the pool" if you will, is being paid out to the providers of the rshares. Those who delegate to the bots. I say this to keep the conversation honest.

In other words, the whales (including freedom) who delegate to the bots are just as responsible for the misallocation we've seen in the past. So, the change in behavior cannot just be from the misguided, the bid-bot maximalists as I call them.

You are 100% correct on the video, which I just finished watching, that there's plenty of people that do not grasp how the inflation pool work, and even though there's countless posts on the math, and Steemians who've tried to explain it to them (im in this group), they are too in love with the short term rush that the idea of "i just multiplied my money" gives them.

As you say, Ideally downvoting would be normalized, but it's easier said than done. Downvotes here may be just a protocol to remove rshare allocation, but the psychological effects of disapprovement on social media in general extrapolate into the real world. There's a reason why plenty of Social Media platforms removed the downvotes altogether, granted they don't provide earnings of course.

Like you, I intend to do my part (and do occasionally) and downvote those who are literal takers, and are here to drain out everything they can. But lets not forget, the smaller guys may have all the will in the world to cleanup house, but the whales need to play the biggest role of all in the cleanup.

As always, thank you for sharing your thoughts.

11.07.2019 20:48
3

There is only so much Steem allocated each day. if someone pays 400$ for bid bots to reward their post, that is 400$ worth of STeem taken from everyone else in terms of allocation. Now that is fine, but when you add in the fact they get the money back that they paid for the 400$ redirection, there is no stopping people from doing this over and over again, thus milking the reward pool, and doing so sometimes at a profit.

11.07.2019 20:55
2

Yes, I was not arguing agains that. But the $400 paid mainly goes to the owners of the rshares, all those who delegated to the bots. Now, they might sell, they might not... but the point I was trying to make is that the misallocation of value that happens is not one sided.

11.07.2019 20:59
1

And I have no issue with that. The issue I have is the system is broken to the fact someone can buy free advertising in a sense that dilutes the pool for everyone else. We either need to step up as a community to solve this by DVs, or bot owners/users can take it upon themselves to burn some Steem. Like I said in the post, I don't know the answer, but I am just pointing at the mistake. And just like people are free to use their stake as they wish, when I see people misusing their stake to the detriment of the system, investors need to step up.

11.07.2019 21:03
3

And just like people are free to use their stake as they wish, when I see people misusing their stake to the detriment of the system, investors need to step up.

That's the challenge my friend. I've maintained for the two years that I've been on here that our biggest hurdle is not technology, but culture. As long as we have short term thinkers thinking in scarcity the shift is extremely difficult.

As much as I haven't particularly enjoyed the bear market, I'm also somewhat grateful for it. It's served as purifier of intentions. Those who are still here, even those who complain often, are the ones who actually care. The biggest leeches are gone.

Yes, I'm sure when the market turns around, when STEEM his $1 we will get the typical:

"Hey guys... long time without posting... I've been bla bla bla upvote and resteem" post.

But as you said, its up to us to be more conscious of who we support, and literally remove ourselves from supporting fair weather steemians who powerdown constantly.

I think if more whales had your disposition towards this challenge we would be doing 10 times better, but it seems like some of them want to have their cake and eat it too. I don't need to mention names, I'm sure.

11.07.2019 21:12
1

the down votes will bring steemit a certain death....many steemians give up their accounts because they are getting flagged by some idiots pretending they are protecting the copy rights, plagiarism, etc.etc. One of them is @spaminator, he even flag people because they use irrelevant tags to their content. There are actually many people on this platform that don't handle the English language very well and mistakes are easily made. they don't have to be down voted for that. And he down vote people because they up vote themselves....EXCUSE ME? As long as steemit platform allow people to up vote themselves in my opinion @spaminator is committing an abuse....and whats bothering me most is that the Wales doesn't do anything to this idiots.

Screen Shot 2019-07-11 at 10.22.32 PM.png

And now I have a question for you @theycallmedan . You are saying that you will down vote posts that adds little or no value for Steem...What if a post has no value to you but has a great value for me?
You see....I don't have anything to lose if Steemit are going to hell because my account are holding only 1000 SP but the question the whales should ask themselves is what THEY have to lose?
And next year when facebook take a step further with their gram token I am afraid that this platform will die very fast.
In my opinion steemit was created to be a free platform, allowing people to post what the hell they want. The copy-paste, plagiarism and good content bullshit will bring death to this platform.

CHEERS!

11.07.2019 20:51
2

If 95% of the post is used by bots, there are no comments and the person used 200-300$ on the post, and I read it and see myself there is no value it brings to Steem, I will feel comfortable with my DV.
If the user uses 200-300$ on a post, gets 100 comments, lots of non bot upvotes, and I think the post is trash, well I won't DV that because it is obv bringing value to Steem. At the end of the day I am an investor, and if you feel the need to blow your post to the top of trending using the inflation pool allocation, then I will use my stake to make sure you are not abusing what really is a glitch in the Steem system atm.

11.07.2019 21:12
4

I feel like you will be one of the few that use them responsibly then. The vast majority will likely be retaliatory/personal in nature which will likely make for an even worse user experience.

11.07.2019 22:49
5

Misuse of tags is actually a real issue. It makes finding content of a specific type so much harder.

It's not difficult for people to learn. People who can't use tags correctly or are otherwise messing up the system are ruining the platform more than the flaggers are.

12.07.2019 09:30
1

Problem is, when everyone just look to maximize their rewards. Anyway, if someone just buy bidbot to show his content just to get opportunity to get rewarded by organic votes it is not that bad. The real problem is that really not much people buy steem for bidbots, because they just make power down and have still circualting liquid steem for use bidbots. I think it should be something like other pool for bidboots, so users will can't use the same 1/13 stack of power down once and once again. Bidbots give you profits ok, but your earnings from that post should be frozen for long time and you should don't have access to use this money once again after one week. You know this is very simple. Your post earn 7 days and power down is 7 days. There is only the same flow on money and the abuser earn more without puting any money from outside. Guys, if you really need change something, which is bad for platform don't start flag battle, because people can only quit. We don't need smaller ecosystem, we need working system protecting from abusers. You need block steems from power downs to be used for bid bots. I think maybe you should block links from steemit in memo, so they can't just send specific post for bidbot or just make another pool, where cash from power down can't be used for bidbots.

Summary:
Users using bidbots steal earnings from other content creators from their inflation pool, because now is easy use bidbots without putting any additional money from exchanges. If you can just do something with money from power down, which is delivered instantly to bid bots it should help much more than any other system.

11.07.2019 20:55
1

Are you considering the fact that those who use bid bots are probably a few of that select group of people who actually buy Steem on the market? I knew a guy here who was buying $200.00 of Steem every day to buy votes from bid bots. I don't use bid bots I don't have the money for that, but I do think you should first see all the ramifications before wishing for something.

11.07.2019 20:56
3

This is a fair point.

A large stakeholder self-voting 8/9/10 times a day could be considered equally, or even more draining, both socially and economically.

11.07.2019 21:23
1

correct....good point.

11.07.2019 22:16
0

People only need 200$ worth of Steem once, there is no need to keep rebuying Steem, they just recycle it. - Promoting on bidbots is practically free, so that drives very little demand for Steem. And I have no issues with proper bid bot use.

11.07.2019 21:58
2

Not if you are voting every day, I think you would need at least 14 days of buying to reach a moment when you can get 200 a day from rewards without having to spend money.

11.07.2019 22:04
0

The point is people who buy votes get there money back. Even in the extreme example of someone promoting post 200$ every day, they still don't lose ROI and will eventually hit a point of being able to recycle without needing to buy more Steem. So yea, it may be a short term price increase but that is it, and when the person is done promoting steem, they can dump all the funds they used to buy votes back on the market. Free advertising dosent work well in the end.

11.07.2019 22:09
3

When someone uses bid bots to promote their post, they are essentially taking money from every other user on the platform. So please, use bid bots wisely and appropriately.

This is a great initiative.

I am proud to say that I have never used a bid once and have always sat on the fence as to whether or not they are detrimental to the experience of the users.

Financially, the bid bots will always win and this win will always come at the expense of the users.

The System is the System and that is why I have sat on the fence as to whether or not bid bots bring any added value, however I strongly agree with what you say and that they should be used wisely and appropriately.

I have lost count with the number of new users that I have introduced to the Steem Community only to have them call me up to explain why some content has had huge payouts distorting the experience for new users to the Community who are not familiar with the bid bots.

Good luck with the initiative.

Stephen

11.07.2019 21:25
2

This is awesome.
200sbd iand 95% bot s a good start.
Eventually, I hope to see the threshold lowered.

A steemleo token bot just announced the leo it gets will be burnt (in leo), but delegators will get paid .
Im sure more bots that burn their profits can be built and even allow delegators to decide their burn...

Posted using Partiko Android

11.07.2019 21:35
1

Honestly $200 is to high with current prices.

Something that I have stated many times as a solution to the bid bot issue it to allow for paid placement of posts. These posts earn their placement via payment to a @burn account. If it's truly about "visibility" as the bid bot abusers claim then this would solve the issue.

A set fee is charged per impression no matter if a click happens or not, then an additional fee for clicks. The post has a suggested amount to be sent to the burn account based on how many hours or days you want to show up in the promotion section ahead of other posts. You can sell 3 at the top of the page, 1 in the middle, and 3 at the bottom for 7 at a time.

There can also be the promoted page with all of these posts.

Posts shall be clearly marked as promoted and should show exactly how much Steem was burned to promote the post.

This would require some programming (which there is plenty of talent for) and more importantly the acceptance that it's much better for the community to have steem burned then going to a select few whales who clearly are selling non stop driving the price of steem down.

If there is something like this in place I would actually watch the promoted section vs avoiding the trending page like it's the plague. At least I'd know the intention of each post and people would be paying for advertising so their posts would reflect this.

11.07.2019 22:16
3

Bid bots can decline rewards and the posts still trend.
But that would let to many small accounts keep too much of the inflation.
It would also determine the true value of 'visibility' on steem.

11.07.2019 22:27
2

We all have to set our standards or at least think about them, so I like that you're setting an example here. I'll use my downvotes but will be careful how to use them, especially smaller users can go crazy over them and start retaliating (and I don't mean by flagging in return, but by posting literal shit or dick pics below my content argh :D). So when I thought about this a few days ago I realized I'll probably join community efforts to lower payouts of certain users that could use a 'nudge' into not abusing bidbots or self-voting clear spam/plagiarized shitposts.

Curious to see if we can change the culture around flagging once they're 'free' but they should probably have made delegated flags part of this HardFork, most users won't spend time searching for posts to flag, but would be willing to hand over that responsibility to flag groups with clear guidelines on what posts they flag.

11.07.2019 22:39
2

If I am not mistaken, a way to fight those spam comments will be fixed. I agree on delegating DVs, I believe that is the future.

11.07.2019 22:48
3

So many opinions back and forth....as far as i can see using bidbots is fully allowed. So nobody has the right to say that using a certain amount to buy votes is violeiting the system. Either it is allowed or not. PERIOD. And who should have the right to decide that amount? You DAN? Why? Because you are a Whale? It makes me sick to see how many steemians are licking asses for a vote! The only right steemians should have is to not up vote content they dont like. Nobody have the right to down vote any content that not ”brings value to steem”. You made over 10 dollars with this post. Does it mean that is good content? No! In my opinion this post is not good content at all but i dont down vote you for that. I just not up vote you.

11.07.2019 23:07
1

What about someone like @crystalliu who buys lots of votes on the same video posted many times or the same rude message (in Chinese) in a comment? Does that add any value to Steem? There are others plagiarising stuff all the time. There are no 'rules' on Steem, but we have the power to determine where rewards go.

12.07.2019 21:19
0

This is a sock puppet for Hennessy. Ignore it... And yes, if you are wondering, Hennessy was spamming.

15.07.2019 02:01
0

There was a burn mechanism - it was the "Promoted" tab.

It is going to very interesting to sit back and see what happens with the free downvotes.

I feel that too much is happening in this HF at once which will make it difficult to measure its success.

The worker proposal is good.

Going to 50/50 curation and adding free downvote mana at the same time is going to be chaos.

11.07.2019 23:13
2

I will like to see this work!

11.07.2019 23:55
1

It may be a start to downvoting trails gaining traction. While I agree with the approach, we will also probably see some flag wars again and abuse for some time. Exciting to see the implications once deployed!

Posted using Partiko iOS

12.07.2019 01:07
2

that is a great idea @thecallmedan nowadays the using of bid bots are more common many steemains are doing this as a hobby and they are destroying the steem community , and snatching steem from all steemains, many of steemains are using bit bot on their every post and they are big fishes of steemit not small fishes , you brought a great idea i am with you for this plan.

12.07.2019 06:40
1

We need more of this understanding to make Steem - and other cryptocurrencies as a fair distribution and eventually general public will adapt.

But as you said - there needs to be checks and balances in place. Thank you for sharing this.

12.07.2019 09:22
1

Dan, I've been shouting this in the comments everywhere for weeks!! People pay to advertise, let them pay to promote on STEEM, by burning STEEM.

Asking bidbot owners to burn a part of their rewards probably won't work. What we need is Steemit, Inc to make a statement saying that every bidbot not burning 20% (or 50% or any percentage) of his rewards will get COMPLETELY downvoted to 0$. This will make people stop using that bidbot.

This is centralized, yes. But otherwise STEEM is just waiting for more and more people to use it. Two reasons why that is bad:
1- It sometimes take too long, and low prices mean less people so vicious circle to the downside.
2-What happens when all of the internet users are on Steem? growth will completely stop and It can only go down, so logically that will make everyone sell.

Conclusion: STEEM needs a sink, even if it is enforced. Not every problem in life can be solved in a centralized way.

12.07.2019 12:41
1

12.07.2019 16:20
1

The 'bots' have distorted what Steem is. It is really hard for anything to trend without buying votes, but then we get a lot of people doing that on junk posts, so trending is useless. It also allows them to get a crazy rep without real community engagement. I don't know if HF21 will be good for me, but if it makes buying votes less profitable then it will help matters. I have opted to not buy votes and I am happy enough to be making a few dollars. I have flagged plenty of people who abuse the system with @crystalliu as a prime example. Luckily most of his rewards are being cancelled out.

12.07.2019 21:16
1