PLEASE JOIN ME IN FLAGGING A SHIT POST & REWARD POOL ABUSER

18 days ago
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If you have been following the current saga that is @grumpycat and the #abuse, #rewardspoolrape etc tags you would know that he:

  • is a whale
  • has taken (and rightfully so) a dim view and soon to be very heavy handed stance against those that attempt to abuse the system and take from the community through the use of last minute vote buying

So what is this last minute vote buying thing?


In its most basic form, a user (typically a dickhead) waits until the last day before post payout and then spam purchases a metric shit ton of votes from various vote sellers. This deprives the greater community of due time to evaluate the quality of the post and downvote accordingly if the rewards are not commensurate with the quality of the post.

In most instances, these will be “shit posts” like this:

https://steemit.com/love/@pradeeprajora/107-love-quest

This one being nothing more than a stolen FB image, and certainly not worthy of nearly $60 SBD for his plagiaristic efforts. You will also find these a lot with stolen Youtube videos, links to google news articles etc. All fall into the category of non informative shit posts that do nothing but dilute the truly valuable original content produced by hard working authors.

While I doubt the shameless knob jockeys that engage in this type of behavior make a ton of $$$ they are still depriving more deserving posts of just rewards. Additionally their self centered, non community based fuck everyone else purchasing habits only perpetuate the problem and encourage vote sellers to continue upvoting posts last minute as they are getting paid regardless.

While the vote sellers are the root of the problem, they have sufficient means to insulate and protect themselves from 99 percent of Steemit users save the larger whales. Accordingly it is not a winning strategy to go after them if you are a minnow or dolphin as they are a large well funded and aggressive army that will counterstrike your account into oblivion. So how can we combat the problem?

When facing any well organized or superior force avoid a frontal assault destined for failure, in fact avoid the army in its entirety. Instead go after the farmers that grow the wheat to feed the army, burn the fields, burn their houses to the ground, kill their livestock and make it a non cost effective endeavor to engage in supplying the aforementioned army. Or in this case, make it very cost prohibitive to buy votes at the last minute in the hopes of fucking over the reward pool like a total self centered douche.

My fellow stemians, whom do create excellent content, who put in the work, do you believe a stolen FB image deserves $60 SBD in proceeds. Do you think it is good practice for the community to engage in this type of conduct? Trying to skirt the system and over reward your posts before anyone can react? If not, downvote the living shit out the post I mentioned and any others like it you find along the way. I have led the charge for what it is worth and given my 100 percent downvote. Now it’s your turn to stand up for the overall health and well being of our beloved Steemit community and stomp these cockroaches out of existence.

Related Articles:
https://steemit.com/steem/@grumpycat/warning-to-vote-buyer-sellers-introducing-grumpycompliance-mandatory-in-14-days-no-post-promotion-allowed-after-3-5-days

https://steemit.com/abuse/@grumpycat/reminder-grumpycompliance-in-7-days-look-who-s-buying-votes-on-his-6-days-old-posts

https://steemit.com/steem/@grumpycat/random-selection-of-vote-purchases


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  ·  15 days ago

@crytographic Any idea what rule I would of broken to have caught a flag on this one from uradick.. or is it just someone being a dick and exercising their own agenda on a neutral post..

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  ·  15 days ago

I've reviewed the history on Steemd. It seems to upvote quite a number of whales including Bernie. Not sure if it has something to do with some beef with Grumpy cat. I saw 100% downvotes against him and checkthisout. You caught a 37%. It'd be interesting to see if someone can put together a mapping of the steemit beefs. Obviously contentjunkie and grumpycat are one as are Haejin and Bernie. More drama than a soap opera, amirite?

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  ·  15 days ago

You are right, I noticed the up voting patterns were suspect as well. Basically as stated above, just a dick exercising his own agenda irrespective of post quality.

Apparently an informative post about people farming the rewards pool hurt someones delicate sensibilities and they downvoted/flagged based on that, and not a legitimate reason.

Fairly typical for those that can't attack their actual target due to a lack of SP to go after lesser members that may have posted an opinion potentially pro someone they don't like.

Basically a sad move, reflective of self loathing, and self hatred by a person whom as a child was likely molested by the family dog.

Is what it is..

I do wish he would of had the testicular fortitude to comment or at least provide his reasoning.

Either way I'm happy for the exposure so its a win. I also suspect that it will eventually go positive at some point, if grumpy or someone counterstrikes the downvote with an upvote. I don't care if it gets the post up to .01.. as that will get rid of the need to click the extra tab to see the content. I do wish some more folks would upvote it though. 450 views and 43 upvotes, we can do better... :)... Thank you for your comment..

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  ·  14 days ago

Alphabet has hired people full time to read and study steemit, Im done being genuine here. What is the point to better inform our future slavemasters?

https://steemit.com/google/@heimdallr/google-is-up-to-something

As for grump Im pretty sure his reasoning is similar to mine,
Im here because I need money,
Vote buying is marketing and everyone who is selling something needs marketing.
You get what you buy for votes and using it has shown me that more people are attracted to the dollar value of a post than anything that is being said inside.
Ive been doing it for two weeks now after 17 months of acting just like you suggest I can now say I may one day decades from now have a chance to actually compete here.

Steemit is nothing more than a marketing research tool now,
You sell a character that may or may not be you and none is the wiser,
This place is getting to me, Im done with interacting here unless necessary like everyone else who is here just for the money,

Unlike grumpy,
Im feeling hopeless.

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  ·  14 days ago

@uradick is FOLLOWING @grumpycat and @checkthisout, and downvoting what they are doing.
I would imagine that INSPIRING others to downvote unsuspecting and naive minnows would fit in a similar category.
I would hardly call your image "neutral"

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  ·  14 days ago

Image is an image, to get attention to a shit post. Nothing more nothing less.. Regardless I did not post it alone and upvote myself 60SBD at the last minute...Basically its a downvote based on hurt feelings or disagreement over content, neither of which are proper reasons for down voting.. Its o.k. though I'll take the exposure and be happy for that... :)

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  ·  13 days ago

Instead of trying to incite flag wars against minnows, take a look at what @upme is doing - https://steemit.com/steemit/@upme/upme-ban-list-update-1-9-2018.
A MUCH more proactive, positive, and (I'm sure) effective approach.
Grumpy is lining his pockets with $240 upvotes for his -$90 flags, and YOU are getting caught in the cross-fire

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  ·  13 days ago

I'm perfectly content to be caught in the crossfire... It means I'm in the fight.. If you read my most recent article, this comment or comments like this were mentioned. I am not aligned to Grumpy, nor do I care what he is doing with his money. That is outside the scope of this article. I pointed out one policy of his that I agree with. That said I may disagree with other actions of his or have no comment due to lack of interest or knowledge .

I also fail to see the positive side to what upovote is doing. Its just a vote seller trying to go on a PR campaign and pull the wool over the eyes of the ignorant. The truth of the matter is that vote sellers in any form should be abolished from the system in entirety. No matter how you slice it, their very existence corrodes the purist ideals of the original Steemit that good content should be promoted based on Merit not on purchasing power.

Also let my current account which is a mere month and change old provide proof positive that an author can do just fine without purchasing a single vote. They just have to create good content, engage their audience and pick topics that sell to write about. If a person is unable to do that, then they should not be here, they should sink to the bottom and they should make way for content that will improve the site by bringing in more unique visitors through the serps. They should not be allowed to stay afloat with their mediocre offerings through vote purchasing schemes.

Also not inciting a flag war against a minnow. I was pointing out bad behavior that farms the rewards pool. Yes that one user may be negligible in the grand scheme of things, but 1000's of users engaged in that type of behavior could be quite detrimental to the overall health of the site.

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  ·  13 days ago

Your own words apply to all, no? -
"Regardless of the politics involved he is using permissible site features in a way that he feels will benefit him, he is not breaking the rules and thus whatever the issue is, it is a site issue and not a user issue."
Grumpy's rule is not even a rule - it is simply a threat which bots can choose to enforce to avoid the unpleasantness.
You seem to want to back away from the title of this post - "please-join-me-in-flagging-a-shit-post-and-reward-pool-abuser".
Your words speak just as loudly as your other words.

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  ·  13 days ago

I"m not backing away at all.. I stand behind what I said.. I'm just not part of some imaginary faction on the site. You seem to want to place me in a club or niche with grumpycat, which is not the case. I like the idea of crushing bots selling votes.. Other policies of his I may not agree with.. You need to remove your desire to place me and grumpycat as buddy buddy which is the take away I'm getting from your comments. I have no control over the man or his money. To that end I agree in many cases with what bernie does but I don't particularly like him or his application, I don't like the fact that he lines his pockets with his vote selling service or engages in flag wars, but on occasion he does some good.. In those instances I agree, others I don't.. No different here.. I am about the policy of killing rewards pool farming and vote bots in general.

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  ·  13 days ago

No, I understand. I quoted you in wondering why it didn't apply to @pradeeprajora, who violated no rule of Steemit.

@sugeelson and his @upme bot have provided a list of other shit posters that you might train your sights on.

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  ·  14 days ago

Steem is still young. It's certainly chaotic, but there's enormous opportunity right now. There's a lot of excessively compensated content, but there's also a lot of more blatant abuse. My current strategy is to focus downvoting on the most clear cases of abuse and generously upvote legitimate content. The goal is to shift the culture of the network by attracting productive members and deterring the most destructive ones. We can't take on all the problems at once, but if we plant seeds for the right kind of community there will be increasing competition for rewards through high quality posting. Stay optimistic.

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  ·  13 days ago

@pivi and @sianer: When you downvote my comments to try to reduce their visibility, I'm likely to counter with upvotes even when otherwise I wouldn't upvote them. The end result is likely to be both higher visibility and higher payouts for me than if you just left them alone.

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  ·  13 days ago

Seems like a perfectly acceptable counter strategy to me.. I find it amusing how so many of the people that act like dicks, fail to see how their efforts are in most instances counterproductive. Much in the same way that when bernie started going after my posts with his bots and using rando to crush my posts, over the next few days my rep and post values actually went up to well in excess of what they would of been had he not attacked me. Nobody likes a dick... Thanks for bringing my post back to life.. your the man..

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  ·  13 days ago

I agree with your strategy, and as I build this account I will be able to take a more proactive role in both promotion and demotion of content based upon its usefulness to the platform and community as a whole.

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  ·  15 days ago

And as I mentioned, the vote selling Army or a member thereof down voted this post proving my aforementioned assertions.

This post was not inflammatory, contained no hate speech or otherwise offensive material, it simply ran contrary to their profit machine and served to enlighten Steemians as to how their practices, in the end, do nothing but damage to the platform.

That said I am not a fan of abusive voting practices in any regards, nor have I aligned myself with any particular faction though I may find some commonality in the beliefs and actions of some users irrespective of other practices they may have that I do not agree with.

To that end, a down vote/flag here was basically a pointless dick move.

Regardless I always end up better for it in the end and the posts usually do better when someone shows their ass and attacks me for no particular reason.

Communities hate bullies, in fact people in general tend to dislike them.

Also if you are going to flag/down vote at least man up and have the testicular fortitude to leave a comment as opposed to lurking in the shadows like some trench coat wearing exhibitionist awaiting the chance to lunge out and flash his wiener.

Comment, I challenge you to debate. I challenge you to treat this like a community and work out our problems through productive conversation. I have the requisite grey matter between my ears to go point/counter point with any and all takers.

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  ·  6 days ago

@grumpycat has also bid on 6th day voting bots within the last 11 days. @grumpycat also abuses self-bidding. (I bid on myself to get more visibility in this huge list of replies)

I have also started something called the Grumpy Report

It's a sporadic report that appears when @grumpycat has taken victims intended to notify each other and build a temporary guild in order to recoup losses from the downvotes.

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  ·  17 days ago

To be honest I'm not sure a blanket rule vigilante approach is the way to go. It punishes some that don't do as OP has suggested. Some people might also put effort into their posts and still use upvote bots, whether in the first day or the last it doesn't really make a difference - and by flagging these posts you're basically invalidating the investment they made, whether or not you agree with the investment vehicle.

Target the individual users that you believe are doing the wrong thing, but the community should be able to handle it as a whole, not as a coordinated vigilante effort.

Or the platform should be adjusted to cater for the exploits that people have found.

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  ·  16 days ago

I think there is a dramatic difference with regards to intent if the votes are purchased on the first day or the last day. If an author purchases them on the first day, they are trying to get noticed in an honest fashion. They are trying to promote their post while providing the community with ample time to disagree if they so choose. When votes are purchased on the last day, it is not about promoting good content that betters the site, it is about an (investment) or giving a little SBD to collect more SBD in return. Basically, there is no other plausible explanation than that of trying to enrich oneself just before the post is about to pay and before anyone can prevent it. In the example I mentioned if I look at that users blog, this is a repetitive pattern that he engages in and that is not the only post. If we have 1000 users doing that then it becomes a very serious problem.. thank you for your comment.

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  ·  16 days ago

Fact of the matter is, SBD and STEEM are financial instruments. I read another post a while back about it being frowned upon when people power down and withdrawal their steem.

Not sure if you share that opinion. But it can't be both ways. If people are going to keep funds in the platform, invested or earnt, then they're going to want to see a return on those funds. If the platform isn't supposed to operate in that way then there is something wrong with the platform that needs to be addressed from a design and functionality perspective.

What you're fighting is essentially human nature. If I have $1000 to add to steem, I'm doing it on the proviso that I'm expecting that $1000 will grow. It's the same if I earn $1000 within the platform and choose not to withdraw it. I only keep it there because I expect growth, one way or another.

I appreciate the healthy and respectful discussion about this matter.

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  ·  15 days ago

No worries, and I can certainly see your point. That said I think much of the issue has to do with the platform itself, it's limitations, it's flaws and the openness that has allowed vote selling operations to spring roots here and flourish. I think that vote selling in many ways goes against the original intent of the platform to allow users to decided what content is the best and enrich the overall health of the site. They are basically a little black market niche and human nature finding a way to create additional profit. In all I can not blame the individual users as they are simply manipulating the tools available to them to their benefit, just as I do when I downvote them. The platform needs fixing, vote sellers need to be eradicated and we need to get back to the purest form of the platform where good content is promoted organically.

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  ·  15 days ago

i do think that vote selling performs a purpose as well. Currently - pretty much the only way to climb the ranks so to speak is to either use vote bots, or have some whales that vote generously. There is too much of a gapbetween the votes of a minnow and the votes of a whale.

I had a post the other day that had something like 65 votes. They were all minnows, so it yielded me around 0.20 in rewards. for something that has that much interest I would expect it to be much higher. If i had just 1 whale it could have been in the hundreds.

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  ·  15 days ago

Non confrontationally I can decisively prove your point invalid


https://steemit.com/steemit/@pawsdog/steemit-quest-for-one-million-time-required-to-build-a-usd1-000-000-00-steemit-account-day-24-results

https://steemit.com/steemit/@pawsdog/giving-away-usd500-usd-in-steem-to-one-person

(check the first comment from @aussieninja on the second link

What you lack is patience, I'm not sure of your age demographic but lack of patience seems to be a trait more inherent in the younger crowd or those less experienced with life.

I have never

  • used a bot
  • paid for a vote
  • used a shill account
  • sucked a whale dick for a vote

I have

  • engaged my audience
  • tried to respond to every reply I get
  • found good niches to write in
  • created compelling content/interesting original content
  • upvoted and commented on my followers posts
  • provided meaningful comments on the posts of higher level stemians
  • worked the networking angle to the best of my abilities
  • always tried to elevate any user beneath me to my level or better

The mindset that you cannot make it without bot up voting is a mindset destined for disappointment and failure when your work is not able to stand upon its own quality and be successful.

If your posts are not getting traction, go back to the drawing board and figure out why. Change your approach, try a different niche, or improve your game. Take a writing class etc. Do not assume that simply because you think something is interesting that the rest of the platform will. Most importantly be kind, courteous, engage your audience and don't be a dick.

I get lots of haters all the time and I'm respectful, go point/counterpoint and still upvote their comment. The key to success here is good content (have something to offer that people want) and be a people person, prove that you can benefit them as much as they can benefit you..

But the assertion that you need to buy votes here to make it is absurd and as stated above can be proven by the preponderance of the evidence to be patently false. As stated I have gotten this far without purchasing a single upvote or sucking a whale dick. In fact more often than not I catch whale downvotes lol, and I still keep climbing the ranks..

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  ·  15 days ago

but my point is that it's not that you need to engage an audience. you can do that and make very little return in rewards and/or reputation increase.

It is that you need to engage an audience that has the runs on the board.

You can make a post that attracts 100 votes and you'll get a lot less reward than another post that attracts 1 vote.

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  ·  15 days ago

Again this defaults back to patience.. you may only get that one magic vote on 1 of 40 posts you make.. that is the game.. and no you do not need to attract the users that run the board... I have gained the most from mid level users that I consider steemit friends... I don't need nor do I expect a $200 post each time.. I'm happy to get some $10 posts, and a bunch of $4.00 comments here and there.. It ads up, and as your rep goes up.. so will your audience..

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  ·  15 days ago

I already thought this comment was a masterpiece... and then I read that last line.

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  ·  15 days ago

It's true.. look at this post.. a user with a $150,000 account down voted me.. lol.. and then there was the string of downvotes I caught on all kinds of posts during my last go round into controversial territory. It's like your content about ninja warrior.. It's interesting.. I read it.. It stands on its own, its a niche and no one else has it.. I think your content is way good enough to stand on its own as well..

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  ·  14 days ago

Downvote countered, at least for now.

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  ·  14 days ago

Solid move sir, solid move... You sir, are a stud.. That said, thank you for standing up for the community as a whole and being a solid all around guy.. Here have .04 rebate... :)

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  ·  16 days ago

Another prime example of plagiarists getting paid too much. I'd be pretty stoked with a payout like that, and all he did was copy paste.

I went ahead and flagged, but my flag was ineffective and did nothing. It's frustrating, to say the least, when I put serious time and effort into all my posts to make sure they are 100% original. Flags are not used enough buying votes should be frowned upon.

Curation is an important part of this platform, and if I can just auto-curate a high payout from a shit post it is only going to bring negative attention.

When I joined I was excited about viewing and sharing original content. Curating content comes with the job. I read the Welcome page, I read the warnings telling me if I don't follow these specific guidelines I will have a hard time making money.

So of course, I do what anyone with good intent does, I follow the guidelines. Then I see posts like the one you mentioned making a stupid amount of money that actually makes me a little jealous because not only am I not going to step to that low level, but even if I did, I'd get caught.

I'm certain if I even remotely tried to plagiarize, I'd be caught and flagged before I could reach my current reputation level.

but then I see accounts with reputation 50+ posting nothing but garbage and copy/paste jobs. All I can do is keep moving forward, stay positive, keep posting. So I do. I just think that whales need to do their jobs. I wrote a post about vote buying. It needs to stop. It's one thing getting upvote from minnowsupport to get a little boost. It's another to upvote a shit post on the 6th day from a whale account.

Things like this that can make the value go down.

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  ·  16 days ago

I agree with you 100 percent. I likewise believe that the "self policing" aspect of the community needs to be stepped up quite a bit. I to get frustrated as fuck when I see garbage posts continually getting high payouts or those with high reputation posting garbage cut and paste horseshit. I know you put work in to your posts as do I and I have only had one post over $60 and I had to get downvoted first.. Hell the vast majority I get less than $1.00 for my effort and it take me an hour or more to put them together sometimes. I tend to do better in terms of consistency with comments. Basically this platform needs some stricter policies and stiffer penalties for failure to adhere to them.. ... you got my .05... :) trying to recharge my SP...

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  ·  16 days ago

I just recently quit cigs so I am a bit scatter brained -- I wrote above that I would step to that low level, I meant that I would not and have edited it.

Definitely needs stricter policies. However; this isn't to say centralized policies. We are to police each other and ourselves. The stiffer penalties would come from the users.

In the same way that we have a "Minnowsupport group" we need the same for plagiarists and it shouldn't be monitored by or left to bots. There are whales fighting each other threatening to take their accounts down to zero rep while also turning a blind eye to other whales possibly abusing saying "They can do whatever they want it's their stake!" If I was a plagiarist, I would see this as a golden opportunity to slip by the cracks for major profits and that is exactly what's happening, even if by accident If this much effort went to plagiarists I think my rewards would be higher. I am pretty content with my rewards, though.

So then they go and take over $200 from one post on the 6th day. Some even get it done bright and early and no one notices. When the plagiarist account gets paid, what do they do? Send it straight to bittrex or blocktrades and they play the crypto market with stolen work and undeserved earnings.

I feel that at the very least, you and I deserve that money in the sense that if his plagiarism is worth $200 ours is unimagineably more valuable. Aussieninja is definitely deserving of this kind of reward too.

There are users who literally upload chicken scratch drawings or even illustrate their short story with it and get paid a fraction. While they are given a lot encouragement, the whale who sold an upvote needs to be upvoting the guy who is learning to draw, posting chicken scratch. They are more deserving of it then the plagiarist. I can go to any tag and find 100 posts that are more deserving, but it's all because whales are lazy and plagiarists take advantage of their laziness. If no one who is legit would dare buy a vote (unless it's some kind of community approved thing like minnowsupport, which only requires a 1 time super small fee anyways) then only plagiarists would buy votes, making them easier to spot. Whales would be yelled at for upvoting trash and the upvote selling business would crumble, rightfully so. As you said, take out their farms and food supply. Whales who do not comply would then be considered scammers so even if they are, they'd be inclined to stop scamming in order to protect their investment.

But where did the rewards go? To a plagiarist, effectively giving the plagiarist trading power. Trading power that I want, but wouldn't even dare cash it out because powering up is 10x better.

I see a lot of good curation too, but to be honest even some of the good/proper curation that I see the user had to buy an upvote just to get the exposure.

Didn't think this comment would get so long.

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  ·  15 days ago

Totally agree, in that the platform needs fixing and that while I may not like the idea of centralized policies, they are what allows a business to be truly successful and consistent in the long term. Look at FB, I wish they had a coin I could buy. They are centralized and have a leadership structure that lays out goals, targets plans and makes it happen. This being opposite of Steemit where it seems like policy changes are nothing more than a circle jerk of people agreeing, not agreeing and in the end nothing happens because we can't just hurt a few folks feelings and move on with an action that works towards the overall betterment of the site.

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  ·  15 days ago

That's exactly right. A circle jerk of people agreeing but nothing happens. Then the flags come in because you've pointed out the bullshit flying around.

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  ·  16 days ago

Stolen images and buying votes at the last minutes is clearly a bad thing to do, but the worst I've ever seen is people creating a post with maybe one word on it and then generate a lot of self-comments and upvoting every single one. Damn it hurts...

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  ·  16 days ago

Yeah that is pretty bad...

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  ·  17 days ago

Hey @pawsdog I️ came across this in my feed and I️ honestly don’t want to see this type of stuff on steem it. Is this the type of post your talking about?
https://steemit.com/sexy/@velly/the-perfect-latina

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  ·  17 days ago

While I think it is certainly garbage, I am not seeing that he bought votes at the last minute to beat the system and deprive the community the opportunity to disagree.. But I hate those types of posts as they are trash, but simply disagreeing with the content is not grounds to flag unfortunately. Then again its likely a stolen image.. either way it would be a shit post but I am not sure if I have justification to flag it

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  ·  17 days ago

Got it. Flagging somthing you don’t like is also pretty bad too, it was resteemed by resteem bot definitely not sombody I️ follow. Thanks for your response cause I’m so with you on making steem it a great community!!

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  ·  17 days ago

Yeah, otherwise we open the door to flag me just because someone does not like an article I wrote etc. I agree there is a ton of trash on here and hopefully we will get that cleaned up. I'm really not a fan of #nsfw as it, to me, lessens the quality of the overall site.. But is what it is I suppose. I'm just trying to catch people that obviously steal images or that try and buy votes at the last minute to beat the system.

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  ·  15 days ago

Probably stole that crap from IG but, tbh, their resteem service is also culpable for promoting it.

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  ·  15 days ago

True, very true. It is quite the little black market so to speak that they have established here. I think that vote purchasing at its core goes against the primary concept of steemit in that users are responsible for upvoting and rewarding the best content based on its merit. To that end I basically believe that they should be banished in entirety from the platform so as we can get back to the purist ideals of content promotion the platform was built on.

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  ·  15 days ago

^Absolutely this.

Oh shit my VP is getting low. I better take a break lol.

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  ·  15 days ago

Never enough VP... lol.. Never enough..

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  ·  12 days ago

I looked at the wallet of @pradeeprajora and noticed he was sending all of his SBD to two other accounts, @rajorajiten and @deepverma. Both accounts are pulling the same "shit post" upvote buying scheme and since they are using the same selfie pictures, I assume they all accounts are owned by the same person. I threw some flags on the posts getting ready to payout. Feel free to join me in flagging these "shit posts":

https://steemit.com/art/@deepverma/rangoli
https://steemit.com/photo/@deepverma/selfy
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ON it...did what I could and hit them each with a flag.. I will make a post about these in a bit as a standalone.

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  ·  17 days ago

Good job! I got scammer think yesterday. It's crazy the tricks they'll use to try and get in under the radar. I seen a few basically take text and put in into an image. @steemcleaners wrecked their shit. Reputation from 41 to 14 or so. Now, that's what I call JUSTICE PORN!

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That is a good thing.. what trick did you stumble across?

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The text embedded was what I was talking about as a trick. They do it so cheetah won't catch them.

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How do they embed text?

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Ah that is slick... presenting the text as an image.. I see it now...

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BTW, @steemflagrewards' pilot is live. You know, I like the way you write and format your blog. Pity that one downvote did what it did. Nevertheless, maybe you would be interested in helping me with formatting. Here is the link:

https://steemit.com/abuse/@steemflagrewards/steem-flag-rewards-pilot-fighting-blockchain-abuse

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So is that you? and that is really, really cool.. I like it and I commensurately upvoted 100 percent on a few of @troglodactyl posts and comments to help reward his good behavior. That said, yeah.. it's a pity some dick downvoted me here.. but I think this post may come back positive yet.... I like the term reward pool farming..

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  ·  18 days ago

There has got to be a better system for dealing with out of control whales. It seems ridiculous that one account can control so much voting power for greed and/or abuse.

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I agree, I think that we need to find a platform based solution as the community is somewhat lacking in the ability to self police at times.

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agreed. the current system requires that either a large whale swing their weight and smack down a spammer, or a lot of smaller steemians to get together and target someone, both of which require a centralized gathering of power to tackle the problem of egregious abuse. The platform itself needs to be able to deter abuse automatically, but that kind of solution is tricky as well; close one loophole and they find another. I'm both excited and scared for SMT's for the very same reason.

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I suppose it is like anything else you just keep fixing it until they run out of loopholes. I think one of the problems is that while the idea a anarchist self governance is a good idea for a platform, there needs to be some sense of leadership, rules, guidelines, policies etc that are not flexible.

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Yeah, I agree, but I don't think that there is anything we can do about it at out level.. It does seem as if those with the money always seem to want more off it..

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Follow Grumpycat - locate and downvote the nearest shit-posting minnow you can find - or just tell him to go look in the mirror
See who Grumpy's upvoting comments for to the tune of 100's of dollars at https://steemit.com/steemtrading/@checkthisout/steem-ta-for-next-weel-bull#@checkthisout/re-checkthisout-re-checkthisout-steem-ta-for-next-weel-bull-20180102t184957529z
. . . and see where Grumpy gets his Power!
2 months ago Receive 211980.000 STEEM from checkthisout

< Grumpy's annoying GIF deleted >

" . . . to thunderous applause!"

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You brought some hostility into the room which is fine. I do not agree with many of the practices that occur here. Abusive self voting bots etc. I also see what the link you posted as a very clear demonstration of how badly self voting can hurt the platform.. maybe that was its point.. As directly prior to that there were numerous conversations going on about some users self voting to the extremes and no one wanted to do anything about it or it was not an issue until that post you provided showed exactly how damaging it can be when left unchecked. As to looking in the mirror.. well that was an unneeded comment, but your welcome to it. I will continue doing my thing and my part. Regardless when a user posts a stolen FB image and then buys votes for it at the last minute there is only one motive behind that action. You know it, I know it.. It is not rocket science and serves only one purpose.

Also what can I do about grumpycat? nothing.. so it's not a battle I worry about fighting I will keep things as clean as I can at my level and below. If I ever make it to grumpy level then I can begin to address those issues. Right now, the platform needs to change to prevent these types of abuses or they will just continue.

Also I don't mind the comment and thank you for taking the time to write it but could you delete the stupid Gif? that thing it is annoying

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  ·  16 days ago

I wish we could -the GIF is his
Anyone who wants to know where his money is going need only look at his wallet

2 days ago Transfer 46263.172 STEEM to bittrex

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9 days ago Start power down of 601,481.989 STEEM

Is Grumpy on his way out ??

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He's already won his lottery - why would he stick around ?
Estimated Account Value
The estimated value is based on an average value of Steem in US dollars.
$3,577,217.86
It's interesting what you call "politics"

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He is a whale, likely an early investor taking his earnings, or what he feels are his deserved earnings. I can not comment on it really.. If I were at the level I may feel similar.. but then again as a trader, if I had that type of pull.. I would likely power down, sell into the downtrend, buy on the uptrend and come back more poweful than ever. It's not my call on how he powers up/down or sideways.. its a platform issue.. As I have stated I am not aligned with any faction, and I may like some actions of a user while disliking other actions by the same user. Regardless, I can't make that call or embrace the logic until I am at the level and have to think about protecting my $3,000,000 investment

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"Joined November 2017"

Protecting your investment means raping the rewards pool ??!?

I think we've said about all there is to say about grumpy.

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No idea, I wonder if he is cashing out, and/or working to push down or control price.. granted Steemit has a 393m market cap, so I doubt grumpycat can crush it that much.. there are a lot of politics going on here for sure.

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Great , you have single out a very important point . Today I go through many posts on steemit.com and find out some of them were meaningless and rubbish. This is my personal experience that writing improve with practice .

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Thank you for your comment.. there is a lot of rubbish here to deal with... lol

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I have no problems with shitposts but the abuse is clear. I was wondering what people like you and that @grumpycat fellow are talking about. I just joined the site and it seems like its full of bots, abuse and scams. Really not looking good from the outside. :(

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Add to that abuse by members with high wealth, flag wars, petty bickering and other childish antics.. I agree.. much needs to change in order for the platform to make it to the next level..

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totally with you on this topic! upvoted and resteemed!

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thanks, it just sucks to see others work so hard and get nothing while some try and abuse the system.

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Is the system itself flawed? That is a tough question I just posed, on the one hand, you could argue that this is an exploit. However, on the other hand, you will realize that the system is not flawed rather we are flawed. Wherever, there is money greed follows suit. But there is hope! We as the community must band together as suggested and fine-tune the community. With a fine-tuned community the revolution will have an easier time. We must band together and play a role in fine-tuning the community.

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I think that the answer to your question is both.. we are flawed and the system is flawed or a flawed system was created by flawed people, so it only mirrors their flaws. Yes we must stick together and try and do what we can.. It can be difficult with the power disparity so evident in steemit between the rich and the poor.

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I'm glad to see this is being pursued. Plagiarism seems pretty rife on the site. Am I correct in my understanding that downvoting (I assume this is the same as flagging) only has an effect if the person has lower reputation than you? I have just hit 50 but have seen a few accounts posting plagiarised/racist/generally bad content who are high 50s or even into 60s somehow (I assume they are early adopters/system gamers).

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  ·  17 days ago

You can only lower their rep if yours is higher then theirs, but you can lower their reward regardless of your rep.

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Sweet info.. thank you for clarifying that for me..

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It affects their earning relative to your SP regardless of rep I do believe. Take for example Bernie whom has -13 rep but will often delegate 600,000 Sp to himself and can crush accounts based on his SP regardless of his reputation.

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A flag is a downvote... which is confusing because a flag should be 'this is inappropriate'. There are moves to update the code to have a downvote button next to the upvote button. A flag/downvote also takes away from your voting pool, so you basically have to choose to upvote something you like or downvote something you dislike/think is getting more money than it should.

I saw another plan to allocate 10% of everyone's voting power purely to downvoting, which I really liked... it means that if you didn't want to downvote yourself you could donate that 10% to Steemcleaners which would dramatically increase their effect. Not sure if this plan got approved though.

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  ·  16 days ago

that is a pretty cool idea, where did you see that post at?

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  ·  18 days ago

I always hate when i see somebody that doesn't follow anybody. Maybe im just weird, but i fell this community is almost a family and we dont need no dickheads here. Thanks for the info!

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  ·  18 days ago

LOL.. yeah I tread carefully when in the company of whales, they are an interesting bunch that can help you or turn on you in an instant...

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So is grumpy cat good or bad, i might of read your post wrong.

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I have no public opinion. He has 3,000,000 SP and will do as he thinks is in the best interest of his stake and the site.

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  ·  18 days ago

Grumpy cat is both good and bad. I like his stance in this issue. .. I really like it in fact, but the Grumpy Cat account does other things like upvoting his own comments for hundreds of dollars. Just like life, its never black or white. .. just various shades of grey.

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Thanks!

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  ·  14 days ago

NICE! Back to $19.38. That is so cool! @troglodactyl you are exceptional!

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Agreed, that was a solid move.. I was wondering if anyone was actually going to step up from the community and do the right thing.. super solid move..

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  ·  18 days ago

I literally had to search "how to downvote on steem", as this is my first downvote.

However I have been thinking a lot about the abuses I am seing on Steemit, and frankly I couldn't think of something clever against it. Maybe this is a beginning.

I think this one is pretty worthy of a re-steem ! Well written :)

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  ·  18 days ago

Thank you sir, I see actions such as this only serve to hurt the greater community..

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What do you mean by going after the farmers? Who would be the farmers?

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Those whom buy upvotes on the 6th day to try and game the system.

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  ·  16 days ago

I come back from time to time to see how steemit is doing. I was surprised to see whales and even witnesses (!) selling their votes. I knew they frequently upvoted their own posts, but this was a new twist. To be honest, if I returned to writing here, it would be tempting to buy some votes for a post withing the 3 days Grumpy suggests. It seems steemit is a money pit for whales but doesn't offer financial rewards to regular writers (unless they align with a whale). Maybe this will help.

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That does seem to be the case in many instances.. But I still have faith that the regular guy can make it if they put in the effort and work hard enough.. pick the write topics, write good content etc. This place is like the game of survivor... you have to make alliances, vote people off the island, find immunity idols etc... It's interesting... lol

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I guess. I've rarely seen a writer get decent money for posts who either didn't buy a lot of SP or get support of one or more whales. It would be nice to see a more equitable system. But I do support your efforts here.

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I’ve recently seen a well known user selling votes. Shit posts too... And so, so many. It’s so disappointing to see. 😕 More so than vote buying. I guess it’s all just maximizing this investment for some.

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  ·  14 days ago

yes I agree, I think it degrades the overall purity of the site...

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It does...