Steemit is to some extent already a insiders club. That being said I will openly say that we have seen some serious community uprising in this bear market and I feel that things are turning around for the better. A lot of things are changing with HF20 and community effort. Please let me point out a few of these things that would lead the towards a more free Steem Blockchain:
1. With the new blockchain subsidized account creation system the witnesses can allow the creation of as many new accounts as needed (within the safety limits). Thus more new blood would be able to enter the Steem ecosystem.
2. HF20 is geared towards scalability. Removal of the hard cap on account creation and the implementation of the resource credit system is part of the plan to make the Steem blockchain more scalable. More scalable a blockchain is, more users it can handle.
Thus the whole system is gearing towards making sure that new users can come in the Steem ecosystem. It only stands to reason that welcoming the new users is not the only aspect of the process. The blockchain is also gearing towards making sure that newbies feel that they can stay and survive here.
3. The newly implemented resource credit system would help reduce the spammy content and also help reduce the abuse of free account creation system or the freemium nature of the user registration. The RC system is based on the idea that a user should be allowed to interact with the blockchain depending on their stake in the system. Please remember that this is not meant to discourage people from posting but rather making sure that they can use the blockchain without overpopulating it too quickly and without taking responsibility for their own content.
4. This all would create a spirit of competition within the users of the blockchain and would allow them to compete in a fair manner for a piece of the pie. A fair and a competitive system is basically a healthy system. In someways we also need to remember that everybody who is given a free account should know that it is a gift to them from the community. Freemium shouldn't mean 'cheap'. To distribute free goodies without making sure that they are recognized as opportunities would devalue the blockchain.
5. It is also important to keep in mind that soon the environment here is going to get more competitive and that means that we might need to do a little more work to stay on top of things. This is would not make the survival of newbies difficult but rather it would make it flourish. Survival can only become difficult when lesser opportunities are available but this clearly not the case here. I feel that HF20 is about creating more opportunities - both for newbies and for the bigger projects.
To some degree YES! Especially if we focus only on payouts.
It is no hidden fact that when you are a member of some community here or if you have some orca/whale friends, then even if one post a picture of a "sunflower" with some random stolen quote at the bottom then that person will still get a decent significant payout. (No offence to sunflowers XD) I'm not complaining but that is just the reality of this platform.
Buttttt I don't really think that is the problem. The problem is that there are only a few people (or accounts) that can give significant upvotes.
For reference, if an account has a natural Steem Power greater than 500 then that account is already part of the Steem 1 percenter. 99% of accounts on Steem have less than 500SP! And we all know how little a 500SP account's full upvote can give. Around $0.03 which is totally negligible to most people.
Going back to the question, I for one don't really think Steem/Steemit is becoming an insiders club. As a matter of fact I think it is now finally becoming a real social media in which people can just post whatever they want and get paid for doing it.
I honestly feel that it's now much more better thanks to DApps like DTube, ESteem, etc.. When I first stumbled on this platform it was honestly intimidating to write. People write lengthy articles and are so hell bent on quality which makes me write length articles and strive for quality too.
From what I can see now, people are more free to post. They can publish whatever they want as long as it is their content. I am even sharing my DOTA2 journey in here to which I think no one really cares about but me lol So if we compare Steem/Steemit to months ago, it finally is becoming like a real social media instead of a blogging platform which I really love
Going back to the question again: It only feels like an insiders club when you focus on payouts. If you take a post payouts out of the equation, you will notice how some people are still reading, upvoting and commenting on your content. It's just like their votes isn't significant enough that we barely notice. :)
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It slowly is becoming one in my view. Seeing the biggest SP holders growing bigger and the low SP keep struggeling and competing with each other for a litle attention from the big guys. So the big guys are becoming the gate holders and they are the ones who decides who stays and who doesn't. That will make people leave or just give up in the platform.
I also might be wrong on all of this, I'm still a little dizzy from being sick, but this is how I generally see it.
Truthfully from what I am seeing, Steemit has always been an insider club. There are still a large number of whales taking care of each other at the top.
With all of the fake accounts and bot accounts, it is very rare that you get a real follower. It is also very rare for people who are members of a small circle to reach out and vote for someone else or bring them in.
I have users that I communicate with every day, I comment on their posts and we have conversations yet they have never upvotes one of my posts. They keep all of their VP for their small circle of friends.
Hopefully with the introduction of HF20 and the new ease of creating accounts we will start to see some growing of these circles and more inclusion as opposed to an insiders club.
For me, the problem with Steemit is the economical inequilibrium of Stake in the platform. We as users who registered the platform more than a year is in big disadvantage. The early miners had accumulated a lot of Steem which they used as "Stake" in the platform and that these early miners (most) are not distributing their stake (via upvotes) to the community. That's why we feel it becomes an insiders club. I totally understand the frustration of some users not receiving the support they deserve from the content they published. However, we cannot blame them because it is their stake. But only, if they wish a healthy platform they should perform their role.
Circle voting, vote for vote scheme for one's benefit is becoming rampant in the platform. The focus now is not the "quality" anymore but to grow more network.
You post content, individuals choose in the event that they like it or not and contingent upon how 'prominent' it is, you get paid. Having the capacity to adapt your substance is awesome and the time has come for we have an approach to do it. In any case, with regards to Steemit, appearance is beguiling.
Through another record called 'thereverseflash', STEEM was propelled on March 24, 2016 under the introduce of Proof-of-Work, No ICO, No Premine.
At dispatch there were no incorporated wallets and a mistake in the setup guidelines which permitted just the designer to at first mine any STEEM. At the point when clients requested help, none was given.
Later on, client 'Shroud Crypto' found that the directions given by the designer were wrong, representing the mistakes every other person was encountering that was keeping them from having the capacity to mine.
Once different clients could participate on mining, the designer was faced with another issue. Medium-term, a mistake on the engineer's end brought about the entirety of his mineworkers smashing (for the second time). Different clients kept mining STEEM amid this time. The designer, after understanding that he had lost some control of the supply, chose to re-dispatch STEEM to guarantee that only he had dominant part of supply (somewhere around 75%+ of supply). As should be obvious the designer did everything conceivable to guarantee relatively entire centralization.
STEEM isn't decentralized. From the earliest starting point it was and still remains exceedingly unified. The dispatch of the STEEM organize was intensely fixed to guarantee that the designer and his 'companions' had power over greater part of supply. Besides, this has real ramifications for the Steemit stage.
The best 247 records on Steemit (the vast majority of which are most likely possessed by the designer and his 'companions' through copy accounts) claim ~87.50% of aggregate stake, without including the primary steemit account which is additionally controlled by the dev. Albeit any client can vote in favor of substance, the impact of your vote relates to the measure of STEEM you convert for you. This implies the run of the mill client's vote is relatively trivial except if they figure out how to gain a high stake in all out supply.
dissemination of stake on Steemit
All substance on Steemit is exceedingly controlled and brought together since the couple of real clients who claim dominant part of the supply get the opportunity to choose which presents make it on the first page and which posts get higher payouts. Records are anything but difficult to make and greater part of the best records are in all probability controlled by a little gathering of individuals making Steemit exceptionally defenseless to sybil assaults. Basically, for any substance to make it to the first page, it is liable to the endorsement of the designer and his 'companions'…
It is safe to say that you are a compelling or surely understood open figure? The engineer and his 'companions' will give you a pleasant 'payout' so you feel better and begin elevating their shady stage to people in general. The quantity of individuals being tricked in through this technique is disturbing and disillusioning. Post something that the dominant part partners don't care for and your post will never observe the light of day notwithstanding being generally welcomed by numerous clients.
Reddit works utilizing an up-vote and down-vote framework and each individual client can up-vote or down-vote content once. In the event that a post gets enough up-cast a ballot, it can achieve the first page.
Presently envision if each vote from the Reddit staff considered 5000 votes. This is what is essentially occurring on Steemit.
Steemit is essentially a rendition of Reddit that is totally controlled and blue-penciled by the maker and his 'companions'. The substance on Steemit and estimation of STEEM is additionally at their entire kindness. Not at all like decentralized systems, Steemit is totally subject to the designer and his 'companions'.
Streamlined outline of STEEM and Steemit.
Apparatus the dispersion procedure so you wind up with the majority of the STEEM supply.
Make a stage that considers the adaptation of substance.
Ensure certain clients get unrestrained payouts to draw in more clients (the payout is a small portion when contrasted with the amount STEEM you and your companions claim).
As more individuals are attracted in, STEEM turns out to be more 'significant', bringing about the individuals who claim dominant part of the supply getting rich alongside the chosen few they pick.
The fruitful formation of a substance adaptation stage does not require the designer to make his own 'token' or economy however Steemit did as such in any case using very sketchy strategies. Yours Network (destined to be discharged) is a case of a substance adapting stage that is intended to adapt client content without the sketchy 'get-rich-fast' plot for its maker and does not depend so intensely on its designer and his ''companions'. You can finish advance on Yours the Yours Network twitter account.
The cerebrum offspring of Daniel Larimer, organizer of BitShares, and Ned Scott, a previous money related examiner, Steemit is a blockchain-based internet based life stage displayed freely on Reddit.
Any individual who utilizes Reddit realizes that substance lives and kicks the bucket with the hallowed upvote (or downvote). Upvotes bring "karma," more noteworthy perceivability, and even the shot of arriving on the first page.
Essentially, Steemit clients are competing for upvotes, however this is on the grounds that commitment and consideration prompt real monetary reward. Steemit rewards clients for posting, remarking, and even simply upvoting other substance. Prizes are paid in the stage's local cryptographic money, STEEM.
To portray it utilizing their own words:
Steemit has re-imagined web based life by building a no nonsense, and developing social economy – a network where clients are compensated for sharing their voice. It's another sort of consideration economy.
Steemit has been around since July 2016, it has a critical number of clients, and it's as of now the 27th greatest digital currency by market top.
However there doesn't appear to be quite a bit of a decision on this stage (at any rate in an expansive sense). In this article, we survey the stage on how it functions, how to utilize it and on the off chance that you can truly win cash from Steemit.
The mind offspring of Daniel Larimer, organizer of BitShares, and Ned Scott, a previous budgetary expert, Steemit is a blockchain-based online life stage demonstrated freely on Reddit.
Any individual who utilizes Reddit realizes that substance lives and passes on with the consecrated upvote (or downvote). Upvotes bring "karma," more prominent perceivability, and even the shot of arriving on the first page.
So also, Steemit clients are competing for upvotes, yet this is on the grounds that commitment and consideration prompt genuine budgetary reward. Steemit rewards clients for posting, remarking, and even simply upvoting other substance. Prizes are paid in the stage's local cryptographic money, STEEM.
To portray it utilizing their own words:
Steemit has re-imagined web-based social networking by building an authentic, and developing social economy – a network where clients are remunerated for sharing their voice. It's another sort of consideration economy.
Steemit has been around since July 2016, it has countless, and it's presently the 27th greatest digital currency by market top.
However there doesn't appear to be quite a bit of a decision on this stage (in any event in a wide sense). In this article, we evaluate the stage on how it functions, how to utilize it and on the off chance that you can truly acquire cash from Steemit.