Your steempower affects how many RC you have and that is what controls how often you can post and vote, etc.
What are RC and where did they come from?
RC = Resource Credit.
RC is an estimation of cost, which includes:
- CPU (mega)cycles
- State memory
- History size
It is a feature implemented in HF20 to replace the old bandwidth system.
Every action taken on the blockchain has a "cost" associated with it to perform. The larger, the more complex the action, the more space it requires on the blockchain, etc, the larger the cost. In the past that was monitored by the bandwidth number.
As each of us performed actions our available bandwidth decreased.However it was determined that bandwidth was not an accurate measure of the cost of these operations and also was not scaleable in the future. A new solution was devised.... enter Resource Credits.
This is supposed to be a more true and accurate calculation of what resources are needed to perform each action. The longer your post/comment, the more pictures included, etc the more storage it takes on the blockchain, the higher the "cost" to the user.It recharges over a 5 day so you will always go from 0% RC to 100% if you do nothing for 5 days. Personally I just won't use more then 20% or so a day and that way I won't have to worry about running out.
When HF20 was first implemented there were MANY issues with resource credits. There was a bug where initially any action you had taken at all since you first started here was counted against your RC and so most people had a HUGE negative debt and were unable to post, comment, upvote, or even power up since they had no RC to do those actions.
Patches have been implemented over the last few week to correct most of the issues found during the initial launch. There was a patch last week that increased the available resource pool for each block by a factor of 10. This had the impact of allowing most users to regain most of their RC right away as now suddenly supply outweighed demand and costs of operations were essentially lowered.
Another stated reason for the implementation of RC was to combat the number of spam bots out there. These bots were using an unfairly high amount of resources on the old system and not being charged directly for it. Under RC each account must have enough resource credits to pay for its own actions.It is hopeful that this will reduce (not eliminate) the amount of spam comment bots plaguing the system
.RC is also a learning system that will attempt to find a balance. This means costs of operations will continually be changing. This allows flexibility and scalability moving forward when such features as communities and SMT's (Smart Media Tokens) are implemented in the future.So overall RC was a necessary and needed upgrade to Steem for future growth and scalability but I do not think in any way its implementation can be considered smooth or uneventful.
New users or those with low SP (and therefore low RC) will need to change their habits and be more conscious of how they spend their resource credits.
You can get a general estimate of how many actions you can undertake by visiting www.beempy.com/power/@yourusername. You will be shown a page similar to:
From this information you can a more accurate sense of how many comments you can make, how much each will cost, how long it will take to recharge and other items. Remember it will take 5 days to recharge from 0 to 100%. So in the example above you can make 20 comments or 98 votes every 5 days (approximately)
Increasing your steempower will increase your RC and allow you to do more
Yes it does, but it depends on how low your steem power is. With the introduction of resource credits in the new HF20, the number of comments and posts that we can make is dependent on the amount of resource credits that we have and the amount of resource credits that we have is dependent on the amount of steempower that we possess.
To put it simply, if your steempower is extremely low them you might not be able to ask alot of questions or answer alot of questions on musing.
Checking your steempower and resource credits, I found that you have just about enough resource credits to make about 18 comments before you completely drain it. It takes about 5 days for your RC to be completely replenished so you might want to be mindful of how many questions you ask and answer on musing.
Start with asking and answering anything from 2-5 questions daily and you should be fine. As your steempower grows, so will your RC and soon you'll be able to ask and answer as many questions as you like.
You can check how many RC you have here steemd.com/@hayzeed. There you'll see how many RCs you have at a particular time and how many upvotes, comments and power-ups/transfers you can make.
I hope this helps.
Yes it does. The more Steem Power the more you can do.
Steem Power reflects how many resource credits you hold. Resource credits are used to pay for any actions that you might do on the Steem block chain. They are used to control how much bandwidth you are using.
If you have 100 SP for example you may be able to do 10 comments a day and maybe 10 votes. If you reply to 8 questions then you don't have much left and it recharges at 20 % per day. It is forcing everyone to look at managing the power bars like a game does. The sooner you power up and grow your SP the better. The more SP your account holds the more actions you are able to do.
If you visit steemd.com and log into your account it will show you exactly what you have and are able to do. The only key is remembering if you exhaust your resource credits it takes 5 days to get back to 100% so managing them is key. if you do a little bit each day you will grow and in no time be able to do a lot more.
100% yes, Having low steem power makes your RC or resource credits to low to continually post and vote. YOu can go to either steemworld.org or https://steemd.com/@yourusername to monitor where your RC are at.
Yes, after the new hard fork "hard for 20" you now have how much you can do controled by RC or resource credits. You can nonitor these on steemworld.org or on steemd.com .
Our amount of actions (transactions) in Steemit is relatively correlated with the amount of Steem power that we have. Our stake (in the form of Steem power) is the determinant of how much can we do in the blockchain.
Being a "Freemium" blockchain where basically it is a "Free" blockchain where there will be no cost if you perform transactions like upvote, comment, post, resteem, vote for witnesses or even perform account transfers. But technically there is a "cost" behind perform such actions. With the current hardfork (HF20), our actions is computed by three factors :
- State memory
- History size
- CPU (mega) cycles
Which is in conclusion that having low steem power will affect the number of questions you ask and number of answers you can provide on musing.
Our answers (and posting) on questions will serve as "comments" on Musing Threads or it can serve as a blog post if you checked mark "Post as a blog".