@ned has recently undelegated the SP from a couple of Steemians including me. Some curious Steemians analyzed the data and try to reveal something. I do agree that data is king (if the data is right), while the conclusions from people’s interpretation are not always the king.
To avoid some people’s potential abuse of freedom of speech due to the lack of enough background information, I would like to clarify some points from my point of view.
@ned did not contact me at all, neither before the delegation nor after the withdrawal of delegation. I do know the reason of this delegation is that he was carrying out the delegation experiment to see what would happen from the delegation. The centralization of Steem power is a challenge for Steem as you may be aware. Now the experiment of decentralization seems partially finished.
@ned’s main goal was to see how the delegation would help the CN and HK Steem community. That is why five of the delegatees are Chinese. That is also why I spend most of my time on helping the CN and HK Steemians (actually Chinese posts), but I did spent a bit time on English posts from all over the world (I was also trying to help African Steemians).
A lot of STEEM I got in September is from the money I invested (around 50000 CNY, 7000 USD equivalent). I bought 5959.59 STEEM from exchange BITTREX.com, showing my faith on Steem blockchain. I have not cashed out any fiat money from Steem yet, though it is completely up to me.
I did help some Steemians to cash out SBD/STEEM, which is why I received some SBD/STEEM from them. It is not a secret at all if you have read my Chinese posts.
Just like I invested in Steem, I have also been writing quality posts mostly in Chinese everyday. And I comment people’s posts as well as promote Steem, and give them suggestions. I upvote my posts as well as other people’s. Maybe some best quality posts did not always get well paid, but I try to avoid low-quality posts getting well paid. I am not a machine.
Self-voting is not wrong, as the system allows self-voting, especially when your posts are better than others’. As the SP was delegated from @ned rather than mine own, I always check how high my self-voting rate is, which was fortunately always lower than 10% during the delegation period. This rate is far lower than that of a lot of popular Steemians.
Upvoting takes long time, and it is hard work. Even if each upvote takes ONLY 30 seconds, upvoting 1327 times a day means at least needing 11.05 hours (UPDATE 1 & UPDATE 2: the data 1327 upvotes daily of one delegatee calculated by @paulag is totally wrong). Do you think a single human being can read each post within 30 seconds? and works for Steemit 11 hours everyday without the help of robots (or other human beings)? I cannot. I try to read MOST of the posts I upvote and ask no help from robots/other people. The curation is making outstanding posts stand out.
Memos of transactions showing the links asking for upvotes does not necessarily prove the curators are selling upvotes. I also received these annoying transactions, I just simply ignore them since I cannot stop people doing it. I personally do not believe that @sweetsssj would think the upvoting selling is worth her reputation. Sure, I may be wrong.
@justyy has been running a “bank” to borrow SP from Steemians to help CN minnows, that is why @htliao delegated his own 500 SP to @justyy as an attitude to support minnows. What is the problem?
It is absolutely good to find a very trustable person to wisely upvote Steemians with the huge SP delegation. I show my great respect to these kind of people. But a decentralized Steem blockchain should not necessarily rely on GOOD curators. In terms of human nature, MOST of us are essentially the same. At least for me, I am not a person without any selfishness. The answer should be improving the algorithm and system rules of Steem.
I appreciate @ned giving us the chance and trust to contribute to Steem community, and thank you guys paying attention to us (If @ned read this post, you are not necessary to respond, since you have many more exciting work to do).
Money talks, but as a 10 years old blogger, I still love blogging even there is no money, not to mention now happily embrace blockchain while blogging, as I am a BIG fan of bitcoin for more than 4 years.