Proposed Upgrade for Blockchain Incentives

in #steem5 years ago

Now that we have stabilized the STEEM inflation rate we would like to start the discussion on growing the reach of Steem into more websites. Steem was created to be a decentralized content platform that would maximize the distribution and network effect of its cryptocurrencies (STEEM and SBD). Part of being decentralized is encouraging many independent websites and/or competitors to hosting Steem content (such as,, and mobile apps).

Core Ideas

Currently, there’s a “put it on Steem and only on Steem” feeling, however, we believe we can structure the blockchain incentives to make every content site across the internet desire to integrate with Steem. Bloggers shouldn’t have to choose between Steem and their current platform. Steem should be a no-cost, potentially revenue generating, addition to any blog. Developers and service providers should be able to make money providing users access to the Steem blockchain.

Encourage Competing Websites

All businesses depend upon a revenue stream to stay in business. Someone looking to create a competitor to must have a solid business model to justify the expense in hiring developers to build, deploy, and market an alternative. We would like to propose a very simple change that would enable a large number of businesses to flourish.

Every post will be able to specify how it’s rewards are divided up among up to 5 different accounts. When you use a service provider to make a post, they can automatically construct the transaction to pay a commission. If you use, then x% will go to the author and the rest will go to Steemit, Inc. Steemit, Inc will take a percentage so that competitors have an opportunity to compete on price (or charge the same). The funds we receive will be redirected into a community driven development fund that can help bootstrap new features and services.

Embedded Comments

Many popular websites choose to use 3rd party providers, like Disqus, for hosting comments. With the new commission feature, these websites could embed Steem comments and collect a percentage of every comment reward.

There would be two options for embedding comments:

  1. Host Steem comments directly
  2. Use a 3rd party provider like or to serve comments

When a user makes a comment the payout will get split 3 ways depending upon which interface they use to construct the comment.

  1. Author
  2. Domain (e.g. Infowars, Zerohedge, etc)
  3. Service Provider (e.g Disqus, or

Segregated Reward Funds

Right now all content shares a common reward pool proportional to the total votes it receives. Top level posts see and receive an order of magnitude more attention than comments. This significantly dilutes the potential payout for comments.

Top level posts are also restricted to “original content” and people who post links to other blogs don’t get the same kind of rewards. We want to encourage every blogger out there to submit their blogs to Steem and to embed a Steem comment section on their blog.

If we are going to have these different kinds of content, then we need some means of normalizing rewards among the different types. To achieve this we would allocate X% to original content, Y% to link sharing with brief summary, and Z% to comments such that X+Y+Z equals the current reward fund.

By segregating the funds links are paid out relative to other links, while comments are paid out relative to other comments and blogs to other blogs. This in turn should increase the total percentage of the pie paid to comments and links without encouraging comment or link spam. By increasing rewards for participation in discussion and for submitting links to be discussed, we increase the incentives for bloggers to integrate Steem with their existing blog. We also increase opportunities for normal people (non-bloggers) to participate in the platform through link sharing and commenting.

Today bloggers have many reasons to say no to Steem. With these proposed changes, every blogger would have a huge incentive to add Steem comments to their blog while also submitting a link to their blog to Steem.

Different Curation Rewards for Different Content Types

Comments should not have curation rewards because those who are reading have already found the discussion by other means. Links should not have extremely high author rewards because they are almost entirely requests for curation. Blogs should have very high author rewards and lower curation rewards.

You can see how different content requires different division of rewards to properly handle its unique properties.

Feedback Wanted

The upgrades described above are presented for community discussion only and not as a final decision. Please let us know what you think and how we can make Steem more appealing as a platform for developers, bloggers, and discussions about content.


Comments should not have curation rewards because those who are reading have already found the discussion by other means.

I don't agree with this. The problem is that it directly disadvantages voting on comments. I'm currently donating some of my vote power to an initiative with a mission to vote on comments. I fully expect that curation rewards on comments will (usually) be less than those on posts (since rewards are typically lower), so there is some opportunity cost here, but I don't expect the rewards to be zero, and if they were I would be less likely to allow my vote power to be used on comments.

Secondarily, it isn't necessarily true that curating good comments doesn't require significant effort nor add significant value. Consider very active comment streams with thousands of comments or more (for example on reddit it not uncommon that a single post generates far more comments than there are recent posts in the same sub). Voting up the most insightful, entertaining, etc. comments can be both non-trivial effort and add a lot of value.

I'm not sure about the ideas for segregating of content types. It seems rather arbitrary and static. What about video sharing, photo sharing, microblogging, etc.? The point being there are many different types of content (including some not yet invented) and even if the splits are open to witness vote, the categories in this proposal seem hard coded and arbitrary. I'd prefer to see something where rewards flow dynamically to whatever content types generate the most user engagement. I don't have a specific proposal for that however.

I think it actually requires more effort and work to curate comments. I think the rewards should be kept. It may not be an incentive right now but in the future with a higher Steem price it will become more relevant. The discussion is just as important as the posts and curation should be encouraged. I like the other ideas though.

I agree that curation rewards for comments should remain.

Regarding the segregation of content types, I think it could make sense to separate reward streams for top-level posts versus comments since there is a distinction made between the two at the blockchain level (the payout times for comments is entirely driven by the payout time for the root post). So this blockchain difference means that comments (posts with depth level greater than 0) should really just be used as commentary on top-level posts rather than other purposes, and so their visibility is expected to be very different than top-level posts that it can perhaps justify a segregated reward stream. (By the way, this proposed hard fork is a good time to finally get rid of the 4 post limit on full payouts. Then posts can be used for microblogging without limitations, and we don't need hacks like using comments on unrelated root posts for microblogs.)

But like you, I don't really like further hard-coded segregation of content types, such as the one between "original content" posts and "link" posts. I think those should just come from the same reward stream. However, I do see value in different types of content having a different percentage of the payout allocated to the post going to author rewards versus curation rewards. People are willing to reward the author of original content more than just a shared link. In fact, in the case of the shared link, the author of the post is really more like just another curator, so perhaps what would be ideal is to distribute all (or nearly all) of the payout to the curators for shared link posts (and the author would of course be the first curator). For original content, the author deserves a large fraction of the payout, but they should still give some fraction of it to curators to keep sufficient motivation for curators to upvote the post in the first place.

So, I suggest that the only segregation of reward streams be between posts versus comments, but to furthermore allow the author of a post/comment to specify the percentage of the payout that goes to the author (with a hardcoded maximum allowable percentage of say 80%) and the rest going to the curators. This percentage would be visible on the post so that it can inform the decision making of curators. And once again, get rid of the 4 post limit.

allow the author of a post/comment to specify the percentage of the payout that goes to the author (with a hardcoded maximum allowable percentage of say 20%)

This does not make a lot of sense to me. Maybe I'm misunderstanding it.

I somewhat like the idea of allowing a variable split, except for the issue of cognitive load. Display of it should probably be some sort of advanced/optional feature. People who are just voting for what they like and not trying to be professional curators should not be pressured to care about curation reward details with visual clutter. Either way that's not a blockchain issue though.

Absolutely 1000% agree with getting rid of the 4 post limit.

My mistake. I meant to write 80% (as in minimum 20% goes to curators). I fixed my post now. Does it make sense now?

Yes, I worry about the cognitive load too. Perhaps displaying it by default isn't so important because of the minimum going to the curators. Perhaps by default it could just use some icon to indicate whether: curators get the hardcoded minimum percentage of payout for this post; curators get 100% of the payout for this post; or, custom payout for curators (hover over icon to see detailed percentage).

I think I like the idea of 3 separated pool rewards. At least 2 separated pool for posts and comments the way @arhag propose really seems to make a lot of sense. I'll be awaiting more tinkering, details and comments to make a better opinion of those proposals.

Also I'm not sure I understand the statement below. If comments don't have curation rewards then what will be the incentives to vote for those comments?

Comments should not have curation rewards because those who are reading have already found the discussion by other means.

What @smooth said is a no brainer in my opinion.

Voting up the most insightful, entertaining, etc. comments can be both non-trivial effort and add a lot of value.

@smooth the problem that voting on comments dilutes your voting power can be solved through using Segregated voting power for each category per user.

Generally i love the idea of having segregated reward funds. Because this could evolve to a kind of virtual nation / federation.
Which categories are used and their percentage of the the reward funds should not be set in stone. Instead users should be able to vote on it. For example a change would need 2/3 positive votes over a period of 1 month.

The number of changes per time period should also be limited to avoid change suggestion spamming. For example each month only the top voted 5 changes with 2/3 positive votes are taken. This number itself could be voted on the same way.

The same way voting could also be done on the curation percentage in an category. So @smooth could vote for a smooth comment curation payout :)

So what about if we had two voting powers, one for comments, and one for everything else. Voting on comments would not effect your voting power for everything else where you could earn curation rewards, but would decrease your comment voting power (to keep comment rewarding fair)?

This way voting on a comment would not be a wasted vote, but something extra that you can choose to do with out losing out on curation rewards. Aka make it so there is no reason not to vote on comments.

Interesting idea!

I might not be understanding it 100% correctly, but it sounds like they are thinking of letting each platform decide on how to allocate the rewards for the content generated through their site. You could end up with sites that decide to pay comment curators 75% if they decided that was a good model for the type of site/community they wanted to create.

OK that would be better. I thought they were going to take away curation rewards for comments.

I like the "competing websites" part .. it is like a referral program for sites and hosters .. It could help developers monetize on their tools and sites ( e.g. piston, busy) .. +1

This is exactly where I was hoping this is heading. Steem will become a way of work and play, not only a blogging site called Steemit! Thank you for this innovation.

Interesting direction to head towards. I had thought of content division with payout differences before, but didn't think about how it would be feasible to implement... like how valued are these links or copy/paste paragraphs to other sites and how are they going to be rewarded...

"Comments should not have curation rewards because those who are reading have already found the discussion by other means. Links should not have extremely high author rewards because they are almost entirely requests for curation. Blogs should have very high author rewards and lower curation rewards."

That seems to be reasonable. But I would like some real figures as an example. i.e. compare a post now, X payout, and X1 author and X2 curator rewards, Y comment rewards... vs. new format, blog post X, X1, X2, Y comment, and Z links reward values, so we can understand how much is being attributed to each.

Thank you!

I love the idea of opening a Steem based comment section similarly to the way it's done with Disqus.

I love these propositions! With the division of payouts it will make a viable business model for app developer or project like Busy, we will less be dependant on donations and will able to grow funding in same time we grow activity on our apps. With this change we can pay signup fee for new users, we can create a referral system, it will give us much more possibilities.

Completely agree with you :)

I waiting for a long time, finally saw some reform, I have some ideas want to share,
If this idea is adopted, will promote steemit, let more people come here and use steemit

Do steemit market,steemit need a

" Affiliate Program"

When I bring new users and traffic, it should give me commission
We need these funds to go to more sites to advertise (Write artices optimization steemit and purchase ads)
If there is no commission, no one is willing to spend money to help steemit optimization,Because we need to spend time, This will allow more old users to introduce new people here,

I hope you can discuss,This will give the blog sites or author, a huge impetus

With this proposed change, could construct transactions to automatically pay commission to the documented referrer for each account.

I would rather see a separate blockchain feature for rewarding account referrers and registrars, as was briefly discussed here. I don't like the idea of a user easily getting around paying the cut to their referrer/registrar by switching clients. The registrar is more likely to pay the account registration fee for a new user if they know they will continue getting a cut of author/curator rewards (up until the accumulated pay to the referrer/registrar reaches some limit) regardless of what client that user ends up using.

Yes, In this reform, today I saw some good changes, Let me see the hope of the future!
A: Disqus, which is a very popular tool, including many of my own website using, Use it to achieve the exchange of traffic SEO
B:Different Curation Rewards for Different Content Types, I like the idea

Thank you very much for your hard work

I'll have a different aproach to attract people to steem (blogs, news papers, youtubers, etc). I'd create a attribute url_reference. When a new post is written an a valid url_reference has been entered the payout will be distributed as follows: 1/3 for the author, 1/3 for the curators, 1/3 for the url owner.
In this way, blogger, youtubers, tweeterers, newspapers or companies can be rewarded just due to the fact that someone is pointing to your content from within a steem post.

This url owner rewards would be then automatically transfered to a steem account who identifies as legitime owner of the content refered by url_reference.

Legitimation could be also automated with the already known back-linking method.

The effect is that people still outside of the steem and even without knowing that steem or steemit exists could be earning rewards just due to the fact that steemit posts refering to their content are getting rewarded.

Imagine what would happen if, for instance, successfull youtubers discovered that they have hunderds of SBD waiting to be transfer to them as soon as they legitimate linking the refered steemit url on their youtube video

This also could created a sort of third rolle in steemit: referrers or reviewers or discoverers. . Authors who discover good content outside of steem and are also rewarded for it.

I actually thought by having github issue #325 we sort of started thinking about exact same structure of payouts. I might be wrong but I support this because each new or starting projects on top of Steem, one way or another having issue with project development funding and sustainable revenue model around it, beside steemit. There are some other ways to have revenue model for eSteem project for example that I have been thinking for a while now but they are far from being ready and userbase doesn't really support it at this stage. Embedded comments are really another service we can explore by building plugins which I think is great idea for a project.

Great ideas. Steem blockchain is a great backend for content publishers and producers. They don't have to worry about censorship or backups because everything is on the blockchain. It's quite unique value proposal and should be one of the best marketing points for Steem (of course other people have talked about this too, but Steem is the first to implement this and also easy to use).

The question is, how hosting private keys would be solved? If will integrate comments, then to be able to comment there I would have to:

a) register new account through his website - but then I will have a trouble to gain significant SteemPower there, and.. only author of blog would have a significant impact for rewards of new guys
b) share my posting key with potentially not trusted webstie

What we need is SteemConnect on steroids - decentralize solution, what I believe is very challenging if even possible.

For sure a possibility of having multiple posting keys would be helpful. Compromising one posting key, should not have impact for main posting key.

Hi @noisy - the question is touched on in one of the comment threads above (including a reply from Dan). Multiple posting keys seems to be the direction it would head. I share exactly the same concerns as you do though!

I just figure out that from user perspective, dealing with keys is already something difficult and new, and introducing even more keys could be really confusing.

I believe this could work, that user should be able create new "slaves" account and link them to original account (via steem connect or steemit). Then user would have a possibility of setting a rule for particular slave account (behind a scane of course additional keys would be used). Then blockchain after noticing any action from slave account should trigger proper action on main account, of course after checking whether permissions of particular slave account allows to take particular action.

This will allow keeping slave keys by each service individually (ideally not even by them, but by browser).

What do you think?

It's a good suggestion. I agree 100% that whatever solution they implement, it is probably going to complicate things! I hope they can come up with a good solution that strikes the right balance.

Yes, this is what I have tried to say on SteemFest)
Blockchain has the motivation and Authors have the motivation.
But the Developers who have the main costs don't have.
With that improvement the situation will change!

I help to moderate and run a popular finance forum. We have been thinking about creating our own blockchain to do the same thing as here, only with content focused mainly on macroeconomics and energy trading. Being able to bypass creating and establishing our own currency and hooking into steem blockchain for a relatively low price would be amazing for us. I definitely like where this is headed. Thanks -Heidi

My response:

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That being said I do like the idea of review and possibly tweaks to link, comment and content payouts.

Wordpress posts / pages account for OVER 4% OF ALL INTERNET WEB PAGES (yes you read that right, over 4%). I highly recommend devoting financial resources twords creating an official Wordpress plugin. Furthermore, Wordpress is VERY developer friendly with outstanding modularity and TONS of hooks into backend functions that require very little coding. Using any decent existing STEEM API to connect to the STEEM blockchain, a half decent v1 beta plugin with post AND comments functionality could be built in WEEKS by a fairly small team, not months...that's how powerful Wordpress's underlying framework is.

You're running a serious risk tying money especially crypto together with the disease fest that is wordpress.
That's why no one who knows how to make this work with wordpress is very interested in doing so.
It might run 4% of the internet, but it's the 4% that's always compromised :D

Thanks for trolling me, it's been awhile. Lol

It wasn't a troll. Someone resteemed the post it looked fresh to me.
I'm serious about wordpress though. There is no way I'm letting a word press site anywhere near my steem credentials.

You can use 2 way encryption (I did it for an old Reddcoin WordPress plugin a couple years ago). Then you can safely store your posting key encrypted and decrypt it with a password only when exporting posts. I agree a lot of WordPress installs are very very poorly secured though. It takes a webmaster to truly harden a WordPress install from being hacked easily.

I believe there are already projects such as this on the move! Check out

I think it seems like a good direction to head in, and I applaud the effort to expand the use of the Steem blockchain and currency.

I think the idea of having different reward structures for different types of content is an excellent idea!

I'm not quite sure about the domain and service provider receiving a share of the rewards. I understand companies need to make a profit, and it is a good incentive to encourage adoption - so I am not opposed to it, but I would need to know more details about how it would work before I would be fully on board with the idea.

One question I have which I think is crucial to expanding to more of a distributed implementation across multiple platforms is how will security be handled? Will users have to plug their private keys into third party websites in order to use the Steem functions there? Even if they only need the private posting key, having users sharing this with tons of third party sites could be a huge drawback.

I'm not quite sure about the domain and service provider receiving a share of the rewards. I understand companies need to make a profit, and it is a good incentive to encourage adoption - so I am not opposed to it, but I would need to know more details about how it would work before I would be fully on board with the idea.

The website that a post or comment is created inside of would be able to dictate the % cut that goes to the posters and or commenters. For instance Zerohedge could give a % of STEEM rewards to their authors while taking a percentage for posting the link to the ZH article. As another example, the commenters posting through a Steem-Disqus would be given a % while Steem-'scus could also take a %. And like Steemit exists now, some platforms could always give 100% of Steem rewards to the poster/commenter.

Ok. So basically each interface could define how the rewards for posts/comments in their domain would be allocated. That makes sense. Thanks for the explanation!

This is why most blogs would opt to use a trusted provider like and use an iframe to host comments.

It should be easy enough to have a "key per provider" so that you know which provider was hacked.

Revocable delegate keys would enable this, it also helps with curation guilds, per app passwords like Google has. And you could add later secret share keys that enable an x of y override key for such as death, coma and other forms of becoming legally incompetent (Facebook has something like this since so many users had died...).

It may be worth considering updates to the private keys to allow users to place additional restrictions on what individual posting keys are allowed to do. For example restricting the domain that they can interact in. If there was also a way to force the external sites to use a separate key, that would probably be good too. This would greatly reduce the risk of malicious third party sites taking advantage of users private keys.


But I would be against of forcing a user to dealing with all those keys, because for average users those things are already really complicated and new. What do you think about concept of slaves accounts:

As some know we have had an active blog for some time. We have always has issues getting people from our blog into other areas. With these changes would our:

  1. blog followers be able to comment without a steemit account?
  2. How would this encourage them to create a steemit account?
  3. Could new posts be automatically mirrored onto our steemit channel?
    Thank you for working to include bloggers, and this might even help get some very popular bloggers to respond with integration with steemit.

I really need a wordpress plugin that can fully integrate our site into @exploretraveler . I really hate ads and would love to ban them unless they are relevant to something we do. Like Podcasts or Bitcoin

"What If" general concept idea that seems to fit in this conversation...
Within the context of this system, what if resteemed content actually took the form of a new post. It would be classified within the link sharing content rewards, and would auto split a given % back to the original content author. This would reduce the drawbacks of the current post payout periods by allowing content to remain somewhat evergreen and capable of gaining an additional rewards trickle. At any time a post could go viral and would result in a solid rewards pyramid back to the content author.

It's an interesting idea!

Cool! Would be awesome if the blog creator could send all of the blogs rewards to the comments (proportional to all the votes). So people will find they have way more voting power in the comment if large voters upvote the post.

This is very important in the alt-media communities. Corbett in this video gives several examples of what he calls Open Source Investigations. In this model the comments are everything.

I'm not sure I understood you exactly but what I get from it is that it would make sense if the total comments reward of a post should be some proportion to the reward of the post. Post with big rewards should gather more reactions and comments and those should gather more weight/reward compare to comments on post with smaller reward.

I'm not sure how feasible that would be but I feel this concept has some value. Posts and comments would most probably have to be 2 separated pool rewards.

With the changes likely coming to the inflation rate, how would this kind of adoption affect the daily rewards pool? How would it impact scalability?

Currently, the rewards are enticing and payouts can be fairly lucrative for good writers/bloggers - with only a few thousand active users. But what would happen to payouts if Steemit and the various other platforms were to reach one million users over the next several months? How would the rewards pool look if there were 100,000 active users per week instead of less than 10,000 - price being the same as it is today to keep it simple? (I realize that prices would likely rise if there was rapid, large-scale adoption.)

My understanding was that one of the reasons for the higher inflation was that it would allow for better scalability. Was that a misunderstanding? Don't get me wrong - I think the proposed changes are a net positive for the currency, I just wanted to know how this can affect the pool. I would imagine that this would significantly reduce the average possible payout over time as the user base increases, unless there is a near equal rise in Steem price.

Any clarification is appreciated.

Assuming a fixed market cap, an increase in competition will result in lower average rewards. The most popular content will still command a relatively hefty reward.

The scenario where the market cap remains flat but our user base grows 100x is one that I consider unlikely. Knowing how markets work, it wouldn't surprise me in the least to see a 100x growth in user activity result in a 500x growth in market cap.

To put it in perspective, if every bitcoin transaction represented 1 user, there there is currently an average of 250,000 daily users of BTC. That means BTC has 78x the number of daily users and only 40x the number of weekly users. In this situation we see that bitcoin has 600x the market cap.

So, do you believe that the inflation rate is mostly irrelevant to scalability then? What I understand is that the market cap may rise and the price of Steem may rise, but the number of Steem in circulation may not increase proportionally. Wouldn't this mean that authors and curators will get higher value in rewards per unit, but the number of units would be limited - less overall users would be receiving rewards. Is that right?

STEEM is very divisible, so more overall users would be receiving rewards. Each reward would comprise of less STEEM but the STEEM would be worth more.

Ah, yes. You're right. I was thinking about it on a whole unit, vote, and dollar basis. The divisibility is obvious and I can't believe I overlooked that. Sorry for inadvertently wasting your time, but thank you for responding.

I've been very curious about this. How many places does the block chain calculate out to currently and is that expandable as prices rise? I see more SP decimal places on some third party interfaces that don't show on the current site.
I feel that minnows even now should be rewarded in whatever small fraction of SP they earn from rewards, even if it doesn't meet a .01 payout threshold. Seeing progress is important for user retention, and would frame rewards as more of a points system redeemable for currency, fostering a more long term - less immediate mindset.

I think comments should be rewarded. This is one of the very reasons I like, as it promotes active discussions and debates. Otherwise the site will just be a flat billboard of content and little social interaction.

I want to upvote those who comment on my blogs. I like showing (through financial rewards) my appreciation to those who add to the topic or discussion. Voting rewards on comments promotes such activities. Please keep them!

Making a STEEMIT plugin for WordPress would open STEEMIT to countless sunday bloggers and thus increase STEEMIT's authority and user base. On some blogs this could even substitute the (often) underperforming AdSense.

However sharing links only would destroy STEEMIT's creadibility with google and make it harder to be found. in order to keep STEEMIT high on SERPs a minimum of (just an estimation) 150 words should accompany that link.

If both of the above could be implemented we could soon be seeing thousands of new upvotes from semi-popular blogs.

I have knonw about Steemd as far as reading Steemit information, or at least thought is what I thought. Never heard of and after a quick look I am not sure what it is going to be. Are there already other Steemit sites that are like these?

Not sure what you're saying.
I have an account on BlogSpot. A few of them actually.
Let's take "greybeard dreaming" for example. (long neglected). If I were to start blogging on it (easier than Stemmit for sure) how would I integrate to steemit and retain the advantages I have here?

$ and rep.

All of that is cool.

More importantly to the blogging community as opposed to the one day would be currency community, can you guys do a 10:1 reserve split now though so that the value of steem isn't in dime range and instead in the dollar range so there is incentive to blog again.

What good does moving the decimal place over one time to the right do for your payouts?

You do realize that the daily reward pool would have to decrease by 10X to match 1 Steem being worth 10X more, right? Net effect: likely the same payouts, possibly a little less, possibly a little more, depending on how the market collectively perceives the move (I admit that 1 Steem equaling $1 looks more attractive at the surface, but having the number of Steem in my wallet decrease by 10X tells the rest of the story - net: no change).

Encourage Competing Websites

This is great for @steemsports, we are working on our website that will interface with the Steem blockchain, encouragement is always welcome.

You could have a similar split functionality with curation rewards as well. No reason to not give more ways for Steem clients to extract value from their users in frictionless ways (i.e. ways that do not require the user to pay transaction fees or subscription fees). Of course this mechanism still doesn't provide any way for them to extract value from users who are merely reading content (which still requires paying nearly the same amount for infrastructure to support that read-only access for their users), but at least they could still extract some value from the segment of their user base that are lurkers but still curate.

Blogs should have very high author rewards and lower curation rewards.

It's an interesting idea that curation rewards for blog upvotes would be lowered. In a way, it'd be nice to see how users would react with lower curation rewards, since it would take away from the "gaming" aspect of Steemit; people would upvote what they like, instead of upvoting what will make them money.

On the other hand, though, with low curation rewards, would the incentive to hold STEEM Power suffer?

On the other hand, though, with low curation rewards, would the incentive to hold STEEM Power suffer?

Yes. That simple, lol.

I like the idea of differing rewards depending on the type of content, I think that makes a lot of sense. However in relation to this, we still only get 40 votes per day, to go along with this or maybe for the benefit of comment curation, everyone should be given a separate and specific comment voting power, that goes down just like normal voting power (to keep people from voting on 10000 comments to dole out too much rewards) but is also separate from voting power upon which curation rewards can be earned.

I really like these ideas. It is the future of steem.
The best part is that we can create different interfaces based on steemit and get a share. It's great!

Looking at the much bigger scope, getting more website to integrate Steem is a great idea. I believe in the long vision of Steem to create a product which millions of people around the world can use is what we need. How we do and make it fair to every body is always a challenge, but let's keep the broader vision and keep experimenting and learning day by day. If I can help others get some cash with their blog in a decentralize way, it's awesome. If can't code, I can surely help Steem get known to potential investors, writers and marketers for the good of the community. At the end, we all win.

I have two follow up thoughts after thinking about this some more.

  • It is probably going to be necessary to provide ways of segregating content at the blockchain level. For example, is probably not going to want to render all of the posts from a Twitter like service. The Twitter like service is not going to want a bunch of streaming videos to show up, etc.
  • Whale voting power is going to be a 'hurdle' for a third party site to truly integrate with a Steem blockchain voting + reward system. If a site uses the blockchain for comments + votes, and even if they get tons of people to signup and use the system - there won't be any 'rewards' unless they can attract existing whales to their site or convince their user base to purchase massive amounts of SP. To solve this, I would recommend that the comment/voting system still be functionally attractive for use - even given a user base filled with all low SP users. Basically in that scenario - none of the comments actually 'pay out', but hopefully the comment/voting system still provides enough functional value to be 'worth its use' even without the rewards.

All this talk of changing the reward system is discouraging.

I do like the idea of bringing my blog here which I have let get cold since I joined steemit. But I use which is Flash based and I doubt it will work here because i the posts i read about the websites mentioned wordpress.

I have seen comments that say something as simple as "Awesome post" back in the make-up tutorial days make over $100 so I agree this is a great way to make sure STEEM is being distributed in the best way.

Thanks for sharing these interesting ideas.
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It's good to see steemit aiming to embrace a broader net here. Integrating with external audience seems like a strong way of improving the value of steem as a currency while also insuring it doesn't get gobbled up by a competitor. (turkey pun intentional)...

Creating a percentage distribution of payout (as you mention under "encouraging competing websites") is a great incentive.

For the other artists out there - we cover a huge number of other websites / outlets to promote and engage people with our content. This could be a sustainable way to maintain our existing relationships on other sites while generating an umbrella income from all of them.

I think it's pretty much all fantastic. I particularly love the idea of splitting rewards across accounts; that should enable all kinds of really cool things.

I love the ideas and direction this would move us towards but would also love to see a WordPress plugin that would except Steem and SBD transactions.

As I understand this direction, the goal is to introduce the Steem economy in other transactions. The most important part that is syndicated is not the content, which can also be created outside of the current web platform, but the currency and the economical model.

This creates a strategic challenge.

In this scenario, Steem becomes more of a currency and less of a community.

But what makes Steem a currency right now is the community on

Without the people writing here, and without the curators, there won't be any market cap, nobody will buy Steem at all. IMHO, a currency exists only as long as the convention behind it exists. If the community around Steem is weakened, the currency will be weakened as well. Right now, Steem can be bought with real money and, at the moment of writing this comment, 1 Steem is worth 0.12 USD. What makes this possible is the current community and economic model (its size and its activity). Without this real economy going on, Steem will be just another loyalty rewards points plugins out there, just another gamification system.

As I see things right now, strategically, the focus should be on building the community here, which will result in strengthening of the currency, and only then attracting other communities by the "gravitational field" created by this real economy. They should ask us to include them. If this is already happening and I didn't see it in the article, well, it means it's ok, we're on the right path. But if not, well...

If the community here becomes less valuable, or too diluted, that will in turn affect Steem as the currency and that will spiral down the price until the whole economy collapses.

I'm just writing this here as food for thoughts. Would love your comments and, most of all, would love some real arguments that will contradict the above scenario.

And one more thing: with so many different communities that are using Steem, what's the role of witnesses and how the governance will be enforced? What they will govern, actually?

I'm not saying that this expansion shouldn't be made, as a matter of fact I'm looking forward to it, as I have a few projects involving the transfer of Steem outside I'm just saying there are many, many, many variables and I wand to understand as many as I can.

I think community will build itself once the UI/UX of improve.

Exactly these changes I waited in the platform, for non-bloggers. This should serve as an push to attract a large number of normal people.

Links should not have extremely high author rewards because they are almost entirely requests for curation. Blogs should have very high author rewards and lower curation rewards.


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