Steemit/dTube EXCLUSIVE: Witness @aggroed talks SBD, reward pool drama, much more

in #steemit4 years ago

The latest in my series of Steemit interviews on @dtube is here with witness @aggroed

Previously, I've interviewed:

Today, I spoke with @aggroed about everything from the future of Steem and Steemit, Smart Media Tokens, the @haejin vs @berniesanders drama, gender on Steemit, and much much more!

Coming up in the future I will be interviewing @elear and @teamsteem and I'm looking forward to both!

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Good talking with you David. Sorry my kids went nutz in the middle of an interview.

Hi Aggroed. Although I am pretty much in agreement with many of your thoughts, there's one thing.

When you say that you think that the SP delay of 13 weeks could deter short term investors... Imho, I think actually that it is a great system, very healthy and it does not compromise freedom of choice even for short term investors.

1/ Choice of commitment at the start: if short term investor want to go into Steem, well they can, by buying it as a coin and keeping it as liquid Steem. They can opt out of the game in the blink of an eye. So they do have the choice.

2/ Security: Even if my account got hacked, the SP is blocked, and if I notice something is powered down non-naturally, I can react.

3/ Stability: If bad news for Steem come in, there cannot be a panic sale of the coin that could make it really dip deep (even if the project is top-notch, you know like me that perception counts for a lot). Instead, heads can cool down by having time to evaluate if this is really a cause for close down. So if Steem goes down for whatever reason, it will not be because of a panic. The project protects itself from that with the SteemPower delay.

Actually, this SteemPower system strengthens my confidence in Steem.

certainly made it more interesting! thanks for doing it

First, I thought the interview was great and highly upbeat.. as it should be. $50 Steem might be ambitious, but who am I to argue? I'd love to see it!

If I can follow-up on the ability of Steem to scale 100x (or more), if that's the case, wouldn't the platform need A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT of additional full nodes? Currently we're struggling with bandwidth and only have 50k active users per day (using an extremely generous number). How can so many people on the platform dare to say that the blockchain will be able to successfully handle 100x more activity while it's already suffering so much from the current levels.

My Requirements for a Response:

  • Please explain using something besides "We're in beta on Steemit" :)
  • Also, please use another excuse besides "Steemit is not the same as Steem", because while I do understand that the blockchain itself may not be failing or stuttering, if the Steemit Platform stutters or fails, the "Proof of Concept" for Steem fails, which I feel like says just about everything that needs to be said about why Steem would also fail at scale (or fail to scale).


We will likely to expand 2x in terms of active user base this year.
If we continue having bandwith issues and not seeing any solutions at least in dev backlog then forget 100x.

Also bandwith is unequally distributed following unequality in steem distribution. My account has literally gigabytes of bandwith. Obviously user doesn't demand as big as my dolphin SP gives me. The solution may be very simple - a conves (sqrt-like) bandwith dependence on SP.

You don't want low SP to have too much bandwidth though. Because you don't want low influencers / bad actors to spam the Blockchain. However, you don't want minnows to suffer from lack of attention or ability to interact with the platform. So, yeah, there is definitely room for improvement, but the best solution is still out there. (I honestly don't know if your solution will or won't work, but I'll do some googling on it shortly!)

I'm glad you pointed out that low bandwidth affects minnows and we should have a fair shake at the attention paid to posts. I make a concerted effort everyday to engage with others on the platform and although I don't have a high amount of SP, I think that most of my content is decent material.
It's important that we engage with one another and truly make an effort to help the newcomers, in my opinion or else those who do join will eventually lose interest, which is something none of us truly want to see. I am going to start reaching out to more minnows and helping them as I can.

Did you know that I'm also a minnow? (I'm not asking for an upvote) .. A good way to engage, in addition to a kind comment like this one, is to also provide an upvote. A little extra thoughtfulness goes a long way!

Thanks for your comment! I agree 100% that minnows need to support other minnows.

Awesome interview @aggroed and @davidpakman I honestly think the positivity and direction communicated is key to restoring a bit of faith coming from all these red days.

I'll toast to many more great interviews of our Witnesses and Communities leaders to come!!

That idea of upvote+downvote+reputation_flag instead of the upvote+flag we currently have is brilliant. It could really help the community to differentiate the judgment it has on rewards vs on content. I really hope this proposal will be heard. It would be be such a step forward.

I thought that was definitely an interesting idea

Sad thing is, I already thought there was the ability to just downvote. I'm glad to have that clarified in the video. And I agree with you @pacosteem, it would be a step forward if we could actually do what I understand a downvote is designed to do (correct the perceived worth of a post) rather than flagging someone and potentially ruining their reputation rank. Seems like a no-brainer.

Need exclusive witness.

the value of steem has corrected is it time to accumulate it further

Wait 1$ and less

certainly one view, an optimistic one for sure!

Interesting article.

Thank you @davidpakman for giving some attention to my question. It was synchronistic that @aggroed needed to attend to his kids when you asked him about gender imbalance… and he honed in on the point of my question. I will take a closer look at the Minnow Support Group, and good luck to Aggroed on his studio endeavors.

glad to have included your question in the interview, thanks for submitting it!

I’m so looking forward to the $50/STEEM this year 😍

@aggroed I liked your idea of acting with liberty and responsibility. Too often people forget that both are necessary to the freedoms that we have. I'd like to think the ideal government would be one where the idea of personal responsibility is just as important as personal freedom. And the idea of law would be that an outside entity would only be necessary when the infringement of personal freedom or harm was imminent and then only if it could not be reasonably resolved by the parties involved.

cool, question, how are you choosing who you want to interview and why? :) just curious.

great interview.... even though I don't always agree with your point of view I do enjoy your posts..........

Wow loved your post...loved reading's amazing....thank you for sharing good morning have a great day ahead

This is a great post. Watching this video is helping me to wrap my head around Steem and alot of things that are possible using this platform. I would be very much interested in more content like this that explains steem and how things are developing.

Thanks for the interview and hopefully there will be more to come.

This is a welcome development... Nice video. Keep up the good work.

You are making a great article
I wish I could become as successful as you and get a voice for me

Hello Friend,
Welcome to steem Community Friend It's great to have you here :)
i Really Liked your interview .
i wish you a great time here on this new platform.
Goodluck My Friend.

Great interview!! They can not all be red days so looking ahead is a great way to focus on things to come! Awesome job @davidpakman and @aggroed


I'm not in the habit of just allowing any ol' javscript run on my machine. What is the bare minimum I need to grant permission to in order to watch the video?


The future is here.

I think the only problem with downvoting/flagging is that it isn't anonymous. I would be foolish to downvote one of the whales when they can basically ruin me in retaliation.

Downvotes should either be equal, regardless of SP, or should be anonymous.

I’m still worried that it would be used as a disagreement mechanic, rather than a reward control mechanic.

Example here is that someone with a huge amount of voting weight comes in, disagrees with the politics of David’s videos and decides to make it a bit of a personal challenge to see that they are downvoted.

well yeah - that's certainly a concern.

Fact of the matter is - SteemIt is largely self moderated. So if you post crap - there's nobody aroudn to clean up the mess - and it's up to the users to vote/flag.

But you're right - even now - there's an issue where it doesn't pay to post controversial content - the platform is more or less censored, even if not by design, or by intent.

For example, if some of the whales have strong opinions towards a particular inclination, they can drown out any alternate views.

Nice going @davidpakman and @aggroed. Really captivating interview. Aggroed seems to be going in a good direction with the Studio. I really look forward to seeing what he has in store for us

Dr @aggroed is very modest. Respect to you sir! Nice interview @davidpakman!

Whoa! He has a face!

Face confirmed.

Always come with the best thank you very much

Great. Hope they did their best. Very original of you

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Wow, Dr. aggroed, I love your commitment to FREEDOM!

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Nice article...Stunned by your work...keep going...Be a example of all the steemians...

Really great interview, @davidpakman. Thank you. It was great to hear @aggroed's perspective on the health of the platform. His positivity and knowledge really comes through. MSP is one of my favorite communities on Steemit - helped me to really find my legs on here.

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Excellent interview! Really would watch more of these and looking forward to hear more from @aggroed

Thanks for hosting this interview @davidpakman. I've been very interested lately in learning about our Steem witnesses. @aggroed is one that I've been following and I'm glad I got the chance to see what a down-to-earth guy he is. Appreciate you both!

Great interviews. Ace to meet Tim and aggroed. I imagined bigger operations running Steem block producers. So great to see how grassroots it is and yet still the most powerful chain.

If you interview such people then we be proud of you on steemit

I of many joining steemit to be like you

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Did you use a time machine for this interview? It's still the 17th in my dimension.

useful information.

i think dtube and steemit are great platform where you don't need to be celebraty and famous can get well reward for your thoughts and creativity.

Very good news, I see this video is very useful.@davidpakman

Thanks Dude, he's a genius, The doc, lol.

Interesting article.

Resteeming this post, and @aggroed - he's one of my favorite Steem witnesses. I voted for him recently!