Witness Update from @c0ff33a ☕️ The Future of the Steem Blockchain

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By now you will all be well aware of the last twelve days events. Steemit Inc sold their business to @justinsunsteemit and since then we have been waiting to hear how he will use his investment on our Blockchain.

I have taken the time out to attend every discord discussion about this, and discuss it with my fellow Steemians. It has the potential to be a major change to our Blockchain, and I felt it important enough that I should do everything I could so my decisions could be informed and represent every one of you that have chosen to vote me as a back up Witness.

One major discussion has been that along with Steemit Inc the largest stake of Steem was also purchased, a stake which Steemit inc always said would only be used for community projects and not to influence the top twenty Witness positions.

With little to no information from Steemit Inc regarding the sale, and with the new owner not responding to questions from our top twenty Witnesses - at some point someone had to say - what happens if that stake is used against the blockchain, to vote in it's own top twenty and pass any change it liked with nobody able to stop or question it.

And so Soft Fork 22.2 was released, utilising code that Steemit Inc themselves built into the blockchain it stopped the Steemit Inc stake that was purchased being used to vote for Witnesses or delegate to accounts that could then vote.

This decision has divided the community, and I actually see that as a positive point. Because if we are passionate about Steem, and passionate enough to be concerned about @justinsunsteemit then it is obvious we are dedicated to Steem and our Blockchain.

I see Steem as being more then just a blockchain, it is every single one of you out there whether you have 5 Steem Power Staked, 200 Steem Power Staked, 500 Steem Power or even many thousands. It is your platform to express yourself, whether you are a poet, musician or photographer - whatever your talent Steem enables you to express yourself and earn cryptocurrency rewards.

I understand either side of the argument about the Soft Fork 22.2, I see good friends and people I respect arguing for and against. I also see a large proportion of our community defending @justinsunsteemit, worrying about what it all means for his investment in Steem.

And while I sit on the fence, like a short hairy toed British coffee roasting Witness, I feel it is important everyone has their say - the changes that happen to the Steem Blockchain and the value of Steem effect you all - whatever the size of your Stake in Steem. I started running a Witness Node because I believed in the decentralised blockchain, I wanted to support it and also the amazing people I met through it. And I want it to continue that way, decentralised, where the future progress is decided by twenty unique and different members of the community. That is the value of Steem, unique people sharing unique experiences.

Above all I hope that all of you see your stake in steem increase in value, you have all trusted in this Blockchain and given your time, thoughts and incredible photos, poetry, stories and experiences to enhance and embellish our social blockchain.

If anyone has any concerns about the changes that are occurring, please feel free to contact me through the comments or through discord. I will always be happy to discuss the Steem blockchain and guide you for the future.

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So you're a hobbit in disguise @coff33a?

Jokes aside, I am so relieved to be hearing some sane, calm and balanced voices. I won't repeat what I said on @paulag's post other than to say thank you. And also to @enginewitty.

With little to no information from Steemit Inc regarding the sale, and with the new owner not responding to questions from our top twenty Witnesses - at some point someone had to say - what happens if that stake is used against the blockchain, to vote in it's own top twenty and pass any change it liked with nobody able to stop or question it.

And so Soft Fork 22.2 was released, utilising code that Steemit Inc themselves built into the blockchain it stopped the Steemit Inc stake that was purchased being used to vote for Witnesses or delegate to accounts that could then vote.

That's the part I get and understand why it was done. Even if I don't agree with it.

My biggest fear now, is that he just walks away. I doubt he will, but there is always that chance. I mean Ned and Dan were razzed for years (in my opinion) instead of being patted on the back for their brilliance and timing. The community as a whole rejected him. So now he's gone.

Good to hear ya chime in, even if you are a short hairy-toed Brit. BWAHAHAHAAA! You crack me up man.

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Just when you think something good for Steemit is going to happen........ I'm starting to believe thats it's like pissing in the wind. One big f**king mess.
Im here i'm not leaving, but my hope in Steemit is just about gone.
If Steem goes to a penny i'll still be here posting and commenting on my friends posts when i can.
Thanks for the update brothef.👍

Thanks for keeping us informed and up to date @c0ff33a

Thanks @c0ff33a for sharing your views with this fellow English coffee drinker.

I hope you will take a look at the Matrix-8 Platform, a truly democratic governance alternative which i am helping to create here on Steem: https://steempeak.com/@atma.love/why

Perhaps you will see how beneficial it could be for both Steem (think 5 billion or so new Steem users!) and for the world when the corrupt governments are no longer needed.

I would really appreciate you taking the time to investigate, and i hope to hear back from you.

Namaste
Atma

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