RE: February Reward Report
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Yes, as you've said, the ole boys club disapprove.
What about things like buying an upvote from ecency...surely this would be just as, if not worse than these 'voting rings'?
Well, Ecency is doing manual curations and checks all post, but it depends on the curator so its not a bulletproof system.
Ecency do send all of the Hive earned by pointsale to Null.
Creating some sort of Hive sink.
It's been discussed with ecency and is only a small part of what they do, according to them they also make sure to check what the votes are being cast on, etc.
It's not an "old boys club" thing, it's a general community consensus as it strengthens proof of brain and curation in general, so that anyone can earn curation based on merit rather than based on how much they're willing to pay for it. It also disincentivizes those with stake to earn more than curation rewards so everyone earns the same APR.
Gotta love all the grey areas, it's ok for some but not others.
The 'ole boys club' was aimed at 'steemit OGs', had he said the community consensus I would have accepted that. I agree content should be curated based on the value it actually brings, something that is not universal over Hive, unfortunately.
My suggestion was based on there being checks and balances to avoid abuse, Vocup explained their positions perfectly, and a new suggestion was added,a manually curated posting, to help Vocup, and other Hive users. We all have to be open to discussions and moving forward, no point throwing everything back to 'the steemit OGs'. The future is forward, many Hivians don't even know what steemit is!
Yeah just not a fan personally of anything involving "exchange of tokens/hive" even if it just means prioritizing such users over others it still makes it unfair to everyone else.
And trust me I'm really not a fan of this kind of curation and have brought up the issue with ecency many times, not sure why they insist on keeping it going as it's one of the most use excused for others to do the same and often overdo it: https://peakd.com/hive-173737/@acidyo/re-mikezillo-rot5oj
I think we're both on the same side here to be honest, however as with anything crypto/money, people will always try to leverage it to their advantage. Thanks for taking the time to share your views.