When I started here my full vote was around 20k if I recall right with way less SPORTS staked than I have now.
To have that kind of a vote I would need to stake around 3 million SPORTS now.
When I first used the tag the tribe was around a week old and there were 200 accounts and even less accounts were staking.
Since then the tribe grew quite a bit and with this also the amount of people who are staking their tokens.
A post with a pending payout over 100k was nothing too out of the ordinary.
As far as I know the same was the case in the really early days of Steem.
The reward pool is getting divided by more people and with this the value of your vote is falling.
We see above that the tribe does not consist of this many people so just 100 new accounts who stake is already a big increase.
Growth is a good thing and something we should embrace. More eyeballs, more posts, more interaction, more fun.
While I think it is too complicated yet to onboard the masses or many people outside of Steemit, I think it is important to have a nice home if it should be easier in the future. Also keep in mind that SMTs are also coming (probably) and I am curious how this will impact tribes.
Since I have joined here there were problems with abuse. From changing tags to receive payouts earlier to excessive self voting.
Some is still going on others seem to have left as they dumped all their tokens and can`t get the returns anymore they were used to or acting in a fairer manner.
At the beginning you pretty much just needed to not get flagged to create a payout most Steemians can only dream about if you upvoted yourself and dumped the rewards afterwards.
This "not-this-crazy-rewards" seem way more sustainable to me.
In my opinion tribes are still in a very early stage and it reminds me a bit of the ICO craziness in 2017.
A lot of airdrops and seemingly free money up for grabs. If this is a bubble or something more is still up in the air.
Hell I even think steem has a lot to proof still but that is a different story.