The 5 Stages Of Vote-Buying Downvote Grief


Vote buying. It's like giving cocaine to monkeys. It might be cool for a while but ultimately you end up with no cocaine and a bunch of dead monkeys.

But despite this, it seems that some people can't get enough of it. Some of them pretend that they have never heard of Hardfork 22 and the free downvotes and why it was seen as necessary.

When they receive a downvote for buying votes they get upset. They rage and sob and tug in disgust at their own penisy parts.

Often they think it's a conspiracy. A gang of power hungry steem OGs rampaging through the platform punishing the little guys.

They cry censorship and send angry wallet memos saying that the downvoters are SCUM-BAGs who will get their just desserts.

No one reads those memos.

In truth these poor downvote recipients get very emotional and it can be a hard time for them.

Which is why I have written this post. In it, I will discuss the 5 Stages of grieving Vote-Buying Downvote Grief.

My hope is that those plucky young fellows staring out at the deep cold waters way below the bridge might take a step back. Take some solace from the stages described below and realise that is ok to feel this way.

You hear that guys?

It's OK to feel this way.

Don't worry. We're here for you.


Hey why you downvote me, I did nothing wrong!!!

I only produce original content, why would anyone downvote me!?

If bidbots exist I don't understand why it's not ok to use them!?

Your brain will, at this point, have gotten confused between your back snarler and your mouth. Hence the nonsense spouted in defense of why you buy votes.

Let me help, all that brown mouth tobogganing must taste really bad.

So... to give you a hint.

You don't do it to get exposure.

You don't do it to promote your posts.

You do it to make a profit.

To essentially purchase cheap steem and in doing so undermine every other user who doesn't buy votes.

There. Doesn't it feel better just to be honest?

Can we move on now?


Inevitably, you will feel angry. You will feel wronged and this will bubble out of you in a spume of rage at your downvoters

You suck!! Your content is shit. You are a SCUM-BAG. It's a lefty conspiracy. Blah blah NSA.

Some people say that you shouldn't get angry.

I, on the other hand think that it's fine. Do something with your anger though. Don't just sit at a computer screen with an oddly flaccid penis.

Get out there, shit in a cup of hot water and pass it to a beggar telling them it's a mochaccino.

But don't tap furiously away at your keyboard trying to threaten people with your limited vocabulary.

It's sad.


Why aren't you going after the big guys, the whales?

What about @himjiminy and his voting circles, attack them not me!?

If you don't leave me alone you will be sorry!!

There's always someone else to blame eh?

My advice here will be succinct but useful.

Go to a mirror. Look at it.

See the dick looking back. That's the person who has been buying votes.

He/she is a dick.

Don't be that dick.


I may as well just quit. There is nothing here for me and my amazing content.

You can't make it here without licking whale balls or buying votes. I'm powering down and leaving.

Ah yes. Quitting because cheating didn't work.

I have the solution to that too!

Try not to take shortcuts and actually make a fucking effort. If your content isn't shit you might even be surprised by the results!


Ok, I will stop using them. I will try doing it right.


Well done, you have accepted your wrongs and are on the path to becoming a true credit to Steem.

Oh, wait, what's that you are doing? Buying votes via an alt??


Back to the start again.

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  • @dreemit

    Wowser, I'm guessing by the lack of comments I'm not the only one with my jaw hanging open hahaha, not often the boom gets serious! You're pissed huh? Man, I always go back to the vote buying as what threw steemit in a downward spiral. Sucks balls that no one listened to the wise back in the day.

  • @davedickeyyall

    Wtf did you do with Boomy? Where's the funny guy. We want him back.

  • @nonameslefttouse

    Don't even get me started.

  • @slobberchops

    Great!!!... except few get to stage 5, some don't even get past stage 2.. that pocket dude.., you know the one!

    The ones that do the whole 'course' generally do quite well after coming out the other end.

  • @steevc

    I've seen all those and apparently I'm number 1 SCUM-BAG. I need to get this shirt made.


    If some of these people put the same energy into actually building a following they would do okay anyway.

  • @reviewzzz

    You are right But you guys should focus also on self-votes and some big whales, not about their good content they have big votes from others for their power they vote for themselves as a Circuit exchange not more

  • @kus-knee

    Just the right amount of sarcasm and humor that we’ve come to expect!

  • @abitcoinskeptic

    Oh, wait, what's that you are doing? Buying votes via an alt?? FFS. Back to the start again.

    Lol, pretty much this if they manage to get so far. But unless it's their first time, usually they give up at denial.

    And, the former account will be respamming trash.

  • @galenkp

    What about that other stage...Retaliatory downvoting. Surely that deserves a mention?

    By the way, I've been following @himjiminy for years. One of the greatest steemians ever. Lol.

  • @paulmp

    I didn't even know you could buy votes... but I've been on Steem only less than a year.

  • @dswigle

    Ohhh! I have been missing you! I couldn't for the life of me post anything! My post key wouldn't light up. Wah!!! Steemconnect hated me and wouldn't acknowledge my existence. Busy booted me.

    Why the hate, man? Why??? I might as well have been a vote buyer. Or tried to hang onto the holy trinity robes. OMG... Who rattled your cage tonight?


    Well, it took me 6 hours, but, I finally got it to post for me, for God's sake. I promised it I would buy it a vote or three.

    Upped and Steemed

    !tip .20

  • @cryptogee

    ...and who owned most of the big bidbots? cough top 20 witnesses cough cough


  • @chireerocks

    @meesterboom, In my opinion everyone bears their own Deeds. It's really important to hold a viewpoint which is balanced in nature and which gives equal opportunity to everyone to express themselves but unfortunately world is also filled with those people who really like to dominate others. We don't have to bend, but we don't have to become like them. When we do right thing continuously wrong things will become tired and possibly it will change. Stay blessed.

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  • @fknmayhem

    Hah. I was merely some months active on Steem when I wrote bidbots should be taken out of the pool.

    I especially love those downvoted who claim it is a quality post. That argument is usually the reason not to check which post got "victimized".

    Bunch a [email protected] I have no time for.

  • @davidamsterdam

    We all must find the right path for some people it is harder then others LOL... Great job on explaining the 5 stages... Cheers!

  • @ryivhnn

    PFFFFFfffffffFffttttt XD

    Wait people are still doing that lame crap? o_O Pfft.
  • @old-guy-photos

    I never understood it. To me, I could never do it. It really seemed to be like paying someone to be your friend, just yucky.

  • @jacobtothe

    Now I want to create an account for @himjiminy.

  • @pocket-change

    FLAGGED FOR EXCESSIVE UP-VOTE FROM @trafalgar... ATTENTION @steemflagrewards... March 17, 2020... 0.7 Hollywood Time...