Steem Consensus Witness Statement : Hardfork 0.23 (Codename: New Steem)

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Dear Steemians,

Many things have happened since February, and we believe that this is time to wrap up and move on. The Steem blockchain has been under constant attack from malicious accounts and this has heavily influenced user experience, Dapps useability, and the stability of the chain itself.


Note that 22.8888 was previously implemented as a temporary, reversible measure to resolve issues.

Unlike 22.2 (where now-hive witnesses froze Steem Inc. related accounts (total amount 65M SP, worth about 13 million USD) without any public discussion or notice), 22.8888 was different in two ways:

(1) pre-announcement was made so that community had time to discuss and affected accounts could make changes (for example, powerdown routes), and

(2) the reasons were based on what actually happened ("HIVE" chain split), while for 22.2 the reasons were based on something that did not happen (it was mere speculation like "it may happen" or "it is likely to happen", argued by some 22.2 witnesses)


Since 22.8888, we have observed even more negative actions, including (but not limited to)

(1) Intentionally undermining network stability by running different versions of the witness nodes and/or spamming malicious transactions (note that this can be solved by Hardfork as these transactions will now be ignored)

(2) Spamming meaningless or hostile post/replies, to displease Steem users and render the ecosystem unattractive for the existing user base and all potential new users, PO, and investors,

(3) Negatively and severely affecting the ecosystem by siphoning the rewards pool and using bots to automate the farm-and-dump on the chain without any care given to the PoB concept. The purpose of these malicious activities was to push users away from Steem by allocating part of the reward pool to their farming circles in the aim to highly lower the rewards that genuine authors are getting, engaging in heavy farming by recycling and posting stolen content to damage the SEO advantage that the community has built during the past 4 years, in addition to putting huge selling pressure on STEEM to keep people away from it by continuously dumping all the STEEM generated by the farming,

(4) Spreading FUD, rumors, and targeted disinformation, along with attacking, doxing, and publicly shaming users with different opinions.

Thus, witnesses have decided to make changes with HF to protect Steem network stability, enhance Steem user experience, and protect Steem community users' property rights. In particular, we expect Steem users may enjoy faster, more stable Steem blockchain as the issues of (1) will not be relevant.


We notify that there will be three changes:

I. Power-down period will be reduced to 4 weeks, instead of the current 13 weeks. This change is to promote more users to stake STEEM without fearing their assets locked up for a long period and to participate in Steem activities. By creating a more friendly environment for investors, we expect this change to positively enhance STEEM stakeholders' experience.

II. Update the documentation and other key related materials necessary to secure Steem, gain network stability, honor user experience, and ensure the proper functioning of the chain and projects that are built on top of if by providing accurate and up-to-date data.

III. Seize some user accounts that participated in criminal activities by actively contributing to the threat against the Steem blockchain and/or to the theft of STEEM holders' assets.

  1. The launch of HIVE chain is not a protocol update to improve blockchain performance or security, but a hostile split action to exclude certain accounts.
  2. Some of the previous main Steem witnesses (now most of them are HIVE main witnesses) put Steem blockchain at risk by threatening the stability of the Steem Blockchain while running a hostile Hardfork version on Steem, even though their main job as main witnesses was to protect and maintain the integrity of the Steem Blockchain. See Steem Consensus Witness Statement: Softfork 0.22.8888 for more details.
  3. Some HIVE launching members decided to take away HIVE tokens of 326 Steem users' HIVE tokens and placed it in the @steem.dao account (total amount of 83.2 million STEEM, about 23% of the total STEEM supply that worth around 16.6 million USD, as of 20th May 2020) that is de facto controlled by a small group. This is a clear violation of the property rights of STEEM holders, as these HIVE members illegally transferred assets of the Steem users that were assigned at the time of snapshot (code-copy chain split time). One may find these transfer records on Hiveblocks or Hiveblockexplorer, for example, one sample screenshot is provided below:

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Ironically, the very reason that HIVE witnesses got their spots at the HIVE launch was the result of STEEM token holders' voting. And it is even more disturbing that many Steem users who got their assets stolen actually had voted for more than 5 HIVE witnesses (then Steem main witnesses), but these HIVE witnesses betrayed STEEM holders who voted for them.

Note that some HIVE witnesses use the misleading word "airdrop", but it is a mere copy-chain so "snapshot" is the proper one. If a chain is to start from scratch, "airdrop" is a proper term and the chain designers may choose whatever airdrop method. However, the HIVE case is a clear copy - HIVE copied everything of Steem blockchain, such as account names, passwords, previous postings, assets, etc. What they have done is taking other users' assets after the snapshot.

  • Also note that some HIVE users use another misleading concept like “there was no HIVE before the split, so no HIVE can be taken away from Steem users.” This is categorically inaccurate and misleading - how can you transfer something that does not exist? Their blockchain record clearly shows that HIVE, HBD, and Hive Power were transferred.

Hardfork Data:

  1. Date: 20th May 2020
  2. Time: 14:00 UTC
  3. Github Code: https://github.com/steemhardfork/steemhf/tree/hf0.23

However, witnesses understand that some Steem community members may have different views regarding specifics. We reiterate that witnesses respect the importance of the Steem community, encourage Steem community discussion sessions, and fully support Steem community decisions.

Proposals may be made via SPS so that any Steem community members may suggest potential exclusion of certain accounts that were affected by the HF.

More details will be posted soon.

Steem on.


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  • @pfunk

  • @drakos

    The more I read this bullshit, the more I laugh. I'm not even going to bother commenting on your ignorance. Keep trashing STEEM as you're doing. You touch users accounts and your ass will get delisted on all exchanges. Good luck with your shitcoin.

  • @pharesim

    Are you seriously accusing me and all the others on the list of criminal activity? Where's your individual proofs?

    This is incredible. A lot of money you're "seizing" here, I'll make sure to find someone who'll take care of you for even half of my part.

  • @rishi556

    Wasn't no freezing of funds part of the original promises?

  • @pfunk

    The sham witnesses that are only in consensus due to the single, centralized vote of Sun Yuchen have proven themselves to be immoral, unethical, idiotic thieves. This is a sham of a blockchain, rendered completely useless and untrustable by a centralized stake abusing DPoS to put these fake, illegitimate scumbags in a position to nullify user balances arbitrarily and at will. The market will tell us what it thinks of an authoritarian blockchain.

    {
    
    inline static const std::set< std::string >& get_hive_accounts23()
    {
       static const std::set< std::string > hive_accounts23
       {
          "abusereports",
          "berniesanders",
          "kingdong",
          "nextgencrypto",
          "ngc",
          "ozchartart",
          "sirvotesalot",
          "sockpuppet",
          "thecyclist",
          "xx0xx",
          "xxxxxxxxxx",
          "z8teyb289qav9z",
          "agent14",
          "curatorhulk",
          "dhenz",
          "drbanner",
          "gokuisreal",
          "johnmadden",
          "realself",
          "theycallmedan",
          "arsahk",
          "blocktrades",
          "darthknight",
          "kevtorin",
          "kriborin",
          "lessys",
          "acidyo",
          "ats-david",
          "ausbitbank",
          "bittrix",
          "clappy",
          "drakos",
          "fefemz",
          "freedom",
          "gtg",
          "howo",
          "jawnz",
          "klobu",
          "likwid",
          "liondani",
          "neoxian",
          "netuoso",
          "ocd-witness",
          "pfunk",
          "pharesim",
          "roelandp",
          "roundbeargames",
          "sooty",
          "steempress",
          "themarkymark",
          "therealwolf",
          "timetickertickin",
          "transisto",
          "znnuksfe",
          "mottler",
          "mottler-1",
          "smooth",
          "smooth.witness",
          "smooth-a",
          "smooth-b",
          "smooth-c",
          "smooth-d",
          "smooth-e",
          "smooth-f",
          "safari"
       };
    
       return hive_accounts23;
  • @drakos

    Hey dipshits, flag this too

    https://pixabay.com/get/57e4d0424e50b10ff3d89960c62d3f771d36d9ec5358_640.png

  • @raycoms
    The launch of HIVE chain is not a protocol update to improve blockchain performance or security, but a hostile split action to exclude certain accounts.
    

    There is no need to change any core functionality of a blockchain for a fork. Anyone can fork any chain, at any moment if they please so. This is the beauty of decentralization. If you want you can fork bitcoin right now, call it steemcoin and run it with exactly the same code, you can do that. That is the definition of open source.

    Some of the previous main Steem witnesses (now most of them are HIVE main witnesses) put Steem blockchain at risk by threatening the stability of the Steem Blockchain while running a hostile Hardfork version on Steem, even though their main job as main witnesses was to protect and maintain the integrity of the Steem Blockchain. 
    

    This is called consensus, witnesses that do not agree with certain code HAVE to run different code. This is not a hostile action, this is how consensus is achieved. If enough people run a different version, they achieve consensus and the others stay out of it. That is NOT a hostile action. Please read papers on consensus before wording something like this.

    See Steem Consensus Witness Statement: Softfork 0.22.8888 for more details.
    Some HIVE launching members decided to take away HIVE tokens of 326 Steem users' HIVE tokens and placed it in the @steem.dao account (total amount of 83.2 million STEEM, about 23% of the total STEEM supply that worth around 16.6 million USD, as of 20th May 2020) that is de facto controlled by a small group. This is a clear violation of the property rights of STEEM holders, as these HIVE members illegally transferred assets of the Steem users that were assigned at the time of snapshot (code-copy chain split time). One may find these transfer records on Hiveblocks or Hiveblockexplorer, for example, one sample screenshot is provided below:
    

    Again, you can download the bitcoin blockchain to your local computer and do whatever you please with it, you can alter data, you can even remove blocks and add bogus data. You are allowed to do so. That is the freedom blockchain gives you. What you can also do is after playing around with this data, start running a node and call it Bitcoin+++ with your alterations (including changing transfers, removing assets, whatever you please). Other people may like your changes, will download your snapshot and also run it. This is the freedom blockchain gives you, there is nothing hostile with this.

    However, what is hostile, is changing things and trying to participate in the bitcoin network with the "bogus data" and trying to convince other people in the bitcoin network to accept it. However, this is still legal if you want to do this. If enough people think that this is the best for the blockchain that's fine. However, if you got 1 central entity in the chain that defines all the consensus witnesses, this qualifies like a security, and seizing other peoples shares in a security is actually against the law.

  • @cadawg

    Enjoy the dListing of your "decentralised" Coin on Exchanges

  • @drakos

    So by sending those funds into #define HIVE_TREASURY_ACCOUNT "community321"you're effectively commiting a CRIME by STEALING user assets.

    https://github.com/steemhardfork/steemhf/compare/hf0.23#diff-c57fe1c1f164cf2b14e0f779e1e9338cR341

  • @roadofrich

    The ROR team will support Hardfork 23 as STEEM Witness and will work to protect STEEM.

  • @drakos

    You will be effectively commiting a CRIME by STEALING user assets and moving them into this account: #define HIVE_TREASURY_ACCOUNT "community321"

    https://github.com/steemhardfork/steemhf/compare/hf0.23#diff-c57fe1c1f164cf2b14e0f779e1e9338cR341

  • @bchainbastards

    Wow, incredibly disturbing turn of events. The fact that Justin and friends would even consider straight DELETING user's assets that they invested hard-earned money and time into is insane and goes against every core value of decentralization. Thank GOD that the decision was made to hard fork, otherwise this project would have been a complete waste. I highly doubt anyone will ever invest in STEEM again, given that the new TRON leadership has already shown that they will steal from users that go against their wishes. What an absolute disaster.

  • @ayogom

    I agree with this very much. Now we expect Steem and Hive to work in their own block chain instead of fighting. we don't have to be negative. Let's win in our respective chains. Good luck to Hive.

    Hey Hive! Don't pay any more attention to us.

  • @okean123

    Lol you are so fucking retarded I can't believe this is actually happening.

  • @fitzgibbon

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    Is there a list?

  • @rmach

    Who exactly are you? steemit inc? a group of witnesses?

  • @saoirseronan

    This is just straight theft and no excuses will cover it. I'm saddened and disappointed to see long term users support this and become part of Justins criminal legacy.

    He is meant to be a business man and leader within the crypto community but instead has spent months playing around like a child and is now stealing from regular users and ruining STEEM for ever. It's name will become dirt after stealing funds from the very people that helped to build everything in the first place.

  • @klye

    Roughly 23,711,154.046 STEEM (mostly as SP) seems affected by this incoming hardfork on steem..

    Sad that it has come to this.. Although to be fair sort of foresaw this on the horizon. :/

  • @rmach

    Some top20 witnesses are not running the new hf version yet. They better hurry, otherwise they will be kicked out by the powers in charge.

  • @skuld2000

    This hard fork is a very important event for steemit. Hive can no longer harm steemit. We expect Steemit and Hive to be faithful to their work. I strongly agree this hard fork.

  • @cadawg

    Y'all ever been to philland?

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  • @liondani

    However, the HIVE case is a clear copy - HIVE copied everything of Steem blockchain, such as account names, passwords, previous postings, assets, etc. What they have done is taking other users' assets after the snapshot.

    I guess if you look at a mirror and shoot it, there is a real danger to end up at prison?

  • @r0nd0n

    You retards have been in charge just a few short months and have quickly turned this place into a dumpster fire. Nobody needs to attack your centralized ledger, you do this well on your own.

  • @abitcoinskeptic

    Seize some user accounts that participated in criminal activities by actively contributing to the threat against the Steem blockchain and/or to the theft of STEEM holders' assets.

    I'm not sure what gives you the authority to seize user's Steem.

    Unlikely freezing assets suspected to be acquired illegally until clarification, this is very likely to be a violation of financial laws. Please contact the proper legal authorities and consult with lawyers.

    Hive and Steem are separate. Let bygones be bygones.

    I have informed you that you are breaking the law.

  • @dev.supporters

    As a STEEM witness, we support this HF. Hope changes in powerdown period and additional treatments will enhance STEEM stakeholders' experience.

    Looking forward to "New STEEM".

  • @roomservice

    So in other words, the only thing Steem devs and witnesses achieved in about 2 month is extending an array of user, change a parameter from 13 to 3 and put a major release label 0.23 on it?

    Really good job! I'am really looking forward for your roadmap and the next major release!

  • @donekim

    What we learned from the SoftFork 22.2 and Hive fork from previous Witnesses is that everyone has the right to run various versions of the software they want to run, and the value of the network is created through the participation of more people.

    Hive runs the 0.23 version of the software and transferred assets held by 362 accounts to the @ steem.dao account. According to the posting of your boss, blocktrades, every fork sets its own rules, and the value of the tokens is created by voluntarily participating in a chain that people think is more valuable.

    It's time to stop pointless criticism and war, and now it's time for each individual chain to focus on creating value. The Steem Blockchain will work with more people to create more value in the future. I hope Hive will be a chain that creates value in its own way.

    Good luck to STEEM and HIVE.

  • @arkmy

    I´m very happy with this decision, thank you!

  • @pfunk

  • @transisto

    Steemit has been leaching off from Steem community since long before Tron / Justin Sun took it over.

    This upgrade is the equivalent of taking away the savings from developers that were previously doing unpaid voluntarily work for the chain because they don't work on it for free anymore.

    Without a breakdown of why each of these accounts have their fund seized it's clear this list is mostly personal vandetta for any and everything from a small clique empowered by Steemit Inc ill acquired stake.

    I'm almost certain the reason @likwid is on this list is because it downvoted some of @cjsdns low quality content in the past.

    https://www.steemzzang.com/@cjsdns/likwid-i-ll-ask He's made dozens of posts like this threatening me because of a disagreement on content reward.

  • @marcosdk

    As a proud Steem Witness I will support this HF. For the #newsteem!

  • @ocupation

    Nah you are just bitches

  • @preparedwombat

    This post is filled with blatant lies.

  • @preparedwombat

    You geniuses do realize that, because of this THEFT, Justin Sun will lose a massive amount of money in the inevitable class-action lawsuit?

  • @firstamendment

    The Long arms of the US law will be enough to capture the South Korean communist bandits doing Justin sun's 50 cent party bidding, and you can bet all victims involved will be calling law enforcement and regulator agencies 24/7.

    An unfortunate thing about American Law enforcement is that they love to shoot and kill unarmed people of color-and they get away with it with full immunity and a paid administrative vacation as a reward. It doesn't always happen. But lemme ask you a question

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/b9/86/7b/b9867bdc9906da3769853693aa04eb3c.jpg

  • @eturnerx

    Here are witnesses on record as respecting the sanctity of private property:

    TripleA team (includes the current witnesses @triple.aaa, @jayplay.witness, @the707, @skuld2000.wit, @segye.witness @steemhunt @zzan.witnesses @steem-dragon @hinomaru-jp @future.witness

    If they run this hardfork then consider their word unreliable.

    There are many misdeeds alleged of varying severity and a group of accounts who are being punished equally via funds forfeiture. Even if these wallet holders are guilty, one-size-fits-all punishment is not the way just leaders behave.

  • @nuthman

    Just out of curiosity - why is @freedom's stake being seized? What did he/she do? They have never even posted.

  • @abitcoinskeptic

    Note that some HIVE witnesses use the misleading word "airdrop", but it is a mere copy-chain so "snapshot" is the proper one.

    This fork will not impact the Hive blockchain.

    Also, this logic is legally flawed. Are you aware that a split or fork is legally a new asset?

    The IRS classifies cryptocurrency splits as "airdrops" and as taxation events. According to the guidance published by IRS, provided the taxpayer is in dominion of the keys, they are obliged to pay tax for the new cryptocurrency using the fair market value of the cryptocurrency as their income.

    You are actually not legally entitled to receiving a new asset. Not to mention if you were, the appropriate thing to do would be legal action, not theft and seizure of other assets.

    By the way, I have supported every proposal to airdrop Hive.

  • @preparedwombat

    So many lies in this post, it’s hard to know where to start, but Brian hit the nail on the head:

    https://peakd.com/hf23/@brianoflondon/letter-to-witnesses-do-not-run-steem-hard-fork-23-hf-0-23-0

    It is the difference between walking into a bank and giving out $100 bills to 80% of the people there (what Hive did) and walking into a bank and taking $100 from 20% of the people there (what hf 0.23 does). It may be mathematically and computationally similar, but one is perfectly legal and the other is completely illegal.

  • @aaliyahholt

    I got an alert that the HF will remove steem from accounts when I logged on. People are going to leave this place like flies. if they lose their hard-earned Steem.

  • @bmj

    This looks like theft to me. Hive left Steem with their own fork, copied the content and reset all wallets to zero, and then "airdropped" HIVE and HBD balances to selected wallets based on accounts meeting certain criteria. Original STEEM was left intact, and all acounts maintained their STEEM and SBD balances. Nobody lost anything. You're welcome to follow suit and fork off, leaving original STEEM intact too, but you're choosing to seize the original holdings from those accounts. That is theft.

  • @notconvinced

    When you strike back with a worse tactic than that you are calling criminal while demonizing that act, you no longer have ground to stand on.

    This shows the original action(hf 2.22) was warranted.

    I can't believe you(stinc) and others that were in such an uproar about a freezing of assets could even consider this! I mean, how is this not hypocrisy to the extreme?

    Some will attempt to rationalize their perspective trying to legitimize this, but it's simply reaching.

    You can change your truth, but not THE truth. I can only shake my head.

  • @stellabelle

    https://media.giphy.com/media/iCjgUofs7SIkT1ct5B/giphy.gif

  • @stellabelle

    https://media.giphy.com/media/joq5kzM8TOjGYiGaQN/giphy.gif

  • @stellabelle

    Justin Sun can copy code and buyout existing companies but he can never force free people to become his slaves.

    贾斯汀·孙(Justin Sun)可以复制代码并收购现有公司,但他永远不能强迫自由的人成为他的奴隶。

    저스틴 선 (Justin Sun)은 코드를 복사하고 기존 회사를 매입 할 수는 있지만 자유인을 강제로 노예로 만들 수 없습니다.

    Justin Sunはコードをコピーして既存の企業を買収することができますが、自由な人々に彼の奴隷になることを強制することはできません。

  • @jocieprosza

    I guess it was a correct decision to switch to hive,after Notice this decision is already made. It's not a suggestion, it's the ultimate evidence that steem blockchain has been compromised by single entity


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  • @vermithrax

    And here I thought things would go back to normal. Both Chains go their own way.

    But no, both chains continue withholding funds from their users.

    Withholding funds is wrong. It was wrong in HF 22.2, it was wrong when forking the Hive chain and is wrong in HF 23.

    Two wrongs don't make a right. Neither does Three!

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    Withholding funds sends a signal to the investors that their funds aren't save and can to taken away by the witnesses at any moment.

    Steem (and to a lesser degree Hive) are currently showing me that my funds are not save and are only one hard fork away from been seized.

    In the past all I have to fear when criticising a whiteness was a downvote. Now I have to fear that my funds are seized at the next hard fork.

    The only good news is the faster power down giving me a change to get out of here ASAP.

  • @outlinez

    If you are not yet part of the Revolution, it is still possible to join us. Read this post to learn how.

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  • @huaren.news

    Translation of the full text of this post, no comments (post comments separately)

    本帖全文翻译,不做点评(另行发帖点评)。

    HF23全文翻译:Steem Consensus Witness Statement : Hardfork 0.23 (Codename: New Steem) | hive

  • @moeknows

    However, witnesses understand that some Steem community members may have different views regarding specifics. We reiterate that witnesses respect the importance of the Steem community, encourage Steem community discussion sessions, and fully support Steem community decisions

    No. You really don't. The last fork was/is extremely unpopular. This one will be even more unpopular. Your actions have hurt the Steem community greatly causing the exodus of many apps and many members. You are doing this for your own selfish reasons because when you look at your actions, it is apparent that you are the exact same as the old witnesses. You should admit that and move on.

  • @nrg

    money is not safe here

  • @patrice

    I hope you didn't have any plans for those funds. ROFL

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  • @doingdailies

    i'm totally gonna stay out of this, my dislike for a lot of the elder triffids has never been a secret but on the concept of seizing assets

    i am switzerland ... not keeping it is probably a good idea

    devsupport makes some decent points there , a clear-cut case of jesus and the stone on the concept of innocence and whatnot

    but it is alarming that wallets can be seized overnight

    granted

    its a collective decision as were all decisions by the elder triffids including apocalypse 21 ...

    and i frankly ..

    1. wanna see the price (go up)
    2. look forward to the battle with eos-voice b/C

    ...im still convinced that is how this buyout started and

    no one put a gun to the head of Ned afaik ...

    i hear we get another fork called blurt or something ?

    some parts of the EULA here btw (steemit inc user agreement) @dev.supporters

    could use a bit more clarity in the phrasing but its possible they are intentionally written that way

    i guess this is Crypton's favourite soap season 1 ep 3 :

    "Welcome to the real world" ..

    maybe its nasty to say but 60 100.000dollar-whales are a bit irrelevant compared to a 100 billion guy investing ... what would be great and gud would be some winklevoss class or maybe warren buffet having a sunday lulz and buying a stake too, the more the better

    and then there was balance but

    im done talking

  • @dreamrafa

    Funny... The power down period is still 13 week... I guess this hard fork had another porpoise...

  • @dreamrafa

    So, i now can confirm that the power down period still 13 week, so it was a lie, the sole intention of this fork was to remove some users tokens...

  • @handofzara

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  • @edb

    So, how did your first day as a thief go?

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  • @stefano.massari

    I's very good that Power-down period will be reduced to 4 weeks. I think it is absolutely the number one priority.

  • @thepatriotblog

    This reads like the propaganda of a state actor.

  • @jiggs

    you can buyout companies, copy ideas from others but you can never force free people to become your slaves.

    Justin, look in the mirror.

    您可以收购公司,复制他人的想法,但您永远不能强迫自由的人成为您的奴隶。

    照照镜子。