An Open Letter to the Community - HF22.5

An Open Letter to the Community

On February 22, 2020, Steem Witnesses launched Soft Fork 22.2, with the sole intent to freeze the original stakes owned by Steemit, Inc.

Originally, as the core development team behind the Steem blockchain and key contributor to the ecosystem, Steemit used their stake for continued development of the Steem blockchain, onboarding users, and not voting for witnesses. The TRON Foundation is committed to add value and grow the Steem ecosystem and intends to use part of the Steemit stake for such executions. With that in mind, on February 13th, both TRON and Steemit planned to meet to discuss the future road map, with respect of the Steem community. Unfortunately, the Witnesses’ decision created a need to reclaim the stake and vote in new witnesses to usher in new policies for a healthier ecosystem and community.

Soft Fork 22.2 was maliciously structured, intending to freeze a handful of very targeted accounts and taking away their rights and possession to their owned asset, and may be deemed illegal and criminal. The group behind this could essentially do this kind of attack to any Steem community member, on any terms they want. They even threatened to hard fork, and nullify all existing STEEM token, putting every good STEEM holder, developer and community interest at danger. This is very much against every aspect of the original purpose of decentralization and the core value of the Steem blockchain and community. We can’t let it happen.

On March 2, 2020, Steemit regained the staked accounts, so as to course correct the hostile behavior led by a small group of people, and resume the order of the community.

Commitment to the Community

  • The Steem blockchain will not be abandoned or merged to TRON unless the community decides so.
  • Deploy in the next Hard Fork as soon as possible to reduce power down time to 1-3 days in alignment to other mainstream blockchains, while open for discussion for better economic implications.
  • For the next 4-6 weeks, the Steemit team will be using the voting rights to resume the order of the community while having an open channel for meeting community members and Witnesses. The goal is to protect the Steem blockchain from bad actors, add transparency, and receive community suggestions and advice.
  • After the 4-6 weeks period, the Steemit team will give the governance back to the community when it’s back in order and mutual agreement.

Product Roadmap

The Steemit team had a very productive and exciting conversation with TRON on the future roadmap and we can’t wait to share this with everyone. The following features are what we will be focusing on:

  • Maintain Steem blockchain running in parallel with TRON
  • Launch Smart Media Tokens
  • Launch Cross Chain Atomic Swaps
  • Improve Overall Steemit.com User Experience And Onboard More Users

Smart Media Tokens (SMTs)

SMTs are on our public testnet. We have GitHub testing issues created that once completed will ensure confidence in the release.

Alongside the SMT release is the SMT Wizard, a simple front end for creating SMTs, and client libraries. Client library work is mostly done except for small changes being made to the protocol during testing and is awaiting testing.

Cross Chain Atomic Swaps (CCAS)

CCAS will use a combination of Hashed Timelocked Contracts (HTLC) and Header Only Verification (HOV) to seamlessly move tokens (STEEM, TRC-20s, and SMTs) between TRON and Steem.

Steemit.com User Experience Improvements

Steemit.com is an opportunity to onboard massive numbers of users into our ecosystem through a social network / viral media model, now with TRON’s ecosystem and resources, this goal is more achievable than ever.

We are on target for feature parity with reddit.com. With communities core launched, we are very close to this goal. The remaining tasks are around onboarding, including an invite system for new accounts, and optimizing content discovery.

Specifically, our primary goal is to emphasize the organic and sustainable models for growth that Steemit.com enables. We plan on doing this by:

  • Lowering the barriers to entry by streamlining the signup and first-use experience on steemit.com and on the Steem blockchain.
  • Contributing to the quality and authenticity of the user base by implementing an invite / referral signup system.
  • Enhancing the quality of user experience on Steemit.com by removing ads, optimizing the front page, making the rewards system easy to use through browser extensions, and integrating the wallet with the main site. Enhancing the mobile experience.

More Rewards to Witnesses

Community is the core to the Steem ecosystem, and Witnesses should earn rewards accordingly given how important their roles are. We will come up with a plan to reward Witnesses privileges in Steemit like staking rewards.

More Users

TRON is known for its thriving ecosystem, and now Steemit has access to TRON’s active 15 million user community, a distribution network of over 600 million DAU, meanwhile leveraging TRON’s powerful marketing resources as well as some top industry leaders.

More Content

A social network without content won’t go far. Steemit.com has a perfect foundation and we will reward more to the content creators and/or curators to feed the users.

More Development

More developer support will be provided. Not only do we have access to more engineer support, but also we can run more hackathons and devote more capital to support the development of community projects.

More Liquidity

We’ll be learning a lot from TRON’s team on how to build a healthy exchange relationship and we’ll be having more conversations with exchanges to learn the best way to get listed and have more trading pairs.

A Brighter Future

Steemit and the Steem community is one of a kind within the current blockchain landscape. It had its own history, but now with TRON’s resources and ecosystem behind it, it’s time to course correct and build a healthier and thriving ecosystem around this dynamic community.

This will be nothing but an exciting future.

The Steemit Team


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  • @bobinson

    Where can we see the code for HF22.5 ?

  • @stoodkev

    You re the only bad actor here, you've just centralized a blockchain, using exchanges to make a hostile takeover.

  • @geekgirl

    YOU HAVE MADE A BIG MISTAKE!!!

    STOP IMMEDIATELY JUSTIN!!!

    Do you really think you can take over this chain??? Don’t be stupid!!!

    OMG!!!

    Now we will wipe out your stakes for sure!!!

  • @flaws

    Thanks for your quick explanation, I was just packing up my stuff. Let's hope things go well from now on. :)

  • @gerber

    you just basically did the same thing... dpos in action :) now we have full decentralization :D so much fun :)

  • @anomadsoul

    So basically you hostile takeover Steem's governance claiming it's because you're striving for decentralization, and yet you do it by centralizing governance by voting the top 20 witnesses with one super powered up account.

    But screw the 4 years and thousands of witness votes from the community that's been here every day for years, right?

  • @moeknows

    I am a bit of a layperson here, but doesn't this action kind of justify the soft fork? It seems like better communication should have taken place.

  • @apsu

    Well I have to say, you guys are fucking assholes. Steemit inc. has got their SP in an unjust way and now you're ruining the entire blockchain.

    Fuck you.

    Steem is an centralized blockchain controlled by small minded shitheads. You are just a cancer on Steem and you're ruining everything we've hold dear.

  • @ash

    as expected...

  • @fredrikaa

    If it has been your intent all along to use the Steemit stake for further Steem blockchain and community development according to what has been promised to the investors and users who have stayed here for 4 years, then why not just commit to it in a trustless way?

    This was the absolute worst way to build trust with the community going forward. A sad day for decentralization.

  • @roelandp

    Do you understand this is exactly what we wanted to prevent?

    With this move you:

    • literally killed Steem.
    • used Customer Funds, called your "friends" at exchanges. And without customer knowing, used funds residing on exchanges, to power up and vote.
    • centralised the Steem chain.

    Preventing this is the reason why softfork 22.2 was implemented in the first place. But how stupid where we to not include befriended exchanges. We discussed it but we could not believe crypto-world would be so stupid. Apparently exchanges pick a side.

    Please understand you have killed a wonderful community of four years. Real people. From all over the world. Not bots or gambling apps.

    Maybe your chain will continue, but it will be an empty shell. Happy pumping.

  • @scooter77

    RIP Steem - A wonderful community ruined by the greedy actions of a few. I can't believe that you used customer funds sitting on exchanges to make this happen. Disgraceful.

    Fork out their stake. Now to decide what shall we call the new Fork of Steem?

  • @mys

    It is interesting that nobody complain when witnesses did same thing 2 weeks ago :D Comments fiesta!

  • @ausbitbank

    Reserving this comment space for when I'm not having a rage stroke.

  • @ammonite

    That escalated quickly!

    . The TRON Foundation is committed to add value and grow the Steem ecosystem and intends to use part of the Steemit stake for such executions.

    can you be more specific?

  • @lordbutterfly

    You fucking used exchanges to take over the chain!! ARE YOU RETARDED? That has to be illegal somehow!

    You commie pieces of shit.

  • @holoz0r

    Are funds safu?

  • @jacekw

    Good luck! You just lost whole community, the most valuable thing here.

  • @mamanovasim

    sad to see this.. you are ruining my steem blockchain

  • @holoz0r

    More Rewards to Witnesses Community is the core to the Steem ecosystem, and Witnesses should earn rewards accordingly given how important their roles are. We will come up with a plan to reward Witnesses privileges in Steemit like staking rewards.

    But a platform like this is nothing without content. Do you surely believe that wintesses need to be rewarded more heavilly? Do people use reddit, instagram, and facebook to see drama about reddit, instagram and facebook?

    No, they go there to follow and discuss things that they are interested in.

    We need less content about Steem and more rewards for dedicated content creators and people who grow communities.

  • @ladybug146

    Bye bye decentralization hello hostile takeover just like much of the community suspected eh! Fucking sellout douche canoe.

  • @maiyude

    牛逼,可以预见一个分叉要发生了。

  • @raycoms

    Well, now you did exactly what the community feared you would do and what was the reason for this softfork all along. You have just proven all of them right.

  • @roundbeargames

    11059798-3x2-700x467.jpg welcome to steem yall

  • @gadrian

    well done. we really needed an escalation of the mess and if you talk about an action that could be "deemed illegal and criminal", then what's yours like?

  • @enginewitty

    MALICIOUSLY STRUCTURED! Fully agree. They basically were trying to hold the stake hostage so they could do what they wanted with it. I said burn it all and they told me to fuck off. Regardless if it was ninja mined and 'promised' or not. I understand why they did, but did not agree with it. I am curious though, where is 22.4? Looks like you pissed off a lot of people. To be expected. There are some majorly valid points down there, especially concerning the community aspect of it and the sheer numbers of supporters many have. Those numbers (albeit some long since inactive accounts - and I imagine some are even from themselves) represent what Steem really is. The community. As long as you all don't do anything too drastic and have the blockchain's best interests at it's core, that community will remain. But the blockchain without the community is - nothing.

  • @will-richards

    How compatible with TRC10, TRC20 and various ERC standards does SMTs intend to be?

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  • @movingman

    I wasnt confused until Im reading the comments.. So the ninja mined stake of steemit wont be frozen? Now im confused!

  • @apsu

    Also, you just pointed out you have no interest in the community. You aren't committed, it seems you never have been committed. You don't care about the community or the users.

    You don't dare to say that you're committed. You are the bad actors and the other witnesses cared about the community.

  • @crypto-pilot

    Anything that is owned by or that can be bought by someone is not decentralized. This has just been proven. In fact, as a crypto investor for years I believe that we we have all been fooled into thinking that we are investing in a decentralized solution, and, it may have started out that way. Like anything, the rich will centralize everything they can and make you pay for it. Nothing changed, the world is still the same as it was before 2009. Good luck everyone. :-)

  • @yogajill

    Well, That went from bad to worse. Ok Steem Fam, ❤🙏 What next.....

  • @udezee

    This is hilarious. Broken promises.

  • @mindtrap

    This should be a lesson to all witnesses and all fools around here who were against fork 0.22.2.

    Happy now? This is what they wanted all along....

  • @galenkp

    I'd like to come up with something really intelligent and wise to say but I'm a bit speechless at the moment. So...

    Fuck you, cock-knocker, will have to suffice.

    That's all.

    Actually...

    Asshole!

    There. That is all.

  • @justyy

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  • @witnesstools

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    Hello @steemitblog! You are great!


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  • @friendlystranger

    Finally! Thank you.

  • @ragnarokdel

    So, what does this hard fork do exactly?

  • @ammonite

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    Are these all new witnesses or are they just voted up in ranking?

  • @abitcoinskeptic

    With that in mind, on February 13th, both TRON and Steemit planned to meet to discuss the future road map, with respect of the Steem community.

    Either that is a typo and you Mean MARCH 13th, or you are full of shit.

    Please confirm.

  • @bala41288

    Soft Fork 22.2 was maliciously structured, intending to freeze a handful of very targeted accounts and taking away their rights and possession to their owned asset, and may be deemed illegal and criminal.

    Using the stake from exchanges to take over the blockchain is also a crime and illegal act if you don't get it. This is a stupid move from you Justin. Now we all understand that you are as bad as Ned.

    After all this, I had hopes on steemit and stayed neutral on this. Now I'm skeptical about the future of this chain.

    You guys open your big mouth to talk today and give an announcement. Where did you keep your azz on 13th when all this shit happened. I guess the announcement and all this should have been told to us when Ned met Justin in a bar to sell off Steemit.

    I guess this one action will make people understand how bad you are. Such a shame!!

    Today may not be the end of Steem but this place will be full of shit. Sad day for the community.

  • @spectrumecons

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    This is insane.

    Is this legal?

    It certainly feels disgusting.

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  • @tonytrillions

    Y'all have to come to your senses and stop lying to yourselves.

    Steemit is centralised and that's why it can be sold away, but #Bitcoin? Nobody can buy that crypto tech, moreover its owner is anonymous making ít even more decentralised.

    Its only in steemit where a group of so called witnesses can freeze a stake. I have never heard of a freeze of Bitcoin. Difference between centralisation and decentralisation

    Y'all authors & curators you thinking you're special in any case? LoL You ain't different either, they can freeze your $10000 stake and you can do nothing about it....so wake up. Dreamtime is over!

    When the dust settles and many come to this realization, they will be trembling like a jackhammer

    Justin wants to use Steemit for his own gain then dump y'all...

  • @aagabriel

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  • @notconvinced

    Well, you single-handedly taking over the witnesses and changing the powerdown to 24 hours will tank the value and send ppl running.

    I just came back to Steem a few weeks ago after 2 years. Now I'm thinking that's a bad idea.

    Way to make an Oligarchy claiming to be decentralized even worse...

  • @aagabriel

    天王蓋地虎,反流氓政府! Uranus is a tiger, an anti-rogue government! 寶塔鎮河妖,中共挨千刀! The Pagoda Zhenhe Yao, the Chinese Communist Party suffers thousands of swords! 嘟∼嘟嘟,開涮習頭豬! Toot ~ Toot, learn about pigs! 嘀∼嘀嘀,拉下習主席! pull down President Xi!

    TRONNIE SCUM COMMIE SCUM!!! FUCK YOU TO HELL AND BACK, CUNTS!

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  • @will-richards

    Why is there no PR, release, commit or link to 22.5 that I can find? How can we validate what these new witnesses are running?

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  • @trincowski

    I created my account on 24 December of 2017. I had never used the Power Down feature ... until now.

    With this scammy move, you've killed this Network. It's time for me to cash out, while I still can.

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    Thank you, Justin Bieber, for being such a dishonest prick.

  • @ammonite

    I am sorry for the American community when they wake up to this.

  • @chekohler

    If you were against the soft fork I'd love to hear what you have to say now

  • @costanza

    RIP STEEM

  • @netuoso

    Unfortunately, the Witnesses’ decision created a need to reclaim the stake and vote in new witnesses to usher in new policies for a healthier ecosystem and community.

    Haha thanks for showing that we were right all along. SteemIt stake was supposed to be nonvoting so you colluded with exchanges to bypass DpoS governance just like you did on your shit chain Tron

    Ladies and gentlemen, Steemit is now owned by the Chinese government. Bow down and salute your communist overlords

  • @mahdiyari

    Calm down, people! Without community, these boys are worth nothing. Let them enjoy their shit show!

  • @aagabriel

    @justinsunsteemit studied in the typical #mkultra inductee universities and became the new trojan horse for Gen Y wannabee trusted Knight Steemplars of the CCP & PLA.

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    A fantasy journey of "post-90s entrepreneurial leaders" This is the longest push of GQ24 in history. It gathers two character reports published in the August issue, which respectively record the growth path and spiritual world of the two "time youths". One of them is Sun Yuchen from Peking University and the other is Liang Zhi from Tsinghua University.

    http://www.gq.com.cn/celebrity/news_182560eb97720e71.html

    https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gq.com.cn%2Fcelebrity%2Fnews_182560eb97720e71.html

  • @trumpman

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

  • @ragnarokdel

    It's funny how people are taking a stance against Steemit taking a unilateral decision with this when this is exactly what the witnesses did not long ago with the soft fork. Both things happened within closed meetings with code that wasnt spoken of until it was in place.

  • @stoodkev

    On top of the rest, Ben (one of Ned's account) is now heavily the 95% of the community that is standing to them, and upvoting the other 5% of scumbags.

    Centralization : Done Censure : Done

    Good job, Steem looks more and more like China by the minute.

  • @scorer

    Roadmap without dates is a dream.

  • @ocupation

    Holy shit, didn't see that coming. You're actually trying to establish an order with premined stake while talking about decentralization? Did you have stroke in the meantime or what?

    Fuck this shit, you actually showed that soft fork was absolutely neccessary.

    Btw i dont think you have 15 mil active users, whole crypto combined doesn't have that much😂😂😂

    By removing our witnesses you have proved to be not worthie of our trust. We should have forked you out completely.

  • @beingunknown

    What a load of bullcrap. This blockchain was living off of the interactions and the community. And now you are destroying it for personal gains. Textbook superiority complex..

  • @yungchief

    Whatever its best for the community, like Justin said in his Open letter, that he will be having a meeting with 50 witnesses. I think it is time for that. MSP waves can make the discussion faster. This is time for everyone to work together

  • @howo

    Well, today is the day steem dies. As a witness I am sorry, we tried hard to prevent this from happening but the game was rigged from the start.

  • @moon32walker

    These are the consequences when one person @ned decides to sell, all that talk about decentralization was just a marketing trick, dpos proved to be a flawed system, specially if you include premined coins.

    What can I say this was the worst imaginable start of new partnership, witnesses did a radical move with softfork, steemit inc did even more radical move with voting in new witnesses. The trust is ruined for sure on both sides.

    With all this going on I have a legitimate fear that I wasted almost 4 years of my life on this blockchain. Things will calm down as they always do, but being an active Steemian during these days of radical moves is not easy at all.

  • @nonsowrites

    As a community member i am totally against the actions of steemit and tron to hostilely take over the steem blockchain. This wont pan out well for any body. The beginning of the end.

  • @jga

    Why the softfork 0.22.2 didn't prevent this?

    How this was done?

    They used the funds in several exchanges to power up. Concretely:

    AccountSteem PowerTime of Power up
    @binance-hot31 730 053.775 SPMarch 2
    @huobi-withdrawal8 002 101.000 SPMarch 2
    @poloniex2 293 743.643 SPMarch 2
    @ben1 536 362.853 SPLast year (Feb 2019)
    @bitdev100800 109.047 SPMarch 2
    @pacemaker636 317.641 SPMarch 2
    @joe767676240 516.435 SPMarch 2
    @imadev227 153.927 SP
    @geos180 006.613 SPMarch 2

    In total 45.6 million Steem Power... This is more or less the steem power that the previous witnesses received in votes.

    They needed at least 17 new witnesses in the top 20 in order to apply a new fork... With this amount of power it is possible, then they changed the top witnesses.

    The new fork allowed Steem account to vote for witnesses... then finally they used this power to vote for the new witnesses, which is around 60 million more steem power. So, at the end, they reached 106 million steem power in votes (more than double the previous witnesses).

    All the funds of these exchanges are powered up, meaning they will not work for steem for at least 3 months (unless they change the rules for a short quit power down only for this group, take this in mind).

    Bittrex didn't participate in this movement. They still have liquid steem (15 million in total). So the alternative to sell (if you want) is using Bittrex or Blocktrades.

    Very bad days. I want to sell.

  • @okean123

    That's very good news! Good move from Steemit, Binance and Justin!

  • @chewing

    Good way! Make STEEM better platform for people!

  • @creativeblue

    Wow. What a day.

  • @fullcoverbetting

    Well this is getting interesting. If you do call the previous softfork maliciously, this one also should be called malicious. No information has been given what is included in this harfork. I guess we have to live with this fact at the moment, because according to the SP vested I was a so called call of the community!

    Cheers, Peter

  • @crypto.piotr

    Dear @steemitblog

    I've surely mixed feeelings about entire situation, however I do understand that recent soft fork could be seen as a hostile behaviour towards new major stakeholder. And I also thought that it could be potentially illegal to do what they did.

    Already at that moment I thought that if I were Justin, then I would lose my faith in any chance of collaborating with current witnesses and I would feel pushed towards removing them. I'm very worried about future of steemit and steem blockchain - however I would most likely react the same way Justing did.

    So to certain degree I understand what just happened, as I would do the same.

    Enhancing the quality of user experience on Steemit.com by removing ads

    Removing ads? I wonder why?

    Yours, Piotr

  • @cwow2

    Hmm... So I happy I just powered up x)

  • @galenkp

    Decentralised means freedom of speech mate. Obviously that's not a thing here anymore...Nice $18 downvote on my previous comment.

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  • @apsu

    What a dickless owner on Steemit inc. and whole Steemit team is built from fucking losers. No wonder how Steemit.com has always been a fucking disaster, when people are spineless and stupid as hell.

    Enjoy flagging all critical comments and pretending to care about the community? You have no value.

  • @sayee

    Thinking positively is good. I do hope more users from Tron will be able to enjoy the experience that steemit has given us and also enjoy playing splinterlands game. I already have used tronlink and wallet to buy dec for the ingame. It would be great to see a post on tron based games in here too so that we people can also learn more about it.

    I am a nearly veteran user of steemit and associated apps and I just do not want to be taken in by the FUD that is circling our heads as of now. We are all users who have invested both time, money and even based our life around this website and are really scared about what will happen to us steemians. So, I hope you guys will keep the steem side of it and hope it will not affect us all badly.

    Wishing you all the best of luck and may good happen to all.

  • @osavi

    What the hell?! "New witness" accounts were created yesterday and today they are steem witness? How? Everything is on the blockchain. What we can learn from TRON? How to centralize the ecosystem? How to impose censorship? THIS IS NOT STEEM WHAT WE WANT TO! Only #SteemClassic

  • @adetorrent

    Deploy in the next Hard Fork as soon as possible to reduce power down time to 1-3 days in alignment to other mainstream blockchains, while open for discussion for better economic implications.

    Dang! This is kind of good. I'd go for 3 days just to offer some protection from hackers.]

    For the next 4-6 weeks, the Steemit team will be using the voting rights to resume the order of the community .........

  • @deniskj

    Today, the Steem blockchain as we know it died. Implement the hardfork so I can take out my stake and leave.

  • @sneak

    Soft Fork 22.2 was maliciously structured, intending to freeze a handful of very targeted accounts and taking away their rights and possession to their owned asset, and may be deemed illegal and criminal.

    Wow. Somebody doesn’t know how blockchains or p2p works.

  • @crystalandbones

    It looks like they just published the code. There is a pull request on their github. https://github.com/steemit/steem/pull/3618

  • @vlemon

    RIP Decentralization !

    Huobi and Binance are joining the party to overtake STEEM with their friend TRON.

    Decentralization lost I guess...

    Sad time for STEEM that actually proved it was decentralized when OUR witnesses resisted an hostile takeover with Justin Sun lying from the very st day !

  • @rycharde

    open for discussion for better economic implications.

    I have studied this Steem blockchain and ecosystem for over 2 years and have an understanding of how the different parts fit together.

    The macro-economics of Steem is astonishingly stable and self-correcting.

    The micro-economics needs some work as the same parameters of reward curve and curation split do not affect users in the way people seem to think. That needs some work - and some thinking.

    I have spoken before to a previous Steemit Inc dev - was some time ago and about how to attenuate vote-rings. It didn't come to anything then, but feel free to get in touch on Discord (same username).

    The other bullet points sound like what I had envisioned happening.

  • @roelandp

    In a response to this I have shutdown my Steem Apps for iOS and Android: https://steemwallet.app - removed from appstores.

    Additional apps have already been shut down by their respective owners to signal distrust in the centralisation of the Steem Chain:

    • steemSql
    • Steemitboard
    • SteemApps
    • SmartSteem
    • SteemWallet.app for iOS & Android
    • dPOLL

    C.R.A.Z.Y.

  • @joanstewart

    Steemit and the Steem community is one of a kind within the current blockchain landscape. It had its own history.

    Downvoted this since it looks Rogue, all top witnesses are not original Steem Witnesses, all on 22.5 all on same income value....

    If it looks like shit, smells like shit it must be..... Sorry just the way I feel!

  • @ben

    Steem Soft Fork 0.22.5 is available now on github: https://github.com/steemit/steem/pull/3618

  • @snook

    I think Ned knew just what he was doing by selling to Tron. He knew how the Witnesses would act.

    JSun should have known to call steemit, steemit and not steemy at the AMA. He should have known we are Steemians and the word SMT.

    Think about what all has happened from the perspective of an angry person with a toy everyone wants that you own but no one likes you.

    Now it is getting even better because everyone is fighting in the comments from fear and disbelief while watching our home fall apart.

    Everyone knew how much money JSun has. Take away a new toy from someone and do you think they will be happy?

    Would you? if you, meaning anyone on Steem, had a billion dollars and spent some pocket change on a new toy just sit back while people took it away from you.

    Okay, not all of it away, but tied you up in a corner to sit and think about what you have not done yet...

    We Steemian either ALL stick together and now wait or leave. Either way, fighting in the comments with each other and calling people names brings us Steemians farther apart not closer.

    Now if you had just written the post above would you want everyone fighting and not talking to each other like below OR it quiet so you do not know what is going on?

    Just my thoughts.......

  • @vgalue

    Socialism was imposed by steemit inc?

  • @lacking

    Way to prove how decentralized this platform is. I'm out. I knew as soon as the Sun rumors started in December that Steemit was deader than dicks. Why I decided to stick around is beyond me. Fuck the Steemit team. Individually and personally.

  • @kus-knee

    Floggings will continue until moral improves!

  • @jacobpeacock

    An important question to ask here is what was changed in the code of 0.22.5?

    There is absolutely no documentation of it anywhere.

  • @fredrikaa

    They even threatened to hard fork, and nullify all existing STEEM token, putting every good STEEM holder, developer and community interest at danger.

    Where does this statement stem from?

  • @mahdiyari

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  • @r1s2g3

    If power down window is 3 days then what will be post payout window?

  • @planetenamek

    Da fuck :-D !

  • @edje

    Hmmmm, how does this work? Hostile takeover is possible?

    In Marketing they say: Bad news is also good; But I do wonder what happened here will do any good to Steem, as well as to the hard working community giving value to Steem.

    Additionally: How is it possible to reward Witness more as well as Content creators and/or curators? Does STINC plans to change the Steem token generation algorithms? Floating more Steem per day, and increasing the total finite amount of Steem?

    Am very concerned about the blah blah marketing message in this post; And the realisation no concrete information is given at all; Did you Guys really thought things through?

    ps Too bad you guys didn’t pick up on the recent Tweet by Dan Larimer with his congratulations for the development of MIRA; Something he now considers to use at EOS. THAT message should’ve been used for Marketing purposes last few days; Not this blockchain takeover! Did you guys ever went to some sort of Business School?

  • @liberosist

    This is very much against every aspect of the original purpose of decentralization and the core value of the Steem blockchain and community. We can’t let it happen.

    Irony as thick as a rhinoceros' hide.

  • @v4vapid

    FORK YOU!

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  • @whatamidoing

    An appeal to steemit users:

    As this drama plays out, please reach out to the friends you’ve made here and make sure you stay connected even if this place falls apart. Love you all

  • @donekim

    What the fuck are you guys doing...?

  • @theadmiral0

    Holy crap - You've just shown your WILLING to do the EXACT same thing you are saying is HOSTILE to do?

    • If STEEMINC don't like something whats stops you doing the same thing in the future?
    • How can you build a trusting community when you don't value it.
    • Isn't it a bit hypocritical?
  • @theguruasia

    @steemitblog, @ned, @justinsunsteemit, I can express my feeling by 2 words. (fk off)

    Congratz you just made an unethical move and the chain became centralized. I think it's time to move to the STEEM Classic or whatever.

    Cheers with your fking centralized sh!t

  • @pele23

    Well, the weird prt is: nothing illegal happened here... This was about to happenn And we could have this move comin after soft fork22.2...

  • @sneak

    I wonder how the government regulators will feel about a single organization unambiguously unilaterally dictating the price feeds for the SBD conversion.

    Now that the blockchain has a single operator, they can manipulate the SBD conversion rate to whatever they like.

    Right now, the only thing getting pegged are the existing holders of STEEM.

    2 Mar 2020: The day we learned that @dan's DPoS experiment is finally and incontrovertibly a failure.

  • @themarkymark

    https://i.imgur.com/n6BwtNr.png

    Nuff said.

  • @baah

    On March 2, 2020, Steemit regained the staked accounts, so as to course correct the hostile behavior led by a small group of people, and resume the order of the community.

    Bullshit. Not only were these people among the most trusted and well respected members of the community but by slandering them in this way and the overwhelming majority stakeholders that vetted them with their STAKE and supported the hf in effort of keeping the integrity of our chain as intact as possible, you've revealed yourselves as two faced liars. You do not care about the integrity of the project, especillay as the hf you deem hostile was in response to direct threats of underming the entire EcoSystem by having it moved over to Tron, as numerous sources have reported Internal Communications and plans for this. You have nothing, no more thin veneer of respect, no more trust, you have forefited everything that you claim, including your stake, exactly by Undoing the CONSENSUS Fork, and we all know that Consensus is Law, you went Directly Against the code.

  • @ayijufridar

    I should be calm with the closing sentence This will be nothing but an exciting future. But reading a lot of worries in the comments column, my eyes turn dark.

    Is this the beginning of the end?

  • @holm

    "Decentralized"... A word with little meaning to the steemit team it seems. :) Good job on fucking everything up.

  • @namiks

    Go fuck yourselves.

  • @freedompoint

    I can't help but stand back and slow clap!

    I do not ever debate the idea of "right" or "wrong" , but I do appreciate playing chess which has moves and counter moves.

    Anyone can see there has been actions and reactions. It seems like the witnesses idea to protect the chain was to use gasoline to put out a fire that wasn't even burning yet due to fear...and now it is burning.

    I think when it comes to decisions that are made it is simple...if someone makes a decision they should be willing to live with whatever comes from their decisions...... Welcome to #newsteem 😂😃

  • @kryptokayden

    REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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  • @skinnercrypto

    You know what? This might be fair. I figured that increased interoperability and continued maintenace of Steem instead of abandonment or replacement is good. I want that. I like Steem a lot.

    Lets find a crossroads people, and get through this. Steem on.

  • @coinchaos

    https://media.giphy.com/media/xhN4C2vEuapCo/giphy.gif

    This is so funny. You are all criminals!

  • @sn0n

    Breathe everyone. This may seem crazy, but things will work themselves out and correct. The technology stack is what makes steem, steemians make it home. Our home has been a bit cluttered lately, maybe a cleanup is what's needed?

    Where do your values lay?

    Because if it's decentralization, go for the pure decentralized services, the ones not involving currency, the ones doing it because it's the right thing.

    If it's because you "get paid for your content", this takeback is the right thing, because it shows that the blockchain integrity of wallets, won't be compromised.

    You can change the deck at a poker game, but you can never steal someone's chips. The decks been stacked, time to shuffle it.

  • @kevinwong

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

  • @shmoogleosukami

    So basically steemit has full control over everything that goes into the steem blockchain. 1-3day powerdown. WTF!!! we never wanted that. We already had a massive debate about it saying anything lower than 4 weeks seem risky due to how account recovery works and such.

    You've already thrown in a ton of things you are planning on doing without even consulting the community and we have no say now cause you've just demonstrated that at any point in time you can take full control of the blockchain.

    There is absolutely no way anyone can trust the blockchain as it is now. There is no decentralized governance anymore as you've just demonstrated.

    Well done.

  • @vikisecrets

    Exchanges voting with customer funds to remove all 20 community voted witnesses is a criminal action! This is exactly what the community wanted to prevent by temporarily freezing the ninja-mined assets of Steemit. On the plus site we and the crypto community as a whole are now learning a great lesson about the weaknesses of a DPOS system and how to improve it in the future. We need to deescalate the situation now and work an a better Steem 2.0 which is more decentralized.

  • @jacobpeacock

    This post by @apshamilton sums thing up rather well...

    HF 22.5: Binance, Poloniex & Houbi Take over Steem

    https://steempeak.com/palnet/@apshamilton/hf-22-5-binance-poloniex-and-houbi-take-over-steem

  • @tsnaks

    Deploy in the next Hard Fork as soon as possible to reduce power down time to 1-3 days in alignment to other mainstream blockchains, while open for discussion for better economic implications.

    You know I am not a crypto guy, I don't have much knowledge about what's going on.

    But fucking hell, 1-3 days to power down ?? That's criminal

    Make it at least a week, or more. Powering up should mean commitment.

  • @namiks

    This post was given to you by the Communist Party of China.

  • @preparedwombat

    The TRON Foundation is committed to add value and grow the Steem ecosystem and intends to use part of the Steemit stake for such executions.

    Translation: 0.1% constitutes a part.

    usher in new policies for a healthier ecosystem and community.

    Translation: complete control by TRON.

    may be deemed illegal and criminal

    Translation: we didn’t like it.

    The group behind this could essentially do this kind of attack to any Steem community member

    Translation: The group behind this was never going to do this for any stake other than ninja-mined.

    On March 2, 2020, Steemit regained the staked accounts, so as to course correct the hostile behavior led by a small group of people, and resume the order of the community.

    We smashed the will of the community who’d voted for witnesses of their choice and imposed our will.

    The Steem blockchain will not be abandoned or merged to TRON unless the community decides so.

    Translation: Since the witnesses we select are the community deciders, the Steem blockchain will be abandoned or merged to TRON.

    Deploy in the next Hard Fork as soon as possible

    Translation: There will be no discussion, as there have been with ALL other Hard Forks. Your corporate overlord knows what’s best.

    For the next 4-6 weeks, the Steemit team will be using the voting rights to resume the order of the community

    Translation: Until the next Plenary Session, The Central Committee of the Politburo will exercise unfettered executive control.

    After the 4-6 weeks period, the Steemit team will give the governance back to the community when it’s back in order and mutual agreement.

    Translation: Once we have broken the back of those who dared to oppose the Central Authority, the governance of the puppet state of New Manchukuo will be in place.

  • @d0zer

    I had hope when you bought Steemit but now it’s all over. Community, maybe we can come together and start one last initiative? An international powerdown day.

  • @glory7

    Wow. What a "eye for an eye" movement.

    After one side did soft fork to remove other side's "rights" without any public conversation/discussion,

    the other side came back with the same sneak attack and got its "rights" back.

    Things are getting interesting. Look forward to the town hall meeting.

  • @tamiil

    Thank you, but I'm done with this version of Steem. If community chosen witnesses decide to fork to Steem Classic or whatever then I go with them, but this here is the last straw. Time to power down and leave.

  • @tsnaks

    This post talks so much about TRON

    I came to this platform because of STEEM . . .

  • @bil.prag

    "open channel for meeting community members and Witnesses" that is really easy now that one man is controlling all the witnesses. maybe he will be talking to himself. we want that live.

  • @dalz

    The 30 witnesses voting rule. That is who to blame!

    Lesson learned the hard way.

  • @firepower

    Disappointed by this hostile take over of the Steem blockchain to say the least!

  • @freddio

    i dont know,

    Both hardforks are not that good i think. Will this 1-3 Days powerdown stays forever? Because i dont like it.

  • @adetorrent

    With any luck, the Steem price will surpass my DCA so I can exit to BitCoin or something.

  • @thelogicaldude

    I get to do another 100% downvote! This was the bullshit we were afraid of in the first place!

  • @jeffjagoe

    I usually hate government intervention... but I would be very happy to see the SEC investigate and prosecute you criminals.

  • @allcapsonezero

    "This is very much against every aspect of the original purpose of decentralization and the core value of the Steem blockchain and community. We can’t let it happen."

    I think it just did.

  • @funnyman

    Softfork 22.2 shouldn't have happened in the first place and more than half of the community was against it. Justin, being a rich and smart man with great connections would have anyway taken it back. I won't say that this is the right move to do it but he only had this choice left to get what it's his.

  • @jacobpeacock

    For those spreading disinformation (and for those who are curious) about Soft Fork 0.22.2 that was intended to prevent this sort of hostile takeover I recommend that you read the following article by @blocktrades

    The Legal Basis of Cryptocurrency Forks

    https://steempeak.com/cryptocurrency/@blocktrades/the-legal-basis-of-cryptocurrency-forks

  • @firstamendment

    remember, now that they control the witnesses-they are the community. So when they say the community decides....it means they decide.

    Time to serve an injunction up their a__, if anyone has the money for such a suit.

  • @bil.prag

    anyone care to tell people what exchanges are doing with their coin? or i just did not know that is a normal thing.

  • @drakos

    Congratulations asshole, you just alienated the whole STEEM community.

  • @martie7

    Soft Fork 22.2 was maliciously structured, intending to freeze a handful of very targeted accounts and taking away their rights and possession to their owned asset, and may be deemed illegal and criminal.

    Yes, it's hurt)))

  • @techslut

    What the what now? So... this was never a decentralized blockchain but a bad illusion of one? Shame I wasted so much time on it. Prepare for mass exodus and posts of community leaders announcing what crypto-blogging platform they're moving to. See you all there, I guess.

  • @jacobpeacock

    This is rather illuminating:

    @ura-soul Witness Update - Anarchy vs. Empire: TRON Replaces Top Witnesses and Takes Over the STEEM Blockchain

    https://steempeak.com/witness/@ura-soul/ura-soul-witness-update-anarchy-vs-empire-tron-replaces-top-witnesses-and-takes-over-the-steem-blockchain

  • @jacobpeacock

    A good video by @lukestokes explaining how STEEM on exchanges was used to vote in new witnesses.

    Your stake in Steem on centralized exchanges was just used to take over the Steem Blockchain

    https://steempeak.com/steem/@lukestokes/your-stake-in-steem-on-centralized-exchanges-was-just-used-to-take-over-the-steem-blockchain

  • @glastar

    China quality!

  • @alexvanaken

    More Rewards to Witnesses

    You mean more for yourself now that you just took over all top 20 witness spots with your sock puppet accounts? @justinsunsteemit

  • @bil.prag

    Hello Steemians, we apologize for not updating you sooner but the last thing we wanted to do was give you inaccurate or untruthful information. We have now met with the TRON team and are excited to share with you the outcome of those meetings.

    you kinda lied just 3 days ago. and you are right, exciting things, you just forgot to tell that exciting things will be a hostile takeover.

    Also i would like to say hello and thank you to people in SteemIt inc, as they know about this for sure.

  • @namiks

    This is very much against every aspect of the original purpose of decentralization and the core value of the Steem blockchain and community. We can’t let it happen.

    Almost like something you've just done.

  • @flemingfarm

    Giant cunts! It wasn't a small group it was most of the witnesses. Sounds like you just stole the user funds that were on the exchanges to do something illegal. Nice to see this is how Steem ends. In a pile of flames and rubble. Hoping to see the real witnesses hardfork Steemit and ALL their stake out! Enough of your ineffectiveness! Might be good to look at the number of people who are powering down as a good tell of what the user base thinks of this bullshit.

  • @d00k13

    Thank you for enabling me to cash out quicker now that you have exposed the flaws to the control of this platform! We may have backed you into a corner but your inability to communicate does not show promise for our community! Do you fully understand that we are not just a blockchain investment to be controlled but a group of real people with interest that can easily change?

    Can’t say I didn’t see this coming 🤦‍♂️

  • @ervin-lemark

    Fully downvoted!

    For the last four years, I am a part of this community and this community doesn't agree with you.

    This move is an orchestrated hostile takeover.

    Getting exchanges to steal Steem from their customers, putting on fake witness nodes, voting for these fake witnesses with stolen funds, creating hard fork with the approval of these fake witnesses.

    Congratulations!

    Your move will go into the blockchain history books as the first documented successful gaming of the DPoS platform.

    What you did today has no precedence. You don't even begin to realize how wrong you are.

    Which, sadly, doesn't surprise me.

    What I, sort of, wonder is, how does @dantheman feel about it? Is he just a bit sad?


    Now, to more pressing business? Community hard fork?

  • @belemo

    Yeah. Fuck you guys.

  • @derangedvisions

    In about a month, Justin has almost killed what he has purchased. I think he has been successful at what he set out to do.

  • @phgnomo

    well.. thats it. im done with steem.

    Thank you @justinsunsteem and tron

    well done

  • @jacobpeacock

    Good Town Hall Happening Right Now

    https://mspwaves.com/watch

    Discord: https://discord.gg/WehQ9g

  • @blockchained

    The Steem blockchain will not be abandoned or merged to TRON unless the community decides so.

    It will be decided the same way as you put sock-puppets at the top today.

  • @royfletcher

    Ok .. but I don't understand why steemfollower has closed. if the agreement with Tron was successful.

  • @monsterjamgold

    That was a really sneaky move and i am hoping you restore community voted witnesses not com voted witnesses.

    I would love to see these changes to be made for voting for witnesses: ● Reduce voting to max of 5 witnesses ● Voting stake for witnesses only active after 1 month ● No using peoples steem from exchanges for voting

  • @distantsignal

    Was this written by the CCP?

    Immediately threatening the top witnesses, whose responsibility is the integrity of the blockchain and community, with legal ramifications while using OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY WITHOUT PERMISSION to gain voting power to undermine those witnesses by using funds on exchanges is as authoritarian and fraudulent as it gets. I can't believe how long we've been contributing and advocating for Steem as a decentralized, censorship resistant chain. I'm very disappointed. A little embarrassed actually.

    Soft Fork 22.2 was maliciously structured...

    HOW IS THIS ACTION NOT MALICIOUS!??! It was done to prevent this exact action by Sun which by its very nature betrays and corrupts the system by centralizing it. This is actually causing harm to everyone on the chain. This is the actual, malicious act.

    intending to freeze a handful of very targeted accounts and taking away their rights and possession to their owned asset, and may be deemed illegal and criminal.

    No rights were diminished and no property was taken away. What a bunch of emotional pandering.

    QuoteThey even threatened to hard fork, and nullify all existing STEEM token, putting every good STEEM holder, developer and community interest at danger. This is very much against every aspect of the original purpose of decentralization and the core value of the Steem blockchain and community. We can’t let it happen.

    Again, was this written by the CCP? The gall! To claim that centralizing a chain to save it from centralization is just about as close to double speak as you can get. By betraying the mission and nature of the chain YOU have put every Steem holder, developer and community interest at danger.

    I guess I'll just have to wait until the discussion on March 6th, but I can't continue to promote Steem while this Civil War takes place.

    For what it's worth, I'm for a hardfork to a new Steem chain. Maybe Steem Classic isn't the right name for it, because it'll be too closely tied with Steem Tron.

  • @theycallmedan

    A day that will live in infamy. A small community stood against a tyrant. Few stood up to the collusion of centralized exchanges to try and overtake a chain.

    STEEM is not the tech, STEEM is the community. I suggest you stop your attack, let the community vote in the witnesses, not centralized exchanges using MY and other Steemians funds to hurt their investment.

  • @bigdizzle91

    For a guy with a little dick you sure have fucked everyone good.

  • @roomservice

    Why didn't you make hf22-5 changes public on github?

    I don't find any information right here: https://github.com/steemit

    Does this mean, I simply have to hope that Steemit.com didn't added any other malicious stuff to the code-base?

  • @shanghaipreneur

    加fuckin油,老孙!也许现在我们可以在这里获得一些不是那么meta的内容

  • @aagabriel

    @Justinsunsteemit YOU FUCKED UP https://twitter.com/BlockDXExchange/status/1234522682198298624

  • @fitzgibbon

    Please roll this back sir

  • @skepticology

    The actions of witnesses running 22.2 were wrong and compromised the integrity of the chain, and while I understand need to secure the platform and reclaim stake, I think witnesses who are longstanding community members and publicly opposed 22.2, who were actively running 22.1, warrant consideration for witness support from all parties, some examples being quochuy and blockbrothers. Commitments to the community have been clearly communicated by Steemit Inc. and we should reflect on what we want future to look like instead of focusing on past grievances.

  • @creativetruth

    To The Steemit Team @steemitblog,

    The Promise

    There is supposed to be good faith listening and communication between the witnesses we voted for and The Steemit Team. That is what The Steemit Team promised us. This is what the witnesses wanted.

    Users wanted to know about the things stated in today's open letter weeks ago. Some answers were not forthcoming. Questions were being awkwardly ignored. The Steemit Team was not voicing answers to questions, so their voice was provoked by taking away their staked power, in a soft fork. And it worked! Now we have more answers. Although we paid for it by having our own voices partly silenced. Our witnesses are gone. Our dapps have gone dark.

    Now how about that March 6th meeting?

    Will our questions and concerns be heard? We have been eagerly interested in hearing what The Steemit Team has to say.

    Both sides behaved badly against the other. Obviously there was no other option for either side. Either grab their current power levels and free governance by the horns, or wait for it to be controlled by their opponents.

    To rebuild the peace, both sides will have to offer trust anew. This will be challenging because that trust was abused from both sides, but it must be done. Levels of decency and respect need to be maintained for people to cooperate. People do not follow rules as eagerly as computers follow code.

    We understand why The Steemit Team under Justin Sun would rather make only positive statements to boost the popularity and morale of using Steem and Tron in partnership. This is an admirable goal. Why not use this strategy to help restore trust by offering some trust back to some of our witnesses? I think that would be the best starting point to extend the olive branch.

    Question

    What does this statement mean to the average person here?

    For the next 4-6 weeks, the Steemit team will be using the voting rights to resume the order of the community while having an open channel for meeting community members and Witnesses.

    Are you planning to use voting rights for things beyond voting in your own witnesses? Such as curating and downvoting? Can you elaborate, if so? As unoffcial as it is, we have always had freedom to communicate our individual comments and questions here on the blockchain. What sort of open channel are you now describing? A few mediated meetings from time to time would be great.

    To what extent will The Steemit Team be willing to serve the actual most-wanted requests of its users? Last time in your open letter, you stated that you wanted to listen to what we had to say. So far, The Steemit Team has always chosen their own roadmap and goals. Feedback has influenced their decisions, but ultimatesly The Steemit Team has always acted of their own will. Should we expect this to be the continuing trend?

    Conclusion

    Thank you for hearing my words. I have invested too much of my time and worth into Steem to sit quietly and watch people behaving badly go and destroy everyone's hard work and dreams. We have the best developers in the world working on both sides of the aisle. The only thing stopping us from creating the best blockchain in the world is our own egos. Let's set that aside and build a true round table for everyone to be treated as equals. Decentralization is the dream. Can you make it a reality?

    @creativetruth

  • @blanchy

    What did the witnesses expect was going to happen after the soft fork?? Soft fork an account of a billionaire that just purchased some assets. Brains to burn these guys. You could see this coming all day long.

  • @pfunk

    Go fuck yourselves

  • @hobo.media

    Bitcoin and Ethereum communities tell everyone over and over that on-chain governance does not work...

    How many blockchains need to be dominated by a small party for you all to get it. On-chain governance always leads to corruption. It did with EOS and TRON and now Steem. This is the result of on-chain governance. Its faux "decentralization" and the little people always get fucked.

  • @joshman

    Judging by the payout on this post, it appears the community has spoken. You know what the intent of the soft fork was, as it was clearly stated. You just seek to unilaterally bully yourself into a better position.

    Side one: Several appointed community members fork to 'force a conversation'

    Side two: Single stakeholder unilaterally forks to 'force a conversation' while asserting they are protecting decentralization

    Can't make this shit up!

  • @bossel

    "For the next 4-6 weeks, the Steemit team will be using the voting rights to resume the order of the community while having an open channel for meeting community members and Witnesses. The goal is to protect the Steem blockchain from bad actors, add transparency, and receive community suggestions and advice."

    This very much sounds like CCP talk, which would then translate to: 'We are the dictators now. All we do is in the interest of the people. We decide what is in the interest of the people. Everyone who opposes us is a bad actor. Transparency is what we decide to reveal. You are free to have an opinion, which we are free to ignore. If we don't like your opinion, you will be punished.'

    "We’ll be learning a lot from TRON’s team on how to build a healthy exchange relationship" From what I have seen, that healthy relationship looks like forming a cartel to enforce your will at all cost. The way you act, you are only losing any trust or goodwill people might have had.

  • @jacobpeacock

    Your stake in Steem on centralized exchanges was just used to take over the Steem Blockchain

    https://twitter.com/linuxmanuals/status/1234555777437683712?s=20 #steem #steemfraud #news

  • @farizal

    Those whales in Etrhereum and EOS should come here and play the same game with TRON then STEEM will be great again.

  • @bil.prag

    The group behind this could essentially do this kind of attack to any Steem community member, on any terms they want.

    Binance and Poloniex can do what they did to steem to any other coin on terms that they want, so people that have coins there, maybe you should be careful. If they did it to steem they will probably do it to other coins too.

  • @elgeko

    TRON is known for its thriving ecosystem

    TRON is known for its shady snake oil marketing, ridiculously blown up numbers, and straight lies into users faces. Or do I live in a paralell universe?

  • @reesteemiter

    Generally I don't comment on the articles I read, I haven't participated in the platform for a long time but I always try to be aware of what's going on. Today I find that the mood here is very agitated and I want to allow myself to give my opinion if anyone is interested. I speak on behalf of the community I did not know about steem, of those more than 5000 users who follow my account of which perhaps many are inactive by not finding what they expected or seeing too hard a way. I want to summarize what I have found and please correct the areas where I am wrong. We have always been crying out for investors to be able to keep breathing, then one appears @justinsunsteemit who invests so much money that they buy about 20% of the shares. But since that is a lot of influence, we are afraid of not knowing or suspecting what he might do with that power and we try to block him. The user moves his influence in some exchange houses to defend himself from that attack and at the same time he counteracts taking control of everything, then he appears here trying to convince us that it is something temporary and of his intentions by means of A Roadmap but the indignation that those who lost the power feel leads them to attack him by means of comments and protest actions.

    This is my point of view on:

    The purchase of steemit inc. is something you'll notice is a good thing because a major investor has set his sights on our platform.

    Fear of abuse of power

    As far as the rules are the same for all users where SPs represent the influence a user has or can have on the platform, a user who invests a lot is entitled to that Influence he has bought (it is his investment). SF should not have been applied just to affect this user, since it is not a decentralized act. I agree that we should protect ourselves from one person deciding for millions, but why wasn't it applied globally so that no one with more than 300K SP could vote? Maybe that affected the interests of many who are offended today?

    If we really want decentralization something like this should have been done to choose our witnesses: votes under 500 SP add up to one when collectively they reach 500 SP, above that every vote is worth 1, the delegations do not count. We will have witnesses really elected by the community and not by whales as it is now or was before. Because what the new investor has done now will happen before without anyone being bothered, for example a user with 2 votes from 500K SP users had more right to be a witness than a user with 500 votes from users with 100SP, is that a fair election? Well, they wanted to prevent someone else from doing what many were already doing.

    I think that the solution to the conflict is to implement a vote like the one I have described so that the community really chooses its Witnesses and does not continue to attack someone who not only put faith in our platform but who is still open to dialogue.

    By the way, if he has influence in the exchange houses he is in my opinion an excellent ally.

  • @cryptonewz

    Tron is a shit coin and so does with steem coin also.. Steem is a shit coin now.. Im still stuck in here for 13 weeks.. I need to go out from here before to late.. Panic Time!!!!

  • @eirik

    @ben (Justin Sun) flagging constructive comments is a new low.

  • @freebornangel

    Stinc is now officially stunc.

    New boss, same as the old boss.

    And you had to steal stake not your's to do it. Do you see the irony?

    The die is cast now, let's hope it ain't craps. (Thanks alot, rich assholes!)

  • @sayitsister

    You are dealing with more than a business here – you are dealing with a community. A community that has been here longer than you have. Steem & Steemit “Elders” have poured their passion into the site & currency over the years, and with that invested time & passion, they deserve some respect. You bought the company – not the people. Money can buy a lot of things – trust isn’t one of them.

    Since the moment you took hold of Steemit (through an unannounced sudden back-alley deal), you have done very little to address the communities concerns or answer their questions. You are the new kid. You can’t come into this and expect to be accepted and earn trust by keeping everyone in the dark. The balloon drop with confetti cannons while changing every topic to “TRON” isn’t selling it. We are not the TRON community – we are the Steem community. The fireworks that light up your sky when you talk about TRON are just for you.

    You have done nothing to understand and empathize with the Steem community & witnesses. You can try twisting what the witnesses did (freezing the Steem accounts you own) as much as you want, but the move the witnesses made was with a passion for protecting Steem – an act out of precaution for what they love caused by your silence on your intentions & way of shrugging off community questions. Your actions today were done selfishly, recklessly, & shows your lack of empathy and understanding. You have effectively lost any chance at trust from some of the most passionate Steem users & witnesses. You did not do your part when you entered this community to introduce yourself correctly and clearly state your intentions. You came in as a TRON salesman, and sorry, none of us were buying – we already had Steem.

    I think more than your move today, the most unfortunate thing we learn from this, is the fact that you didn’t hear the community. We were talking. We had questions and concerns. You just didn’t care enough to listen. You did whatever it took to get your Steem back. Pretending you did it to gain back control of the community is “transparent” and we are seeing right through it. You have proven that you care more about the money than you do the community. You are the bad actor.

  • @johan.norberg

    Whoever wrote this post (waaay up above my comment) is a douchenozzle. Sometimes name-calling is called for, and this is one of those times.

  • @billybohner

    This is so fucked. Thanks to Justin for ruining this community and totally losing the trust & interest of the users that have been here since the beginning.

  • @wil.metcalfe

    NO. We are NOT interested in this "exciting" future you speak of @steemitblog. Based on how you have strong armed the community it is clear to me and the rest of the REAL Steem Community what this would look like. Bleak to say it mildly.

    People who are interested in freedom above all else simply do not conduct themselves in this manner. So I say, "HECK NO!" to anything and everything you and your people have to say about the future of where you think the Steem Blockchain is headed.

    Wave all the dollar bills you want in our faces... That's not the reason we are here. We are here for far more than financial gain. The disrespect you have shown the Steem Community in hijacking the voted witness's (Voted for by US the USERS) is despicable and UNACCEPTABLE!

    As long as I am on this Blockchain I will resist any and all action you and your people take... And here's the thing to remember @justinsunsteemit... I am not alone in this opinion.

    You are the new guy and this is an infrastructure based on influence and reputation. In a sanctuary of freedom you can not possibly think that you can come bumbling and crashing in here dictating your will upon the entire Steem Community like an entitled hooligan.

    This is a community of people of smart and capable people who actually care about each others well-being... And from what I can see these are clearly things that you have a lot to learn about unfortunately.

    I have said my mind... Now I am going to vote with all my Steem Accounts towards a brighter and better future for this Blockchain.


    I suggest everyone reading these words do the same. Check the Witness Voting page and look to see who among the witness's have written something constructive about this sham. AND GIVE THEM YOUR VOTES.

    https://steemitwallet.com/~witnesses

  • @nuthman

    I don't understand why you have done this to us. Why would you make such a hostile move against the Steem community and decentralization? No one will ever trust Steemit again after this. The best thing you can do is to reverse this insane action and give control of the Witnesses back to the community.

    Steemit, you have cut off your nose to spite your face.

  • @drutter

    "..nullify all existing STEEM token.."

    That's all I need to hear. I already lost LITERALLY 99% of my investment here over the past 2.5 years, and now the new management is talking about the possibility of going to zero?

    I'm done.

    Taking my tiny stack of 8k or so and finding a ship that isn't torpedoing itself.

  • @phusionphil

    Fuck you and everything you are.

  • @overkillcoin

    The community has called you out on your lies and heavy-handed tactics.

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  • @sumit1998

    I think community answered you.

  • @lordneroo

    You never understood what it was you actually bought, Justin, just like you don't seem to understand that the power of Steem is the community behind the platform. Good luck saving your reputation in the global crypto community.

  • @moemanmoesly

    What you did just goes to show that the original witnesses were right about you...

  • @abbenay

    Is time to grow in other decentralized social networks such as creary.net. Witnesses! Here is a tutorial to create a node in this community. The consensus it is 25 witness nodes. See you there tutorial >>> https://creaproject.io/set-crea-witness-node/

  • @stefano.massari

    The "Product Roadmap" described in this post gives me hope

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  • @wakeupkitty

    As I understand the engineers left and abandoned steemit already?

    As I understand the actions of the witnesses started a war here on Steem and the users are the ones who pay the bill, right?

    I wonder if the power down is realized and why the witnesses didn't wait till the meeting of March 9th, 2020. Did you, those few rich witnesses have your money already while the rest can drop dead?

    Via block trade there's no way to sell Steem, SBD since days (under maintenance). What does this mean for little fish and what other platforms are available instead?

    The reason WHY this platform once started does no longer count.

    In the past year, nearly every benefit for users was removed to benefit a small group of users here. As I understand in the future, the future you paint here, we are the stupid working class: writing, promoting, engaging and the witnesses are the ones who earn.

    If I read this right I start thinking it's a good thing @justinsunsteem took over what is his. He dared to invest in a sinking ship, drained by a very small group. Something new might do this ship well.

    It's sad and a bad thing what is done to and concerns more as only you. There is no decentralization if the plans written down here were realized.

    @heartbeat1515 you can read this and the comments too please.

  • @vermithrax

    On March 2, 2020, Steemit regained the staked accounts, so as to course correct the hostile behavior led by a small group of people, and resume the order of the community.

    233 downvotes and 889 mostly negative (for you) comments say otherwise. It's wasn't a small group.

    We are not happy. And we are certainly not happy that you unilaterally attacked our duly elected witnesses.

    For the next 4-6 weeks, the Steemit team will be using the voting rights

    … to set up a tyranny. Or at least try to set up.

    The goal is to protect the Steem blockchain from bad actors,

    You are the bad actors. You came here to take over our blockchain.

    After the 4-6 weeks period, the Steemit team will give the governance back to the community when it’s back in order and mutual agreement.

    Thats what every tyrant says — but never does. In 6 weeks you will announce you need another 6 weeks to restore order and mutual agreement.

    And then another 6 weeks. And then another 6 weeks. You are a tyrant and will never give up power.

    Only, it didn't quite work. Democracy had a comeback on Steem:

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  • @rosepac

    I don't care who wins this egos fight, or if they agree or not.

    I only know. That steemit is not what it could be. And that has not yet seen the great potential of the platform. It has not been converted into a page similar to Medium. But with a different payment system. And that is what Steemit should be today.

    Instead, what I do know for sure.

    It is that with the passage of time Steemit has become a platform focused on a few witnesses and whales or similar, which earn a lot.

    Not on a platform focused on finding a balance.

    In which there is a majority of its average users who earn "enough" and who are witnesses and whales. Always be earning a little more. Always earn something else. But a little, not much more.

    Because that would generate a real balance.

    And if it could be. That the witnesses and the whales receive that benefit from behind. Being in the shade without having to generate the content of the platform and feed on it.

    What exactly is happening now? The exact opposite.

    If you want to create a balance you must generate a community based on a Gaussian system, and not in a winner based system.

    There are many theories that talk about this. For example. Jaron Lanier, in your book: Who owns the future....

    For that. You need intelligence, users, content and the best possible formula to be able to make the content profitable.

    Not exclusively profitable content with "the benefit" of the blockchain itself. Because that seems untenable clearly. As much as we don't like it.

    It is impossible to give a small benefit to all the contents, if there are no income formulas external to the blockchain itself.

    And while there are no resources to distribute among all; that Gaussian ecosystem will never exist.

    Witnesses and whales / owners will continue without changing their thoughts..

  • @karenmckersie

    So now I can't log into my wallet on Steemit or Hive and I have stayed out of this whole mess @steemitblog !! It's rediculous all us innocent people have to suffer cause the children want to keep fighting in the sand box! Such B.S! There goes my 4 years invested on this platform...It was all for nothing and it's all very depressing!! https://render.bitstrips.com/v2/cpanel/00f49d2b-76c1-4740-82ad-1226f8e8790b-2b851cb9-3222-436b-9bb7-ff7645be9ace-v1.png?transparent=1&palette=1

  • @doingdailies

    i think if you can keep that price going green you might be on the right track to be forgiven into the realms of heaven

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    if only the people complaining would have been people who ever helped me with anything at all ...

    so i do feel for blocktrades but i dont understand why he puts playing Leonidas over business

    since they're running business in the first place with employees and all that

    so i guess they don't need the business and they can keep up paying the employees

    i don't understand all that rich-kid wu-wa ...

    i understand prices and a coin that doesnt even trade with $5 dollar between high and low is useless to anyone but millionnaires

    i think its a great chance to make thing something now there's real money behind it , someone who doesnt need it for the money

    but desperately wants to WIN against voice, right ? :)

    slap vitalsky around a bit with 'something useful on THE chain' ?

    cuz who cares about a million if you nearly got 100 billion to your name

    i don't believe in 'good' people anyway, i dont think they exist

    its a nice theory though ... 'good' people

    whatever it is, it hasnt been this interesting in like

    ever? to me ... at least


    uh huh ... no neither the guy or the chinese government is paying me to take over some social network about no one on the planet ever heard of, ... if they were ?

    if they were id be posting this from an abandoned corona-free island with satellite-net, a small mansion, twin chinese supermodels and my cat nearby

    i can assure you im not ...

  • @edwardhy

    good

  • @tcpaikano

    this is how communism eliminates all the witnesses, to install theirs