I'll be self-voting some of my posts temporarily.
Frankly, I'm done taking this retaliation shit from some random whales that think they can keep anyone onto trending constantly no matter how well they perform on the platform. The tip of the iceberg was when I noticed a selfie with very little text trending and as usual barely any engagement or fucks given and I downvoted it with my account down about $6 from $36 and they decided to retaliate on 3 of my active posts. I may not have a big following outside of Hive but I've worked pretty hard and focused mainly on my presence here over the years to let someone retaliate. I ignored it last week but I'm assuming they thought I'm just some pushover noob who'll stop using the downvotes implemented in the EIP the way it was meant just because of retaliation. If this is the game they want to be playing then be my guest, I already talked it over with the author and if the whales autovoting his content constantly can't take better care of their votes and decide to retaliate like this then so be it. If anyone thinks I'm misusing my downvotes and self-votes, which I'd much rather use to curate wide with, feel free to express yourself but just know that it's temporary and not something I've been doing ever since the HF.
I'm not someone who cares too much about the post rewards, I am also affected by a lot of autovotes but they also strive me to create content that takes effort and often times if I don't have anything of substance to share there's many days or weeks I don't post at all as to not abuse them. Of course I'd much rather prefer people would manually curate but right now with the rules of the blockchain its way more profitable to autovote so it's just the way things are. The reason I'm acting this way now is out of principle. No one is guaranteed author rewards on this chain and they shouldn't be able to enforce their own rules through retaliation and brute force thus I'll be using any method necessary to make them see that if they can't accept a few downvotes as disagreement of rewards, they're maybe better off on a shitty proof of stake chain or those other useless dpos chains where only block producers earn inflation.
Anyway, all post rewards going back to curators using @reward.app on this post.