One Year Of Decentralized Hive Fund | Funding the Hive development in a decentralized manner

in LeoFinance12 days ago (edited)

Ever since the creation of Hive March 21, 2020 the development of the platform is being funded by the Decentralized Hive Fund or DHF in short. This fund now has even more important role since there is no central entity to for development and all the funding is being done by this method.

Let’s take a look how the funding went trough this one year, including the funds received in the DHF.


Where Does The Funds For The Development Come From?

The core source of funds for the DHF comes from the allocation of the 10% from the HIVE inflation. But since the last year a huge chunk of funds was allocated to the fund when the HF that created Hive happened. All the Steemit Inc stake (ninja mine) was transferred to the fund. This stake is now slowly being converted to HBD for a period of five years (0.05% per day). Another source of funds are beneficiaries rewards that authors set for the fund, when creating a post, and lately the transfers from the trading that aims to peg the HBD to 1$, or the @hbdstabilizer.

Overall, this looks like this:

  • 10% of the Hive inflation
  • 80M+ HIVE transferred to the DHF from the ninja mine
  • Transfers mainly from the @hbdstabilizer
  • Beneficiary rewards from posts

The period that we will be looking here is March 21, 2020 to Apr 5, 2021.

DHF Funds From Inflation

As already mentioned 10% of the Hive inflation is being allocated to the DHF. This is the core source for funds for the DHF. Here is the chart.


The gaps in the chart are the funds that are paid to the DHF proposals/workers.
We can notice the overall up trend, this is mainly because of the increase of the HIVE price. The higher the HIVE price, more HBD is sent to the DHF.

We can also notice that in the last period there is almost no added funds trough inflation. This is because of the @hbdstabilizer proposal that is taking HBD from the, selling it for HIVE and then returns it to the DHF again. In a way the funds still end up in the DHF, just trough other channel. We will see this bellow.

The @hbdzstabilizer is a proposal that is trying to keep the HBD price to 1$.

Almost 1.5M HBD was added to the from inflation.

HBD From Slow HIVE Conversions From The Ninja Mine

When the hardfork that created Hive happened, around 83M HIVE were transferred to the mostly from the Steemit Inc funds from the ninja mine. Because the DHF uses HBD for funding proposals, the HIVE needs to be converted to HDB. Starting from October 2020, a slow conversion have been put in place, converting 0.05% of the stake per day. This will roughly take five years to convert all the HIVE to HBD.
The long period is chosen to avoid price volatility, because the final amount of HBD will depend on the HIVE price.

Here is the chart for HBD created in this way.


I have left the horizontal axis from March 2020, just to show when the conversions started.
As we can see at first around 5k HBD per day were added in this way, but in the last period the HBD from conversions has increase a lot reaching almost 30k HBD per day.

As mentioned the amount of HBD created in this way depends from the HIVE price. Approximately 40k HIVE is converted per day, and declining, as the overall amount of HIVE in the is decreasing. At the moment there is 76M HIVE in the fund, and it started with around 83M. Meaning in the last months around 7M HIVE was converted to HBD, generating around 1.4M HBD.

Transfers To

The DHF can be funded by simple transfers as well. Anyone can send HIVE or HBD to the account and the funds can be then used for funding proposals.

Usually these transfers are small, but in the last period a large amounts have been transferred to the from the @hbdstabilizer.
Here is the chart.


We can see that prior to February 2021, there are very small amounts sent to the But as the HDB price increased significantly above 1$, and the @hbdstabilizer was launched the transfers increased a lot.
When HIVE is sent to the DHF, it is being instantly converted to HBD.

At first there was around 7k HBD from daily transfers, but in the last days the amount is higher than 30k HBD per day, reaching more than 500k HBD sent to the DHF in this way.

Beneficiary Rewards From Posts

Users can set the as beneficiary when posting to send their posting rewards to the fund.
The chart for this looks like this.


Not a lot of funds are created in this way. The @hbd.funder account is running a beneficiary post for the DHF, but the beneficiary is set to the @hbdstabilizer, meaning it is not show in the chart above, but in the transfers chart.

Cumulative Funds To DHF

When we sum all the above, we get this.


We can notice a sharp increase in the DHF funding in the last period. This is mostly because of the increase of the HIVE price, but also because of the @hbdstabilizer.
More than 60k HBD is being added per day to the DHF in the last period.

The account now has 2M HBD and 76M HIVE, resulting in more than 4M USD in dev funds.
Only 1% of the HBD can be paid per day for proposals, meaning a 20k HBD daily budget now. The HBD in the DHF will keep growing going forward and the overall daily budget as well.

DHF Workers/Proposal Payouts

The previous charts were for funding the DHF. How about payouts? How much HDB has been spent for development in the last year?


A significant increase in the payouts in the last period. But this again is due to the @hbdstabilizer, that in actually is not a payout, because the funds are sent back. If we remove the @hbdstabilizer we will see that in the last days the proposal payouts are under 1k, and close before that they were in the range between 2k to 5k HBD per day.

Rank Of The Individual Workers/Proposals Payouts

At the end, who has received the funds from the DHF.
Here is the chart.


Note I have excluded the @hbdstabilizer account that has received almost 400k in HBD, because it is sending funds back.

@blocktrades comes on the top for the year, but he has managed some funds for the airdrop for some accounts that have been mistaken in the hardfork and didn’t received funds. Meaning not whole sum is accounted. The other funds were for image server.
@howo is on the second place, with almost 100k HBD received in the year. He is working on a core blockchain development.
On the third place is @peak.proposals, for the development with 88k HBD, then @fullalt.dhf with 61k HBD. The @keychain proposal in the top as well, and the @lordbutterfly for the marketing proposal.

Overall, the top paid proposals are around 100k HBD per year, and there are 8 proposals that have received between 50k to 100k HBD. In total 32 proposals received some funding from the DHF in the first year of HIVE. A total of 820k HBD was paid for proposals development in the first year.

Will be interesting to see more than 100 proposals receiving funding from the DHF in the second year of HIVE, meaning boosting the development of the platform.

All the best!

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Nice report.

IIRC, I think we ultimately received about 50K HBD from the imagehoster proposal (it wasn't funded for the first 3 days of its active time).

For the 820K, did that remove the airdrop proposal repayment (my guess is it did include that amount)? And was it removing the payments to hhdstabilizer and return proposals? Just trying to get a feel how much was spent on development and marketing only.

The 820k includes the airdrop. The hbdstabilizer is excluded.

The part about inflation isn't accurate. The inflation funding doesn't come from the return proposal (and as such isn't affected by how much funding goes to other proposals). It gets added directly into the DHF account hourly via a virtual operation that you can see on hiveblocks (or another explorer that shows virtual ops):


Since you are graphing the wrong thing, your graphs don't show the right rate of funding from inflation and you might want to redo them.

The way I have queried the data for the first chart is from the hivesql database from @arcange from the table VOProposalPays, where the receiver is the steem.dao account.

I'm not totally sure how this is calculated and what ends in this table. I'm wondering is the operation that you are pointing out stored on the hivesql somewhere and will be happy if @arcange can clear this out.

Otherwise I just might do some manual calculation about the daily amount of HBD added from inflation for a one year, but that would be approximate.


The operations @smooth mentioned are stored in the VOSPSFunds table.

Great, thanks!

Probably a different VOP but I don't know what it is called. As you say @arcange can probably help.

Yes, it is a separate VOP (natively named sps_fund) and they are stored in a separate table in HiveSQL (see my reply to @dalz)

Thanks for the breakdown. Will be interesting to see how this all plays out with HBD stabilizer and how long that goes on for.

A year of progress and more
We should take advantage of this year as the bulls revolt to bring in more investors
We should have a good market plan

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@lordbutterfly for the marketing proposal.

Has some marketing started really ?

I think it should started like a week ago ... waiting for the first report

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It has started. Ill update everyone in the coming days.

Thank you for the insightful read. If the amount of funds into and out of the DHF is fluctuating that much, is it possible to calculate the approximate time the DHF will have funds to distribute if the observed pattern is projected into the future?

is it possible to calculate the approximate time the DHF will have funds to distribute

The DHF fund distributes funds all the time... or is it something else you mean?

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I was not a bit misleading here, sorry.
At some time all „ninja mined“ stake will be distributed and it will only run on the 10% Inflation. My question is, if it is possible to determine that timepoint and its „move in time“ based on the known distribution pattern

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@hbdstabilizer sends hive to, not HBD. Does it get converted to HBD instantly?

Great post!

No, it's a slow mechanism. I am not sure of the overall rate.

Also the stabilizer does sometimes just return the HBD to the fund, if the price of HBD is not high enough to justify buying Hive.

Transfers are instant converted, only the ninja mine is in slow mode

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Oh wow, I guess that explains the extreme growth in the amount of HBD available.

It is converted instantly

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Makes sense, I could see the hive circulating supply on hiveblocks decreasing because of that proposal while the hive quantity in kept going down.

This answers my question.

I always forget about this fund. I need to visit the site more frequently so I can make sure my vote is heard. I think that if they were to make it in a more obvious place some of the proposals might get some more traction. It needs to be more conspicuous. That is my thinking anyway. Thanks for this great overview!

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As usual, Peakd is probably the best way to check this

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By the way, a small nitpick, but I think a more accurate way to report the amount added by inflation would involve adding back the amounts paid out by proposals to your chart of amount added by inflation (or find the actual increases to the fund from the inflation code which is for-sure guaranteed to be accurate). Inflation is adding to the fund all the time, even when proposals are spending it.

Yes I know what you mean, I reported something like this a while back, but for this time I skiped it, trying to not complecate things :)

It seems like dash governance but the fund from inflation while dash from 10% nodes reward

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The nodes reward comes from inflation so it is pretty close to the same thing. The voting method is somewhat different.