Well, yikes. Last night I was on the receiving end of an unbiased attack on my account @freedompoint on the Steem Blockchain. I would like to say that this is the first time, but it wasn't. Not long after I found this out, I was contacted by my friend @snook and she encouraged me to take the high road...so that's what I am doing!
What happened was I am regularly supported by users that use bots. My posts are upvoted by other people using their own personal bot. I would even go as far as to say that it is their own version of Steemauto. Unfortunately, it is seen as a bot, and treated just as bad.
So an account that targets content that has been upvoted by these bots came through and downvoted 11 of my posts in 3 minutes. They didn't read my post. They didn't comment on my post. The simply went through and railed my posts.
When the downvoting option was set up with the hardfork it was boasted on because it would help reduce spam. It would help reduce abuse. It would help to course correct the system. I think that everyone was so focused on cleaning up the trending page that they forgot that other people will use downvoting like spam as well. So here we are, having to endure this form of abuse that parades as free speach.
I believe that we all have the right to do and say what we want. We have the freedom to use our stake however we would like, Unless someone with a larger account doesn't think so.
I have been a daily active Steem users for 2 and 1/2 years, and I have seen some things. I'm not going to get mad and leave. I'm not going to rally people to act foul. I'm not going to rally people and wind them up to help me. I'm not going to try to burn the village down. I'm going to try to build something new.
I'm going to continue to push forward with building innerblocks.com. It is our Dapp that we are about to launch. It should be paired beautifully with it's own SMT....and no downvoting option. Just like in real life, there will be those that work really hard to get as much as they can, and there will be those that abuse it. You can never build a complete utopia....because people are still humans.
So while I am taking the high road and pushing forward I hope that I can influence people to do the same. I'm not going to ask anyone to do anything. I'm simply going to love and be kind to everyone that I meet.
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