The consensus I've seen is that they are "to be feared for their power".
One of the prominent comments I received was about the footer on my Hive posts, and how this appears to be a "worthless shill" - thanks Bernie, your vitriol is hot.
OUTSIDE LINKS - This is the part where I link to my other pages, what this does is create backend SEO for Hive.Blog - and brings my Hive posts up on Google searches when people interact with, or click through to my other platforms - sadly no, there has not been any worthwhile traffic FROM Hive TO these links, that is not their purpose & honestly there are not enough fresh users currently on this platform for that to begin to make a dent, I'm aware of that.
HASHTAGS & INFORMATION - Yes, me including follow up text, hashtags and long tail keywords bumps up hive to the top of google searches as well. Despite my large digital footprint - Hive.Blog always appears on the first or second page of Google when you search for me. This is why.
This is a decentralized social media site, and shaming content creators for providing links & SEO work in the form of hateful comments, is not something that will draw people to your platform.
I advocate for Hive, Hive should be advocating for its users, not tearing them down.