@aggroed interviews Steemit's Number 1 Witness @jesta

in #mspwaves4 years ago

Hey folks! I host a radio show every Sunday night called the Minnow Mayor Town Hall. It's a call in show hosted on MSP waves radio. You can find the station at www.mspwaves.com.

The format of the show is to welcome guests who choose to come on. This week I was lucky enough to have the current champion of the Steemit Witnesses come on and talk about his various projects.

Jesta has amassed a number of excellent projets that help support the block and use it in additional ways to the conventional steemit.com website.

He's created chainbb. A Bulletin Board styled posting System with Steemit as a back bone.
He's created Vessel. A multi account wallet for Steemit.
He's created steemdb which is an excellent tracking system for every vote, follow, transaction, witness vote, and basically anything that happens on the block you can see it easily there (I've already posted about how I'm on there literally every day.

So, this gifted programmer comes on air and we have a good 20-30 min discussion about Steemit, his projects, the Minnow Support Project, and the future of the Steemit blockchain.

I had a great time interviewing him and hopefully you'll have a great time listening in and getting to know Steemit's number one Witness on the block!

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Phew, I didn't end up sounding like an idiot :)

I was so tired I barely had a grasp of what I was saying hahah.

It was really cool to hear you Jesta. I hope we'll get to hear you more enough. Nice interview guys.

Thanks, was a good time just hanging out and getting to hear everyone else as well!

I'm awake and ready tho @scaredycatguide. Listening to the tail end of @wipgirl's show now. @aggroed I'm embarrassed to say that I wasn't aware of your show. Sounds like something really worth tuning in to!

@jesta is one of the guys that we really need around here. He is one of the staples that will hold steem together. I truly believe that steemit has the potential to stay "in-house" as far as the development because of guys like this and @aggroed who are behind the scenes giving propulsion. Thanks for what you guys contribute. Its not in vain.
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It's nice to have those interviews recorded, I often miss them.

Going to listen to this tonight. I always have steemdb up on a browser. It's like watching a stock ticker. All of the information is always there.

Serious till chicken! Hahaha... really.. great interview. Short but great to hear about the chainbb. Peace!

You keep delivering the goods, this is another interview that I can't wait to listen to.

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Voted for alongside @jesta

Great, Resteemed to listen to later and to let my followers have a listen too.

Stay Classy!!. Cheers!

I did not know about mspwaves.com. Congratulations to Jesta for getting involved in so many projects

@aggroed and @jesta - Humbly I come before you, having crossed a great ocean on behalf of my marine tribe, minnows-in-training. In truth, we are a small but vocal subculture known as plankton, or The Planktonites, but let’s not quibble.

I am delegated, on behalf of all who deeply appreciate your efforts but have never told you so, to say, “thank you.” Gratitude is a buried emotion that we often feel but have difficulty expressing because we are intensely engaged in an existential struggle to remain alive, thrive, and survive in the South Pacific, or is it the Atlantic? The Arctic?
The bathtub? The fish bowl? We are plankton, does it really matter?
Many of us are so new to Steemit that we actually had to ask the meaning of the term, “newbie,” or “noob” as some would say. One of us (okay, it’s me) was attacked immediately after registration, literally the moment the account was approved, by a scammer known as “Steemit Security” using the fake name “Ned Scott” and electronically identified as [email protected] My fellow plankton assure me that there is no such thing as “Steemit Security” and that the existence of a known scammer posing as “Steemit Security” has been documented. This scammer, it appears, has somehow appropriated my active and master/owner keys while craftily permitting use of the posting key. I did not discover this tragedy until I attempted to use the active key to add artwork to the generic profile. The active key was not recognized. The master/owner key was not recognized. Only the posting key continues to function. (This, BTW, is a true story.)

“Contact one of the witnesses,” The Planktonites advised. But in my world, a witness is someone who has been a little too observant and is now a candidate for The Witness Protection Program. Such a person is not generally expected to continue “witnessing.”

The understandable confusion and frustration destroyed my heart of goodwill towards Steemit and left me yelling and screaming about the irresponsible scam of decentralized chaos. Having enthusiastically invited a very prominent and influential YouTube channel to “come and join us” (was that really just a bit much for a mere Planktonite?), I immediately wrote to the great and mighty YouTube channel warning of my unfortunate and impossible-to-resolve lock-out issue after less than three weeks on the platform.

“Beware,” I insisted. Large investors, identified by "reputation scores" at 60 and above, receive generous payouts and weightier "influence" on the platform. Everyone below a reputation score of 60 struggles to make it work Can you imagine "investing" a great deal of time writing blogs for pennies and then suddenly being locked out of that account, having no access to your funds or its alleged "account value," and starting all over from scratch? If that is happening across the platform (don't know, can't prove, big if), someone at Steemit may have access to thousands of small account dollar values. My inaccessible account has an SBD value of $7. If 10,000 accounts like mine are "locked," what just happened to $70,000 today? What happens to 10,000 additional locked accounts tomorrow? There is no complaint-resolution process because there are no "central operations." What happens to the "lost" accounts of those who have purchased Steem with other currencies for greater "influence"? "Sorry, loser, you lose."

Still raging, I continued: Every kind of wandering scam is floating all over the platform sniffing for dollars, hacking accounts, gaining access to whatever may be found when unsophisticated users are forced to abandon account value and start over. The number of followers is completely unrelated to anything except the blogger's ego. "Followers" may be even less likely than YouTube subscribers to interact with the channel creator or with one another. A number of accounts may be created by a single person or several accounts may be created by bots. Bots also vote on content, thus diluting the value of a vote and depriving blog content and "reputation scores" of any intelligent meaning. But the most critical issue ("which I intend to report to the police," I insisted) is that some bots are following hundreds of thousands of “accounts” and post only photos of East Asian children from Thailand and The Philippines. The children are under the age of 10, usually under the age of 5, and just happen to live in the child trafficking center of the world. Who "approved" these accounts? Is Steemit a legitimate platform? Is Steemit a legitimate platform which has been compromised and subverted by a computerized child trafficking network? Every ocean has dolphins and sharks. Swim at your own risk.

After writing this letter, I had a migraine headache and had to lie down. And while in the prone position with YouTube on Autoplay, I heard the voices of @aggroed and @jesta
having a pleasant conversation about platform software development in a language that I understood. I even heard a sentence that made perfect sense. “I’m a developer, I don’t understand money,” said @Jesta. “Money is something that if I have enough of it, I don’t have to think about it.”

“Omigod! A member of the tribe has been elected president! Uncork the champagne!”

But before I could take the first sip of Armand de Brignac Brut Rose, the Planktonites pushed me out into the big wide waters and commanded me to swim over immediately and thank the conscientious developers and witnesses who are trying to repair the race car during the Indy 500. We’ll get there, with a little patience.

@aggroed and @jesta - Humbly I come before you, having crossed a great ocean on behalf of my marine tribe, minnows-in-training. In truth, we are a small but vocal subculture known as plankton, or The Planktonites, but let’s not quibble.

I am delegated, on behalf of all who deeply appreciate your efforts but have never told you so, to say, “thank you.” Gratitude is a buried emotion that we often feel but have difficulty expressing because we are intensely engaged in an existential struggle to remain alive, thrive, and survive in the South Pacific, or is it the Atlantic? The Arctic?
The bathtub? The fish bowl? We are plankton, does it really matter?
Many of us are so new to Steemit that we actually had to ask the meaning of the term, “newbie,” or “noob” as some would say. One of us (okay, it’s me) was attacked immediately after registration, literally the moment the account was approved, by a scammer known as “Steemit Security” using the fake name “Ned Scott” and electronically identified as [email protected] My fellow plankton assure me that there is no such thing as “Steemit Security” and that the existence of a known scammer posing as “Steemit Security” has been documented. This scammer, it appears, has somehow appropriated my active and master/owner keys while craftily permitting use of the posting key. I did not discover this tragedy until I attempted to use the active key to add artwork to the generic profile. The active key was not recognized. The master/owner key was not recognized. Only the posting key continues to function. (This, BTW, is a true story.)

“Contact one of the witnesses,” The Planktonites advised. But in my world, a witness is someone who has been a little too observant and is now a candidate for The Witness Protection Program. Such a person is not generally expected to continue “witnessing.”

The understandable confusion and frustration destroyed my heart of goodwill towards Steemit and left me yelling and screaming about the irresponsible scam of decentralized chaos. Having enthusiastically invited a very prominent and influential YouTube channel to “come and join us” (was that really just a bit much for a mere Planktonite?), I immediately wrote to the great and mighty YouTube channel warning of my unfortunate and impossible-to-resolve lock-out issue after less than three weeks on the platform.

“Beware,” I insisted. Large investors, identified by "reputation scores" at 60 and above, receive generous payouts and weightier "influence" on the platform. Everyone below a reputation score of 60 struggles to make it work Can you imagine "investing" a great deal of time writing blogs for pennies and then suddenly being locked out of that account, having no access to your funds or its alleged "account value," and starting all over from scratch? If that is happening across the platform (don't know, can't prove, big if), someone at Steemit may have access to thousands of small account dollar values. My inaccessible account has an SBD value of $7. If 10,000 accounts like mine are "locked," what just happened to $70,000 today? What happens to 10,000 additional locked accounts tomorrow? There is no complaint-resolution process because there are no "central operations." What happens to the "lost" accounts of those who have purchased Steem with other currencies for greater "influence"? "Sorry, loser, you lose."

Still raging, I continued: Every kind of wandering scam is floating all over the platform sniffing for dollars, hacking accounts, gaining access to whatever may be found when unsophisticated users are forced to abandon account value and start over. The number of followers is completely unrelated to anything except the blogger's ego. "Followers" may be even less likely than YouTube subscribers to interact with the channel creator or with one another. A number of accounts may be created by a single person or several accounts may be created by bots. Bots also vote on content, thus diluting the value of a vote and depriving blog content and "reputation scores" of any intelligent meaning. But the most critical issue ("which I intend to report to the police," I insisted) is that some bots are following hundreds of thousands of “accounts” and post only photos of East Asian children from Thailand and The Philippines. The children are under the age of 10, usually under the age of 5, and just happen to live in the child trafficking center of the world. Who "approved" these accounts? Is Steemit a legitimate platform? Is Steemit a legitimate platform which has been compromised and subverted by a computerized child trafficking network? Every ocean has dolphins and sharks. Swim at your own risk.

After writing this letter, I had a migraine headache and had to lie down. And while in the prone position with YouTube on Autoplay, I heard the voices of @aggroed and @jesta
having a pleasant conversation about platform software development in a language that I understood. I even heard a sentence that made perfect sense. “I’m a developer, I don’t understand money,” said @Jesta. “Money is something that if I have enough of it, I don’t have to think about it.”

“Omigod! A member of the tribe has been elected president! Uncork the champagne!”

But before I could take the first sip of Armand de Brignac Brut Rose, the Planktonites pushed me out into the big wide waters and commanded me to swim over immediately and thank the conscientious developers and witnesses who are trying to repair the race car during the Indy 500. We’ll get there, with a little patience.

@aggroed and @jesta - Humbly I come before you, having crossed a great ocean on behalf of my marine tribe, minnows-in-training. In truth, we are a small but vocal subculture known as plankton, or The Planktonites, but let’s not quibble.

I am delegated, on behalf of all who deeply appreciate your efforts but have never told you so, to say, “thank you.” Gratitude is a buried emotion that we often feel but have difficulty expressing because we are intensely engaged in an existential struggle to remain alive, thrive, and survive in the South Pacific, or is it the Atlantic? The Arctic?
The bathtub? The fish bowl? We are plankton, does it really matter?
Many of us are so new to Steemit that we actually had to ask the meaning of the term, “newbie,” or “noob” as some would say. One of us (okay, it’s me) was attacked immediately after registration, literally the moment the account was approved, by a scammer known as “Steemit Security” using the fake name “Ned Scott” and electronically identified as [email protected] My fellow plankton assure me that there is no such thing as “Steemit Security” and that the existence of a known scammer posing as “Steemit Security” has been documented. This scammer, it appears, has somehow appropriated my active and master/owner keys while craftily permitting use of the posting key. I did not discover this tragedy until I attempted to use the active key to add artwork to the generic profile. The active key was not recognized. The master/owner key was not recognized. Only the posting key continues to function. (This, BTW, is a true story.)

“Contact one of the witnesses,” The Planktonites advised. But in my world, a witness is someone who has been a little too observant and is now a candidate for The Witness Protection Program. Such a person is not generally expected to continue “witnessing.”

The understandable confusion and frustration destroyed my heart of goodwill towards Steemit and left me yelling and screaming about the irresponsible scam of decentralized chaos. Having enthusiastically invited a very prominent and influential YouTube channel to “come and join us” (was that really just a bit much for a mere Planktonite?), I immediately wrote to the great and mighty YouTube channel warning of my unfortunate and impossible-to-resolve lock-out issue after less than three weeks on the platform.

“Beware,” I insisted. Large investors, identified by "reputation scores" at 60 and above, receive generous payouts and weightier "influence" on the platform. Everyone below a reputation score of 60 struggles to make it work Can you imagine "investing" a great deal of time writing blogs for pennies and then suddenly being locked out of that account, having no access to your funds or its alleged "account value," and starting all over from scratch? If that is happening across the platform (don't know, can't prove, big if), someone at Steemit may have access to thousands of small account dollar values. My inaccessible account has an SBD value of $7. If 10,000 accounts like mine are "locked," what just happened to $70,000 today? What happens to 10,000 additional locked accounts tomorrow? There is no complaint-resolution process because there are no "central operations." What happens to the "lost" accounts of those who have purchased Steem with other currencies for greater "influence"? "Sorry, loser, you lose."

Still raging, I continued: Every kind of wandering scam is floating all over the platform sniffing for dollars, hacking accounts, gaining access to whatever may be found when unsophisticated users are forced to abandon account value and start over. The number of followers is completely unrelated to anything except the blogger's ego. "Followers" may be even less likely than YouTube subscribers to interact with the channel creator or with one another. A number of accounts may be created by a single person or several accounts may be created by bots. Bots also vote on content, thus diluting the value of a vote and depriving blog content and "reputation scores" of any intelligent meaning. But the most critical issue ("which I intend to report to the police," I insisted) is that some bots are following hundreds of thousands of “accounts” and post only photos of East Asian children from Thailand and The Philippines. The children are under the age of 10, usually under the age of 5, and just happen to live in the child trafficking center of the world. Who "approved" these accounts? Is Steemit a legitimate platform? Is Steemit a legitimate platform which has been compromised and subverted by a computerized child trafficking network? Every ocean has dolphins and sharks. Swim at your own risk.

After writing this letter, I had a migraine headache and had to lie down. And while in the prone position with YouTube on Autoplay, I heard the voices of @aggroed and @jesta
having a pleasant conversation about platform software development in a language that I understood. I even heard a sentence that made perfect sense. “I’m a developer, I don’t understand money,” said @Jesta. “Money is something that if I have enough of it, I don’t have to think about it.”

“Omigod! A member of the tribe has been elected president! Uncork the champagne!”

But before I could take the first sip of Armand de Brignac Brut Rose, the Planktonites pushed me out into the big wide waters and commanded me to swim over immediately and thank the conscientious developers and witnesses who are trying to repair the race car during the Indy 500. We’ll get there, with a little patience.

@aggroed and @jesta - Humbly I come before you, having crossed a great ocean on behalf of my marine tribe, minnows-in-training. In truth, we are a small but vocal subculture known as plankton, or "The Planktonites," but let’s not quibble.

I am delegated, on behalf of all who deeply appreciate your efforts but have never told you so, to say, “thank you.” Gratitude is a buried emotion that we often feel but have difficulty expressing because we are intensely engaged in an existential struggle to remain alive, thrive, and survive in the South Pacific, or is it the Atlantic? The Arctic?
The bathtub? The fish bowl? We are plankton, does it really matter?
Many of us are so new to Steemit that we actually had to ask the meaning of the term, “newbie,” or “noob” as some would say. One of us (okay, it’s me) was attacked immediately after registration, literally the moment the account was approved, by a scammer known as "Steemit Security" using the fake name "Ned Scott" and electronically identified as "[email protected]" My fellow planktonites assure me that there is no such thing as "Steemit Security" and that the existence of a known scammer posing as "Steemit Security" has been documented. This scammer, it appears, has somehow appropriated my active and master/owner keys while craftily permitting use of the posting key. I did not discover this tragedy until I attempted to use the active key to add artwork to the generic profile. The active key was not recognized. The master/owner key was not recognized. Only the posting key continues to function. (This, BTW, is a true story.)

"Contact one of the witnesses," The Planktonites advised. But in my world, a "witness" is someone who has been a little too observant and is now a candidate for The Witness Protection Program. Such a person is not generally expected to continue "witnessing."

The understandable confusion and frustration destroyed my heart of goodwill towards Steemit and left me yelling and screaming about the irresponsible scam of decentralized chaos. Having enthusiastically invited a very prominent and influential YouTube channel to "come and join us" (was that really just a bit much for a mere Planktonite?), I immediately wrote to the great and mighty YouTube channel warning of my unfortunate and impossible-to-resolve lock-out issue after less than three weeks on the platform.

Beware, I insisted. Large investors, identified by reputation scores at 60 and above, receive generous payouts and weightier influence on the platform. Everyone below a reputation score of 60 struggles to make it work Can you imagine investing a great deal of time writing blogs for pennies and then suddenly being locked out of that account, having no access to your funds or its alleged "account value," and starting all over from scratch? If that is happening across the platform ( don't know, can't prove, big if ), someone at Steemit may have access to thousands of small account dollar values. My inaccessible account has an SBD value of $7. If 10,000 accounts like mine are locked, what just happened to $70,000 today? What happens to 10,000 additional locked accounts tomorrow? There is no complaint-resolution process because there are no central operations. What happens to the lost accounts of those who have purchased Steem with other currencies for greater influence? "Sorry, loser, you lose."

Still raging, I continued: Every kind of roaming scam is floating all over the platform sniffing for dollars, hacking accounts, gaining access to whatever may be found when unsophisticated users are forced to abandon account value and start over. The number of followers is completely unrelated to anything except the blogger's ego. Followers may be even less likely than YouTube subscribers to interact with the channel creator or with one another. A number of accounts may be created by a single person or several accounts may be created by bots. Bots also vote on content, thus diluting the value of a vote and depriving blog content and reputation scores of any intelligent meaning. But the most critical issue ("which I intend to report to the police," I insisted) is that some bots are following hundreds of thousands of accounts and post only photos of East Asian children from Thailand and The Philippines. The children are under the age of 10, usually under the age of 5, and just happen to live in the child trafficking center of the world. Who "approved" these accounts? Is Steemit a legitimate platform? Is Steemit a legitimate platform which has been compromised and subverted by a computerized child trafficking network? Every ocean has dolphins and sharks. Swim at your own risk.

After writing this letter, I had a migraine headache and had to lie down. And while in the prone position with YouTube on Autoplay, I heard the voices of @aggroed and @jesta
having a pleasant conversation about platform software development in a language that I understood. I even heard a sentence that made perfect sense. "I’m a developer, I don’t understand money," said @Jesta. "Money is something that if I have enough of it, I don’t have to think about it."

"Eureka! A member of the tribe has been elected president! Uncork the champagne!”

But before I could take the first sip of Armand de Brignac Brut Rose, the Planktonites pushed me out into the big wide waters and commanded me to swim over immediately and thank the conscientious developers and witnesses who are trying to repair the race car during the Indy 500. We’ll get there, with a little patience.

@aggroed and @jesta - Humbly I come before you, having crossed a great ocean on behalf of my marine tribe, minnows-in-training. In truth, we are a small but vocal subculture known as plankton, or "The Planktonites," but let’s not quibble.

I am delegated, on behalf of all who deeply appreciate your efforts but have never told you so, to say, “thank you.” Gratitude is a buried emotion that we often feel but have difficulty expressing because we are intensely engaged in an existential struggle to remain alive, thrive, and survive in the South Pacific, or is it the Atlantic? The Arctic?
The bathtub? The fish bowl? We are plankton, does it really matter?
Many of us are so new to Steemit that we actually had to ask the meaning of the term, "newbie," or "noob," as some would say. One of us (okay, it’s me) was attacked immediately after registration, literally the moment the account was approved, by a scammer known as "Steemit Security" using the fake name "Ned Scott" and electronically identified as "[email protected]" My fellow planktonites assure me that there is no such thing as "Steemit Security" and that the existence of a known scammer posing as "Steemit Security" has been documented. This scammer, it appears, has somehow appropriated my active and master/owner keys while craftily permitting use of the posting key. I did not discover this tragedy until I attempted to use the active key to add artwork to the generic profile. The active key was not recognized. The master/owner key was not recognized. Only the posting key continues to function. (This, BTW, is a true story.)

"Contact one of the witnesses," The Planktonites advised. But in my world, a "witness" is someone who has been a little too observant and is now a candidate for The Witness Protection Program. Such a person is not generally expected to continue "witnessing."

The understandable confusion and frustration destroyed my heart of goodwill towards Steemit and left me yelling and screaming about the irresponsible scam of decentralized chaos. Having enthusiastically invited a very prominent and influential YouTube channel to "come and join us" (was that really just a bit much for a mere Planktonite?), I immediately wrote to the great and mighty YouTube channel warning of my unfortunate and impossible-to-resolve lock-out issue after less than three weeks on the platform.

Beware, I insisted. Large investors, identified by reputation scores at 60 and above, receive generous payouts and weightier influence on the platform. Everyone below a reputation score of 60 struggles to make it work Can you imagine investing a great deal of time writing blogs for pennies and then suddenly being locked out of that account, having no access to your funds or its alleged "account value," and starting all over from scratch? If that is happening across the platform ( don't know, can't prove, big if ), someone at Steemit may have access to thousands of small account dollar values. My inaccessible account has an SBD value of $7. If 10,000 accounts like mine are locked, what just happened to $70,000 today? What happens to 10,000 additional locked accounts tomorrow? There is no complaint-resolution process because there are no central operations. What happens to the lost accounts of those who have purchased Steem with other currencies for greater influence? "Sorry, loser, you lose."

Still raging, I continued: Every kind of roaming scam is floating all over the platform sniffing for dollars, hacking accounts, gaining access to whatever may be found when unsophisticated users are forced to abandon account value and start over. The number of followers is completely unrelated to anything except the blogger's ego. Followers may be even less likely than YouTube subscribers to interact with the channel creator or with one another. A number of accounts may be created by a single person or several accounts may be created by bots. Bots also vote on content, thus diluting the value of a vote and depriving blog content and reputation scores of any intelligent meaning. But the most critical issue ("which I intend to report to the police," I insisted) is that some bots are following hundreds of thousands of accounts and posting only photos of Southeast Asian children from Thailand and The Philippines. The children are under the age of 10, usually under the age of 5, and just happen to live in the child trafficking center of the world. Who approved these accounts? Is Steemit a legitimate platform? Is Steemit a legitimate platform which has been compromised and subverted by a computerized child trafficking network? Every ocean has dolphins and sharks. Swim at your own risk.

After writing this letter, I had a migraine headache and had to lie down. And while in the prone position with YouTube on Autoplay, I heard the voices of @aggroed and @jesta
having a pleasant conversation about platform software development in a language that I understood. I even heard a sentence that made perfect sense. "I’m a developer, I don’t understand money," said @Jesta. "Money is something that if I have enough of it, I don’t have to think about it."

"Eureka! A member of the tribe has been elected president! Uncork the champagne!”

But before I could take the first sip of Armand de Brignac Brut Rose, the Planktonites pushed me out into the big wide waters and commanded me to swim over immediately and thank the conscientious developers and witnesses who are trying to repair the race car during the Indy 500. We’ll get there, with a little patience.

That's a cool interview :D

@jesta is a top cat ! Love steemdb excellent choice of guest and steemit trooper

@aggroed and @jesta - Humbly I come before you, having crossed a great ocean on behalf of my marine tribe, minnows-in-training. In truth, we are a small but vocal subculture known as plankton, or The Planktonites, but let’s not quibble.

I am delegated, on behalf of all who deeply appreciate your efforts but have never told you so, to say, “thank you.” Gratitude is a buried emotion that we often feel but have difficulty expressing because we are intensely engaged in an existential struggle to remain alive, thrive, and survive in the South Pacific, or is it the Atlantic? The Arctic?
The bathtub? The fish bowl? We are plankton, does it really matter?
Many of us are so new to Steemit that we actually had to ask the meaning of the term, newbie, or noob, as some would say. One of us (okay, it’s me) was attacked immediately after registration, literally the moment the account was approved, by a scammer known as Steemit Security using the fake name Ned Scott and electronically identified as [email protected] My fellow plankton assure me that there is no such thing as Steemit Security and that the existence of a known scammer posing as Steemit Security has been documented. This scammer, it appears, has somehow appropriated my active and master/owner keys while craftily permitting use of the posting key. I did not discover this tragedy until I attempted to use the active key to add artwork to the generic profile. The active key was not recognized. The master/owner key was not recognized. Only the posting key continues to function. (This, BTW, is a true story.)

Contact one of the witnesses, The Planktonites advised. But in my world, a witness is someone who has been a little too observant and is now a candidate for The Witness Protection Program. Such a person is not generally expected to continue witnessing.

The understandable confusion and frustration destroyed my heart of goodwill towards Steemit and left me yelling and screaming about the irresponsible scam of decentralized chaos. Having enthusiastically invited a very prominent and influential YouTube channel to come and join us (was that really just a bit much for a mere Planktonite?), I immediately wrote to the great and mighty YouTube channel warning of my unfortunate and impossible-to-resolve lock-out issue after less than three weeks on the platform.

Beware, I insisted. Large investors, identified by reputation scores at 60 and above, receive generous payouts and weightier influence on the platform. Everyone below a reputation score of 60 struggles to make it work. Can you imagine investing a great deal of time writing blogs for pennies and then suddenly being locked out of that account, having no access to your funds or its alleged account value, and starting all over from scratch? If that is happening across the platform ( don't know, can't prove, big if ), someone at Steemit may have access to thousands of small account dollar values. My inaccessible account has an SBD value of $7. If 10,000 accounts like mine are locked, what just happened to $70,000 today? What happens to 10,000 additional locked accounts tomorrow? There is no complaint-resolution process because there are no central operations. What happens to the lost accounts of those who have purchased Steem with other currencies for greater influence? Sorry, loser, you lose.

Still raging, I continued: Every kind of roaming scam is floating all over the platform sniffing for dollars, hacking accounts, gaining access to whatever may be found when unsophisticated users are forced to abandon account value and start over. The number of followers is completely unrelated to anything except the blogger's ego. Followers may be even less likely than YouTube subscribers to interact with the channel creator or with one another. A number of accounts may be created by a single person or several accounts may be created by bots. Bots also vote on content, thus diluting the value of a vote and depriving blog content and reputation scores of any intelligent meaning. But the most critical issue (which I intend to report to the police, I insisted) is that some bots are following hundreds of thousands of accounts and post only photos of East Asian children from Thailand and The Philippines. The children are under the age of 10, usually under the age of 5, and just happen to live in the child trafficking center of the world. Who approved these accounts? Is Steemit a legitimate platform? Is Steemit a legitimate platform which has been compromised and subverted by a computerized child trafficking network? Every ocean has dolphins and sharks. Swim at your own risk.

After writing this letter, I had a migraine headache and had to lie down. And while in the prone position with YouTube on Autoplay, I heard the voices of @aggroed and @jesta
having a pleasant conversation about platform software development in a language that I understood. I even heard a sentence that made perfect sense. I’m a developer, I don’t understand money, said @Jesta. Money is something that if I have enough of it, I don’t have to think about it.

Eureka! A member of the tribe has been elected president! Uncork the champagne!”

But before I could take the first sip of Armand de Brignac Brut Rose, the Planktonites pushed me out into the big wide waters and commanded me to swim over immediately and thank the conscientious developers and witnesses who are trying to repair the race car during the Indy 500. We’ll get there, with a little patience.

Thanks for sharing your story and opening up.