What Steem can learn from Linux and Git? Few words about decentralization from Linus Torvalds

in #steem4 years ago

Linux is an operating system and Git is a version control system, so it helps programmers manage files of projects. For sure those projects are not about blockchain like Steem. So, why should we care about them?

Those projects are disruptors of own industries and both those projects have been started by a man who really understands why decentralization is important. Linux is now running on almost every server and Git in less than a decade become a standard in Software Development.

How can a single person develop, supervise and manage the development of the Linux kernel for 27 years?

Linux started small in 1991 when Linus was just 21 years old. What was started as a hobby project over the years become one of the most important projects of our times… with over 20 millions of lines of code. How Linus was able for all these years keep making good decisions about what should and what should not be added to a project?

Is he a super genius and he simply read all those lines of code? Nope… I mean probably he is a genius but what he learned is… that there are people smarter than he and that he can really leverage a decentralization of own projects by allowing them to make some decisions.

Leverage the knowledge and expertise of people which you know and trust

In 2007, just 2 years after the release of Git, Linus was asked to give a talk at Google. During this talk, he explained that despite the fact that he knows that he is “very cynical and untrusting person”, the only way how Linux could happen… was to use outstanding expertise of other people.

Linus is using the expertise of other people. Linus is wise. Be like Linus

Ok, so what we can learn from that? Let me ask you some questions?

  • Are you smarter than Linus?
  • Are you an expert about everything?

Or maybe an example from a real life… when you getting a letter from IRS that your taxes are wrong… are you trying to figure out your mistake on your own? I guess no… you now that it wise to go to a professional tax advisor and ask about his opinion.

So why we are pretending on Steem, that we are experts about everything? Why we vote on things like $31k makeup tutorial despite the fact that we know nothing about makeup?

Did you know that by professionals this tutorial is considered as bad and simply proves that Steem cannot distinguish good content from a crappy one?

Network of Trust

Linus is saying that a solution for this is simply having an own personal network of trust. I know that word trust sounds terrifying in conjunction with blockchain project. But I am not talking about embedding need of trust into a consensus mechanism I am talking about leveraging our best and unique strengths which no other blockchain project has.

We have built true relationships here, like no other blockchain before. We know which community members are trustworthy and we know which are simply the best in own fields. Knowledge about all those things is distributed among all of us.

The wisdom of a crowd of our community is still not unleashed.

A Protocol

3 months ago I wrote a post "Why our way of distributing Steem by voting sucks, why it does not scale and how we can improve this situation". Back then we have been already very deeply in work on our Wise project.

Wise supposed to be a response and a solution to the problems described above. Wise was build from a ground up as a protocol which can be used by any user or applied to any dapp build on top of Steem. Wise is open-source and built in a way to be and hopefully stay decentralized. Wise thanks to the fact that @wise-team can cover a cost of its development from a witness payout is a non-profit project, which means that using Wise will be always free and there will be no fees of any kind.

I am writing this post now because I believe that very soon we will be able to reveal to all Steemians results of our work. But to fully test and utilize a potential of Wise we will need people like you, which will help us test, refine and hopefully popularize it among the biggest whales and influencers on the platform. Without people like you, Wise will not succeed.

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Stay tuned,


This sounds interesting. Who is receiving the curation rewards? The SP-owner? What the benefit for the curator in voting for other steem accounts?

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Who is receiving the curation rewards?

If I would delegate your single votes to your friend, then he would be able to also decide whether he want to vote on a particular vote just before you.

You will get normal curation from your vote and he will get curation from his vote, if he will decide also cast own vote.

But let me explain why this is win-win situation

When someone focus on a single field or an area of expertise... then it is much easier to spot earlier truly remarkable post. If you would delegate your vote to 10-20 experts chosen by you, then... all of then will have 10-20 more chance to find and reward great post much earlier. Because you can limit how many votes per day/week they could use... then will probably use them only for the best posts.

Your curation will be much higher, because with many people voting with your vote... they will be able to vote content quicker, therefore get more curation.

But also... because those people can always vote with own vote first... with 100% certainty that a second later they can use much stronger vote on top of that... that will increase their curation as well :)

Highly rEsteemed!


hey @noisy, sorry to highjack this post, i'm not sure of the best way of contacting you.

I've been trying to use the delegation you gave me for the #art tag, but because you chose the parameter "Allow only tags: art" i can literally only upvote something if it is tagged "art" and nothing else. Nobody does that though! everyone puts multiple tags. Could you change the parameter to so as long as it's posted to #art i can vote on it or something a bit more flexible?

Ups. That was my mistake.

I changed a rule: https://wise.vote/rulesets/for/@solar

now #art is a required tag, but post can also have other tags :)

Awesome thanks.

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