STEMsocial: Curating Again Since Last Monday!

in #steemstem4 years ago (edited)

STEMsocial, formerly known as SteemSTEM, aims to use Hive as a science communication medium.

[image credits:@glass.wolf ]
After a successful move to Hive, our curation team has been back to work since the beginning of this week.

All STEM-related tags (and more!) are now actively under scrutiny, and we try to support as much content as we can that keeps to our standards of copyright, plagiarism, etc.

Today, we will explain how to get support by STEMsocial on your blogs (guidelines), how to get even stronger support (using the app, beneficiaries) and how to support our curation efforts (delegations and ROI, trail).


Our curation team browses many tags to track down original and quality content related to all STEM fields in six languages (Chinese, English, French, Italian, German and Spanish). We still mainly focus on the good old `#steemstem` tag, but we will smoothly trade it for the `#hive-196387` tag that corresponds to the STEMsocial community on Hive. This migration will be implemented in our app in the next few days.

In addition, all tags such as #science, #technology#, #engineering, #bats and other relevant tags are of course included in our curation efforts.

To get the best out of our curation efforts, there's a few things you may want to keep in mind.

Our support requirements ensure that any given post discusses some STEM content, although we are flexible on this definition - for instance, we have long supported history, psychology, economics, architecture, medicine and more.

We have always been highly respectable of one's intellectual property, and as such, we always verify that a post is not fraudulent or dishonest: references are checked, images are credited (and must be available for commercial purposes) and of course, plagiarism is absent.

Your content itself can be quite freeform; there is no length requirement, and we use subjective criteria to assess the post quality (and therefore support strength) which includes originality, style, effort and creativity. As one writes on a social media blockchain, we focus on content that is easily digestible by anyone and everyone.

We, of course, discourage simple rewordings of other articles such as those found on Wikipedia or any scientific news websites.

Voting strengths

We upvote posts according to four levels (that may change over the months according to vote share and token value):
  • 10%: To encourage a new user or to acknowledge effort.
  • 30%: Average post that fits the guidelines but doesn't really discuss anything new or exciting, or that is not written with any personality.
  • 65%: Very good posts showing both character in their writing style and bringing some fascinating content to Hive. We feel that this class of posts contains information that could be searched for in the future and should thus belong to the top posts.
  • 100%: The best of the best, often written with a unique approach to a topic. This content may be completely original, even groundbreaking, demonstrating one's own research, and it will typically be an easy and even fun read.

Extra Benefits for Creators

Our support usually triggers a voting trail of independent curators, as well as of other initiatives like @curie or @minnowbooster.

Using the app and setting @steemstem/@stemsocial as a beneficiary (any small amount helps!) slightly increase the support. Similarly, comments posted through the app are eligible to small upvotes.

[image credits: @medro-martin]

Supporting STEMsocial

The best posts, resteemed by the @steemstem/@stemsocial accounts, are all featured and highlighted in our weekly distilled series that will resume soon. In those present times, we usually support about 50 posts written by about 35 unique authors each week.

There are several ways to support us, which includes in particular a delegation to the @steemstem account. We share the curation rewards back, with the delegators (65% of the rewards, although this can be discussed on a case by case basis) and the team (15% of the rewards). You can also consider supporting our witness @stem.witness (HiveSigner link).

You can also follow us Twitter as we try to onboard more users via Twitter @realstemsocial with a plethora of fun & insightful content!

Feel free to comment this post out in case of any question, do not hesitate to join our community on the chain, Discord or in the Hive Chat.

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Some of the best articles I have read on STEEM were part of the SteemSTEM curation efforts. It's great to see you continuing your efforts on HIVE. In terms of quality curation, you guys are the best I have seen.

Best of Luck!

Happy to hear it! It's been a long, painful journey refining those curation skills, so I hope we can all maintain that trust and quality on Hive for the future =)

It's been a long, painful journey refining those curation skills

Looking at the results, I'd say it was worth it 👍

Thanks a lot for these nice words! They are really appreciated.

You are welcome!

Thanks for us it's great to do this kind of work and support many people

Thank you for all the work you have done 👍

What about a curation trail on /

Can you discuss the pros and cons of delegation versus curation voting trail?

What about a curation trail on /

There is actually already one that is existing there. Please check the @steemstem trail. It should be quite followed already.

Can you discuss the pros and cons of delegation versus curation voting trail?

It is more up to the user, if as a sign of support, he/she is ready to give back some of the curation rewards to STEMsocial. At the end of the day, that is the only difference: where the curation rewards go.

The portion of the curation rewards that is not returned back to the users is used first to reward the team a little, as every one works hard for almost nothing (1-2 Hive per week), and second to cover a part of our server costs. Note that as this stage, I develop the STEMsocial app myself as we have no funding to hire a developer.

So to sum up, it is really up to the delegator who wants to show his/her support with respect to our goals and what we want to build on Hive.

I hope I have clarified enough. Otherwise, feel free to come back to me :)

Got it. I found the curation trail and have added my vote! Before I input @steemstem, but I guess I had to do steemstem.

Possibly will delegate at some point as well. Keep up the important curation!

Thanks a lot! We will continue, you can count on us :)

Question #bats, the cave dwelling ones or does it stand for something else?

Ahahaha! Finally someone noticed that. This post was supposed to be posted on April 1st, but we were late. This is a kind of funny reference to the COVID context.

Well I'll jsut continue to think of it as standing for Basically Any Thing Science. But I was wondering if it was a Joke or not, after munching on some chips.

Ahah I love that :)

I see. Thank you.

You are welcome :)

This post has been voted on by the HiveSTEM curation team and voting trail. It is elligible for support from @curie and @minnowbooster.

If you appreciate the work we are doing, then consider supporting our witness @stem.witness. Additional witness support to the curie witness would be appreciated as well.

For additional information please join us on the SteemSTEM discord and to get to know the rest of the community!

Thanks for having used the app. This granted you a stronger support from SteemSTEM. Note that including @steemstem in the list of beneficiaries of this post could have yielded an even more important support.