Steemhunt Shutsdown Witness Node - We will Focus on Building DApps that Achieve Mass-Adoption

in #witness-update4 years ago

From today, Steemhunt has stopped the witness node operation and has made a decision to focus on running Steemhunt (, Reviewhunt (, and more upcoming DApps. We have become a DApp-based community member and we will support witnesses who can effectively help the DApp ecosystem.


In the past year, the Steem ecosystem has become quite hostile to new users and normal users who have an average SP. The massive downvoting pool attacking non-English-based communities killed so many existing/new users. Also, waiting for the SMT launch has left many users feeling fed up and because of this many great DApps have left or gone into maintenance mode.

For these reasons, we are delighted with the new waves created from the TRON partnership and @justinsunsteemit because we believe that the Steem ecosystem needs an influx in terms of new users, management, investors, and DApps.

Set Proxy on @proxy.token

However, we’re concerned about the recent battle between old witnesses and @justinsunsteemit and this is NOT our expert area. We’re too busy running our DApps and not interested in being involved with this political battle. We were highly impressed by how @proxy.token manages the battle and tries to lead the direction for a more positive surplus (if you are not familiar with them, please read this article).

We have set our witness vote proxy on @proxy.token because we believe that their recent actions are bringing positive movement to the DApp ecosystem on Steam for the following reasons:

  1. Their action is helping @justinsunsteemit make a step forward together with Steem community rather than fighting, which will highly improve the DApp ecosystem on Steem.
  2. @proxy.token becomes a great intermediary party that empowers many users to keep an eye on the main witnesses and raise our voices.

Our Goal

We launched Steemhunt on March 5, 2018 and it’s our 2 year anniversary. It’s been a place for over 25,000 hunters whose active passions can empower the community. We strongly believe in making a DApp where the normal users can empower the place, not just the big whales.

Reviewhunt launched the public version last month, and is skyrocketing in a j-curve with 2,000+ new users joining everyday (Please read the announcement yesterda - Reviewhunt has reached over 15,000 users. We are so thrilled to make a DApp that is used by so many people outside of the crypto world. More than half of our new users are experiencing the world of crypto for the first time ever via Reviewhunt.

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Our goal is simple. We build DApps to achieve mass-adoption and create platforms where average users with passion can empower the place. The following roadmaps are what we’re working on, and we will maintain our roles as a DApp player on Steem.

  1. Reaching over 500K daily active users on Reviewhunt
  2. Launching Steemhunt 2.0 to reinvent how the self-sovereign community grows
  3. Leading HUNT token to empower many digital nomads
  4. Building more DApps to achieve mass-adoption.

Suggestion for @justinsunsteemit

We’re highly excited about your upcoming roles on Steem, and we’d like to lead these collaborations to bring more DApps to achieve large-scale users. We strongly believe that the Steem community is the best place on earth and that DApp founders can dream their success and make something great in the crypto world. The following items are our rough thoughts and we will be delighted if you share your opinion about them:

1. Connect SMT with the investor ecosystem

SMT could have been the best-ever-blockchain invention if it was launched at the scheduled time (March 2018). But still, we strongly believe that SMT can become a game-changer. The problem with the current SMT roadmap is the lack of the investor ecosystem, not interface/features.

We think Tron ecosystem can bring more investor pools, exchange market support, and so much more. We hope that the Town Hall meeting can show that SMT can become a platform for a lot of great blockchain startups/communities.

2. Make Steemit more non-crypto user-friendly

We have no doubt that the Steemit devs were great. They made so many great products with limited resources compared to any other blockchain projects. However, the one thing that Steemit inc. did not have top designer resources. Honestly, almost all products/splash pages from Steemit inc. are not user friendly.

We think Communities is such a great invention, but it is definitely NOT easy for new users (even for some current users including me) to use and follow the interface. The onboarding journey on is still very basic. has nothing to cheer about. Steemit inc. really needs to have top-level UX designers who can reinvent every design aspect of Steem products. We hope that the new management of Steemit inc. has the same vision too.

3. Combined DApp Hub for Steem and Tron

The biggest difference between Steem and other blockchain platforms is the existence of real user case-based DApps such as Splinterlands (@steemmonsters), @actifit, @appics, @dtube, @steemhunt, @esteemapp, @tasteem and so much more. It is highly unique compared to the other blockchains that have mostly gambling/game DApps.

Unfortunately, people outside Steem can’t see this unique value because we don’t have a place like I’m not sure if you had a chance to look at Steem Apps. It would be great if we could collaborate with you, @therealwolf (who runs the Steem Apps), and other DApp founders to create an integrated DApp hub for Steem and Tron together so that we can show how amazing the current DApps are.

4. New Witness Voting System

We’d like to discuss how to make a better witness voting system. This is just our rough idea, but definitely we can come up with a more effective witness system that motivates them to work harder for the Steem ecosystem.

  1. The number of witness votes should be reduced from 30 to 3 per account.
  2. All the witness votes the user makes should reset every new quarter (meaning that all users must renew their witness votes on a quarterly basis).
  3. A Town Hall meeting with the top 50 witnesses should be set by Steemit inc. so they can pitch their quarterly work/achievement (I think @pennsif who runs MSP Waves can be a great host for this operation).
  4. The Witness voting reward pool should be set to reward the users who have renewed their witness votes.

Again, these are just my rough thoughts, but the point is that we should begin to discuss the new witness voting system.

I know you are a busy businessman, but it will be highly appreciated if you can answer these suggestions.

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I was pretty happy when I heard the news about Justin Sun taking over from Ned. Tron is definitely a huge BC with huge user-base, but I am unhappy with the things that are happening now. One thing I think all of us here must understand is: Justin had his plans before acquiring Steemit stakes. If someone needs to be blame here, it is Ned who could not manage what he created. Turning things to fight could eventaully hurt us all on the long run.

When you guys (Steemhunt) started here on the blockchain. Utopian was the interesting project then, but Utopian is no more for now, but you guys has been working so hard in bringing users to Steem through your wonderful Dapps. I quite agree with your decisions, and your suggestion could help grow here as well. Well done!

It is good to see an objective post about this witness fight. I am sick of seeing the war of whales. I (like most of Steemians) just want new users and investors to come to Steemhunt, Steemit and other dapps. I want new makers on Reviewhunt. I don't want to see a fight everyday. I just want everyone to be allied for improving this wonderful platform. We see Steemhunt's great team again with the right decision.

Steemhunt is a platform which I trust the most, because of its team, so I set my proxy @proxy.token . I agree with everything on this article . I am not interested in political fight. I just want dApps to be improved more. Thanks for this post.

Thanks so much for your words!

You are welcome @project7 and thanks to @steemhunt 's rightminded, discreet team (all of you)

I was a bit disappointed yesterday after discovering that you tilt towards Justin but after reading this, I am not as disappointed. I agree with virtually everything you said but I've got some reservations.

  1. The downvoting feature is necessary as long as upvote feature is still available. Otherwise, abusers will reck the platform and bring the value of steem to nought. The current downvote policy can be reviewed but I don't agree that it should be jettisoned totally.
  2. Everyone is excited to have Justin on board steem, the problem is they don't trust him based on some of his social media posts about moving steem to TRON and other similar posts. The fundamental feature of steem is decentralisation and some of the posts by Justin have been pointing towards centralization. This is a bit worrisome and has been a major red flag for the community.

I love steemhunt project on the steem blockchain and I've been an ardent follower and supporter of your project. You guys are one of the most hardworking team as far as dapps on the steem blockchain are concerned. Do I want a breathe of fresh air in steem? Yes! But we need to be sure the air will not later turn toxic to investors and content creators.

I really hope that proxy.token will not be swayed by superficial promises and learn to see through fake or unrealistic promises.

Thanks for your opinion. Everyone has a different opinion. Honestly, we just want to quite this drama asap and move forward. For the downvote, it has more side effects than the limiting abusers in my opinion. We can think better way to prevent abusers. Also, there are now many downvoting abusers too who want to earn from the downvoting pool.

The role of proxy.token is so simple. They want to settle two extreme-sides to combine. We believe this role becomes very important nowadays. But it's the very beginning stage, so let's see how it will go.

The truth is, it is not like the consensus witnesses have been fantastic or that the community is entirely pleased with them. If proxy.token shows a good sense of judgement going forward, I forsee a lot of users setting him as their proxy. We all want positive changes.

I also think the issues about downvoting policy can be sorted with smt. The steem reward can be entirely replaced by community's tokens that can easily be swapped for steem on the dex. Each community can then decide on how to address abuses.

There are no rewards from downvoting.

oh my point was "free" downvoting mana pool, that are kinda rewards to smash down other authors' reward shares to increase their own shares.

What an utter bullshit. The people using downvotes the most don't even post regularly. And even if they did, the reward shares that are returned to the pool are split between all other posts, which means less than one cent for a single one.

That's ridiculous.

More ridiculous than upvoting this post with your free Steemit delegation.

One of the best project. Your suggestion is actually good. I always support this project. It is improving day by day. Best of luck.

Very good effective work. DApps is really amazing. In past few weeks I am using steemhunt and its just mind blowing. I am not in the political point of view but in this time your DApps is the best things. I am always with you.

Well done with the decision and the way You have put it back. I think that is smart if You can keep growing Your business and also helping more and more people to be part of the blockchain. I feel that is a very good mission and I am glad You guys decided to focus on that.

Good job and plans. Nice to see a business-oriented mindset. We're sick of politics.

Thanks for the update. I greatly admire the KR community for the way you handle the matters calmly.

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Taking down your witness node to focus on something else (Dapps) isn't a bad idea. I believe that was done to shift focus and be properly productive.

Pertaining to the fight with Justin, I believe he caused that for himself. All his lists drove towards centralizing the steem community project. He bought and owns the largest share, but he should respect the fact that steem is a community based economy that should be treated as it is. No one derive joy from fighting him.

Ned could not manage steem well or should I say, he didn't take steem seriously, but if Justin and the witnesses can work hand in hand, there would be a rapid growth on the steem blockchain. The truth is, he cannot decide the fate of steem on his own. If he dim it fit to do things as he thinks right without putting the witnesses into consideration, steemit will become a battlefield for writers.

Most of your suggestions for @justinsunsteemit cannot be achieved without a collaborative measure with the right bodies on the blockchain.

Working well together is the key to success. I hope things get back to normal betweeJustin sun and the witnesses. One love keeps us together.

To be honest, I'm really confused about all this. Where the actual direction and purpose, I do not understand maybe because of my weak reason. Sorry, but all I know is I just want to learn to understand in order to get a way to produce using steemit.

Great team great projecti hope are big in future

Thanks for mentioning eSteem app. Kindly join our Discord or Telegram channels to learn more about eSteem, don't miss our amazing updates.
Follow @esteemapp as well!

Now i could understand what was all about.. There are too many speculations and it has also affect me in bad ways.. But after i read this i feel happy and relax.. Brighter days are near for Steem.. Thank you very much..

This process of reducing the votes of witnesses has been long overdue.
Over time, steemit has been keeping the good records of minnows turning to plankton because of their immense contribution to the platform but in a twinkle of an eye, steemit become a danger zone for redfish.
To have a good upvote for good contents becomes a thug of war. Although, the Dapps should be allow because most minnows survived because of their support.

thanks for the update

You're trying to be neutral on the issue of steem's governance by shutting down your witness node which is by the way considerable yet you push to support whatever congruent ideas justin and old witnesses could come out. I know you're being hopeful for possible good outcomes but please think again what justin did, by centralizing the blockchain and making rough decisions that we both know discouraging and economically impractical.

Hi. Steemhunt is best and trusted platform. I am old user of steemhunt. Peoples like to work it. I am also totally agree with this article. Peoples don't like political fight. It is not good for platform and peoples.

I appreciate Steemhunt's decision to not focus anymore on being a witness on the Steemit platform. I hope Steemhunt continues to innovate in the future.

Steemhunt & reviewhunt are the best platforms i have ever seen, i am new to these two, and enjoying this to be honest.

Me parece una exelente iniciativa de parte de ustedes en este proyecto extraordinario mi humilde opinion le mucho futuro a los dapps exitos totales

Review hunt is a very great platform. I stand with all you have said on this post. I wish you the very best REVIEWHUNT

Good job !

Good project

Your suggestion is best i really like it and i agree 100 percent .

Justin Sun may forget that steem community is one of the best communities of all.
And thanks for your witness update.

I just loved the suggestions and the way it is developing is marvelous 😍

At this moment i can't relay in steemit. I think hunt could be my next favourite. But there are so Many thing to change to make it friendly.

Steemhunt & Reviewhunt btoh paltfrom very good.

I started my crypto journey in steemhunt platform .I really love this platform and the community .I know from the beginning the community people working hard to improve the platform day by Day ..Now many people know and actively working with steemhunt platform .If dApps improve more then it will popular more and more . Many of my friends are joining on steemit through steemhunt .I am agree with the Suggestion for @justinsunsteemit must be Combined DApp Hub for Steem and Tron.

At first I was a bit intrigued by knowing you would suspend your node. I haven't had the time to see in depth what's really going on on #steem just on the surface. I've seen a lot of people in favor or against Justin, I guess I gotta do my own research. What i can say is though, is tthat I've been participating in your projects constantly and you always have looked for the best regarding the steem community and their users and I embrace ans support that. Keep up the good fight, in the end we all must want steem to thrive!

Me parece una excelente iniciativa, buen proyecto. Éxitos

This is Really an amazing initiative and i am completely agree with this article.your DApps is really good and i wanted to see it improve bit more, thanks @steemhunt. I fully support you.

At the end of the day, what makes a digital platform that is successful is the work environment that it offers to its users, I think the measures indicated in this post to achieve those proposed objectives are good. Regarding the part of the post where they talk about the steemit user interface I agree 100%, it can be a bit complex for new users.

It's little bit so annoyed when always read the tweets war about Tron and steem community. Absolutely agree with steemhunt thought, we need to improved this steem community and the dApps. Wish Justin Sun will hear what steem community wants for great changes and bring great communities between Steem and Tron.

Very good decision because we already saw many projects improve his project and add new feature.

I am really confused about this but I am with steemhunt

in my opinion a good project from Steemhunt, Reviewhunt and many more future DApps that hopefully there are better builders and can also collaborate with platforms or other projects that can create old followers and add new followers to come. and I hope nothing bad happens. good luck with your future project. thank you

Hello @steemhunt,

This is the second sensible proposal that I observe in the current fight for Steem Blockchain governance. Between comments for or against the conflicting sides in the Manichaean style, a creator of content like me, is in total uncertainty, obviously this is bad for any system.

However, based on the logic and literature of corporate mergers, the big fish does not always eat the small fish. For this reason I answered the call to reinstate by voting the witnesses displaced by the maneuver of the CEO of Steemit Inc, regardless of who was right, I observed on both sides some reason, but I do not approve how things have been done so far .

In the review of my votes by the witnesses, I saw that Steemhunt's witness is crossed out, so I removed my vote and assigned it to another, but not before reading his proposals. Now, I understand why he retired and it seems respectable and appropriate.

I think your proposal is a good start to amend the misunderstandings and I hope it will be taken into account at the discussion table.

Greetings to all I believe that both parties must reach consensus to make decisions for blockchain improvements for the benefit of the entire community and that this allows to attract more users and companies that wish to invest

I believe that Steemit requires certain improvements in terms of its user reward system, such as allowing publications to generate passive income as in other platforms, I also agree to make the platform more friendly to attract more users and investors, I hope these changes in direction bring good things to the Steem Community

I have remove my sponsorship delegation to Steemhunt.

No doubt about this it's going to be a block buster I mean the best ever.

Steemhunt is a great platform and I support in any decisions you take because I believe it is the best

I think we need a very good dapps app. This will help us to do our work very easily. This is a very good step I think.

Sure it will be better for all Steemians. Good decision.

I was away for a while but I like the ideas. I set proxy.token as my proxy.

I think this development is a great one, and i agree with the suggested options which makes me feel believe these kind of development will bring positive results to community.

Steemhunt always supports us and I support these opinions , too.

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