It's true, I posted believing that I would be "punished" for posting a counter opinion. What happened instead is that no one really cared what I had to say, or was interested in any constructive criticism. (Who was I? What did it matter what I said? I had no power and therefore no voice.)
So, I "protest" voted for a few hours because I saw in the community chat that anyone voting Justin's witnesses was being "hunted". I hoped that doing so would finally allow me to address just a few of the issues I was experiencing here on Steem.
After a few hours, I removed my protest votes and declined to vote for anyone. (That seemed most fair to me.)
However, when I found out I was blacklisted with Hive. I re-voted all of Justin's witnesses.
My voting for less than 3 hours did not "centralize" the chain. Especially not with my tiny SP.
I am hopeful that some changes will be made so that witnesses and whales can no longer abuse the system or its members.
-I propose complete transparency.
-A code of ethics for all witnesses which they must adhere to in order to be/remain witnesses.
-An end to vote farming.
-An end to what seems to be endless"sock account" creation for the purpose of voting in witnesses, and to abuse members who speak up against anything(i.e. accounts used ONLY for downvoting and voting witnesses).
-An end to witnesses using people's delegations for a purpose they were not intended for (without their knowledge or consent).
-A safe avenue to provide constructive feedback and voice grievances without fear of backlash, blacklisting, downvote trails, bots, etc.
-A way for members to actually vote on matters.
-Possibly removing auto voting, as it was being used for vote farming (it also does not vote based on the quality of posts).
-Increasing the curation window so we can actually promote quality content (especially necessary for content-rich/longer posts)
-Not blacklisting people for "voting" for someone who may or may not be abusing the system (which is what I was blacklisted for) How can I or anyone be held responsible, and branded a criminal for the actions of someone else?
-Taking a look at the "guilty until the member advocates for their innocence system" (as in the example above).
-Professionalism, cultural sensitivity, politeness (which I witnessed a huge lack of when I appealed my blacklisting).
-And I will not condone threats, threatening people's lives, racism, or the thug mentality as I witnessed in the community chat.
I would have voted human witnesses if I had any faith left and knew who to trust. The lack of transparency was/is a huge factor in not knowing who stands where and who can be trusted.
I can't vote for people who did/are potentially still doing the very things they claim to despise.
When I came here I had such high hopes. Perhaps, I was just very naive in my wishful thinking.
Nevertheless, I feel sad and disappointed in the entire state of affairs.