Symbiont{s} | Anti-Abuse Initiative | Steem Sentinels

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Thriving Through a Symbiotic Equilibrium

Anti-Abuse Initiative {Steem Sentinels}


Greetings,

First things first, we are thankful to the community for the commitment and support we have received so far. We have finally reached the consensus stage, and we are now more dedicated than ever before to cleanse Steem from parasitism and encourage a far more mutualistic ecosystem.

Most of you are probably aware of the methodical and systematic abuses that are happening on the chain right now by former witnesses and several members of the community. We have seen members who were at the top of projects that monopolized the fight against abuse, abusing the chain for their own personal gain. This was mainly done by creating a security vacuüm within the chain and not sharing the tools that the community clearly played a major role in their funding and development. There are several facts that show a huge lack of integrity, one can only be amazed to see how people can easily allow themselves to do things regardless of their past convictions. However, we believe that is it useless at this point to discuss such things, and we prefer to focus on areas where we think we can make a difference.

We originally planned to do something completely different in the past few weeks, but the urgency of the situation prompted us to focus on tackling abuse by working on a new tool from scratch (currently armed). Considering the current events, the level of tolerance will be very low, especially with cases that involve people spending resources and using chain-related-knowledge and strategies to intentionally and methodologically commit abuses. There are things that need to be done fast and effectively without wasting time on trivialities. We believe that the community is already aware of the most important objective key points (even though more can be added) to avoid when posting on the chain, these points can be summarized as follows:

  • CP;
  • Farming;
  • Identity theft;
  • Phishing;
  • Plagiarism;
  • and Spam.

The spectrum of what should be considered as cybercrime can be very diverse and highly depends on many factors such as the country or the culture. Thus, we will focus more on the above points first, and all the other criteria that can be qualified as subjective will require the consensus of the community before taking them into consideration.

To remove subjectivity even further concerning the above key points, we are planning to post more information in the future to precisely deal with the terminology according to international law and treaties (which are generally signed by most countries).

Because of the relevance and the urgency of the situation, we are tagging other witnesses here to inform them about the initiative.

| @justyy | @steemchiller | @steemhunt | @triple.aaa | @dev.supporters | @zzan.witnesses | @dlike | @snackplus | @jayplay.witness | @ayogom | @bukio | @indo.witness | @skuld2000.wit | @segye.witness | @the707 | @steem-dragon | @hinomaru-jp | @hoasen | @future.witness |

Please consider sharing this post so that people can be informed on how to react if they are a victim of abuse or want to report something.

We sincerely believe that this initiative is just another small step towards the overall improvement of the chain.

Thank you all for your time,


P.S. The project should be seen more like a community project, everyone is welcome to provide help and assistance. Hoping that we could pave the way and work toward a Steem Foundation that will be responsible to tackle such issues in the future among other responsibilities.

P.P.S. We invite projects that are still fighting abuse on the Steem Blockchain to join us in order to cooperate, exchange information, coordinate, and unify our efforts.

If you are willing to delegate SP for the cause, please point the delegation to the @sentinels.

If you want to help us, or report an abuse, please join us on Discord.

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Seems like an interesting idea.

Now that you are in the top 20 will you be using some of your witness rewards to power up the @sentinels account?

Maybe the other top 20 witnesses could join you in that?

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As mentioned in the application post, all resources generated by our witness when reaching the consensus stage will be redirected to development and on-chain related projects. Why? Because even If someone has hundreds of gold bars in his bags, if he is on a sinking ship, in the middle of the sea, with no way out. He better starts thinking about how to fix the ship instead of thinking about his gold. We believe that there are a lot of things that need to be done here on Steem, otherwise, owning Steem will be as worthless as those gold bars in the future.

We may also add that we have only reached the consensus stage recently (a few days ago), thus, we do not have enough liquidity to finance anything right now. But considering the current situation, a lot of power is needed really quickly, but not a lot of people could provide such power. We can, of course, rely on the generosity of Steem Inc momentarily, but we believe that no one should be forced to do this. We can not force a company or a stakeholder to provide a large amount of SP without anything in exchange. A hybrid method could be beneficial by delegating to a curation project that will also take the responsibility to fight abuse, but we believe that the overall efficiency will not be optimal if this was the case.

That is why we believe that a Steem foundation that is powered by a clear social contract is necessary. To have an account to support a set of missions on the chain without owning power contained within that account. We believe that in the next HF, more changes are needed to make this possible, changes that will give users and POs a far more control over the operations of their accounts. There is currently a limitation that can be played such as:

  decline_voting_rights_operation 

But such a limitation can not serve our current gaol, we are thinking more about widening the set of operations that can be declined to (maybe more):

  decline_delegate_vesting_shares
  decline_witness_proxy_operation
  decline_witness_vote_operation
  decline_proposal_votes_operation
  decline_withdraw_vesting_operation

The account will fall under a real "social contract" with the Steem community. Thus, the community can choose to stop the project and send everything to Null or DAO.

This is of course just theorizing at this point because there are a lot of things to think about to make the concept work. We are working really hard to make a Steem Foundation possible. We will probably formulate a more in-depth analysis of this idea in a future post.

Thank you for passing by, @pennsif,

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I assume you realise the Steem Foundation already exists?

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Indeed.

It is unfortunate that the foundation did not play any major role before due to the lack of support and several political problems and the fierce rivalries between several projects and members of the community. But it is obvious at this point that the Foundation to which you are referring is now obsolete, especially because of the involvement of several of its members | representatives in the last few events that shooked the Steem blockchain.

In addition, It is evident now when you see that former PO are abusing the chain on a daily basis that the criteria of what should be considered as trustworthy need to change. People now have trust issues and we can not really blame them.

There is clearly a lack of identity, integrity, and self-discipline. Having definite convictions and a clear vision is what makes things move and improve. If something is wrong, then it is wrong whether you are doing it on Hive or Steem. We just hope that the community there will see the abuse that is happening here as a revelation of the true nature of those people.

Thank you,

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Some real valid points there.

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I can't deny that I really enjoy your narrative.

You have full knowledge of the true situation of the chain, that reality that we as average users, had to witness and suffer for so long.

Steemit's current situation regarding abuse has worsened, unfortunately due to the actions taken by those who once held the standards of justice.

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He better starts thinking about how to fix the ship instead of thinking about his gold.

Seriously I need to consider voting on you as a witness as well. Steem needs more people like you @symbionts

Yours,
Piotr

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I'm very much against any consolidation of power into a "benevolent" super account. If you've learned nothing else from this situation, it should be that for the most part,people are all the same and when given power, they will execute it in accordance with their emotions. This is true of both sides in equal fashion.

Besides, free downvotes already addresses a lot of the problems with abuse. It does, however, create a different problem, downvote abuse. I believe you can fix the downvote abuse problem by implementing a different reputation system and possibly creating consequences based off of that system. I posted my ideas about such a system here.

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people are all the same and when given power, they will execute it in accordance with their emotions.

Correct.

But we believe that there is a deterministic fatality within DPOS. Emotions will always play a major role in the decision-making process, even if you build a mechanism that will allow people to vote for a specific blacklist (democratic consensus), other people would still find it unfair, but this does not matter of course, because the value of your opinion is only worth the value of your stake. A democratic system based on raw power that will not necessarily mean that all decisions made will be great decisions. It can be seen as something similar to Tyranny of the majority were having the majority does not mean that what you are doing is right.

Unless you completely scarp the reward pool from the equation (Go for PoW for the native token), emotions will always play a role on Steem.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Glad to see that promising projects like this are growing fast.

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Thank you, @glory7, for your support.

Please consider the following idea for dealing with written abuse.

Troll Hunters: A Community Curator Proposal

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Thank you, @famigliacurione,

We really appreciate sharing your thoughts with us.

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You're welcome. I hope my insights will be helpful!

Dear @symbionts

Most of you are probably aware of the methodical and systematic abuses that are happening on the chain right now by former witnesses and several members of the community.

This is very unfortunate and very true. People who were supposed to protect STEEM and it's users from decentralization were the ones failing our trust and now they are "milking" steem, ensuring that our investments here will be worthless. They want to hurt Justin and he surely may lose some money. However many others (small users) will lose so much more :/

However, we believe that is it useless at this point to discuss such things, and we prefer to focus on areas where we think we can make a difference.

Very mature approach. I like it.

ps.
I think we should work closer and convince STINC to allow to blacklist particular users from being able to receive curation rewards - also based on some consensus rules.

I think that would be the best solution. We cannot keep downvoting same people hoping that they will not get bored abusing the pool. We would end up getting bored and tired of it first.

Cheers, Piotr

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I think we should work closely and convince STINC to allow to blacklist particular users from being able to receive curation rewards - also based on some consensus rules.

The problem here is that consensus does not necessarily mean that the final decision is morally acceptable or even the right one. We have mentioned before the idea of Tyranny of the majority. We need to find the right balance to give people the ability to use their power to influence the chain, and also to protect smaller influencers on the chain. We should not favor one side too much at the expense of the other side.

I think that would be the best solution. We cannot keep downvoting the same people hoping that they will not get bored abusing the pool. We would end up getting bored and tired of it first.

If you are fighting abuse manually, then yes, it is a tedious work that we do not wish for anyone to do. Thankfully, we can build smart bots that will make our job easier.

Thank you for participating in the discussion,

Hello friend @symbionts, really good ideas here, it is necessary to support proposals like these to be able to continue moving forward with security and ensure the future of this platform.

Thanks friend!

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Your support is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for dropping by, @fucho80.

I think it's a great initiative and they have my support.
It is very important that writers are helped to protect our content from plagiarism and all cybercrimes.

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Thank you for your support, @reinaldoverdu.

This is a very good initiative and i commend your efforts on getting steemit on the right track. You used the word "CP", do you mean Copy-pasting or cross-posting. One looks like a crime while the other isn't. Which do you mean please

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It was decided to only start with objective points to completely mitigate subjectivity.

We used CP as a reference to [Child Pornography]. Since the topic is a bit sensitive, we tried to write it in a less invasive way.

Thank you for dropping by, @ben-edom.

It sounds good, I really hope we get the steemit of our dreams, for some of us who stayed through its difficult periods, we hope to see it rise again and enjoy benefits from it as well.

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We also hope that things will improve.

Thank you for dropping by, @oluwatobiloba.