Open Letter to Ned

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Dear Ned,

I'm writing this open letter to you today, in good faith, to share my thoughts as a witness, stakeholder, developer & vested person on Steem.

Steem has become a home for me and I want to take every necessary steps and measure to make sure it has a bright future, instead of being crushed.

And for me, this also requires giving feedback and searching an open dialogue with the person who co-created this blockchain and who is running a company, having a ~50 Million stake in Steem.


Now with that said, first of all, I would like to express my compassion for the tumult you must have felt in the recent time. Having to layoff such an amount of employees to save your company must have been an incredibly hard decision. As I'm pretty sure that you hired these people in good faith for your company, having some of them fired just half a year is for sure not something you anticipated.

You're just a human, as all of us, and it's completely normal that the last thing you probably want right now, is to stand in front of the camera. You want to save your company, which you've put your heart and soul into. At least that's how I probably would feel. So you're focusing on work.


#1 - No Livestream

However, and this is the first thing I want to address, many of us - me included - felt let down after you made a no-show on your livestream date. Having to reschedule due to illness (and I'm sure that the emotional and soul-crushing stress you have felt, has some connection with it) is nothing to be ashamed of. I'm sure that many would agree - if you'd have rescheduled it again, nobody would have been mad at you.

But, and I'm saying this with the utmost respect, leaving people hanging - without any notice whatsoever, is a show of disrespect. I personally was excited about the livestream and when the clock hit full, I was ready and waiting on youtube - but 10 minutes later and nothing happened. I got a bit worried and tried to contact a few people, seeing if they knew anything. And as it turned out, one of your employees was aware that the livestream was cancelled.

Now as I have only limited knowledge, there could be a reason I'm not aware of, why you've decided to not make the livestream without letting your community know or saying anything whatsoever - so with that in mind, I've got 3 explanations this might have happened:

1.) There could be a legal reason why you've not shown up. Something we're not aware of and something you're not allowed to talk about.

2.) You could have the plan to force Steem's community to take charge/leadership as a decentralised platform, by giving people the impression they can't rely on you/steemit inc.

3.) You simply were physically ill and overwhelmed with everything, thus saw no reason to let people know.

To everybody who reads this, please keep in mind these are just theories, nothing is proven nor disproven.

However the reasoning might be, the reaction I saw in other Steemians as in myself was a loss in faith in you and Steemit Inc.

As a decentralised platform, I can understand that it's a healthy thing for Steemit Inc. to take less leadership but the amount of power your company still holds is enormous.

You could single-handedly overthrow the witness regime, make the Steem price tumble or prevent Steem from advancing. (you hold the blockchain developers monopoly on Steem)

Now, I'm saying all of this to hammer one point:

You (as in Steemit Inc) hold a lot of responsibilities.

And I'm sure that you're all too aware of this fact - it must rest heavy on your shoulders. But, and I don't want this to sound rude, that's what you've signed up for by becoming CEO of Steemit Inc.

Your company has sold double-digit millions of Steem (which was "ninja-mined") and we, as Steem stakeholders, of course, are relying on this debt being repaid in value provided by Steemit Inc.

And as your company is still holding 50 Million Steempower, I'm sure that it's also in your best interest to work on a higher evaluated Steem.


#2 - Missing Communication & Absence on Social Media

Now, the second thing I want to get into is the current missing communication and absence, on social media, of you.

The last tweet you made was on the 22th November 2018, exactly one month ago. 7 days later, you announced the 70% layoff of staff.

Maybe I'm wrong, but isn't communication even more important in times of unrest? Again, I can fully understand that your fire is burning for reviving Steem and focusing all that energy into work, but .. you are still the face of Steem (as co-creator).

Someone, whom I admire for his communication is the founder of BAT (https://twitter.com/brendaneich). I'm not expecting or even wanting for you to tweet all around the clock - I think that's a timesink.

However, I've recently launched SteemApps.com and with it, Steem was launched on StateOfTheDapps.com. While the SteemNetwork twitter-account made a tweet about it (which was amazing!), your account did nothing.

Please don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that the project simply "deserves" some attention on social media from you. That's not what I expect.

But I'm sure, there are many important people following you on twitter and visibility for Steem apps & projects is always good.

Also, your last comment on Steem was 16 days ago, the day your scheduled livestream should have taken place.

Let me ask you a really honest question: Why aren't you active on your own social media? (You don't have to answer it, but it would be semi-important)


Now, I don't want to make this open-letter too long.

Just yesterday, I made a few posts and in one of them, explained the problems I have with Steem's current path. Instead of re-writing this, I'll just relink it: Real Talk: The Future of Steem

If you have any free time, I would really appreciate it if you could read it over. Or an employee reads it over and gives you a summary. But again, I'm not expecting you to spend your time with it, but it would be amazing and it would show that you care about Steem.


With all of that said, @ned - if you've read so long, then I want to thank you!

I really hope you'll spend some great and relaxing days with your family over Christmas and have some time to take a break from Steem so that you can come back full of energy! :)

Wishing you all the best,

Wolf

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I just remembered Mark Karpeles locked himself into his office ate pizzas and watched anime as the ivory tower of MtGox (90% of bitcoin trading that time) was continuing its free fall.

Story from 2013.

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I back that, wise words.
I wish @ned all the best, good health and some relaxing days to recover from the stress. However, at the same time, I really expect him to reply to your letter, including your questions, and in general being more active in his - as you correctly emphasize - 'own' (founded by him) social network.

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I hope he replies as well and I also hope that Steem finds a way to be more spread evenly among the users thus making things more stable all around. "Truce"

I think @ned is a lost cause. He did wallet transfers - or something like that - about two weeks before the layoffs came. He made some kind of comment in his wallet about not wanting to be public with his money anymore. As an accountant, I support that and wonder why he did not do it sooner.

If I was him I would be on a beach somewhere and getting some counseling. Not trying to figure out how to come back where everyone is enraged at him. He's got to be exhausted and discouraged, so really - a break at least is called for, if not cutting the cord.

But as a steemian hoping and praying this place survives, I think we need to count on the big guys who are still here - posting, and trying, and working to figure out solutions. There are a lot of them trying various things now and this is what gives me hope.

I was going to find you anyway, @therealwolf before I saw this post. I hear you are the guy giving stats to the stateofthedapps and thank you very much.

I'm tweeting this stateofthedapps info out to my 800+ crypto connections who are not on steem now in hopes they will see our potential, get on board, possibly invest - what have you.

So...

I am looking at the stateofthedapps daily now and analyzing it for my tweets and posts. In my uneducated opinion, I think some of the stats are low compared to actual usage. I also think that some of our dapps are in the wrong categories over there.

I am on this stateofthedapps thing hot and heavy and will be posting about it at least a couple of times a week, so I have something to tweet daily.

I am connected to a lot of active tweeting heavy hitters over on twitter. I've been colloecting them for the last year and a half and now I'm doing even more thanks to @nathanmars plans to go big on twitter with dtube.

According to the tweets I see from them now, a lot of my crypto connections are eager for "mass adoption." They are looking for that tipping point. We look pretty good in this regard on stateofthedapps reports since we have more active users than most places there.

So the closer our stats come to reality, the better.

I will try my twitter push for a couple of months at least. Any help or direction from you will be greatly appreciated.

Merry Christmas :)

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@fitinfun I just wrote about this. It's cool there are so many are willing to take up the mantle. I do wonder how far the customers can take a product without the CEO. https://steemit.com/steemit/@melbookermusic/steemit-steem-business-101

Excellent points. Steem and Steemit have been going through a difficult time and for a platform built on content and communication, there seems to be a big lack of it coming from the top.

We want to know whats going on, even if you have to be vague on specifics. The lack of communication from Ned is turning into a lack of confidence in this community.

I hope for all of our sakes he responds. Having powered up significantly in the last few weeks, a part of me is saying, 'your putting your cash down the toilet'.

I have differences of opinion on you regarding Smartsteem, but I see that you do give shit about this place, For that reason I will support you with my vote.

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If Ned is unavailable then someone else can speak for Steemit. We don't want a personality cult, just communication from the company

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Who can speak for Steemit @steevc? That would have to be person working close to Ned and knowing what are his plans and what is he actually doing. And this person most likely would encounter communication issues with Ned either way :/

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I know of @birdinc and @andrarchy who work with him, but neither has posted recently. At least we're getting some posts from @steemitblog, so someone is around.

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Someone is clearing 20 new accounts daily. Unless they are processing accounts in an underground bunker, can someone just go knock on a door somewhere?

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I wouldn't be surprised if the 20 accounts per day is an app setting. It probably just clears a handful of the backlog every day regardless of verification. Then they press a button every 2 weeks to "verify" a few thousand in a day. The patterns of the verification process don't look like actual manual approval.

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Are they in an underground bunker? Can someone just go help them? Why doesn't anyone try to get this account clearing going? No one has pushed the two week button in 8 weeks. Ergh...

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Let's hear from freedom!

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@ned? .... @ned???

It's a good post @therealwolf and a valid point. I would hope that @ned could make the effort to talk to the other people like yourself who are trying to progress the chain. We have such a great opportunity here to build something special and if the right people can all get on the same page it would make things so much easier.

More hands make less work so if everybody can try to work towards the same goals it will happen much faster. We don't need to all be doing the same things but knowing what is happening around us is vital for proper planning going forward.

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I will point out an interesting contrast.

Johnson & Johnson had an article appear stating that the company knew their baby powder was laced with arsenic. This is something the company denies. Since the article came out, the heads of the company are all over the place. I saw the CEO on a couple of different shows and I do not watch that much t.v.

Contrast that with Ned who went silent. You are right there might be legal reasons for a no show but the not announcing the cancellation shows how little thought is given to the community.

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...preach... @taskmaster I have a feeling that Ned does not give one rats @ $$ what we think:

...and that says a lot...

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Let's have a non-stake wieghted election for a new fake CEO of Steem. 😆

If STINC doesn't come through with the rocksDB module then let's just try to forget about them, while buying them out over the next number of years. 😎

Can we fork and ignore Ned owned wallets on new steem? This shit is shady, i'm re adding my vote for you as witness that I previously removed after personal disagreement. At least you are talking about this

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@viraldrome I wonder if that could work, and how? Very interesting thought though.

If need doesn't reply or make any reference to this then we have to look for a way to move forward without him. Even if it has to be through a hard fork.

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@bomaprecious ...is that possible? I hadn't heard that mentioned by anyone.

Great and very balanced comment @therealwolf

I also feel compasion towards Ned and in many ways I can symphatize with him. Unfortunatelly lack of communication skills (or however you would call it) of Steemit Inc and Ned are making more damage to this platform than even low price of STEEM does.

Just like you said. Very disrespectful towards people and what Ned did caused surely huge lost of trust from community. Trust is very hard to regain :/

You want to save your company, which you've put your heart and soul into. At least that's how I probably would feel

I share similar impression.

Your company has sold double-digit millions of Steem (which was "ninja-mined") and we, as Steem stakeholders, of course, are relying on this debt being repaid in value provided by Steemit Inc.

If only STEEM was launched as a security token backed up by real assets / ownership ...

However, I've recently launched SteemApps.com and with it, Steem was launched on StateOfTheDapps.com.

Perhaps I could help you build some exposure in the future @@therealwolf ? I already tried to reach out on Discord to you.

Every single post of mine is enjoying huge engagement (lately my post even reached 800 comments) and I would love to help.

Yours
Piotr

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Well what say u boy who cried wolf @therealwolf!

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Notice he upvoted his own post 100% LMFAO! What a clown! Trying to fix the world and profit lol.. Scumbag!!!!

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Declined rewards! Our Savior! Bless this benefactor of the blockchain and it's foolish constituents

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I think the only person the OP engaged with on this post was me, well, someone said it was unfair to blame the boss and crybaby defended himself. But, otherwise crickets! Which epitomizes all that's wrong with this place, no upvotes or a single comment, no real interactions except with Lil old me asking the real questions. Holier than thou, but I made stuff in hopes of getting me into the covenant! Pathetic! So, is this how u crack the top 20 bro?!? Maybe u should give Xmas cards bot votes like the most entertaining personality here @berniesanders

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who do you mean @skramatters?

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The original poster

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Heartfelt, impassioned, well intended post. That being said, I think you've perhaps answered some questions I as a fledgling plankton have, namely who is "freedom" ? Let's get down to brass tax, this isn't a community of imbeciles so let's not give the person responsible for this place a pass to behave like one.

Just weeks ago he was well enough to do the least informative live stream I've ever seen in my life, with an intro of "the internet is busted down here, we need to call our tech guy" This does not not make me or anyone confident in this person as a fucking content creator much less a CEO or oligarch string puller.

He, then proceeded to play guitar and talk about nothing. Call me a newb or uninformed or whatever but I feel sad I ever believed in this guy's ponzi scheme for a few weeks, but you guys have put years of blood sweat n tears into this. Sure, stinc isn't the whole of steem, but someone is and ironically their name is freedom FFS!

I think the witnesses r well intentioned, especially you, but clearly your hands are tied, and these expressions only prove the impotence of the system which you guys are merely pawns in. What does that make me? A loud ass, opinionated worthless plankton that knows the definition of transparency.. Who is freedom? Why do they own the pseudo democracy, let's start here shall we?

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@skramatters I just wrote some things about this as well. There are several competitors in the wings, so hopefully this place does not end up like Myspace. https://steemit.com/steemit/@melbookermusic/steemit-steem-business-101

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Would be nice to at least know the CEO is okay. The "boss is okay" message doesn't have to even come from him. Also, it's pretty bad he didn't at least resteem the news on Stateoftheapps. It's the little gestures that count.

Investor confidence drops when there is perceived trouble. Steemit really needs to work on their PR.

I don't think this is a fair post. Yes, communication is important - but there are even greater priorities sometimes, specially in a despairing technical situation. Their staff is much smaller now, emphasizing this.

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well i just got home from 14 hours of work, and in 6 hours i am going to work again, and mind that i invested only 120$ in steem and a year of my time. And now i am waiting to transfer data and writing this comment. How much time do you need to write "hi, i am alive, we are currently doing this and this, and this is how that is going."? he could have written it while having lunch.
I personally try to never be late 5 minutes if we agreed it is 12:00 and i came 12:15 i am not respecting your time. To let all that people wait for the live stream is disrespectful.

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I was only talking about point 2, general communication, not point 1, showing up. I'm 100% with you on that.

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I disagree with you on this one. Without communication you are going nowhere. Lots of people are doing great work right now but if steem inc, the largest developer and stakeholder are working a different path then it all might be in vain. If they are pulling back, fine but people need to know so that they can plan accordingly.

It doesn't have to extensive but we do need to know what is happening right now and a rough road map for the next few months so that people can plan accordingly and make plans that complement the work rather than slowing each other down. They are the largest stakeholder on the blockchain and so they should be using it to progress the chain and add value. Without communication this will be less productive.

It doesn't even take long. 30 minutes in a week for somebody to write a quick post and just let people know what is happening would suffice. We are all trying to work towards a common goal and communication is vital for that.

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Without communication you are going nowhere

you've nailed it @niallon11

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Without communication you are going nowhere

But is their team large enough to deal with PR right now? They have a deadline before it all goes to hell, you know.

They are the largest stakeholder on the blockchain and so they should be using it to progress the chain and add value.

He specifically posted about how selling STEEM isn't making them enough money to sustain development, which is why they're reducing costs and rebuilding the infrastructure in the first place. "Having money" doesn't mean "having enough money".

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He specifically posted about how selling STEEM isn't making them enough money to sustain development, which is why they're reducing costs and rebuilding the infrastructure in the first place.

He also said that there were plenty of reserves and that the selling of STEEM wasn't necessary to keep running the company. All of which is fine and i can totally understand them restructuring and adapting to the bear market. I even think that the bear market has been great for the chain and people who have taken the initiative to be better and do more. It's great to see the reaction we have gotten lately from the community as a whole to build a better chain.

But as the CEO of a company involved in large scale development for the chain it is disappointing to see that they are not trying to let people know what is going on in their world. Especially since their company is directly tied to the value of the STEEM token. It doesn't take a PR team to do ti. Just 15 minutes and a keyboard.

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If he types a post in 15 minutes and it ends up looking awful, either because of bad communication or misinterpretable news, it could make things worse instead.

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I'm pretty sure ned is not spending his time developing. Now, I'm not telling anybody how they should spend their time, let alone the CEO of Steemit, but as someone who has vested more than enough SP in this platform, which currently has more single point of failures than I'd like, having some kind of communication is important.

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I'm pretty sure ned is not spending his time developing

Honest question: why do you think so?

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My understanding is that Dan was the developer. Ned had the nice hair and was a better face of steem. Could be mistaken about that, however.

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As the current CEO, I don't think his only task is doing PR, but I could be wrong. Not being a developer also demands he learns things he's not used to deal with so he can communicate with the team.

Well said @therealwolf !

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Thanks for articulating these thoughts. I felt the same way about his actions for the livestream and overall communication.

That company needs way more transparency and collaboration moving forward in order for this to flourish.

Let's see if you get a response and how it's addressed.

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What we need is a strong and decisive leader. Steemit is not just a test- this is REAL life for some people and many rely on the revenue stream to live a comfortable life.
This past year has been almost surreal with the massive dips across the board. We should have expected it but I think we were all too busy drinking to Kool-Aid.

Thanks @therealwolf for saying what I and a whole lot of other people are wondering; this is well articulated, and yes, you probably could have written many more pages. But the proof will be if @Ned responds to this, even if he is legal-challenged, he could state so. We are the ones who want to see the communities grow, but it is difficult to look forward with optimism when someone in charge is non communicating, and no one knows what is going on at the top.

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Since i have joined steemit and up till now, i have not regret joining steemit because i have always see it as a home, a family community and i will not want steemit to crash not just after i am feeling at home on steemit. Actually i also was so surprised about the news about laying off a large percent of his workers when i first heard the news but i believe he was actually trying to save his company from crashing. This i know and nobody want steemit to crash. All i am hoping and praying for is for steemit to rise up again, to be the steemit i know some years back before joining. Some people may be leaving it now but there are still some people that still believe in steemit and this for this reason, should not crash. Steemit have a great future ahead.

#onelove

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You keep leaving strange comments every now and then.
What is your definition of 'Crash?'

All for decentralization, still one person has so much power.

The silence of leaders in time of crisis is always so irritating.

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http://steemreports.com/witness-voters/

That's a pretty easy to dissect graph? Everyone can click on the blocks to see where the money n power flows. So? Who is freedom the center of this decentralized myth? Sure, @ned like a, fucking prick has said, we're not stakeholders in stinc, that's true, but we r apparently complicent in this joke of a rigged election process which dictates the motives of this place which we r stake holders in. Cut the shit! Let's get real, and revolutionize this place or rise from the ashes, fuck @ned.

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This post hasn't been created to fill speculations or to create hate. Please refrain from doing that.

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Sorry bro, I'd like an answer to my very real to the core question? Who is freedom? How beholden are you all to them? It's not speculative or hate mongering it's reality? I can read a graph and know what words like voting and democratic mean

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Freedom is anonymous. Ned said he doesn't know who freedom is and nobody can prove nor disprove this thesis.

Steem is built on the values of stakeholders, thus on the power of money/stake.

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And you can seriously accept this schism? So you admit you're OK with an anonymous investor controlling everything! I'm not trying to instigate or be insulting it's just quite absurd to ever assume any real thinkers would believe in such blatant hypocrisy..

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Steem has a pretty good way of distributing currencies. There are pros and cons of having big stakeholders. Everyone has to decide that for themselve.

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Time will tell on the distribution, you're correct on the deciding for themselves. I hope you're all well prepared for more tough questions in regards to the very pertinent factors that make future investments of time, energy, and assets a very daunting task. Look, I don't hate this place I'm just not delusional, I see people building something, that hasn't been built before so I'm naturally apprehensive about the longevity of anarchy greed based politics that accept such fallacies as you seem to be inclined to do so. That's why I don't vote for any of the top 20 witnesses and I'm doing my part to raise awareness about the harsh realities of your approved wealth distribution that benefits you and the other. 1%

Follow n upvote 💪

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I was amazed that Steemit Inc did not care what was achieved with state of the dapps, but this news was in a newspaper
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Right to the point, resteemed!

True Words @therealwolf and nicely written, I hope we got any answer and solution for all sides... I have another question which is a bit off the topic, which I didn't understand:
Why we have a new redesigned Homepage with the old Steemit Logo in just a bit different way?

We need a lot of discussing points for the steemit future. Hate is no way of it out. So I hope people will not create any hate now, I understand that many are angry, but that's not the way out of the hell.

I'm sure that very soon there will be a big announcement that will take us by surprise. I don't want to speculate but it seems like there is a gagging order in place until this announcement will take place.
I'm sure Ned would be responding now if he could.
Just my two cents.

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Im interested about point 2)
Tell me more :)

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¿What? 24hrs of this post and @Ned hasn't said shit yet?

Uhm.. I'm better gonna sit down here waiting for Ned's response preferably licking a more refreshing, sweet & nice 'Ice Cream' for this upcoming Christmas spectacle.

Come on! fuck pancakes & popcorn to enjoy this show YO.


¡This way at least elation and laughters will never be lacking! };)

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Ned has always been a person hard to reach, that's the way he is. I don't think a 10$ declined rewards post will get his attention :(

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Declined rewards yet upvotes 100% our Savior

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Steem is moving back up today. Maybe investors prefer @ned to be silent.

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Very wise words. RESTEEM!!!

Well written @therealwolf!
I hope ned or somebody of his staff will read and reply/react!

Thanks for the summary of thoughts many if not most of the active steemians have.

A day later it's still so precious and cute you've created this post to antagonize yet not upset the kiss ass system of ethics that reigns supreme here.

So, now that daddah hasn't said shit, where do you and your brethren stand?

I mean if you're going to post controversial, calling out the "boss" stuff then I'd like to see some follow through @therealwolf?

Seriously though? Why do you movers and shakers that can code and are devs care about some guy unless he really is freedom and/or blocktrades or Dan or whatever/whomever and their absence leaves all of you exposed and scrambling for what to do next.

Sorry I'm hung up on the whole conundrum of how a decentralized thingy cares about some douchebaggery antics and his dinosaur hoodies and shitass guitar live streams.

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nicely and politely told
but couple of truths there

3 days later and ned did not even reply.
Is he even here?

Great letter @therealwolf! You made a lot of great points and I felt like you were being sincere.

There are a lot of us in the steemit community who want answers about the blockchain but don't have a voice. Witnesses should be that voice and have regular communication with the top teir of steemit.inc to relay the vision of the company as it progresses.

It seems like the whole steemit community is trying to come together and help anyway they can but ned just keeps ignoring us. That is a scary signal to the community, whether he meant to do it or not. Without this community this blockchain is worthless.. we promote it, we pay for it, we help to run it, we create the dapps that make it attractive.. "WE" the community

@ned never replies to me either. maybe someday

Highly rEsteemed!

In regards to the following:

Let me ask you a really honest question: Why aren't you active on your own social media? (You don't have to answer it, but it would be semi-important)

YES! He has answered it, by relentlessly letting the community down at every turn.

He doesn't use SteemIt because he doesn't know how to : /
Any "Leader" worth his weight would be BLOGGING on this platform everyday! I myself try to post everyday but I have handicaps and I'm not the one tryna SCAM the community after a very nefarious Ninja Mine. I post Cryptographic Fiction as a semi-retired Writer... but the CEO of SteemIt CANNOT be bothered to simply use his own Scam.

Way to go @ned; YOU are the proof the world needs to stay away from STEEM.
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I'm just now seeing this. Very well written @therealwolf. You express the same concern many of us feel and do so very clearly and well. Nice job!

It's unfortunate @ned has seen fit not to reply. I haven't been around since the beginning, but I have been here for over a year. In that time I have honestly seen little from @ned to earn my, or anyone's, trust. Most of my time here he has been deflecting all criticism with cries of "just wait... SMTs will fix everything". Now he disappears just when he promises to start communicating more. I want to trust the guy because I like this platform, but he is giving no reason for doing so.