Hi everyone, @marcgodard here.
So I have been disappointed in this community lately, but some of that has most definitely been my own fault.
When I started steemvoter, I thought it was going to get a lot of hate, so I didn’t really have a plan, was more testing the waters per say. However, to my surprise, I got love, and lots of it. Even an up-vote from @dan came my way on a post in the early days, giving me much needed encouragement. I should have made a clear TOS then and there, but I played it loose and easy. I shouldn’t have. I did have a page at first saying we take no responsibility and kinda like a TOS, not sure when that was removed, but I should have been more diligent.
Since then, a lot has evolved and things have changed. Many people LOVE steemvoter, many other users like us and many non-users are complaining about us and the reward pool portion that we get.
I have been reading the comments of late and think that it is time steemvoter grow up a little more.
I think the biggest concern that I agree with is the lack of a TOS agreement that is confirmed by the user. This has cause some minor issues in the past and right now is the primary thing that the complaining parties seem to be right on IMHO.
This is my plan that will only start when all the code is ready (sometime between Jan 14th and 20th):
- Everyones account will stop working (and stop being used by us) until a TOS is agreed by each of our users.
- This notification box will force the user to accept the TOS, or deactivate (not just pause) their accounts until they agree to the TOS.
- This notification window will explain the guild and allow them right there to opt-out with all their accounts.
- All users will get an email explaining the TOS and that they need to login and accept to continue using steemvoter. --edit-- We might make it easy with an agreement to the TOS link in the email. One for no guild, and one for guild. --end edit--
- We do reserve the right to amend our TOS upon giving 14 days notice and that will be in our TOS.
As far as the reward pool is concerned, I cannot agree that we are taking from the community. The community has so far decided that we deserve that portion of the reward pool, and the TOS will confirm that. Considering that over half our rewards (before all this negativity) were not from the steemvoter community, that we are still getting many sign-ups on steemvoter, and lost very few users lately (especially compared to normal), I think the community is on our side.
I apologize to everyone for some of my comments and actions lately (being rude in comments from my @marcgodard account and even that up-voted comment that I thought at the time was clear what I was doing, but it wasn’t—i was wrong). I felt personally attacked, however, I was wrong and that wouldn’t be an excuse for my actions in either case.
We will be working on the TOS and it will be in an update post so the community can discuss it before any of this is ready on the site.
We have started receiving payments for our premium services already. Anyone who pays before Jan 15th gets a portion of a month for free (considering we add an extra month and start the timer right away), but we will only continue this for a couple more days.
Equibit, my other project, is doing an ICO. Only mentioning it here because maybe some of you are interested. The ICO website is https://ico.equibit.org/ (and if you are a steemvoter early sign-up contact me if you are interested). We have been working on the project for some time and we thought it was time for the ICO because so much is already done.
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