I know and I am not a supporter of vote selling, but maybe ads are a better use of trending than the junk posts you tend to find there. I think we need more whales investing delegation and general voting in supporting good content makers even if they don't pay. That will make the platform more attractive. We need to build the userbase to millions and many will be put off if they just see low quality.
I'm investing my time and using my few dollars of votes each day to support people as well as helping deal with some of the abuse. I still have confidence that Steem can succeed.