Until today, I had no interaction (comment, upvote, or downvote) with @gtg, former top witness of STEEM and now top witness of HIVE. Not very surprising, as gtg has been a top witness with significant steem power but I was nobody - who occasionally writes in a non-English language and plays games like steemmonsters - who did not have much steem power. --- This morning, my Steem neighbor told me that he saw a previous top witness shamelessly milking rewards. So I followed his link and saw this: !(https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmZQp17eCApFZKENNtneRC3vrbkEnLrbXLY5FhK1AraoBK/image.png) <br> * by the way, I do not know how to set 100% SBD option - isn't it either 50% SBD/50% SP or 100% SP? --- I checked what these were: !(https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmYpwnRnubsgGpR5huUeACxUgEyokMtkQAsZaYtricnmDt/image.png) <br> Yes, he was making lots of spam comments and self-voting on his first posting [Hello, World!](https://steempeak.com/introduceyourself/@gtg/hello-world#@gtg/hive-1000030) dated Jul 3, 2016. --- I was disappointed. I know that he was not happy regarding the current situation of Steem and decided to move to HIVE - and then why is he doing such disgraceful things here instead of improving HIVE? So I decided to downvote them, even though my stakes are not big so my downvotes only cost like 0.14 STU, as a sign of disappointment. * I am pretty sure that most people agree that this crap should not be worth more than $3 rewards. !(https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmXMSk9Ucwt2Qi584HU6Uavk2TU4zXxSEaqqLN33gKRVQ8/image.png) <br> --- When I got back home after a few hours, I found that gtg decided to retaliate, and downvoted me three times. !(https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmQF6LUG7kuS6kFEj3td1qAe9e75fesqvmsEFHQfPGxfZw/image.png) <br> When HIVE first started, since I was one of the "blacklisted" users who did not get HIVE airdrop, I did not login for a while. But later some of Steem neighbors encouraged me to use HIVE at least several time to test, I wrote two short postings after claiming previous rewards (otherwise I didn't have enough RC as my HP is zero). And I guess I should stop trying HIVE, as now the top witness with more than 472K power decides to downvote me, which made my posting rewards zero. I am okay with them going to zero per se, but I feel bad about my neighbors who voted me to make me feel better using HIVE, as their efforts are in vain. * gtg's HP: !(https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmZLedBVJ7c7xsZJmTUFkXajkvsTrmURE4ezVjhAUcFgFv/image.png) <br> * My posting now shows zero reward "thanks to" gtg's downvote: !(https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmbfz8Z8rAJrakNkA8TgQUEFceBa5ur3HptAnvcFnt4zYK/image.png) <br> * All my HIVE postings (only two, fortunately) went to zero. !(https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmfUoWQiXUGjCQCJviiwg6TRqyt53L6EPdRFVVTkyEnB5K/image.png) <br> --- In retrospect, now I understand why the neighbor who reported gtg's shameful spam+self vote milking did NOT downvote it while he thought it was despicable. He expected potential retaliation - downvotes - and didn't want that. It reminded me of the past - I didn't (in fact I couldn't) downvote some crap as I feared that I would get downvoted as retaliation. And even when I get downvoted sometimes for ridiculous reasons like "not English" or "no thumbnail", I chose not to fight back as the counterparty had too much steem power compared to what I have. Yes, I admit that I was a coward who just waited these downvote bullies to find another victim. --- At least, from now on, I will try not to be silent and do what I believe to be correct. * Even though I lost a lot (in terms of the current token price) more by getting downvotes from a whale, I do not regret my action. --- * Update: @steemit, while I appreciate that your vote would put this posting on trending so that many users may have a chance to read this, I believe that the posting reward would be too much - so please remove the upvote before the payout.