Warning: Steem witnesses executed a hard fork on 2020-05-20, seizing 23.6M STEEM from 65 accounts. The funds were transferred to an account named @community321, the ownership (and intentions) of which have not been revealed. The witnesses claim to have been targeting accounts which defended against a hostile takeover in early March, but at least 2 accounts on the list have been inactive for over 4 years.

Coverage:
- Decrypt.io: Steem network to seize $5 million from its own users
- SteemPeak.com: Official Announcement by @softfork22888
- GitHub.com: view steemd HF23 changes

What you can do:
- Send exchanges a notice of the pending class action lawsuit.
- Switch to HIVE, the community-led fork. Visit Hive.blog and Hiveblocks.com.

Witness Update: Running v0.23.0 to Support Hive by lukestokes

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· @lukestokes · (edited)
$18.91
Witness Update: Running v0.23.0 to Support Hive
![image.png](https://files.steempeak.com/file/steempeak/lukestokes/21hJu9cX-image.png)

We are about 10 hours away from the launch of the Hive blockchain! It's an exciting time and an historic moment for decentralized communities and blockchain governance.

The Hive website can be found here: https://hive.io/ with a block explorer here: https://hiveblocks.com/

As of this post, I'm in witness position 29 on the Steem blockchain. At the time of the hardfork, my v0.23.0 witness node will follow a fork which will include everything from the Steem chain (with some adjustments - see below) but will now be producing blocks for the Hive chain. I will be somewhere around position 15, assuming votes don't change much in the next 10 hours.

I don't intend to leave the Steem blockchain entirely right away, so I will, after the fork time on the Steem chain, switch a machine over to producing on v0.22.1. My intention is to keep that running long enough for those who want to power down their STEEM and don't trust the centrally-controlled witnesses to keep the chain running.

I understand not everyone supports leaving the Steem chain. As someone who has been here since June 2016, I fully understand how hard it is to let go. Here are my personal reasons for why I am leaving to Hive and why I think you should also:

* Blockchains are designed to be distributed, decentralized, byzantine fault tolerant systems. If they are centrally controlled, they no longer function as blockchains. Steem was taken over and centrally controlled. Many in the community fought back to decentralize the chain again, but were only able to create a stalemate.

* I do not trust Justin Sun, and he has too much influence over the Steem blockchain using the ninja-mined stake that was never supposed to be used for governance. He tricked exchanges into powering up user funds and voting for sock puppets to centralize the chain and his recent actions to censor posts on the steemit interface are inexcusable to me.

* All attempts to come to a mutual understanding for mutual benefit have failed. It's possible there is a difference in perspective as to what a blockchain actually is. A true blockchain can not be censored or controlled by a single individual. Those who support Justin Sun and want to stay on Steem seem to be okay with this. I am not. Censorship resistance and decentralized governance are too important to me.

If you don't care about the features a blockchain gives you, I suggest using a centralized communication platform. There's no need to pretend you have these features on Steem if the protocol is centrally controlled.

You can view the code for v0.23.0 here: https://github.com/openhive-network/hive

I've looked through a diff of the code on Gitlab and the important, most controversial part of the Hive fork are the accounts which will not be included in the Hive airdrop. That means the accounts will exist on the Hive chain, but their balances will be moved to steem.dao (this will most likely be renamed to a hive account at some point in the future). You can view which accounts were not airdropped to <a href="https://github.com/openhive-network/hive/blob/0.23.0/libraries/protocol/hardfork.d/0_22.hf">here</a>.

I've been told this is the criteria that was used to exclude accounts from Hive:

```
Exclude accounts who voted a minimum of two sockpuppets and who didn't unvote before the hive announcement with more than 1k sp
```

The intention, as far as I understand it, is to not include those who actively participated in centralizing the Steem chain to witnesses Justin Sun and Steemit control. As for the <a href="https://steempeak.com/@hiveio/announcing-the-launch-of-hive-blockchain">original Hive announcement</a>:

> The only accounts who will not be included in the initial airdrop are those containing the Steemit Inc ninja-mined stake, and those who actively contributed to (and publicly declared support for) the centralization of the Steem Blockchain.

When I first read that, I wasn't too concerned because I figured very few people "publicly declared support" for centralizing Steem. When I ran v0.22.2, it was very clear which accounts were involved: the Steemit owned ninja-mined stake. As for which accounts have been excluded from Hive, the reasons are less clear to me and the criteria seems more subjective. I thought about this long and hard and seriously considered disabling my witness to not participate in launching Hive under this subjective criteria.

After much discussion and debate, I decided to move forward because I've been told if any of the excluded accounts feel they were improperly treated, they can submit a proposal on the Hive chain to have Hive funds equal to their Steem funds at the time of the fork distributed to them. Of course, those with Hive tokens would have to agree and support their proposal (which I find very unlikely), but it does, at least, create an opportunity for them if that's the right path forward.

I understand not everyone in the community thinks leaving the Steem blockchain behind and moving to Hive is ideal. I understand some are quite fine with Justin Sun centrally controlling things and with his actions so far. The beautiful thing about blockchains is they are completely voluntary. We are all free to go our separate ways and participate how we choose.

If you feel like your views haven't been well represented by the witnesses, please reply below, and I'll discuss this with you as best I can. It may take me a while to respond as I have to get some sleep for tomorrow, but I will do what I can. I hope to see you on Hive.

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@niallon11 ·
$0.07
I see steemchiller on the list. Is that not the person running steemworld? A valued member of the community and has been here the whole time helping the community. There is well over 300 people on the list even though I though the puppets only had about 70 votes each. 
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@mattclarke ·
$0.20
That's what I came to say. Steemchiller is a massive asset to this community. 
Steemworld.org is incredible and I use it every day. I notice a decent number of Korean splinterlands players in the list; not sure if they'll be missing out on big balances though.
tradingideas wonsama fenrir78 gfriend96

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@lukestokes ·
See my [reply here](https://steempeak.com/hive/@lukestokes/re-niallon11-q7h80o). As to the Korean community members you mentioned, I think their accounts were included based on the criteria mentioned. If they want to participate in Hive and they can convince the Hive community they will not support centralizing it as they seemed to do with Steem, hopefully things will get worked out.
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@glory7 ·
man, can't believe that you forgot to include me! =)
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@lukestokes ·
$0.23
As I said in my post, I did not agree with how subjective the criteria is for who was not part of the airdrop. I too think Steemworld is a valuable tool. I hope steemchiller comes to Hive, explains his rationale for supporting centralization of Steem, and goes through the proposal process to get Hive airdropped tokens.
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@niallon11 ·
$0.24
This seems very centralized to me that a core group of people have decided not to give people their equivalent balance in hive as they didn't agree with how they used their stake in the past. What about scammers like haejin and ranchorelaxo who milked the system for years and drove thousands of users away. People like bernie that have spammed and threatened the whole blockchain to mention a few. Doing damage to it's reputation and driving out users.

If you are moving away from justin and steemit inc that's fine but who are the witnesses to say that people can't use their stake in the way that they see fit. I don't see some of the accounts being any more harmful than the ones that i mentioned and think that it should be all or none.

People shouldn't have to apply to a group of devs for stake that they deserve through owning and holding legitimate steem tokens. They don't have to agree with your opinion on how to run the platform or it's no different from what justin is doing himself.
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@glory7 ·
Have met you at splinterlands a while ago - hope everything is going well.

I will keep it short for now. By just counting the numbers you clearly see some of the allegations are based on mere propaganda, not facts.
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@niallon11 ·
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I still play but not as active and and down a lot lower than yourself. Same for my steem activity as i have a lot less time at the moment and have pulled back from it a lot.
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@ash ·
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> Exclude accounts who voted a minimum of two sockpuppets and who didn't unvote before the hive announcement with more than 1k sp

that's fair. play stupid games win stupid prizes
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@roundbeargames ·
koreans are talking about taking over (using justin's votes) and freezing funds 🤣
steem will be broken 100%

https://steempeak.com/hive-101145/@kopasi/this-is-called-the-hive-airdrop-exclusion-list-hive
https://steempeak.com/hive-101145/@jayplayco/49gkl6-steemit

it's noble that you'll keep running your node cuz you might be the last one out. respect. 
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@reviewzzz ·
Can I check the list which will be excluded 
Is Their a specific link
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@lukestokes ·
It's in the post.
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@santigs ·
Luke, is there any way to implement referendums in Hive in the future so all users with stake can give their opinion upon critical decisions the witnesses go through?. Even if it is not binding, it would be valuable for the community, starting a new blockchain with "issues" as who has the right to get the airdrop is important enough to ask all the stake owners.
Thanks for the update
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@lukestokes ·
An example of this has been done in the SPS system already when discussing a proposed change for the power down time, so yes, I'm hopeful the HIVE DAO system can be used.
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@coininstant · (edited)
$0.32
Yeah I don't think it's fair my account @coininstant and my other account @honusurf were excluded. I voted for both sides because I had no idea what was going on, so I split up my votes to stay impartial.

I like decentralization, that's why I came to the blockchain.

I just don't think it's fair that everyone else gets coins but me I will definitely have to leave steemit too now. It's like playing a board game like monopoly and everyone else gets extra money but you, it's uneven and I'm going back to any coin but these. I quit both HIVE and STEEMIT over this!!

If you can please get me my airdrop coins.

Thanks!
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@fingersik ·
this to me sounds like a strong argument for you to get removed from the black list...Luke is prolly not the guy to plead to tho...
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@coininstant ·
$0.09
That's the reason I have to leave, if everyone else gets an airdrop buy me it dilutes my steem!
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@lukestokes ·
>  I voted for both sides because I had no idea what was going on

Unfortunately you voted without understanding and in so doing participating in centralizing and attacking the chain. There were many posts (<a href="https://steempeak.com/steem/@lukestokes/fact-steemit-sybil-attacked-the-steem-blockchain">like mine</a>) explaining this attack.

That said, I agree with you that this wasn't done right. Once Hive launches, I'm hoping you and others can participate in the airdrop through proposal system. The funds were removed. The code transfers them to the proposal system. That way the token holder community can decide.
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@coininstant · (edited)
$0.09
O.K. thanks. I got left with worthless STEEM that is going to 0 and I invested a lot in steemit. Please let me know how I do this proposal thing,  I have no idea.  Sorry I've been really busy and distracted, I didn't read all your posts. I scanned it, but it way way over my head and I didn't understand any of this stuff! I been here since 2016, I came for decentralization, it is not my fault the witnesses population got infested, innocent people like that just voted should not blamed for ned and JS! Like I said before I must leave steem now, and I cannot use HIVE unless I get an equal airdrop like everyone else. My steem just got diluted by everyone, and I have no idea if it happens again and again, so I am quitting steem and hive!!
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@wakeupkitty ·
I know nothing about codes and find it a pity I read a post again that is mainly meant for insiders, those who understand all about it. 
What I learned here in the past year is that no one can be trust,those who rule do so to fill their own wallets/lockets and do not care about any society only downvote the threats. 
Many lefts which was long before Sun took over and in the past year, it was a certain group that earned the rest was fought. I learned that this is not an easy, warm, welcoming place to be for newbies. It isn't user friendly, the communication is bad and there is no engagement at all no matter what you try. It is a place to post quickly and earn and leave. Those who earn are mainly the rich ones the rest doesn't count. I learned there's no freedom of speech. People who think differently or don't know are treated as if they are fools and hostility is their reward. I learned too that it's a mobile user only unfriendly place to be. If you are limited by a slow connection you do not count and probably never will. It's 2020... It's not that long ago people thought it was far in the future and we would live such a modern life. 
With my slow connection I can hardly load google and sites and posting is impossible. Might be this is a goodbye or I stay where I am. I wish you good luck. 💕
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@lukestokes ·
I'm sorry to hear that has been your experience within this community.

> People who think differently or don't know are treated as if they are fools and hostility is their reward.

I have seen this and been on the receiving end of it as well. It's often just a handful of loud minority (I can think of about 5 to 10 accounts who do this often). It's truly unfortunate, but I'm hopeful communities can help with that so people can manage them and exclude people who do not follow the guidelines of that community.
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@wakeupkitty ·
Thank you for your answer. I stayed but many left sadly enough. It should be a place for fun, it's big enough to find a new circle.
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@kennyskitchen ·
$0.11
Holy wow! I didn't think there would be anywhere near that many accounts on the list. I was expecting the StInc accounts, the new sock puppets, (maybe) proxy.token, and (maybe) the exchanges involved.

300 accounts not getting the airdrop for their voting (besides the actual StInc stake) seems excessive. Any chance some of that conversation is "on the record?" I would love to hear the reasons for such a broad-sweeping approach.
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@lukestokes ·
It's a very difficult situation. When it comes to proxies, it's just about the stake in that account, but the stake of all the accounts that use that proxy. The "maybe" part is what bothers me most. It's subjective and I was hoping Hive would start as objectively as possible.

The conversations took place in various places including dev chats and a private channel (with 26 people) in a Slack. Myself and @fredrikaa were the most vocally opposed.
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@surpassinggoogle ·
$0.07
This post is simply evidence among other things that someone voting or not voting doesn’t entirely indicate their intention of support. And further evidence that decentralization is a grander issue than vote or no vote. People vote for a variety of reasons, not only to support something. Now because I vote for one reason only, doesn’t mean that I will conclude that a large expanse of people from all walks of life, must have voted for that same reason. While people may hurriedly say that ah, most people are here for rewards for instance, well, people, to gain insight in to the true state of the world (steem as cctv) or to sandbox a dream. 

People can vote or not vote or interchange vote over the course of time to weigh matters and perhaps give room for decentralization to ensue. It can’t be concluded that people only vote to support something. Same as for instance, you ‘would stay on steem to support the chain’ in this case, will not have enough context (just courtesy of you having ran 22.1) without your post explanation here. meaning that I can’t be conclusive as to your intentions for staying on steem solely because you have chosen to run 22.1. And well, even if you didn’t explain in a post your decision and just ran 22.1, who will I have been to say that your decision is poor or right.

If there was perhaps a voting system and a small poll posed to ‘gather intention’ (which is easier to automately measure than say a small box where people needed to state their intention), then perhaps that gives a more factual basis for a more decentralized decision-making than recount votes or who doesn’t as a measure of support or otherwise. Vote by itself may not entirely carry intention, reason why in some cases people come out with an entire post for context sake, be it a witness vote or even a post vote (in many cases, downvotes). I for instance vote for many other reasons besides reward-distribution or content-visibility or to display support for something. I could vote to stir a stimuli to get unadulterated feedback or vote provisionally to weigh matters or not vote or interchange vote cos I am trying to fix the real life, one could vote to play with the button or see how blockchain reacts etc. 

Amongst other things, people voting Sun directly or indirectly (in some cases through a proxy decision) doesn’t necessarily mean that they support centralization, they can have voted for a variety of other reasons; it could also mean that they want to exercise a right at the very least, which is where a grand meaning of decentralization comes in. 

Altogether, votes alone isn’t parameter enough for conclusions when it comes giant decision-making involving a large community for it only carries a measure of facts. 

Where it is only vote we have, that is where the community at large comes in for discussion sake. That we have a blockchain that offers vote should relegate the role of humans, else the blockchain would have been perfect from the outset. That witnesses have been voted in, shouldn’t relegate discussions. Altogether, discussions are needed for the evolution onto decentralization. A variety of reaction and interaction and a balance or eventually compromise is how decentralization comes about and it takes time. Even for hurried decision-making where the witnesses have to take a leadership, the unheld discussion can still be held even where it results in reverting decision, else it may come up later with more detrimental impact. Vote alone is a very simple action. It can’t by itself form the base for world impacting decisions e.g attaining centralization cos vote by itself can highlight context. Same as a yes can mean no underlying, where there is no way to relate context. Same as one can easily be cajoled into saying ‘a simple yes’ compared to an entire sentence.

 Humans should be able to exercises these things at least even if to stir further discussion tangible for the evolution of decentralization and be allowed room to do so. Now their decision-making and mentality on a subject could change over the course of time, which is proven on steem (many arrived on steem and adjusted their decision or mentality on a subject courtesy of the beauty of steem). A decision today may not be same tomorrow and that is where the beauty of blockchain comes in, not as a small god-code to curb humans, but as a tool to play out a curriculum that adjusts mentality. Many of these things should be discussable. People shouldn’t entertain fears of discussing these things, cos these discussions and measure of freedom to react or interact is what leads on to decentralization. Decentralization isn’t a very old concept, people need to grow into it and be given room to do so. Even where witnesses are elected, doesn’t relegate the role of the community at large in these discussions, cos votes isn’t an entire indication of support. Vote in itself can mean many things. 

Altogether, humans who have steem are to a measure of extent or even to a large extent according to me, community members. I am not one to bash anyone for having a say.
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@lukestokes ·
> Amongst other things, people voting Sun directly or indirectly (in some cases through a proxy decision) doesn’t necessarily mean that they support centralization

I agree, but the end result is the same: it did lead to furthering the centralized control of the chain.

> Same as a yes can mean no underlying

Up isn't down. Black isn't white. No matter how much context or nuance is added, but yes, I agree with your point that a "yes" is different than a "Yes, if I have to, but I really have strong disagreements which I'd like to explain..."

> People shouldn’t entertain fears of discussing these things, cos these discussions and measure of freedom to react or interact is what leads on to decentralization.

Unfortunately I've been told to "shut up" and "leave" many times when I voice my perspectives. The fear is real for many.

No system is perfect, and we all know this. We're evolving governance as we go and mistakes will be made. One sign of effective governance is how well it handles mistakes. We shall see.
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@surpassinggoogle ·
Very beautiful. Altogether I see beauty in all this. A lot to learn.
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@brianphobos ·
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Ewwwww. Wow. All the blocked accounts....ok.  And the funds will go into the HIVE DAO? 

You guys do realize this makes it look even more like it is more about control right? 

You effectively end up in the same situation as Steemit Inc by taking their ninja mine and other people's stake as well and putting it in a system you control to feed yourself further. 

The core group will be the ones to benefit from the DOA. 

It is just the same circle jerk from a few months ago on a new chain. 

I'm not opposed to another platform. I will post to both but I really haven't seen a lot about how this will be any different than STEEM from a couple months ago.

Posted using [Partiko Android](https://partiko.app/referral/brianphobos)
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@lukestokes ·
I do realize it's a problem which is why I'm talking about it.

> in a system you control to feed yourself further.

I don't control it. The HIVE DAO is controlled by token holders. Do you think it hasn't served the community so far on the Steem side of things? From my perspective, it's better than what Steemit, inc was doing dumping STEEM constantly with not much to show for it.
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@brianphobos ·
Not really, the STEEM DAO was mainly stacking coins and only providing support to those in the in group.   

Conceptually it could work but that is what we see with a lot of DAO systems.   They become a waste of time for anyone who isn't buddies with those in power to even mess with it.    Then those with all the support and power in the system can keep drawing off of it.   

It is likely better than what Steemit Inc was doing in paying employees and dumping the coins all the time.   Who iknows though.  

We will see.  It will be an interesting thing to watch and I will post stuff on both chains but I don't I anticipate the same situations that caused @partiko to leave and others.   They won't be in the group so there won't be support for them and HIVE will be an ultimate former Steemian circle jerker's paradise.
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@mejustandrew · (edited)
this is big! okay, as a user that was not so active lately, I have some questions: what UI does Hive have?

Never mind, I realized later it was in the post itself [hive.io](https://hive.io/)
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@dhimmel ·
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> if any of the excluded accounts feel they were improperly treated, they can submit a proposal on the Hive chain to have Hive funds equal to their Steem funds at the time of the fork distributed to them. Of course, those with Hive tokens would have to agree and support their proposal (which I find very unlikely), but it does, at least, create an opportunity for them if that's the right path forward.

I'd vote for a proposal to return all funds to users that were not SINMS funds. How many tokens is this anyway? I imagine it's a relatively minor amount of tokens, but creates a large perceptual impurity in the new chain. We shouldn't be taking tokens from those we disagree with. 
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@lukestokes ·
I wouldn't word it as "taking tokens from" because those who put in the work to actually make the code changes did so voluntarily and those who run the code do so voluntarily. It's an airdrop.

Unfortunately, I don't think the amount is minor and that's another reason I disagreed with the approach so strongly.
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