https://steemitimages.com/DQmSKKdkK6HyWrsTEkzUFH4qyokNDm6MjcYMm9FVske6uzX/image.png The Minnow Support Project is looking for witnesses to support. We'd like for you to apply if you would like to recieve a vote. ## The Minnow Support Project Charter The Minnow Support Project exists as a Witness project to spread the values of Peace, Abundance, and Liberty with a mission to help Steemit grow and to train and maintain minnows (new members) on the platform. ## What is a Witness? A witness is two things: a person (or team of people) and a server. The server constructs the Steem blockchain. All the information that you post, comment, write and all the money that you transfer around is stored on the block. The servers that put it on the block are the witnesses. Witnesses are voted into their positions by owners of Steem Power. Witnesses are paid for this service. The top 20 witnesses earn ~100k steem/yr for their work. Folks below the top 20 witnesses either invest money to be a witness or receive a return of as much as 18k steem/yr. Since the spots are competitive many witnesses not only run a server to make the blockchain but provide additional services to the community as well. The Minnow Support Project is one such service. We exist to help this platform grow by helping keep the newest members to the community engaged in the platform and find ways to be successful on Steemit. # Steem Monsters The Minnow Support Project has been bolstered by the @steemmonsters account, which proxies to @minnowsupport. The @minnowsupport vote is now worth several hundred Mvests. # What happens currently? The team meets weekly, and every week we review applications that come in. Once we have voted for 30 witnesses we'll be rotating voting discussions once per month on the first meeting of every month. ## How to get a vote from Minnow Support Project Over the next month new and old witnesses are encouraged to submit an application for a witness vote and more formal support from the Minnow Support Project. We'll start just with votes that we'll provide from the central account. Anyone who is interested including new and established witnesses are encouraged to submit a post on the block and describe the services they provide the steemit ecosystem, what they do to help minnows, and what if anything to pledge to help the Minnow Support Project in particular. We want to make a special note that both new and established witnesses are encouraged to apply for this. Accounts that have been witnesses for a minimum of one month and those in the top 20 already are welcome to apply. We're still looking for clarification on what specifically the applying witnesses provide as benefits to Steemit, the minnow community, and the Minnow Support Project. Despite the name "Minnow" in regards to witness voting we're looking for a mix of established witnesses and newer witnesses to support. If you make a post please DM the post to @aggroed in the PALnet Discord and attach to this and future posts over the next few weeks as we continue to alert current witnesses to the changes. After the first vote the Minnow Support Project will vote the first mod meeting of every month to determine any changes that are necessary. ## The three main questions What are you pledging to do to support the Steemit Community? What are you pledging to do to support the Minnow Community? What are you pledging to do to support the Minnow Support Project? It's competitive so the best answers to those questions will earn our votes, support, and community backing. Thanks for your time and we're looking forward to reviewing your posts and applications for a Minnow Support Project Witness vote. If you've promised some form of aid to the Minnow Support Project in a previous applicaiton this would be a good time to review previous pledges.