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Stars in their Eyes, Hate in their hearts by tarazkp

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· @tarazkp · (edited)
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Stars in their Eyes, Hate in their hearts
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I have spent a little time reading through a blog or two where relatively new people have turned quite vile and toxic at the state of Steemit as they see it. The reason I did this was because of an ALL CAPS attack on one of my posts today. I don't mind the criticism of my content nor ad hominem attacks but he (going on the choice of language) also commented upon other comments attacking them for showing support for something they found useful. This is pretty poor behavior in my opinion.

I read through some of his latest posts and then scrolled back the month that he has been here to his first post (exactly one month ago) where he wrote well, it was relatively interesting and authentic and quite worthy of a few upvotes. If I had come across it before, I would have likely given it some support. However, as I then scrolled up again, it was a very quick dive into negativity and spitting to all who would listen about the scam that is Steemit. Very quickly indeed. I then searched for a few other blogs and found several similar where the fall-away from a promising start was astonishingly quick.

I find this all quite depressing at how fast people throw in the Steemit towel when instantaneous reward and popularity isn't found. I am no cheerleader for Steemit and I have voiced my own criticisms regularly over the last 6 months but I wonder, why stay if there isn't some hope that the initial expectations will still be met? Why continue posting at all unless either one just likes to pour anger and frustration into the public or hopes that a reward or some recognition may fall their way?

If someone does just enjoy pouring their poison into the ether, and views Steemit as a 'Liberal socialist, Ponzi scheme platform', why not decline payout? It seems disingenuous considering the stance taken. But, I do understand their frustration at not having content seen, yet at the same time, Steemit is still in Beta and is nowhere near as smoothly running as the big players in the media world with hundreds of millions to spend on development.

On top of this, due to the nature of Steemit, it is largely a ground-up build where each component is developed piece by piece to function with the blockchain. I am not overly technical but all of these things take time in my head and I guess for the developers too. I used to test mobile software for Nokia once upon a time and would be playing with phones 6 month to a year before release. And that is Nokia when they had 30,000 employees in Finland alone.

What I wonder is what their expectations were for an in Beta site which pays for content. How easy did they think it would be and how much and how quickly were they expecting results? The half-life of thoughtful writing into all out hate was less than a week. Does this speak of Steemit itself or the people that are posting? 

I have clearly stated my long-term view of Steemit and the challenges in the beginning stages as well as the risks of possible collapse, which means a Zero return for me. I have tried to convince people to put in the effort and ride it out as I believe (perhaps naively) that in the long-run, there will be benefits for those who do. But long-term must be seen as more than a week right or am I being overly presumptuous in my time scaling? 

Reading their entry articles  and then watching the slide makes me wonder if Steemit is failing or society is failing but, there is definitely a disconnection. I can only ever give my own experience of something and even when I attempt to simulate another's position, it will inherently be flawed. Some of the articles I have written lately and all through my blog are directly related to the values that are possible outside of the reward structure.

I have heard so, so many stories now about people selling their Bitcoins they got for pennies for a few dollars and being pleased yet, at 4800 dollars now, they are counting backwards. I take a view that Steemit and Steem are going to raise in value significantly. Maybe not Bitcoin high, but much more than the current 1.50 it is. This is a chance for people to mine coins with very little investment other than time, get to write about whatever they want and if interested, find some very cool people to share experiences and have a laugh with.

No, not everyone can appear in Trending nor get high votes from whales or their bots. Not everyone will get hundred dollar post payout (I am still yet to after 6 months and about 1000 original posts), not everyone will be able to retire on the income they earn here. But, there is a lot of value to be found outside of the money if one cares enough to look. Before falling into the abyss of anger and hate, spend some time actually getting to know some of the varied people on the platform. 

Perhaps from them you will get a different view of the platform, or get a glimpse of the various struggles they face in their day to day posts and lives in general. Spend some time getting to know the people that laugh and play and tease each other and help those that honestly ask for it. Meet the highly skilled members which so many miss, that I missed for my first 6 months here, see the community behind the posts and rewards. 

You may still choose to rage afterwards, but at least you will know the people as well as their hopes and dreams you are looking to destroy.

Taraz
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@denmarkguy ·
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Funny--coincidental... as you were writing this, I was writing about people not being willing to be *accountable* for their own shortcomings.

Maybe what is "wrong" with the world is a strange quickening of time... a way in which everything is expected to evolve ever faster. Whether that's true or not, the thing that bugs me a bit is the sheer anger and rage so many seem to express when "things don't go their way." Maybe I am simply getting old, but I recall the options in such situations were mostly "well, then QUIT" or "try harder." All this venting of anger does seem like a relatively new thing...

... and it worries me a little for your daughter; for my grandkids... who are coming up, in this world.
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@tarazkp ·
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This quickening is an interesting thing I have been thinking about a lot lately. Technology is ramping exponentially but the human minds (and society) are likely unable to keep up. The venting online is a shift from going to the pub and talking to the bartender days I suppose but in a face to face discussion, the rage rarely appears.

It is the sitting behind the keyboard that tricks the emotions and there is no direct feedback, no person to balance the equation, so one stews in a pool of self-inflicted misery. 

Where this leads is why I spend so much time investigating and writing about what I do. I plan on helping my daughter build a process to overcome herself as young as possible so she does as little 'getting in her own way' a possible. Maybe then she has the power and grit to help others.
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@steemitadventure ·
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Not everyone is equipped to deal with the state of the world. But look at the good side, one less person you have to split the reward pool with!
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@tarazkp ·
Always a bright side :)
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@sift666 · (edited)
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Classic! - and that cell phone story is hilarious.

I think Steemit will hold together and keep growing, although I have met some real dickheads here this week. More than in the whole past year.

But we are old timers and can stay above all that stuff. I don't think that guy will last long.

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@tarazkp ·
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I think there are many similar. Does it hurt the site in the long-run, not much likely but still, some people are quite impatient.
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