Witness to Witness
Although I said everything there is to say about it in this post already, I would like to talk to witnesses directly.
When the project started, the team needed witness servers to even be able to start the blockchain. The consensus of witnesses is hardcoded in the code and a very essential part of a blockchain.
They could have said, "You know what, let's just run those servers ourselves, it will cost a bit, but it will make performing updates, HF's, easier. Since we are starting off with base code that only slightly resembles where we are headed, a lot of HFs will have to be performed".
They didn't though.
They said, "That is way too centralized, let's give others a change to support us during development. Then after completion, when the system is handed over to the community, you have motivated witnesses to start with."
I wasn't there at the time, but that is what it looked like when I joined Whaleshares.
|What the team said||What witnesses blocking development read|
|We have a platform planned. We are going to develop that platform. We could use your support by running a witness server. You will earn WLS tokens. If the platform performs well, the tokens should be worth something, some day. We take care of all the other costs involved. We just need you to run that server.||We are a team who have no clue where to start. On a rainy day someone mentioned a blockchain, after a couple of beers we agreed on creating our own chain, and here we are. It seems you need witnesses, running servers of some kind, can you do that for us? Since we have no idea what we are doing, we will consult you on every dot comma change in the code just to be sure we are doing things right, and that we are still on the same page. And since we don't have a plan, we need you to stop us when you think we go wrong.|
See what is happening here? Be real, they never invited witnesses to join the development team, that is what some witnesses made up themselves.
You could say, HF3 was executed a little too early. It had all the intentions of what would work, but not completely implemented.
HF4 is only a natural step to finalize what was started in HF3. The pods will work, friends posts will work, comments will be back (boy did we miss those), self-rewarding will become obsolete, on posts as well as on comments, alt account circle jerking will become obsolete, HTLC becomes available.
In short: What are you waiting for?
Use your witness votes wisely
Jump over to the Block Producer / Witness page and cast your witness votes. Simply click on the (^) up arrow next to the witness names of your choice (consider voting for "krazywitness" and "ijmmaiwitness") and supply your private active key to lock in your vote. Refresh the page in case your vote doesn't seem to stick.