Verbaltech2 - BitShares Witness Update
Welcome to my witness update.
I will be changing my approach to reporting, and reducing the number of reports I publish to a minimum of once a quarter. However, I intend to publish updates between the regular quarterly reports as events dictate.
This change is to provide more meaningful updates. Very few BitShares witnesses publish reports at all, regular or irregular. I asked myself why that is so, do voters not value such reports? Given the limited feedback that such reports are actually valued by shareholders, and that some months only typical, routine maintenance is required, this new quarterly approach (+ non-periodic reports as required) should be adequate to keep the community informed about my activities.
Activities to start the new year in terms of node / code maintenance are in the routine category with no new release deployments or patches. I have been working on migrating my price feeds away from bts_tools, and intend to replace them, but they have been stable and reliable this past month so the urgency has subsided. I tend to believe the issues I noticed were data dependent. However, using a more up-to-date script is definitely in the works.
I reported last month that something changed with the bts_tools process in the docker container, so it no longer is connected to the witness_node. I have not seen that recur in January, but feel it will happen again. That is another good reason to replace them. Also, bts_tools was built to accommodate several Graphene blockchains, and that complicates troubleshooting.
Regarding improvements to witness metrics, such as automated version reporting I mentioned previously, very few people are apparently interested, and despite the immeasuably small risk such automation would add and the clear benefit it would provide, isn't compelling enough to offset the few who are opposed to it. The primary counter claim is that the version reported can't be 100% guaranteed to be accurate. Nevermind that it would be 99% accurate and only nefarious "rouge" witnesses would even bother to change the code to supply a fake version. Among the honest witnesses those rouge deviates would be quite obvious. IMO the objections are flimsy, the risk unsubstantiated and the opposition seems less technically driven than it is political. But as I said, there are very few people willing to participate in the discussion and contribute critical analysis on the matter.
There are quite a few initiatives in the works, based on the various bsips submitted to github. Stay tuned for further info about those and how they may affect witness operations.
That's all for now. Here is the market summary since last update (all prices via CMC): BTC=$3,480.65, BTS=$0.038, STEEM=$0.275, EOS=$2.34, PPY=$0.72. I'll list WLS when CMC does.
Gemany, node 1
Germany node 2
And the testnet server for BTS:
is greatly appreciated! Thanks for your time and attention