On the Whaleshares blockchain, witnesses serve a role of validating signatures and timestamping transactions by including them in blocks. A block is any group of transactions (posts, votes, transfers, etc) which update the state of the database. Each time a witness produces a block, they are paid for their service. If a witness fails to produce a block, then they are not paid, and may even be voted out.
Witnesses are generally expected to manage a reliable block producing node, implement a failover system, maintain a public seed node, tune blockchain operating parameters, but since Whaleshares is a infant blockchain most of the above mentioned are not rarely implemented yet.
As a WLS user who wants to see this platform continue to grow and flourish, we all have 30 votes to cast for any WLS witness of our choice and I will say this is the most important 30 votes you will ever cast on this platform.
Lets call them Blockchain Guardians or a slight used term block producers.
Meet our Blockchain Guardians is a series put in place to know more about our very own witnesses, there roles and obligations. We need them as much as they needs us. Our witness are the leaders on the platform and thus it is our paramount importance that we due our due diligence before casting our votes.
Today I had the opportunity to interview a person that helped me out from the start of my WLS journey and I am very grateful for this person.
What brought you to Whaleshares?
- BeyondBitcoin and meeting everyone from the original mumble group, which transitioned to Discord and became Bitshares discord and Whaleshares discord afterwards.
What got you interested in becoming a Witness?
- I was actually coaxed into it, and told many times I should do it. People told me that witness nodes need to be run by trustworthy people... and that if I did it, I'd get their vote. Earning trust in a decentralized community isn't easy, and once you have it... you have to maintain that trust. I was honored, and felt I really should contribute back by operating a witness node.
What have you developed for Whaleshares?
- There are some things that haven't gone public yet.. but are coded in as part of mainnet that I was instrumental in solving. If you have access to gitlab, you'll see my contributions. They aren't high in number... but all it takes is a significant contribution that can avoid problems later. I've also done lots of testing, and feedback to our core developers... also I was a key person who insisted on no delegation. It's hard to take credit for anything though, because everyone involved in the project is actually "involved"... so we should all get the same amount of thumbs up for contributing or supporting great ideas. For instance, I may not have been the first person to talk about getting rid of delegation, but I think my comments helped. In this atmosphere, I think more attention should be paid to "not who did what"... but what we've all managed to do "together".
Being a witness takes a lot of time and energy, how do you keep a balance between this and other commitments?
- I"ve made my witness node part of my daily routine. My witness node goes to bed with me at night (mentally, not literally)... and it wakes up with me each morning. My witness node is always on my mind, and I check on it frequently throughout the day, everyday. Sometimes I feel like I'm more concerned about my witness node's health than my own... and once you feel that way... I think you are in the right mindset of the responsibility it takes to operate a witness node. The chain depends on reliable witness nodes, and I am someone who depends on the success of this chain.
Where do you see Whaleshares in 5 years?
Do you still use steem/steemit?
- I use steem, but without excitement or passion.
That excitement and passion I had in the first year and a half of steem died around June 2017 when voting bots took over the system and everyone delegated their power away for dividend payments. That turned steem into a platform where individual greed tops everything. Unless you can upvote someone's post or comment in a big way... they no longer really care about who you are, or what you write. It's sad. Whaleshares presents itself differently, I'm happy to have that excitement and passion back once again on this platform instead.
When you are not in front of your computer helping the Whaleshares community, what other hobbies do you have?
- I don't remember. Just kidding. My hobbies right now have been put on the backburner, as I utilize my time and energy into whaleshares, interacting with the community, curating, researching and developing python applications (I'm new to Python). The old me use to enjoy virtual worlds like World of Warcraft and running my own private server. Beyond that, I enjoy growing vegetables, tinkering with solar panels and microhydro, and fixing broken things instead of throwing them away.
If you could only vote for one witness (not yourself) who would it be and why?
- I'm going to answer two. First of all, I'd maintain my vote for powerpics witness. That guy does a lot more than just make pretty graphics. He has a good head on his shoulders, and he has a keen understanding of right from wrong. His moral compass is intact, and I look up to him. Second person would be lexiwitness, only because I've seen what merej99 has written and how she participates in the community. She's also someone that has reflected her true spirit that she's trustworthy to do the right thing... and I'm sorry to see their witness node at only the #36 position so far. I'd like to mention more witnesses and who I support, but I already broke the rules by answering two here.
If you could have one super power, what would it be?
- I'd like to be turn invisible when needed and be invincible once I re-appeared, for one sole reason. I'd like to be able to be like a ghost from Christmas Past, who visits people in power today. Be a fly on the wall in their ultra secret meetings, and gain a full understanding of why the world is so broken. I'd then use my invincibility to re-appear, sit at the table of those meetings uninvited, and share my thoughts and views without worry of anyone doing anything to me for giving a piece of my unsolicited opinion. 😃 In other words, I'd like to help fix the thinking of certain psychopathic tendancies of those in power. The world is complex. Economies are complex. I think there is more sharing that could take place, and less hurt and pain if we stop treating our fellow human beings as opponents in the game of life.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer a couple questions for our community. 🤝🏻
As WhaleShares users we need to do everything in our power to choose Block Guardians that will represent the community well. Before voting make sure you do some research on the people you are voting for and be informed. Head over to https://whaleshares.io/~witnesses and click on some of the witnesses names, get to know them a bit better and do your part to make sure this community thrives.
Now that you have read something about @intelliguy - @intelliwitness, It will be good and kind of you to show them some love by going to the witness page, search the box and type @intelliwitness to cast your vote for them as your Block Producer.
Please catch our next Meet Our Blockchain Guardians soon. Take Care.
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Please take a minute to jump over to the Block Producer / Witness page and cast your votes. Simply click on the (^) up arrow next to my username "chronocrypto" and supply your private account or active key to lock in your vote.