📝 What is "State of the Witnesses"?
State of the witnesses will be a regular update provided to the community on the status of the Whaleshares witnesses. The intent is to keep members informed of what is happening on the platform and what witnesses are doing. It is important that members of the community vote for witnesses that represent them and are driving the platform in the right direction. These updates are not intended to be all inclusive, but should only be a portion of the information used for your decision making.
In addition to the overall status, each update will also feature one witness in the "Witness Spotlight". This will allow the community to get a deeper look into the person/group behind the witness and how they play a part in the Whaleshares community.
Things continue to run smoothly on the witness front, there has been no updates needed since Full Launch 🚀 We have picked up 3 new witness since the last update and lost 1 (@spain) bringing the current total to 46. There has been some juggling for positions, but the largest gain goes to @lexiwitness which jumped up 10 spots. @merej99 & @lexikon082 have been very active in the community and the results of their efforts are paying off.
⭐️ Witness Spotlight - @jepu ⭐️
📌 For those who don't know much about witnesses, in layman’s terms, can you give your thoughts on what is the job of a witness?
Most people probably think that being a witness is someone who just sets up a server and that's it. What most people oversee is that being a witness is someone who is for the community, someone who listens to the community, resolves conflicts within the community and ultimately make it sure that value is added to the platform.
📌 What brought you to Whaleshares?
I stumbled on the Whaleshares discord server when I was just starting out on Steemit. Being new to the platform I was looking for different ways to get my post noticed, but what I found was a great community that was much more than just sharing posts and making quick money. To make a long story short I stopped using Steemit after a few months and just decided to hangout on the Whaleshares discord.
📌 What is your background and how does that make you a good witness?
I have a bachelor's degree in computer science, and currently working at a outsourcing IT company in the Philippines that produce quality softwares for various clients. Being a software developer by profession means that I spend most of my day staring at a computer which means I am able to run and maintain a Witness server both effectively and efficiently.
📌 What excites you most about being a witness?
Exciting? Nothing gets your heart racing like doing maintenance work on your witness server and seeing all red. lol
But seriously though, I get excited with the thought that I and the other witnesses have an opportunity to do something great which in turn could change a lot of lives.
📌 Are you running any projects on Whaleshares?
I currently support two different initiatives with my WhaleToken Midas, which you can sort off call as "projects".
The first one is the daily contest that @mindblast does. @mindblast is a good friend of mine who loves sports. So he decided he wanted to run a sports themed contest and he reached out to me if I was willing to support him for the contests. Of course I said yes! You can check out his latest contest here.
The second one is a rather new initiative by @jillfeint and his team which aims to support gaming community. I personally love playing games so it was a no brainer for me to support this project. You can check out their introduction post here.
📌 Do you have or plan to have a WhaleToken? If so, tell us about it.
Yes, I currently have an active WhaleToken named MIDAS. Basically, what I aim to do with MIDAS is support different initiatives that bring value to the chain. So if you have a initiative in mind and want support, reach out to me on discord and let's talk it over.
📌 What are your goals as a witness?
My personal goal as a witness is to be able to help out as much people as I can with my Whaletoken and make sure that every decision made by witnesses as a group would be better for the platform and community.
📌 What do you see as the biggest challenge for Whaleshares and how do you think it should be addressed?
I think plagiarism is a big issue that needs to be addressed but can't be done alone. I personally won't think twice to flag someone with stolen content. I'm trying to think of a way to stop plagiarism and one idea would be a team dedicated to search for stolen content.
📌 If you had to vote for only one witness (not yourself) who would it be and why?
My vote would definitely go to @krazywitness made by @krazykrista. What would a platform be without a strong community leader? I believe that every platform needs a good leader that handles the community just and honestly and I know krista is that type of person. Also, she makes a good costumer service representative xD
📌 Tell the community why you deserve their vote?
This is a rather hard question to answer, mainly because I'm not the type of person who likes to talk much about myself. What I can say though is that as a Witness I promise to always put the community first before and personal gains and I promise to not tolerate any wrong doings on the platform.
💡 Previous Witness Spotlights
- Spotlight #1 - kennybll-witness
- Spotlight #2 - artwhale-witness
- Spotlight #3 - black-man
- Spotlight #4 - beyondbitcoincas
📰 Witness News!
- @nepd has started a companion to *State of the Witnesses* called *Witness Roundtable* where he will ask a single question to all the witness and compile all the answers into a single post. This is also another great way to learn more about the witnesses. Check put the latest roundtable here.
🐳 Get Involved!
- Want to learn more about the Whaleshares platform? See the Whaleshares whale paper.
- Interested in becoming a witness? See the Whaleshares Witness Announcement.
- Stay tuned with official updates and announcements on the Whaleshares Discord channel.