🐳 Whaleshares State of the Witnesses - Update #5

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πŸ“ 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.

πŸ“ˆ Status

Things continue to run smoothly on the witness front, there has been no updates needed since Full Launch πŸš€ 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 ⭐️

πŸ“Œ 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.

πŸ“Œ 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.

πŸ“Œ 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.

πŸ“Œ 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.

πŸ“Œ 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.

πŸ“Œ 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.

πŸ“Œ 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.

πŸ“Œ 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.

πŸ“Œ 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

πŸ“Œ 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.

πŸ’‘ Previous Witness Spotlights

- Spotlight #1 - kennybll-witness
- Spotlight #2 - artwhale-witness
- Spotlight #3 - black-man
- Spotlight #4 - beyondbitcoincas

πŸ“° Witness News!

  1. @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.

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πŸ“š Thanks for Reading!

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  • If you are a witness and are doing something to support the community, please use the tag #witness-update in your post and it may be selected for mention in the next witness update.
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Awesome , This is really helps us to understand what our witnesses doing for community. I knew about @jepu contests already because I know @mindblast as friend on discord. and I like that contest. yes in future they should do it for other sports as well. Thanks @bushkill-witness to provide me this post link.

Fantastic report!! Thank you!! It is neat to see Lexiwitness jump up 10 spots from community outreach and activity. I follow them on twitter as well and see their efforts to get whaleshares out to the 'mainstream' community as well. Well done!!


Yes, they are a great example of doing things for the community and your reward will follow.

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.

From where we all came from, they all cared for the money and zero conflict abilities, mostly unfriendly and mean. It feels great to be here.

Witness spotlight is awesome. Did I miss the witness channel on discord. I know, they're there a lot in the discussions in general chat. But you got me thinking, a place to read short briefs about what's on their recent minds might be nice- to supplement radio shows.

...have an opportunity to do something great which in turn could change a lot of lives...
...aims to support gaming community.
Stopped reading there. Seriously though, with AI stampeding straight for society, gaming initiatives are an imperative.

Panoramics a del Asartes

...the sense of irreverent humor that Basil Poledouris has managed to capture perfectly..." - Panoramics a del Asartes

Back to the post -

...think of a way to stop plagiarism and one idea would be a team dedicated to search for stolen content.
COUNT ME IN - not that I would enjoy the process, but I take it to heart.

I know @jepu is trying to be ironic, but I still did a triple take on voting a customer service agent #1. Imagine if that took off and it got in the White House. We would literally be drowning in red tape- unless it was a Krazyplatform.

@machnbirdsparo I'm not a gamer so can't speak much about it other than I believe there are many opportunities the whaleshares platform should pursue. I also believe there are some efforts aimed towards the gaming community but they are not to a point of being announced yet.

Plagiarism is an interesting topic and is receiving a lot of discussion in the Discord. I don't think there is a clear line in everyone's mind between sharing content and plagiarizing. I also think there are those that are trying to test the waters and see what they can get away with. Should be interesting going forward as there are hardcore folks on both ends of the spectrum. Some believe only 100% original content should be used and on the far extreme is those that think a true distributed system equates to anarchy and anything goes.


I am with the original content folk. Making citations easy could help ease the conflict. Thanks for taking the time to put together this reply.

Nice report details @bushkill,
I need your website sir, i wanna do some sketching with your pix, is it on social media, which username?

Thanks for the info, I know by experience the valuable work on behalf of the community a witness must have. I hope whaleshares witnesses contribute with their knowledge and support to develop and make this community a model for other ones in the blockchain.

Good to see the witnesses progressing. Whaleshares is on the fast lane to success, than you for the report @bushkill-witness

biog up to all this witness who make our work on this platform easier and flawless. that you for the great job you are doing

This is great! Thank you for making it easy to learn about witnesses! Also thanks for being one yourself!

I still have to get my votes in! Planning that tomorrow!!

Will be sure to check out the other spotlights you listed!!

I really love seeing the stats and thank you for the mention too. This is a joyful journey and I just feed off of everyone's energy. Let the journey continue :)


Well deserved mention. You guys are optimizing the "for the betterment of the community" goals of Whaleshares

Thanks for the highlight this week!