Introducing Deranged-Witness. A witness for the community

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@derangedvisions is throwing his hat into the witness pool

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Some of you here may know me from my Deranged Photography Contests, but if you want to know more about who I am in depth, you can check out my Whaleshares Intro Post.

The short version of who I am

My name is Wes. I am a photographer/videographer. I guess you could just call me a visual artist. I have a wife and two kids. I have two dogs and two cats, and I like long walks along the beach.

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I started investing in crypto last December and began riding the all time highs. When the market started to go down, I was able to salvage some of my investments and made some decent trades during that time. I found out about Steemit shortly after and started on there. During that time I was pretty successful and had started a few community initiatives and started my photography contests. I became a witness on Steemit and ran a solo witness for a while, but when the value of Steem dropped, I teamed up my witness efforts with another witness on the platform and have been part of a team witness ever since.

So why witness on Whaleshares?

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Since I joined Whaleshares, I have fallen in love with the community here. There is something special about it. Something that is lacking on the other block chains. Witnesses play an extremely important role in keeping a blockchain running, so I wanted to do my part to ensure the longevity and success of this platform.

What is a witness?

A witness is a member of the community that runs a server that produces or "witnesses" blocks for the Whaleshares blockchain. The blocks contain all of the information about posts, comments, votes and any of the transfers done on the chain. As you can see, witnesses play an fundamental here on the platform, and without witnesses, the platform would cease to exist.

My witness Specs

2x 2.8+ GHz Core
8 GB RAM
60 GB NVMe SSD storage
1 Gbps connection

I am running an 8 GB server so that it is able to handle the any updates made to the platform for a while.

My plans here on Whaleshares for the community

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I am community oriented. I believe that a good balance of technical and community witnesses is important for a successful platform. We need technical witnesses like @chronocrypto, @kennybll-witness, @intelliwitness and @black-man. At the same time, we need amazing community witnesses like @powerpicswitness, @krazywitness, @artwhale-witness and @lexiwitness.

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Deranged Photography

I have already started my Deranged Photography Contests as a way of rewarding the amazing photographers on the platform. I am grateful that @krazykrista and @pixel have graciously sponsored them with their WhaleTokens as well. I am planning on releasing my own WhaleToken to support the photography and art community as well.

When I created the Deranged Photography Contest, I wanted to create a photography contest that was fair and rewarded photographers of all skill levels. I realized people all over the world of all skill levels were participating in photo contest and I wanted to be able to give them all an equal chance of being rewarded.

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Review Me

@kaliju and I have some big projects in the works right now. One of them that is in the process of being moved over to Whaleshares as I type is the Review Me project. There is no reputation score system here on Whaleshares, which is good, because the system many of us are used to on another platform can be bought. Review Me is a way for the community to give you a reputation and your reputation has value and can be redeemed for tokens or votes.

@kaliju does an excellent job explaining the Review Me Project in depth here.

We have another big project that will be announced soon that we have been working on for a long time and we are excited to bring it here.

Thank You

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I want to thank you all for the warm welcome I have received here on the platform. I am extremely grateful to everyone on this platform. I am here for the long haul and I am looking forward to what the future holds. There is amazing potential here and I am excited to share this experience with all of you.

If you want to cast a witness vote for @deranged-witness or any of the other witnesses mentioned in this post, go to https://whaleshares.io/~witnesses and vote. Remember that voting for witnesses is an essential part of this platform.

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Right on man glad to have you on board!

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Thank you. Exciting times.

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I also had a chance to vote for you too. you are doing awesome for both wls and smoke.

Since I joined Whaleshares, I have fallen in love with the community here.
Same feeling (even being a few days old).

Blown away by your presentation. I have only voted for those whom I have had direct communicae:
@krazywitness
@beyondbitcoincas
@intelliwitness
@dbread-witness
@chronocrypto
@lexiwitness
@ceruleanblue
@deranged-witness
since I already voted for you, hope you reply :) or I connect with you in discord.
On-boarded by Intelli a few days ago from Steemit (about a year).
That a new type of camera...

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Thanks for your vote @machnbirdsparo. I am sure @derangedvisions will reply. He is super busy dude but does take the time to reply to comments. He seems very structured in how he conducts his day and tries to keep a good balance with life, family, work, and social media. I love that guy a bunch.

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Supercool to see how seriously you are taking this shit, there are so any people who don't even use their witness votes, and it is a important feature to each account.

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:) I avoided voting on Steemit, but the community here is so engaging, I had to start of right and recognize the active witnesses on discord.

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Thanks for the support. I am looking forward to being here on this platform. It is going to be awesome.

As far as the camera, it is far from a new type of camera. This is a super old school camera that is fully manual. It is large format sheet film. It is pretty fun, just takes forever to set up shots. Makes you appreciate the technology in photography now.

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Yes humor is the accordion phone. Before my time. Probably as far back as I go:

from http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2015/04/12/polaroid-v-kodak-still-the-champ/id=56654/
How is the quality? I recently composed an article about mirror-less camera tech. Figured there may be the issue of digital versus pure capture. Note- I know little about taking photos.

D'oh! I am about to head out for a 12 hour nightshift, so official comment shall have to wait (my comments are rarely a 2 minute affair LOL)

Suffice to say this is pretty freakin' awesome news...I really feel that the witnesses here feel, approachable, connected and just like the rest of us...hope that makes sense...

You would be an awesome addition to their ranks, to ensure that the governance of the community remains above all relevant and to the benefit of all, as far as is possible.

The very best of luck, not that I think luck will be a factor. Exciting times on #Whaleshares but I do believe that by far...

The best is yet to come 😁

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We do have some pretty awesome witnesses here that are really involved in the community. It is a nice breath of fresh air.

Cool! you have a great trajectory, was interesting to read this post. You have my vote !! Cheers!

Waoh, glad to see you here, I hope you brought your picture contest along from Steemit down here, I will love to partake from both side, though I've only entered in once but I enjoyed the submitted pictures.

Happy to see you here once again.

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Yes the photo contests is here on Whaleshares. I will be running mini contests throughout the week as the witness account grows too.

https://whaleshares.io/derangedphotography/@derangedvisions/hit-me-with-your-best-shot-deranged-photography-contest

Great stuff here, upvoted and followed :)

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Thanks man, much appreciated.

Best of luck deranged!

Greetings, @deranged-witness,

Thank you for connecting this post to your "Whaleshares link" on the witness page. Thats how I found it, thanks also to @bushkill informing me about the special link function.

I appreciate your enthusiasm for the Whaleshares platform. I'm still stumbling around, trying to figure out how it differs from Steemit.

I've had a Steemit blog for over two years, but I'm trying something different here on Whaleshares, at least for starters. I hope to focus my blog on the "Maker Movement," and to both show things I make while trying to encourage other makers as well.

I know that I have a lot of learning to do on Whaleshares, but I like what I see so far, very much. Thank you for supporting this community as a witness. You have my vote.

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Very exciting to see you on board. Whaleshares is getting some awesome witnesses and the platform has many awesome community oriented members. I know you're just getting started and it's going to be exciting to watch what you will accomplish. lexikon082
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These are exciting times and it is going to be a fun ride that we are going to be taking together.

OMG! You are now a witness !

Congratulations! That's really quite awesome!

You are awesome @derangedvisions. I will surely cast my vote for you. You spend a lot of time on community development and support community projects. I wish you all the best.

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Thanks @azizbd, I know how important the community building aspect of these platforms are for user retention, so I try to do my part in keeping people engaged with each other.

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Started to votes. My first vote went for you. Have a nice day :)

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Thank you. I really appreciate your support. I am looking forward to the future of the platform.

Sounds great to me. I am new here, but I like your style. You have my vote.

The "balance" of witnesses you speak of... is spot on...

We don't just need not just geeky nerds (why do people say that in this day and age still?)

I don't care..

We don't just need geeky nerds running witnesses. We need to have a multi-skill group of people, with different interests, as the key element who support this blockchain.

The more dynamic we are... the stronger we are.

I'm really glad you made this point. Witness received a vote!

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Thank you, the support is much appreciated. I like to consider myself a cool nerd though, even though my kids probably will disagree with me, lol. I really like the wide range of witnesses we have here on this platform already. I think we are building a great team from the beginning and we are creating something great.