What is this a tool that looks at voting patterns and votes given out!
To understand my excitement over a new tool one has to understand my motivation. I like building communities and engaging people. I am very active in several groups and I really work hard in curating and engaging people. So feeling giddy I immediately took a look at mine http://steemocean.com/voter/maverickinvictus
So the tale of the tape shows that I have recently made 372 upvotes for 212 unique accounts. That number is very important for me because I am part of Asher's @abh12345, The Curation and Engagement leagues
Using the information from Asher's league we can see the Voting and Engagement pattern of the participants. The data is gotten from SteemSQL - @arcange's MS SQL which Asher pays out of his own wallet to have access to it.
I've used some metrics (which is the fancy way of saying that made up some numbers) relating to:
- Posts (P)
- Comments - number of (C)
- Comments - outside of your own blogs (C E)
- Comments - length in characters (C L)
- Witness votes (W)
- Upvotes to others (V)
- Upvotes to different authors (U V)
- Self-votes - a minus score for this one sorry! (S V)
Data shows in Steem Ocean that the Data period is from 07-03-2018 - 14-03-2018. Asher's report I would assume would be 11-03-2018 - 17-03-2018. Which means the data on these two reports inter-lap but shows a good assessment of the voting pattern of the individual.
Both show that I give out 300+-500+ votes in a week and touch on about 200+ unique accounts. My goal is to get myself to be able to get to reach 500 unique accounts and at least 500 comments combined with both comments on my own posts and comments on others. Currently, I am at around 300 total with 172 comments in other people's post. So more than half of the comments that I do are to provide engagement to the whole Steemit community.
Another part which is very important to me is the self-vote percentage. For the 5 months that I have been in Steemit I have been self-voting myself for all the posts that I make. Granting that I only post once a day may not seem much and is at 7.2% normally.
I set out a challenge to myself when the latest League report was published that I wanted to be back in the top 10 again. I peaked at being top 3 there and one of the observations I had was the very apparent absence of self-voting for those in the upper echelons of the league.
So starting Monday I have not been upvoting myself. So I have an extra 2% that I can use to upvote more people. I try to keep my Voting power at above 75% each day and although I have a lot of people in Auto vote and have 2 curation trails I follow (@thesteemengine and @promo-mentors) majority are still by manual curation.
I believe that more than the upvote, commenting and engaging someone is very vital in the community. It shows that someone cares to read their content and it will make them go back again and again to write more posts and we retain people.
This is one of the tenets we have in the Promo-mentors headed by @futurethinker who have several mentors who are part of Curie and OCD that helps bridge the gap between new Steemians and veterans. It also helps that the members are personally given feedback and mentored so that they can improve the way their write their blogs.
We accept everyone who wants to improve their craft and we have mentors who provide feedback for general topics, SteemSTEM, Poetry and Fiction as well as Utopian.io submissions. We even have a very vibrant Spanish speaking community.
So enough about me and the community that i help engage in. Off to the review!
What is SteemOcean.com
It is a tool created by @ura-soul to be able to provide voting insight on the whole Steem Community. This is a direct quote from the About Us of Steem Ocean.
Steam Ocean provides insights and services that help users of the Steem blockchain safely navigate the high seas of Steem! Steem is both a public blockchain technology, a cryptocurrency (like Bitcoin) and the foundation for many social/community websites which reward their users with payment in exchange for their posts. The original site for Steem users is Steemit.com, but others exist too with various styles and missions.
It has four active tabs that you can use.
1. Overview - which has the data of the whole Steem blockchain voting behavior (except bots which you can read the explaination in the About page)
Here you can see the vote value, number of accounts voted for, self-vote value and Vote rank of the top people in the blockchain. You can see that some names appear in more than one category like @hendrikdegrote, @hr1, @kpine and @good-karma. Even our boy Terry @surpassinggoogle makes an appearance.
2. Voter Rank Table - Now this is interesting and it shows the top 100 ranked voters and gives more details on what Top category they vote on, their Self-vote percentage and number of accounts that they voted for.
3. Examine a voter - This is why I am most interested in as it shows the voting behavior of a person or entity. It has a lot of good stuff like knowing how many votes you have done, the number of accounts that you voted on, self-votes that you have done and even some of accounts you have voted on and their details. That can be used to check if you are limiting your votes to some or really spreading it out which is the intention of the Gifteconomy of Steem.
4. About - This is where it explains what the page is about. It explains the Vote Ranking system and that it ignores bots and votesellers on the list.
Overall I am very satisfied with the data that it collects and gives an overview of. This adds further to the transparency of the Steem blockchain and gives us an idea what some of the higher ranked people are doing with their Steem Power.
Who is @ura-soul
So we discussed the tool but I was also wondering about @ura-soul. Mind you I am not doing this to score extra brownie points but I am genuinely interested in what the Steem Witnesses do and I saw his application to become a Steem Witness which is dated 5 months ago.
You can read it through this link @ura-soul Witness Application
Being an HR practitioner it is often in my nature to do background checks. I fully utilize my Witness Votes as I vote for those people who I feel will further the advocacy and behaviour that I support in Steem. It is our duty to be informed and vote accordingly and my witness votes reflect that.
So he has his own website https://www.ureka.org which is a social network that respects privacy and promotes balance!
To quote him.
I therefore chose to treat ureka.org as a ‘quality not quantity’ website, where rather than focussing on getting as many users as possible, I focused on attracting those among us who intend to create real balance and sustainable/progressive changes. After a few years online it still exists as a functional platform which I intend to continue to evolve and plan to integrate Steem’s ‘Smart Media Tokens’ (SMT) into in the near future.
I also check his feed and he writes and supports Utopian, Steem, Health, Charity and Vegans. Not suprisingly I saw he resteemed a post by a fellow Promo-mentor @evecab who is a very passionate vegan.
So will I be using this tool to monitor my progress as a human curator and engager in Steem. Yes I would it is by knowing data and analyzing our actions can we improve ourselves. I want to be a person who builds communities and support the advocacy of Engagement in the gifteconomy of Steem. I plan to make use of it to create a sustainable source of funds for one of my charities that I have been doing for the past 11 years @giftinkindph
You can read more about it here:
Promoting Steem to Gift in Kind Foundation| Our first step to modern fund raising
I made a change in my witness vote to add @ura-soul as one of my witness. Is it to win the 500 SP delegation for a month? No but because he made this kick ass tool and because he writes and supports things that I care and believe in.
I cannot stress enough how important for each Steemian to use their vote and support witnesses that will further develop the Steem Blockchain. I am a believer of this platform and as such I want to see it grow and it will only do that if we continue to be engaged, create good quality posts and support other people by leaving the scarcity mindset and embracing the abundance mode of thinking of a Steem Gifteconomy
Only then can we see how we can make this platform better and be the best version of ourselves.