Jesta - backup witness update for week ending 2016/08/19

Transparency is good and I like the fact that the other backup witnesses are posting updates. Friday also seems to be the day everyone's silently agreed upon. Since I'm acting as a backup witness, I'll also make it a point at the end of each week to write post explaining how I've been contributing to the growth and success of steem.

I am also going to try to establish a little bit of order to my posts and avoid rambling as much as possible. I'd encourage other witnesses to do the same. It would be nice to have a standard content format that's easy to consume and use to learn about the individuals in the witness program.

These posts are broken into 3 main sections:

  1. What I've done since my last update
  2. Upcoming projects/goals
  3. Thoughts for the week

The template I plan on using for this post can be found here. I'm also open to discussions on how we (as witnesses) can make this content more digestible.

1. Accomplished the week of 2016/08/19:

2. Upcoming projects/goals

  • I am planning on launching a new steem tool in the next week or two that will directly integrate with steemstats, as well as being it's own standalone site.
  • I currently working on some deployment scripts for nodes. I am going to spend some SBD to fund 1-2 new nodes in under-served regions this weekend. This will improve response times around the world to all applications using the cluster (e.g.
  • There are a few "nice to have" features I think I can tackle on steem/ that have been mentioned on github. I'm planning on spending part of the weekend to see how many of these I can accomplish. Pull requests incoming!
  • The SteemPress Bounty program ends this weekend and will need some coordination/communication to wrap up. I'll be talking with @dudutaulois, getting the source code, and sending him the bounty. I may also attempt to implement the theme this weekend.
  • To continue helping answer as many questions as possible from those new to the platform. I've learned a lot over the past month and want to share as much of it as possible.

3. Thoughts from this week

The one thing that's been a constant theme for me this week is: we really need better ways to educate users on how things work. The way this website works is confusing to most people, and even once they get started, they still don't even realize it's only the tip of the iceberg.

I've talked to dozens of people over the last week - many of them who just want to learn about this stuff. I applaud @ned's effort to improve this and we all need to get involved. We are going to need more than a wiki though, as some of these things will need to be displayed on as well. The information needs to be put in peoples faces, rather than requiring them to go off somewhere and "learn".

If you're someone who is assisting with this effort and you need help understanding something, please feel free to reach out to me on I am more than happy to act as a bridge between the nitty-gritty of how something works and those who are writing content to help others. My actual writing time is rather limited

Previous week's update

My last update was on on Sunday the 14th. It was my witness application thread, where I announced my intention to get involved with the witness program in an attempt to learn about all aspects of the steem ecosystem.

Finally, don't forget to vote for witnesses here.

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