I had a much larger amount of "downtime" than I expected, but I've gotten that resolved now.
The first issue I had was a permissions issue and @jrswab worked with me to resolve that one.
All was fine it seemed, my witness was supposedly running fine (from what I could see) so I went back about my business studying for and getting prepared to take (Over the past/next week) my exams for the 5 college classes I'm taking currently.
I believed I had worked with him and gotten my witness back up and running within a day of being down...
This was not the case, fully...
As you can all tell, I had some unexpected downtime as well as some "downtime" due to not realizing my witness wasn't reconfigured fully.
Things are set up properly now though and I will be sure to make sure that whatever I've done has actually solved my issues instead of assuming that because it appears as if I've solved them, that they are indeed solved.
Uptime has taken a pretty decent hit, but that will recover with time.
It's probably a bit higher, but this is a rough estimate of total uptime.
Ultimately, my witness has not been "down" for the past "4 days" as was stated on the witnesses page.
I had forgotten to broadcast an update that I was producing blocks again.
I was on discord and D.O. trying to figure out the issues, so I hadn't seen @jrswab's latest post about these issues, so I was directed to the first step (delete the blockchain files) that helped resolve my issues by @graylan.
All of their help and willingness to assist me was really what helped me to figure this out.
My next step was to check the blockchain explorer, but I may not have realized that my key was not updated so that I could produce, it's anyone's guess.
What this is, is a learning experience.
Now I've built a bit more knowledge on what to do when things like this occur.
Had I known what I know now, then, I would have only had downtime of 1 day max due to a busy schedule. Since I did not, it appeared as though I have had 4 days.
This is a lesson and a lesson that I have learned the hard way.
I understand why some of you have removed your witness votes from me, but I assure you, I have not and am not going anywhere. I said I was dedicated to this blockchain and I meant it.
My technical knowledge will build over time, but I assure you that I am making solid records of what to do in certain situations and archiving them so that I can look back on them if I face any issues in the future. This will ensure that my knowledge base is not only increased, but fortified.
Having a file with the information I need that I can look at as it pertains to any given issue I've already faced, will make sure that I know how to handle that issue should it arise in the future.
Supporters through this
For those of you who stuck with me, thank you as well! As a new witness, I am working to figure things out as I go. I believe that I've done decently thus far and that I have provided a significant amount of value for the platform and I only wish to improve on that in the future.
For those of you who didn't?
I don't blame you one bit.
If I didn't believe a witness would be active again or had been inactive for 4+ days, I would remove my vote as well.
If you removed your vote because you were told to... I feel bad for you son.
I got 99 problems, but listening to what other people tell me to do ain't one! ;)
I noticed that a post was made calling for the removal of witness votes from me, without communication to the community first.
If @murda-ra had asked around a bit or been on the discord, he would have seen that I was working to resolve the issue, then thought I had and when I realized I hadn't, had sought out more help.
Of course, this did not matter to him.
It does to me though.
I lost a lot of votes from a lot of people I respect due to that.
I get that I didn't make a public post or anything saying that I was addressing the issues... but I wanted to wait until they were resolved to post. I did post publicly on the discord that I was having issues, so that should have pointed to the fact I was working on it and actually IS public.
I respect his right to post as he pleases, but I feel that it was a bit unwarranted to do that without having tried to contact me first to see if I was working on the issues or checking the discord to see if I had any activity.
I also feel that he has no right to sit there and speak on me when he is not even active weekly on our blockchain. He simply witnesses and posts rarely. I don't feel that he has given any more value than I have here. Idc what projects there are outside of SMOKE that he works on, those are not relevant to SMOKE by anything other than association and do not contribute value directly to SMOKE at all.
That's just how I feel about that, take it for what you will.
I'm simply saying that there is no legitimate reason why his word should hold more value than mine and there is no reason why he should be speaking ON me about witnessing when he hasn't spoken TO me about it. Shrug
Unfortunately, I was not "down" for those days, I simply had not broadcasted that I was witnessing, but it is what it is and it has drilled this information into my brain. :)
Thanks to everyone for their continuing support!
I feel that I no longer need to campaign on my posts.
If you removed your vote due to this issue though, I will please request that you reconsider. :)
I appreciate all the support I've gotten!
You guys are the best!
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Thank you all, again!
Peace and Love!