I am one of those sadsacks that isn't allowed to smoke yet, here I am on smoke trying to support those who can. Not only does the country I live in treat weed like it is crack, the company I work for drug tests because of their clientele.
This is why I don't post. I like to post. I like posting a lot. But, what is the point if I can't add to the community? I can do it through my vote of course but then, what is the point of voting if there are so many shitposts? Meh, who am I to judge... I am sober.
Maybe it won't matter about the quality of the posts but I think that in the long-run and for marketers and the like, they want a community that at least engages well. I see a lot of posts with decent rewards on them with very few (if any) comments. The thing that marketers would like to see is the interaction between users as that is what has actual value on a social platform.
Interaction means that there is conversation and it also means that there is a lot more chance for ideas to spread, including the ideas of brands and businesses. Companies want to be talked about, they want to see the discussion around their products, they want people to say more than "looks good".
How come so few of the highly rewarded are engaging with the community? Why aren't they discussing some of the topics at length, why aren't they building the community?
Communities are more than just a collection of people, more than a collection of people with a hobby or preference in common too. A community is a complex social structure of intertwined relationships and to be a strong and successful one, those relationships have to be looking for win/win scenarios more often than not. Communities filled with entitlement rarely survive when pressed by a community filled with musketeers where they band together and go all for one, one for all.
Maximizers aren't musketeers by default.
Of course, this is a decentralized platform where people can do what they choose to some degree but they also have to pay the consequences, even if the entire community pays. But, how about rather than creating "artwork to promote smoke" people actually go out and promote smoke? I think there is enough artwork to last a very long time.
I like the #nugporn too but again, what is it worth? I dunno, I am not allowed to go near any of the stuff. I just get to look on and vote. It is pretty lame being on smoke as a non-smoker in many ways as while people don't mind taking the vote, it is very difficult to be a part of the community. But then, I look long on these things and I can probably guarantee, I look longer than you.
One day the laws might relax in my country but that day is a long way away however, I a don't mind being an advocate for other's rights, even if I don't benefit myself. This is the thing with Musketeering isn't it? One for all?
Not much else I can do or say at the moment, just free write out some thoughts. Maybe that is what I will do from time to time and just write what comes to mind about the community, smoke, and my thoughts on however I see the current situation. Perhaps it will not be interesting to most people as there is too much to read and nothing to smoke, but at the end of the day perhaps it is enough to engage and build relationships with some people on the platform who will be here long term.
Yeah, some of the shitposters will be whales in the future and will feel like they earned their place but, I have seen that entitlement other places and the toxicity and immaturity it breeds. Then again, maybe that is what people expect from the industry at this point, immaturity. The crypto industry is only 10 years old and filled with people wanting to get rich quick, what can be expected on average?
It will change in time - or not.
For now, I will go back to upsmoking content that may or may not deserve any attention at all.
Perhaps I just need a toke.