Let's talk about curation for a little bit. Curation is really important, OK? I like the approach Smoke has implemented toward rewarding 50/50 authors and curators. I think this makes a huge difference than the 75/25 scenario on Steem. Of course, every author wants his posts to be the subject of attention on any social platform. Everyone has something to say. But if no one reads your blog than what's the point? Making small crypto on the side? Draining the rewards pool?
Excuse me for the comparison, I know Smoke is not Steem, but for now, it's the closest thing out there among the other blockchain social platforms. Some call it a success, I beg to differ! A social media without genuine readers and organic traffic is destined to fail unless some kind of miracle happens, or whales pump up the market cap. Steem really underestimated the power of curation. Why go for a fraction of a 25% cut when you can get the whole 75%? This created a platform where curators blog just for the rewards, creating a shitpost community. 95% of the posts on Steem are pure garbage. But what's worse, the best authors don't stand a chance against the powerful guilds and voting bots. If you are a good writer it should be easy to reach more readers, right? Unfortunately, this is not the case. Sooner or later one realizes that Steem is a rigged game. It has become a market for votes. Either you play the game or the game plays you.
The devs on Smoke did their best to take out all the things that can potentially harm the platform, like getting rid of the SBD, because it is a backdoor for massive rewards drainage. The 50/50 split between authors and curators is also a good idea, as it will incentivize users to be more active in the comments section. But one thing bugs me. YOU NEED 50 000 SMOKE POWER in order to manage your voting power more efficiently. Only then you get a slider with which you can choose the percentage of your votes. Even though by today's prices 50K SP is not that much, it really sets a high bar for curators and newcomers in the crypto space. Users below 50K need to be really careful when, how much and to who to cast their votes. An average user has about 10 "strong" votes a day before his voting power decreases dramatically. What do you think, is 50K a fair bar? Will lowering this threshold help or harm SMOKE?