Hi and hello to all jokers, smokers, and midnight tokers!
@grow-op is much more than just a witness node. We have a mission. We are a growth-centric witness project whose goal is to grow the Smoke Network platform any way we can. Listed below are a few ways in which we plan to make this happen:
Reaching out to the Reddit cannabis community.
It has become painfully obvious to the average Redditor that the site has become extremely profit-focused over time. Over the past few years, they have introduced more and more intrusive ads, and their recent site redesign has proven to be just yet another avenue for showing bigger (more profitable) advertisements. They have even begun to ban subreddits which they feel are damaging their relationship with advertisers.
As if monetising their users' content for their own gain were not enough, they are actively seeking even more money from their users in the form of reddit coins, a centralised, one-way points system that users must buy in order to purchase or gift Reddit Gold.
The /r/trees community on Reddit has over 1.2 million subscribers. What if these users did not have to live under constant threat of their beloved community disappearing in a puff of ad revenue? What if instead of viewing ads and purchasing Reddit Gold from Reddit, these folks were instead buying and powering up SMOKE to support their favourite cannabis content? We believe that this vision can and will be realised. We just need to get out there.
Through non-intrusive social and viral marketing strategies as well as the moderation of the /r/smokenetwork subreddit, we plan to bring Smoke Network to Reddit's masses.
Development of user-friendly tools for the Smoke Network platform.
Our primary maintainer is a seasoned professional software engineer with over 10 years of development experience. In the coming weeks and months, we'll be working to build robust and intuitive tools which augment your Smoke Network experience.
Here are some ideas we have for these tools so far:
- user-friendly desktop wallet
- decentralised cross-site login solution
- permissions-based vote sharing (empower others to vote with your stake)
- a functional and polished dashboard interface
- private messaging system leveraging the power of Graphene cryptography
We will focus our priorities as necessary in order to bring the maximum ease of use possible to the Smoke Network blockchain. We believe that this is the key to mass adoption, and we are committed to making it happen.
Witness Node Details
We are hosting our primary witness node with Privex, a well-known and highly reliable host which is supportive of DPoS platforms and accepts cryptocurrency (including STEEM, a DPoS coin), helping to keep money in the crypto economy. Located in Germany, our current server configuration sports dual cores, 8 GiB of RAM, a 100GB hard drive, and a one-gigabit (1000 mbps) Internet connection.
We are currently seeking hosting options for our backup node. We are aware that a backup node is important to avoid missed blocks and ensure the integrity of the network. We feel that it is best to host this node in a separate geographical location, with a different provider. We will make a witness update announcement when our backup is ready!
We could not be more excited about this opportunity to serve you, the Smoke Network community. In order to support our mission, we ask that you please select us as one of your 30 witness votes.
We are @grow-op, and we are your witness for the growth and development of the Smoke Network platform.
Thank you for your consideration.