📣 State of the Witnesses #2 - @murda-ra Spotlight

7 months ago

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📄 What is 'State of the Witnesses' ?

State of the witnesses will be a regular update provided to the community on the status of the Smoke.io witnesses. The intent is to keep members informed of what is happening on the platform and what witnesses are doing. It is important that members of the community vote for witnesses that represent them and are driving the platform in the right direction. These updates are not intended to be all inclusive, but should only be a portion of the information used for your decision making.

In addition to the overall status, each update will also feature one witness in the "Witness Spotlight". This will allow the community to get a deeper look into the person/group behind the witness and how they play a part in Smoke.io.


📰 Current Update

We picked up 5 new witnesses since the last update and now are at 39 witnesses. The network seems to be running smoothly although there have been some witnesses reporting DDOS attacks on their servers. Witnesses should continue to add security to their servers to protect the network.

There are currently 3 witnesses disabled:

  • s144
  • mister-meeseeks
  • denverdabs

and a few others that have missed more than a couple blocks since the last report:

  • skylinebuds
  • lucashunter
  • smokeafrica
  • props4crops

Let's hope this is just due witness set-up/learning and things will become more stable for them. It is worth keeping an eye on though.

A shout out to @bud for contributing questions for the "Witness Spotlight". Scroll down to learn more about our current spotlight witness - @murda-ra.


📊 Current Witness Rankings

Rank
Prev
Rank
Owner
Missed
Blocks
Votes
Weighted
Vote
Created
1
1
blckchnd
1
88
9409342358261
9/24/2018
2
2
powerpicswitness
1
108
6245992776871
9/24/2018
3
3
nathansternx
0
74
6088184409317
9/25/2018
4
4
murda-ra
2
68
5093032614269
9/25/2018
5
5
roelandp
0
73
4930720612399
9/26/2018
6
7
beyondbitcoincas
1
47
3182488991613
9/27/2018
7
9
blackman
1
97
2167882109418
9/23/2018
8
11
chronocrypto
0
97
1950960688016
9/24/2018
9
8
bbq-iguana
1
77
1924260155277
9/23/2018
10
6
emeraldtreasury
1
37
1875011194251
9/26/2018
11
15
skylinebuds
148
83
1713662486105
9/23/2018
12
13
subways
0
46
1446845539281
9/24/2018
13
10
ienrikex
1
50
1399153467657
9/24/2018
14
14
smokeasaurusrex
0
71
1391798233337
9/24/2018
15
12
smokinghotnish
0
43
1357125579238
9/23/2018
16
22
bangzi
0
43
1317043945525
9/24/2018
17
17
lucashunter
40
44
1239076740182
9/24/2018
18
21
smokeafrica
1493
61
1190020563599
9/24/2018
19
26
curationbro
16
45
1189742434154
9/24/2018
20
20
props4crops
1898
33
1186049226610
9/24/2018
21
19
ganja
0
36
1180141474350
9/24/2018
22
18
jotmax
2
36
1129174778839
9/24/2018
23
23
dgazek
0
31
1076797198648
9/24/2018
24
24
bbtc
1
28
1069197497786
9/24/2018
25
25
smoketerzai56
13
26
1059831468354
9/24/2018
26
27
tukor
0
23
1031237309083
9/25/2018
27
new
grow-op
0
44
999566275124
10/2/2018
28
new
jah.witness
0
21
683670064773
9/30/2018
29
28
jrswab
1
34
230571302335
9/27/2018
30
16
s144
1492
15
159822527705
9/24/2018
31
31
graylan
0
47
148200442016
9/27/2018
32
29
trees
0
37
124596941956
9/26/2018
33
new
howhigh
0
23
117407623097
10/4/2018
34
30
mortiz
0
18
111081652590
9/27/2018
35
new
mister-meeseeks
1
6
101967414815
10/6/2018
36
34
moonblocks
0
26
6562477481
9/27/2018
37
32
sreeram661
5
37
4576437675
9/25/2018
38
new
fiasteem
0
12
2256092836
10/5/2018
39
33
denverdabs
1
4
1882495938
9/26/2018

⭐️ Witness Spotlight - @murda-ra ⭐️


📌 Why have you decided to be a witness on the Smoke.io?


I want Smoke.io to be a success and not fall under the influence or corruption such Steem or some others seen in the past. It all start with Block Producers, Developers and early whales. As a Block Producer (Witness), I believe that my knowledge and passion can help network to have a healthy and good grow (I’m not alone in this - there are much other pros except me - @roelandp, @blckchnd, and others)

📌 What is your background and how does that make you a good witness?


It's public - But as summary: Spent a lot of years in IT Management and bleeding-edge system/networking solutions as early Slackware distro admin. Spent years in ISP and high-portfolio companies around Europe, where finally set my home in SE Asia. Having good experience in BitShares for a year now and holding/managing currently 23 API nodes ( https://status.apasia.tech ) with one average testnet BP in BitShares - i consider myself quite valuable when it comes to knowledge on “how to nest and care a Graphene node” or “how many bugs can happen”. On the other side, i do personally consider BitShares as strongest Consensus around Graphene, learning and adapting there - priceless and makes anything else less challenging :)

📌 What excites you most about being a witness?


First civilian Ciphers were used in banking in the 70s and were developed by IBM. Actually ‘Lucifer’ was the name for one of the very first Ciphers around. Same is happening now in the blockchain. By being one of first early-adopters and contributors unto technologies such as blockchain - its more than just ‘exciting’ to me :) I’m into cryptography, p2p, it security and system administration in short terms. No need to mention - passionate daily smoker for the past consecutive 17 years :)

📌 What are your goals as a witness?


To maintain stable, secured and productive network for the best future of Smoke.io. To provide more dapps, entry points (RPC nodes) and to diminish/support other Witnesses to persuade same goals.

📌 Are you involved in any projects outside of Smoke.io that you would like to share with us?


BitShares
WhaleShares
Telos
SteemIt

📌 Do you think Smoke.io has an important role in the broader cannabis community? If so, why?


Oh yes! Cannabis is a no mystery to a world for hundreds of years, but in last few decades it’s being known as something bad, illegal, addictive, etc. As we all know here, even chocolate can be addictive but still you can acquire one anywhere for less than a dollar. Smoke.io is a place where discussions related to cannabis are safe, secured and will remain as long as there is a network in order. Maybe such freedom and proper uncensored information being available to the world will finally make cannabis community stronger to fight against injustice in certain countries where Law is above freedom.

📌 Where do you see Smoke.io in the future?


Everywhere. It’s decentralized! :)

📌 What do you see as the biggest challenge for Smoke.io and how do you think it should be addressed?


Reaching out new to the new members, proper marketing campaings, stability of block producers. It has to be constant team discussion and work, it cannot be just explained in words. Basics are known, what the future will bring and how others will stand up/with to Smoke.io we don’t know yet.

📌 If you had to vote for only one witness (not yourself) who would it be and why?

@roelandp - That man earned his stripes. Google for “why” if you wanna know more :)

📌 Tell the community why you deserve their vote?


I don’t. It’s up to the Community to follow my progress and maintain proper votes if I deserve them (as for any other witness).


👏 Thank you @murda-ra for taking the time to answer these questions and share your thoughts with the community.


📚 Thanks for Reading!


  • If you found this information helpful, I hope you will consider supporting me (bbq-iguana) for witness.

  • If you are a witness and are doing something to support the community, please use the tag #witness-update in your post and it may be selected for mention in the next witness update.

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Make your support count by going to Witness Voting and turn @bbq-iguana GREEN! (ORANGE NOW?)





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Thanks for these updates it really help the community and i am hoping it shows people why they need to vote for witness.

Dam i am sorry i missed that many blocks when i went down i will need to get my backup running.

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No worries. It's still very early. So early in fact, most of us still have yet to set up monitoring software. Could possibly do this with the smokeJS, send text message when blocks are missed.

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Thanks. That would be awesome to get a text. Still need backup for it incase i am working then it is not down for 8 to 10 hours.

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Don't sweat it man, it is a learning experience. At least you got it addressed. There are other witness that seem to have issues and have gone MIA.

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Helps to hear this from you guys.
I noticed we got some MIA guys hoping we can call a couple out and find what they are doing besides earning smoke.

One thing would be awesome to add if it is easy maybe add new missed blocks and old missed.

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I think that'd be a great feature to add. That way we can see if maybe the witness just had a short period of time where they had some issues, but resolved them and things have been much better since then. Definitely something to consider!

I think it would give a more accurate representation of how much a witness worked on resolving the issues that arose.

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I'm lucky I haven't missed any blocks yet and I've been able to maintain a 100% uptime since I started mine, but this is just a good reminder that I should also get some backups in place. I'm going to look into that today and try and get in touch with someone who can assist me in that.

I find the best way I learn is to be shown, and I pick things up extremely quickly.

If there's any bigger, more knowledgeable witnesses who would be open to helping me directly with developing my witness, I'd greatly appreciate it!

I saw a lot of talk about needing to know C++ to truly be the best witness you can be and know how to tackle issues that arise, so if anyone knows where I could get a good comprehensive guide on learning that, I would appreciate that as well.

Don't worry about it @skylinebuds, things happen and what counts is that you're working to address those issues and not just letting them continue without regard for the blockchain and it's users. :)

Peace and Love as always!

Thank you for this witness update. I have been seeking to vote for more on SMOKE and it's great to see a compilation of the current witnesses in one place.

Also I love how you do the witness interviews; helps me to get to know each witness here.

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Glad you like it. I truly believe in this platform and the need for it. I don't have much subject content to post, but I can support it by keep the community informed of the witnesses.

Good job.
Spotlight captured.

As regards publicity, I'm thinking of new ways to do this in my community.

Smoke shouldnt just be promoted online and offline. It should be promoted to the right community

Yeah buddys! @bbq-iguana keep doing your thing man. We are all lucky to have you. ✌@murda-ra killed those questions in the witness spotlight😤

Another great update and multiple reasons to vote for @murda-ra. Thanks for the shout out @bbq-iguana and I'll try and think of some more questions to ask our important witnesses.

Extraordinary

Excellent data compilation. Thank you bbq-iguana , and murda-ra for the report and interview.

Thanks for this interesting update. good to see @murda-ra around, that dude is really a blessing to this community.

  • First of... Kudos to @bbq-iguana for this awesome report and privilege to be first spotlight interview for your reports!

  • Second... To all of you... instead of writing each reply and collecting rewards through curation, I will just say "thanks" to everyone who showed support here.

  • To the witnesses who recently missed blocks - Its nothing as long as you're responsible enough to sort/maintain problems/issues as fast as possible, or even if you can't - just ask someone for help. As long as you support network and being active part of it - all good. If you are MIA and you are part of Block Production of the chain... same as CIA agent went 'rogue'.

  • To all others who give it a real read to Q&A from above - it's just me. I don't expect anyone to follow or have similar desires/opinions. We are all same, but different (unique) and as long as there are healthy goals/cause in our heads/hearts this network will have healthy grow. Once we dilute our own original goals - this network will start falling apart.

Keep in mind these guys and girls - network smoke.io just seen the world and produced a lot of empty but healthy blocks! It's time to fill those blocks and make smoke.io more green!

[email protected] :)

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I truly love these!

great post, thanks !