📄 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:
and a few others that have missed more than a couple blocks since the last report:
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.
📊 Current Witness Rankings
⭐️ 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?
📌 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.