Some of you may have noticed @toker witness is down. The witness will be going down permanently .
Please remove your witness votes.
Why are you shutting down your witness?
There are a myriad of reasons. First is time. I haven't been posting very much lately. The move to the new house and an uptick in my PTSD symptoms has literally drained me. I am doing what I can to keep my medicine growing with a decent quality outcome.
My goal when I became a witness was to be active with the community. I don't want to be a block producer that sets up a witness and that is the extent of my contribution to the community. I've seen that happen on other Graphene social media platforms with early adopters. A witness is set up early in platform's life cycle, community votes are given, the person achieves a high witness ranking, and then disappears with no more contribution to the community. Community members then forget to remove their votes and now there is a high ranking witness with no contribution to the community. That is not me.
The second reason I am leaving ties in with my personal goals of wanting to be an witness. Have you looked at the witness voting list? The MAJORITY of the top 12 witnesses have not posted in months. There are approximately 3 or 4 that do post or actively curate. I am not sure what the other witnesses do. Are they active in development behind the scenes? I thought to myself, maybe. So I looked around in the Smoke Discord. There is barely any communication in there. It's crickets.
If the community is going to be complacent in holding their witness' accountable then the Smoke platform has already failed imo because true decentralization will never be achieved. It will be the same 12 or so witnesses in power without a balance of the ppl. At this point the structure of Smoke looks more like an Oligarchy rather than anything decentralized.
Lastly, is the development of the Smoke Platform. Where is the platform going? Is there anything in development? I have seen Smoketube being thrown around but even discussion of that idea takes some searching. Where are the updates from Smoke.io's founder? Why is dev chat dead in Smoke Discord?
Ultimately, my decision comes down to my personal active contribution I am able to make to the community and I don't feel I am able to provide that into the foreseeable future. I have done a decent job of keeping my witness going. It was down once since October of 2018 until I shut it down a few days ago. That took some work and I am honesty pretty proud of that stat. But running a stable witness is the bare minimum a witness can do. It's like being a burger flipper. Sure, you flip burgers fine but if that is all you contribute to your employer(aka community)...are you ever going to receive a promotion in the company? Probably, not.
The hardest part of being a witness has been keeping www.smokewitness.info up and running. It took me about a week to code a working witness schedule and it takes more time to keep the site up then it does to run a witness. I was fine with that... One of my best memories is when I saw smokewitness.info on docs.smoke.io/#/tools...but the time has come that I no longer have the time to maintain it. I will try to keep it up until the domain expires but no promises.
The thing I will miss most is writing content. The average post took me a few hours to write but I don't have the time to dedicate hours to a post and I refuse to put out sub par posts. Just can't do it.
Ultimately, I wish the Smoke Platform much success and I implore the community to hold their witnesses accountable.
That is all... @toker out.