As recent months have brought huge changes to the graphene blockchain scene, new potential partnerships have opened up in the scene which once started with Steem, and the Smoke blockchain forked from as well. One of those possibilities is the option that Privex.io may offer “Smoke-in-a-box” hosting plans to interested witnesses.
Who Are Privex.io?
Privex are a small, privately owned, hosting company lead by @someguy123 and specialized in providing private hosting packages to the graphene scene (and every other VPS hosting searching client a well, of course).
Privex were the first hosting provider to focus on the graphene blockchain niche and have an extreme wealth of graphene knowledge.
Someguy123 himself is a longstanding top 20 witness on Steem and now Hive — since the Steem-Hive fork. Someguy123 is the original provider, and maintainer, of the “Steem-in-a-Box” software, which has found tremendous popularity among witnesses in the social graphene niche.
The popular “Smoke-in-a-box” Hotbox provided by jrswab is also inspired Someguy123’s original “Steem-in-a-Box”.
Hosting plans for witnesses could start as low as $10/month, with pre-installed Smoke blockchain ($0 setup fee).
Additionally, Privex are focused on providing privacy focused hosting packages offering anonymous payment with HIVE, HBD, and other popular cryptocurrencies like Doge, Monero, LTC and BTC. In fact, Privex are that privacy focused they even do NOT accept fiat payment. Those who prefer increased privacy can even access Privex via their TOR address.
If Privex were to offer competitive “Smoke-in-Box” VPS plans for witness and seed nodes, would Smoke witnesses be interested in such plans and potentially switch their hosting to privex?
What About Decentralizaton?
As a witness member myself, of course, I must promote decentralization and should preach that every witness searches for a different hosting provider, and yet another one for their backup node.
Yet, reality is that people like convenience and also that as a cannabis focused blockchain, community our target demographic is less technical than other blockchain communities. Most of us are here for the weed, not to nerd out on the tech and awesomeness of the chain powering our ecosystem.
Weed is what we love, legalization is our advocacy, and a censor-resilient ecosystem is our toolkit liberating cannabis lovers from the censor of platforms like Instagram and YouTube.
As such having a knowledgeable provider for new witnesses who may be put off by the technical aspects of configuring and maintaining an own withness node, I think that there is tremendous possible value in what Privex could bring to our blockchain and community. All while I’m convinced that enough Smoke witnesses would still continue to operate their own witness node, thus not putting the decentralization of the ecosystem at risk.
As a commercial provider Privex would also bring reliability and consistency when new hardforks are introduced. Privex have track record and the fact that Someguy123 has consistently been a top 20 witness for Steem-Hive is evidence of the reliability of Privex.
Lastly, Privex have shown to have values and do not support their original Steem-in-a-box anymore after the unethical events (stake theft) which occurred under Justin Sun and his sockpuppet controlled centralized Steem.
I do think that Smoke and Privex can create a great synergy, increasing the community’s appeal to new witnesses by offering solid packages. I would even sugggest that if the community speaks out in favor of such a “collaboration”, Privex is added to the sidebar of the smoke.io platform and I would personally recommend their packages to new potential witnesses looking for an easy solution.
I do firmly believe that the knowledge and experience Privex can bring to the Smoke ecosystem would benefit us and improve the entry for new, less technically inclined witnesses. And Privex’s packages would be the fastest way to get started as a witness, as they come with the chain played in already and don’t require hours of syncing before your witness can start to produce blocks.
What are your thoughts, Smoke Community?
Disclosure: This is a personal assessment and no exchange of finances or services between Privex and myself has occurred. In the past we have used Privex for hosting solutions, but currently I am not a Privex client nor promote any Privex referral plans.