@acidyo hey, the most staked members of this community are welcome to choose whatever direction they want for Steem. If you folk really want a flag-friendly place that is fine, I will simply view STEEM to be a shitcoin and focus on quality SMTs that plan to build a following and then eventually migrate over to being their own blockchains.
One of the cool things about SE tokens and SMTs is that they are a great way to engage a community and test the waters for adpotion before becoming a separate chain. Once a project has proof of interest in their project a Steem clone or a Loom dapp is not that expensive to get going.
Steem as a blockchain has good bones. Still, a system with downvotes, especially one in which each account has more access to downvotes than they do upvotes is not useful as a universal currency or curation platform.
For extremely niche topics such as a Chevrolet classic car collector forum you can have upvotes and downvotes and it work. However, if the system is universal the Ford classic car collector community could go militia on the Chevrolet community's ass and go in guns blazing just for the fuck of it.
That is the real reason downvotes don't work. They are a weapon for the internet. If the upvote/downvote system of Steem were universal across the web you would be seeing a level of ideological warfare online like never before.
Steemit Inc. understands this and realizes that it was all an experiment that has been proven to not work. That is why they are changing their narrative of what Steem should be/do now. And there is talk of eliminating the reward pool altogether and replacing it with a mere RC system. At this point, that is probably the thing to do, but its still likely a losing strategy.
However, what I would like to point out is that everyone here that is so strongly advocating for going after the bidbots and the bidbot users is that you all quite hypocritically just ignore or join in on the madness that is @burnpost.
There is nothing more anti-POB than the burnpost project. There is nothing on Steem more selfish and personal ROI-driven than that project. Authors are being completely negated while the curators are stuffing their pockets with a larger share of the network value for spam. Why no downvotes on that?