My Application for Steem Witness

in #witness-categorylast year

After much thought and deliberation, I've decided to become a STEEM witness. I'm not a developer, nor am I certified in anything technical (unless you count a MOS cert I got back in 2001), but I've been dedicated to running Steem projects and servers for nearly 3 years now, and I am up to the task.

Some of the projects I'm involved in:

MSP Waves

I took over this project at the end of 2017, and have kept live streams running 24/7 on Steem's first and only broadcast network. Keeping a server alive year round is one thing, but keeping a real-time stream live while pulling from hosts all around the world and transcoding to multiple outputs is a whole other beast in itself, and giving dozens of hosts a voice every week has been a very rewarding experience.


This is my personal pet project, and it's near and dear to my heart. Even back in the bull run of 2017, I saw a need for differing opinions on Steem, and after seeing many people get "demonitized" for stating the "wrong" opinions, I decided to do something about it. Since then we've helped a lot of people ignore troll flags and keep posting, had several apps created to manage the service, and haven't stopped since we announced over two and half years ago.


I have been one of about a dozen wonderful moderators on PAL for over 2 years now, helping shape the community into what it has become today. Over the course of that time, I've helped new users with new user questions, given tips, and helped retain people here in this often confusing and chaotic platform.


This is the newest project I'm spearheading with a lot of help from @firstamendment, and hopefully people with a Steem account will be able to Save the Internet within a few weeks from now. Stay tuned for more announcements on this.

As you can see, I've been dedicated to helping grow and retain people on this chain for quite a while, and while I'm not one for politics in my day-to-day life, starting a witness seems to be a good choice in my current situation. If any of my projects have helped you on your journey here, please leave a comment or share this post and spread the word. It's hard starting out as a witness, and even if your vote isn't big, getting the word out will help a lot.

If you want to vote for my witness, you can manually search r0nd0n via the following options:
Or click this link to vote with steemconnect.

Big thanks to @someguy123 for his awesome guide that made this process much easier.


A pleasure voting for you my dear !

More than happy to support your witness

Voted! Good luck with your projects!

 last year 


Your balance is below $0.3. Your account is running low and should be replenished. You have roughly 10 more @dustsweeper votes. Check out the Dustsweeper FAQ here:

I feel like the Steem Blockchain has gained another solid, dependable Witness and you definitely have my vote @r0nd0n . Now if only you could persuade all those massive stake holders keeping shut down Witnesses in the top 50 - my Steem world would be in a such better place. I know for a fact after shutting their own Witness down @helpie have free votes and voters that need to support active Steemian Witnesses. Good luck, your British AF friend 😉

 last year 

I'm not so sure it's much of a problem, as it just makes other witness's effective witness rank higher. As long as we have a bunch securing the network, I think we're in good shape.

OK, OK, you got my vote!



Totally stealing that pic to troll @r0nd0n with on Discord.


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Congrats, I can't wait for all my pony dreams to come true!

I'm in! you've done a lot of Steem and everything else. I hope to hear your acceptance speech soon.

 last year 

Thanks QA, I'll give my acceptance speech next time you're live on air with me.

Steem needs your witness. I have proxied my witness votes heretofore, but need to ensure you receive my vote, so will presently examine the best way to do that.

Thanks for taking this plunge.

 last year 

I proxy my votes as well, so I'm not even voting for my own witness (yet). So far I've gotten some fairly decent votes by some very reputable accounts, so things are going well anyway. I appreciate your words of support, they're more meaningful than a vote.

I am certain that my words of support are indeed more meaningful than my insubstantial VP =p

I did note that you proxy @minnowsupport, and found that a few of the witnesses on that list are not ones I am willing to vote for, which is why I have not proxied you at this time.

I hope that @krnel recognizes your potential value as a witness and supports you, which would free me from the necessity of attempting to cast 29 other votes for witnesses while far short of his understanding and relationships. However, if that is necessary in a day or three, I will do what is necessary, insofar as I am able.


 last year 

Most people want to see a witness producing blocks for a month or 3 before casting their vote, and that's completely reasonable. I wouldn't push it too hard, just let it play out and the chips will fall where they may.

Will do!



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Thanks for your support.

I've seen you around Discord a lot, so just voted, best of luck!

@tipu curate

Upvoted 👌 (Mana: 0/15 - need recharge?)

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Voted ya. Lets see what you can accomplish as witness.

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Appreciate the support KLYE.

You got my vote @r0nd0n! Good luck.

 last year 


You're on my list now. Anyone else you recommend?

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 last year 

To start off, fulltimegeek is retired, instructor seems to be disabled, so those are 2 wasted votes at the moment. Also, I'm not sure what kind of things you look for in a witness, but if you're looking for people who are dedicated in growing the chain, I'd recommend aggroed, followbtcnews, and yabapmatt to get you started. You can check out drakos' site for all the witness info and links that you'll need to make informed decisions, or you can proxy your vote (like I do) to someone else if you prefer.

Thanks for the info. Witness list updated.

You've got my vote.

 last year 

You're awesome Amber!

I'm down wit the clown... You have my tiny vote of approval and the full support of the Nickelback Mafia.

Good to hear. Hope all goes well.

 last year 


i have a free slot for the clovn. my enormous vote probably moved you few places back :D

 last year 

I'm humbled Marko, your giant vote makes this worth it.

Voted. Easy choice because I had an empty slot. Steem is a social and economic experiment. We don't need more devs as witnesses (especially after steem.Dao) we need leaders.

 last year 

You just gave me a new idea for a tagline:
r0nd0n, a better choice than voting no one at all

I'm actually of the mind that we can always use more devs, because we need them to make this platform available to the masses, but imo having some sysadmin knowledge is a bare minimum.

r0n for witness 2020!

You can vote for witness direct on his SteemPeak profile page:

 last year 

That's cool, didn't know SteemPeak had that feature.

@freezepeach resultó ser un apoyo para mí en días oscuros, así que tienes mi apoyo...votado como witness..!


 last year 


approved, keep going!

Hopefully my vote helps you a bit :-D

 last year (edited)

Even if your vote doesn't move me any ranks, having the support of the community gives the larger stakeholders something to think about. I appreciate the support.

I'm also with you! Good luck!

Approved my friend :)

Welcome to the witness club @r0nd0n!

Thanks for your great work to support the Steem ecosystem and best of luck with this new challenge.

A shit time to become a witness.

 last year 

As good a time as any.

Interesting timing, eh?

Welp, I waited a week, but today I voted 30 witnesses including you.

Just thought you'd want to know.

 last year 

He just had a child, so I'm sure he's very busy with that. Anyway, I truly appreciate the support, and am also baffled by seeing beneficiaries on steemd from your hard work. You really don't have to do that, but I'm sure you're well aware, and I appreciate you anyway.

I mean no criticism of @krnel, as I am fully in agreement his present concerns are far more important.

As to beneficiaries, I am dedicated to advancing the ability of society to improve the lots of it's members, and I do what I can to enable those I have seen do so to do more of it. It is my privilege to help as I am able.

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