Continuing on like nothing ever happened all thanks to a solid witness team wanting to support and contribute in their own ways coming together when decisive action is needed most 💖. After all said and done what I took away from the situation is there very well could be an end of a blockchain, who knew? I always thought if it's on the chain it's on the chain for life but now I know that is only as long as enough witnesses continue to run their nodes otherwise everything comes to a crashing halt 😒.
Especially if you see something one of them is doing that makes our community that much better of a place. I do not mean just in this moment but as you see them pop up, each vote counts!
What an ordeal that blockchain crash turned out to be, props to @baabeetaa for getting a HotFix out ASAP and @bbq-iguana for orchestrating the plan of attack plus @unnamed for being a cross platform organizer 👍 There are obviously a few witnesses that naturally are the dominant presence when action is needed! Good Job Guys!
Having seen first hand how few option we have in a situation like that I want to do my part as one of the witness team in helping safeguard from another potential crash of the same scenario.... like I stated previously people... One Love... One Blood... One People... but what can one person with minimal computer skills do to help?
Seriously one of the easiest ways to earn a little #SMOKE while supporting the #Blockchain. What does it require?
- Some familiarity with console commands
- Ability to follow a tutorial to install Linux and also install and run the Smoke Witness
- Decent Internet Connection (latency & uptime)
- 8GB RAM(suggested)
- 120GB SSD Storage
- Willingness To Let Computer Run 24/7/365
For my situation I am running a backup on a second account @OneLoveSmoke so if any of the currently active witnesses drop out I will be able to pickup a backup witness position. Originally I tried to set up the backup on a second PC with only 6GB Ram, it was working but complicated by needing to piggyback through my current witness for ethernet or WIFI high latency. I then tried to install as a second repository(I think that's the right word LOL) which I just ran out of room on my SSD. Then I was informed of how to run using same repository by adding the needed into to config.... walla she is alive and producing blocks!
Looking at my....
- Memory (23%)3.5GB
- CPU (30% avg)
- Bandwidth 2-300 kb/s In&Out
- Storage 305MB Free
I dunno it seems decent to me for a converted mining rig...
- Intel i5 4440 CPU @ 3.10Ghz x 4
- 15.3 GiB Ram
- 117.6 GiB SSD
- 2TB HDD
- 300 mb/s Up&Down Cable Internet Connection
That's not just running the witnesses either....
- OneLoveDTube IPFS Node
- IPFS Discord Bot
- IPFS Auto-Pin Script
- Steem Auto Account Claim Script
Everything is going well, 20ish hrs uptime and we are producing blocks after the first 12ish 👌
Currently other then the backup witness and having loaded the account with 1k Smoke Power I do not have much of a working plan for the account.... maybe it will be where I host contests and giveaways.... what I do know is that any Smoke Witness Rewards that account receives will be left powered up and used for curation to the best of my ability 😁 or hopefully like what evolved for One Love DTube a curation team 😉
Has The Idea Of Being A Witness Crossed Your Mind? For me it started as a desire to learn if I could do it.
Maybe It's Time To Run That Idea Out? I for one will be certain to support in any way I can the new witnesses in their efforts to help maintain the blockchain... hit us up in discord 👌