The Steem News @ 13 March 2020 - Steem keeps on Steeming & a Ray of Light appears in the Tron debate

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The Steem / Tron debate trondled through another testing day.

The top 20 witnesses remain locked in a stalemate 8-12 split, and discussions continued.

There was one small ray of light when Tron's new liaison person, David Roebuck, made an unscheduled and well received first appearance on the MSP Town Hall meeting this evening.

Despite all the hubble and bubble there's still plenty going on around Steem and today's Steem News has updates about the new Social Blockchain Working Group, the largest Power Ups and Power Downs, another Steempeak update, the first Steem Sponsored Chess Tournament,, and the EMS Hemp Network.

1. Steem & Tron - the latest

Another day of stalemate.

Some more up and downs of the voting currently leaves the top 20 witnesses in a 8 - 12 split.

The 'original' Steem witnesses now hold #1 - #7 through respectively @good-karma, @roelandp, @blocktrades, @anyx, @ausbitbank, @yabapmatt and @gtg. @themarkymark has dropped out of the top 20, and @steempress is hanging on at #13.

The other 12 places in the top 20 are being held by the Tron backed witnesses.

Neither side has the required super-majority of 17 to push through a hard fork...

@jrcornel reports that Justin Sun is continuing to power up with another 870,000 SP being added to the @hkdev404 account that is voting the Tron backed witnesses...

Community discussions continue apace. Yesterday @r0nd0n, station manager of MSP Waves, ran a 'Clown Hall'...

@theycallmedan has started an initiative asking the community to post on the topic of "What Does Decentralization Mean To Me?"...

Roy Liu, who was previously acting as a liaison between Justin Sun and the Steem community has stepped back.

David Roebuck has taken on the liaison role for Tron. He is currently working with Steemit Inc MD @elipowell to develop a 'win-win' proposal that they hope will move the situation forward.

David @roebuckdm made an initial unannounced appearance on the MSP Town Hall on Friday evening. He received a good reception. David said he is available to come on another MSP show over the weekend.

2. Social Blockchain Working Group announced

Former Steemit Inc Head of Communications @andrarchy has announced a new Social Blockchain Working Group...

I am excited to inform you of a new Working Group made up of people intent on leveraging their knowledge gained working with Steem to design and develop a new blockchain featuring improved decentralization, distribution, functionality, and usability with a suite of tools that will empower entrepreneurs to build out decentralized social applications on a truly shared and open ecosystem.

The Working Group comprises a number of former Steemit Inc staff and witnesses - Michael Vandeberg (@vandeberg), Steve Gerbino (@gerbino), @theoretical, Nathaniel Caldwell (@youkaicountry), Andrew Levine (@andrarchy), Johan Nordberg (@almost-digital), Scott Sallinen (@anyx), Aaron Cox (@jesta)...

3. Power Ups and Power Downs

@dalz has run the numbers for recent Power Ups and Power Downs...

@lukestokes has produced his latest Exchange Transfer Report which includes details of the top 50 withdrawals and the top 50 deposits over the past week...

4. Another Steempeak update

Hot on the heels of the recent major update @steempeak has released another update introducing emojis and a new proposal details page...

5. First Steem Sponsored Chess Tournament

@flaws reports on the Steem sponsored chess tournament that took place in Venezuela last week...

6. on test

@uyobong repots on his experience of using the SCOT tribe site developed by @yehey.

The site uses the PESOS token that is on; it also has no downvotes or adverts...

7. EMS Hemp Network now accepts STEEM and SBD

The EMS Hemp Network is a...

a project utilizing blockchain technology for the Hemp, CBD and Cannabis sector. We aim to provide farmers, processors and any company within the industry with services to strengthen their business and safeguard from potentially damaging products.

It is now accepting STEEM and SBD...

Steem Proposal System update

The Steem Proposal System (SPS) today has a daily funding budget available of approximately 2757 SBD.

There are now 10 proposals receiving funding from the SPS - @yabapmatt (Steem Keychain), @netuoso (Vessel Desktop Wallet), @anyx (API infrastructure), @steempeak (SteemPeak developments), @thecryptodrive (SBD Potato Top Up), @howo (SMT testing), @steemonboarding (Steem Onboarding), @themarkymark (Global Blacklist API), @fabien (Steem Connect improvements), and @openseed (OpenSeed : Cross-Platform Off-Chain Solutions).

These successful proposals are currently receiving a total of 1335 SBD per day from the SPS...

Witness @enginewitty has submitted a proposal to use the SPS to buy back the ninja-mined stake from @justinsunsteemit...

Steem Foundation update

The Steem Foundation has put forward a proposed roadmap to help move Steem forward...

The Foundation would like to provide space and a forum for a committee comprised of consensus witnesses, larger stakeholders and representatives of the non-English language communities who often feel unheard.

This committee would be encouraged to discuss and reach understanding on how issues on the blockchain impact them and the challenges faced in implementing suggested solutions. It’s through mutual communication and willingness to listen that we will build a strong and sustainable Steem we all love....

The Steem Alliance Community Foundation @steemalliance have released the minutes of their latest meeting attended by @shadowspub, @alexvan, @guiltyparties, @inthenow, @aggroed and @snook...

Their next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 18 March 2020.

Dates for your Diary...

For a full list of Steem Meetups and Events...

If you are organising a Steem event or meetup check out the new funding support program from Fundition...

Wednesday 18 March - Steem Philippines Weekly Meetup

Meetings every Wednesday in Davao City organised by @chrisrice and @steem-ph...

Thursday 26 March - Adelaide Monthly Steem Meetup

Organised by @mattclarke, 6pm local time at The Jade Monkey, Flinders Street, Central Business District, Adelaide.

Saturday 25 April - SteemCampUK #3

Organised by @shanibeer and @lloyddavis in Leicester...

Friday 15 - Sunday 17 May - DTube Forum 2020

Organised by @hauptmann, @artakush, @greencross, @sergiomendes and @tibfox in Hamburg, Germany...

Saturday 20 June - Steem Canna Fest 2

Organised by @canna-curate in Portland, Oregon...

Tuesday 23 June - Sunday 28 June - The BLOCK Party, USA

The second annual BLOCK Party being organised by @enginewitty, @bluefinstudios and @dreemsteem. It has now been confirmed that the event will take place in Olcott, NY...

@bluefinstudios is also organising a Steem Summit at The BLOCK Party...

Friday 26 June - Sunday 28 June - JAHMFest2020, Jamaica

Organised by @donald.porter and the @ReggaeSteem team...

KEY DATA [ from CoinMarketCap & @arcange ]

Steem price US$ 0.136 13 Mar '20 9.53pm UTC
CoinMarketCap Ranking #64 13 Mar '20 9.53pm UTC
FCAS Score 763 / A 13 Mar '20 9.53pm UTC
SBD price US$ 0.683 13 Mar '20 9.53pm UTC
No. of Whales 45 12 Mar '20
No. of Orcas 367 12 Mar '20
No. of Dolphins 2222 12 Mar '20
No. of Minnows 9341 12 Mar '20
Alexa rank ( #15,608 13 Mar '20 9.50pm UTC
Unique visitors ( 199,595 / day 13 Mar '20 9.50pm UTC
Page views ( 479,028 / day 13 Mar '20 9.50pm UTC

Follow @penguinpablo & @steemdapps for more statistics.

This is #284 (13 Mar '20) of this daily news service.

[ graphics & images by @pennsif ]


Thanks again, for the mention. We're still on in Adelaide, so far. We'll see what this virus says over the next week or so.

I hope that goes okay.

How's it going down your way? Are schools closed, sports matches banned etc there yet?

No gatherings over 500 people. So still pretty minimal restrictions,

All football games at all levels were banned yesterday. Rugby followed suit yesterday.

Universities are starting to close or switch to remote teaching only. Schools still open so far.

My colleagues are all working remotely now. (I'm on sick leave, broken finger).

I work from home, but have to visit clients. Trying to switch all those interactions to Skype etc where possible now.

Hey, thanks for putting this together. It's nice to see a summary of current news. I had been wondering - just today in fact - if anything was progressing at all, or if we were just in for a war of attrition.

Some small ray of light perhaps...

Hopefully this will all be resolved soon.

Hi @pennsif

You may have seen "Quo vadis STEEM?" written by @jaki01
it deserves mention

Thanks for the tip. Just going to sleep now, but will look at the post in the morning.

Thanks for the mention.

You are welcome. Good stats.

Thanks for the updates and keep them coming.

Plenty to report on these days!

Oh thanks really great for having me captured in your news. I appreciate.

Thanks for posting about - I hadn't spotted that one before.

Let me know if you spot any other new ones like that.