Introducing Uptrennd Citizenship

Uptrennd is currently the most engaged blockchain-based social media platform in the world. The potential for this Uptrennd to expand into Billions of members and become a leading social platform is a very real possibility.

For this to happen though, we need to continue to listen to the input and concerns of the community.

Right now, our biggest issue is low-quality commenting by new users. Because of this, we have implemented ‘Uptrennd University’ to help educate as many people as possible in how to earn points more effectively and in a way that will benefit the community. Even so, not everyone will choose to go into Uptrennd University. Therefore, we will be implementing a system that ensures that the people who spend time and effort writing quality posts are rewarded, and those that simply spam thoughtless content are not.

The road to citizenship

Citizens are people who care for a country, and devote themselves to making that country a better place. On Uptrennd, we have our Guardians, a team of less than twenty who have devoted themselves to maintaining the quality of the platform. However, the growth of the platform is far outpacing the growth of the Guardian team. In addition, having a large guardian team isn’t where we want to end up. We want Uptrennd to be a community that is governed by the community. We want Uptrennd to be a country that is governed by all citizens, people like you.

We want to give everyone on Uptrennd the ability to effectively curate content for the betterment of the platform. If you are passionate about our vision and are ready to help continue to evolve Uptrennd in a direction that will continue to put people and longevity first, citizenship is for you.

The Ecosystem we want to create

Members who have been on Uptrennd for longer know our culture, they know the guidelines, they generally post quality content, and they know how to help guide new members in the right direction.

In comparison to new members, higher-level members have a much better understanding of what it takes to make the Uptrennd ecosystem thrive.

So does it make sense that a member at level 20 and level 1 have the same impact on voting? When three new members upvote comments like “nice post” just to be friendly, one single downvote from a level 20 member does not make much of an impact at all. We feel that content curation is a crucial aspect of Uptrennd. Currently, with so many new members onboarding every day, the ability for Guardians to “moderate” each post has now become near impossible, as the ratio of new members to experienced members is becoming unbalanced. We are growing “too quickly”. It’s a good problem to have.

Through community feedback, we have decided that for Uptrennd’s ecosytem to thrive, we need to put more weight behind the voice and votes of higher-level users.

The Implementation

Currently, the higher your level is
1) The more you can earn.

In this new Reputation System we’re calling “The Road to Citizenship”, the higher your level is
1) The more you can earn
2) The more you can give
3) The more you influence the algorithm

  1. Earning potential will stay the same for this implementation. If you are earning a 2X multiplier, you will still keep your 2X multiplier.

  2. The more you can give:
    Currently, all members give an Upvote strength of ‘1'.
    This is a chart that displays how much each level can give.
    For clarity, ‘0.5’ would be half the power of ‘1’

Level 1 = 0.05
Level 2 = 0.10
Level 3 = 0.15
Level 4 = 0.20
Level 5 = 0.25
Level 6 = 0.30
Level 7 = 0.35
Level 8 = 0.40
Level 9 = 0.45
Level 10 = 0.50
Level 11 = 0.55
Level 12 = 0.60
Level 13 = 0.65
Level 14 = 0.70
Level 15 = 0.75
Level 16 = 0.80
Level 17 = 0.85
Level 18 = 0.90
Level 19 = 0.95
Level 20 = 1.00

At Level 20 all members are awarded the rank Citizen and from there on
forward their ‘Giving Power’ Stays at 1.

How to calculate:

Giving Power X Earning Power = Upvote Score

1)A level 1 member (0.05 strength) upvotes a level 1 member (1X earning multiplier). In this case the upvote would be worth 0.05
2) A Level 20 member (1 strength) upvotes a level 21 member (3X multiplier). The upvote strength would be worth 3.
3) A level 16 member (0.8 strength) upvotes a level 21 member (3X multiplier). The upvote strength is 2.4

This Giving Power will also affect post ranking in the main feed or “The Algorithm” the exact same way it affects the earning potential. When members at level 1 upvotes you, it will increase your “Post Rating” by 0.05, instead of by 1, as it’s been until now. An upvote from a Level 20 member will increase your score by 1.

Reputation works exactly for downvotes as it does for upvotes. This means 20 upvotes from Level 1 users will be just as impactful as one downvote from a Level 20 user. This allows us to combat spam effectively through community moderation.

Equality of Opportunity

Equality of opportunity is a foundational pillar. Since the ability to earn is not affected, only the ability to give. The earning potential for each member is affected equally. So Equality of Opportunity stays as a foundational pillar.

We also wanted to make sure that oligarchies did not become an issue.
On Steemit and Hive, the giving power ranges a drastic amount. Each level you gain, your power goes up 10X. That means only 2 levels difference is a factor of 100, and only six levels difference is a power differential of One Million! With many people on Hive and Steemit at level 68, or higher. That’s a monumentally large difference in power. We don’t want to have that issue. Our power differential is from 0.05 to 1, a difference of 20. That’s it, that’s all.


Q: Can a person simply buy their way to level 20 right now?
A: Yes. In the future, we will have ‘engagement requirements’ for users to reach full citizenship, however for phase one, people will be able to buy their way there. We don’t feel this is too massive of a short-term issue, as someone who is buying their way to level 20 is likely going to have a vested interest in the Uptrennd. If there intention is to “gamify” Uptrennd, their negative impact will be minimal, as they are simply on-par with all other users at level 20.

Q: Why are we doing this?
A: This allows the Uptrennd community to take one step closer to self-governance. Guardians and Mods cannot handle this by themselves, Uptrennd is growing too quickly! Now it’s time for dedicated members of the Uptrennd community to start taking the direction of the platform into their own hands :) Social media built for the people, by the people.

Q: Will it still take the same amount of points to level-up?
A: Yes. Leveling up and earning points may take longer if you are receiving upvotes from low-level memberes.

Q: Does this not make it unfair? Does this change “Equality of Opportunity”?
A: Not at all. Everyone still has the exact same opportunity to earn. Votes from lower-level members are worth less for everyone, which is 100% equal. Once members become citizens, every citizen is also 100% equal.

Q: Do I have to become a citizen?
A: Nope! If you are content at level 1 with a lower earning and giving potential, that is totally fine :) Freedom of choice!

Q: How will this help me earn? It seems like I’ll earn less now?
A: You may actually earn more! First off, this does not affect your “earning power” at all. If you are at level 21 and earn 3X multiplier, you still do! All this affects is the “giving power”. Imagine this: The less we give tokens to comment spammers, the less sell pressure goes onto the exchanges. The less sell pressure there is, the better it is for the token price, meaning you earn more $ per upvote. This system stops spammers, and potentially helps you to earn more!

Q: When will this happen?
A: We will likely launch citizenship and the new “giving power” system one month after the Uptrennd halvening.



preview not available Ivan KR
06 May

YEAH! Finally, those who are commenting under posts with the sole purpose of earning something, instead of contributing to the conversation won't have the incentive they had to do so. I'm sure that the huge part of them will even stop commenting pointlessly, and will start putting effort in everything they are doing here!




Hope Ochei
06 May

Of course Ivan, when they realise that  some changes had occur, I think the spamming game (I call it lazy commenting) will be greatly reduced. 



Cryptovato 1
06 May

That reminds me the other app where we are happy when receiving like of the members who stake biggest amount of the coins.



preview not available Ivan KR
06 May

Than you should read the post again and do the math, Jan. It has nothing to do with the other app, it's totally different. 😉



Senor Blindsky
07 May

An app that shall not be named? The voldermort of uptrennd?

I may have a clue but realy am not sure what you are talking about.



Cryptovato 1
07 May

I agree with you. You are 100% right.



preview not available ijatz La Hojita
07 May

Heellooo @Jan! How are you faring? :-)

From what I've read in @Jeff's post, it seems to be a more mature and balanced set of rules than on Steemit and HIVE (if I've correctly identified the "other app" ;-) ).

Probably like the one of many Uptrenndians, my experience on Steemit was frankly frustrating: after months of daily engagement (including through an array of associated Discord Community channels), I still was sure to collect at most around $3 per post - and the average time I dedicate to writing an article is much higher than one hour, haha. Till this very day, my visibility on that " social network" is close to zero.

As you've seen yourself, on Uptrennd any form of engagement brings almost immediate results - both in terms of visibility and tokens. And I mean: ANY form, including... spamming and/or writing pointless comments. I feel that Uptrennd's vulnerability till now has been the exact opposite of Steemit's one: here it's too feasible, too quickly, to gain space, even without taking at all seriously the platform's pledge and fundamental principles.

That citizenship mechanism gives me the impression it offers us a "third way" between both extremes.



irfan shoukat
08 May

U are right 💯



Faheem Munir
08 May

Wish to become citizen of uptrennd



Elizabeth V
11 May

Not just lazy commenting but also lazy reading. They don't even bother reading the whole post before commenting. So when they comment, they don't make sense at all. 



100000. crypto
20 Jul

My thoughts: I am not a native user of english therefore I am having difficulties in writing a whole bunch of words just to express myself being agreeing the statement besides 'nice' or ' U are right' (as shown above.)

But I would certainly learn to write more besides that and I think it is better not to let members become disappointed by receiving negative downvotes. My suggestion is that each comment will get 10 credits (not like points, credits could not be converted to 1up token) and downvote will deduct one credit each time and the placement of the articles is decided by the credits remained.

When a post's credit turned zero, the post will be deleted or cant be seen.



preview not available Busola Akinlolu Awosika
06 May

I love the idea, and am sure this will help reduce the rate of gaming the system also help lessen if not entirely eradicate it. 

It will also help solve the issue we have with comment spammers, they are mostly people below level 20. makes our work easier, makes the deserving post get more attention, and makes uptrennd generally beautiful. I'll say this is a very good one moving forward.



Senor Blindsky
07 May

For any spammer to make it to level 20 will be very taxing. Its a huge amount they will have to vest to gamify their ways.

I think its the right move. Having a small amount of good actors in form of citizens will also allow proper surviellance of their behaviour to make sure abuse isnt happening from above.

I have started curating posts. Hopefully the other citizens will take part in making good content visible.



kunmi Lana
06 May

No matter how many times I read this,I still see this as centralization of power.

Even generally,the higher level members receive more attention to their post when compared to a lower level member,you can check the popular post and  see what I'm talking about.So you see a level 3 member go all the way to read and get quality information about a topic and you see 100views ,9upvotes and 9 comments fine ,and then you see a level 50 member just writing about how he reached level 50 in two months or just one dumb poem that has no experience at all get 300 upvotes and almost 500 comments..That one it own is the most discouraging shit ever.

So you find an excuse and say maybe that's how the platform works ,I will get there one day  and then you keep working and on your way working on reaching a higher level ,the adminis starts bringing different things ;they first begin with the halvening,in that they said they will decrease the 1up per upvote 50%,okay fine at least they gave us a reason for that and its not really pleasant but it make sense,,and so we are already preparing our mind for that and now they are thinking centralizing the uptrend power to the higher level members again.

So tell me where do you leave the new members,or don't you want the young to grow at all?when I was registering uptrend they said gives the opportunity for your voice to be heard,no what i'm seeing is give the higher level members only the opportunity to be heard.Even the law says there is equity of the law. They are in higher levels don't mean they have more sense than people in the lower level ,they only joined the platform earlier .

And concerning low quality comments spam.No doubt there are spams...But,one of the reasons why we are here is to learn from others and then someone post something you know absolutely nothing about,and I have nothing to add to it,I do not see anything bad in saying " thanks" or someone share a very beautiful photo taken by him ,I don't see anything wrong in saying "beautiful picture or nice"and if it's something I know about I will add my own quota.No man is an highland of knowledge ,we are here to learn and also have fun while at it and also grow, nobody wants to remain in the same spot after a long time,speaking for my self though.

How many times do a level 20 member upvote your post ?so I have to wait and pray for a level 20 member to be online before I post ,just like saying other members are dummies only level 20 members have sense.

This new development isn't nice at all .

Long live uptrend.



preview not available Kris JS
06 May

This isn't a case of higher level members getting more attention because they are higher level. People of higher levels have been on the platform alot longer and have built up followers, friendships and interaction with others through a lot of hard work and dedication, everyone who is on level 20 was once on level 1 and started from the bottom. This can be achieved by everyone who uses Uptrennd, someone who has been using the platform for 1 month cant expect the same level engagement as those on level 20, this is natural and not favouritism. We all have put the effort in if we want the rewards. 



kunmi Lana
07 May

If you read my comment very well dear you would know am not concerned about the level of engagement they get but the centralization of power..



Hillary Powers
07 May

I also see the sense in your comments. Really, this step may actually be nothing other than sheer centralisation of power. I do not support it at all.



ole mental
11 May

I agree with you, we haven't truly come to the point of understanding the real meaning of decentralization. 

We don't need no citizenship for any sh*it ***

I cudnt belive it In the first place, I thought it was a good idea 💡 but not not. 

Go check my profile and if you can see when I first created the account.  Not now, I know I've been away for a while and wasn't engaging here but  I went away because it wasn't any fun here, I was here when the total members of this platform was less than 100,  yet my account seems like a new Comer, 

You will end up posting and no one will even up vote your work done, just because they look at your profile and see level 1 and think you don't deserve their vote. It sucks, I realized  wasting my time here without getting anything or as little as 10 (1up) then I'd rather buy it on exchange and keep it. Period. 



Ai King
14 May

YES. I agree with you absolutely.It is just centralisation of power,For decentralise communities everyone should have the same "upvote" right,Although some people spend much time on uptrennd,but also they get more 1UP tokens than others.Like in life,everyone should have the same vote right,You can not say just he or she is a famous person,because he or she is great social contribution ,So he or she get more wealth for sure,but we can not think his or her one vote is equal to 20 people's votes?Decentralise OR Centralise ?



Godwin Imafidor
02 Jun

Valid points you have made. This was why I was gainst it when opinion were sorted. I think we just have to wait and see how it goes.



foo furious
01 Jul

i agree with you 100 percent !!!! many thing change ..... maybe the spammer are responsible for this change of act .... 85 percent of the comment from my post are low quality comment. 

maybe it's my fault ..maybe i have to do better post .....

the famous with high level don't even comment and upvote .. so i earned way less in that level than the previous one ......we will not be as free as they say we will ..... 

i got censured for a week for no reason ... and i had no compensation for that ....

starting to look like steemit ..... 

the community aspect is long gone ......

and it is way hard to find quality post even with all different topic we can talk about. 

so our voice still have 0 value so far and i suspected they do censured or hide some post who aren't visible ......

weird situation ....... 

will see how it work.



Tosyne2much Adekola
06 May

This is going to bring about a lot changes to the reward system and to combat Spammers. 

People also need to buy 1UP for the price to move up, and this kind of implementation will help in that aspect 

The higher your level the higher your influence both in upvote and downvote. Kudos Jeff✌️



Selfmade Udemba
06 May

I believe this will also make people see the needs to level up also Cos of the effect higher levels stand to have in upvotes, like level 20.

Also in the process of trying to level up, they help increase the price of 1Up Cos some percentage of the tokens used to level up are burnt. 



preview not available Esma Sid
06 May

Ah, Jeff you sorted it out. Well i have few suggestions please, because content creators who put in lots of efforts are being neglected these days. I am so worrying about this. The high quality and authentic content should be curated and implemented with much support so that i coming days, people know how much quality Uptrennd requires. 

Secondly low quality content should be curated so that it should not be supported due to its poor quality. As it effects the quality of uptrennd. 

I don't come up much with questions but this time i would say this is getting so important because uptrennd is a content creating platform. 

Lastly, you and the team always come up asking uptrennd members to suggest things. I love the way you people are holding uptrennd.☺👍👌 




preview not available Jeff Kirdeikis
06 May

Rather than a central entity or group of people curating, we feel altering the system so that quality content gets seen more, in a community governed system is the answer. We feel this will achieve that :) Low quality will not get nearly the same amount as visibility, nor value given.



Noble .
06 May

Hello Jeff. I think you didn't explain the multiplier to meet clarity. I hope there is room for questions.

Giving Power X Earning Power = Upvote Score

1)A level 1 member (0.05 strength) upvotes a level 1 member (1X earning multiplier). In this case the upvote would be worth 0.05
2) A Level 20 member (1 strength) upvotes a level 21 member (3X multiplier). The upvote strength would be worth 3.
3) A level 16 member (0.8 strength) upvotes a level 21 member (3X multiplier). The upvote strength is 2.4.

I understood the calculations but..

It shows Level 1 = 1X multiplier

Level 21 = 3X multiplier

Level 2 =? multiplier

Level 5 = ? multiplier

Level 6 = ? multiplier

My question is, How are the multipliers assigned? 



preview not available Kris JS
06 May

Each level you go up, your multiplier goes up by 0.1 so level 1 is 1, level 2 is 1.1, level 3 is 1.2 etc etc 








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