Hey there Steemians,
I guess it is a common theme on this platform, for people to want to maximize their stake in our community.
Some people like to do that with as little effort as possible (maybe they are on vacation, or in a busy time of the year), so I won't judge that.
I went ahead and tested the @upvotebank service for 3 weeks now, while also manually curating content (I wouldn't suggest you doing that if you plan to manually curate on the side, as it will just drain your precious VP, that could help someone else, who deserves it more).
And this is the issue that I have with this service especially,
they make it seem like you are giving away your votepower for a good cause. I mean it is still better than not voting at all, but they need to be more transparent about what is going on with the distribution of the voting.
Why not distribute the votes amongst all the users, rather than selfishly using it for promoting lazy ass automated content like from @minimalpris?
So then, I went ahead to check whether it is only for me, or would they do that deliberately for everyone of their services users?
Yes, looks like everyone who uses this sevice is targeting the same few accounts with his votepower, that is advertised to help a broader range of content-creators and obviously yourself.
Because I didn't know at that point, if this was really a deliberate attempt at growing @minimalpris account through falsely advertising this service, or if he really was involved with the project, I tried to dig a little deeper, aaaand would you look at that?!
Here is a little excerpt of the services description:
Every steemian on the steem block chain, can give up to 10 full upvotes every day. But many do not use the platforms every day, which means upvotes gets lost.
With UpvoteBank you can put your upvotes in our bank, and the next time you make a post, you will get upvoted with the upvotes you have saved up….
okay, what really happens is that we use your un-used upvotes to upvote others, and when you make a post we use there un-used upvotes to upvote you with the amount you have saved up. We will only use your vote if your voting power is above 90%!!
Others...Others...That is a broad word, isn't it? Does your own account count towards the defintion of "Others" if you write the text? I am not too sure about that. Or atleast it should be advertised for anyone using this service...
But then I got really mad, when I saw that this garbage of a votesharing service, isn't even giving me the amount of vote advertised in their daily report. Have a look!
The first line is from yesterday's report, indicating that my votepower has been saved up to roughly 16$cents in the "upvotebank", while receiving 0.016$ in votes for the last 24 hours.
The next line is for today's report, where my saved up votes, just magically disappeared, without me ever receiving any votes in that range of 0.16$.
I have double-checked this and only received around 0.04$ from different people in the last 24 hours (so, yes I know that I can't really tell if a vote is coming from the pool of upvotebank or just a random follower/steem user not associated with @upvotebank), but if the value of 0.16$ never gotten to me, I can surely tell that this service isn't even workign as it is supposed to be.
Many many red flags and selfish, untransparent behaviour, that I'm wondering how this "service" could exist for 1,5 years already without anybody noticing?
I'm usually not one, who jumps to quick conclusions and loves to see every possible angle, but with so many obvious flaws and malpractice, I just can't keep this for myself.
To give the person behind @upvotebank the benefit of the doubt, I tried reaching out to them explaining one of the issues (I didn't know about the other issues at that time), and received this answer: