Bad News for Publish0x? We Think Not.

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Publish0x COO, Igor Tomić, laments the crypto-fuelled blogging platform's decision to do some house cleaning and start running on its own steam in his most recent update post. But users seem happy about it.

If you haven't seen IGOR'S POST detailing the changes being rolled out right now, you should. For those of us who are already there, it will explain things you may already be seeing... but for potential new bloggers and readers, I personally think it shows positive progress and it highlights the thoughtfulness of the #Publish0x team.

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And the other users who have commented on Igor's post seem to agree with me!

So What's Changing at Publish0x?

There are really only three things for which Igor is apologizing, so let's take a look at them... and then we'll determine, for each of them, why he should let himself off the hook. Sound good?

1. Tips will be cut in half.

Okay, that one sounds pretty bad... but let's keep Igor's own words in mind when we consider the reasoning for such changes. What did he say, exactly, that might help shine a light on it?

"We have long sponsored most of the tips we give out in order to facilitate the growth of the site, and to experiment with a few different approaches of how best to achieve that. And we were happy with this arrangement. Now, we feel that the time has come to make the site sustainable on it's own."

Hmm... that sounds reasonable enough, diplomatic. It's actually quite a generous thing to have contributed their own money, on top of the obvious time required, for a project as challenging and unpredictable as this one.

And he even says that they hope to be able to raise the tip levels back up as their income grows, so I see this as a step in the right direction. Publish0x will become self-sustainable, and will work towards consistent organic growth.

2. Ethereum Is Out. (____ Is In?)

It's official: ETH will be removed from the list of #cryptocurrencies used on the Publish0x platform. I think this is likely due to layer-1 gas issues, and they just don't want to get stuck with forcing huge withdrawal thresholds to cover the potential extra costs down the road.

I don't disagree, and I don't see this as a big deal. The team is actively thinking about a third token, and they are accepting suggestions from the community... so I obviously included #HIVE as one of my top recommendations.

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3. They're Cleaning House.

That just means the team will start moderating and deleting poor and low-value content. This is perhaps the most interesting of Igor's announcements, and part of me is a bit surprised that nobody has mentioned anything.

I'm not against higher standards and discouraging shitty content, but this does illustrate the CENTRALIZED POWER of the Publish0x platform and mechanics... it might operate a little crypto economy, and it may align itself in certain ways with the principles of the #crypto community, but no blockchain is cataloguing or securing our content.

Igor lists the specific types of things they will be flagging, so take the time to READ HIS POST before getting too worried about it. Their heart seems to be in the right place, and I expect them to focus on plagiarism and pure, profiteering laziness. But time will tell.

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As you can see, it's safe to say Igor is being too pessimistic about the whole thing. Maybe he'll lighten up after he gets a chance to read all the supportive and upbeat comments below his eulogy for himself!

"Expect a separate post on what specifically we deem low quality, though our rules page offer a good rough guide. After we are done cleaning up the site, I expect that there will be significantly less posts published each day, and by fewer authors."

And that may end up being true, but I also think it clears the way for the better writers to step up and give it the effort they might have seen as futile before. Less authors overall at first, perhaps, as Igor says... but then I expect the ranks to quickly start growing as writers see the improved traffic and #engagement.

One can hope.

Igor also goes on to say that there will likely be more advertisements around the website... but I see that as a natural extension of becoming a self-sustaining thing, so it's also more good news than bad. There's also the chance of seeing boosts in usership numbers if they strike a few chords with advertiser choices.

So I, for one, can see the silver linings in each and every one of these changes. Will everyone be on the same page? Probably not-- and Publish0x might take a hit early on with people jumping ship-- but I don't think it will take long before we start seeing good things happening as a result.



What do you think? Are you already a Publish0x user, or will this news stop you from SIGNING UP? It's still free crypto, in my books, and an incentivized audience. Spark a conversation in the comment thread below... I'm curious. :)

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Tips cut in half... sad. They need to go after multi-accounts farming but not sure how they will go about it. IP address is one way since they're centralized, they probably have all the records.


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Interesting, but a little over my head. It sounds like they plan to use advertising revenue, and I don't know if they've considered any farming options. Are you over there? You should comment on the post and maybe Igor will put some thought into it. Thanks for commenting! :)


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I earn only cents there, nothin bothers me as such.
But like to see their quality guidelines.

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I'll be looking at the follow-up post about quality guidelines as well... but I haven't really done much writing there at all. I may jump back into it, even if it's just to make a Hive onboarding effort. Thanks for chiming in! :)

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I've been on publish0x for several years I believe and I try to post something now and then. But I don't really do it for the tips but for the reach that articles there can have.

I like how you analysed the different steps that the platform plans to take to make it more sustainable and I quite agree with your analysis :-)


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Well, thanks a lot for saying so! I agree that spreading content out can help overall traffic numbers. That's smart. And HUGE THANKS for featuring my post in the @ourpick post... such a huge boost. Much appreciated! :)

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I have an account there and have gone back to it twice after leaving it behind as not worth my effort. I get peanuts there. And now with tips cut in half I won't bother with the site any more probably.

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That's understandable... and I'm sure you won't be alone, but I think it will end up being more worthwhile for those writers who persist and pump out high-quality stuff. I'll do a post or two down the road to assess how the platform is faring. Thanks for reading and commenting, @julianhorack! :)

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Interesting project. I'm trying to post there, but my art\music content is not interesting for Publish0x as I saw. Its platform better for crypto blogging. But I don't forger about this platform, maybe back in future... who knows...
tnx for this post!

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It is pretty strongly aligned with crypto content, but I'm hoping it continues to branch out and welcome different types of content. Keep it in mind... thanks very much for taking the time to comment! :)

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Only posted a couple posts there. If the change can keep the survival of the site, why not?

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If you look a little way down the comments section of that post I was trying to bring him around to the idea of bootstrapping hive for multiple reasons as well as helping with the rewards.

He did reply a few times and look for more information which is a positive sign. If you can upvote that comment and get it to the top of the page even better.

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I will do that! Thanks for adding your weight to the pile... I think it would be a beautiful relationship! :)

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Ethereum is really understandable cause of the fees. I actually really liked it when they still had brave. Not really sure what to do with ampl or farm tokens. 😅

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I agree that BAT should've stayed... currency is currency, I suppose, and things can be swapped out as they pile up. But I hope the third token is something stellar like HIVE (or their own HE token).

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Thanks for the info, it's so hard to keep up with everything. I've been cross-posting on Publish0x and have really enjoyed their platform. I personally don't mind the changes and lower payouts if it makes it all sustainable.

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That's the consensus I'm feeling right now, with a few outliers... I think it should work out nicely. Cross-posting is something I haven't done enough, so I guess it's a give-and-take thing when it comes to dividing our time. POSTING consistently on its own is often enough to overwhelm me!

I appreciate you stopping in to give your two cents, George! Can I call you George? lol Totally kidding, @costanza... that's just the first thing that came to mind (as a 90's child). :P

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Well I think the changes are logical but I am probably a little concerned about what would be considered low effort stuff. I still cross-post my hive stuff onto publish0x and I think I should be fine on that end as its more for outreach. Even for my Rising star giveaways, I get a few applicants that reply on Publish0x and not on Hive.

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Oh, that's cool! So I'm assuming those people are still Hive users, but chose to engage on Publish0x instead of a Hive-based platform. Have you onboarded many people from Publish0x to Hive?

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Unfortunately no. Most of the accounts participating are basically 25 reputation so they have never posted or commented on Hive. I feel like they only made an account to play the game.

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we should promote hive, maybe?


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Definitely! This is my plan: to start creating some unique content for Publish0x about the Hive ecosystem... hopefully I can onboard a few new users. :)

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Hmm... that sounds reasonable enough, diplomatic. It's actually quite a generous thing to have contributed their own money, on top of the obvious time required, for a project as challenging and unpredictable as this one.

I've seen complaints about this from whiny p0x users like a year ago or so. I argued saying it's coming out of their pocket. Thankfully the people behind it see it this way too. They've been a great help to the authors, but there's only so much they can do without hurting themselves.

so I obviously included #HIVE as one of my top recommendations.

Good quick thinking!

no blockchain is cataloguing or securing our content.

I think that's okay. They were never trying to act like one.

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I don't think that's pessimistic. He's just saying a lot of people are posting crap. If they delete all the crap, there won't be that much left. But that's good. Browsing through only high quality content is a much better experience. Kind of like browsing proof-of-brain right now. A lot less stuff, but a lot more quality.

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What's up, @coininstant?
Do you see plagiarism somewhere, or you feel I'll be earning too much for this post? It's not a huge amount-- and it is certainly your right to downvote any way you see fit-- but I'm curious about it. So what's up? What can I work on going forward? :)

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