Burning vs HODL

in steem •  9 months ago 

Burning Steem has never sat well with me and lately I have been challenging myself to not only question my actions on Steem but the actions of others.

I ask myself what is my problem with burning Steem ? I mean everyone is saying we should be doing it for the benefit of Steem and the price of Steem.

Ok so how does sending Steem or Tribe tokens to @null ( burning them) help the price of Steem ? From my understanding @null is a account that Steem can not be taken from. Once there it is there forever ensuring it can not be sold for fiat. By doing this the idea is that the amount of available Steem that can be put on the market. Because there is a limited supply of Steem on the market as the cheaper priced Steem sells the only available Steem for purchase will increase as people will have no option but to buy what is available. This is called supply and demand.

My first issue is how is HODL any different from this? It’s not is it? I mean if we are holding Steem or even better if we are holding Steem power with no intention of selling, then it is not on the market anyways. So we have succeeded in changing nothing.

But what about those selling Steem? That brings me to my second issue. Who are these people who are so passionate about Steem that they are willing to give up some of their stake to try and help it? Well I can tell you it is not those selling Steem on the market. It is of course those that have been HODL praying for the Price of Steem to turn around. Those that are selling on the market are trying to make money or at least get back what little remains of their investment.

From what I see we have solved nothing.

If I’m missing something here please correct me , but I’m pretty sure I am not.

We want to increase the price of Steem , start buying up all this cheap Steem and power it up. Keep that Steem off the market and decrease the availability of Steem on the market.

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Right on the money @mickvir, and nice to see you on CTP as well, so Power Up instead of Burning is of course achieving the same result all else being equal, however it's not equal.

One way or another you always have to pay for the Steem that you power up, while burning some of the reward payouts achieves the feat of lowering the inflation rate of the rewards pool before it even enters circulation, and it can not be taken back.

Now for myself I do not burn my rewards, if the big whales wants to do that it's up to them, they have the most to gain from keeping the price from falling any further, while for myself a lower price is not a problem, quite the opposite since I can buy more if I want to, and as long as it's above the level that keeps the blockchain and most of the best dApps running then Steem will survive and evolve.

And this all have to do with what in my opinion is a change of Steem being the main rewards token to just be the one that runs the blockchain, to cover the needs of RC and as the main trading pair in S-E, but the new users have the vast majority of their earnings in the tribe tokens not in Steem, and right now we are in this transition and it's even accelerated by the latest hardforks where new Steemians earn even less Steem rewards than before, but they do earn really well in the tribe tokens, like CTP for example, I am now well on my way to become a CTP Dolphin and this tribe has only been aroung 6 weeks yet.

These are my thoughts anyways, stay awesome.


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Thank you so much .
Have an awesome day!

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That is my strategy exactly :)

Same here @ecoinstar ,
Steem on and stay strong.
Have an awesome day!

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I can't imagine that I would burn Steem but I certainly Power Up. It's just makes good business sense to Power Up instead of burning.