Woah... I'm a busy bunny! There's so much dust to fluff up!

in #steemit5 years ago (edited)


Here's a little update,

because we're making quite some progress!

I've been on my mission to provide free dust-protection, bouncing around the blockchain for barely two weeks now. But let me tell you, it's been an exciting time already!

I've fluffed up 635 dusty rewards so far, making sure they wouldn't get swept under the rug on payday. These rewards, approx. $16.50 in total, have helped 305 individual users to actually receive the appreciation they were given.

I am currently watching 99 accounts, trying to make sure neither their incoming rewards nor their outgoing votes are lost as dust. I am already tracking well over 1000 dusty items at the moment and about two thirds of those are outgoing votes.

I'm depending on Your Generosity.

The steem power to accomplish my mission is not unlimited!

My maker, @fraenk, sent me away on my mission with just a few hundred SP to start, barely enough to actually fluff up some dust. I started watching over his steemit buddies, his kitten-bots and some random strangers that I met along the way, but really, I was mostly just busy fluffing up dusty kitten-cuddles... and that was a bit boring.

So, I decided to gear things up a bit. I described what I was doing in detail and gently asked for modest support to help me expand and offer my attention openly to anyone. A whole bunch of you awesome lovely people out there stepped up and started sending delegations my way almost immediately. @reggaemuffin delegated 100SP to help me out, @marty-art contributed 50SP, @bashadow sent another 25SP, @ewkaw sent 15, @blacklux 10, @jpederson96 10, @bucipuci 2 and @themanwithnoname even sent 1 liquid STEEM for me to keep, which I of course powered up immediately. Thank you all for making this possible!

I really didn't expect what happened next, though. Completely out of the blue, @justtryme90 delegated 1500SP to the cause with just this little foot-note in the comments:


WOW! I didn't even know the guy! Apparently he's a founder of the #steemSTEM community, promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics on steemit. They also run a @stem.witness, and while I can't endorse a witness I actually know nothing about, I must at least say that I'm under the impression they're operating with noble intentions here.

And so, this little experiment shifting into second gear suddenly turned into a bunny with rocket boosters. I've expanded my watch-list more than three-fold. I included the #steemSTEM "mentees" and their "honor-members" as well as plenty more other people, a lot of them probably don't even know I'm looking out for them, yet. The total volume of dust I'm handling now has more than quadrupled and things are starting to get a lot more interesting.

It's still early to tell if this experiment could turn into a sustainable project, but we're definitely making tremendous progress here!

I'm still eager to do more.

I'm continuing my offer for anyone to get on my watch-list.

Just say "Hi" in the comments and I'll consider!

But, I am close to maximum capacity already. So, as more users join and demand grows, dust will eventually start slipping through the cracks. That's ok, though, I have some balancing mechanics which I've described in my recent post and I need to stress my limits a bit to learn, gather more data and improve my decision making as I move forward.

I want my service to be free and available to anyone.

That's very ambitious. But maybe if you're willing to help me, together we can do it. Of course I'll also be much more eager to return the favour. In times of high demand your dust will be treated with a higher priority and fluffed up ahead of others who might fall off the end of the list when I'm out of breath and unable to keep up with helping everybody else.

Of course I have to also take some precautions. I don't support self-votes, I steer away from flags and I try to balance my priorities based on demand in order to prevent particularly dusty individuals from unjustly profiting from my attention. Should I find someone trying to farm the system, there's a blacklist for that and no coming back.

Please consider supporting me!

My services currently rely on the generosity of just a few individuals, mostly one to be precise. That's not a solid long term strategy.

I want to expand my reach and I believe we can make this sustainable together, through strength in numbers. Some might be able to give a little more, some are able to give less. I'm asking for small voluntary delegations, 5SP, 10SP, 25SP, maybe 50SP or even more?

If you at any time find I'm not living up to your expectations, you can simply withdraw your delegation and you won't have lost a penny!

But please, if you've got barely any SP yourself, don't go out of your way to contribute here, just say "Hi" in the comments below and I'll gladly watch over your dust and will try to help you for free!

Upvoting this post will also help me grow!

Do you have comments, critique or recommendations... don't hesitate and please leave a comment! @fraenk is very eager to hear from you and answer all your questions!



Not even sure what "Dust" actually is? Read this:
DISCLAIMER: This post is 5 months old and a bit of a general rant!


@dustbunny will be supported by @minnowbuilder2 account which is part of the Minnow Builder Program.

As a plankton that is helping the community by providing small upvotes we feel that your efforts are worth supporting. Being enrolled on the community support side of Minnow Builder means you will get a free daily upvote of 50% power each day you post. Max 1 vote per day.

You will get the vote until you reach 500sp owned or until there is any sign that you are powering down or pulling steem from the platform. We are here to support steemians looking to grow their accounts, not use steemit as an ATM.

Also will resteem this post from this account and @pifc.


All set with a 50% upvote at 14 minutes with a max of 1 per day.

I hope it ends up being sustainable for you to run. Not a lot of people on steem are looking out for the little guys in this way.

Thanks a ton... I think I'm still pretty much a "little guy" myself. But I really do believe we need to do more to grow this platform from the bottom up!

Back when I started it was still possible to leave above-dust votes with as little as 50-100 SP and a lot of my early fun (and I'd assume growth, too) came from random interactions in comment threads with fellow steem-newbies and being delighted about the cents I would sometimes receive in them... it would be a shame to see this be lost to all the red-fish out there now and it's great to be able to help at least some of them here!

Your support helps tremendously to get this on the road, I'll do my best to make the most of it!

Super generous project. I don't post much, but I try to support content I like with comments and upvotes. Someone (a stranger who only knew me through a community group) delegated some SP to me a while ago to get my votes over $0.01, but they are now only worth about $0.008 again :(

I nominate the @socalsteemit group/trail. lots of good content being created there, but we are just a bunch of minnows or below trying to build a community. we all get pretty excited when one of us gets curated by one of the big accounts :D

It's all about support and community, togetherness and solidarity.

If everyone gives a little, nobody needs to go hungry! I'll add you to the list and I want to encourage you to spread the word in your group... I'm not sure if adding the group/trail-account itself to the watchlist really makes much sense but I'll take a look at it later!

Excited to see this project grow!! I love supporting those that the minnow builder program is supporting!

thanks... and you're on the list ;)

You can take my off. Support someone smaller. Thanks though. That’s super nice of you.

I pay dust sweeper to do it already. 😂👍🏼

That's allright then, if you don't create dust, the bunny will not spend any VP on you... especially since it will act after @dustsweeper, and won't fluff it anymore, because then it's no longer dust...

but, dustsweeper has quotas, too... I think it votes a maximum of two dust-items per user per voting round... so who knows, the bunny might still find something.

If you don't mind, I'll keep you on the list for now. This is an early stage for the project and I need to test the limits and balancing a bit... the worst that will happen is you'll get some dust fluffed up... of course, if you insist, I'll take you off right away, but why would you?

Sounds good. Thanks! I’ll stay on the list.

So nice to see and here that the dustbunny is taking off. I appreciate all the votes, and I am glad that more people are finding and supporting your experiment. Thank you for the decision to help and not hinder the new users.

@fraenk I would like to chat with you on discord if possible about your bot. Might be something I want to set up for the @pifc members. Think that we really need to save all the dust possible these days as the low price is making it really hard to have a vote large enough not to be dust.

Hope good things are coming, but until then we need to do everything possible to help the community.

Anyways (thedarkhorse #6765) is how to find me on discord if you wouldn't mind talking for a few minutes.

sure, lets talk about it, I'll send you a ping on discord in a bit.

U have done a tremendous project.. Hats off!

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thanks... it's not easy to get things going, driven just by generosity and in the spirit of sharing and helping each other...

I really hope this can bring the right kind of people together and foster growth in a genuine manner, but I am equally aware that "free stuff" can easily attract the wrong kind of attention.

100 SP delegated.

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Amazeballs! Thanks a lot!

Hi, @fraenk.

I found this post through @pifc's resteem. Interesting initiative!

It works on outgoing votes too, right? If so, could you add me to the list, please? So far, @dustsweeper has been sweeping the dust votes on my comments, but at the moment it doesn't work on outgoing votes. I often want to upvote other people's comments, and end up not upvoting because my vote is a dust vote, and I haven't found an easy way to know if the commenters are using Dustsweeper or not (if not, my upvote would only be a waste of Mana and RC).

Yeah, the bunny tries to take care of outgoing votes, too!

You're on the list. The bunny will try to back you up when it can!

Thank you! :)

Hi hi dustbunny... Spread the ❤️!

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Thanks a lot for helping the cause! I've added you to the watch-list.

Thank you! ❤️

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Whoop! Already received quite a few dust bunnies from you!!! Really chuffed!! I dont have much to delegate as im running off mostly borrowed steem but i plan to do a review post on the dust bunny soon!! Might get a few extra eyes on your great service!!

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awesome sauce, the bunny's been really busy lately and every little helps, getting the word out is definitely just as important!

Busy litte bunny indeed!!!

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I found you @dustbunny thanks to one of @bashadow s comment. This is such a great idea! <3

heh... awesome... and now that you've seen it, I'll add you to the list and maybe you'll get to feel it, too, soon ;)

hehe sounds good to me! Thanks!

Hi @dustbunny, I'm @checky ! While checking the mentions made in this post I noticed that @jpederson and @manwithnowname don't exist on Steem. Did you mean to write @spederson and @manwithnoname ?

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ugh... thanks... the blame is all on me!

Just delegated 50 SP, I am sorry I cannot do more atm...
I find it a noble cause, and I will write about you in the future :)
Can someone do it for someone else?
(p.s. I would also include the delegation links at the end of this message)

50SP is a lot! Thanks for believing in the mission and supporting it!

Can someone do it for someone else?

You mean "sponsoring" a spot on the bunny-watchlist?! Absolutely... it will be a while before I'll get this integrated as an automatic function, but you can totally just reply to me with some names and they'll get a tiny bit of your supporter-prioritization-bonus as well.

For now I am still doing user registrations manually and my focus is on optimizing the bunny's VP usage and dialling in the metrics and distribution-algorithm to make it as fair as possible. So far I am quite happy with the results but I still see some room for improvement.

Setting up a discord and making the bunny more interactive, thinks like automatic enrolment, requesting stat reports... etc... I'm planning for that, but it's on the backburner for now.

The delegation links are in the last paragraphs, but I agree, I really need to work on making the "marketing" more accessible... I guess my head's just too much in the programming aspects of this bunny atm.

Thanks for your great input and support!

This guy was occupying me bellybutton for years! Happy he found a new place.

hahaha... Well, I bet bunny is super happy he found a purpose in life now... while travelling along with you sure must have been exciting, I think it was getting old to just be carried around all the time :P

Great work, duster of bunnies! Would love to be added to the list if there is any room left!!

Sure, we can always squeeze in one more!

But keep in mind, this is a project run in the spirit of sharing and solidarity. You have a pretty solid self-voting quota, that's fine and not meant as a confrontation, but the bunny will not support any self-voted dust. Additional priority penalties for users with higher than average self-voting quotas might be considered in the near future, so I'm just pointing that out ;)

You're on the list.

Thanks @fraenk, understood! You have a good point, my self votes are much higher than I wanted or thought - thanks for the link, steemworld only gives data on the last 7 days, I'll have to watch that a bit more closely.

Just so you know, I'm very long term for Steemit, so all your support goes back into SP, for the goal of someday (hopefully soon!) a vote will be worth a bit more than .01 cent and I can help support others a bit more. In the meantime, I'm not letting my minuscule upvote stop me - I've already run a couple of contests and currently saving up for a massive (for me) 20 Steem prize contest, trying to give back to the community. Step by step I suppose!

Anyway, thanks so much for the support!

The dust under my couch is not half as cute as this one. Sigh. Great idea and initiative. Dust bunnies unite for a cleaner world. I guess that would be counter-survival-intuitive. So just go forth and give dust.

hehe... there's so much dust... I'm sure the bunny won't starve any time soon.

If all else fails, there's still the kittens shedding dust every day. Who knows, maybe the bunny will become something like a saint for those with allergies eventually?! No more anti-histamines... bunny the great slayer of dust to the rescue!

Hi, You seem like a cool initiative

I have delegated 5SP to this program, its not much but hope it helps

Every little counts! Thanks a lot and I'll be adding you to the list asap :D

Nice material, nice photo!

hehehe... now if I wouldn't know that you've actually been sent to come and check this out I would have probably ignored this as a didn't-even-read-spam-comment... chuckles

I'll add you to the watchlist now.

Hey, @dustbunny.

This is very ambitious indeed. But it looks like you're off and running.

Essentially, you're dependent on others to delegate at this point, along with whatever you might earn from a post and curation.

It sounds like, though, that you won't necessarily be taking on more accounts than you can handle at one time, although there might be times where you're abilities are exceeded in those peak times where many upvotes are being made.

I'm wondering just how much RCs will be affecting how much these redfish can actually vote, period. Right now, it's not just dustvoting, it's can I vote?

Anyway, I like what you're doing here. I'm okay myself, so just saying hello and wishing you well. I'll see what I can do to help support this, at the very least in upvotes on update posts.

Hey there @glenalbrethsen,

Quite right, the bunny will be almost completely depending on the support of others who see value in this mission. But that's kind of the idea.

I'm still happily onboarding more users. The bunny continues to have enough capacity to not lose any dust. Right now it's still able to save every single item of dust it watches but that's not actually supposed to stay like this. Eventually users who do not contribute, but create above average amounts of dust, will see some of their dust being missed by the bunny.

These mechanics are implemented only in a rudimentary way right now and I've not yet had much opportunity to see them play out, but as more real-world data comes in I will be able to observe and improve on that. The goal is to create a decision-making process that creates a fair distribution of excess VP to non contributing users at times of lower demand while giving contributing users a better level of dust-security.

With strength in numbers and faith in the spirit of solidarity, I believe this could work quite well. Abuse prevention will be one of the biggest challenges as the user count outgrows the volume that I can monitor manually.

The whole RC debacle is a different topic, unfortunately the bunny can't do much about that.

Thanks for your support, I'll add you to the list.

Hey, @fraenk.

Oh, that's okay. I was just wanting to tell you I'm in support of what you're doing here. I don't need to be added to the list personally. Thank you, though. Someone else is going to need it much more than I do.

Hopefully, then, as time rolls on, you will see more and more delegations and so forth.

So, at this stage, it sounds like there's some analyzing of data that needs to be done to better program the dustbunny. Do you think that will be ongoing, or do you think you'll have enough in say a few weeks to know what you need to make this work?

Cool project!

It looks like @dustsweeper just got some competition! Or is it a partner? 😃

No, I don't think the bunny should be seen as competition. As a matter of fact, just in the last post I specifically recommended to use @dustsweeper regardless and in addition to trusting the bunny. At least as a safety-net to make sure your own rewards absolutely do not go to waste.

The bunny hopes to become a project run through solidarity and not as a business, it's meant to be supportive for smaller accounts. The services offered by the bunny come "basically" free but as such also without guarantees. Contributing users will of course get preferential treatment and I'll also continuously try to make the support-distribution as fair as possible.


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Ya know how bunnies are, they tend to multiply! :-)
I like what @ewkaw and @blacklux said!
Thank you for all you are doing @dustbunny @fraenk!
Love the smile feather!! ❤ 🐰
Thank you to all who support this cute bunny!!

A dust bunny family would be so cool!!

Suely there must be more? perhaps they are
in hiding and camera shy? hehe
I'm thinking the future is bright for more
bunnies in sight! :-)

The future is very dusty you mean! :p

Hello again. I would like to suggest an user for this program, who is barely making anything and whose content is quite interesting: @digi-me

Also, please consider helping @lady-idra

Both are below 50 SP and need some support for their good work.

cool, I'll add em


yeah... got a bunny cleaning up after ya... better show some appreciation and give it a big hug :D


There is the kitten with one vampire tooth :p

@steemeowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww... I missed you!!! 💕💖

Way to go, @dustbunny! Happy to provide you with some SP :)

OMG!!! That tiny feather make it look like you are smiling!! So fricking cute! I like so much this dusty bunny! I think I need professional help! 😅

heh... that feather wasn't even intentional to begin with, it just naturally found it's way through the fluff and ended up there during the bunny's first photo shoot. I didn't even notice it until I viewed this image on the big screen.

Now for today's image which I took just this morning, I had to actually carefully place the feather in that spot again... it's surprisingly tough to keep that little fluffball in shape, I wonder how long I'll be able to keep it around for more "selfies" :P

Bunny needs friends to fluff around with :D

Imagine if bunny finds a girlfriend! 😀

Dustbunny babies!!

Oooohhhh, I like that! With lil baby googly eyes.... lol

Yeah! Dusty family!

Maybe a long photoshoot session in different places will do the trick. That way you will have lots of pics and the bunny can rest hehe... maybe it will even get fatter after all the winter goodies!

It tends to run away at the slightest gust of wind so I'm keeping it locked in the living room for the time being until I find another good clump to possibly do a body-swap with ;)

Hi @dustbunny

Just given you an upvote, resteem and a delegation. Hope that helps.

Every bit helps and that was more than just a bit! Thanks a lot and the bunny will watch over you as good as it can, too!

Remember "With great power comes great responsability" LOL

chuckles... yeah, I know a thing or two about handling "farmers" and similar abuse from running these cuddly kitten-bots for a while now.

The bunny has a blacklist (albeit empty atm) already and some "balancing" mechanisms that should stop anyone from "over-profiting" compared to his bunny-peers.

It's going to be interesting how demand and supply develop in the time to come and I'll try to stay on top of it to tweak the "scoring-mechanisms" as reality reveals itself ;)

I wrote about @dustbunny in tag #cesky. Let's see if he likes it and someone will join

Is this bunny made of belly button fluffs?

lol... no, nothing quite as intense, I was able to simple catch him under my living-room sofa where the vacuum doesn't reach ;)

Hi @dustbunny! Your picture is too cute! And I love the idea of a free dustsweeping service so have delegated 50sp to you! Happy sweeping my little dusty friend! :)

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Wow... thanks a lot. I'll add you to the bunny's watch-list right away, too! :D

Thank you! I try to make sure I create as little dust as possible! This is a really good thing for smaller accounts. Love it! :)

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a bunny with rocket boosters

Be aware! All you dust out there!

As of this day to one month forward, my dust can be on LOWpriority. :)

Hoppity hop too!

Hehe, thanks a lot for the delegation, too!

And if that month of low priority isn't proof that paying it forward is worth it, then I do't know :P

Kudos and Congrats again! Stay insane!

Insane is, insane does.

I have that insane faith that when asked is the glass half full or half empty, I'll answer, what do you need a glass for, so what could go wrong!? :D

"...bunny with rocket boosters..." - wooohoooo...!! Rocket power.... :D
I sent a lil 'rocket juice' myself... :) hope it helps...

Thankies!! Every little bit helps :D

I've given your watch-list priority a little boost, too ;)

Awwww.... Many many thanks!! 😊

Congratulations @dustbunny!
Your post was mentioned in the Steemit Hit Parade for newcomers in the following category:

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I also upvoted your post to increase its reward
If you like my work to promote newcomers and give them more visibility on Steemit, consider to vote for my witness!

I am a plakton and most of my earned votes are from planktons. Csn u help me out growing big in here. Your help is highly appreciated!

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Hey @mango-juice...

With a 630SP delegation to your account I don't think you need to consider yourself plankton right now. You also have a significant self-voting quota, that's fine, just keep in mind: self-voted dust will not get the bunny's attention.

I'll add you to the list, but as capacity limits are reached, you shouldn't expect the bunny to save all your dust, I'll definitely recommend you also invest a little in @dustsweeper to be on the safe side.

I got your blessings!

Thank u @dustbunny for helping a plankton!

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Meanwhile, the only reply you ever upvoted on your own posts is that made by your own alt-account @project-m - upvoted with 100% and all your 700SP well above the dust limit...

All other organic engagement on your posts goes largely unnoticed, drowned in the sea of promotional messages from all the upvote-bots.

And then you signal your appreciation to this project with a 20% vote on the bunny's content that's already past payout costing you zero VP.

Maybe you can take a moment and reflect on the spirit behind this dustbunny project and tell me what you think about it.

I am now feeing really scared of you.... Are you keeping an eye on me? 😰

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I'm monitoring the bunny's activity and clientele very closely at the moment as I teach it to distribute it's support as fairly and as constructively as possible...

so have you thought about what I was trying to say?

Lol... Nevermind... I understand what were you trying to say!

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Also.... I used to make a lot of comments... Not the small ones! How many gave upvote to me sir? Only a few one. Did u give an upvote in my comment? No... See my post when i got the sp delegation.. I upvoted all who commented... Bt right now i have to save my vp because of the trails that are actually giving me something on my hard work..

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I'll give up some SP while I still have some...

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