8 Curating other’s content:
Dos and Don’ts

There is a lot of content on Steem, and curation is the art of searching for and selecting appropriate content to reward with upvotes. An upvote is like a ‘like’ on Facebook, except on Steem, an upvote has the potential to reward the content creator with crypto-currency.

Whatever amount you have invested, your ability to provide upvotes and reward people financially is systemically limited to 10 full upvotes a day, because each full upvote reduces your ‘voting power’ by 2%, and the system only recharges your voting power at the rate of 20% per day.

To cut a long story short, your ability to upvote content is limited, and so it’s important not to waste your upvotes: you should try and give the most generous upvotes to the highest quality content.

There are at least three advantages to upvoting the highest quality content on Steem:

Firstly, curators receive a 25% share of the total payout of the post they vote on. All other things being equal, quality content is going to attract more votes, and thus higher payouts, so if you have voted on such content, your share of these ‘curation rewards’ will be higher.

Secondly, it is good for the growth of the platform; the most upvoted content gets more visibility and should thus attract more users to Steem, which raises demand for the Steem token, and thus its price.

Thirdly, it is vital if new users are going to thrive on the platform: new users typically rely on upvotes from more established, larger accounts, to provide them with a decent crypto-return on their content production. There is more to say on the complex topic of curation, such as the role of ‘curation guilds’ and the practice of ‘auto-voting’, but we’ll cover those in a more in-depth video on this topic further down the line.

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9 Engaging With People Through Comments