Dustsweeper FAQ

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To capture the answers to some of the most common questions, we here present to you a @dustsweeper’s Frequently Asked Questions.

The word comment is used throughout the text, referring to both posts and comments.

What is dust?

A post or comment is considered to be dust if it has a value of less than $0.02.

Anything less than $0.02 will not be paid out.

So even if your comment is worth $0.019, at payout you will receive nothing. Zero, zilch, zip, nada, nothing!!

What is @dustsweeper

@dustsweeper is a service that will take care of your dust.

@dustsweeper will sweep all your comments on the 5th/6th day and upvote it above the $0.02 threshold.

@dustsweeper will vote with an average value of $0.028. Even if there is a price drop before payout, this should be sufficient to stay above the $0.02 dust threshold.

If in rare cases the value would still fall below the threshold, the users will be refunded by adding $0.028 to the balance.

How can I get started?

Send a small amount STEEM or SBD to @dustsweeper. That’s all!!

Please send it via Steemit and not via an exchange, otherwise the bot can not track the sender.

You need roughly 0.014 SBD for 1 vote. So send any amount larger than that.

What does it cost?

The amount you transfer will be multiplied by 2 and added to your balance.

If you transfer 0.014 SBD you will get $0.028 in upvote value. $0.028 is the average amount used per vote.

Note: $0.001 will be subtracted from the balance per transaction to cover the cost of the reply. Thank you @cadawg for pointing out the abuse condition.

Taking the 50/50 reward model, curation rewards, and the current STEEM/SBD prices into account, the return from the vote itself is currently returning nothing. That is the whole idea and your gain is purely from the saved dust.

So in other words, the service doesn't cost you anything. You can see it as making a deposit where the money will be returned when the dust is saved by the bot.

What is the exact upvote value?

The aim is to have a $0.028 upvote value. But due to a rounding mechanism in the blockchain reward model, the exact value will vary. The bot is set to never vote with a value lower than $0.026 and the max value should be around $0.036.

The exact upvote value will be used when reducing your balance.

When does @dustsweeper vote?

At the moment @dustsweeper is voting roughly every 6 hours. But we will increase this to come close to once a day. There is no need to vote more frequently as we will capture all comments anyway. We currently have it set to a lower value to better get an understanding of the demand.

Why did @dustsweeper not upvote my post?

@dustsweeper is currently set to stop voting if the Voting Power drops to 50%. So the most likely cause for missed votes is due to high demand. We are trying to adjust the SP to make sure we match the demand, but it is not a guarantee.

Missed vote doesn't mean @dustsweeper skipped you. If @dustsweeper needs a break, she will start again from where the same spot where she took the break.

Which comments qualify?

Comments with a value larger than $0 and smaller than $0.025.

Comments with only self-votes are excluded.

Does it matter when I join?

No, even your old comments will qualify for @dustsweeper.

So if you join today and have a 4-day old comment, it will be upvoted by @dustsweeper roughly a day from now.

Can I Send A Friend @dustsweeper As A Gift?

At this moment you can't, but within a week or two we will release an update where this will be possible.

How much is my balance?

At the moment @dustsweeper will send you a comment if your balance runs low and when your account is completely out of funds.

You will also get a balance update whenever you transfer an amount larger than $0.001.

In the next update, we will open a Discord server with a Dustsweeper bot. That will allow for balances and stats to be checked on-demand.

Can @dustsweeper be used when I upvote other people?

This is not possible at this time but will be possible in a future update. The idea is to make this an opt-in service for those interested.

The idea is this: When you upvote someone with $0.01, @dustsweeper will use your balance to make sure your vote does not become worthless. So with an opt-in, you are helping others to save dust.

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