Frequently Asked Questions

What is Steem Basic Income (SBI)?

Steem Basic Income is a social experiment to bring a basic income to as many Steemians as possible. Members join by sponsoring others into the program. Steem Basic Income is delivered through providing regular upvotes to member content.


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How do I join (or increase my units)?

First, you can simply send 1 STEEM (or more - full amounts only, no fractional units can be allocated) to @steembasicincome and include someone else's account name as the transaction memo.

Second, delegate STEEM power. 1 unit is granted per 2 SP delegated and remains in place until the delegation is removed.

Third, participate in some of the many contests run by fellow SBI members. This is not only a great way to potentially win some sponsored units, it also can help you network and grow your following. Look at the @steembasicincome account and find the most recent Contest listing post for a great starting point.

To sponsor more than one member, please check our full Transaction Memo Guidelines and let us know if you have any questions.

The official currency for enrollment is STEEM (STEEM Basic Income).
{We accept SBD at our discretion (usually when they're closely priced, or when SBD is stronger) but you do not receive extra value or any partial refund for paying in SBD instead of STEEM. If we choose to accept an SBD enrollment, we accept the entire amount. If we choose to reject it, we refund the entire amount and request you to send STEEM instead.}

You can trade between STEEM and SBD in your Wallet. Click the dropdown by STEEM or SteemDollars and click “Market”.

I sent 1 STEEM but I misspelled the name. What can I do?

If this happens please send 0.001 steem or SBD to @steembasicincome with the correct spelling of the name. Please specify the name you mistakenly put, as well as the correct name. These are reviewed manually, so please give us a few days to fix it and confirm.

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I just sent a transaction sponsoring someone and I’m not seeing an upvote on my posts, did you miss my transaction?

If it has been at least three hours, you can check your enrollment by typing !sbi status in a comment. You can also check your SBI levels in your Steempeak wallet.

How frequently you receive upvotes depends on your subscription level and posting frequency, so you might not receive an update on every post you make! You can read more about our upvote delivery in Value Balances and Upvote Delivery.

How do I know how many units I have?

There are multiple ways to check your subscription level:

  • On Chain: Make a post or comment with the keywords !sbi status in it.
  • On Discord: Head over to the SBI discord and in the bot commands room, type in !sbi yourUserName replacing yourUserName with your actual username.
  • In Steempeak wallet: @YOUR-STEEM-NAME-HERE/transfers
  • On Google Sheets: Go to this Google Sheet, use the second tab and find your name.
  • Google Sheets (2nd Method): Use this Google Sheet. Click in File menu ---> 'Make a Copy' so that you can type your own Member Name. This will also estimate your weekly upvote value for you.

How long does my subscription last?

Standard units last forever. These are the most common units gained by sending STEEM or by being sponsored. The only exception to this is if your account is blacklisted for spam, plagiarism or illegal activity. If you become inactive, the value of these units may decline over time, but they remain yours and will return to normal when you resume activity on your account.

Bonus units gained from delegating STEEM Power remain in place until you cancel the delegation.

Can my subscription be terminated?

Yes, your SBI subscription can be terminated at sole discretion of SBI for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Plagiarism. Posting content from other sources without proper credits and acting as if it's your own.
  • Spamming. Creating posts at rapid pace with low effort and low quality content.
  • Bad faith. Bad behaviors toward other Steemians. This may include unfair flagging and other inappropriate actions.
  • Blacklisted. Currently SBI uses @buildawhale and @steemcleaners blacklists to help identify bad actors. If you get blacklisted by those account you lose the benefits of your SBI shares.
  • Other reasons. SBI reserves the right to terminate subscription of any user for any reason not mentioned above.
    If your account was added to our blacklist, and your subscription effectively terminated, you may have the right to an appeal or partial refund. (See our full Refund Policy.

Can I sponsor anyone I want?

Yes! Just not yourself!

I'm very low on STEEM but I want to join, can someone sponsor me?

Yes, anyone can sponsor you to join SBI. Here are some ways you can get sponsored to join the program or get more shares:

  • Ask a friend. Tell a friend who already is on Steem ecosystem about the program, and ask them to sponsor you. Both you and your friend get one SBI unit for each STEEM sent for sponsorship!
  • Winning SBI contests. The are lots of contests that gives away SBI units as rewards. You can find most of them on @steembasicincome blog on Steem.
  • Ask for payment in SBI units. You can provide a product or service for someone within the Steem ecosystem and ask for payment in SBI units instead of STEEM or SBD. Both you and they will benefit from the program if you transact this way!
  • Buy STEEM. If all above methods are not working for you, you can always buy STEEM for yourself and enroll into the program. You also get to choose to sponsor other people to the program.

I know I am enrolled and I didn’t get an upvote!

First, ensure that you have an active subscription by checking the number of units that you have using the tools mentioned above.
From the !sbi status result, check if your rshares balance value is less that $0.06. If so, you need to accumulate more shares to hit $0.06 before you get the next $0.02 upvote. If you have reached this threshold but still did not get the upvote, contact the @steembasicincome team through discord here.

Why am I voted by a different account than the person I sponsored?

@steembasicincome has many different accounts @sbi2, @sbi3, etc. Your vote will come from the most available account at the time of your post. The vote will always still have the same value that your account was due at that time, no matter which account is used to cast the vote.

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How can I get bigger upvotes on my posts?

The upvote value given by SBI is determined by the amount of rshares in your SBI balance. There are multiple ways to get bigger upvotes from SBI on your posts:

  • Enroll for more SBI units. The more SBI units you have, the faster your rshares balance accumulates. More rshares means bigger upvotes!
  • Post less frequently. Even when you are not posting your SBI rshares balance is still constantly accumulating. This will result on bigger upvote value on your next post.
  • Upvoting @steembasicincome posts. When you upvote @steembasicincome posts you get rshares added to your SBI balance according to the upvote value multiplied by 1.10x. This is even better than upvoting yourself! Phasing out of upvoting bonuses was announced 27 October 2019.
  • Delegating SP to @steembasicincome. You get temporary "bonus units" when you delegate to @steembasicincome. These bonus units give equal benefit compared to regular SBI units. Currently, you get 1 bonus unit for each 2 Steem Power delegation to @steembasicincome.

If I upvote @steembasicincome, do I get anything?

Yes. Each time you upvote a post or comment from the @steembasicincome accounts (@steembasicincome, @sbi2, @sbi3, @sbi4, @sbi5, @sbi6, @sbi7, @sbi8, @sbi9, @sbi10, @sbi-booster) the rshares value of that vote is multiplied by 1.10 and added to your pending vote balance when the post or comment pays out.

No. Phasing out of upvoting bonuses was announced 27 October 2019.

Do I get any benefit from delegating Steem Power to @steembasicincome?

Yes, you get temporary "bonus units" when you delegate to @steembasicincome. These bonus units give equal benefit compared to regular SBI units. Currently, you get 1 bonus unit for each 2 Steem Power delegation to @steembasicincome. Bonus units will be removed if you withdraw your delegation.

What are the different types of shares?

There are a few types of shares that Steem Basic Income uses.

  1. Standard units are through the enrollment process. These are differentiated only for our refund policy. For all other purposes, these are treated exactly the same.
    i. Sponsored units are received when someone sponsors you.
    ii. Enrolled units are received when you sponsor somebody else.
  2. Bonus units are earned by delegating Steem Power to @steembasicincome
  3. Management units are created at 5% of standard units. These are issued to the founder and lead developer automatically, but may be assigned to users that help improve the project.
  4. rshares

What are rshares?

rshares are the unit that Steem uses to calculate rewards. Whenever you upvote, the witness check your VP% and SP to calculate how many rshares your upvote is worth. This is the actual value used to track your upvote values on Steem, and the method that Steem Basic Income uses to track your pending upvote value.

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Can I reach you on discord?

Yes, that is the best way to get in touch with us. Here is a link to the discord server: click here
There is a wealth of information in the Read-me-first, updates, and rules channels, or if you need more help, just post your question in the help channel and a member of the team will be happy to assist you.

I’m hosting a share giveaway contest. Do you have a banner I can use?

@steembasicincome doesn't have a required banner. There are many free to use banners made by other members, (just ask in the discord and be sure to credit the designers.

Here are some graphics that have been made available for use with proper citation.

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graphic designed by @katysavage

<center><a href = ""><img src = "></a>*graphic designed by @amico*center><br>

graphic designed by @amico

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graphic designed by @katysavage

What is your refund policy? Can I sell back my units?

For eligible accounts, the new refund framework will provide enrolled units a 2 STEEM potential value, but grant a 0.50 STEEM potential value to all sponsored units. In effect, the total potential ROI under this framework is 250% for each 1 STEEM enrollment.
Refunds are delivered through an accelerated upvote schedule. Since our system tracks pending upvote values using rshares, we will deliver the accelerated upvotes through our normal delivery system, by manually removing your units from record and increasing your rshares_balance with any surplus value you are due. If you are blacklisted and unable to receive upvotes from our system, you will be subject to our more limited direct refund policy. For more info please read the full post on our refund policy.

Special thanks to @jk6276, @akomoajong, @ucukertz, @stever82, @fuadsm,@samsemilia7, @macoolette, @sgbonus, @robertgelbmann, @theironfelix, @izaid, @ecoinstant, @bengy, @wonderwop, @reinaldoverdu, @thedarkhorse, @bucipuci, @amico, @scrawly, @phoenixwren, @rishi556, @kiokizz, @tcpolymath, @theb0red1, and @matschi, who all participated in our FAQ contest and helped us draft a much better FAQ.

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