Explaining the STEEM Blockchain Freeze of July 2nd, 2018

Here's a quick video update of what happened last night when the STEEM blockchain froze.

Getting three text messages all at once was certainly a freak out moment!


Finding new error messages in the logs I've never seen before was also quite interesting:

I was quick to jump into the Steemdevs Slack:

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As well as the #witness steem chat:

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I'm very thankful @andrarchy was available to send out this tweet to our community:

As I mentioned in the video, the witnesses and Steemit, inc did a great job working hard to get this chain back up and running as quickly as possible. Improvements I'd still like to see from Steemit, inc include a professional site down page that is immediately in place (instead of a generic 503 Error Response page) along with a status page people can go to with regular updates in real time as to what is going on. Some of this was mentioned 8 months ago. That said, they did Tweet this time and stay in close contact with the Witnesses as things were happening in real time. That's a big improvement.

Thank you all for watching/reading and for your support of my witness account!

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Luke Stokes is a father, husband, programmer, STEEM witness, DAC launcher, and voluntaryist who wants to help create a world we all want to live in. Learn about cryptocurrency at UnderstandingBlockchainFreedom.com

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