I just had this thought. Part of the problem with STEEM is the network effect, or really lack thereof.

As a network gains nodes (users in our case), the value or power of that network raises in a square-law fashion. So a Network A with twice as many users as Network B has a value that is four times greater, not just two times greater.

STEEM has somewhere in the neighborhood of 50,000 daily active users. Not a bad start. But it hasn’t been growing. There are many reasons for that, but the net result is we are stuck in this chicken-and-egg problem where we need new users to grow in value, and we need to grow in value in order to attract new users.

So how do these new SCOT-based community boards of PALnet and SplinterTalk factor in?

By creating these communities, it provides a much tighter focus for the users. Someone who wants to play SplinterLands might not care at all about the wider STEEM ecosystem. But he will still have to use it.

At first, I thought that having these tightly focused boards would be less attractive to users, but now I realize that they will be more attractive to a wider variety of people. We all know facebook is largely garbage, but facebook groups are an enormously powerful tool. These SCOT instances are a good bridge to bring that kind of interaction into STEEM.

So then as these communities grow on their own through their own attraction mechanisms, then the power of the underlying STEEM network will grow even faster.

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