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What is Proof of Brain?

Ecency and Proof of Brain is a wrapper interface for Hive, the blockchain based decentralized social network - powered by Hive.

Hive is home of free speech and rewarding communities for content creators with true/full ownership.

The Ecency Project is founded by @good-karma in August 2016 as an alternative social network that's uncensored, user controled, immutable and opensource. There are many independent and voluntary contributors who work together to bring the vision to masses.

Ecency is hub of communities powered by cutting edge technology where users are getting paid for their time, resources and learn while having complete control over their account, communities and content. Through ease of use, users not only learn but also become investors, innovators of the new internet.

What's the difference from other Social Networks?

The primary difference, Proof of Brain and Ecency are wrappers based on a blockchain which means content is immutable and uncensorable. You own your community and account, nobody but you have full control of your data. Empowering true free speech. Proof of Brain and Ecency are also opensource, rewarding and innovative, built and owned by users. Aspire for greatness!

What is Hive blockchain?

Hive is a blockchain that was designed to be fast, feeless, decentralized, uncensored platform for Web3.0 applications, with built-in features where stake holders can earn rewards by staking, curating, posting, playing games, trading - all without any middle man (decentralized). Tokens on Hive blockchain called HIVE, HIVE DOLLARS, HIVE POWER.

Why would I choose Proof of Brain or Ecency?

Tailored feature set to empower you to create, inspire your audience and community. Ecency mobile application giving you on-go solution. With desktop app you are always sure to get uncensored content right from the blockchain, with website reach thousands of readers accross globe with best ranked content on search engines. State of art security measures so your keys will always stay encrypted and out of reach for ill-intentioned individuals. Fast and beautiful website, helps you to get discovered online and gain exposure for your content and gain loyal followers and readers. Build your community with Ecency today and take advantages of emerging blockchain technology and uncensored content, true free speech!

How does Ecency work?

Proof of Brain stores and reads data from the blockchain, and thus data is accessible and uncensored. Ecency rewards content creators with built-in incentive mechanism of blockchain, with tokens (HIVE, HIVE DOLLARS, HIVE POWER) as well as Points. Tokens can be purchased and sold in major cryptocurrency exchanges (e.g. Binance, Bittrex). Points could be utilized within platform and traded for goods, services.

How to join Hive?

Go to https://ecency.com/signup?referral=proofofbrainblog and create an account. After signup you will receive email with further instructions. Your password is your master password to your account. Please store it safely, if you loose your password, you ultimately loose access to your account and your funds. Accounts cannot be deactivated or deleted, account names cannot be changed as well. The account along with all of its activity is permanently stored in the blockchain. Without password, accounts cannot be restored, store your keys safely.

Can I change my username?

Account names on Proof of Brain and Hive blockchain cannot be changed. If you would like a new account name, you can create new account.

Can I delete or deactivate my account?

Accounts on Proof of Brain cannot be deactivated or deleted. The account along with all of its activity is permanently stored in the Hive blockchain.

How to sign in to Proof of Brain?

You can sign-in to Proof of Brain by using your Username and Master password or by using Active Private Keys. We take security very seriously, that's why we never store your private keys, on mobile app they are encrypted with extra PIN code of your choice, on website they are never stored. You can also use Hivesigner OAuth2 authentication service to easily login, manage and perform actions.

What is Hivesigner?

When you were signing up on Hive you were given lots of keys that are hard to remember. The work of this Hivesigner is, it gives you the access to create your own password that you can remember and to provide a protection not to use your active key when logging into Hive platforms.

What is Keychain?

Hive Keychain is a wallet browser extension for the Hive blockchain and cryptocurrency and allows users to securely log into and access multiple Hive-based platforms. It is available for Chrome, Brave and Firefox.

Why are there different keys?

There are different keys with the appropriate permissions for what you are doing.

  • Posting keys - this key should be used for social networking actions, like posting, commenting and voting. This key has a limited set of permissions and it is not able to be used for monetary actions. So you can't lose money if someone else gets access to this key.
  • Active key - this key has additional permissions for more sensitive monetary-related actions, like transferring and exchanging tokens. When performing a wallet related action, you may be prompted to authenticate with your Active key. You should only enter your Active Key into apps which you trust because anyone with access to this key can take your tokens. Do yourself a favor and store this key safely to avoid losing tokens in the future.
  • Owner key - is the most powerful key because it can change any key of an account, including the owner key. Ideally it is meant to be stored offline, and only used to recover a compromised account.

How to contribute to Ecency?

Our awesome contributors helping us to shape Ecency. You can be part of this great movement, by joining our Translation team: Website, Mobile or by contributing with Ideas, Developing, Designing, Social media outreach skills. We try our best to support our contributors!

How referral system work on Proof of Brain?

Referral system is simple, you can invite your friends by adding your username in this link https://ecency.com/signup?referral=username and share it with your friends. Once your friends join Ecency and earn their first 250 Points, you will earn 100 Points. There is no limits on referrals and its reward.

What kind of information is shown on my profile?

The first information shown near your image is your reputation score and display name, description. Below information about followers and following, registration date on Ecency. You have the option to add extra information on Ecency settings such as about information, profile image, cover image, your location.

What are Ecency Points and how to use them?

Ecency Points are continually minted and rewarded for all users for various social activities they perform on website, mobile or desktop app. Points can be used for promoting, boosting your content, can even be transferred or gifted to another user. You can also purchase Points with our mobile apps.

Where do the tokens come from?

The Hive network continually creates new digital tokens to reward content creators and curators. Some of the newly-created tokens are transferred to users who add value to platform by posting, commenting, and voting on other people's posts. The remainder is distributed to holders of HIVE POWER and the witnesses that secures the blockchain.

What determines the value of HIVE and HBD?

The value of HIVE comes from the demand and supply of the token. HIVE will always be in demand based on the way the system is designed and there will always be supply for HIVE. As long as the Hive blockchain exist with continuous development and users being active, there will always be demand and supply for HIVE, adding value to the token.

What are HIVE?

HIVE are tradeable tokens that may be transferred at anytime. HIVE can be converted to Hive Power in a process called powering up or staking HIVE. It is a cryptocurrency token, similar to Bitcoin.

What are HIVE POWER?

Hive Power are influence tokens that earn more power for holding long term and voting on content. The more Hive Power one holds, the more one can influence other's rewards and earn rewards for accurate voting. Hive Power is staked HIVE token that can be unstaked in 13 weeks.


Hive Dollars (commonly abbreviated HBD) are tokens worth about $1.00 of HIVE. Hive Dollars can be traded with HIVE, and transferred to other accounts for commerce or exchange. Hive Dollars may also be converted into HIVE via a process that takes 3.5 days.

What is delegated Hive Power?

Hive Power can be delegated to users by another user. When user is delegated Hive Power - their Resource Credits, content votes, and curation rewards are calculated as if it were their own Hive Power. Users are not able to power down or cash out delegated Hive Power however, as it still belongs to the original owner.

What is powering up?

You can power up your earned Hive tokens to Hive Power at any time. It means your HIVE are kept in your wallet and converts to HIVE Power, which increases your voting power and resource credits on the blockchain. Having more Hive Power also increases the amount of curation rewards and new vested tokens that you can earn. More HP also grants more influence on approving Hive witnesses.

What is powering down?

Hive Power can be powered down in the same wallets where it can be powered up. When you power down, HIVE Power will not be available as HIVE immediately. It is converted in 13 equal parts and transferred into your HIVE wallet weekly, the first portion only being available a week after the power down was initiated.

What are Resource Credits?

Transacting on the Hive blockchain has zero fees, transaction rate-limiting is employed to safeguard the blockchain from spam attacks. Every action that you take on the blockchain will consume a small amount of Resource Credits. This includes posting, commenting, voting, transferring tokens, etc. Viewing content does not consume Resource Credits.

Every user has a limited amount of Resource Credits to use each week. The more transactions a user does, the less Resource Credits they will have left (until they recharge). Users with more HIVE POWER will have more Resource Credits.

If you run out of Resource Credits, you will be unable to transact with the blockchain until your Resource Credits recharge (happens automatically) or you acquire additional HIVE POWER to increase your Resource Credit balance or you can request Boosting account from Ecency to receive temporary delegation.

What is voting power?

Your voting power goes down a little bit every time you vote. It begins with 100% voting power and by voting you use small amount of voting power. The more you vote the fewer influence you have, meaning efficiency of your vote will decay. Daily 10 votes are recommended to utilize efficiency and curation rewards better.

How many times can I vote with my voting power?

Every 100% vote you cast will use 2% of your remaining voting mana. Your voting mana will recharge by 20% each day. You can vote more than 10 times per day, but each vote will be worth less, and it will take longer to reach full voting power again.

What can I do if my HIVE or Hive dollar tokens stolen or sent to wrong account?

There is nothing to do if your liquid tokens are stolen or sent to wrong acoount but if your tokens are in Hive Power it is impossible to be hacked more than 1/13 per week and if your tokens are in savings they need to a three-day wait period for them to become transferable. Staking/powering up or transferring funds into savings might be more safer.

Will 1 Hive Dollar always be worth $1.00 USD?

The price of Hive Dollar changes around 1 USD depending on market conditions of the demand and supply. If price is below 1 USD, you are encouraged to convert HBD to HIVE to get 1 USD worth of HIVE tokens. When above 1 USD, you can trade them to buy more HIVE on market.

How long does it take to convert Hive Dollars to HIVE?

The blockchain will process the transaction over a period of 3.5 days for conversions Hive Dollars to HIVE.

What are the dollar amounts next to posts and comments?

The dollar amounts next to posts and comments are estimates of the potential payout that will occur when the payout period ends, based on the current voting activity and price of HIVE. It is the potential payout that may go up or down until the period ends. Payouts occur as a combination of Hive Power and Hive Dollars. Sometimes the blockchain may substitute HIVE in place of the Hive Dollars based on market conditions.

How voting content on Ecency?

To vote content on Ecency is quite simple, you can learn all about it in following article Voting content

What is Reputation?

Every user has a reputation score next to their name. The more value you bring to the community the more reputation score you will have. It is also a mechanism that is designed to help reduce abuse of the Hive platform. Getting upvoted by people increases your reputation and getting downvoted by people with a higher reputation can push your reputation down and make your posts less visible. Users with a lower reputation score are unable to affect your reputation.

How to improve my Reputaion score?

The more upvotes from the users with high reputation you have the higher reputation score you will have. The best way of improving your reputation score is earn upvotes by adding value to the community.

Why my Reputation score is going down?

Your earned upvotes and downvotes influence on your reputation score. Downvote given by another user with higher reputation can cause your reputation score to go down. If you are having downvote but your upvotes more than downvotes (weighted by Hive Power), then the net effect on your reputation score will still be positive.

What can I post on Ecency?

Ecency is home of free speech where you can post everything you created: phrases, quotes, blogs, anecdotes, photos, videos, memes, songs, and more. Be creative! Just be careful of spam or abuse

What are tags or topics?

A tag is a piece of information that describes the content that it is assigned to. They help search engines identify the content of pages online and using that information, produce the best results for a given search. All tags must be lowercase letters. Spaces aren't allowed, but hyphenated words with a single dash are allowed.

How to use tags?

Users can create the tags of their choice but by choosing a useful tag users may reveal your post very easy. For example, your first indrotuction post can be popular just by using introduction tag. Be sure that you are using tags that are related to your post otherwise your post may get downvotes for mistagging.

How to add images and videos to my posts?

You have several options like browsing your hard drive to add an image by clicking on the selecting them link from within the editor or if you have copied image just click ctrl+v (cmd+v) and your image will be uploaded into your post or comment. Another way that you can use for videos and images is paste the image or video's web address (URL) into the editor and it will automatically be added.

What is thumbnail image?

Thumbnail is reduced-size version of picture taken from your post that can be viewer's first impression about your post. You can choose a thumbnail before publishing your post. In post creation page, click Advanced button and select any one of your images as thumbnail.

Are pictures and video stored on the blockchain?

Media content such as pictures, videos etc. are typically not stored directly on a blockchain. When you add pictures or video you are only adding a source reference to where they are located. Meaning you can add video content from other locations. As of right now, when you upload a photo, this gets hosted on a regular web server.

Why is the Publish button grayed out?

After writing your post you can see that Publish button is still gray, be sure that you chose a good title and at least one valid tag. If you miss them Publish button will be disabled.

What do the Trending, Hot, New, Rising and Controversial links show?

This is the way of sorting content on Ecency.

  • Trending - Widely mentioned or discussed posts.
  • Hot - Popular posts in last couple hours.
  • New - The newest posts sorted by the published time.
  • Rising - Posts that have more comments and votes compare to others.
  • Controversial - Has a relatively equal number of upvotes and downvotes.

How content promotion works?

Promoting content on Ecency is very simple and easy. Ecency Points are used to promote content for 1, 2, 3, 7 or 14 days to get more exposure. Promoted posts are shuffled across the feeds to all users in mobile app, desktop app and website. There is no limit or restrictions, any post can be promoted to get more exposure and engagement. We hold right to remove posts from promotion list if it violates certain internet etiquette.

How content boosting works?

Points can be used for boosting content (post and comments). Boosting requests are manually reviewed by our moderators and curators which might take upto 24 hours.

As part of the qualities check, we may consider: a) Content is original content, b) Not detected by cheetah, mackbot, hivewatchers, or any other blacklists etc. c) User is not in Ecency blacklist due to abusive behavior.

Boosting does not guarantee curation, if content is not curated within 24 hours Points will be refunded.

Why refund happens on boosting?

Boosting content reviewed and evaluated by our curators in their first 24 hours. Refund might happen due to multiple reasons, after 24 hours if no curator reviewed/curated content, if content is template or low effort based, if author has history of plagiarism, abuse, phishing or spamming, if content is too old to curate as new content gets more priority during review process.

Is boosting considered a vote buying?

No! Because, there is no guarantee of receiving vote, there is no guarantee of exact amount of vote, boosting maximum amount is limited, each content reviewed by our curators, there is no profit in it. All curation rewards are sent back to delegators 100%. Only measurable success we seek is to see engagement and growth on entire ecosystem. Boosting is simply creating additional use case for Ecency Points to improve engagement on platform, so it is essentially same as any other curation guilds on Hive. Goal of those guilds ultimately to improve engagement on platform and grow activity, the way each measures that success is the different.

What are the differences in Reward types?

In publishing settings section, you can see 3 different Reward types/choices.

  • 50%/50% - This rewards in half Hive Power, and half liquid HIVE / Hive Dollars. The ratio of liquid HIVE to Hive Dollars rewarded is based on network conditions at the time of payout. This is the default payout option.
  • Power Up 100% - This option rewards the post in 100% Hive Power.
  • Decline Payout - Use this option to receive no post rewards. Votes will affect the post's position on the trending ranking but no rewards are paid from Hive's reward pool. Replies made to the post are still eligible for rewards.

Is it possible to guest post on your website?

Publishing on Proof of Brain is simple and easy, Signup to open your own blog and community, start posting your content.

Can I request adding backlink to my website from Ecency team?

All the content on our site is created by our users and we don't modify or able to add backlinks. You are free to contact author of the post or Signup to open your own blog and community, publish articles to create backlinks for free.

Content source labels, what are those?

Content source helps you understand how content was published. In some cases you may see a third-party client name, which indicates the Content came from a non-Ecency application. Authors sometimes use third-party client applications to manage their blogs, communities. Third-party clients are software tools used by authors and therefore are not affiliated with, nor do they reflect the views of, the content. Content can be directly created by humans or, in some circumstances, automated by an application.

How to transfer blockchain tokens?

After login, you will find Wallet page in top header on website and desktop app or in Profile page, bottom navigation bar on mobile app. In wallet page you can initiate transfer of any token you hold to another user or exchange accounts, click on arrow next to your balance and find transfer operations. Transfers are irreversible because they are registered on blockchain, make sure to send correct recipient.

What kind of rewards I have in my wallet?

There are three kind of rewards are shown in your wallet:

  • Curation rewards - The rewards earned for upvoting posts and comments.
  • Author rewards - The rewards earned by your own posts and comments.
  • Points rewards - Social actions and interactions also rewarded with Ecency points.

How do I see my post rewards?

In Wallet page (in top header on website and desktop app, bottom navigation bar on mobile app), you can see Curation rewards (the rewards earned for upvoting posts and comments) and Author rewards (the rewards earned by your own posts and comments)

You can also view the same information for other users by visiting their wallet profile.

When can I claim my rewards?

Posts and comments remain active for 7 days and rewards are fluctuates depending on votes and market price of token, that is why rewards are approximated as pending reward. When the period is over, pending reward changes to actual reward and you are able to claim earned rewards. In your Wallet, click the Claim Rewards button to add the tokens to your account.

How token exchange works?

Exchanging and trading tokens on Ecency is very simple. We utilize internal peer to peer, decentralized exchange built into Hive blockchain. Offer easy to use interface so you can exchange one token to another, completely decentralized manner. Create buy or sell order and wait for other people to fill your order. If you want to quickly swap tokens then you can fill someone else's open order for quick trade.

How to request account boosting?

If your account is low on Resource Credits, you can request account boosting from Ecency. You will receive 30 days delegation (553311 VESTS) which should boost your account to perform more activities on blockchain. Delegation could be withdrawn anytime if our team finds inappropriate use of power. You can request account boosting quickly with QR page just change username and scan QR image with Ecency mobile app.

How DHF works?

Anyone can create a proposal and convince community to vote on their proposal to get funded. Before creating proposal, normal post should be published on blockchain and it is recommended to gather feedback before creating proposal. Proposal creation has fee of 10 HBD + 1 HBD for each day it lasts over 60 days.

Once proposal reaches certain threshold of tallied votes, it will start receiving funds each hour. If proposal falls below threshold, system will halt funding for that proposal. You can vote as many proposals as you want, there are no limits. Proposal cannot be edited, but can be deleted/withdrawn by creator.

What are Hive witnesses?

Role of witnesses or block producers in Hive blockchain is to act as the network's governance body. Top 20 witnesses are producing blocks every minute while rest remain as backup witness and gets randomized chance every minute. Community elects them to represent their voice and each user can elect up to 30 witnesses. This role is integral part of consensus mechanism blockchain runs on and recommend user engagement to vote on trusted witnesses. Witnesses are compensated with Hive Power for each block they create.

How can I vote for witnesses?

Visit Witness page and click voting icon.

What is considered spam or abuse?

  • Plagiarized posts or copied content.
  • Leaving nearly identical or materially similar comments on multiple posts.
  • Using tags that are unrelated to the post.
  • Threatening users with any type of physical violence.
  • Not citing sources when using someone else’s material.
  • Posting ‘not safe for work’ content without using the “nsfw” tag.
  • Scams or Fraudulent offers.