Main topics

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This page lists many of the main topics of Steemit and also includes resources for learning more about them.


Steemit is a blockchain based social network where the users can earn rewards.


Steem most commonly refers to the token money that comes in three forms - Steem, steem-based dollars (SBD), and steem power. Steem is also is the name for the blockchain database which the social media platform Steemit plugs into.

Steem wallet

On the Steemit platform, each user has a wallet for storing their steem tokens.


Every Steemit user account is provided with a number of different keys. They include the owner, posting, active, and memo keys, and there is a public and private version of each.


A post is a piece of writing, image, or other item of content published on Steemit. Markdown language and some HTML can be used to format them. For help, see Tips for formatting your post and The Markdown Cheatsheet.

Posts that become popular are listed under hot posts and trending posts. They can also be promoted.

Posts by accounts that a user is following will show up in the user's feed.

Including images

For help on including images in posts, see this article.


Steemit has policies against plagiarism. Plagiarism is the wrongful appropriation and stealing and publication of another author's language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions and the representation of them as one's own original work. Plagiarism is not in itself a crime, but can constitute copyright infringement. In academia and industry, it is a serious ethical offense. Even on a platform such as Steemit, plagiarism means the same. Presenting another person's idea as your own in a broad sense constitutes as Plagiarism.


Curation is the act of up-voting a post or comment using the upvote button. While there is no downvote button, flagging a post can remove rewards and make the material less visible. However, flagging should normally not be done except for situations where the author has deliberately and repeatedly broken the rules of conduct on the Steemit platform.


Reputation is a piece of data that allows the network to communicate the "trust-worthiness" of any given member within the network. A user's reputation score is calculated from the number of upvotes their posts and comments have received and how much steem power each of those accounts had behind them. The score is the number behind an account name.


A whale is a Steemit user who has built up a large amount of steem power and thus, their influence over aspects of Steemit such as voting power and payouts are quite extensive, especially when compared with new users.


A dolphin is a user who is relatively established on Steemit and who has built up a significant amount of steem power.


A minnow is a user who is relatively new to the platform, or, who has yet to built up a large amount of steem power.


Witnesses run computers that maintain the Steem blockchain. They are voted upon by the community.

Steem-related apps

There are many steem-related apps and tools. Many are listed at


  • - stats on possible payouts to a user's account.
  • Steemwhales - various stats including user rankings.
  • Steemdollar - stat on how much a user's vote is worth.
  • Steemvp - stat on who upvotes an account the most.



  • AskSteem - identifies posts that mention a user.


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