Let’s break then earning period down to ten days with 6 Users scaled on engagement. 100 moons to get distributed ‘each’ round; it’s really the first round but with more and more saltier people. All posts get liked by everyone to start.

U1: 30 posts, 180 likes, 43.47 moons.

U2: 20 posts, 120 likes, 28.98 moons.

U3: 11 posts, 66 likes, 15.93 moons.

U4: 5 posts, 30 likes, 7.24 moons.

U5: 2 posts, 12 likes, 2.89 moons.

U6: 1 post, 6 likes, 1.44 moons.

Total likes: 414

Moons 100/414 = .2415 moons for each like. Calculation entered above.

Now here are those numbers if U6 was salty and didn’t like any posts but his own.

U1: 30 posts, 150 likes, 43.35 moons.

U2: 20 posts, 100 likes, 28.90 moons.

U3: 11 posts, 55 likes, 15.89 moons.

U4: 5 posts, 25 likes, 7.22 moons.

U5: 2 posts, 10 likes, 2.89 moons.

U6: 1 post, 6 likes, 1.73 moons.

Total likes: 346.

Moons 100/346 = .2890 moons for each like.

Now U6 would get about 20% more moons.

Not bad, he thinks, being stingy, but this catches on.

Now U2 almost fills the feed daily, so here it is if both U2 and U6 didn’t like any posts but their own.

U1: 30 posts, 120 likes, 40.40 moons.

U2: 20 posts, 100 likes, 33.67 moons.

U3: 11 posts, 44 likes, 14.81 moons

U4: 5 posts, 20 likes, 6.73 moons.

U5: 2 posts, 8 likes, 2.69 moons

U6: 1 post, 5 likes, 1.68 moons.

Total likes: 297.

Moons 100/297 = .3367 moons for each like.

Now U6 is still technically up 16% from the initial round, but down ~4% on that in the second taken by U2.

U2 was only down by 0.0028% from U6 going salty. But once he also went salty, he too is up 16%. Taking away almost 10% (a full 3moons) away from U1.

U1 notices and retaliates by going salty ASWELL.

U1: 30 posts, 120 likes, 46.51 moons.

U2: 20 posts, 80 likes, 31.00 moons.

U3: 11 posts, 33 likes, 12.79 moons

U4: 5 posts, 15 likes, 5.81 moons.

U5: 2 posts, 6 likes, 2.32 moons

U6: 1 post, 4 likes, 1.55 moons.

Total likes: 258.

Moons 100/258 = .3875 moons for each like.

U1 has benefited the most while every other User has suffered compared to the previous round (whale).

Let’s end it with everyone salty.

U1: 30 posts, 30 likes, 43.47 moons.

U2: 20 posts, 20 likes, 28.98 moons.

U3: 11 posts, 11 likes, 15.93 moons.

U4: 5 posts, 5 likes, 7.24 moons.

U5: 2 posts, 2 likes, 2.89 moons.

U6: 1 post, 1 likes, 1.44 moons.

Total likes: 69 (nice).

Moons 100/69 = 1.44 moons for each like. Same as the start!

Somewhere we all find ourselves in the middle between the first round and this last round. I don’t think it net pays to be salty, even if you are a whale, because distributing likes is like planting apple seeds in a field you may never return to. If you ever do return, it’s more likely to be fruit there for you, or people living near the trees who welcome you back.

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