Problem: It seems like nobody wants to use some slick functional app that Zcash Foundation or ZOMG funded. (assuming the app is ever built)
Exhibit A: Look at Zboard (https://zboard.org/) - It’s an absolute graveyard, and it’s a fine site!
It has some good features that ZECpages doesn’t have, and the design is very clean and professional!
What went wrong?
No Iteration - No Long Term User Feedback / Testing, No new features
Z Board was (apparently) a package deal, and we got a package of professional software deployed online, and it never changed. There’s no development, no new features, no novelty, and as a result, no energy. No users.
I can’t speak to the milestone system, but it seems like nobody cares about these projects when they get funded, even less so after they launch. We’re wasting a ton of time and energy running a lengthy, oh-so-responsible grant process that currently sucks the life out of everything it funds. Name a decent ZF grant recipient that’s not ZecWallet. I’ll wait.
A brainstormed solution - Investing in PEOPLE, not PROJECTS
What if the ZOMG invested in human beings with a proven track-record of building useful things on and with Zcash? In the spirit of the “Go, Go, Go” thread, just reward humans who support Zcash for doing that. I can think of a wallet developer who would be a GREAT candidate for this!
https://zecpages.com/z/post/927 When I read this I thought “That’s bad negotiation.” For DAYS I thought that! Then today I think, “Why are we nickel and dime receipt checking the pillars of our community?”
Advantages - Less overhead in bookkeeping, Grant writing, People and their output are fairly easy to track in 2021.
Disadvantages - Less accountability. But Zbay is vaporware and nobody knows what the fuck happens at ECC so I don’t see this as a real negative.
I’d love to see a system where people are rewarded for building on zcash, not for their grant writing.
How can this idea be made great? Because ZF/ZOMG academic rule-by-red-tape ain’t working.