I thought it might be helpful to discuss grant priorities and focus. I’d love to provide just one perspective, in the hopes that this extra perspective could be useful.
There’s been a lot of talk lately of increased funding for media, why media is the most important focus right now, and some talk even of using dev funds to be earmarked specifically for media.
I think the priority should be recruiting devs, training people, getting issues fixed etc, not media right now.
I’ve gone from opening my wallet everyday because I want to use zcash or onboard someone, to opening it just so that it can sync. I haven’t onboarded anyone in a long time because their wallets won’t sync, they get server errors, they think their app has frozen, etc.
Churn is super harmful, and if I try to teach people about zcash right now they will never explore it again.
I mentioned zcash again on Fox this week, because I was asked about privacy and whether it’s important in crypto. I believe that privacy in money is one of the most important things for freedom, and base layer privacy is proving more valuable everyday. But that opportunity was wasted because every person who might have been encouraged to check it out is going to be met with a bad experience and will never try it again.
The focus right now needs to be on a useable chain, and any distraction from that is hurting zcash users. Let’s do a financial push for media when we have a great user experience, and the chain can actually live up to the media hype.
Just my 2 zatoshis, interested in hearing other people’s perspectives.