Again, you are criticizing them for something that they never promised to do.
If I recall correctly, there was discussion about who would “own” the channels themselves. I think at one point the plan was to publish on ZF channels but it was decided to have their own unique channels instead.
Maybe the channels themselves should be part of this whole decentralizing Zcash digital initiative that way ZCG can keep them alive with whoever wants to contribute more content.
Strong agreement here. It feels like a major mistake that the ZCG approved both of the Zcash Media grants, but neither of the grants required the grantees to commit to some baseline of ongoing social media engagement.
At the bare minimum, those accounts should’ve been handed over to the ZCG, in order to prevent them from going radio silent for the following 2 years.
Hopefully the ZCG members have taken this lesson, and learned from it.
Any grant that creates a social media asset, should have a long term expectation defined (or there should be a hand-over clause).
The Zeme project page and social media account is another example of how things fail, when a grant’s assets aren’t accounted for beyond just the window of their delivery.
There is an agreement in place between 37 Laines and the Zcash Foundation that requires 37L to transfer ownership and control of the Zcash Media channels and any edited or unedited content to the Zcash Foundation if either of the following occur:
If 37L changes the focus of their channels from Zcash to another cryptocurrency or to topics not related to Zcash, with the intention of not covering Zcash-related content anymore.
If 37L stops its business operations or stops running the channels.
37L is still actively producing content for Zcash Media. The team is just behind on their deliverables.
The ecosystem has had the same problem happen on a few (probably many, that I’m not aware of) occasions recently. It seems like a problem of long term planning.
If a ZCG pays for the creation of some sort of asset (whether a webpage, videos, images, an application, et al), there should be an agreement about what happens to that asset beyond the scope of the grant.
Maybe a first effort could be to have the ZCG members agree to function as retainers/ managers for those assets.
@ZcashMedia on twitter would be a great example, it should never have gone dormant for 2 years, especially considering that the 37L team is still doing work for Zcash.
In the interim period, somebody from ZCG could’ve taken temporary control of the handle, and used that as a chance to keep it “alive”
The ZemeTeam page is a more complex example, but considering that its a site that used to generate tons of Zcash memes and interactions, and It cost ZEC out of the ZCG treasury… now its a 404 page. The ball was dropped on that project too.
Another idea would be a rolling RFP, for some third party that is interested and capable of acting as a sustainer for ZCG grant created assets. Their rolling grant could be approved on a quarterly basis, that grant would account for tracking, using, maintaining the rolling blob of ZCG funded assets that still exist (but fell out of the scope of their original grants).
I feel more strongly about suggesting that there is a process/ grants problem, than I do about the off-the-cuff solutions I mentioned above… As in other threads, I’m here pointing at the large gorilla in the room but I don’t profess to be the zookeeper.