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Stress Ball: Public Perception and the EOS Mainnet (Q1 2022)
‘Image is everything.’ This statement finds as great a fault within the blockchain space as any. That’s because blockchain is founded on proof mechanisms.
The Current Paradigm
A blockchain ledger doesn’t merely provide a reference point for accounting departments, as is the status quo. Modern accounting does the best it can with available technology. Then, based on what amounts to educated guesses about future events, insures business operations to foreseeable ends. Large scale hacks of the most prestigious institution illustrate this point.
Ledgers based on blockchain come with an automated proof mechanism built in. Every transaction is checked for validity. The entire network comes to agreement on each transaction. One might even say that blockchain is the insurance.
EOS Ecosystem Contributions
A lot goes into building and maintaining a blockchain. Keeping track of all contributing persons and entities is virtually impossible. Sure, we can record and track every transaction once a blockchain is built. However, appropriately valuing every contributing founding force, that’s another matter.
Behind the Scenes
Especially on the EOS mainnet, a lot goes on behind the scenes. As a developer-centric community, EOS invites experimentation. Not all ventures lead to an end product which users can test. Some inspire unique applications. Others adjust the flight plan.
Facing the Crowd
Public perception determines much across the blockchain space. Even at Bitcoin’s level, how the general public perceives the original blockchain greatly determines its value. Strong opinions one way or the other go far to impact development. Imagine then what public perception means for smaller blockchain communities.
Speaking of independent blockchain communities, localized perception is its own bag of tricks. This is true even for parties vested in a particular blockchain’s success. It’s much like local politics. Both parties want the community to flourish, just under contrasting visions.
Proof-of-Stake works because those who value a system’s future are in control. In contrast, Proof-of-Work can breed a culture of ‘might makes right’. PoS then, as a philosophy applied to localized public perception, can be used to identify entities that add value.
In other words, if a project within the EOS ecosystem is motivated to engage the community on a regular basis, then it has demonstrated stake in the game.
How about FUDders or those with malicious intent? Time is a valuable force that human beings have a limited supply of. Thus, even regular engagement of a negative context proves value. Albeit, such value may be lesser understood. Value nonetheless since attention had already been given. Now, aligning negative engagement with course direction (or plan fulfillment), that’s another matter.
Identifying Mainnet (Public) Contributors
So in honor of the EOS dApp Ecosystem chart by Bishop Creations, here a list of entities that I’ve found to publicly support EOS. It’s certainly not comprehensive for every contributing twitter account or opinion expressed across the many Telegram and Discord channels. Merely those who on any given day may comment on current issues. In no particular order:
Eden On EOS
EOS Network Foundation
EOS Costa Rica
EOS Mainnet News
* Note: Organizational contributions overlap.
Each of the above helps shape the community’s perception. Some at the new user level. Others find deeper meaning with experienced diehards. And still others touch the heart of developers across the ecosystem.
The objective here is not to ascertain the most valuable developer. It’s not to determine who’s got the greatest media clout. Nor is it to identify the community’s hero.
Rather, the reader is invited to absorb these names here for convenience- much like the new ecosystem chart. Consider the opinions expressed here. Hopefully there’s some insight with which to depart.
New users are likely to gain more out of the content presented here. Experienced users may find easement in there subconscious and a deeper sense for daily happenings in and around the mainnet. As EOSIO grows and more projects turn multichain, knowing which projects frequented the early trenches offer some assurance. Organized thought for more productive discourse is another hopeful value add.
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