Thoughts on Contributions to Hive

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It's been a long week with the Hard Fork. Still a lot of work to do especially since most bots and scripts need to be upgraded. There's a lot of community questions about who is actually involved. The answer is everyone.

Hive is not a project that's carried out by small groups. It's not just "Top 20 witnesses" or "Blocktrades". Some contribute more than others, true. That being said, there are a lot of people involved in every single aspect of this entire blockchain, its ecosystem and everything that can possible have to do with its existence. Participation isn't limited to a select group.

Witnesses

Many witnesses are also developers. Being a developer on Hive and being a witness goes hand in hand because you need to understand how the chain operates and blocks are processed and signed, as well as to be able to monitor block production. Some operate as teams, some as individuals. Witnesses aren't magically more in control of Hive than developers because for the very simple reason that to be able to provide input you need to know wtf you're talking about. You cannot affect changes without having any idea as to what you're talking about. Remember that others have to approve the changes and everything to do with development is entire transparent by the very virtue of Hive being a public blockchain.

We all came from an artificially-toxic ecosystem that was sold to an even more toxic cesspool and is still rotting in its own filth. Hive was born of that. A few months back I put out a post about the various myths that were perpetuated. They are all BS and reversed. The myth of "access to stakeholders". I don't know anyone who thinks they're too important to reply to a message, although many take a while due to being flooded by them. That's just one example. Those myths are just myths and they're dead. We all have to move forward for the greater benefit of Hive.

Contributions

There are also myriad small tasks that all add up towards the management of Hive. These can be tiny tasks such as setting up someone in a chat or major tasks such as putting in a key Pull Request. They all add up because they need to get done. One person cannot possibly accomplish all these. That's the real value of Hive; everyone can participate in it.

Participation does require an open mind and coordiantion. You have to work with your fellow contributors and not against them. It's not a competition. The greatest damage to morale was done by Ned in the past where he cherrypicked whom he liked. That's done now. If you take the Whitepaper workflow as an example, you will see in that post that everyone in the entire ecosystem had a chance to contribute (credits coming soon). That's just one example. Look at libraries, at tools, at all the Issues people are putting up on Gitlab, etc.

In no specific order:

  • Code contributions to core
  • Code contributions to frontends
  • Libraries and contributions to them
  • Tools and APIs
  • Communication on community chats
  • Hiveio account and the managed social media
  • Coordinating for various needs
  • Testing and issue identification
  • Running witness nodes
  • Marketing and outreach
  • Running seed, RPC nodes, seeds
  • Devops help and methods
  • Exchange coordination
  • Key documentation
  • Support for dapps

It's 50% technical and 50% communication/coordination. That's the reality of a decentralized project. Many of these contributions are qualitative and their value cannot be measured by any means. Selflessly passing on a key contact with an Exchange to a person who is in a better position to make use of it is a contribution of utmost importance but it's value cannot be measured or even made known.

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Value

The value of Hive isn't just in the value of the HIVE currency. Do you play video games or board games because they pay you? No. You do those things because you want to and it adds other types of value to your life. They entertain you, you meet others, you relax after work, etc. There is no monetary value you can place on a game of CS with a buddy.

Hive is interesting. It's interesting as all hell to be part of something that's evolving and where you can influence it. Everyone is a stakeholder, irrespective of how much is in their accounts. You are free to contribute in any way you want to any part of the Hive ecosystem you want. Gaining experience and knowledge is more personally valuable than gaining a few bucks. Consider how much transferable skills are worth if granted by an educational institution. When you participate in Hive you improve yourself and the entire ecosystem, you help others improve, you build something bigger than one person.

The control of Hive is in your hands, whomever you are. You are not some outlier or some victim to whom some identified group you are not part of owes something. You are part of that group as this is a public and decentralized ecosystem.

Small Task

Want to do something now? Like the images above? Grab the full presentation https://hive.blue/images/HiveEcosystem.pdf and send it or link it to someone not on Hive. Anyone at all. You don't even need to upload it, just send them the link.


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Is that the same hiveblue that was an onboard portal before? It wasn't working so well, has it been revamped?

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Yeah I'm working on it to get it back up. It's bots are all running and upgraded. Should be up soon.

Supasweet, anything you can't do? 😝

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Everything that you and the other witnesses & developers do is greatly appreciated! Thank you! 😊

I thank you for your receptivity. It is very pleasent to tolk with you. Successes. Hugs from Venezuela.

Hive is not a project that's carried out by small groups. It's not just "Top 20 witnesses" or "Blocktrades". Some contribute more than others, true. That being said, there are a lot of people involved in every single aspect of this entire blockchain, its ecosystem and everything that can possible have to do with its existence. Participation isn't limited to a select group.

Oh! mind-blowing! It feels like a fresh air in the soul to know that if one throws a rock at the rodeo, one can hit more heads than we expected to try collect the bill to the responsible of those hideous "Transaction Broadcast Errors" during these last days. Hahahaha. :p

You are free to contribute in any way you want to any part of the Hive ecosystem you want.

Yep, nothing serious all kidding. };)

....I think whatever valued-customer is drinking you must be drinking the same stuff. Evidently rocks are more plentiful than pennies on this blockchain so you shouldn't run short. Where the frick did my penny upvote go?..I was feeling mighty powerful dishing out that full copper piece.

....I think whatever valued-customer is drinking you must be drinking the same stuff.

Oh no. I use to drop one or two heads of Parrot Waxcaps in my beverage all the time while valued-customer simply throw a couple of ice cubes in his. :D

Where the frick did my penny upvote go?

Yeah!! I wonder the same. Why the heck I'm not seeing it embedded in my comment?

The great penny caper perhaps?....lol.

It's just a complicated update and if everyone involved used time tracking to figure out the hours they put in the numbers we'd end up with as totals would be astronomical. Those errors are mostly due to nodes being overloaded or needing to be reconfigured. Here's a list of them https://hivekings.com/nodes

Thanks for that list of nodes @guiltyparties. :)

Now I have more accurate headz/targets to better refine my rock slinging aim. :D

I really do not know much about blockchains and definitely nothing about code. I am just a truck driver, equipment operator, and a backyard or front yard mechanic, depending on my mood.

I may not be contributing to Hive with my nonexistent developer skills but I think we all contribute by making a post and upvoting and trying to help others in the many communities that have developed around Hive.

Many do not realize that a mistake you made and you post about may save someone from that same mistake. I have learned to never take anything for granted and I enjoy posting here on Hive.

Thanks to all the developers and the people that make the Hive blockchain possible.

Good to hear from you again. Many ways to contribute, every little bit helps get it to where it should be.

By the way, I was a loading dock worker for many years. My computer was a pen that froze during the winter.

Yes, that pen that froze in the winter, delivered to restaurants and the pen also froze up in the reefer trailer if we forgot to grab it. Good times. LOL.

I started with basic programming with the Commodore and the Tandy computer but got busy working two jobs and never got back to it. Trying to get started again just messes with my head. Have a case of CSR (cannot remember shit!) LOL.

It is ok, like you said they are a bunch of ways to contribute so I just find one and try to work at it the best I can.

Hope things are going good for you, have a great day!

This is a great line!

We all came from an artificially-toxic ecosystem that was sold to an even more and is still rotting in its own filth

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What a great and factually correct message! What you describe isn't a platform. It's a society. Indeed, we are all part of society, from sagging wall taggers to City dandies in formal attire, and Hive would be less were any of us not part of it.

I am grateful to you for your hard, diligent work and perseverance.

Thanks!

I think you've had a bit to much to drink tonight.

I am giddy because of being restored to Hive.

Who un-stored you so to speak? Were you abandon by the great god and goddesses of Hive and have to swoop down like Aladdin on a magical carpet bowing in pose to be accepted back?

Because I kludged Keychain into Opera, a browser for which it is not written, I have had to switch browsers after the HF. At present the latest Keychain app does not function properly with Opera, and I was unable to interact with the chain for several days during and after the HF, until I changed browsers.

So in other words technical difficulties.

I was wondering if you had some time in the near future to do some more editing along the lines of what you did for the Whitepaper?

It is little enough, but if you ask and I can, I will.

They didn't do something right in the last folk, comments take to long to post if they post at all. I have to go check my comments to see if it's there then come back the next day to see if the recipient got it finally.

That's because Hivemind is still being optimized for speed. The speed issues will decrease, its just a temporary pain in the ass. Check them in transactions on hiveblocks.com or hiveblockexplorer.com.

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