Notes on the discussion session. Pls feel free to correct if smth not captured or needs edit.
Goal: EIP on Education aspects
- Educating ourselves
- Educating the rest of the world
- How we bring devs to Eth opensource
Onboarding in the fun & friendly way. Having a single source that will provide the info on Ethereum dev. Basic question – how to fund those initiatives and make them open to contributing. One of the best examples here is Wikipedia.
Is the Ethereum foundation such a resource?
Better to see more community-driven initiatives. Centralization feels good in the beginning but can be a risk afterwards. If people see that it goes from the community it will be much more welcoming.
Still, really ambitious projects like that can need more guidance and support.
There’s already a lot of resources there. Can we create a way to merge and rate them?
Centralization can be good for onboarding newcomers, but it doesn’t exclude the further community work on that.
Not many people have access to info. We (status) tried to solve that. We understood that it’s not only a code but also a philosophy needed to be taught.
Many people assume Ethereum.org should contain all the info and don’t look at other resources. Giveth can support the purpose-driven initiatives.
Documentation is important and lacking. Elephant in the room is the incentivizing. There’s a lack of resources, there’re few developers that can do that and they are not excited about writing it. There’s a new consensys spoke https://kauri.io/ project that puts bounties on documentation.
Many orgs want to sponsor. Money is there, but there’s a distribution problem. They did a RUST bridge workshops to educate people on why it’s good. People love the brand and space. One thing usually missed, expect of funds/tokens it can be social capital.
Another example is RUST, by Mozilla. They pay to run the community, but people show up and do work without incentives.
Alex is doing a project on dev education, made to teach refugees. With 2 lines of code, you can get a list with lots of videos and articles and a small workshop. Every community can use that to run and maintain their workshops. Also thinking about incentivizing. We tried to use sources like gitcoin, to put workshops/tasks for education with bounties. The dependencies are maintainers, if they can make a great workshop they can also get some part of the revenue. Source: wizardamigos.com
You want people to make the transition and while it takes the time they may need some financial support to do it.
We may need some tagging for materials (e.g. authenticity, level of expertise needed).
Most important things are the keys management and developer tooling. Curation of different communities to go. There’re so many communities out there, we can help people to find the one that excites them. Also, Ethereum has a lot of money and we need to use it.
The size of bounties is hard to measure. Best contributions (gitcoin story) were without the bounties. With bounties, people try to close them asap. In Wikipedia, the maintainers are so motivated and strict.
Why do we need to artificially create a demand? This knowledge is important for the future work, why don’t we create a market out of that.
If you’re trying to solve a complex problem, there’s no cool element around the docs. We may need to put that in the culture, so people would be proud to do that.
Wikipedia is built in a democratic way and there’s a good review process.
Not just Wiki, also StackExchange/StackOverflow. Top 5% contribution mechanics are interesting.
Would be great to share qualitative research, as well as design prototypes.
A lot of the events are new, that’s why it’s hard to curate. Also, who should choose?
Best resources for learning
- Awesome list on github
- Karl’s cryptoeconomics
- ZeroKnowledge podcast
- Solidity official documentation
- YouTube: Jackson Palmer
- OpenZepplin (and reverse engineering it)
- Andreas Antonopoulos + Mastering Ethereum book
- CryptoCanon (by AndressenHorowitz)
- Build challenges
- Token Econonomy
- DAO foundation
- Social coding group on riot
- Paralelnipolis.cz Space / Bitcoin coffee
- Institute of cryptoanachy
- www.weekinethereum.com by Evan Van Ness or
- proofofwork.news by Eric Meltzer
- Following people on twitter
- Face to face events