I agree with all of the above. My earnings tracker, while humble, made me realize this when people started talking about taxes this month. I posted this to the builders follow up, but the statement remains the same. You can add @inccry to my list.
I read the new proposal for the builder’s reward, and maybe I’m missing something. The new approach seems like a finite project for each builder. Kinda like a quote to build a website with deadlines. It doesn’t seem to really address ongoing projects that require monitoring. IMHO bots like Nito and ENSI from @Josh_Hamon and @J053 fall into that category. There are some required necessary features that are severely lacking in the incog app if you want to grow any kind of base in the US. They are the go to answer for anyone who is constantly asking if their new nodes are working on the message boards because the incog app keeps telling them their node is offline. Also, now that the 1st round of taxes are due here in the US, everyone is scrambling. Since their is no way to export data from the app, and most have lost the local data due to app updates, they are really the only log people have for earnings. My question, I guess, is how does the team plan to either solve the problems within the app or compensate them for complimenting incog’s apps shortcomings?
I guess my point is you can either pay developers one time to build out incogs app for you while you work on other things, or devs need to be compensated for running complimentary apps to support incogs while you work on other things like security and bridges.
What we have proposed seems like a weird hybrid between paying devs like a normal scope of work would require and crowdsourcing. At the end of the day, V1 was a nice test to see what kind of return you would get from a voting system. The community actually delivered on some great products. But to continue in this fashion is like a never ending PR stunt. Everyone create a logo, we will pick the best one, and use it. In return, we will give you credit. In the real world, this is a constant battle that is fought that doesn’t exist in any other industry. You dont tell a car dealership to give you a car and let you drive it. Then if you like it, you will tell your friends as payment. We all started our builders projects because we believed in the project. But, if you want quality work and support you need to give devs assurances about compensation at this point. There was a lot of time and resources that went into every one of the projects from V1, and continue to go into them. If @inccry and other folks just went offline tomorrow, things would not be great.