2018-05-24 Consumer Products Engineering Meeting

Date/Time: 2018-05-24 @ 12:45 UTC / 08:45 EDT / 20:45 HKT
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Length: 30 minutes
Meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/966890423

This meeting is for issues around our consumer-facing products such as the Blockstack Browser and app.co.


Please reply to this forum post with items you would like included on the agenda.

Each item should include:

Item name
Background information: Links to github issues, forum posts, etc with background information on the item
Desired outcome: what decision or deliverable would you like from the discussion of this topic at the meeting?

We’ll save ~10 minutes or so for community questions or comments at the end of the meeting.

Item name: App.co Ranking Data

Background information:
This is a repeated request from both the Telegram/Slack/Twitter (see screenshots).



Desired outcome: Establish clear and working parameters for reliable ranking data on App.co


Item name

User-selected storage & data replication

Background information:
There are many issues and forum posts on this, but here’s the one that seems to have remained open the longest:

The pitch to users is that they can choose their own storage provider. However, this now only applies to power users. Without at least having Dropbox as an additional option beyond Default Storage, everyday users are left with a centralized storage option.

It’s probably not enough short-term and definitely not enough long-term to ask users to configure Gaia hubs in order to achieve decentralization. We’ve discussed this in a previous meeting and it was agreed this is a core Blockstack development issue, not one that should necessarily be handled by the community.

The other half of this is the ability to replicate data across storage providers. In a recent podcast, Muneeb said that in the onboarding Blockstack encourages users to have at least three backups for replication. Unless I’m missing something, that’s not possible.

Desired outcome:
Would love to see a general timeline for true user-chosen storage in the Browser and a timeline for data replication.

Also need search bar in app.co to get the desired dApp.


Thomas O
Larry S
Justin Hunter
Shankarganesh PJ
Jeff D
Thao-Nguyen L
Ken L
Hank S
Robert Bo Davis

App.co ranking data

Raised by @gabriellemic
Hank providing update:

  • For launch we had tweets with domain mention over the past 7 days
  • Coming soon we’ll also look at twitter handle mentions
  • Also looking at other data sources like Similar Web which will give more web traffic
  • In the future user votes or ranking
  • There will also be a FAQ page

User-selected storage & data replication

Raised by Justin

  • Main value prop of Blockstack is bringing your own storage provider
  • Can’t select your own gaia hub
  • Expectation of data replication


  • using RemoteStorage for data replication
  • users were promised a choice of storage providers in on-boarding on the Kevin Rose podcast with Muneeb but there isn’t a choice

Action item: spec out a feature for allowing users to switch gaia hubs in the browser and figure out when it makes sense in the browser development roadmap

Search in App.co

Raised by Shankar

  • Yes, we would like to add search in the future