Thank you to all who joined and shared thoughts during today’s App Mining call. You can view the full recording here. The discussion was incredibly productive and leaves us with a few key things to think about over the next month.
If we revisit the original, core idea of App Mining, we recall that we were aiming to build an algorithmic, automated mechanism for evaluating app quality that could also distribute monthly rewards for app developers.
Through much experimentation, various successes & failures, and many conversations like the one we had earlier today, we’ve learned that several problems need to be addressed in order for App Mining to better serve the Blockstack community and mission.
After a year-plus of working closely with app miners, we want to share the key challenges we are facing as a community and request feedback in the next steps of the program. In particular, we need to consider the following:
Objectively Fair Distribution
- How can we design a ranking system that rewards apps that deliver a high-quality user experience and put users in full control of their data and privacy?
- How will this system be resistant to any gaming?
- Is this system scalable such that it can rank hundreds of thousands of apps?
- How can we develop a mechanism for tracking an app’s user activity that does not exploit users’ data and privacy? See similar efforts by Brave.
- Because of Blockstack PBC’s plans for decentralization, it does not anticipate being the long-term facilitator of App Mining. What potential independent entity (or entities) can fairly and effectively distribute Stacks tokens to App Mining participants?
Next Steps: App mining will conduct payouts as planned for the months of January and February 2020. We’re actively seeking your feedback to determine the next steps for App Mining, and aim to make a decision on the path forward by Feb 1. All options are on the table, including potentially pausing the program until these challenges can be addressed
Here’s how you can contribute to an iteration of App Mining that is a win for everyone:
- Ahead of February 1st, 2020, submit a proposal that addresses the above criteria to the App Mining repository in GitHub.
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