Hey everyone, thought I might give some feedback here in case it helps; I assume this is an okay place to do so.
I submitted a basic mockup of a Blockstack app for a previous “Can’t be evil” competition, and went through the process to have a wallet to receive “app mining” rewards. It was a lot to do after working on the app itself, and I haven’t really come back to it since then, essentially because of the typical post-hackathon burnout but now I’m coming back and seeing all this talk about the mining program.
I didn’t really understand what TryMyUI was this whole time (never heard of it before) and finally got around to logging in to see real humans are “reviewing” my app and uploading videos about it. So far some 40 people have uploaded videos of my somewhat broken app which I appreciate but also feel bad wasting 20 minutes of all those peoples time!
Anyways, I thought that was pretty cool, and somewhat inspiring; maybe I would have worked more on the app in the meantime if I realized the amount of human effort going into reviewing my app. Maybe it was my own fault for not fully understanding what I was signing up for when simply following the hackathon steps. Not that it is a bad thing in retrospect, just maybe it would have inspired me to work more on the app if this whole app mining thing wasn’t so misunderstood by myself to begin with.
So, to recap, I did not understand my dormant app was being actively reviewed and assessed all this time, and I probably would have opted to save those people the time and energy if I knew, because I never completed the main functionality (e.g. login works, but users still cannot save anything to their personal Blockstack cloud or whatever). Those would be my initial thoughts on the mining program so far.
Looking more into this (after receiving multiple emails about app mining rewards, trymyui, etc over the past many months that I have mostly ignored for being busy and for lack of understanding until now) it still seems to be a bit of a sprawl of ideas as to the reason TryMyUI people are reviewing my app. I’ll be honest I still don’t entirely get the philosophy, because it seems complex and not really something I feel the need to be passionate about like some of you seem to be, but I did watch the recorded meeting where it was discussed in more depth and people seemed to be voicing a lot of concerns. I’m starting to understand that this app mining program is meant as an impartial way to judge and reward “decentralized” apps against each other, and so I would like to propose an idea that I hope is accurate to the whole purpose of all this (I’ll be honest I have not read this entire thread or the many other long and sometimes confusing discussions about this app mining business). Anyways, all that to say…
The idea I had, and would like to propose assuming I have understood things correctly, is that it would make more sense to have the TryMyUI people comparing two apps against each other, essentially app A vs B, where apps are systematically challenged against each other, so the better app can rise to the top as it continues to win against other apps. It seems to me having a versus system would result in more accurate scoring, although it may be more costly? I’m not sure though because already there are like a ton of reviews on my app that I can see, so if it just took a consensus of let’s say two or three reviewers to give my app a “win” against the next best app, then that process could be repeated with the remaining number of currently redundant reviewers.
Anyways that is my little bit of feedback, and a short idea for how this might work better for what I think I understand to be the intended goal. Regardless, I’ll work on my app some more soon as time allows . Finally, I see I have 205 “STX” in this Stacks Wallet. I’m not sure how to convert that to USD, or if anyone can actually cash in this digital currency? Maybe like a really basic intro video that goes over all this for someone like me who doesn’t currently want to figure it all out themselves would be nice, and maybe it exists but I haven’t come across it (would have been great an overview like that to show up in my email earlier on when I first completed all the signup steps).
Maybe not the best place to ask but I already kind of touched on this… I’m trying to understand where these STX come from and why… I see one “Received Stacks” in this wallet and the “Sender” viewed in “Explorer” takes me to this page, but I don’t understand if I was awarded these for having made an app? Where do I get an explanation of what is going on with this wallet? If I am receiving payment it is not clear… The date is
Nov 08 with memo
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<. Where did the 158 STX come from?