What privacy problem are you solving?
In the past 4 months since the launch of the mainnet, Incognito has kept busy and achieved a great deal. The founding team shipped a universal privacy blockchain, a plug and play physical node, a privacy-protecting wallet, a trustless bridge to Ethereum, and the first privacy-protecting DEX. However, sub-par communication with the community resulted in the project suffering from a perceived lack of transparency, leading to confusion and disharmony among those invested in its success. This disjunct was exacerbated by the misconception that Incognito is a company with customers and a brochure of shiny things to sell. The original concept of Incognito as an open-source project – kickstarted by the first community members and eventually run autonomously by contributors – had been muddled.
What is the solution?
Following the structures and principles pioneered by Linux and Wikipedia, Incognito implements the Bazaar development model. Incognito.org is where work is done, as well as the interface for the work that is done. The product is the conversation. The project is the community. Development is not restricted to just the founding team. Anyone can have a good idea, anyone can build it. Anyone can fund it, and everyone now owns a share of it. In this open model, idea generation, fundraising, development and decision making are public, dynamic, and ever-evolving.
Which solutions do people resort to because this doesn’t exist yet?
Currently, users are invited to contribute to Github and browse the code, but this isn’t very user-friendly. Many opt to leave suggestions and feedback on telegram instead, which is untidy and often unproductive. Explainers, documents and the most up to date information are free-floating and difficult to find – for both new and old users.
Who are you?
I’m Ning from the core dev team. I do a whole bunch of ad-hoc stuff. For this project, I’m helping to pull the first bits of content together and set the initial structures for the conversation to develop more organically. You’ll have seen my work for Incognito on the old site, the old blog, etc.
Why do you care?
If privacy belongs to the people, it cannot be developed in a vacuum. Everyone should be able to contribute to the privacy conversation and own a piece of the privacy movement.
What’s your plan? What’s your schedule?
February 2020: Open up core dev team development and processes
- Port over and organize existing content
- RFC works in progress
- Crowdsource the first ‘wanted’ tasks
February eyeballs: (adjusted to filter out core team activity):
March 2020: Implement community crowdfunding structure
- Divert funds from the DAO to fund the first proposals
- Refine structures based on feedback and engagement metrics
- Goal: 4000 average daily page views
What’s your budget?
|Implementation||1,000 PRV||1||1,000 PRV|
|Total (2 months)||2000 PRV|
Is there an existing conversation around this idea?
Is there anything else you would like the community to know?
We don’t know what will work yet, and I’m sure better structures will emerge organically as the conversation continues to pick up. If you have any ideas on how to better organize categories, tags, funding, etc. – please let me know!