This was actually on my mind earlier when I was “working” on the gym docs - the thought crossed my mind “ugh, there’s not even any points, why am I bothering - is this a wise use of my time? Really, is it?”. The answer came to me pretty much in an instant: “Yes, absolutely!”. Not only am I spending hours obviously “in flow” as I read bits and realise quite how wrong what they are saying is, but I’m right there, changing it, dealing with my frustration and hopefully being productive more than sitting typing yet another long reply on the forum and seeing my picture on basically the entire page of latest forum posts lol.
I’m learning more about the API, more about Rust, more about how annoying the English language can be, more about how tricky it can be when you use the word “add” when you’re writing a tutorial about the “create” function, and just how flippin hard it is to get documentation right so it flows. Today’s “nightmare” has been the word “content” used as a field name which I’ve now proposed changing to “greeting_text” as I found it confusing.
Anyway, I feel actually it’s quite good that there isn’t a defined system in place. In the Drupal world there wasn’t for years, then they brought in points, and it works - a bit, in issue queues people give each other credit for participating, it’s starting to spread now to more non-tech stuff, but is also easily gamed, I don’t believe it’s efficient in terms of things like the commercial side and like the street where they took all the traffic signs and markings out, people ended up taking more care.
Particularly in a project where there’s a lot of emphasis on the creation of new currencies I believe there will be mutual credit currencies and all sorts by the community and it may be an area you want to look into if you feel there is a need you want to address. I am sure there are, and I’ve thought a lot about this over the years but especially given what’s happened over the last year or so I honestly don’t think there’s anything more to do than connect with my heart and know that I am doing this for me, and the minute it becomes a burden and not fun is the minute I do something different. That’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but they have the freedom as you do to change it and create the world you want to see, not the one you’re waiting for that may never arrive, because it only exists in your mind and everyone has free will etc. etc.
In summary of this rant, much like the conversation that happened a few days ago talking about how value can be measured in commons-based peer production, forests, common resources, etc. I think people including myself are projecting their own beliefs and fear on things that are simply not clear, and by being open about these we can hopefully move on and past them in order to grow the healthy Holochain community!