@stephenbpurkiss thank you for facilitating this difficult conversation here, your 20 years of experience being part of Drupal Community, being played out here is quiet pleasant to read.
Just for reference @erlend_sh used to be part of Discourse community, who helped me with getting a free discourse tool for PhoneixFoodCooperative, which I managed for few months, just to realize, the wealth is not in the features of a tool, but the social interactions that take place via this or other plethora of mediums, creating a Social Capital over time, where the real Value rests!
For example - I remember my early days in the community, where Greg and @polyannie01 were suggesting how they could make ArtisticBadges (which are customizable) to add more Culture and drive engagement in the community and thereby creating some kind of mini reputation currency experiment.
Not sure if those ideas originated from @artbrock currency design workshop or after they help promote the $150 CurrencyDesign udemy course which they had completed or after “Pay As You Can” @GraceR currency design workshop
But clearly being a peer with them on @GraceR Third or Fifth Workshop Cohort (dont remember which one - but she has run several iterations of it), I could clearly see the depth of knowledge and ideas they possessed as our HolochainCommunity CurrencyDesign trailblazers!
Only after being friends with Greg for a year, did I realize this guy use to freaking report to a man, who would directly report to President, drawing quarter million for his Service to the Nation! I am proud owner and re-seller of his 21.2 ETH worth VeteranCoin offering his “Tier 4 Service”.
Often times people who are deep into a particular domain - may not necessarily have knowledge of the other domain - and here we are talking about someone who served the nation for almost 2 decades, rising up the ranks to reach almost the President, upon retirement choose to go to work with Former ChildSoliders in a country where cannabalism was meted out as punishment during Civil War days, he was over there, with the help of his comrades setup few BioChar PowerGeneration plant in Liberia.
Instead of continue to drum “Thank You For Your Service” song in memory of dear brother Greg, I will instead focus on promoting myself, for my posts have been recategorized in the past, as well as my posts have been flagged, and I was even banned until the community manager could speak with me heart to heart, to set clear expectations and learn about my background as well.
In response to this thread, I choose to create a medium article Holochain’s Community of Practice instead of engaging here, because clearly I suffer from “Once Bitten Twice Shy” syndrome, as the Feeling of Being Here at times does give “Not One of Us” vibe! As we were honest enough to admit, we are not developers to @hedayat @guillemcordoba @sidsthalekar who use to hold Weekly Hackalong space during those days, for the Community as volunteers!
The $HOT investor mentioned in the article is @Daya, from Gardunha Portugal, is one of the most humble and a good facilitator of human relationships, who took upon himself to create a “Welcoming Map” for the community, since a clear path for enthusiasts dint exist!
He managed this process very well, by taking the community managers onboard, which was executed by him very tactfully by building and nurturing personal relationships in that space, which he held for 8 weeks (apologies, if it was more). I was part of those conversations with many familiar faces, who use to show up at Hackalongs!
Though Hackalong space was facilitated with a different objective in mind, while his calls were done with a different objective, which resulted in a cocreated artifact. Which is available here with permission (not sure from whom!? as I also now don’t have permission to something I contributed my hours to).
Clearly Hackalong space ran out of steam, as DevCamp7 picked up (led by @f00bar42 and team), though due to lack of reciprocation (i.m.o) from other community members, resulted in key originators of the space, losing interest? as they were having to continue service without support and love in return!
If it wasnt for them and the space they created, I would have never met Greg, but also many others such as Joel, Jim, Thomas, Josh and many more! List is countless and their Service is Precious!
Though we did face challenge in that space and personally in this forum, as this space and application medium (namely developer discourse) has its own specific objective. While people like us who like to talk and analyze end user interaction in context of hAPP development and HoloPort computation utilization, as I clearly wanted to understand the relationship as I have plans of building a hAPP for Vegan Climate Activist as well as own 2 HoloPorts.
Currently I am now an owner of 5 PolyAnnies Pilot $HOT Game NFT and 1 AgentFirst rarible NFT, which makes me invested in Holochain ecosystem even more! Apart from countless hours contributing in Hackaongs, Welcome Map initiative, Online Global Meetups, hAPP Project support groups, Currency Design circle and workshops! For which there is currently no #metacurrency existing yet!
For that dimension of deep wealth we all brought in, is clearly under recognized, under appreciated, and definitely Not Respected! (i.m.o) As the focus of community building was “Build it and they Will come”, unfortunately now operating in Ethereum world for last 6 months tells us that doesnt work, since waiting for Holochain clearly has “Opportunity Cost” on real world doers, who are trying to pay their bills, with Alternate Current~C systems, while here we see not even simple to execute Reputation Current~C experiment, with custom badges, not being encouraged in a meaningful way to engage Artist and non Coders - towards Philosophical and Analytical exploration of Current~C space!
Thus I am left wondering, What is Rich?
Being banned from the discourse tool and sidelined from community, or instead understanding the depth people with different perspective may have to offer to make us Wealthy - Socially speaking, unlike Socially Grumpy each time we meet!
Please check out some recommendations provided in my medium article. Please power through it, as I am not a good content creator like Greg or Poly and do consider leaving a comment behind or atleast helping us, by sending your love our way too!
“We are in this Together”
Come to TogetherLand as RegenEra is here!
With Bretminster FullOfIT