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Discussion in 'Pre + Budget Proposal Discussions' started by mastermined, Oct 24, 2016.

  1. mastermined

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    DASH FORCE MISSION STATEMENT


    We at the Dash Force aim to be the Dash community's front line of defense and support. Our mission is to provide support to the human ecosystem surrounding Dash, ensuring that its network effects are maximized by building a community that is the envy of the digital currency world.


    Whether it be countering online trolls, reporting critical news, helping local meetups flourish, encouraging economic activity to newly integrated services and exchanges, or bringing in new members and fans, we will do our best to ensure that Dash's community grows and strengthens into a positive social movement behind some of the most amazing and revolutionary technology of our time.

    Above all, we seek to conduct ourselves as ambassadors of the Dash community in a polite and professional manner, using honesty and genuine goodwill to represent and preserve Dash's positive and community-focused brand, and relentless tenacity and commitment to quality work to ensure that the job gets done right.



    Dash Force

    Decentralize and Incentivize Everything



    The Problem:
    The original author accurately described the Problem but a few changes were needed.....

    Dash doesn’t have a strong enough visible presence on social media when it comes to active social media engagement and that can be a problem at times. If you take a look at the comments posted in response to Brian Armstrong, the Coinbase CEO’s recent reddit post, that suggests Coinbase is moving towards integrating other cryptocurrencies, Dash was totally absent there and it's not for the lack of a big community. It's because paid activists of a rival projects swoop in and stole the spotlight. It also lead to an article where Dash isn't even mentioned. Dash didn’t manage to get enough Stackexchange.com votes for the same reason. The community just wasn’t motivated enough to get actively engaged. To provide another concrete example, the Overstock CEO of the US retailer Overstock, Patrick Byrne, issued a community challenge, asking which 2.0 Crypto platform is the best one and in that case, following a strong community showing,Counterparty was selected because it had the most vocal community. Dash stands to lose a lot by not having a vocal active community presence on social media and the previously mentioned Coinbase reddit interaction or lack thereof is a good example of that.

    It would seem the average age of the Dash community is higher than that of other crypto communities and that doesn't play in our favor at times when it comes to active outreach.
    The high barrier to entry when it comes to owning a masternode could be a reason why this is the case (Shared but trusted MN services are here and other solutions are on the way). The young, social media savvy active people, have less disposable income and are less likely to be actively involved with Dash. The older population tends to be less active on social media and less engaged than the younger generation.

    Perception is reality, as they say. This is especially true in the cryptocurrency space. If you're not out there creating it, others will do it for you and most often than not it won't be in your favor. PR agencies work to some extent, but they are slow to react, and bureaucratic and don't have what it takes to work in the current environment and tackle some of the challenges, where active engagement on Reddit, for example, is often more important than articles that may appear sterile and unimpressive. Often, the comment section is way more important than the article itself. For example, you can have a bunch of Dash pieces but 2-3 negative comments placed there by competitors, set on ruining Dash to prop up themselves, is often more than enough to nullify all the positive of that press release or Dash related article, especially when no Dash community members step in to engage them with sensible counter arguments.



    The Solution:
    I'm putting together a new team of Dash activists whose objective is to be actively engaged on all social media fronts and fight for Dash everyday.
    We will utilize the Swarm model that was used quite successfully by NXT and others in the past.
    Having a strong social media presence can go a long way and have a big impact on how Dash is perceived as a project. Bitcoin managed to get where it is now because it had a hardcore community following of crypto enthusiasts. Doge gained a huge following by creating a friendly and welcoming micro tipping community whose social media (Reddit, etc) presence is second only to Bitcoin. To this day they consistently have over 5-10 times the daily transaction volume as Dash and are accepted at more places.
    This project aims to combined those proven strategies and be the engine driving community growth by energizing and mobilizing the Dash community.

    One thing I hear over and over is that we need to get dash in the hands of the people and have them use it. This proposal will do just that by tipping new (and old) community members for contributing in various ways. So Dash gets free marketing and the people get free dash for helping with the marketing, it's a win win. With the DGBB treasury funding we can do what no other coin is able to do and recreate what made doge so popular but on a much larger and sustainable scale.

    The following article written by The Desert Lynx goes into detail to explain why such organized community efforts make sense
    http://thedashtimes.com/2016/09/26/cryptocurrency-needs-activists/

    DashForce members will tip community members, core team members and slack users who are quick to answer questions in the Slack channels, Reddit etc. People will also be tipped for posting links to positive/negative threads and articles so we can quickly organize swarms to go upvote/downvote and comment.

    If we tip people for helping answer questions we will eventually create a 24 hour decentralized help desk across all social media platforms/forums. If we tip people for participating in testnet we will have a much more robust testnet with lots more participation. If we incentivize everything Dash we will inspire an army of new Dash supporters and energize the current Dash community.
    Some people are going to be better at twitter than others and will be our eyes and ears there, ready to alert the Dash Force team when we are needed to activate a swarm, others will keep an eye on other social media platforms.
    Swarm members will need to be friendly and represent DASH respectfully or will not get tips. Have fun with it but no trolling.

    Dash Force in essence is the Dash DAO creating an decentralized army of defenders to protect itself from attacks, reward its supporters and expand its network.
    Only bitcoin will have a bigger presence and we will give them a run for their money.




    Dash Force: June - September


    The Dash Force Team has been very busy the last several months with the Testnet contest, Dash Force meetup and presentation contests as well as the Bitfinex and Wall of Coins contests. We have also managed several different DashForce_tips contests/task and created the slack Mod Squad program and helped out the #women_of_dash with a small tipping budget. We have sponsored bug bounties for the Dash.org website and successfully helped on several other community related task. The last major one was the General Bytes Dash CTM/ATM thunderclap social media campaign that successfully reached around 500,000 people on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms.


    Over the last several months myself @mastermined, Mark Mason @niburuhybrid, Joel Valenzuela @thedesertlynx and other Swarm members have been heavily engaged in YouTube and Reddit debates with conversations lasting hours and going on for days/weeks.
    Now that the Dash Force News website is complete we will once again refocus our efforts to Swarm Troll Patrol and be able to spend more time on community building and outreach. We will also be launching an updated Meetup and presentation contest to focus on merchant adoption, a new website (Discover Dash) as well as two new YouTube based contest.



    Discover Dash:
    In an effort to provide the Dash community with the necessary resources to reach mass adoption as quickly as possible, we have started DiscoverDash.com, a merchant listing and adoption website. This will provide support for adoption activists like Amanda B. Johnson to use, give new users and businesses all the resources they need to start using Dash, and provide a powerful visual statement of how strong and diverse the Dash economy has become.
    https://discoverdash.com/



    Dash Force YT Contest:
    This month Dash Force is launching a new contest to reward the top 5 Dash YouTube videos and channels. The the top 5 YT videos and/or channels will each receive 1 Dash apiece at the end of the May/June cycle.
    Please see the Dash Force Contest thread for more Details.

    Dash Force Contest Thread:
    https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/dashforce_tips-contest-thread-help-dash-to-win-dash.12172/

    Dash Force Meetup and Presentation Contest:
    https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/dashforce-meetup-contest.12802/

    Dash Force News
    https://www.dashforcenews.com/

    Dash Force News Webmaster Report April 2017
    https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/dash-force.11208/page-2#post-124864


    Here is a brief list of some of the people and organizations that I personally tipped and encouraged other members to tip as well... Dashcentral, Dashninja, Unsung Charity, Eric Sammons for his Great articles, Amanda and the YouTube host who interviewed her, The Dash Mobile crew for continued YouTube mentions, Paradise Paradox and several other youtube stars who mentioned dash positively in their videos. Also, lots of tips have gone to people who helped Dash in various ways on Reddit and slack and everywhere around the web...
    https://listen.masternode.io/
    https://dashvotetracker.com/
    https://dash-news.de/dashtv/#value=1001
    Amanda B Johnson community funded video Presentation (BabyG Miami Dash)


    Everyones Slack and Reddit Tipbot addresses will be updated shortly.
    We will not keep an account of where every little tip went but you will see most of them in Slack and Reddit.

    Reddit tipbot history (Note: The reddit tipbot has been up and down for the last few months)
    https://www.reddit.com/user/dashtipbot


    My Reddit tipbot history from January
    https://imgur.com/c0oPpzX



    April budget allocation:
    205 Dash + 78.7 Rollover = 283.7

    DashForce Core Team Salaries 197 - 3 full-time + 6 part-time
    MVP Contest - 5.9 DASH - WOD, @c4chaos, afbitcoins, qwizzie, Joe Moraca
    Dash/DFN Youtube video Contest - 2.25
    Meetup and presentation Contest - 1
    #women_of_dash - 1
    Website budget - Professional Writers, Software Upgrades - 3.67
    General tip fund - Everyone had plenty of rollover left, no request
    MMA Sponsorship - Davis Dos Santos 2.15
    https://www.dashforcenews.com/meet-dash-mma-fighter-davis-dos-santos/
    Pantas Sifir Math App Contest as DASH awareness program - 2
    https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/...-as-dash-awareness-program.13904/#post-119204
    Paradise Paradox - 1
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgk8SgqO1VkpvKJ8YaUIrBA





    May estimated budget allocation:
    205 Dash + 67.73 Rollover = 272.73



    DashForce Core Team Salaries 197 - 3 full-time + 6 part-time
    MVP 2.0 Contest - 5
    YT video contest - 5
    Dash Force China - Ongoing
    DFN budget: Professional Writers, Translations, Software Upgrades - Ongoing
    General tip fund - Ongoing
    YT Bounties Program - Ongoing
    Reddit Tipbot Repair - Ongoing
    Discover Dash budget - Ongoing
    Tipbot Army Project- Ongoing
    Any leftover funds will be sent to the Dash Fondation if our proposal is ever defunded.



    Coming Soon and Ongoing Projects:
    Dash Force China, Brazil, Russia, Japan and Latin America!!!
    Discover Dash Website
    Dash Force News: New Podcast and Youtube Series
    Meetup and Presentation Contest 2.0
    Liquidity Providers 2.0
    MVP Contest 2.0
    YT Bounties Program
    Support Help Desk Incentivization Program: Mod Squad
    Return of the Testnet Contest: Evolution Alpha Testing???
    Pantas Sifir Math App Contest as DASH awareness program
    Philippines Volunteer Program
    https://www.gofundme.com/24ra8sxx



    Dash Force Core Team:

    3 full-time roles:

    Brian FreeMan @mastermined - Treasurer, Executive and Creative Director of Dash Force
    Joel Valenzuela @thedesertlynx - Chief Editor of Dash Force News, Head of Business Adoption
    Mark Mason @nibiruhybrid - Dash Force Webmaster, Media Relations and Director of International Outreach

    About us
    https://www.dashforcenews.com/about-dash-force-news/



    5 part-time roles:

    saikababii - Slack Mod Squad
    splawik21 - Slack Mod Squad
    TroyDASH - Slack Mod Squad
    Macrochip - Slack Mod Squad
    Solowizkid - Dash Force Swarm Leader


    Once again thank you to all the masternode owners who voted for us and if you have any questions, comments or suggestion please share them below.
    For more information please see the Original proposal and discussion thereafter....
    https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/...d-decentralized-…-under-new-management.11208/


    Requested funding is as follows for the June-September budget cycle:

    Total: 220 Dash Per month
     
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  2. TaoOfSatoshi

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    Thanks, @mastermined for reloading this important initiative. Although I will be a part of the team, I am happy that another community member took the lead on this, as I have other obligations IRL and in Dash. During the short time we were doing the Dash Force, I saw that it took the trolls by surprise as we had posts and comments that would usually be buried front and center in well-read positions. I hope that this will pass and I will offer it a home base on Dash Nation Slack.
     
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    That sound interesting! But, I think in the first few months, let's try with a smaller budget and we can expand it when we got more people come on board.
     
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    i'm planning to have 7 members just like the last proposal. at current prices i think this one is cheaper than the last one and offers a whole lot more. i don't remember seeing any complaints about the price of the last proposal just complaints about the proposal owner. i hope that answers your question.
     
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    A vital function for Dash. We need this. Hope it passes!
     
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    Great proposal. Hope it passes. We need this!
     
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    Idea is good - but as previous "Dash force" proposal was closed with scandal (when I saw title of this proposal - my first reaction was to down vote it) - I would recommend to start with "rehabilitation test period":
    - with small budget;
    - with small number of 100% trusted participants;
    - with obvious easy tasks,
    - ...
    And then, gradually, month-by-month, increase everything - number of members, complexity of tasks, budget size...
     
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    I strongly support the effort and recognize how important it is. I do not feel the budget amount is justified however. Whatever happened to the idealism motive? Must we always get paid to lift a finger in support of something that, I assume, we all strongly believe in?
    Why not get started with a shoestring budget just because it's the right thing to do and as cost/needs arise adjust the budget up as needed always trying to preserve community funds. I'm really turned off by the funds requested and flies in the face of your commitment to promoting the coin for altruistic reasons.
     
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    I agree that this is important and valuable, but I also think you should run it with a smaller budget and a more limited number of people for a few months and show its value. I also think that in light of prior events, you should post the names of everybody you will be using (in other words, get commitments and then make the proposal).
     
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    Thanks for the feedback guys!

    I don't have a problem going month to month but I did not want to waste the 5 dash every month. But yeah sure month to month it is and we will just ask for the 5 dash reimbursement like others do. Also, it will take more than a month to realize the full potential of this project as I'm sure everyone is aware. I know this will be a full time job for me looking at all the stuff that is needed to get this successfully off the ground. The second and third months should actually be a bit easier. I'm open to less members but I really think we need at least 5 to be successful.



    I have privately reached out to several of the most active members of the community (that aren't on the core team or have other budget proposals) and they have all been very supportive of the idea but said they just don't have the time to be on the team full time. That tells me that the budget is actually too low and that if you want to attract top talent it's going to cost a lot more than this proposal is asking to get all of them. We are lucky to have the guys on the team that we do. I still have a list of several top members I did not contact and thought it would be best to just have everyone apply and then have the team/community vote for the last few members.

    I'm personally taking a pay cut to do this just because we need it and I love dash. This proposal is combining most of the stuff that the slack proposal did as well as the original dash force proposal for almost half the price. I also have other life things I need to be doing that will have to be put on hold to make this work. If someone else wants to take the lead and submit this proposal for substantially less dash I will be happy to step down off the team and just help where I can. The foundation has now mostly been laid but I have many other ideas that will take it to the next level. When I was coming up with this new proposal the dash price was much higher so there has already been a pretty big pay cut.

    I'm usually in the comments section complaining that 80-90% of the proposals are overpriced (and then end up voting for them, lol) but I did not see one person complaining about the original dash force proposal price including myself. I think going month to month will alleviate a lot of these concerns though.

    I hope that answers everyone's questions.



    P.S. Add splawik21 to the team!!!
     
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    I personally don't think the budget is too high myself. I'll support this.
     
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    Once again thanks for all the great feedback guys! I have heard you loud and clear and have made adjustments I think everyone will like. The original Dash force proposal was a little too ambitious and needs to be scaled back at first. I have revised the original proposal and cut back the funding total and number of members as well as some of the more grandiose goals. I got a bit too excited, LOL.

    So we will start small and grow more organically over time. We will scale back and have a slightly different strategy but will try and accomplish almost everything in the original proposal with only 3-4 team members. We will do month to month funding but with the smaller team we will only rotate a old member out and new member in after the first 3 months as originally proposed.

    Dash force members will now be required to tip out at least 30% (was 20%) of their budget but will make a bit more overall. With fewer members this will make the tip fund less but still close to previous levels which is very important. With the smaller team, tipping/energizing other members who actively participate in all things dash will be of a much greater importance. My theory is that if we tip people for helping out that will inspire them to do even more and help create the spark the increasingly stagnate dash community needs to grow. With the price down and zcash right around the corner I think this is critical and needs to be done ASAP.

    I'm waiting to see how low the price goes before putting a revised lower funding total on this proposal, from the analysis tok wrote on slack I fear the price will still go quite a bit lower (he's usually right about these thing). With a larger holder now exiting who knows how low it will go before the whales step in, it looks like they are starting to get hungry now though. 6k polo pump in one bite earlier today, yum yum. Let's hope they have more ammo than camo ;)

    I hope everyone will give us a shot and see what we can do at least for the first month and then go from there. I can't promise you every little thing will work out as planned but I think the proposal deserves a shot.


    Any more comments or questions before this thing goes live at dashcentral!?


    Here is the main part that was revised so you don't have to read the whole proposal over again...

    “Dash force members will be required to work on Dash force for a minimum of 15-20 hours a week. I have agreed to do double that this first month....

    With a smaller team and smaller budget Dash force members will focus their efforts on energizing the community (new and old) to participate and help more through tipping. Dash Force members will be required to tip out 30% of their dash budget in any way they see fit as long as it helps DASH. You the community and their DF peers will be the judge and they will ultimately be rotated out if they don't perform up to par. The MNO's will have the final say so it would be wise for the team to keep each other in check or risk losing funding.

    My theory is that if we tip people for helping out Dash that will inspire them to do even more and help create the spark the increasingly stagnate dash community needs to grow. With the price down and zcash right around the corner I think this is critical and needs to be done ASAP.

    I'm putting together a slack and Dash forum based system to make it easy for anyone to track DF members progress as well as for DF to track the individual swarm members progress on a micro scale. This system will make it fast and easy for DF members to give small tips to community members for smaller but important task.

    A similar system will also work for larger tips but will probably require some documentation. An example would be a reddit/youtube/disqus screen-shot showing the person made a few comments and upvoted or downvoted several comments. If someone posted something like that I may tip them $5-$10 the first time (to get people excited) depending on the comments length and quality etc. when they post something again I may only tip them a dollar and other team members may do the same based on their opinions.

    All community members will be encouraged to tip anyone they think deserves it. If you get tipped please do put some away but try and pay a little forward too.

    Dash Force members will help and tip community members, core team members and slack users/mods who are quick to answer questions in the Slack channels, DASH forum, btctalk and reddit etc. People will also be tipped for posting links to positive/negative threads and articles so we can quickly organize swarms to go upvote/downvote and comment. This is a real problem on reddit (and youtube) where dash members comments and Dash threads are constantly getting voted down and people who scream stuff like “Dash is a scam” getting voted up.

    Once we get going and are established (2-3 months) we could have a 20-30+ member swarm ready to go at all times.”


    Once a majority of the team members approve the final revision I will post it here as the final draft.
     
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    Lawl, you guys are such suckers it is kinda of depressing. It's been said around here many times, Dash core doesn't wan't or need a community. They wanna be a bank.
     
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  15. mastermined

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    hey geekz... i mean TDG, you are so addicted to dash, join the club. :p

    one thing the drop in the dash price has done is inject some excitement into the community the last few days. not really the best way to do that (i prefer my method, lol) but new highs and low lows tend to do that.
    it will actually have a good effect as it will create a new army of dash soldiers who were able to get in cheap, the lower it goes the bigger the army will get. when the whales detect the dumper is out of ammo they will feast and the price will snap back so fast it will make your head spin. however the market is irrational and the zcash hype is sucking up all the air (btc) in the room. either way thanks for the cheap dash.
    we are less than 17k away from being back at about .017. 17k, or as otoh calls it.... a small snack, yum yum. :D
     
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    Thanks for all the feedback as I think this final revision is a much better, more realistic proposal now.

    Final Draft!
    The main changes are in the “The Changes” section.
    I have cut a lot of fat out of the proposal to make it a shorter read and less of a rambling manifesto.

    With a smaller number of members starting off I have nixed the rotating in and out part until dash force grows a lot more. Maybe in 6 months or so we will be ready for a full 5-7 member team.



    Due to IRL time constraints macrochip will not be able to commit to at least 15-20 hours a week to work on dash force. He will still help out dash whenever he can as he has always done. We will also wait until the next proposal period to submit it.
     
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    With the renewed interest and support for incentivising testnet and the recent drop in price I wanted to make 2 small changes before submitting this proposal.
    One is increasing the tip requirements from 30% to 35%. The budget will need to be increased slightly to 220 Dash per month to offset the 5% and make up for the drop in price. Dash force members will be making almost exactly the same as before the price drop. The tipping budget will gain 5% extra.
    If there is another testnet incentivisation proposal the extra funds will be tipped out as normal.

    This proposal we be submitted in the next 24-48hr's.

    Thanks again to all that offered the feedback that helped shape this proposal, it's a much better proposal than the original.
     
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    why do you forget about the dash faucet? I think we can incorporate 'living dash faucets'. i would like to be on the Dash Force. I love telling people about Dash.
     
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    Hey how's it going. There used to be a couple of faucets but i have not seen them in a while. I think they are listed here in one of the forums. That's a great idea either way so if not we will set one up or tip the one that is already set up.

    If passed, Dash force will eventually have new members rotate into the team every 1-3 months but we are starting small at first. Originally I wanted 7 members but people wisely said that was too many and to start small and build our way up.
    I have a long term plan for what Dash force could look like in the next 3-6 months. At some point we will take new members and I have a application process I'm working on for that. Until then you can sign up for the swarm but I have not released the details about my plans for that either. I have it worked out in my head but have not typed it all up yet. It all requires proposal funding to work so i'm waiting to start, make that itching to start. :p
    Once the proposal has around 600 net votes i will go ahead and start typing everything up and start implementing the Dash Force forum threads, slack channels and contest etc. The team members will need to sign off on everything first.
     
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    Hello, there were many faucets around, the most of them are dry already but the faucet only gives a decent amount for free.
    If you contribute somehow in testing or in responding on reddit, twitter or in any way helping some community members you might be sure this will not pass witout being noticed by us.
    Lets grow helping others, testing the actual, future version of client and spreading around the good info about the project.
     
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    Thanks to everyone who voted for the DashForce Reloaded proposal!:)

    All tip funds and monthly salaries were sent out to DashForce team members Monday, December 5. For Transparency the Public tip fund addresses have been listed below.

    I have submitted the first draft of the DashForce Swarm contest to the team members for review and discussion. Once approved I will post the Swarm level one contest in its own thread @ the Dash forum (wed). Once posted I will take community suggestions for improvement for 24-48 hours. After that the contest will officially start, probably sometime Friday or Saturday at the latest. In the meantime I will get to work building the Slack channels and Dash forum threads for the swarm contest and other contest.

    Due to the current low dash price and lack of funds this month a few contest had to be pushed back to next month. One of those was a testnet proposal contest which is still very much needed. Instead, this month DashForce members will be tipping out around $100 to people who have contributed to testnet.

    The tips budget is also much less than I was anticipating this month so I will use some of my own funds to help with tips where needed. Other DashForce members are encouraged to do the same.

    The original DashForce proposal was scheduled to be funded at over $3300 a month but failed for unrelated reasons. Due to community concerns the DashForce Reloaded proposal funding was scaled back for this first trial run and was funded at under $2000. If DashForce is successful we will be asking for full funding next month and all contest will be fully funded.


    Total contest/tip budget this month. ~$650
    ~$400 for the swarm contest (50 Dash)
    ~$100 for testnet tips
    ~$150 other tips


    Here is our public tip addresses posted for transparency. We will not keep an account of where every little tip went but you will see most of them in Slack and Reddit. Any left over funds will be sent to the Dash core team tip fund at the end of the proposal cycle.

    mastermined - XpbDuQ3xZhHwNGgsy59tuZqzUnMkEZJ8PG
    tao - XuoXzzjSzQXPMa6hQ2i9K1JaRkM5XJVqaJ
    splawik21 - XfDctWtdQGo2AxVSoJyYd7QqzXZrxRMA8r
     
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    Quick update:

    So we are around one week in and things are going great in DN slack with tips flying around for testnet participation, help desk support and much more.

    Unfortunately though we are going to have to push back the Swarm contest until next month. In the meantime you can still earn smaller tips by participating in the DashForce tips contest hosted in the Dash nation slack. We will start people off earning smaller tips there and then transition them into the more complex swarm contest next month. Here is the invitation link...
    Dash Nation slack invite
    http://dash-nation-invite.herokuapp.com/

    dashforce_tips slack channel
    https://dashnation.slack.com/messages/dashforce_tips/details/


    We will use the swarm contest funds (50 Dash) to double the testnet tip fund and the rest will be used for other DashForce tips.

    I also will be adding a new DashForce tips contest that had been planned for this month but was put off due to funding. There was also a testnet proposal contest I was wanting to do this month but it was put on hold because of funding issues. We now have the extra funds but I probably won't have time to write it all up this month. If tao or splawik21 want to take the lead we can start that one too. We need to get a separate fully funded testnet proposal going ASAP but it may have to wait till next month. In the meantime DashForce will continue to help fund testnet participation.


    New DashForce tips contest added here....
    DashForce Contest Thread: Help Dash to Win Dash

    https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/dashforce-contest-thread-help-dash-to-win-dash.12172/
     
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    DashForce Reloaded 1-4-17
    Decentralize and Incentivize Everything


    Well we have almost completed the first proposal cycle and things are going great in Tao's DN slack with tips flying around everywhere for the DashForce tips contest, testnet participation, help desk support and much much more. I have personally had Reddit tipbot busy cranking out tips for high value comments and Reddit help desk support. The Reddit tipbot has been a bit cranky at times and so I have instructed my fellow DashForce members to save a bit of their tip funds this month so we can help upgrade the Reddit tipbot.
    Thanks to all the masternode owners who voted for the DashForce Reloaded Proposal and helped make all this possible!



    The Swarm:

    The Swarm contest was pushed back last month due to lack of initial participation. That said, it is still on the road-map but I'm going to push it back to month 3 where it can be adequately funded. We have had great success in the DashForce_tips slack channel with several people earning smaller tips by participating in less complex swarm like task. We will start people off earning smaller tips there and then transition them into the more structured swarm contest when we have 15+ people. I will also be changing the swarm contest rules up a bit to make it more of a real competition between the members. Right now we have a nice little decentralized swarm going with around 10 people working at their own pace and helping out when and where they can. However, to be a 100% effective and efficient swarm it will need more structure and leadership in the future.



    Testnet & Meetups:

    By the end of this proposal cycle around $200 dollars in dash will have been tipped out in support of Testnet. Splawik21 (with core team input) has stepped up to take the lead on next month's planned DashForceTestnet proposal contest, freeing me up to focus on other areas that need attention.
    One of those areas is a Meetup contest that I am working on which we will be launching this next proposal cycle. We've had a few Meetup proposals and some have been very innovative and cost effective while others not as much. I will take what has worked and build around those proven strategies to grow our meetups around the world. One thing I was really impressed by was what JZA and the BITCUNERS are doing. They came up with a great idea to buy the refreshments up front and then giveaway some Dash and have people buy the refreshments with the Dash, kinda like the Dash and Drink. We will try a few different strategies and do whatever works best. I think we all like to see pictures and videos and get small reports too, so that will be part of it. I understand some people will be concerned about privacy (rightfully so) so just a picture from the back of the room would be cool. Once we really get going I would like to make this a very real competition between meetups so we can sponsor the best ones and adopt the most successful models. I would also like to avoid having 20-30 meetup proposals to vote on every month in the future, LOL. Although technically I will have to vote on all them, but you won't!


    Once again thank you to all the masternode owners who voted for us and if you have any questions, comments or suggestion please share them below.

    Original proposal and discussion thread....
    https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/dash-force-reloaded-and-decentralized-…-under-new-management.11208/



    Here is our public tip addresses posted for transparency. We will not keep an account of where every little tip went but you will see most of them in Slack and Reddit. Any leftover funds will be sent to the Dash core team tip fund at the end of the proposal cycle.

    mastermined - Xy1wox12sP2JKqf9nBycMjArzsXgRL1nw9
    tao - XuoXzzjSzQXPMa6hQ2i9K1JaRkM5XJVqaJ
    splawik21 - XfDctWtdQGo2AxVSoJyYd7QqzXZrxRMA8r



    Requested funding is as follows for the January 4th budget cycle:

    295 DASH Per month

    5 Dash reimbursement for the proposal cost

    Total: 300 Dash
     
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    Quick update:

    Last month's proposal funds got shifted around a bit due to the underwhelming response to the “somewhat” underfunded swarm contest. That said, we can't just throw more and more money at it (swarm contest) as you can only reward people to help so much before it is no longer cost effective, at some point passion for the project and willingness to help will have to come into play. I thought we would have several people wanting to sign up to help Dash and Earn Dash for doing so, but that was not quite the case.
    Unfortunately, it turns out the community participation levels was worse than I had expected (It's like herding cats, LOL). A lot of people do help but at their own pace and in their own way.
    Fortunately, this is slowly changing and the swarm is still very doable but will take time and money to build to the level I would like to see before restarting the full contest. In the meantime we will continue with the DashForce_tips contest (mini decentralized swarm) which has been going great although it's still too small and decentralized to be as effective as I would like.


    Since the swarm contest was pushed back we ended up with lots of extra tipping funds last cycle. They were put to good use on many different fronts but mostly building up a future swarm by having people comment on articles and at reddit and much much more.
    DashForce will be returning 16.10 Dash to the core team tip fund from last month's proposal.
    XpAy7r5RVdGLnnjWNKuB9EUDiJ5Tje9GZ8
    Mastermined 0 Dash
    Tao 3.98 Dash
    Splawik 12.12 Dash

    Tao and splawik have committed to be more active on reddit with tips this cycle and we will have less tips in the general fund to give out so I don't expect to have any Dash to return at the end of this next 3 month proposal cycle.


    The current DashForce funding for this month is 103.25 Dash.
    My current recommendation for this month's budget allocation is...

    Testnet contest – 50 Dash
    Meetup Contest – 23.25 Dash
    General Tip Fund/DashForce_tips contest – 30 Dash

    That's basically the same allocation I recommended in the comment section of the proposal and saw no complaints. Either way, if anyone disagrees please speak up in the next 24-48 hours before we finalize things.


    Splawik21 has been busy working on his testnet contest and it will be starting soon so be watching for that. I was out sick for a few days with food poisoning so the meetup contest will be a few days behind but watch for that soon too.


    Thanks again to everyone who voted for DashForce Reloaded!
     
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    I think it's worth mentioning that the majority of the Dash Force action takes place in the Dash Nation Slack, and on Twitter, and on various websites where upvoting and commenting is warranted. Splawik and I have figured out Reddit and we will have a greater presence there as well. This campaign has been great for community morale thus far and attracting new contributors. I second @mastermined when I say thank you to the MN owners who see the value in this proposal.

    Here's to another great three months!
     
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    @TaoOfSatoshi a twitter tipbot would be very cool if that is even possible. BTC used to have a youtube tipbot which would be cool too if we could port that? You are the twitter master of the group but I would be involved there if we had a tipbot thing going on. I used to get a lot of personal news and crypto stuff there but I have been less involved lately because of the censorship issues.

    We need to check into that (youtube/twitter tipbot) and just have DashForce sponsor it. Maybe see if @naruby could get that going? I would say flare but i want him focusing on 12.1 not our little tipbots. I so hate it every time i have to ask him to fix that reddit tipbot, lol.

    I used to engage in huge youtube comment wars with trolls and still do but I have been focusing more of my time on Reddit lately because that is where the action is and we have the tipbot there. I also spent a little more time than normal in the discus comment sections of articles and surprisingly more time on steemit recently. BTCtalk is obviously a big one too.
    I have personal issues with most all platforms though, some more than others. I don't like the Reddit CEO's calls for censorship and kinda hate to support his platform but that is where the battles are fought. I also have issues with the alternative (steemit) too so I can't win either way.:(

    I think the worst censorship takes place on twitter though but it is arguable at this point. It does not necessarily affect us (yet) but is rather blatantly politically motivated censorship from jack dorsey and I don't like supporting that, but I still use it, lol, just less and less so. I don't do much Facebook or any telegram or most of the others @tungfa mentioned so he will have to be our eyes and ears there. @tungfa if there are any major blind spots we are missing just let us know and if you ever need back up somewhere just post it in tao's main Dash slack channel or in the dashforce_tips channel. @splawik21 is also someone i seem to see everywhere I am usually not, the other slacks for one. That is one area that may need more attention? splawik seemed to have it handled last time i checked but it's been awhile since i've been back. The old anti-Dash slack and its derivatives is something we need to keep a closer eye on though IMO.
    Hopefully between all of us we have everything covered.


    Meeting Adjourned {Bangs Gavel} :D
     
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    Posted in the pre-proposal thread for community feedback. The contest will go live with its own thread in 24-48 hours......



    DashForce Meetup Contest:


    This contest will incentivize worldwide Dash meetups and presentations all in one place. This will help to avoid overwhelming the Dash budget proposal system and masternode owners with multiple meetup proposals every month. It will also help to standardize best practices so each Dash meetup is the best it can be.

    We will start off the contest by rewarding the First 3 meetups who fulfill all the requirements listed below. As we grow we will eventually move into more of a real contest and choose the Best 3 meetups to win monthly prizes.
    For our maiden voyage DashForce will be offering 7.75 each to the first 3 meetups who do the following....


    The rules are simple.

    -Organize a 5+ person meetup and purchase $20+ in refreshments (coffee and donuts or pizza and pop etc) and also give out $20+ dollars in free DASH. Then simply have the attendees purchase the refreshments using their new Dash on their new Dash wallet.

    -The first part of the meetup should cover how to work their wallet and how to back it up etc. After that, give them your Dash elevator speech and take questions or give a 45 min presentation with questions etc.

    -Make sure you take some pictures of the people with their new wallet and refreshments. You don't have to show their face but that would be a plus. Just make sure we can see at least 5 people in one way or another. List the total number of attendees.

    -Undercharge people for the refreshments and make sure everyone goes home with at least a few dollars or so of DASH, remind them to secure their backup and tell them the 10k BTC pizza story.

    -Proof of receipts may be required. Proof of Dash addresses may be required.

    -Last requirement, this one is not optional and will be strictly enforced, read carefully, if you fail to follow the instructions exactly you will be disqualified. The last requirement is.... Have Fun!



    Here is an example of what we are looking for, courtesy of the bitcuners meetup....
    https://www.facebook.com/bitcuners/...322895887545/1884179468535219/?type=3&theater



    Pizza for bitcoins?
    I'll pay 10,000 bitcoins for a couple of pizzas..
    https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=137.0


    The Bitcoin Pizza Purchase That's Worth $7 Million Today
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericmac...ase-thats-worth-7-million-today/#415d546c6449
    =================================================

    Possible issues that need to be resolved. Link or access to IOS wallet.
    Which wallet is currently recommended for android? Hashengineering?
     
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    DashForce: February - March

    DashForce has been in full effect the last month or so with the testnet contest, DashForce meetup contest and several different DashForce_tips contests/tasks. We have sponsored bug bounties for the new website and successfully helped on several other community related task. The last one was the General Bytes Dash CTM thunderclap social media campaign that will reach around 500,000 people. Myself and Tao have also been heavily engaged in YouTube and Reddit debates/outreach lasting hours and going on for days. Other members of the DashForce swarm have also helped out tremendously in these debates and have been tipped accordingly but deserve much more.


    The Swarm:

    The swarm has grown nicely but is more decentralized (91 people joined the channel) than I had original envisioned. Eventually we will need to move into a more structured swarm to be fully effective. I have a plan to make that happen but in the meantime I have launched a new swarm contest for the members who go above and beyond in the dashforce_tips slack channel. This will be more of a real completion than the original swarm contest, only the top 3 most active participants will win the monthly grand prize of $100. Next month we will add 2 more winners (Top 5) who will each win $50.
    Smaller tips will still be paid out to continue to build the swarm but only the top 3 will win the $100 monthly prize. The top 3 performers will be chosen by myself, Tao and Splawik21.


    Here is a brief list of some of the people and organizations that I tipped and encouraged @tao and @splawkik to tip as well... Dashcentral, Dashninja, Unsung Charity, Eric Sammons for his Great articles, Amanda and the YouTube host who interviewed her, The Dash Mobile crew for continued YouTube mentions and several other youtube stars who mentioned dash positively in their videos. Also, lots of tips have gone to people who helped Dash in various ways on Reddit and in the dash nation slack.


    DashForce_Tips Contest Thread: Help Dash to Win Dash
    https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/dashforce_tips-contest-thread-help-dash-to-win-dash.12172/

    DashForce Meetup Contest:
    https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/dashforce-meetup-contest.12802/



    January budget allocation
    Testnet contest – 50 Dash
    Meetup Contest – 23.25 Dash
    General Tip Fund/DashForce_tips contest – 30 Dash


    Estimated February budget allocation
    Testnet contest – 10 Dash
    Meetup Contest – Under $420
    General Tip Fund – 45 Dash
    DashForce_tips/Swarm contest – $300
    YouTube Tipbot - ?
    Twitter Tipbot -?


    Once again thank you to all the masternode owners who voted for us and if you have any questions, comments or suggestion please share them below.
    For more information please see the Original proposal and discussion thereafter....
    https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/...d-decentralized-…-under-new-management.11208/


    Here is our public tip addresses posted for transparency. We will not keep an account of where every little tip went but you will see most of them in Slack and Reddit. Any leftover funds will be sent to the Dash core team tip fund at the end of the 3 month proposal cycle....

    Mastermined - Xy1wox12sP2JKqf9nBycMjArzsXgRL1nw9
    Tao - XuoXzzjSzQXPMa6hQ2i9K1JaRkM5XJVqaJ
    Splawik21 – XfDctWtdQGo2AxVSoJyYd7QqzXZrxRMA8r

    Reddit tipbot history
    https://www.reddit.com/user/dashtipbot


    My Reddit tipbot history for January
    http://imgur.com/c0oPpzX


    DashForce has become a full time job and I have personally been putting in 40+ Hours per week. I asked Tao and Splawik to commit to working at least 30-40 hours per week going forward, Tao agreed. Unfortunately Splawik21 will not be able to commit to that many hours due to his other obligations. He will be missed but has committed to help DashForce where and when he can as time allows.


    Requested funding is as follows for the February budget cycle:
    200 Dash Per month
    5 Dash reimbursement for the proposal cost
    Total: 205 Dash
     
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    Saved original proposal.
     
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