I am submitting this post as my candidacy for the grin community council:
I am just an enthusiastic grin user.
I discovered mimblewimble on reddit and was excited to see novel development on a plain and simple cryptocurrency coin concept, without a convoluted “utility” or “smart contracts”.
I watched Andrew Poelstra’s talk on youtube and he mentioned that someone was working on a standalone chain based on mimblewimble. Some time after that, I found the grin forum had been created.
I was excited for mimblewimble, but I was thrilled to discover that this creator designed grin with a constant block reward. This to me is grin’s ultimate innovation and single most important property.
My background is in IT but in systems administration not software development so I don’t have a lot of technical input to give to grin. I try to keep my nodes running well for the network.
As far as my stance on issues, if you have been around in recent years you will know, I am a grin conservative. I would have almost believed in the original intention of pure base layer development with all transaction building methods left up to volunteer community, but http sending was a poor solution and I was very glad when I found slatepacks had been added. I would point to the tradeogre slatepacks deposit and withdrawal functionality as the best integration grin has ever seen. I believe we should celebrate and build on slatepacks rather than developing transport mechanisms like tor, bbs, or nostr.
If there is one thing I frequently oppose from the community, it would be what I call cargo cult development, that is features that people are interested in not because they want to use them themselves but because they think they will attract others to grin. For example hardware wallets have been a long time major desire, with much interest expressed, and yet when it arrived I don’t think I saw a single comment ever from anybody who had actually tried to use it. I don’t mean to take any credit away from nicholasflamel and I applaud his development, but I encourage everyone else to reflect on whether they really want the things the have asked for, or if they are just trying to retrace bitcoin’s footsteps like a treasure map.
I believe that for many features that might seem like good candidates for community funding, real demand for it must come first and if there is actually a real demand we probably won’t need to fund them at all.
I welcome any questions about my disposition, opinions, history, or conduct.
The prospect of holding keys to the community fund does not excite me, so I would be happier to take a keyless role. If it comes to the point where it would be important and helpful to though, I will consider it.