Herewith I would like volunteer myself as a candidate for the new ‘Grin Community Council’.
I am in favour of the simple split fund proposal where there is a Grin Community Council, which can function in unity as well as autonomous from the Grin council:
I have been active in the community for around 2 years now and have seen Grin and the Grin ecosystem mature greatly. In my opinion Grin is going in the right direction. We have:
two nodes software (Grin rust implementation and Grin++)
three great Desktops wallets: grin-wallet (rust), Niffler and Grin++
two great mobile wallets: Ironbelly, Grin++ Mobile
more and more exchanges (today gate.io added support), and mining pools supporting Grin
In other words, there is a lot to be proud of! In the time that I have been active I did not ever perceive that funding request were ever wrongly granted or denied. However, apparently not everyone perceived the same freedom and power they had to influence the Grin project as I did.
Therefore, I do think the addition of the Grin Community Council will help ‘formalize’ the power of the community by allocating some funds and instating the Grin Community Council.
My hope is that this will lower the threshold for all community members to actively involve themselves in shaping the project through discussions or proposals. I strongly believe that to contribute to the Grin ecosystems, you do not need to be a rust programmer or cryptographer, although those are more than welcome . Many skills and backgrounds are needed in a flourishing ecosystem. Therefore, I would encourage anyone to actively involve themselves in the discussion of community projects, or even better to take on a community project yourself and to submit a grand proposal for it through the forum. For those who fear being scrutinised, criticised, or rejected, we can always informally discuss a proposal before submission.
See below the initial discussions on community projects where you can contribute:
Although I do not support the idea of having a seperate council for Grin++, I am in favour of supporting any funding requests for interesting experiments of new features that can be tested in Grin++ before deciding whether they might need to be added to the Grin rust implementation.
Similarly, although I am not endorsing the ‘Unified Grand Proposal’ system for now, I to think that on the long run we should move towards such a system.
For now I am in favor of chosing the simplest solutions that empowers the community. So lets move forward and get some nice community projects going