How many of you NON-devs are still missing relevant parts of knowledge about the mechanisms of the Blockchain (BC)?
How would you rate your understanding of the environment? 7, 10, 15, 20, 30 percent?
what dilemma does this knowledge gap between BC developers and, say, BC travellers raise in term of democracy?
In nine months spent re-adjusting my life and my skills to the Blockchain (Ethereum) realm, I’ve come to understand more of the depths and irregularities of the gap between the two communities than the notions of ground I was already standing on.
At first, my doubts triggered a certain level of shyness in expressing my view and posing questions about the ecosystem. A fish our of water. I use to let them speak, without asking much. Later I understood that every question I had in my mind was not only legit, but necessary. As naive as it could sound.
Rephrasing Einstein: If you can’t explain it to your grandma, it doesn’t work. One of the focus strives for actors on the Blockchain is indeed all about delivering a solid UX. Tokens, ICOs, Airdrops, let alone markets, won’t start this engine. Quite the opposite, they may soon choke the system if they don’t support some human social interaction.
In this perspective, we cannot expect to “narrow” the gap between the architects of the BC’s many Dapps and the crypto-newbies. Years of coding and hacking cannot be simply “told”, the mathematical foundations these infrastructures rely on are, and always will be, out of grasp for the most. Still, these environments are the new highways, and they need traffic, heap of road signs etc. to start being used, implemented, understood.
We can talk about Bridging or BRIGDing. BRIGDes on the Blockchain is every effort to create a piece of information in-between, by collecting different tools and creating a narrative or a down-scaled experience. They are not-exhaustive but introductory, so that a medium level user could start exploring this new land and give relevant feedback about her/his traveling experience. BRIDGing can be about creating market-places in crypto and giving the community all the pieces of informations (“install Metamask, careful with seedphrase, you need ETH to pay gas, you can sell this, you can claim these ERC20 by performing these bounties and price your stuff…”)*.
If your prefer, I can also name them PLAYGROUNDS, as a series of “kindergarten” where crypto-newbies can cover quickly some of basic understanding of the most simple functions of the ecosystem. In these PLAYGROUNDS, the tools provided are down-scaled versions or the ones Dapps make available. It’s a scenario where narrowing the reach of a given Dapp to a case-study of a niche-community **(or, say, downscaling a decentralized video protocol to audio only, with less kbit/sec, less tech involved) would help make the process smoother and the two ends of crypto-society talk and understand each other.
As a closing statement, I would ask the community of developers which direction they are individually heading towards. Are you going UPWARDS, by creating more complexity and bigger structures for a way thinner segment of users, or DOWNWARDS, by simplifying the BC to the basic UX, hence reaching wider and more diversified audiences?
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* I recently opened a localized marketplace FB Group with my friend Cem Yilmaz, only for Berlin’s community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/553537535095488/
** Dapps like Aragon for decentralized governance would take much advantage by partnering with NGOs, helping them optimize internal vote processes, and using the case-study to sharp features within their protocol that could be applied on wider number of corporate levels.