Read Our Principles
- 1 We share, therefore we are
- 2 Do first, ask permission later
- 3 We collaborate competitively
- 4 We are open and transparent with all our peers
- 5 Each one, teach one
- 6 Give, without expecting anything in return
- 7 We do not exploit people or information
- 8 We participate enthusiastically
- 9 Community Culture
- 10 Community Structure
Code and ideas are free (libre) and open source by default. It takes cost and effort to enclose, exploit and restrict thought or information. We choose to make our code available for anyone to download, use and abuse in a share-alike manner. Make sure to burn this into your neural pathways; “Free Software for a Free Society.”
Do first, ask permission later
In free and open networks, as opposed to fixed and closed hierarchies, permission is exactly equivalent to good communication. Open source software projects are very different to traditional corporations. Others will not tend to give you work to do, track your time, set exact deliverables, and generally make your plan for you. This can truly be a blessing. However, it also means that have to look actively to see what needs doing, and then take responsibility for getting it done. The only caveat here is that thou shalt not duplicate work. Asking for permission in open source setups is equivalent to checking that nobody else is working on your issue.
We collaborate competitively
Our community values creative collaboration, understanding that creativity can be best served by the very structure of open source communities where ideas compete to flourish: i.e. if you don't like it, fork it. Having said that ,we compete only to collaborate more effectively, efficiently and equally than other value ecosystems and so we strive to produce, promote and protect the kind of language - especially at a protocol level - that enhances the development of ideas and constructive dialogue.
We are open and transparent with all our peers
In order to use new technology responsibly, we need to understand the practical benefits and potential dangers it confers on us and how to use them most wisely. If we are to let go of the need for central intermediaries of trust (and therefore much of the possibility of systemic corruption) it will not just be a technological problem, but one that requires a shift in mindset from everyone.
Each one, teach one
An AfrikaBurn principle, here because phrases like 'permissionless innovation' and 'low barriers to access' are meaningless without an educated community capable of understanding and innovating in the first place. Education is a massive part of the long term vision of Status, so be a teacher.
Give, without expecting anything in return
No, we're not asking for money. This is just a truly beautiful concept - give of your time, give of your knowledge, give of your enthusiasm. Find something that inspires you to the point where giving is a blessing, not a burden.
We do not exploit people or information
Because no set of principles would be complete without stating the obvious: part of forming a collaborative community is the endeavour to always think, speak, and act rightly. Oh, and don't lie, steal, kill, or worship false idols either.
We participate enthusiastically
The word ‘enthusiasm’ comes from the Greek entheos - to see god in the world, or rather, to infuse the divine into everything we see and do. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through deeply personal participation. Money is a token, a legal fiction, and fiction always needs the reader to participate in the story by suspending our disbelief in order to reveal a deeper truth. With enthusiasm we can take a conscious part in the most valuable drama of our day and write collaboratively the next page of history.
Before we go any further, we need to tell you a little about our culture and the kind of community we are trying to build at Status. A token (be it linguistic or economic) is a representation, a sign, an expression of value. However, it takes a community to interpret different representations of value and thereby imbue them with meaning. Our communities are as important as the consensus protocol we use to agree upon our shared history and future.
Bitcoin revealed how a transaction-based model can be used to secure and communicate value via a network of peers. However, commercial transactions are only a subset of human interaction and relationship. With a richer scripting language - a Turing-complete protocol for defining protocols - we can use Ethereum not only to secure and communicate value, but to define that value dynamically and build systems that incentivise more equitable distribution. In short, it takes a community with a rich common language to invest any given transaction with meaning.
It is this same community that uses language to build applications useful to them and their local context, which nevertheless leverage the power of global, trustless computation provided by networks like Ethereum. Technology itself does not act or mean anything; it is the users who define the direction it takes. In this sense, the tools we choose to use are always double-edged swords. Importantly, our aim is not to use only one side of that sword, but rather to cut with the grain of the wood.
Whatever part people play in the story of the Status Network they are all contributing to something larger than themselves. We want you to help lay the foundations for the contributions that follow by deliberately constructing a set of shared meanings that will give our community structure. Our community activity is organised into domains, but they are not intended to be a separation of powers or a prescription of people’s fixed roles. Any one of us may, at different stages, be a Creator, Contributor or Curator, or a mix of all three. We simply hope these categories will help us think about the many aspects of a permissionless community and structure our activity effectively.
Contributors - “I build”
Our community is organised into three essential domains. The first, and most important for our maiden voyage, are contributors like yourself. These are people who understand the vision, code first, and talk later. Occasionally, they venture out of their basements to face the wider world, but very rarely during the day. Such people rapidly come to understand the scope of the technical challenges facing us and are willing to spend most of their time either on GitHub or in a code editor locally, trying to figure out how to make an almost entirely new technology stack work in ways that “ordinary” people will understand, use, and find generally delightful.
Creators - “I communicate”
Next up, we have creators. These are people with the skills and intelligence required to take the amazing and technical work done by contributors, understand the intention behind it and the ways in which it is meant to be used, and then express that coherently to an audience more diverse than just other developers or cryptocurrency enthusiasts. They do so by - as the name implies - creating new and interesting content that people find engaging and educational, as well as creating events and meetups around the world and generally building a friendly, welcome and informative platform for our wider community. Think of them as the translation layer between hardcore code and real world uses.
Curators “I Pollinate”
Finally, we have the curators. These are open-minded, caring people capable of moderating our social channels, taking the content generated by creators and placing it contextually within the chaotic web of modern communications all competing for our limited attention. There are many ideas that we don’t properly understand in the wider Web3 community and around the status network, and curators pick them out and hold them up to the light. They engage people in further conversations about whatever the hot topic is that day and gather wider community feedback to hand over to creators and contributors so as to improve our processes iteratively. While they don’t need to add as much original value as contributors or curators, these people are in the front-lines, answering questions and taking fire from the trolls. Speaking of German and Polish curators at WWII museums in Europe, one commentator was struck by “their patience and willingness to engage with students asking difficult questions− and their willingness to hear people out in a culture of patience and good faith”. These are the kind of people we are looking for.