Praise: the Standard for Community Recognition

  • Project Name:

    • Praise: the Standard for Community Recognition
  • Project Description and why it’s classified as a Public Good:

    • Praise is a platform designed to amplify community engagement by emphasizing gratitude, decentralized insights, and generating reliable user-centric data. By enabling members to “praise” each other’s contributions, it fosters a culture of appreciation and collective alignment, thereby strengthening community cohesion. The platform’s innovations, such as the global Praise explorer, provide transparent insights into its utilization across organizations.

    • Classified as a public good, Praise prioritizes collective well-being over profit. Our focus is on organic growth, ensuring that each community receives tailored attention for seamless integration and cultural build-up. By championing trustworthiness, mutual appreciation, and a reputation-based contribution system, Praise serves as a cornerstone for fostering gratitude and trust in decentralized communities. Our funding, predominantly sourced from grants and altruistic entities like General Magic, further underscores our commitment to the larger community good.

    • What We’ve Built:

      • Praise Explorer: We’ve crafted the Praise explorer, a tool that offers transparent insights into the global usage of praise across various communities.
      • Community Onboarding: Successfully onboarded 21 active communities, including notable names like Optimism, Giveth, Dappnode, Commonstack, developerDAO, BanklessDAO, Gnosis, and several others.
      • On-Chain Praise Representation: Leveraging the Ethereum attestation service tech stack, we’ve developed on-chain praise representations in the form of attestations. Initially launched on Optimism, we’re now in the process of extending this feature to the broader range of praise-integrated communities.
      • Community Analytics Tools: Our commitment to deep community engagement has driven us to create various analytics tools. These tools provide in-depth insights into community interactions, participation, and dynamics.
      • UX and Integration: Recognizing the importance of user experience, we’ve invested considerably in UX improvements and the seamless integration of the praise bot, ensuring that communities can effortlessly adopt and adapt to our platform.
  • Main Project Funding Sources:

    • Public Grants: Praise primarily sustains itself through grants that support public goods. Notably, we’ve participated in several rounds of Gitcoin grants which have been instrumental in fueling our project’s growth and development.
    • Specific Grants: We’ve received recognition and financial support from esteemed organizations such as ENS (small grant) and Optimism through their retroPGF, underlining our project’s potential and relevance in the evolving web3 ecosystem.
    • Support from General Magic: Beyond direct financial sources, we’ve been backed by General Magic, a leading design and development agency that champions public good projects in the ecosystem. Their provision of resources and services has significantly bolstered our capabilities and progress.
  • Seeking project-specific funding or funding for general operations:

    • General Operations
  • Project Roadmap and Milestones (only for project-specific funding):

  • Funding Request and Budget (only for project-specific funding):

  • Team Information, including backgrounds and roles:

    • Kristofer Lund 4: Serving as our lead developer and technical co-founder of Praise, he is an experienced entrepreneur and developer with comprehensive expertise in end-to-end development across various industries. In addition to working with Praise, some of his latest engagements include work for Commons Stack, Token Engineering Commons and Holochain. GitHub 1
    • Justina Svitraite 1: As our Organization Designer, Justina brings to the table an impressive background in UX, user research, and community building. Having led a web3 design agency, she has contributed to the development of over 40 web3 products, including notable platforms such as Maker DAO and Arbitrum.
  • Social Credibility (development progress, awards, notable GitHub commits, referrals):

  • Discord contact:

    • parrachia

Eligibility Criteria:
(Yes to all!)

  • Do you have a commitment to open-source (i.e. every open-source license accepted by the Open-Source Initiative) technology and sharing results publicly?
  • Have you provided transparency about how exactly funding will be used?
  • Are you advancing values of freedom and privacy (no surveillance and handling of personal data)?
  • Are you supporting decentralization in various fields (for example building Web3 projects)?
  • Have you provided social media channels to the extent that we can confirm social proof of your project?
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Gm! :sunny:

As we step into December, we’re excited to share our latest updates and plans, focusing on enhancing our support for communities and introducing new developments.

Community Support:

  • Overwatch: Our ongoing support extends to vibrant communities such as Giveth, TEC, General Magic, ETH Colombia, DappNode, Optimism, Shapeshift, RefiDAO, RnDAO, GnosisDAO, Commons Stack, Bright Id, Metagame, DeveloperDAO, BanklessDAO.
  • Focused Assistance: Particularly with Optimism, we’re deeply involved in managing bi-weekly quantifications, a testament to our commitment to tailored community support.

New Developments:

  • Disabling Discord Notifications: Responding to community feedback, we’re rolling out an option for communities to disable Discord notifications for received praise, providing a more streamlined experience.
  • Direct Praise Impact Scoring: Streamlining the praise process, we’re introducing the ability for the praise giver to assign an impact score directly, making the process more immediate and intuitive.

Attestations:

  • Ethereum Attestation Service Integration: Following our successful integration with Optimism, we’re now planning to expand Praise Attestations to more communities. This enables on-chain representation of Praise data, opening possibilities for applications in access control and voting eligibility.
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Fundraising

  • Praise was part of both GR19 and RPGF3, specifics are still pending.
  • We have also just applied for ENS small and large grants.
  • No other source of funding or revenue

Roadmap

After we finish delivering the new developments listed above, our plan is to pursuit

  • Expanded community support: including feedback sessions and introduction to our new features. We want to spread the word about the power of Praise attestations!
  • R&D: study integration with other tools like Karma, Discourse and more. And of course, to remain open to new ideas and suggestions from our users.
  • Better Impact reports: streamline the process of reporting quantitative and qualitative impact over specific periods of time. We want granters and other stakeholders to better understand the project over time!
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Gm! :sunny:
This is our report for participating in the Epoch 3. With a few timeline adjustments along the way, the Praise team is as committed as ever to nurturing a culture of appreciation and collective memory among decentralized communities.

Achievements Since Last Octant Epoch:

  • Leadership Transition: Welcomed Dani as the new Praise Lead, poised to spearhead our growth, starting with the Optimism network. Her focus will be on driving user growth and enhancing our platform’s presence through targeted community activities and social media strategy.
  • Community Engagement: Maintained explorers and admin panels for 21 communities, launched a call-to-action tutorial aimed at increasing high-quality participation, and more.
  • On-Chain Expansion: Made progress in expanding on-chain praise representations through attestations, enhancing transparency and compositional acknowledgment mechanisms.

Upcoming Milestones on Project Roadmap:

  • Bounty Program Rollout: Launch bounties to expand Praise users engagement and improve brand recognition. This program aims to encourage community contributions with rewards and exclusive NFTs for top submissions.
  • Impact Reporting: Implement enhanced impact reporting tools for better qualitative and quantitative project insights by Q2 2024.
  • R&D Initiatives: Continue research and development for integration with complementary platforms like Karma and Discourse throughout 2024.

Financial Utilization and Future Plans:

  • Previous Epoch Funds: Funds were primarily allocated to content creation, hiring efforts and strategic planning, paving the way for the next steps, including the on-chain expansion and user experience improvements.
  • Plans for Epoch Funds: Our intention is to fund operational expenses and our R&D initiatives, including refining impact reporting mechanisms.
  • Grant funding received since the last Epoch: no changes there since our last report.
  • Other non-grant funding sources: zero.

Thanks for the update @parrachia
Around the Bounty Program Rollout, can you dive more into that? The source for this project will come from Octant funding or other funding?

GM!
As part of the Praise team, the Bounty Program currently targets the Optimism community. We would love to conduct one in the future for the Octant community.

More information about that program can be found here:
https://x.com/givepraise/status/1770504315368530156

gm

This is probably more suited for something with the Community Fund in Octant. We’re actively trying to discourage projects giving away funds coming from Octant itself.

Best,

Mattias

gm

This is probably more suited for something around the Community Fund in Octant. We’re actively trying to discourage projects from giving away funds coming from Octant itself.

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Thanks for sharing this @parrachia . If I understand correctly, folks would praise others in the Octant community and get rewards for these? How does the winner selection work?

@james might be interesting for us to consider, reminding me of the FC gamification experiments we’re running for Octant! What do you think?

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I thought about this idea a while back but this is a close setup to what is happening on farcaster and its getting spammed really bad. Not sure there is a solution at the moment for the negatives that come with this type of game, but I’m chatting with some folks on FC around ideas they have.

Also want to make sure your question is what @parrachia was suggesting?

1st of all, @mat7ias we’d like to clarify that our OP bounties are fully OP funded. And secondly to introduce myself as Praise Growth Lead, working with @parrachia in particular for our fundraising. Now, about Bounties and the risk of spam. @mashal thanks for considering it! Here’s an overview of how Praise functions to prevent spam and ensure fair recognition and rewards:

  1. Praises are usually compiled monthly.
  2. At each month’s end, quantifiers (community members knowledgeable about Praise and the community) authenticate and score each praise, ensuring it reflects contributions beyond basic responsibilities.
  3. In communities like Giveth, where praise leads to rewards, a percentage of tokens is distributed to the praise recipient, the giver, and the quantifiers, promoting active and meaningful participation.
  4. Bounty Programs target individuals aiming for influential roles or grants, enhancing fairness in internal processes.
  5. Our ongoing program on Optimism demonstrates how modest incentives can draw community collaboration and engagement. Participants must submit their work and praise links on Deform for tracking. The Praise team conducts weekly evaluations to verify the correctness and appeal of submissions.
  6. Each week, the top three submissions that meet all criteria receive rewards, strengthening a spam-resistant culture of recognition through Praise.

I’m not sure what this comment is in response to? I think @mat7ias was mentioning that your idea around incentivizing the community through Praise might be a better idea suited for the community fund.