RE: Crowdsourcing the Future w/Marketing Plan Announcement
Hi, I'm really happy that there is some positive communications coming from Steemit. I wish you both the best of luck. I'm sure you'll get all the support you need from hundreds of Steemians eager to help.
So far your message has been easy to get behind and I think you are releasing it in parts to enable the message to get out properly and to give steemians a chance to digest it.
There have been enough hints that you will be supporting marketing efforts, I assume from the steemit steem account. If this is the case, that is great news and spending it in a way that gets the most value for the steem economy is absolutely essential. I would ask though, is it your intention to be fully transparent and tell the community what the end game with the steem in that account is? Is it to spend it on development, marketing and incentives until it is a standard whale (possibly in equilibrium with steem price rises to fund development much further into the future,) or completely gone? What is the anticipated time horizon for reducing it's size? I think this matters a great deal to larger investors and companies who are interested in Steem......therefore it matters to us all.
I believe the steemit developers are to be commended for their efforts to improve steem whilst maintaining the core interface (steemit) whilst still in beta. For the most part (non developers) we've had a stable beta product to play with for over a year. Really impressive. The steemit developers are obviously a major asset to steem. I know there have been difficulties and challenges among some witnesses and third party developers with respect to HF's, comms, documentation, some existing code and code changes. I truly hope the clear indications you've given that these issues will be addressed and extended to everyone with integrity who wants to build on steem, no matter the history so the professionalism, integrity and talent of the steemit developers can be left in no doubt.
Just an idea. I would make a list of all the things steemit has been asked to improve and a list of all the marketing objectives. Make a post with these lists. In three months we can all revisit the lists and have a community vote on each item.....massive improvements / some improvement / minimal improvement / no improvement / don't know.
I think it would be useful to know where additional attention may be needed and where a firm pat on the back is deserved.
I believe in your approach so far. I look forward to things of substance coming out of it.