So, drama. You've probably seen the drama by now. I just thought I'd put down a few things I'm thinking about it.
No one participating has come out of this well. I think in some ways this is a great object lesson for the value of opting out whenever possible. (So of course I'm making a post about it.)
The immutability feature of the blockchain applies to business drama as much as to anything else. I'm not sure it's a feature in that case. There's a benefit to being able to have this sort of thing somewhere other than in front of all the current and future customers.
Have a fully-fleshed-out, immediate plan for what you're going to do with delegation before you go asking for it.
I get that dLive's precedent worries people, but the idea that we should force projects to spam the chain with custom JSONs they don't need in order to tie them to Steem Power somehow is remarkably bad on so many levels. It's OK to let projects use Steem on their own terms.
Regardless of whether that happens, custom JSON collision is going to be a thing Very Soon Now. A little later if we let it evolve naturally, but it's inevitable. I should be able to play Monsters while somebody is buying my art and not have the chain freak out because a user isn't allowed to do two custom JSONs in the same block.
Steemians treat delegation like it's scrap paper when they're giving it out for some promised new token, but like it's solid gold when you do anything they don't like with it. While it seems to be easy to get, I question whether it's worth the trouble.
I totally fail to understand what made Haejin and Rancho think this was a better use of their SP than their existing method. This is not criticism, just a "Wha?"
In the end, none of this really matters. What matters is who can get me an easy-to-use storefront that comes with a base of potential customers. Ideally that will be both of them. But most of the drama seems to obviate the priorities of both sellers and buyers in favor of some abstraction of what's a good token and what's good for Steem. And focusing on that instead of the actual product is a recipe for disaster.
Following on from that, in both cases the token's purpose here seems to be having a token, rather than fulfilling any actual customer need. Something we see a lot. I get that tokenization is exciting but it has to have something of value to it.
Reading through comments I've been reflecting that I related to people a lot like this when I started my first business at 20, so I have some sympathy, but it sure is cringeworthy now. From this and other interactions I wonder if we should set up a group for Steem entrepreneurs over 40. (It should take at least seven weeks to start so I'm allowed to join.)