Utopian and Utopian Colony, some honest thoughts

in utopian-io •  last month

Repository

https://github.com/utopian-io/colony

Maybe you have, maybe you haven't heard about Utopian Colony. There have certainly been a lot of posts about it lately, yet they still seem to be struggling to reach their goal on Indiegogo.

I was made aware of this project by @Daan and he has been posting about it quite extensively(see resources below). He is actually doing a fantastic job of spreading the word as far and wide as he can. He has been using a variety of platforms to bring some recognition to this next step that Utopian is trying to take.

This is where the "honest thoughts" part comes in:

I have a love-hate relationship with Utopian. Personally, I have found it very intimidating to post anything on the platform. I don't blame them though, I blame me.

I have been working in technology for close to 20 years. I consider myself a "jack of all trades" and have never been able to specialize on any one or two things.

It has been about a year since I started on Steemit and though I consider my posts high quality, I don't necessarily consider them highly technical.

The last three times I have tried to post to Utopian, I have been met with what I considered some harsh criticism. Again I don't blame them though, I blame myself. Utopian has done a really good job at placing specific requirements on each post. They can be found here, and it's also important to view the template for each category(which I have tried to follow for this post).

I know my posts aren't going to score as high as some of the top posts, but I still feel my initial "toe-dips" into the Utopian ecosystem have been decent. Except for the fact that I didn't follow the guidelines, or missed something in the template.

Here is the way it usually goes:

I submit a post to Utopian, they eventually review it and I get a comment back saying something to the effect of "While this is a great post, we encourage you to double check x, or you neglected x, or this project doesn't qualify as open source.

I then immediately comment back with a passive aggressive reply and proceed to go to the Utopian Discord to complain about how hard it is to get anything approved on Utopian(True story).

Eventually, the other users in the Discord don't kick me out(I have no idea why) and politely lead me to understand where my issue actually lies. With hurt pride I vow to never contribute to Utopian again. In time, I get over it and you know what? I try again!

Special shout out to @knowledges who expended a huge amount of patience with me.


The reason I tell you all of this; all of the drama I wrote about above, and my personal frustration with Utopian(really frustration with myself), is because despite all of that, I still chose to donate to them.

I was actually one of the first 20 people that donated to the Indiegogo campaign.

I went over to Steemworld.org and did a quick look at the Utopian-io account. It is pretty easy to see that on any given day, they give out 30 to 40 upvotes from that account which range anywhere from $1 to $50.

It baffles my mind how after everything that Utopian has given to its contributors, so few have chosen to donate to the next evolution of Utopian.

I understand not everyone can spare the money and every cent they make publishing on Steemit might go to feeding their family.

To me though, $25 doesn't seem like too much to give to a community that has already benefited so many. That one day when I finally submit a good post(maybe this one) that gets a bigger upvote, I will have more than made my money back.

There are higher packages you can purchase, there is also a $10 package too. For a lot of you that regularly contribute to Utopian, that is one post. One post to show that you care about the future of Utopian.

If you don't have a credit card they recently added access to donate through @fundition and @daan explains how to donate to the Indiegogo without a credit card in his blog posts. They also recently added some new perks for STEEM specific users. Check out the resources I linked to for more information.

Resources

http://discord.utopian.io/

https://twitter.com/@utopian_io

https://www.facebook.com/utopian.io

https://igg.me/at/utopian

https://utopian.io/

https://steemit.com/utopian-io/@utopian-io/utopian-colony-indiegogo-campaign-launch-help-utopian-go-viral

https://steemit.com/utopiancolony/@daan/help-utopian-reach-their-funding-target-on-indiegogo-support-open-source-software

https://steemit.com/utopiancolony/@daan/donate-to-the-utopian-colony-indiegogo-and-get-daily-auto-votes-for-1-month-5-spots-new-donations-only

https://steemit.com/utopiancolony/@daan/only-20-days-left-for-utopian-colony-on-indiegogo-share-it-among-the-open-source-community

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I have no idea at all about coding and such so I could never do a post that would be Utopian Quality,
I am sure one day you will get a post approved by them :)

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Actually, if you are multilingual, you might have more of a chance than you think. They have a translations category.

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Me multilingual not at all, I still struggle with English and thats my language LOL

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@tattoodjay, there are many categories on utopian. You don't need to be a coder before you can be a contributor.

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Thanks for the info I guess I should look into utopian more 👍😎

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Yes you should.

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I will try and make the time to find out more

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In case you need help, I can put you through.

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Thanks to be honest I am not even sure where to start looking

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They have a Discord server. The people are great in there. Also I think I linked to their page that has all of the different categories. Like he said, coding is only part of it.

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I scrolled down looking for the "You effed up again, dummy" comment -- but I see it hasn't arrived yet (and probably won't given the post topic.) But (as you can imagine) I've seen some of them on your posts and I agree, they sound very sharp and icy.

Now, granted, techies aren't known for being sensitive -- and it's not really their job to hold your hand and make it feel all better. And I can imagine the kind of cr^p they may put up with that blew their patience to smithereens. But I understand why you were disappointed -- and felt discounted.

I commend you for being brave enough to go to their Discord and gripe -- and then settle down and listen -- and take constructive instruction. And I certainly commend you for being gracious enough to comment on their help and forbearance. That shows a maturity and willingness to learn from experience that is worth a lot more than a hefty upvote. Donating to them is just the whipped cream and cherry.

You've shown a lot of character here (and some of us notice.) Cold corrections and comments aside, it sounds like they do good work and deserve to survive (and thrive!) I hope your post helps them.

Whether you ever snag that upvote or not, you earned some points here. Just sayin'. And I hang around here a lot. Maybe you've noticed.

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Thanks, I appreciate it. You'd think by my age I would be past the hot headed knee jerk reactions, but I am still learning. I knew with this post there was a good chance I might not even get reviewed because there are so many on the Utopian Colony topic already. I am learning the posts I do daily are a totally different beast from the precision of work that Utopian expects. It reminds me of my first English paper in college. Suddenly the level of work that had been getting me A's in high school was only worth a B or C in college.

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