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in utopian-io •  2 years ago

Utopian.io is the only platform rewarding Open Source contributors and it's doing it with Steem!

In this post I am going to show you the latest updates made on the platform and how to be rewarded for contributing.

If you have visited Utopian.io before please refresh the site few times to clean the cache of your browser until the new changes show up.


What is Utopian.io?

Utopian.io enables everyone to contribute to Open Source projects by providing Ideas, Code contributions, Graphics or Social exposure and be rewarded for that with Steem.

A project is Open Source when its codebase is public. Steem is Open Source, WordPress is Open Source and there are so many other Open Source projects out there. Most if not all of the Open Source projects are hosted on Github.com. Utopian offers a full integration with Github, allowing you to link your contribution posted on Utopian with an Open Source project hosted on Github.

The Utopian Weekly

The most important update is going to be the Utopian Weekly. The Utopian Weekly is a newsletter about the best Open Source projects around Steem and in general the most ground-breaking Open Source initiatives. The Utopian Weekly will be published under the official Utopian account: https://steemit.com/@utopian-io. Go there and follow @utopian-io.

The newsletter will be 100% Powered Up. The author rewards will be used to upvote the best contributions on the platform.

I have to thank @codewithcheese and @transisto for this idea. At the begin I wanted to split the author rewards for the Utopian Weekly with all the future Utopian Power Delegators in order to attract more delegations, but @transisto made a good point about this:

If the point is to fund development why give the reward back to those who gave it?.

That's why I decided that Utopian is going to fund itself by providing quality contents every week and use the author rewards to upvote the best contributions posted on the platform.

100% Powered Up

All the contributions posted on Utopian from now on will be by default 100% powered up. This decision comes from 2 facts:

  • Utopian does not want to attract users looking for easy returns. Utopian wants to grow a community where people actually collaborate and use their power to upvote other contributions.

  • Simplicity. There is really too much to say about STEEM, STEEM Power and STEEM Dollars and for new-comers they are really hard to understand. Utopian has only one and that's STEEM Power. Users who want to power down and liquidate their STEEM Power can still do it via the Steemit wallet, but Utopian does not know anything about that and will not encourage the users to do so.

The Begin of the Next Big Thing!

Utopian now provides a way to categorise contributions. This change is important to let the users understand the platform better and enhance the quality of the contributions.

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Contributions can now be categorised like follows:

  • Idea/Feature: This is the most important category. Soon Utopian will provide a way to fund ideas with Steem. Funds will be then split between all the contributors, meritocratically, based on the upvotes received on their contributions for the idea/feature.

  • Code: Code development

  • Graphics: Graphic design, layouts, logos and any other kind of graphic contribution.

  • Social: Spreading the word about the Open Source project with social networks and similar tools.

Thanks to this categorisation all the contributions can now be filtered based on their category in the Utopian homepage and on the Project page.

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The Review System

Utopian has now implemented a review system. When creating a new contribution it will go to the blockchain but won't appear in the Utopian feed until a Steemit/Utopian community member with at least 55 points of reputation will verify it.

Few posts have been added to the Utopian feed recently of a really low quality or spammy. Utopian is the place for contributing to Open Source projects, not for sharing stupid contents.

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The review system wants to enable collaboration between the Utopian members. This is why even if you have a reputation equal or higher than 55 you won't be able to review your own contribution but another user with reputation equal or higher than 55 will do that. Instead you can verify contributions made by others and allow them in the Utopian feed if they meet the standards.

If a contribution does not meet the Utopian Standars, users can advise changes to the owner of the contribution using the comments. This is where collaboration becomes a fundamental part of the platform.

Contributions not yet reviewed are still visible by everyone, under https://utopian.io/all/review but only users with reputation equal or higher than 55 will be able to verify them and allow them to appear in the main Utopian feed and to be voted on Utopian.

For now I am personally reviewing any new contribution and providing help to early adopters.

Tags Are Back!

Thanks to @yabapmatt and @codewithcheese for having brought this to my attention. Tags were removed from Utopian because they were necessary to filter out the contributions. The system has completely changed now and tags are allowed, up to 4, when writing or editing a contribution. The default main category still is 'utopian-io' and all the Utopian posts will fall under this one.

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Project Link on Contribution Details

Thanks to @antonchanning for this one. Now a link to the project related to the contribution is shown on top of the contribution details.

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Paste the Github Url

Thanks to @gotgame and @codewithcheese for reporting some issues with the Github field. Now you can paste the Github repository URL directly or still search by repository name. Just some healthy UX improvements.

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What's next?

  • A way to fund ideas. This is going to be a ground-breaking change. Utopian will allow everyone to propose new ideas. Members can fund ideas and the funds will be shared with all the contributors who have contributed to make the idea a reality, meritocratically, based on the number of upvotes received. The begin of a new, shared and meritocratic economy.

  • Mass adoption. As many of you know Utopian was originally based on the new frontend (not yet released) of Busy.org. The guys from Busy.org gave me a lot of support and motivation. A special thanks goes to @fabien and @ekitcho. I am always following their updates since they are working on few incredible features to make the adoption of Steem easier. Utopian is already integrating the most secure authentication service SteemConnect V2 provided by them and supported by Steemit. More integrations of their tools will also be soon implemented in Utopian. I am also working on a landing page, on an emotional video and better wording to make the platform understandable and adoptable also by new-comers.

  • More specific features based on the contribution type, such as a way to directly link Github pull requests, branches, etc.

Who am I?

11 years Senior Software Architect - Javascript Full Stack Developer, focused on ES6, React.js, Redux, TypeScript, Node.js, and DevOps.

Follow me on Steemit: https://steemit.com/@elear
Follow me on Utopian: http://utopian.io/@elear
Add me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/puccidiego/

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Thank You @elear I will take some time this weekend to fully read your post and take the time to research and understand what utopian is doing to expand on what we have with STEEMIT.


You are more than welcome to do so @stokjockey!

What an awesome project! I've found a little layout issue on the website. Maybe I'll fix it and write a report. ;)

This is wonderful @elear, it's great that Utopian can now be used to fund ideas for the open source world, it's going to be a great source of encouragement for developers who want to work for betterment and development of the steem platform and other related projects.

The review idea is also genius, for obvious reasons. Utopian is a great project and it's a priviledge that I can be a part of this same as anyone. Keep it up, #teamutopian still evolving. You are great


Thank you so much @gotgame!!!

Another feature I would like to see in the future, is the ability to set up 'beneficiaries'. Chainbb takes advantage of this feature in steem and allows a poster to add multiple beneficiaries to a post, each allocated a specified percentage of the total reward. In collaborative open source projects this might allow a team to have a few people concentrate on coding, whilst another makes the utopian posts, yet all get rewarded (as they agreed with each other).


@antonchanning this is actually an amazing idea!

Great addition to the ecosystem!Quick tip: "If you have visited Utopian.io before please refresh the site few times to clean the cache of your browser until the new changes show up." OR you can just go Incognito mode on your browser. This way cashed data only persist while the session window is open


Thank you @dv8!!

wow! this is incredible!


Thank you @inquiringtimes and congratulations for your ticket to the SteemFest!

Upvoted. I'll be resteeming this now :)


That's much appreciated. Thanks @smartdeveloper

Upvoted & Following you. I'm looking forward to seeing what your platform does.


Sure! Thanks a lot @stevejhuggett

Oh boy ! Unfortunately, I'm not a developper but... wahou ! it's incredible.

Thx. Your work is very important.


@evildido you don't have to be a dev. You can contribute by adding ideas for exisiting projects, like Steem :)


Thx, I'll survey what kind of contribution has made on the platform.
I'm sure that utopian.io will be a big success.

Why is this post less valuable/trendy than that travel post... Come on whales show some love


Eheh let them sleep @n-ur, they will wake up when Utopian will start rocking!! :D

This sounds really cool but,
I tried to sign in to https://utopian.io
And it wants my Active Key
That does not seem right to me!
Any thoughts to share please, please please lol : )


Hello @joe.public. Utopian uses SteemConnect V2 that is built by Busy.org and supported by Steemit. Utopian needs the active key to delegate your posting authority to the app account. You can revoke anytime this authority, using the steemconnect dashboard. Utopian does not see your active key and it does not store it anywhere. SteemConnect acts as an intermediary between Utopian and your Steem credentials. You credentials are totally safe when used on Utopian ;)


Thank you so much.
I was a bit worried lol

Hello @elear
I love the Utopian.io proposal if at any time you want to share your content with the Hispanic Community would be very willing to perform this task and translate their content to Spanish :)


Thank you so much for the proposal @simnrodrguez. Utopian at the moment is only in english but you are more than welcome to share your contributions to other Open Source projects using Utopian!

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Great post, good picture


Thank you :)

Welcome to my steemit.Please follow and vote me-https://steemit.com/@ovronil

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A wonderful post. @elear followed.


Thank you @tahsin!

I'll be sharing this when opportunity rises. Great work!


Thank you @igster. Utopian got 400K in delegation so it is quite big thing already!


Wow, good to see such a huge support. This project deserves it.

I'll be following your progress with great interest.

The community owes you a big time @elear & your team members.
I, Thank you on behalf of all the community members for Incentivizing the Open source Economy.

Happy Utopian !! 😇 Utopian itself means aiming for a state in which everything is perfect & we wish you brazen luck for the same.

Another feature I would like to see in the future, is the ability to create friends groups by category for my acount. @Originalworks


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I'm really happy I found utopian. At first I had no idea what it was but I'm starting to get the hang of it. This article helped me tremendously. Much appreciated. Thank you @elear