Never have I thought I would be making this post. Not on this forum. Not in this community. I’m sure by making this post, I’m probably going to step on some toes and I’m not going to make friends along the way. Yet I feel it’s important this post gets published, for my own mental health but also for the health of the project. Let’s hope we can find common ground in that we’re all here for the sake of the project, something we believe will make the world a better place.
I first got in touch with this project during the 2017 bull cycle, not only was Maidsafe the first crypto I ever invested in, it was the first thing ever I invested in. Even though I was still learning what crypto was all about, the story behind Maidsafe, the people within the Maidsafe team and the welcoming community instantly lit a spark in me I knew I never wanted to let go. Truth be told, at the peak of the bull market, many projects gave me the same spark, even though the last where more money driven than anything else. During the bear market I lost close to everything by my own poor choices, it was worth it though. Because it was during this time that I learned that no matter how hard projects can scream how amazing they are, it’s during bear cycles where you can see if they where in it for the money, or in it because they’re doing something they believe can push the human race forward. It was during that bear cycle that I found out Maidsafe was truly something special. Where other communities where falling apart, turning on the team behind the project, it was the Maidsafe community powering through with weekly updates, community driven initiatives and people contributing in whatever way they could.
I’ve been around for a long time. I’ve seen healthy discussions on these forums. From marketing, to exchange accessibility from omni liability to ERC20 bridges. I’ve seen tens if not hundreds of people on this forum wanting ERC20 so badly, it would be a game changer. Several community members stepped up and made it a reality and are still fighting for broader adoption. It’s been the same people over and over that are investing their time, money and credibility to make these things happen, things that we as a community wanted. And it’s not that it’s the same people that have to make things happen that troubles me, it’s the absolute lack of appreciation they get in return that makes me feel absolutely sick.
I’m not going into too much detail about the cost of things, because in my opinion it shouldn’t matter if the cost of making it happen is closer to $100 or $100.000, it’s something the community wanted, and it’s something we as a community shouldn’t be taking for granted. Altcoinomy made eMAID possible, eMAID that tens if not hundreds of people wanted, they absorbed all the costs involved and opened up a donation address. 1 person donated and not even 0.5% of all omni MAID have been converted at the time of writing. I personally have been fighting for centralised exchange adoption over the last 2 years, I opened up a donation address to be able to continue to keep eMAID accessible on exchanges. 4 people donated. A community driven marketing fund that has been initiated back in 2020 still hasn’t reached $5000 worth of donations. I know there are several other people that contributed so much to this community (you all know who you are) without setting up a donation address. And I know I speak for some of them when I say they’re happy to contribute if they feel the appreciation from the Maidsafe team and the community but I can also say that those same people have not been feeling the appreciation they deserve for far too long now. It may be a hard message to deliver, but I think that we as a community should think twice about what we take for granted.
As we all know, the Maidsafe team has been working so hard on getting a stable testnet out. They’ve shifted from a broad range of activities to full focus on making the impossible network possible. Even though I personally feel that not having minor (notable) marketing side activities or not having (or being able due to regulation) a dedicated team member for exchange management is a mistake, I have to believe that Maidsafe knows best what direction to go to make the network a reality. What they probably don’t (fully) realise is that their choices put a massive burden on the community but it has been a burden we’ve all carried over the last several years. I feel that with the swiss foundation coming up, Maidsafe has finally acknowledged that something needs to change. I just hope that until it happens and way beyond that, this community will step up like they’ve stepped up for so many years already. I’m confident that every single one of you reading this post is here to see the project become a reality, and not for the few people left on this forum, but for the world to see. All I’m asking you guys is to consider donating a small % of your holdings to one of our very much respected community members that are doing something you appreciate. It’s a sign of appreciation and it’s money being used to increase the chances of the Safe Network becoming a worldwide success, isn’t that why you invested in the first place?
If after reading this post you feel like contributing to one of the many community driven initiatives check out the posts below:
- More about the eMAID bridge and Alt.co
- Community Marketing Fund
- Community donations requested for CEX support/maintenance
Additionally, you can also contribute in other ways
- Consider buying eMAID on the new exchanges. Most of the eMAID being sold there will be bought back in omni on Bittrex. Causing twice the volume on exchanges, and conversions from omni to eMAID can be bundled in larger transaction to save minting cost.
- Consider Buying eMAID at a premium. Liquidity on both Uniswap and P2PB2B are coming from respected forum members that will reinvest any of their profits made from converting to accelerate eMAID adoption on exchanges.
- Be active on the forum, let us know what initiative might be worth starting as a community
If you made it till the end of the post, I can only thank you for staying with me. I truly hope I haven’t offended any of you, it’s never been my intention. I’d like to end this post with an appropriate metaphor: On the Safe Network, every single node has to carry some of the burden for it to function. Let us as a community not become a big data center, let’s stay like the safe network. The network that first lit that spark in me back in 2017.