Video: devolution + safe

I think you have a couple good points there and it’s always preferred to do better than the status quo but at the same time gambling is such a useful engagement hack. Maybe keep the concept of gamification just maybe one that is seen as less addictive and more of a level up, progress based game?


Yeh i agree. Some sort of game that people can benefit from would be better.

Another thing I thought of was a wedding application. So when someone is getting married they register and pay money into the app and it creates them a customized wedding website with RSVP, maps, galleries and stuff like that. I set one up years ago but never did anything with it (screenshots below). Anyway, its a bit random lol…I’ll keep thinking of other ways to monetize…



That sounds useful to me, providing a service for a common engagement (pun intended). These things should exist on the new internet!

Just a couple questions. What are the monetization gains used for? Profit, community funds, or other?
And was the point of the slot machine to transfer value from one store of value to another in a fun way but through effort (kind of like mining)?

If I have a little more clarity on the end goal in this regard I might be able to make some suggestions that might spark some more of your genius :slightly_smiling_face:

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Yeh everything (including ad revenue) will be redistributed in the form of Social Credits. There’s no way for me to directly profit from the app.

I (the app) may also charge a small amount for voting. This could provide an additional layer of security by preventing SPAM votes. I looked into this before, but I was concerned about creating barriers to entry. However, when we vote for something, we need to fund it anyway.

EDIT: I also want the profits from all successful farming attempts made by the app to go back into Social Credits…yet another complication.

There’s so much to think about. I still need to figure out how to do Smart Contracts on SAFE. In other words, I need a section of the application which nobody can modify, which has unique permissions to write to an MD, and can sign any operations it performs. As mentioned before, it’s not 100% necessary, but really helpful for certain features. Perhaps one of the core dev’s can provide advice on the subject?


Hey @Glen_Simister, fantastic and very inspiring project you have. It’s very ambitious and you have done a great deal of work. Good to see :slight_smile:

I agree that gamification is potent for engagement, and also agree that it would be desirable to maybe shift towards something with a bit more inherent meaning in it.

I’ll try look at this from fundamental view:

We’re basically talking about a digital tax here. Some might oppose to that term, but for the sake of the discussion, let’s call it that for now.

Anything that can be done on this digital platform, and where it isn’t obvious that it absolutely should not require any payment whatsoever, can have this tax.

This opens up a lot of possibilities.

Anything from dating apps to invoicing services, book keeping, legal advice, Airbnb, Ubers and so on…

So, I don’t think there’s a lack of sources for the tax. But from a system design perspective, there’s a lot to consider.

It seems to me all these features would not be feasible to provide from a single provider, for various reasons. That leads me to think that the system should be modular in a way that independent services can integrate with it.

That way there can be n different invoicing service providers, developed and maintained by independent actors, and they can all hook into this digital system of yours (the platform) and community members can choose to use any or all of them.

So that way the developers of the platform do not need to race with competition, do not need to be experts in 1000 different business areas, and always try to keep community members staying with the built in service instead of some other one.

But there needs to be some clear benefit, reason, path for these services to hook up to the platform, so that they naturally tend to do that.

So, this system is supposed to be scoped to a physical location, a community, and then there’s also the question if there might be nested communities, i.e. within a precinct or some current bureaucratic delineation (which might map naturally onto a single community instance of this platform)? Will people go together in neighbourhoods as well? How do the different nested levels interact, should that be taken into consideration somehow?

As for “Smart Contracts”, this is an area I’ve been specifically interested in within SAFENetwork.
Multi-sig is coming (and as an explicitly non-quotable estimate gave it; perhaps in alpha-4), which would allow for some of this.
If you want realtime computation which do not rely on participants to be online, then there’s the route of forming a computation network, with secure membership and a consensus protocol.
So, how that would look like is for example that client machines can run an executable, just like we run the SAFE Vault, where they connect and form a network (much in the same way), but instead of network agreed logic on storing data, it could be anything that your system needs to perform.


I checked out your gitter discussion link and discussion with Melvin and in particular your comments re solid/safe value exchange & solid vulnerabilities without safe. I also noticed that mediaprophet aka Tim Holborn/Ubiquitious was also engaged in the conversation. Have you met Tim H? Tim was 1 of 5 people who started with Melvin and was involved in other w3 foundational work with Tim BL e.g. RDF, semantically interlinked online communities (SIOC) etc. Interestingly you and Tim are 2 of 36 in Tim BL’s address book pod demo at the 2018 Dweb conference.

I note and agree 100% with your gitter solid chat comment “So not so much about data ownership - at least for onboarding - later that can be the icing on the cake for some. Instead I think we show developers and early adopters the benefits of Solid apps: apps that can use each other’s data are more powerful, and will become more focused on delivering what users need rather than on harvesting their data and attention. “
I have recently connected with Tim an Aussie. We are working to align his knowledge banking model`which my ULB (universal lifebank/knowledge model) & CommunityLink open data ecology (CODE) network model. My objective is to deploy an integrated solid/safe(plume/drive/github)/solidpay engineering solution via Project “Sensors” (safe enterprise node solid regenerative system) to the Redland “enterprise” smart city and a Health Access solution as a systemic start point for both safe and solid. As part of our discussions I have provided Tim i. the link to your designing safe/solid social networks discussion with Hunter Lester and his comment re the difficulty “to try and convince SOLID people that they are building on a vulnerable stack and move over to SAFE.” ii. introduced the work you have done with safeplume as the basis for a “sensors” architecture/testnet discussion to deliver to the CODE au national IOT business case introduced previously.

Tim has introduced me to John Bruce to demo how the CODE model can provide a commercial path to market for Inrupt (with a model similar to maidsafe). I’m working on that communication. I’m keen to define/show how the current work underway by yourself, Melvin, Tim H, Maidsafe with RDF etc and others can deliver to/be leveraged by the CODE model, business case and investment case which provides the commercial/systemic incentive “for solid to move over to safe” (or create a “Sensors” server – solid/safe stack?). I note your later gitter comment “I’m certainly one who has been prevented from doing more experimentation because each time I’ve delved into Solid or Solid server etc, I’ve encountered one problem or another, and I only have limited time”. It would be great for you and Tim to connect. Happy to provide an intro and context as appropriate.

The Devolution app looks terrific and might provide the NFP CDC (Community Development Centre) smart city operator with the natural stepping stone path to our community imarket interoperable physical & virtual community vision… smart cities providing the starting point to create a sustainable network of communities through the safenetwork with systemic revenues streams.


Hi @happybeing - I was contacted by Ian / @CommunityLink pre-christmas and have been helping him get a grasp of the ecosystem constituents / frameworks, etc…

It might be useful for you to connect with @CommunityLink as to get a good understanding as to where he is at, what his up to; and what it is he is trying to achieve. He seems to be very committed to helping safe make meaningful progress…


@Glen_Simister the concept of employing an economic mechanism via voting charges, is interesting…

How are you planning on modelling this?

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@ubiquitous I’m not 100% sure yet but i guess I would like to replicate the way the safenetwork charges for write operations. Of course, I can also charge for other stuff such posting updates etc. Providing users realize there is a benefit to using the app this shouldn’t be an issue. I’m a bit busy with other stuff at the moment but i’ll look into it in more detail when i get a chance.


@ubiquitous Tim, just to clarify, you and I have known each other on Solid chat for a while - there I am theWebalyst (my github handle) so I’m reasonably familiar with your postings, much as I am with Ian’s (@CommunityLink) here.

@CommunityLink Ian, thanks for the update. It sounds like you are making some useful connections and getting more clarity on how to get where you want to be.

I have my hands full making and playing with building blocks, and I don’t want to divert my limited time from that so I’ll remain an interested observer, helping out where I can rather than becoming more involved personally with any particular project.

Good luck with John Bruce, that could be an interesting conversation. I don’t know him really, and I don’t feel comfortable yet with Inrupt given it is dependent on future funding rounds that I assume will mean VC investment, and what appears to me a dangerous business model from the viewpoint of decentralisation. I hope to be proven wrong, but so far I see nothing concrete to dispel my concerns about that. The responses to my concerns have been few and not convincing to me, so I’m more focused on building (on SAFE and the bridge to put Solid on SAFE) now that my time is even more limited. I could do with help rather than spread myself any thinner :wink:


Very cool!

Has this been uploaded to any of the alpha or community networks? So it can be tested with multiple users etc?

Great stuff, glad to see more things coming out :+1:

Cool, will watch shortly.

What sort of marketing will you be doing?

Thanks @whiteoutmashups . I haven’t yet as i’m still making lots of changes to it. I’m happy to upload it later if anyone wants to look around.


Thanks @goindeep. I haven’t really thought about marketing yet as still so much dev stuff to do.


Totally understandable.

Would you be against me or anyone else doing that for you? Would be interesting to have up and see parts of it live

Whoops wrong thread…,

Would you be against me or anyone else doing that for you?

Sure, by all means :wink:

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What was the driving force for this project? To me it looks like an implementation of the venus project or chinese social credit system. I don’t get why so many different credits are used instead of only safecoin?

It is a very interesting project and much work has obviously gone into it even before we know if the safe network will actually materialize. Do you have sponsors that were asking for this product?

@whiteoutmashups BTW I tried to upload the files using the Web Hosting Manager but kept running into some strange problems, and then ran out of credits. I’m sinking a few beers now but i’ll try again over the weekend. cheers!


Amazing :space_invader: