This topic is to help us identify the different kinds of people we want to become users and farmers on SAFE.
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The purpose is to help us understand who might us SAFE, what their motives are, how we might reach them, and why they will go to the trouble of becoming a user or a farmer.
I hope this will make it easier for us to decide on issues like free space and farming rewards (being discussed here: Farming Rewards, free space for new users, and processing power rewards).
- regular farmers: users who give up some space on the regular machines they already have. These people want to earn Safecoin to pay for their normal use, or as small earner.
- enthusiast farmers: those who buy and set up dedicated equipment for motives other than money. To learn, be involved, support SAFE etc. Earnings may matter, but are not the only aim so its hardest to characterise these.
- commercial farmers: people who farming as a business proposition. These are the easiest to characterise, their motive is to maximise profit, though they will vary a lot in scale!
Users: Easy Wins
These are folk that will be keen to join, and their enthusiasm means that although relatively small in number they can help a lot in generating awareness - they will tend to be active within their own communities. We should consider this group and be trying to reach them, even though they are not a large percentage of our potential users.
- early adopters: people who like to try new technology
- freedom users: people attracted by security, anonymity, lack of censorship
- crypto / decentralisation enthusiasts
This is the bulk of who we are are very varied so they are the hardest to characterise, but the most important to attract in large numbers. They can be fickle, either very easy to attract if you have something they want and which takes very little effort or understanding on their part (eg. joining facebook), or they can be very hard to attract if what we offer falls down even slightly in terms of their expectations or ease of adoption (cf. from facebook to diaspora).
- home users: people using standard applications to do home administration, communications, online shopping, news, email, social networking, multimedia (music, photography, tv, video)
- office workers: people using email, word processing, spreadsheets, company database
- specialist workers: data analysis, graphics, design etc.
- ordinary home users interested primarily in subsidising the cost of a machine they’ll have running anyway.
- more please!!! I’m stopping now as its late and I have weekend plans
Not all of these are users in the same sense, but I think its useful to note them as people interested in SAFE or who will consume lots of SAFE resources.
- experts: such as people with scientific applications enabled by SAFE
- app builders: these folk may end up consuming lots of SAFE resources
- entrepreneurs: people who see opportunities to create large business using SAFE
Skeptics / Conservatives
I discount this group. They will be the last to join and are not our concern for now, I just include them for completeness.