Let's Fix Ranks on TRYBE.one - Do it right before it's too late!
As an early user of TRYBE.one, as well as a Steemit user since June 2017, I have some thoughts regarding the ranking system here. Many social platforms have tried variations of reputation and ranking in some form, however, I cannot point to a single successful implementation to date. I'd like to share my thoughts on the current ranking system of TRYBE.one and also my reasoning and observations for these considerations. I am sharing these thoughts largely because I enjoy this platform and hope to watch it grow in the future. Let's do it right the first time.
CURRENT RANK SYSTEM ON TRYBE.ONE
Novice - new member
Apprentice - 10k TRYBE required for this rank
Sentinel - 25k TRYBE required for this rank
Council - 50k TRYBE required for this rank
High Council - 100k TRYBE required for this rank
Elder - 250k TRYBE required for this rank
Seer - 500k TRYBE required for this rank
Grand Master - 1M TRYBE required for this rank
Why this rank system might be fundamentally flawed
Rank and Reputation - This is something to take seriously, as it is how we are identified by others. So what's the problem? The metrics. I do not believe it is wise to peg one's reputation to their wallet, but rather let their actions and level of contribution represent their reputation. There's a fundamental flaw here and we can see the real-time results. Elections around the world are won by those who purchase themselves the 'best' reputation that money can buy. We can all see how ineffective that metric becomes in society, can't we?
How about another example? Steemit.com based their reputation system on how large the user's wallet is and that essentially created more unforeseen circumstances than the platform was prepared for. Needless to say the rep system there is entirely meaningless since a con artist can simply purchase a high reputation. What's the point of the system if it does not even serve the intended function? We all know that answer.
Why I feel change is vital to sustaining this TRYBE platform
I have seen this site bloom into what it is now and I truly believe it has the chance to become a widely utilized platform. In order to achieve that, we must focus on the fine details, learn from mistakes and prepare for the worst. Rank and reputation is certainly not a mistake I wish to see repeated because the outcome is nearly guaranteed to be detrimental to our community. Let's learn vicariously from the missteps of others rather than traversing the same treacherous path, inadvertently. Longevity is the name of the game. If we want to have a platform to utilize - we need investors. If we wish to have a platform that people utilize - we need creators. It's that simple. Without BOTH there can be no platform at all.
TRYBE might consider the fact that we need both creators AND investors in order for this ecosystem to function in harmony. I say reward them both! Just alter the way we rank them - split this into TWO ranking systems. One-tiered rank system for investors and another for creators/users. This would make life so much easier for the platform in the long-term, while also eliminating the less-than-incentivizing content creator rewards. Seriously, why spend time creating content for months on end if we can take 5 minutes on an exchange to buy the highest rank we can afford? There must be a better way.
You can see that I am now a TRYBE apprentice with my 24k tokens, nearly a Sentinel. However, I hold roughly 75k tokens total so if these tokens were combined, I'd jump up to Council (halfway to High Council). Personally, I don't think that is reasonable or fair to my fellow creators. I'm actually relieved that the tokens on TRYBE.one are off-chain because that means there is still time to improve this! Hopefully, the community can collaborate and find a resolution that is both effective and efficient.
Creators and Readers are equally important, let's not forget! Without them, we are building another myspace. How can they be as important as the investors? Great question. THEY ARE INVESTORS. Time is money, haven't you heard?! Content creators are spending time (=money), resources (=money), skills (=money) and bringing users to the platform (=money). We spend our time creating reasons to use this platform, so we are without a shred of doubt investors, too! Like I wrote in another long-winded article on Steemit, if you have an account balance of more than ZERO = you're invested - whether you bought or earned it. Same thing if you ask me. I am both the 'investor' and 'creator', but I still see an imbalance.
Let's reward the pillars of this community and watch it thrive. We just need to consider how we go about that. I strongly recommend a community discussion surrounding this topic, so please share your thoughts below. Time IS money, so let's do this right the first time
If a high rank has extended functionality over the lower ranks, just think of how many high ranks will be inactive (wasting those resources by not using them). This is the case for Steemit already, largest stakeholders are inactive but hold control of most of the network resources. Those resources could actually be put to use but never will. Users who would've otherwise posted, voted and commented more often - cannot due to limitations of the network. Basically, you must buy power to use it (good luck with onboarding and mass adoption!!). I don't want to see TRYBE go this same direction, so let's open a discussion.
I will be putting together a proposal for amending the current rank system and I encourage others to do the same. Please also feel free to chime in below and let us know what you think! To be continued...
DO YOU FEEL INVESTORS SHOULD BE REWARDED MORE THAN CONTENT CREATORS OF THE SAME PLATFORM?
ARE THEY ALIKE? OR ARE THEY SO DIFFERENT THEY SHOULD BE SPLIT INTO TWO GROUPS?