Well, this should be a fun post.
Here is the TLDR: NEAR has decided to cannibalize its own community, for no reason other than because it would like to. Specifically, we are referring to NEAR Core members like @zavodil and @evgenykuzyakov and also Russian community trolls such as @Dacha. This was completely unprecedented and unprovoked. We had no issue with them and we did not want to this to happen. But it has, and that means we must take action.
Back in May, the NEAR Leadership Team created a slack group with me asking to create marketing support in the NEAR ecosystem. I then decided to bootstrap and create the Degens for the benefit of the Ecosystem with budget support from from this leadership . We did this as a long-term initiative to improve engagement of NEAR on Twitter, Reddit, 4chan, townhalls and much more. Every single budget was approved before spending. And I spent a significant amount of time recruiting, interviewing and growing this group. I did not do this because I wanted to, I did this because I was asked to. @rimberjack has already shared the metrics of this group, and many others including @ross @JMaenen and @Awen can vouch for the effectiveness of this group.
Now, @Dacha has been trolling the forum pretending to be ‘investigating’ the use of funds in the ecosystem, all without having a single metric, video, or proof of his own contribution. @zavodil and @evgenykuzyakov have supported him. He is nothing but a troll, and the proof is I have privately asked him to speak about the degens - and if he has had any problem - and he responded with nothing more than a meme:
Question: Does this constitute trolling?
(First icon on the far left is Evgeny liking the ‘investigative’ post)
Frankly, this is pathetic. @zavodil has also made some very bold statements about how I used the money to fund the degens while @evgenykuzyakov seems to also have opinions on how the Guilds should be run.
Specifically, @zavodil has said directly that I have “Given away free money” to the degens, with no expectation of work.
I am curious @zavodil - where is your ‘hard evidence of this’? Because misuse of funds is a serious allegation. I hope you can back up what you are saying, because normally this would be known as ‘defamation’ in legal terms. @SChamat from NEAR legal guild you might be able to help?
Not a single one of them ever personally reached out to me - never asked a single question - never wanted to know anything - instead they have preferred to publicly share this false information with the Russian community and NEAR Core Team on Slack.
18 days ago I made a post about Warpspeed Guilds here: Introducing Warpspeed Guilds: What and Why?
Not a single person had an issue with this, and not a single person wished to say anything about it. At that time @evgenykuzyakov had no questions about the process!
Yet here we are: Questioning the amount, the value of a guild, and sticking our heads into other people’s work without ONCE asking or discussing privately – looking for clarification, etc. Community building is something I take personal pride in and have no problem sharing what I do with others - but insulting me, our process, and the entire ecosystem is not a reasonable way of dealing with this - especially without ever reaching out.
From these comments, from @zavodil and @evgenykuzyakov I have decided that 4NTS is no longer interested in working with the NEAR Foundation and the toxic work environment of wolf-eats-wolf that has been have cultivated. Here is what this means:
—> I will no longer be managing the Degen group nor requesting funding for them. Even though @illia requested it, it seems like others at the NEAR team no longer believe it is a useful initiative - I hope that was thought through!
—> The Warpspeed guilds will no longer be managed by myself either – actually I am giving the reins over to @evgenykuzyakov who seems to know more about community building and guilds than I myself do. He can do 11 weekly calls, and set roadmaps with all of the talent in the ecosystem. He can re-invent the wheel with lockups as well.
----> I am closing the Sandbox because I don’t want people to give out ‘Free money’ like @zavodil has accused me of doing.
Additionally, there are some other areas of the ecosystem that actually need to be discussed. We talked about the NEAR Interoperability plan: NEAR BELT AND ROAD: Building Bridges on NEAR As A Strategic And Necessary Development Play
This was going to be funded by Move Capital – and @bentien and myself have been managing this initiative for the last 6 months trying to get it off the ground (no compensation btw). @zavodil @evgenykuzyakov @Dacha maybe you should give us some insights into if our investments are acceptable? After all, it may not be a good use of our $NEAR and you three seem to be good policemen.
The cannibalism is disgusting. We have been working full time in the ecosystem for 14 months across teams. These tactics are childish and reputation damaging, and there is no reason for them. None - and especially in this manner.
If you want to know how serious we are you can speak to @shreyas @JMaenen @grace @amgando @Awen @amosbestcookie @mecsbecs @Sofia_Alum @ross @kendall-near @mattlockyer @sashahudzilin @gus @Yessin @mallynear and all of the degens, and all of the new guilds we have introduced. We walk the walk, and we don’t talk because we are serious builders.
Lets plan a 6 - 10 hour livestream - tell-all event. We can make it public and promote it on YouTube as well. And then everyone will have more than enough time to lay out their arguments in meticulous clarity and demonstrate any wrongdoing that is present. After the 10 hours we can take a week to go back and fact-check and examine the evidence put forward.
If it turns out that you are right - your accusations are right - and that I am lying, I will pay the three of you, 5000 NEAR.
If it turns out that you are wrong, you’ve overstepped and you don’t know what you are talking about, then we ban @Dacha from the NEAR community, and remove @zavodil and @evgenykuzyakov from any community related activities – and you pay the Degens 1000 NEAR each.
What do you big boys say? Do you have the stomach for it? Because, truth be told, I would relish nothing more than having 10 hours straight to humiliate the stupidity, arrogance, and narcissism that has bred this whole ordeal.
I am not and will not seek – or will accept – an apology for this. It is unprecedented and absolutely antithetical to the development of this ecosystem and everything I believe in, have worked for, and stand for. Shame on all of you.
I am going to conclude by saying this:
4NTS is going to keep working in the ecosystem – diligently and incessantly as we have for the last 14 months before most of the current NEAR Team members were hired. We will keep doing that, but not directly with anyone involved with the NEAR community processes, foundation, etc. We look forward to working with NEAR Asia, the Ref Team, Human Guild, Satori Octopus Network and the many many other projects in the ecosystem.
If you would like to reach out to 4NTS guild – you can do it all publicly on this forum from now on. We will no longer respond to slack or telegram messages from those we are not directly working with.