This is the final report on the OWS for the month of July and August.
Humans of the Open Web Sandbox: Claudio, Carl, Valentina, Chloe we continue with storytelling.
2. Social media:
- Discord (1487 members, 27%+ since June)
- Twitter ( 654 followers, 123% since June)
- Youtube (33 followers)
- Medium (15 followers)
Weekly AMA’s: 8 AMA’s hosted weekly in June and July (all can be found on YT channel)
- 07/07/2021 “Opportunities Recap”: OWS Weekly AMA: Current Project Opportunities Recap - YouTube
- 14/07/2021 “What about Guilds: Swine Guild and Merchants of NEAR” : OWS Weekly AMA: What about Guild? - YouTube
- 21/07/2021 “Creators of Blockchain”: OWS Weekly AMA: Creators of Blockhain - YouTube
- 28/07/2021 “NEARWEEK”: OWS Weekly AMA: Peter from NEARWEEK - YouTube
- 04/08/2021 “Corpseman Guild, Creatives DAO”: OWS Weekly AMA: Corpsemen Guild and Creatives DAO - YouTube
- 11/08/2021 “Flying Rhino/ Chloe Marma J”: OWS Weekly AMA: Marma J Foundation & Flying Rhino Guild - YouTube
- 18/08/2021 “ Back to Basics: How to OWS?“: OWS Weekly AMA: "How to OWS" - YouTube
The recording of the latter can be used as one of the onboarding tools for newbies in the future.
- 25/08/2021 : “Meta BUIDL Hackathon with Grace”: OWS AMA - What about Meta BUIDL Hackathon? - YouTube
July “NEAR Rainbow Bridge” Party:
- Review: Open Web Sandbox Party, Second Edition: Over the Rainbow (Bridge) 🌈 - Near Guilds
YT link: Open Web Sandbox Party ft. Rainbow Bridge - YouTube (55 attendees, 20 views on YT)
- Feedback from July’s party: OWS July Party Survey Report - #2 by grace
OWS pre-launch Party - Questions & Answers with the Meta Pool founders
- YT link: OWS pre-launch Party - Questions & Answers with the Meta Pool founders - YouTube (60 views on YT)
August “Hot DAO Summer”
- Blog post: OWS Party: HOT DAO SUMMER - Near Guilds
- YT link: HOT DAO Summer Party - YouTube
(56 attendees, 15views on YT)
4. Discord Server Insights
Since June there is a strong increase of discord server members of 27%: 1110 in June became 1406 in August which implies a steadily growing interest of people in the community towards the Open Web Sandbox.
Unfortunately, due to the limitations of discord as a platform, it turned out that build-in metrics are not the best representation of the actual situation. For example, previously measured ‘New member retention’ coefficient was supposed to illustrate the percentage of the members who came back to the server a week after joining, has dropped from 25,60% to 18%. This could be explained by two factors: on the one hand a lot of bots have joined the server during the past two months and while they affect the general number of members positively, there is a negative influence on the engagement indicators. On the other hand, a lot of people do not engage in the daily activities on discord (like chatting with other contributors for example) even when they are actively engaged with the core activities. The underlying reasons for that could be both the fact that discord is not the most user-friendly platform and also that some contributors simply choose to omit the public socialization on discord altogether.
Therefore, discord engagement metrics will no longer be used to evaluate the general engagement of the contributors with OWS in the future. Instead, our team will track the amount of actual contributions, event attendees and feedback/special programs engagements.
Another eye-balling conclusion from discord server insights is that “project profile” channel is used a lot less than expected. That means that contributors currently are insufficiently engaged with the project opportunities. Discord is not a straightforward tool for everyone and especially when combined with other sources (going to the forum post and finding a contact person), finding an interesting project in the bunch of messages on “project-profile” can be difficult. This is a big blocker that is addressed by the solution offered by Aaron. In September project opportunities transition from Discord to a new dashboard on Catalyst. This will improve UX, optimize OWS project management workflow.
5. Contributors (aka Sandboxers) and Survey results
Based on the accumulated data, we performed a break-down of geographical locations of the Sandboxers. India (19%), Vietnam (18%) and Nigeria, Russia and the USA (each 7% of the OWS population) are the biggest regional groups. This might be having implications of opening up separate channels for these languages. Based on this it does make sense to create language channels for the Russian- , Vietnamese- , Hindi- , and Spanish- speaking communities.
This month contributors were encouraged to fill in the survey about the functioning of the OWS. Here are summarized results. N= 47
6. Projects that engaged with the OWS in July-August
Silicon craftsmen podcast contest :
Octopus guild : [August 2021] Octopus Guild Opportunity: Party promotion
MetaPool Party: [August 2021] Meta Pool Opportunity: Moderation of Q&A section
MEME daily community contest: [August 2021] The NEAR Meme Daily opportunity: help us with social media management
New collaborations with NEARVerse Portal Guild (working around NEAR Wiki), Legal Guild, Sancore 2.0
Russian and Spanish channels on Discord
More project opportunities
Catalyst Integration in September: SputnikDAO
Landingspage of the OWS on the near website
Mentorship System planning and design [UNDER MAINTAINANCE] Sign up | Miro | Online Whiteboard for Visual Collaboration
Join us to talk about NEAR Wiki tomorrow at 3pm CET: https://www.airmeet.com/e/38ded7d0-08f9-11ec-af29-454d614c3aa7
See you at our next party “DeFi Debunked - Come learn about the mysteries of decentralized finance” on 30th September 5pm CET. Save the date!
8. Acknowledgement mods
Tons of additional administrative daily tasks and processes have been performed by the OWS moderators. Daily communication on Discord and with Sandboxers and projects, reviewing and verifying DAO proposals, providing feedback, all the necessary support with the events - thank you guys, you are awesome.
9. Summary and main take-away’s from June-July
As the OWS grows, so does the need for more quality when rewarding Sandboxers: OWS Quality Control Guidelines
As the general goal of the OWS is shifting from creating awareness of the NEAR Protocol to the stimulation of engagement. The OWS needs more focus on the NEAR projects:
o From projects (Guilds, dApps) themselves to connect with OWS and outsource small tasks as opportunities for new contributors to get a feel on what the ecosystem has to offer. Coming the the OWS weekly AMA creates extra visibility as well!
o From the NEAR Core in terms of marketing assistance
o From the OWS contributors to engage more with the existing ones and to check out the new offers regularly in order to avoid standstills
o For the OWS Team to reach out more actively to the projects
Themed events are appreciated and we will continue with them! Anyone who has ideas and is willing to participate in the OWS Party, reach out to us!
10. Reminder: Non-disclosure and sensitive data protection of the OWS contributors!
This is to remind you that the ONLY individuals who can be approving rewards for the OWS at this point and can therefore request more personal information as they review these claims are @mecsbecs @vrdoingthings or myself. We will NOT request to share sensitive information publicly! Only OWS moderator can be contacting you for more details that are relevant to some of the opportunities from the standard list. Please be careful when disclosing any private information on web. Doublecheck who are the individuals that are requesting you to provide any data. In case of doubt, you can always send a private message to myself @mecsbecs or @vrdoingthings .
Be cautious and safe!