Recently there were several posts, videos, and interesting discussion about Cardano Foundation. Many people are not satisfied with the current state, and I decided to express my opinion as well.
It’s symbolic or coincidence that just a few hours ago I received e-mail from CF about my application for Ambassador which I submitted 2 months ago. It was a copy-paste messaged, not personalized, which had the following words:
*Unfortunately, we have to notify you that you didn’t qualify to become an *
*Ambassador. Specifically, your application was denied because you didn’t *
*provide any links to previous content that demonstrated your capabilities *
in the role, so we were not able to effectively evaluate you as a candidate.
I can’t say if I qualify for being Ambassador. Maybe you, who reads this text can tell me? But of course, I had a link (link to Cardano Virtual Summit overview, which I published on Cryptotexty.io web-site, and 10+ blog platforms). Since then I wrote dozen of articles which got thousands of views. (“Content creator” role) Even my video on Daedalus staking got 1000+ views. On the platforms such as Bitcointalk, Read.Cash, Uptrennd, Publish0x, Hive I always replied to comments even if it’s critics (so I took kind of “Moderator” role as well), some of the texts I translated to Ukrainian and Russian (so I took “Translator” role) and I organized First Cardano Meetup in Kyiv (recap was posted here on the forum). Maybe 20 people are not impressive, but I don’t think these days there are a lot of Cardano meetups going on. (so I took “Meetup Organiser” role). I also paid $90 for Meetup.com Pro account (as was suggested in Cardano meetup guide, it says they will cover this cost, and I wouldn’t mind it, but now I doubt it).
I’m not disappointed in Cardano, I have a lot of things to do in Cardano ecosystem: I’m happy to be in Focus Group of Project Catalyst (and I plan to write a big article on this subject later), I’m helping one of the stake pools with content and marketing, and I continue my research, I have some other projects related to Cardano which are a bit early to tell about.
But for some people, it might be a problem. Somebody can actively work for months, and then do not deserve even a personal response. Some people after this can direct their activities towards other blockchains, where their efforts might be recognized.
Many cryptocurrnecies give Ambassador opportunities, and rewards both financial and esteem, etc.
Other people here already wrote that there is impression that Cardano Foundation isn’t working effectively. In reality, this even gives us a question - do we need it at all?
Maybe everything will be better without it? IOHK, Emurgo, Stake pool operators - there are many companies and individuals who are actively working on Cardano development and promotion.
In some other blockchains I remember that ineffective activities of foundation caused a lot of harm, both for community and the price of cryptocurrency. We can remember the case of NEM foundation 2 years ago.
Charles Hoskinson spoke a lot about Tresury recently (in relation to ETC and not only), so if there will be Cardano treasury (i.e. DC Fund, Project Catalyst), maybe some incentives which are now performed ineffectively, can we done in a decentralised way.
We can put a question - maybe community (ADA holders, SPOs) can vote for Cardano foundation members? Maybe community can vote for Ambassadors as well?
How? This is something which the community can think about, decide, and propose reforms, changes or restructuring.
Probably I wouldn’t write this post, if I didn’t notice many other opinions on this topic.