Please vote for the latest Community Superblock!

Hello Snode owners! It’s time to vote for the latest proposals!

There is a great responsibility for Service Node (Snode) owners to vote either “yes,” or “no,” on the proposals. It cannot be emphasised enough how much the community as well as the Blocknet team relies on Snodes to vote on project proposals to ensure continued funding for development of the Blocknet.

The proposals for superblock 648000 can be viewed below or on the forum here. Voting will close at Block 645120, but your node must remain active until block 648000 for your vote to count. Please note, proposals are being submitted individually so please make sure you scroll down and take your time to look over each proposal.

In the latest wallet voting is now much easier. Navigate to the proposal area:

Click the “Vote” button for a proposal you wish to vote on and choose “yes”, “no” or “abstain” to vote. (If voting for multiple nodes or a vps, check “Vote many”.)

If using an older wallet, follow the instructions on how to vote for each proposal below.

The latest Superblock details are below in alphabetical order:

Superblock 648000

Proposal: ArtDir_808_Nov18

(Part-time position as Art Director for @808 / Bob.)

Please see https://goo.gl/jD63bv for the full proposal

Role description and responsibilities:

@808 / Bob as Art Director, will take lead on overseeing and creating Blocknet visuals and design. In particular, Bob will work closely with other team members to find the best solutions for Blocknet’s visuals needs. This entails taking responsibility of the overall visual appearance of Blocknet and how it communicates visually, stimulates moods, contrasts features, and psychologically appeals to a target audience. Bob is given a task and figures out the visual elements, what artistic style to use, and when to use motion, stills or other means of expression.

Past contribution:

I started working for the Blocknet in December 2017 by creating the Blocknet Introduction video. This led to further collaboration as a vendor to the project. The visuals and designs developed for the introduction movie and the designs from VSA are the foundation of what has been the visual style of the Blocknet brand today. I have been responsible for the creation of all visuals for Blocknet. Besides producing media, I’ve been part of Blocknet brand leads, consisting of myself, Shane, PhilipMarshall, Cryptoved and Fattox.

Goals for Q4 / November:

1. Continue working on the media/template library.
2. Creating marketing material for Block DX marketing campaign in particular creating a Block DX promo / commercial.
3. Providing community, the team & brand-leads with media content.

Block DX promo / commercial:

In November I will start the production of creating a 15 / 20 second promo / commercial for Block DX. Thereby creating a attractive and easy to consume video that serves to attract new investors and new users to Block DX and the Blocknet protocol. The promo / commercial will introduce the Block DX and inform what the benefits are of having a true Decentralised Exchange. The productions needs to be scheduled besides other running Blocknet work. Delivery is estimated to be earliest end of November, latest end of December.

Media Library:

Templates and the media library are going to allow the social media teams to put together quick designs. It helps maintain the level of quality required and reduces cost and time to produce content.

This library will consist of templates for;
• Announcements
• Promotional visuals
• Quotes
• Market News
• Feature lists
• Comparison charts
• Events
• Block DX facts
• Block DX application submitted
• Block DX listings

Cost Assessment: Total 930 BLOCK (including 10 BLOCK submission fee)
(20 hours per week / $3.80 BLOCK = $3.5k/mo)

I reduced my salary to be mindful of the current Block price and the feedback I received on salary by snode voter(s).

If this proposal passes but is bumped from the Superblock due to there not being enough room, this will be paid out from the Marketing Fund.

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: ArtDir_808_Nov18, type the following command:
mnbudget vote beea113f0071baee835c8034dd829b40ce96674472d1eb5148872f89f1cd501c yes/no/abstain
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote beea113f0071baee835c8034dd829b40ce96674472d1eb5148872f89f1cd501c yes/no/abstain

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Proposal: hanniabu-648000

Role description and responsibilities:

Proposal
As a core contributor of Blocknet, I take part in many daily tasks that help keep the project running smoothly, as well as larger tasks that move Blocknet forward. Putting in an average 60 hours a week, I partake in projects that build Blocknet’s foundation and assist in other projects in order to help meet objectives. This proposal is for compensation to allow me to continue contributing to Blocknet.

Background
I have a technical background with a degree in mechanical engineering, prior development experience, and have spent a few years a a few early stage startups (pre and post seed round). This experience helps in various aspects of the project including working in a fast-paced environment, wearing multiple ‘hats’, pivoting priorities and tasks, understanding the project technicals and vision, communicating the different components, conveying concepts into diagrams and text, and budgeting and financials.

Attention to detail is another useful trait. When reviewing interface UI and user experience, performing QA, writing specifications and documents, and communicating concepts, this attention to detail is important as it’s typically the intricacies that make a difference.

Past Contributions
I began contributing in August 2017 when I saw there were areas the project could use help in. The first thing I worked on was an informational website (blocknetprotocol.com) since informational resources we lacking. This led to submitting my first Superblock proposal that next month for further contribution.

Since then I have been responsible for multiple projects and tasks, as well have assisted in others. Some of these items are as follows:

- API documentation: https://api.blocknet.co/
- Research on automated blockchain testing
- New configurations file format: https://github.com/BlocknetDX/blockchain-configuration-files
- Compose documentation
- Compose content
- Compose specifications
- Wallet QA
- Block DX QA
- Participate in interviews
- Roadmap discussion
- Manage and organize files and documents
- Review announcements and publications
- Convention prep, attending convention, and followups
- Newsletter content, review, and submission
- Respond to questions from the community
- Respond to emails
- Fill out applications and forms

Agenda
In addition to daily tasks, the following list are main items I plan to be working on. Keep in mind that some of these may not be completed this month or may be pushed back due to a change in priority.

- Website content
- Wallet tutorial videos
- Block DX tutorial videos
- Tools for compatibility testing

Work has begun for some of these items. These items can be expected to released throughout the next 2 months.

Cost
As a retainer to continue contributing to this project, the following amount is requested for this Superblock:

Cost Assessment: Total: 900 BLOCK (@$3.93 BLOCK = $3.5k/mo = $42k/yr)

If this proposal passes but is bumped from the Superblock due to there not being enough room, this will be paid out from the community funds.

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: hanniabu-648000, type the following command:
mnbudget vote c80151a019a9ae421dc402be3e241607637fcd33bb16278277226f4f80b7edb9 yes/no/abstain
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote c80151a019a9ae421dc402be3e241607637fcd33bb16278277226f4f80b7edb9 yes/no/abstain

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Proposal: infinity7592-nov18

Role description and responsibilities:

Summary of work for this SB:

  • Adjustments to the C ledger app + testing of the new code.
  • Building the ledger connectors in JS (continued).
  • Building blocks of a ledger web wallet (tx builder, input selector, …) [continued].
  • Adjustments to the ledger python client.

Cost Assessment: Total: 375 BLOCKs + 10 BLOCKS (fee)

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: infinity7592-nov18, type the following command:
mnbudget vote ec893e4b793780efe1b587fdec19d6019da0810f76dbe8332a9c15b0d2e76691 yes/no/abstain
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli ec893e4b793780efe1b587fdec19d6019da0810f76dbe8332a9c15b0d2e76691 yes/no/abstain

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Proposal: marketing-cryptoved1

Role description and responsibilities:

  • Social Media Content Curation (contribute posts on Twitter, Facebook, Facebook Group, Instagram and other social media)
  • Collaboration & Editing of Current and Upcoming Articles
  • Collaborating on Current & Upcoming Marketing Initiatives with the Marketing Team (strategies, advertisements, content, etc.)
  • Brand Lead (Collaborate, oversee, coordinate & train social media teams; oversee Blocknet brand messaging along with other Brand Leads)

Cost Assessment: Total A fixed amount of 263 BLOCK (250 + 10 BLOCK proposal fee + 3 BLOCK for Photoshop subscription). (calculated at 25 hours/week, $4.12 current 30-day M.A.) Note: I plan to hard-cap the amount at 250 BLOCK while we are currently at this low of a BLOCK moving average, as our priority should be funding ongoing development.)

If this proposal passes but is bumped from the Superblock due to there not being enough room, this will be paid out from the Marketing Fund.

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: marketing-cryptoved1, type the following command:
mnbudget vote f91022897e2ee7ed244f3f7a4eae082d67ea287dee9463b955c24d574cdd6a0c yes/no
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote f91022897e2ee7ed244f3f7a4eae082d67ea287dee9463b955c24d574cdd6a0c yes/no

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Proposal: MarketingLead-shane-648000

Role description and responsibilities:

  • Lead team efforts in executing marketing strategies.
  • Manage design, copywrite, and web development vendors.
  • Uphold Brand Guidelines and uniform messaging.
  • Build relationships with every project Blocknet supports.
  • Handle daily marketing & administrative responsibilities.
  • Oversee and assist community based marketing initiatives.
  • Take on creative tasks that include writing, design, and media production.

November Goals:

  • Coin Announcements 2.0 w/ use of Coin Portals
  • Launch Block DX marketing campaign (Depended on Block DX security checks being released. Currently these checks are being QAed)
  • Blockchain Expo North America: https://blockchain-expo.com/northamerica/
  • Continue web development of Coin Portals, community tools, including translation capabilities.
  • Create a Marketing Roadmap.

Cost Assessment: Total: 1325 BLOCK from Superblock (BLOCK @ $3.80). (NOTE: Returning from India on Nov 8th, but still be working remotely, just from a different timezone. I probably won’t be working as many hours and the BLOCK below reflects that.)

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: shane-648000, type the following command:
mnbudget vote 872a8aa5f1e2eeb7c9b646044127ef6a1fc85e6351cf11709d2989fc06758e3b yes/no
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote 872a8aa5f1e2eeb7c9b646044127ef6a1fc85e6351cf11709d2989fc06758e3b yes/no

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Proposal: michael-648000 (Core development)

Role description and responsibilities:

In October I’ve been significantly improving the security of Blocknet’s atomic swap algorithm to make it as bullet proof as possible. I also improved the performance of Blocknet’s RPC functions related to trading, greatly improving the capacity for bot trading on the XBridge platform. I also added improved rollbacks for failed trades. If a trade fails to complete, the Service Node responsible for the order will now attempt to rollback traders’ failed orders on their behalf. This greatly improves the user experience in recovering funds from trades that counterparties back out of. In general, I am focused on making Block DX and XBridge production ready and secure.

November tasks:

XBridge

  • Continued improvements on the XBridge (security checks, atomic swap, rollbacks, performance, code reviews)
  • XRouter development, including helping w/ the API spec and integration, code reviews

Block DX

  • Continued Block DX electron app development:
    - Updating from within the app (we obtained the required certificate and plan to integrate in November)
    - Bug fixes (scaling issues, token list, open/filled orders revamp, price chart improvements)

XRouter SPV

  • This was submitted to QA in October and is being tested. The plan is to finalize and integrate SPV into the main codebase this month (Nov).

Wallet Redesign

  • October (screens done, pending integration)

- Settings screen
- Tools Peers List
- Tools BIP38

  • November:

- Tools Wallet Repair
- Tools Debug Console
- General Info Popups
Screen designs:
- A new Accounts screen

Cost Assessment: Total: 3250 BLOCK Requested amount from the Superblock.

The payment will be made out of the community funds if the proposal passes but is bumped.

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: michael-648000, type the following command:
mnbudget vote 92d7e12a565bcd1e8e193eeb76f5fbd6f6559cf4e65b077f9000cdeec8dcd4b4 yes/no
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote 92d7e12a565bcd1e8e193eeb76f5fbd6f6559cf4e65b077f9000cdeec8dcd4b4 yes/no

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Proposal: Social_Coordinator

Role description and responsibilities:

  • Maintain the social media profile of Blocknet on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, BTCTalk, Youtube, Medium, The Blocknet website and other platforms.
  • As a brand co-lead, manage and train the social media team.
  • Ensure communications from the developers and marketing team can be transmitted in a clear and timely manner to the community.
  • Respond to the community.
  • Compile and write regular newsletter.
  • Write press releases and news updates including leading article creation for specific initiatives. Recent PR example: https://www.blocknet.co/blocknet-invited-to-attend-e-u-blockchain-roundtable/ (3 articles have been written in preparation for the Block DX marketing push and are ready for publishing when the DX is 100% ready. In addition a separate 4th deep dive / in depth article on DXs is currently in the 5th draft and stands at 12 pages. It is a loose sequel to this article: https://medium.com/@theblocknetchannel/understanding-a-decentralized-exchange-eee9e1043f45)
  • Contribute to various marketing materials and initiatives.
  • Manage, source, correspond and coordinate payments to news and media outlets.
  • Participate in strategy discussions as part of the strategy group.

Cost Assessment: Total: 175 BLOCK from Superblock (plus 10 BLOCK fee). 1.5 BLOCK per hour / 4 hours per day @ $3.97 per BLOCK.

(note: this is the first time I am requesting an increase since the price drop in early August)

If this proposal passes but is bumped from the Superblock due to there not being enough room, this will be paid out from the Marketing Fund.

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: Social_Coordinator, type the following command:
mnbudget vote efd231fa7619ba3bb2e69aa2c2ebcf5a688e103fb72b6704cd38c1db53fb0d8d yes/no/abstain
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote efd231fa7619ba3bb2e69aa2c2ebcf5a688e103fb72b6704cd38c1db53fb0d8d yes/no/abstain

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Proposal: UAT-QA-Team-648000

Team consists of 86b, aderks, and Fattox

Role description and responsibilities:

Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Support services
  • Integration strategy
  • Product analysis
  • Bug reporting, error tracking, and logging
  • Collaboration with other projects and teams
  • New coin integration, confirming, and corresponding QA
  • Genesis testing
  • Exploit checks
  • Brand lead assistance with marketing and SMT initiatives
  • Communicating with partners and project delegates
  • XRouter testing and QA
  • Block DX UI QA
  • Wallet release QA
  • Auto configuration testing and QA

One of the key focuses this upcoming month is getting the AWS QA + Testing environment finalized in order to not only move QA items out the door much faster, but also stay fully up-to-date with coin wallets so they can move into the BLOCK DX UI auto-configuration as quickly as possible preventing users from being stuck using old wallet versions for an extended period of time.

Cost Assessment: Total: 1620 BLOCK
Includes 10 BLOCK submission fee and 10 BLOCK Final Budget submission fee

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: UAT-QA-Team-648000, type the following command:
mnbudget vote 7e7cb5804fc4873be454c98e305066888021fa9ae9848e42ca356ee9f0c87fb7 yes/no
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote 7e7cb5804fc4873be454c98e305066888021fa9ae9848e42ca356ee9f0c87fb7 yes/no

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Proposal: xrouterSB648000

Role description and responsibilities:

This proposal is for the final phase of XRouter development funding.

- Finalize XRouter Plugin payments
- Finalize General XRouter code
- Code Audit/Review/QA

TimeFrame:
- 1 Month

Resources:
- 1 Dev (Juan)

Cost Assessment: Total — 2429.667 BLOCK (covers proposal submission fee)

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: xrouterSB648000, type the following command:
mnbudget vote 163463ff995b2026ad8ae1f730423e23e518ee8c6b799aa10bc3df15dc1ad04b yes/no/abstain
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote 163463ff995b2026ad8ae1f730423e23e518ee8c6b799aa10bc3df15dc1ad04b yes/no/abstain

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For more detailed instructions see: http://blocknetdx.forumotion.com/t6-blocknet-proposal-introduction-guide

  • An introduction to Superblocks and a guide to submitting and voting for proposals, can be found here.
  • A proposal category was created in the Blocknet Discord for focused and specific discussion of proposals and ideas. Within this category, there is a channel called #anon-snode-feedback for Service Node owners to provide anonymous feedback on proposals.
  • The amount requested must be 4320 BLOCK or less — Votes in favor must be greater than votes against by at least 10% of the total number of Service Nodes.
  • The proposals that pass are sorted in a descending order list by the sum of yes votes minus no votes. If multiple proposals have an equal sum of yes votes minus no votes, those are sorted randomly. If there are not enough funds remaining in the Superblock for a proposal to be paid out, it is skipped (not paid out), and the next proposal in the list is checked.
  • Multi-month proposals are voted on each month and are treated in the same manner as normal proposals in the ordered list.
  • There is also something called a ‘final budget,’ which needs to be submitted between 2880 blocks and 28 blocks before the Superblock. By default, Service Nodes automatically vote yes on final budgets. Moving forward, proposal voting will end 2880 blocks before the Superblock since the final budget locks in the proposal vote counts.
  • Voting will become a great deal easier and much more user-friendly in the new wallet, taking just a few clicks. You can view the designs for the voting functionality here.
  • An introduction to Superblocks and a guide to voting can be found here.
  • In addition, we have created a separate proposal notification email alert reminder that snode owners can sign up for here so they do not forget to vote. (This email is separate to the Word on the BLOCK newsletter email).

PLEASE VOTE ASAP. MANY THANKS!

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