Apologies for the delay here! My fault, I should have provided a more detailed description. It seems you’re up to speed now on POAP, but to review, POAP indeed stands for Proof of Attendance Protocol, and the term POAP is used to describe both the protocol and the NFT that the protocol mints. A POAP is an NFT that represents an action you’ve taken (event attended, contribution, etc).
POAP collections can be viewed to learn about what someone has done (ex here’s mine POAP - The bookmarks of your life), there are some fun apps like POAP.fun (raffle system) and POAP.art (collaborative art drawing platform), and many POAP holding gated integrations (you can view some here: https://poap.directory/en/resources/access). The ecosystem is continually evolving around POAP and how we can mint & use them.
Thanks! I think it’s an interesting concept too that can add value to contributors and maintainers. Expanding on that, I can’t say for certain how things will unfold, but here are a few more thoughts on the benefit for each contributors and maintainers/projects:
- Unified record of contribution and achievement, your verified digital resume, across contribution platforms, projects, and orgs (more on this below)
- Mentioned above, but the record is verified & issued by the projects you’ve contributed to, where most records (CV, LinkedIn) are not (GitHub squares are even gameable, although other records on GitHub aren’t, you’re right)
- This recored ties into your on-chain identity that can be leveraged in other applications
- Many people are very passionate about collecting POAPs, it can serve as an incentive to contribute to a project
- Community members feel more appreciated and recognized for their contributions
Once we have an on-chain record of contributions, there are a number of new applications that are made possible that benefit both contributors and maintainers:
- Funding a project: we now have the addresses of the contributors and what they’ve been contributing, we can fund them directly
- GitPOAP gated integrations (nfty.chat, gather.town, poap.vote) that teams can use to coordinate (repasting link from above: https://poap.directory/en/resources/access)
- An on-chain record can make it easier to find collaborators to work with & projects you may be interested in working on
We’re currently launching with an MVP of the platform, and just recognizing “at least one contribution in a year”. Eventually we’ll have different levels of contributors that are based on more data than just PRs.
On that note, great point on PRs. Quick aside, our goal and long term vision is to expand to many different types of contributions across many platforms (not just software, and not just confined to GitHub). We chose GitHub as a starting point because our inspiration came from working on open source and much of that is done on GitHub, they have good APIs, and a merged PR is a good atomic unit of something that has been deemed a meaningful contribution (since it has been reviewed). Agreed that not everyone who contributed to the PR (ex the reviewer, commenters, Issue submitter) is getting recognized. This is just a starting point, and very open for feedback and input here on how we can provide additional tools for you to recognize other types of meaningful contributions.
On Git vs GitHub, unfortunately (as you probably know) underlying git history can be altered and doesn’t verifiably tell a story of who contributed what, so we’ve piggy-backed on GitHub specific tooling to help at this stage.
Our broader vision is building an on-chain reputation building platform (we’ll probably have to change the name ), and PRs on GitHub are our starting point. We aim to integrate with other code repositories (incl radicle ) and other non-software contribution platforms.
I appreciate your taking the time to respond and I hope the above provides a bit more clarity on what we’re building. I’m happy to jump on a call sometime to discuss too if you’d like! I’m colfax#1983 on discord you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PS - we announced our launch (April 7th!) this week, a bit more information in this post: https://medium.com/gitpoap/launching-gitpoap-5df20e73f682