One of the very unique opportunity that we have with a new platform is to make early-decisions based on first-principles.
In other words, we can build a product (with an amazing) community built on the things that we believe, like security and privacy as well as transparency… all of the very good things!
For instance, here’s an example that we’ve mentioned before that shows the community how many times the user has changed their username as well as what those changes were:
These things matter, especially in our world where fraud and deception are rampant. We want to make sure that our community is safe from harms way and give them the tools and features, like these, to maximize trust in a “trustless” world.
Things like these aren’t easy to put together but we think it’s worth it and it’ll advance our mission on becoming the most friendly, fun, and helpful crypto community out there!
Scams start with users who try to do nefarious things with information. So, as a consequence, we’re thinking comprehensively, end-to-end, on how we can reduce the amount of disinformation and #fakenews that might get out in our #yeniverse.
So, we’re thinking about small (yet significant) things like making it more transparent around usernames and even their history of user name changes.
There are very few social platforms that share this type of data (one of them is Ebay… pretty rad actually) and we think that if we publicly share someone’s nickname or username history it’ll provide even more high-fidelity decision making when it comes to followership and even speculative purchases.
For instance, if you saw someone change their username to “Vitalik_Buterinnnnnnn” to shill a coin or project then you’d know that they are illegitimate and trying to scam you.
Small decisions like this for the sake of transparency can go a looooong way to fighting the good fight of keeping the #yeniverse a fun and friendly place to be.
If you have any more great ideas, we’d love to hear it on YEN! Create a post and @mention @YENSupport or @YENeng and we’ll put it on the backlog!
We’ll have more details on how we plan on displaying this information in a future post… we’re working on design ideas right now…
Building a great product requires both large-scale thinking as well as managing the small, seemingly-infinitesimal design decisions in the product experience.
For instance, compare what Slack does with punctuation after you add the username:
Did you catch it?
They auto-magically remove the space so that you can keep typing without stopping.
Currently, with our Alpha implementation, we don’t do that:
See the difference?
Clearly, this is something we can build into our post editor, but it’ll make a big FELT difference when you type a username and add any punctuation to the username.
Small stuff matters… especially when you think of the scale at which we’re aiming for. If it was just 20 folks, then, perhaps the impact wouldn’t be so bad… but, when you’re aiming for 20 million users (and beyond!) then you have some serious impact.
This is incredible… and a powerful way of communicating something that is very difficult to understand or fully appreciate; as much as I hate seeing someone suffer, it’s an object lesson on what someone has to deal with to get themselves out from under this disease:
As you all know, we’re building this product FOR YOU, our amazing community! And, what’s great is that it’s also being built BY YOU as well as we gather amazing feedback on the product every single day.
So, thank you thank you thank you for that!
But, of course, there’s a loooooooong way to go between here and public release and so keep the feedback coming!
One thing that we are experimenting with is the ability for our users to more customize their experience and so we’re going to start with some light customizations and personalization settings, like changing what coins you get to track via our sidebar widget(s).
Simple stuff, yet, important for creating a comprehensive experience that you’ll love coming back to. Do the small things really matter that much…? Of course they do.