This is a guest post by Spl3en. He and a few fellow ICONists recently announced their
The goal of this article is to assist other aspiring P-Rep candidates on their road towards becoming a potential P-Rep. I hope that by sharing my experiences as a candidate I can help, in some way, any ICONist out there who
The coming of ICONSENSUS
As a cryptocurrency enthusiast I have spent, like many others, a great deal of time learning about and researching numerous crypto-related projects. Upon joining the ICON community back in 2017 I recognized immediately that it was a project I wanted to help grow as much as possible. ICON’s vision matched very closely with my own ideology of how blockchain technology could and should be utilized in the real world.
On September 13, 2018, ICON released the highly anticipated first part of its Yellow Paper: “
ICON Yellow Paper 1st part announcement on Twitter
P-Rep stands for
Fast forward to January 17 this year,
My moment of realization on a Telegram channel came as one of the biggest milestones of the ICON whitepaper came into existence
One of the first challenges of being a P-Rep candidate is deciding if you will run alone or put together a team. There is no restriction on how many people you can include on a team, so if you do decide to form one, determining the size is definitely a good place to start. First, I evaluated my own chances of success as a candidate running on my own. I have extensive experience in programming and managing servers, community management and my knowledge of the ICON ecosystem as a whole is expansive. While I felt confident with my abilities in these areas, I did have some reservations around managing both the technical and non-technical aspects involved in the effort as there is a lot that goes into both worlds. I also don’t always feel comfortable with my abilities to communicate
I ultimately decided to team up with a group of ICONists that I knew would take a serious and professional approach towards representing the ICON network. I wanted teammates that would bring a variety of skills and a strong work ethic to the group.
I’m very thankful to be part of ICONation with CCClub, Dimitris, NorskKiwi
ICONation’s first steps
One of the first challenges we had to face as a team was to decide our name and logo. We considered many options and, in the end, ICONation wound up receiving the most votes. In many ways, we consider ourselves representatives of the community we have spent so much time with over the last few years, for us the community is the nation.
Beyond a name and a logo, we have agreed upon our platform, ideologies, roadmap, and ultimate goals as a team. We are in the process of organizing our ideas and we will continue to improve our work on a daily basis:
- We maintain a calendar with basic milestones that we agree beforehand
- We keep track of tools, DApps and promotional ideas in a repository
- We keep track of initiatives and update status on these items regularly
Some other considerations we have encountered to date that other aspiring P-Rep candidates may want to reflect on are:
- Should we remain anonymous? Indeed, most of our team members are known by their online names instead of their real names. Would showing our faces and providing our real names give us more credibility and reassure voters that our intentions are genuine and legitimate? The
ICONationteam has ultimately decided to keep our real names anonymous and rely on the reputations we hope to have built while communicating with and assisting the online community over the years.
- How should we split costs and income? When it comes to these matters transparency has been a useful and critical theme. The team has been working to determine the most appropriate solution for these matters. For example, we are currently planning to use a
multisigwallet and/or SCORE as a part of our financial management strategy.
- How will governance work within our team? At the moment we make most of our decisions by a relative majority vote, but we still need to define more precise rules about that practice. We’re in the process of writing guidelines regarding a limitation of the number of members in the team, how the team will decide new rules, how team members may be added or removed, how to manage funds and how the updates to the community will be delivered. These are just a few of the decisions we need to make and new ones come to our attention nearly every week.
Our first contributions to the ICON ecosystem
ICONation does not intend to wait to be elected to start contributing to the ICON ecosystem. We want to start right now and demonstrate our long term potential to the community and the positive benefits we intend to bring with us. Our first contributions to the community will be two unofficial SDKs. One in C++ and the other in PHP. These SDKs will be useful for welcoming more developers to ICON if they want to use
From the SDKs, we already have built a SQL database that contains a copy of the entire ICON blockchain that is permanently synchronized with the
Additionally, we want to represent the ICON nation by developing an easy to use voting
We also want to provide information and tutorials to ICONists around the world. This will include information targeted to developers as well as community members that want to better understand the multiple uses of ICON.
I hope this piece helps you and your team to come up with more ideas of what you can bring to the ICON ecosystem. If you’re looking for other people interested in creating a P-Rep, you may find an opportunity in the ICON