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…and after what seemed like a blink of an eye to me… here I am again writing an update on my entry into the OST alpha Phase 3 challenge submission… so let’s get right into it shall we?

Why did you decide to register for OST Alpha Phase III

From participating as a lead programmer in Phase 2 (for the BuddEconomy project), I could see the potential for OST to fulfill a major role in an existing unlaunched project of mine – WordQuest. This site is where I have been releasing various WordPress plugins over the last year, but was also intended when I first put it together as a WordPress Solutions forum. However, that part of the project was never really finished and launched because I could find no simple and viable way to provide for the paid solution bounties which I wanted as the main forum feature. So it took a backseat until now, where I believe I can use the OST branded tokens to fulfill the purpose of a payment system.

What is the goal of your project/business’s use of blockchain?

The goal of the WordQuest Solutions forum is to provide an incentivized platform for support for technical questions relating to WordPress. The main feature for development in this system is similar to WordPress Stack Exchange, where reputation bounties can be rewarded for correct or best answers. Having the potential for actually valuable (rather than conceptually valuable) currency for answering programming questions, opens up more complex and deeper funding opportunities for education, bugfixing, enhancement, support, feature development and code review. As the community grows, it is hoped that any situation that a user may find themselves in can find timely expert help at an affordable and relevant cost to exactly what is required. And at the same time experts can earn rewards for sharing what they already know – and of course much more for solving more complex problems.

What is the current progress for your team’s OST Alpha Phase III development?

While I started with a clear plan, it’s honestly a bit of a mess of randomly developed code right now. Partly because I’ve been busy with existing projects and just have jumped in adding things where I was inspired to do so. And partly because I’ve integrated with the existing Q&A plugin (DesignWall Q&A) has meant a fair bit of hackiness to put things where they need to be and where I want them to go. I’m considering the possibly of completely pulling that apart and rewriting it from just what I need to use for this project, time allowing. In any case, being in the thick of it right now, I’m still confident things will come together the way I have them planned, as my schedule is almost free this week so I can really dig in now.

What progress did you make on your Alpha III PoC this week?

Putting in user forms and user flow features to assign bounties to new and existing questions, plus preparing for a bunch of other yet to be announced incentivized user feedback features to play with them a bit and see what sticks.

What did you learn/issues you had to overcome?

Learnt to take it easy and not push myself while getting over the flu. Also learnt a few tricks to find stuff faster when integrating with existing software. Levelled up with extra multi-tasking a combination of client projects, existing project updates and catching up with a backlog of offline business priorities.

What are you planning for the next week?

The hard yards. Solid coding days. Quick decisions. Smart implementations. Pretty formatting. Maybe add some cool icons. Fun and inventiveness. Keep smiling. Just “get it all done” as planned as I have a clearer schedule finally, and will probably need all of the last week for testing and generating transactions.

It’s a belated start for me to the OST (Open Simple Token) alpha Phase 3 Challenge, as I didn’t receive any email notification of the announced start dates – despite having signed up immediately after participating in phase 2 – ah well, ahem, bygones, moving on, getting on with it… *sigh* Fortunately, I was saved by my habit of leaving a tab open to the OST Gitter channel to keep up with the API updates, where quite randomly and luckily someone mentioned the announcement of Phase iii. Thanks be to them.

So here I am on the last day that registrations were open (today) writing this blog post to get in on the social buzz a week behind on the action. This is ironically reminiscent for me of Phase 2 where I joined an existing team two weeks into the challenge – and something I was specifically hoping to avoid in Phase 3. No luck there. On the other hand, I’m really not that behind, as fortunately for me, I already added the new endpoints to my PHP API Wrapper for OST earlier this week (which I spent *way* to much time on last time, damn you perfectionism) having seen that there were updates to the OST API from v1 to v1.1. So, all the while working on a priority item while thinking I was just distracting myself from more pressing work, only to find my subconscious had subtly tricked me into actually doing the priority work. Nice one Subconscious!

So now what? Now I guess I process with my now-years-old-plan-than-I-never-had-time-to-finish to turn this website solutions project into a solutions-oriented economy. Monetary bounties for answers have been on the development list for this site from the very start, and in fact is the main feature I wanted on this site before really marketing it, and this is why it has never been launched properly. Despite the other cool plugins released and available here, there is doubtful few reading this for that reason and the forum has never really been used as intended also. But, since this now solution is entirely possible and a lot easier using OST branded tokens, it’s time to give implementing it a go, similar to the winner of OST phase 2 (ironically a single feature on our multi-featured submission I didn’t get to finish due to time constraints and picking other seemingly more exciting features to work on. Go figure, where were you on that one Subconscious? Lol.)

So yeah, let’s get that single feature in place, then add a user wallet to it and then a few secret sauce innovations from there. This’ll be so easy – compared to last time. So. Easy. That. I. Can’t. Even.

1. What progress did you make on your Alpha III PoC this week?
Updated my PHP Wrapper for the OST KIT API v1.1 new endpoints (balance and ledger.) Registered for the Challenge. Wrote this blog post. Didn’t break a sweat doing it. Mostly because it’s cold here at the moment.

2. What did you learn/issues you had to overcome?
To become more forgiving of failed automation systems. To roll with the punches. To trust things will get done in their own time. To write more humourous and mildly-satirical blog posts because it makes qualification requirements somewhat more enjoyable.

3. What are you planning for the next week?
To brand a new economy token. To start and finish integrating the bounty answers escrow feature for the existing forum solutions plugin (Design Wall Q&A Pro) To not stress about trying to “win” a competition which has no clear rules for how to win, unlike an awesome judging rubrick like this.