…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.