The Hive Gamification Proposal

in #hivebuzz4 months ago (edited)

This proposal aims at funding the HiveBuzz project to improve user's gamification experience on the Hive blockchain.

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What is Hivebuzz?

Note: HiveBuzz was formerly named SteemitBoard and within this proposal, when we mention HiveBuzz, it also implies everything that has been done as SteemitBoard.

HiveBuzz is a project that is designed to bring gamification to the Hive blockchain by:

  • tracking users' activity and achievements
  • notifying them of their progress
  • organizing contests and challenges

Users are rewarded with virtual badges and sometimes with HIVE/HBD tokens when there is a prize pool associated with a contest or challenge.

Users can check their achievements on the HiveBuzz Website and look up their ranking to compare themselves to others on the Ranking page.

The HiveBuzz project has been initiated more than 3 years ago by @arcange, a now well-known actor of the Hive ecosystem. This is probably one of the oldest projects on the platform that is still alive.

People love gamification and from the very beginning, the HiveBuzz project was well received and got very positive feedback from users.

Why is HiveBuzz a great tool for the Hive Community?

On top of adding fun to the Hive user experience, one of the underlying goals of the project was to increase user retention.

By challenging people to reach new targets, Hivebuzz keeps people motivated and helps them to stay committed and active on the platform.

This is especially true for new users, as this source of motivation keeps them active on the platform long enough to find friends and people who share the same interests and who, in turn, will support them.

As of today,

  • HiveBuzz has sent out 2 625 580 notifications about users' achievements.
  • Those notifications generated 54 567 replies from the users
  • We receive around 100 -150 comments per day from users saying thank you or wanting to engage with us.

Many users are telling us how they felt welcome at the beginning of their journey on the blockchain because of this tool. They are often surprised to see we take time to answer them.

Hivebuzz also supports users by using its voting power and spread it to as many users as possible when it notifies them. As newcomers receive notifications more often, they also more often receive an upvote.

These are not upvotes with big financial value but, small streams making big rivers, step by step, each HiveBuzz' upvote helps everyone to grow a bit. This goes without taking into account the social added value and the self-esteem they generate. Up to now, @hivebuzz has upvoted a total of 823 787 posts from 141 914 distinct authors!

In return, HiveBuzz has benefited from regular support from many users, with more than 43 000 followers and 850 000 upvotes received for its notification or posts.

In addition to supporting activities and engagement on the platform, HiveBuzz also aims to bring people together in a digital and personal way in order to strengthen communities and create real connections!

We do this by:

  • initiating new challenges to earn personal badges
  • give projects and communities additional visibility and the opportunity to distribute their own personal badges
  • Enable Hive meetup organizers around the world to gamify their activities by providing them with dedicated meetup badges.

In addition to this, the "Meet the Steemians Contest" organized during the last two editions of Steemfest brought an additional dimension to the interpersonal meetings made during these events. Proof of Scan (PoS) and Proof of Hug (PoH) are no longer just theoretical concepts.

Therefore, it can proudly be said that HiveBuzz has proven to be a good and persistent user retention tool over the past 4 years.

Why a Proposal?

Up to now, our founder (@arcange) has always funded this project (at loss) using his own money. This includes:

Infrastructure costs:
Web, database, storage and processes servers (the storage of badges of around 1.4 million users represents ~500 GB to date), security monitoring and management, maintenance and backups.

Web development and graphic design:
It's 2 persons who did the branding of Steemitboard, the rebranding to Hivebuzz, the development and maintenance of the website, the design and deployment of new badges.

Communication and Community Management:
Development and maintenance of the notification infrastructure, answering users' comments (~2,5hrs/day), preparation of contests, challenges and new badges to keep the fire.

Without decent funding, it becomes increasingly difficult to continue to devote sufficient time and energy to a project of this magnitude. Not to mention the work required to make it grow and remain attractive.

We have hundreds of ideas and projects (badges, contests, challenges, ...) just waiting to be developed in order to bring new features and keep you entertained.

Thanks to funding with the DHF (Decentralized Hive Fund), we will be able to deploy them faster, more regularly and provide a more funny user experience.

We could even promote user education in blockchain technologies through gaming as we did with our latest initiative (Hive Revolution - Mission 1).

We are convinced that this can contribute to improving the onboarding and retention of new users, which will ultimately be very beneficial for the whole community.

Why not use Hivebuzz revenues?

The few author rewards collected over the last years from posts and announcements summed up to a total of 2194,- SBD. They have been used to partially cover infrastructure costs and top up the prize pool of several contests we have organized. FYI, such an amount doesn’t even cover the costs generated by the migration from Steem to Hive.

We also run a witness node (@steemitboard) to help the project. It has never powered down, not even to cover its own witness node costs. This enabled the @steemitboard account to garner more Steem Hive Power, providing it with more Resource Credits to interact with all the blockchain users and raising its upvotes value.

Unfortunately, it still wasn't enough, which lead to the call for help made in September 2018 after the introduction of RCs (Resource Credits).

Finally, relying on the reward pool and posts payouts is not a viable option to fund such a project.

Request for Funding

This proposal is not intended to reimburse the expenses that have been incurred so far. It is strictly to cover current and future costs in terms of infrastructure and human resources so that we can continue to do what we have done so far and even more!

Here are the costs that have been budgeted, taking into account our past experience of several years and our plans for the future:

1. Infrastructure ($250/month)

  • servers (web, processes, database and storage)
  • security and monitoring
  • maintenance and backups services

2. Graphic Design and Web Development (2 persons - $2500/month)

  • Creation of new challenges and contests with prizes to win
  • Design and implementation of new badges
  • New features like footer creator, badge creator, contest creator, …

3. Communication and Community management (2 persons - $1000/month)

  • Daily interaction with users
  • Communication around new badges, challenges, contests and features
  • Translation management (we want to support multiple languages)
  • Events organization
  • Guiding starters
  • Reporting about the use of DHF funds

Considering the elements mentioned above, we are asking for 125 HBD per day for the remaining period of 2020.

Transparency:

To show every supporter of this proposal that things move forward, we will do a regular report of the work carried out and project status.

The beneficiary of this proposal has been set to @hivechain.app for more transparency.
@hivechain.app is an account dedicated to funding (d)Apps projects for the Hive blockchain.

The HiveBuzz Team

@arcange
@arcange has been on Hive since June 2016. He is a professional project manager and software developer that has extensive blockchain-based experience directly relating to C/C++/C#, Javascript, Node, php, SQL. Among the many popular Hive projects he has created or contributed to, you will find HiveBuzz, HiveSQL, Engage, Hive Keychain, Hive Recovery and much more. He also made a name for himself of beeing a PoH pro and a crazy hugger!

@techybear
While being very interested in the social life on our blockchain, @techybear does not post that much (if not at all), perhaps because Google Translate sucks in converting Web developers code into human language understandable by a layman.

@captaink
@captaink is a professional graphic designer, with several years of experience in international communication and advertising agencies. He like being challenged when it comes to creating a new graphic chart. You have a dream, he will "badge" it!

@lizanomadsoul
@lizanomadsoul has been active on Hive since April 2017. Starting as a travel blogger, she became part of the creation and maintenance of several projects such as @steemitworldmap, @pinmapple, @haveyoubeenhere, @globalschool or day contests like #beachwednesday and #sunthursday and organized real meetups all over the world including Steemfest Island After Chill. She recently joined the HiveBuzz project as communication and community manager, adding her expertise in strategic business consulting and business development. When she is not working, it is all about travels, sports, health, food and yoga. Yes, she tries to keep the perfect balance.

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Love this project. I never stop to be impressed by how decentralized systems like this can incentivize community members to work so hard at making the ecosystem thrive.

FYI @arcange, I found a typo here (https://hivebuzz.me/):
"HiveBuzz tracks your achievements on the Hive blockchain and buzz you when you get new badges."
--> "HiveBuzz tracks your achievements on the Hive blockchain and buzzes you when you get new badges.

Fixed. Thanks for notifying.

No brainer for me. I know how important this is for HIVE.

My community raves about it in our Telegram every time they unlock a new badge.

Supported!

Thank you for your support @jongolson, much appreciated!
Why not create a badge for your community?

We'd love to. Just let us know what you need on our end :)

The easiest is to get directly in touch with @arcange on discord to check the options 🙂
cheers, liz from hivebuzz team

That's Amazing!

👍🙂

Supported! Very well set out proposal!

Thank you @shmoogleosukami 🙇

Yep, insta voted the proposal. Love the project and literally check in every day to see how I'm doing and whenever I got a notification when I first started it kept me motivated to post so gets my support for what it's worth 😃

Thank you for your kind words and your unfailing support @nickyhavey, really appreciated, especially from such great content producers as you are!!! Its great to see people are liking the project ❤️🙏

You got it! Keep up the great work with keeping users engaged and motivated! Always looking for more badges to earn and cool stuff like that! Yeahhhh! 💪

❤️🙏doing our best 😉

You know you'll always have my support. This is my favorite community booster to increase early retention rates of new users on the blockchain.

Question1: Can anyone recommend some options for updating my delegations? I have not figured out how to do this on Hive.

Question2: Also I am majorly confused what to do with my old steem tribe tokens. Are there any tutorials recommending what to do with the them? It seems like a messy process to trade them out individually at a forced loss for the exchange to profit from, but I'm not using Steem anymore.

Great @creativetruth! We very much appreciate your support!❤️🙏
1.I know that on peakd wallet you have an option to delegate to people. Also at bemee: https://beeme.icu/?account=creativetruth you can see your current delegations and update them.

For your second question i also would have to investigate 🤔 Sorry I can't help you with this. We have moved on from steem a long time ago.

cheers, liz from hivebuzz team

Supporting this is a no brainer

Thank you @mcoinz79 😊

OK, I've voted for your proposal. I feel a good vibe from you guys and really want this community to thrive. It's my first time voting for a proposal too! How many votes do you need to get the proposal approved?

Thank you for your unfailing support @hooked2thechain, really appreciated!🙏❤️ I think we need about 18mio more in power behind our proposal to get through (status now). So it is still a long road, but not impossible i would say!
Thanks for your kind words! they are really appreciated! 🙂👍


Thank you very much @traciyork! Your unfailing support is really appreciated! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Haha, yep, same here 😃

Yeah this is a no brainer. But maybe thinking about selfsufficiancy like advertising on your website. Because the traffic on the website would be very high. High traffic could lead to big revenue what you could convert into the hive system. This would be the same with all the websites like peakd.com hive.io etc. The heavy servercosts of steemit was covered by those costs was told. So setup the advertisement on your website it will be forgiven and it would be as @exyle said once an external revenue stream.

I know you reward new users and users who build their account but only depending on internal resources is very dangerous I don't want to lose you.

Thank you for your support and suggestion @hans001.

Advertising is a solution that has already been considered even that does not have our preference. We put a lot of effort to give our website an attractive look and feel and it would be painful to see it disfigured with intrusive banner ads. This does not prevent us from thinking of alternative solutions

I don't want to lose you.

You will not lose us. We have already survived for almost 4 years. We are committed to stay alive!

Supported!
I hope you get necessary votes you need soon

Thanks @outlinez! We also hope that we do.. until now we have at least 19percent! Its moving slow but forward 😉
cheers and thanks for the support!!❤️❤️
liz

Thank you! Is there any guide how exactly the gamification works?

You're welcome @technological! Yes there is right on top at our account. But i 'll just ping it to you here as well: https://peakd.com/hivebuzz/@hivebuzz/hivebuzz-hive-gamification-experience
cheers, @lizanomadsoul from hivebuzz team

PS: It would be very appreciated if you could vote for our proposal on Peakd.com so we can keep up the good work!

Thanks for the link to the guide and your project is truly helpful. Upvoted the proposal. Have a good day!

Awesome thank you @technological! Every support on the proposal is highly appreciated! Lets hope it goes through and we can keep this project alive 😉

you too have a good day 🙂👍
liz

Thanks for all your great and hard work.
Voted your proposal
Let's HIVE :)

Aww thank you for your kind words and unfailing support @marfonso, really appreciated! 🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️
cheers, lizanomadsoul from hivebuzz team

You got my vote

Danke dir mein lieber 😉🙂❤️❤️❤️ Mal sehen wann wir uns mal wieder treffen können für sämtliche updates 😉
cheers, liz

Hoffentlich bald und gerne :-).

🙂👍❤️

Congrats to your new role @lizanomadsoul! 😎

Good work! 👍

Thank you @globalschool! ❤️🙏
cheers, liz

I hate that we stole the ninja mined stake 100%.. and I don't know any of y'all that are involved.. but I do like the badges.. It motivates newbies.. so I went ahead and voted it. GL

Thank you for your unfailing support @davedickeyyall, really appreciated!❤️🙏

What do you mean we stole the ninja mined stake 100%?

I always loved this wonderful service and hope it stays “alive” Thanks to @arcange and his team

Thank you @mammasitta

Thank you @mammasitta
It would be very appreciated if you could support our proposal so we can keep up the good work!

This is the sole proposal I will be endorsing with my vote that is asking for over 100 HBD a day.

The only reason for the 25 extra HBD over my cap for support, is due to really long term engagement and support in my comments for years, starting on Steem.

That said, I would be enthralled to see a lower budget on your next proposal, more automation less paid workers. This is blockcahin technology and I expect bleeding edge budgets from bleeding edge tech.

We will do our best to keep costs low @phusionphil👍

thank you!

I feel you do a good job, and I hope the proposal goes through.

Thank you @bashadow. Fingers crossed 🤞

Hello dear friends @hivebuzz They are doing an excellent job, providing valuable and inspiring information, which encourages us to reach new goals and to be proud of those we have achieved.
My congratulations to the entire team, and the success everyone deserves.
I wish you a great day

Thank you @jlufer

I noticed that @haejin is ranked number one on the Ranking page despite being in some blacklists. Seems he stopped posting 9 days ago too. It's quite discouraging to see him there when there are other great hivers posting great content daily without having been blacklisted. Do we want hivers to aspire to be like @haejin?

It is just an explination of the ranking page. No evaluation or inspiration of actions done.
cheers, liz

🙏🙏🙏 With this support encouraging growth that is always active in providing and displaying original moments, always keeping the spirit, hopefully in the future more attention, thank you for your full support.💪💪🙏🙏🙏

You are super welcome @albanna! Thanks for your kind words! It is always motivating to see that people like what we do 🙏❤️
It would be very appreciated if you could support our proposal so we can keep up the good work!
cheers, liz

Listo!! <3

Gracias @esthersanchez❤️🙏❤️🙏
tu apoyo es muy apreciado.
un gran abrazo,
liz

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