March is a wrap! We at ARK are proud of our determined and bright community, and our monthly Community Spotlight newsletter will keep you apprised on some notable community activities. Let’s dive into just some of the ways the ARK community shined in March 2019.
March marks the anniversary of the ARK chain launch — the ARK mainnet is now two years old as of March 21!
NOTABLE REDDIT POSTS
The Ark Ecosystem Subreddit is a great place to seek ARK knowledge, and you can always find new and engaging content there. New to ARK? Check out my Welcome to ARK Reddit Post with simple instructions to follow.
Here are some notable March posts:
- ‘Lisk-Central-America’started a discussion about how the 1 ARK = 1 Vote mechanism is working out. Spoiler alert: quite well.
- ‘Qrizee’asked how hackathons help ARK and how they work.
- ‘cambo666’ and ‘yozivey’ highlighted Q1 deliverables here and here. We are releasing them in stages starting with the all-new whitepaper.
- ‘Theantman1111’asked if ark.dpos.tax was legit for gaining fiat stats from ARK addresses. It is, and here’s a video on how to use it.
- ‘ElvenFlame’ asked about a possible future economic recession.
- ‘Malouw’ had some entry-level ARK questions.
- ‘Buycoin_ATM’ started a discussion about voluntary voting rewards.
- ‘Rekted1’ asked about ARK vs ETH.
- ‘ngecoin’ asked about what some of the potential drawbacks of ARK might be, and got some honest answers.
- ‘devlin1982’ asked was the problem was that ARK is solving. Whitepaper
- ‘Azlans’ asked about an ERP blockchain potentially using ARK.
- ‘Buycoin_ATM’ asked about ARK and NFC technology.
- ‘Jarunik’ published a Slack conversation.
- ‘ka-ant’ started up a discussion on ARK vs Tendermint. Tendermint-style integrations into ARK consensus are currently in discussion among the delegates and team.
- ‘twerkinggorilla’highlighted a study about user anxiety when using crypto, complimenting ARK’s ease of use.
- ‘GreatTraderOnizuka’asked about a certain delegate and its status.
- ‘justaminerthing’ had some entry-level questions about ARK DPoS, voting, etc. Great answers followed.
- ‘Zzzoem’ asked about delegate history.
- ‘cambo666’ showed off some newly acquired ARK poker chips.
- ‘quitcensoring’ posted a link to a media article showing ARK with high development activity.
- ‘Buycoin_ATM’ asked a question about Coin Payments integration.
- ‘myusername1000’ asked if there was anyone out there. Yes, we are out here!
You can browse more content and contribute your own voice to the ARK Subreddit- who knows, you may even receive an ARK tip from a community member using Delegate Cryptology’s intuitive ArkTippr Reddit tipbot.
MARCH 2019 PODCASTS
028 — ARK Improvement Proposal (AIP)60 & The Unvotening029 — AIP — 60 & The Unvotening Part 2 — Breakdown030 — Calidelegate Interview — Crypto Blockchain Plug Launch Party RecordingARK Crypto Podcast #031 — ARK Ecosystem Participation Checklist AgainARK Crypto Podcast #032 — Blockchain Legal Roundup With Ray Alva 03.29.2019COMMUNITY SERVICE SPOTLIGHT
Some members mentioned in the community newsletter are ARK delegates, who secure the ARK network and provide community services. Their inclusion in the newsletter is in no way an endorsement from ARK.io to vote for specific delegates, and you should always do your own research and consider all the options when choosing a delegate for whom to vote. ARK.io does not run the ARK network.
Here’s the March 2019 Community Service Spotlight:
- ArkTrends has returned, with new community stats this month. ArkTrends is now managed by ‘Jorma,’ who also maintains the ARK.dog Roadmap Tracker.
- Delegate ‘Biz_Classic’ continued running their ARK faucet, which awards free ARK to its visitors.
- Delegate ‘Del’ also continued operations of their ARK faucet.
- Delegate ‘Fun’ continued to run ARK games online with daily ARK prizes.
- Delegate ‘Alessio’ continued combing through ARK code to locate and repair vulnerabilities. Delegate ‘Alessio’ runs under a Forging for Security model, similar to ‘Jarunik’s Forging for Contributions model.
- Delegate ‘Rising_Sun’ran general bounties in March. Any community member can earn and win ARK for their creative expressions each month. Here’s how it works. They also generously agreed to provide some ARK each month to the ARK Community Committee for various project maintenance.
- Delegates ‘Goose’ and ‘ArkMoon’ continue their service, ARK CSV Generator and Income Estimator, to aid in trading and income reporting. You can input public keys to ARK addresses and get a report including fiat values. The resource does not constitute formal tax advice.
- Delegate ‘Civseed’ has a repo for ARK Dandelion, a decentralized messaging application for the ARK mainnet and bridgechains. Expect additional functionality and more usage guides soon!
- Delegate ‘Jarunik’ launched a new web presence and continued his ARK recap video series, subscribe here. Jarunik also runs a continuous coding and non-coding general bounty service, with opportunities for both smaller and larger projects. Get involved here.
- Delegate ‘Jarunik’ also published an ARK delegate rating report as a way to compare the properties of different delegates.
- Delegate ‘Deadlock’ enhanced arkdelegates.io, the community-managed delegate campaign directory of the ARK mainnet. Now, ‘latest delegates’ and ‘latest contributions’ can be found on the homepage. Nice!
- Delegate ‘The Golden Horde’ provided a new update with plans for 2019.
- ‘Arktoshi’created a screenvideo showing how easy it is to spin up a node!
- ‘Delegate Echo’ continued publishing articles about crypto and blockchain law, launched an ARK legal research team, created an ARK card for outreach initiatives, and appeared on the ARK Crypto Podcast.
Delegate Echo creates ARK card for outreach initiatives.- Delegate ‘Calidelegate’ also appeared on the ARK Crypto Podcast, detailing their stance on being an ARK mainnet delegate.
Delegate ‘Del’created and released a short film about being a delegate.
Delegate ‘Arkmoon’ in collaboration with Delegate ‘Jarunik’ awarded me with free commemorative physical ARK coins to give away at conferences and meetups. Outstanding move!
I have a bunch of these I can give away at conferences and meetups now.- Delegate ‘ItsANameToo’ created an ARK node cheat sheet to perform routine node-related tasks.
- Delegate ‘Cam’s Yellow Jacket’posted an update with a call for community feedback. Stay tuned for their next video release, coming along with the release of the ARK Deployer GUI.
TEAM IN THE COMMUNITY
The ARK team has been sighted in the crypto community in March. Here are just some of the activities:
I attended this event on March 9th and gave a special talk on ARK.- I attended the launch party for the ‘Crypto Blockchain Plug’ crypto community center that took place on Saturday March 9th in Inglewood, CA. The event went really well, there were a lot of smiling faces and I was able to speak on ARK, hand out free sticker packs, and award ARK paper wallets courtesy of delegate ‘Jarunik.’ I also used the opportunity to launch a new media format for ARK called ARK Adventures, where I tour the globe and spread the good word on ARK.Here’s the video and presentation!
ARK Adventures: Crypto Blockchain Plug Launch Party | Inglewood, CA | 2019.03.09- ARK CEO FX Thoorens continued efforts in France, where he presented on to the French collective ‘Les Hackeuses’ for a hackathon organized at Hub BPIFrance. BPIFrance is a platform for connection between the traditional economy and the best of French innovation. BPIFrance is a public investment bank, a French organization for financing and business development. For more updates, follow ARK’s Instagram.
ARK CEO FX Thoorens presenting to French collective ‘Les Hackeuses’GET INVOLVED
Watch this video on how to get involved with ARK, all skills welcome.
Get involved with ARK in a multitude of waysARK COMMUNITY COMMITTEE
Our Cool ARK Community Committee LogoThe ARK Community Committee creates and deploys community resources through anonymous and sponsored ARK donations.
- The ACC’s first completed project is ArkTimeline.com. ArkTimeline now supports URL query string, to create links leading to custom views! Delegate ‘Rising Sun’ assists ArkTimeline maintenance by providing some ARK each month to the maintenance team.
- The ACC also completed and released ArkThoughts.com! This new ARK resource has day/night mode, information on 30 ARK concepts, and over 60,000 words from community members like you. It is the result of the 30 Days of ARK Campaign that ran in December 2018, sponsored by Delegate ‘Jarunik.’ Here’s the launch article.
- March was relatively static for the ACC, as I was working hand in hand with the rest of the ARK Team to release our all-new whitepaper. However, a project headed up by new member ‘MotionFactory’ made progress- a video explaining what the ARK Community Committee is all about. Expect release during April.
- I am also working with the ACC dev team on a new project, details yet unreleased, codename ‘Project VISCOSI.’
- The entire ACC will also soon act as participants alongside the entire community in two upcoming contests/bounties, with details coming soon.
To join the ACC, locate me on Discord.ARK.io which by the way, just increased its powers significantly with new bots, features, and feeds, courtesy of CMO Travis Walker’s oversight. ACC Projects are funded after the fact and pay is not guaranteed (fun is, though).
ARK COMMUNITY FUND
If you have an idea for an ARK project, large or small, and you are looking for funding, consider submitting a proposal to the ARK Community Fund for review. The ARK Community Fund started as a community initiative, and the elected board reviews ideas and projects that enhance ARK. Their website is ArkCommunity.Fund.
The opportunities that ARK Ecosystem provides are ever growing, and there are many ways you can get in on the action. To reach me, you can contact me on the ARK Slack or Discord: @Justin (doubled1c3).
Looking forward to April!