I’ve put together a proposal design in wireframes, something that I hope can serve as a starting point for a “SourceCred 1.0” shared vision. (UPDATE 3/29: proposal details are further down in this thread)
Here’s a sneak preview:
A North Star Vision
For hundreds of years, explorers and adventurers have used the North Star, Polaris, to navigate the world and keep their bearings. Its brightness and close proximity to the Earth’s north celestial pole has helped people move in their intended direction, adjust course when diverting, and find their way home.
While GPS technology has obviated much of that use case, the North Star metaphor continues to serve an important role for groups, teams, communities, even large multinational corporations to create a shared vision for people.
SourceCred does not yet have a clearly defined “North Star vision,” but we are creating it step by step. One of those steps is a vision for what a SourceCred 1.0 version might look like. The current 0.7.7 release is more like a collection of great parts than it is a whole—and I say that not as a criticism but as an acknowledgement of the value of each part. Nevertheless, it is time to think about what the big picture of this puzzle looks like, beyond each individual piece.
When we work intensely on our various products and features, we are “close to the canvas”—we see the details: the brush strokes yet to do, the corrections to make, the bugs to resolve. Every so often, we need to step back and look at the big picture: where are we? Are we still going in the right direction? And, did we just paint a completely wrong proportion for that arm?
SourceCred 1.0 needs that big picture, that North Star vision, and while many of us have it (or some version of it) in our heads, I am thrilled to offer up a very tangible vision in the form of a design concept.
The past few weeks I have been iterating on the Deep Work Creditor prototype, but the Creditor is really more a function than it is a destination. A feature more so than a product. Once I really grokked this distinction, I took a step back to look at the big picture and, with @echojuliet’s collaboration, realized that SourceCred 1.0 is a great milestone to start painting that vision—and in the case of this proposal, start discussing what we want it to look like.
The Product Of SourceCred
When we talk of the ‘product’ that people get when they create their own instance of SourceCred, I want us to think of three things:
- The Web App: a web-accessible, mobile-friendly, responsive application where community members and visitors can see dynamic information like recent contributions, people’s activity graphs, Cred & Grain statistics… The web app is where people go to log contributions, do Cred historianism, establish relationships for Cred flows, and so on. It is the heart of a SourceCred instance.
- ””” The Algorithm™ ”””: I’m being facetious with the quotes, but the SourceCred algorithm and various technologies beneath the surface of our user interfaces are an important part of the product that we offer. Without the underlying tech, SourceCred would be a product of immense manual labor to capture every micro-contribution everywhere, and it is important for us to communicate the value of this automated contribution measurement of the natural and organic human expressions of appreciation.
- Culture. I previously wrote about how Love is a core part of the product of SourceCred, and I believe a 1.0 release can deliver on that more literally. Our website and documentation are a great foundation, but we can take it to 11 and integrate our community cultivation and care culture knowledge as a resource in the app, to help other communities implement our most successful best practices easily from their own SourceCred instance.
We can deliver a product that combines these three pieces together with the work from our various working groups and community members, and flesh out a vision for SourceCred 1.0 that will excite, delight, and empower ourselves and our ecosystem communities!
Come join us on Discord this coming Monday 3/15, at the 11 AM (PT) Design Weekly call.
See you there!