Thought of this idea a few weeks ago, but didn’t share because… well… I dunno. Then @YalorMewn created the SourceCred technicians quest (which is more of a quest to build a quest) and mentioned that you guys started talking about creating programs to teach people on how SourceCred works so that they can share that value with the world. Had a few ideas on how you could do that by creating Initiatives for relationships and letting the leads/technicians/whatever champion and contribute to the relationship. The client/partner can then boost the Initiative to flow Cred to the people helping them use SourceCred.
Right now SourceCred has 2-3 pilot programs. There is more demand than the capacity SourceCred has to provide. In short, SourceCred’s onboarding and support proecss doesn’t scale because they’re in dogfooding mode with the CredSperiment. Anyone who wants to use (or even understand) SourceCred needs someone on the inside to help them out.
Traditionally, when people need help using a product there’s an account executive who owns the relationship with a lead/client and provides white glove service to make sure they’re happy. This is great, but sales has historically been an opaque industry. To create a more open permission-less sales/BD model we could have Partnership Champions. The way this would work is that the champion of a partnership would create an initiative for that relationship. It would have dependencies of all the modules/plugins the client uses for their SourceCred instance. In a post-boosting world, the champion would then get Cred based on the amount that the partnership Initiative is boosted. It is expected that, if the partnership is creating real value, the SourceCred community as well as the partner themselves would boost the Initiative to keep the relationship alive.
This way it would be easier for people interested in SourceCred could find awesome projects, sell them on the idea of using SourceCred, help them set things up for their community, and provide support to ensure their ongoing happiness. The amount of Cred that flows to the Champion would be dependent on the value of the partnership (direct boosting as well as connections to nodes within the SourceCred graph). This way anyone can organically create partnerships and provide support, and anyone can support that support, and it can be done in a way that is (hopefully) more meritocratic and postive-sum than a traditional sales cycle.
Not sure how you would transfer championship if the project wants to get a new Partnership Champion, but otherwise it could be cool. I dunno, just a few thoughts
For reference, this same idea was also posted to the MetaGame forum so there might be interesting ideas there too! https://forum.metagame.wtf/t/sourcecred-technician-quest/106/5