An idea I’ve been noodling on for a while is “Support Cred”. Basically, Support Cred is a way for contributors to self-identify which people or entities are supporting them, and flow cred to them.
The basic idea is that every month, each contributor will post which people supported them (along with weights). As an example, I might say that @protocol supported me with a weight of 2x by paying me a salary, and that @ianjdarrow and @LB supported me with a weight of 1x each by having lots of SourceCred-related conversations with me.
Then, we could have an edge tranche with a weight of say, 20%, so that by default 20% of every contributor’s cred will go to their supporters. If a contributor hasn’t listed any supporters, then that cred will get recycled to seed, so it’s a “use-it-or-lose-it” dynamic.
This would provide a lot of flexibility for people to express gratitude within the system, and provide a good outlet for people providing emotional labor to get cred.
This system could be abused if people form “cred cliques” (I promise to only support you if you promise to only support me). In the limit, someone could make a Sibyll account and flow all their support cred to their Sibyll. But I think the mixture of community dynamics + this being public would mitigate these effects.
What do you think?