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Introduction: Stories


About Stories[edit]

Crypto moves quickly. Projects come and go. In markets full of volatility and speculation, success or failure is not always the clearest indicator of the quality of the underlying ideas. Important ideas may appear in a given project alongside the lousy ones that doom it. Lousy ideas, also, may seem to flourish because they appeared at an opportune time. Regardless of the quality of an idea, it can bear lessons.

The culture that dominates in crypto tends to focus on the future, as if that is all that matters. Memory is short. But there is much to be learned for the future from even the short history of crypto experiments. Stories is a space for doing that learning together.

Here you will find an archive of inactive, failed, and otherwise deceased crypto projects with lessons worth remembering. It is a collaborative wiki that welcomes contributions from those who remember or who are learning to do so.

This project is the result of a quick conversation between Ellie Rennie and Nathan Schneider at Consensus 2022. The initial pilot is being developed by the Media Enterprise Design Lab at the University of Colorado with support from the Smart Contract Research Forum.

Contributing stories[edit]

  • Employ a tone of celebration mixed with honest assessment. Humor is welcome. Highlight lessons for future builders.
  • Projects may still be operating, but they should be meaningfully inactive for at least a year in terms of development, use, and market value. Err on the side of using past tense even if a project is nominally still in existence. Ignore outright scam projects unless they furnish especially interesting lessons.
  • Cite source material as much as possible with in-text hyperlinks.

To contribute a story, visit the Contribution Guide.

Ongoing work[edit]

Gnosis Guild helpdesk[edit]

If you'd like to discuss story contributions prior to or after submitting to zodiac.wiki, visit the Gnosis Guild Discord.