Together we are stronger. Thank you, Dash Nation!

I’m not sure if you noticed, but it’s been a wild ride for the 36 Dash Dash Nation DFO (Dash Funded Organization) 2018-2019 proposal. After a tumultuous voting cycle, the Dash network voted for us to continue our work providing and maintaining fair and respectful forums for our community to enjoy.

We are very proud of our role in procuring engagement for the Dash DAO, with a current cycle-high 1615 votes cast. We realize that because of the nature of our work, we are constantly in the spotlight, and because we are community-oriented there are a lot of opinions on how we handle our work.

Brian Davis has been a great addition to the Dash Nation DFO Media team.

For the benefit of masternode owners and community members alike, I would like to reiterate the Dash Nation DFO mission statement:

“Professionalism, progress, optimism and respect. These are the founding values which Dash Nation represents. Building a positive environment is key when you are trying to educate ordinary people about a cutting edge technology like Dash. Yes, it can be complex and intimidating. That’s why Dash Nation members embody these values, to foster a great communication and learning environment. From our moderation division committed to moderating in an fair and respectful way, to our media division, representing Dash with pride, we all perform our jobs with these standards in mind. Our job is to help Dash put its best face forward by creating an atmosphere around it where everyone can enjoy themselves in peace, and promoting Dash through shows and interviews on YouTube. The combined effect of these initiatives is to create an environment which is not only pleasing to community members, but also attractive to newcomers. The Dash community deserves that.”

We believe that it’s important for the Dash community to have fairly-moderated, respectful and inclusive forums. There are many reasons for this. We are being watched in our interactions, and a community that engages in discourse respectfully, debating facts, and allowing different viewpoints to be heard will fare better than competitors. Also, this type of environment will lead to more progress, as people are free to disagree and push for possibly needed change without fear of being banished for not agreeing with the majority. Echo chambers will not help us to move forward as an organization.

Shout out to the YES vote

The team and I would like to express our heart-felt gratitude for the support that you have shown us. We do not take the responsibility that you’ve given us lightly, and we will continue to do our work to the best of our ability. From the moderation team to the media division, we will maintain our inclusive and fair forums and represent Dash with professionalism. We will continue to draw on our skills in customer service and organization to interact with community members, and lead by example for the benefit of Dash.

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The Dash Nation DFO believes in fair and open forums, free of biases.

We hear the NO votes as well

Although in a minority, there are quite a few individuals in the Dash DAO who don’t believe that we are worth our small Dash ask of the network. We hear your votes as well, and will work hard to earn your vote.

I would like to take an opportunity to address some of the criticisms that we have encountered that may have led people to vote NO for our proposal:

  • Dash Nation has a bias for certain proposals or against certain others.
    This is absolutely not the case, and runs counter to everything that we as an organization stands for. We strongly believe that for Dash to realize its true potential, a truly dynamic communication environment is needed. As such, all parties should feel that their opinions or advice will be heard. Plainly put, the Dash Nation DFO’s only loyalty is to the entire Dash network. A vote for us is a vote for fairness. We are not partial to any proposal owners, not even the Dash Core Group. Please do not believe any individuals that attempt to convince you otherwise, without facts to back it up.
  • There is a “two tier” moderation system in our moderated forums. This is an understandable complaint that we sometimes see, but it results from a lack of complete information. When one of our moderators deals with an issue involving two or more people, the parties involved often only see the actions taken against them. They do not see the actions that were taken against the others. This sometimes leads people to think that the team favors one individual over the other. Rest assured, when it comes to rule infractions, the team is handling them, and documenting them with our escalation procedure. No one is immune from this. The stakes for getting it right are too high.
  • The Dash Nation on Discord is a “sh*tshow”.
    This is also understandable, and our response to this can be summed up well by Dash Nation DFO member Arthyron:
    “Well, one thing I’ve noticed doing a lot of security and moderator work, is that people have different ideas about what constitutes good performance in that capacity. I think it’s clear from the way that *** moderates their forum that the general consensus there is that “good moderation” ensures a relatively peaceful atmosphere, little controversy or flared emotions. Which is fine when everyone is on the same page ideologically, it’s the person acting out that gets the boot, but I don’t think that environment is optimal just because it’s more low key. Controversy on matters of voting and funding should absolutely be allowed, minimized of course to what is necessary, reasonable and functional to facilitate the best pragmatic outcomes. I think we (do) a good job being objective in how we (apply) and enforce the rules over all. But in a system and from the perspective of people with a different take on what good moderation looks like, objectivity looks like irresponsibility.”
    In Dash Nation on Discord, lots of different viewpoints and personalities are tolerated within the rules, and that leads to some colorful commentary from time to time. It may not always be pretty, but all sides will be allowed to be heard to determine the best course of action in any given situation. The Dash network deserves that.
  • The #storm and #coffee-bar channels are populated with leeches that don’t care about Dash, only tips.
    To the outsider, I could certainly see it appears that way. However, this is an important tool to encourage newcomers to enter the community and stick around. You will obviously get some that simply stay for tips, no avoiding that. However, in the time that we’ve been doing storms and encouraging posting in the coffee-bar, we have seen more multiculturalism in Dash Nation (a strong Filipino contingent), a few more dedicated community members than we would have had previously, and a youth movement helping to spread Dash news with the “Pink Panthers”, Dash Nation’s social media squad. The “Pink Panthers” are used by other organizations as well, such as Dash Force and the Dash Core Group, indicating that they are proving their usefulness. None of this would be happening without the draw that these two channels provide. For the relatively low spend (~$25 per storm), it’s pretty hard to complain about. The atmosphere of positivity and inclusiveness it creates is just another bonus, and this is what we value in Dash Nation.
  • Tao is greedy. He gets paid too much money for a part-time job, and pays his overworked moderators peanuts.
    I’m an honest man, and if I did not believe that I wasn’t providing value for my compensation, I would not be doing it. To be honest, I’m working for less than I budgeted for with the decline of Dash value during this term and last. However, I have not said a word about that because Dash is Dash, and I will enjoy rises in the value at times as well. The Dash Nation DFO serves the network, and as such, we believe that Dash is king. All payments to staff are made in Dash. For me, this is a full-time job. I have cut my hours at the casino to minimum to maintain my benefits, and dedicate all my remaining working time to organizing, moderating, and communicating with community members in various capacities. My moderators and media personalities have no fixed schedule, and they are all part-time. Honest pay for honest work, and that is what is happening in our organization, with complete transparency.
Reaching out to newbies is important to the progress of Dash.

The Dash Nation DFO is proud to serve the Dash network. We are very excited about the technological, financial, and social trailblazing that is the Dash DAO. Please continue to support us as we help the community get the absolute most out of our potential.

Onwards and upwards,

Tao Of Satoshi
Dash Nation DFO CEO, head moderator and chief organizer

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