Tek Tok: A digital currency that has endured

Another in our “Voices of Dash Nation” series, where we take posts of exceptional quality and share them with our readers. The following was posted by Dash Nation member “Toknormal” on the Dash Nation on Discord chat.

Surveying coinmarketcap today gives much cause for reflection. It looks to me like “novelty value” is starting lose out to “survivor value”. This is particularly true for pure monetary, mined originals. Not many people will notice this unless you’ve been glued to coinmarketcap rankings for the last 5 years and can recall almost every pump & dump that ever made it into the top 5.

What many people possibly underestimate – or take for granted – is that Dash is now an IMMENSE force in crypto. The bear market has taken its toll on many people’s nerves (and pockets – including mine) but it hasn’t pushed Dash much below its 2014/15 ATH ratios with bitcoin in the way that it has cratered many other cryptos that at one time or another visited the top 10. (Check my recent remarks in #markets for explanation of the role of coin supply in marketcap).

The track record speaks for itself and Dash, Ether and (cough) Monero have out-performed everything over the time period because the market is now selecting originals in their class for long term reserves, even though flavours of the day will continue to have their volcanic spells. In that respect, Dash has survived on merit alone because it prioritised investability over short term marketcap ranking (by growing exchange rate over coin supply) and monetary integrity over technological novelty (by inheriting bitcoin’s mined status and codebase).

Dash compares well to others

If you compare for example the history of Litecoin (a “clone” that did not define a new asset class and did not invent masternodes) with Dash against bitcoin there is no contest. LTC is now languishing at 30% of it’s 2014 high while Dash is retesting its 2014 (BTC ratio) highs from above this time. That is the sign of true growth – long term investability against bitcoin because what’s the point of holding an altcoin if it can’t grow against BTC ? You might as well hold BTC itself.

Then there is BCH which doesn’t even have a pedigree, never mind a feature set. It’s simply a bitcoin cast-off now that has holders by default while still being constrained by its core properties – like building a bunch of houses that have the same locks as a Majorca villa and calling them “valuable” because the key fits.

Solid technology and pride of work

The other ace that Dash holds is that it can actually draw service demand into the native blockchain as opposed to pushing it out to 3rd party satellite networks like “Lightning”. The market has acknowledged Dash’s unique “patent” on that capacity by way of having ranked it as the original in the masternode class of blockchains. That attribute is now welded in place despite the media attacks and FUD. The “what doesn’t kill you…” paradigm is taking the place of the early challenges to its existence.

Finally, the fact that recent mainnet version releases have gone almost flawlessly is a testament to the fact that devs have their priorities right IMO – i.e. make sure it “works” above everything else including bells, whistles and premature releases. For me this means that there is something huge and worthwhile coming. Namely that a cryptocurency network will have the capacity to “talk” coherently to client applications and offer them native, authentic services as opposed to brokered ones that can do no more than relay the latest version of the blockchain with a lot of added hand-waving.

Think of it this way. Have you ever seen a flock of birds manoeuvre with coherence ? All at once in response to a gust of wind, blast of noise or flash of light ? Well Dash network service layer (known to many as “Evolution”) is that flock of birds. Its mining layer, being decoupled, remains as solid as bitcoin’s. Bitcoin network meanwhile….needs to wait for the next block to do anything at all.

Thanks, Toknormal! Got an opinion on this subject? Let us know in the comment section.

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.

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

Dash and mass adoption

Dash has been a very interesting and unique platform/project among all the others in the blockchain ecosystem.

5 years ago, Dash was born with a different name and a strong vision. Now Dash has become a disruptive factor in crypto world. We can see Dash now as an excellent example for many other projects.

2019 brings new challenges for all actors in crypto world, including Dash. Low market prices, more government regulation, and many people without information about cryptocurrency are real roadbumps for us. Even with these obstacles for an effective mass adoption, adoption must be the next big goal for every crypto in order to survive and deliver its features for people. 

Many people are skeptical about adoption, this is not new. All other game changers have lived same situation, such as internet, phones, and social media. All of them have been where we are now, I am sure time will speak loud and clear about crypto’s future. Right now we are just a few in this gigantic financial universe, but crypto is here to stay.

How to carry this process on has been a discussion point in every core team and community. Many options have been proposed and many ideas have been discussed, but the real question here is, is there a magical and/or effective way to do it?

Church’s Chicken is an example of adoption in Venezuela.

I don’t think so. I think there must be a broad strategy and a huge educational effort to reach as many people as possible. This will bring in more educated people in the ecosystem, bringing more use, more stability, and less speculation.

In this regard, my opinion is that Dash has a strong structure and a good funding system to get this task done. Both structure and funding are a real issue for many projects looking for survival. Sometimes there isn’t a structure big or clever enough to make it happen and sometimes there are not enough funds to get it done. But Dash is solid in both areas, and this is a really good advantage for Dash in this crypto adoption race for survival.

It is not an easy task, 8 billion people is a huge target, and every crypto project must come together and try to outreach most of this population in order to reach the next stage in this new era: USABILITY.

What will future bring for Dash? I am sure Dash could lead this adoption stage in a very successful way if its moves are well played. Dash’s community will be a solid leader this race. Dash’s tech specs, apps, developments, community, funding system are exceptionally good. As a Dash supporter, I can see an exciting and brilliant forthcoming future for Dash. 

Got a talent for writing? Consider becoming a contributor to our site! More info on the #dashnation_com channel on Dash Nation on Discord. Invite link below.

Get social, Dash Nation!

Dash Nation is now on more social media platforms than ever! We are expanding our lineup on this site, and expanding our reach as well. Please check us out on one of your favorite social media platforms.





State of Dash 2019





We look forward to growing the community more through Dash Nation’s social media outlets. Thanks for the support, Dash community!

State of Dash 2019 | Cash Alternative TV interviews Dash Core Group CEO Ryan Taylor

Brian Davis interviews Dash Core Group Ryan Taylor about Dash’s accomplishments in 2018, and discusses what is coming next in 2019. Please enjoy!

What do you think about this interview? Let us know in the comments!

Dash community: Looking for talent for!

One of the founding principles of the Dash Nation movement is that anyone can contribute. Each person has their individual strengths, and they can use these strengths to help grow the Dash ecosystem or help others. As more and more people begin to contribute in the best way they can, we can grow this revolutionary monetary, technological and social project to its full potential that much faster.

As the Dash Nation movement continues to grow (Dash Nation on Discord recently surpassed 8,000 members), we now have more community members to provide talent for grassroots projects. One of those grassroots projects is this website.

The vision for Dash Nation is in the website

When I began the concept of this website, it was to provide a portal for information about Dash and its community. I didn’t (and still don’t) have that much skill with web design, so I had to rely heavily on a former community member to help out. lay dormant for a good long time, as I concentrated my efforts on moderation in Dash Nation Slack, followed by Dash Nation on Discord. Recently, though, myself and some others have been breathing life back into it, and are ready to take the next step.

As this site is what I consider a grassroots website, made by the Dash community for the Dash community, we would like to take it to the next level. But, to make it thrive and help attract newcomers to Dash, we will need your help. If your Dash Nation strength lies in web design, writing, video creating, graphics, or anything else pertaining to making a website that would be the envy of other cryptos, we want to hear from you!

The Dash Nation movement: Grassroots efforts to grow the Dash project.

Details, Tao, details…

Recently, we made the first steps to expand this website to other community members. I approached a web designer who is willing to help use his strength to modernize the site. We also began attracting talent in other languages. Criptoneros, which is a blog, and Criptomundo, which will be a latin Dash YouTube channel will combine to bring content to Dash Nation in Spanish.

We would love to make this site top-notch. We realize it may take time to get there, but we are confident that there are some in the community who may have the Dash Nation strengths needed to help out here. So, here are the aspects we are looking for. Please ask yourself if you have the skills to help out:

  • Web design: Do you have an idea that will modernize this site and create an atmosphere that will keep people coming back?
  • Content creators: No website is high-quality without interesting content. There is enough brain power in Dash Nation to have a very interesting website, with lots of different viewpoints, languages and styles for vibrant reading or viewing. Writers, video makers and bloggers will be needed.
  • Graphic design and artists: This is something that sometimes doesn’t get enough credit. Art is something that speaks to the viewer and tells them something about Dash Nation and its people sometimes more than words. These will be needed as well.
Content makes the website. Do you have any content creation skills?

Want to help work with Dash Nation to grow Dash Nation? Apply within.

There will be a small reward (in Dash) for each contribution made to the site. It won’t make you rich, though, so you should help out because you want to see the Dash Nation project succeed. If you feel that you may have what it takes to fill these positions, please contact me (Tao Of Satoshi) in the following ways:

  • Email me at
  • PM me (@Tao Of Satoshi#9999) on Dash Nation on Discord (Invite link here)
  • Contact me on Reddit: (u/TaoOfSatoshi)
  • Contact me on Twitter:
  • Contact me on BCT: (TaoOfSaatoshi)

Looking forward to hearing from you! If we can harness and focus the talents of Dash Nation, we will build a community site that rivals or even surpasses the official one. This will be an exciting project, that will be very rewarding.

Onwards and upwards, Dash Nation! Let’s get to work.

Dash Nation on Discord reaches 8,000 members!

Dash and its community has really grown from their humble beginnings. The journey started with the ANN thread on BitcoinTalk, and the IRC channel. While some used IRC, that popular BCT thread (the most viewed thread on the website) used to be the only communication channel for the less technical-minded in the community.

Just like using Dash, talking about Dash gained in popularity. The Dash Forum was created, offering another, larger outlet for Dash ideas. Dashpay subreddit was created, adding another style of communication to the ecosystem. Growth was apparent every time a new forum was created.

Dash Forum is an important communication tool for the Dash community.

Then Slack became a popular platform for communication for cryptocurrencies. A Dash community Slack channel was created, and ran for awhile. Personnel problems led to the demise of this channel, and that’s the first appearance of the entity known as Dash Nation.

Dash Nation Slack

Fleeing the problems of the original Dash Chat Slack, the community settled into the Dash Nation Slack channel. An atmosphere of inclusiveness, respect, and positivity was created and encouraged. All was going well, however cracks began to appear in the platform itself, and its ability to handle open communities. Moderation tools were weak at best, and crypto communities were not allowed to accept any further members.

Dash Nation stands for respect, inclusiveness, and progress. It provides the environment needed for Dash to thrive.

Dash Nation on Discord

That was not an acceptable situation. A community that seeks to include the entire world (mass adoption) could not allow a platform to stifle accepting new members. After researching alternatives, it was determined that Slack-alternative Discord offered the best environment to nurture the community and promote results.

After leaving Slack with a membership of approximately 2.5k, we started Dash Nation on Discord. It took awhile to gain our membership back. We continued to provide a semi-professional atmosphere for ideas and productivity to thrive. A little over a year later we now have surpassed 8,000 members!

On Twitter? Help Dash Nation celebrate!

It gives us great pleasure to be the premier place for Dash online communication and collaboration. Our success is Dash’s success, and everyone is welcome. We look forward to many more members of Dash Nation working hard to make Dash the currency of choice for global finance.

Dash Nation DFO 2018 Year-end update and future plans

As 2018 draws to a close, the Dash Nation DFO (Dash-funded organization) would like to thank the community for its continued support. We would also like to give you an update on how everything is going, and how we are planning to provide even more value for the network.

The largest focus of the Dash Nation DFO is the community experience. We believe in the need for positive, respectful, and welcoming community forums. To that end, we have created and maintained an atmosphere of decorum where no one feels threatened by another. This was no easy feat, and the moderation members of the team should be commended for the excellent job they have done.

Distinction between moderation and censorship

Often, when a member of the team disciplines a forum user, the user cries “censorship”. This is usually because the user feels that they should be able to either attack others or spread an unproven narrative. As long-time community members know, such behavior has led to grave consequences. The failed Dash Chat Slack broke up because a false narrative led to a call to fork Dash. This led our team to take action.

Starting with Dash Nation on Discord, and expanding to the Dashpay subreddit and Dash Forum by request, we have implemented and enforced our simple rules. The rule against attacking another user is self-explanatory. The “speculation as fact” rule simply means that any unproven narratives must be presented as an opinion. All Dash forums have been rendered friendlier and more respectful as a result of our work.

Thanks for the support, Dash Nation!

It is our pleasure to provide you with an update of the status of the three forums moderated by our team:

Dash Nation on Discord

Dash’s premier place for online communication and collaboration continues to provide a nurturing environment for the community. The biggest problem we encounter there is spam at the moment. So, the plan for dealing with spammers is to increase the entry security level. The highest security level is to require a verified phone number to join. We have been hesitating to implement this, though, due to the fact we would like Dash Nation to be as open as possible. Dash Nation on Discord currently boasts almost 8,000 members.

The team has started a couple of initiatives on Dash Nation on Discord during the current contract term. The first is the #storm channel. This channel is very popular among users of DND. There is always lots of conversation and bonding happening during a storm. The second is the Dash Nation Social Media Squad. These social-media-minded people help spread the word about Dash accomplishments to their followers. As this team grows, the reach of our news should grow as well, leading to increased network effect.

Other groups, such as Dash Core and Dash Force, have started to use the “Pink Panthers” to spread the news that they wish to share. I know that they will become a very important part of the Dash Nation movement in the future.

Dashpay Subreddit

The Dash Nation DFO team, along with other moderators, has done a great job with r/Dashpay. Everyone’s combined efforts have led to a very nice place to converse about Dash. A special shout-out has to be made to @macrochip, who figured out how to migrate Dash’s sidebar to the new version of Reddit. It looks fantastic. We look forward to more collaboration in the New Year.

Dash Forum

The Dash Forum is the least used of the three major forums. It did not take much effort to make a great environment there among legitimate users. However, the spam problem exists here as well, with threads about weight loss and supplements having to be deleted constantly. We will continue to monitor Dash Forum as agreed in our contract.

The logo of one of the Dash Nation DFO’s YouTube shows, Dash Decentral.

Dash Nation DFO Media

Although our focus is on moderation, we also have a media division that represents the values of Dash Nation with pride. Shows such as Cash Alternative TV, Dash Decentral and the upcoming Criptomundo show Dash in a positive light.

We purposely structured the media division to be on a “per episode” basis, meaning that if a show was not provided, no money would be spent. Any leftover funds would be rolled over to the next month, and ultimately the next contract.

Brian Davis was to receive a payment for each episode that he performed. Unfortunately, though, the format of his show, Dash Decentral, depends a lot on community input. This show did not receive a variety of submissions as we had hoped, so we placed it on hiatus. As a result, we have not spent any funds from the budget for Dash Decentral.

Our future plans

The Dash Nation DFO plans on continuing to do the things that are working, and finding solutions to those that are not. As such, we will continue to provide a strong moderation presence to the three forums, and we will continue to engage the community with our engagement budget. Dash Decentral will not be continuing for the foreseeable future. Brian Davis will join Cash Alternative TV as a co-host, and will earn his payments with episodes of CATV instead of Dash Decentral.

The teamwork we are enjoying on Reddit will continue, and we will look for ways to improve the experience there. Dash Forum needs some work with the Marketplace section, so we will do our part to recommend changes to the administrators.

The biggest new initiative that we will undertake in 2019 is to make a fully functional site, with Dash information, advice for community members, a lineup of authors and artists, and media pages. We will begin recruiting for this shortly, and are excited to make this website a bigger part of the Dash ecosystem.

2019 should be a great year for Dash!

Closing thoughts

Thanks again for your support in our latest contract. It’s a pleasure to provide our services for the network we love so much. Together, we will achieve great things in 2019. Cheers to you all.

Venezuelan Isabel B. Rodriguez demonstrates the power of Dash

A lot of recent digital currency discussion has centered around Venezuela. The potential to demonstrate the use case of cryptocurrencies is high there, due to its political and economic climate. The people there are eager and willing to try new things.

The benefits of a digital currency economy are hard for them to ignore: Refuge from a tanking fiat currency, no restrictions on where or when or how they can spend their hard-earned money, and a sense of community in using a money made by the people for the people.

Dash simply works as a payment system, simple and elegant

Dash Venezuela, starting with a year-long series of conferences and expanding from there, has done a wonderful job getting the word out in their country about Dash. Eugenia Alcala, the founder of Dash Venezuela, has started a movement there which continues to grow rapidly.

Venezuelans have the choice of many digital currencies to adopt when trying to store their value and transact. Dash in particular appeals to them because it has unique aspects that make it suitable in a retail commercial setting. It has instantly confirming transactions with the innovation InstantSend, which guarantees a merchant will receive the payment instantly. Not having to wait for 6 blockchain confirmations before you are sure the money is yours is something merchants are very happy about.

Mid-size chains are now starting to accept Dash, as seen by Church’s Chicken Venezuela’s nod to Dash.

Dash also works flawlessly, silky smooth due to its large complement of incentivized full-nodes to broadcast transactions seamlessly and in a timely manner. It’s also pretty easy to use in its current form, but will be made even more so in future iterations of Dash.

Proof is in the pudding

M. Isabel B. Rodriguez has a passion for Dash, and this comes through in her series of videos that demonstrate its power and ease of use. Her easy-going demeanor embodies the Dash Nation attitude, friendly and positive. You can read posts like this, you can argue for days on Twitter and Reddit, but sometimes seeing is believing.

Please enjoy this series of short videos demonstrating Dash’s ease of use in multiple locations in Venezuela. Isabel sure has a great time spending Dash! When our infrastructure becomes more widespread globally, you will too.


Paying with Dash in Yayus Tex Mex
Paying with Dash in Epico Cafe
Paying with Dash in Sociedad del Cafe
Paying with Dash in Subway
Paying with Dash in Cafe Hannsi

We look forward to more videos from Isabel and from people from all over Dash Nation paying with Dash. Thanks, Isabel!