I’m happy to share that the initial version of optimism.guide is now live! As of right now, it includes an Optimism-specific glossary, a RetroPGF micro lesson as well as a curated collection of external and official resources.
The site was created with the goal of addressing three key challenges that I identified as critical to improving the accessibility of the Optimism Collective:
- How can we help people quickly find an explanation for specific terms? What is a Special Voting Cycle? What is an Alliance? What is a Reflection Period? …
- How can we improve the visibility of many great tools and resources that could be of great value to many if they only knew about them?
- How can we radically reduce the time required to get an in-depth understanding of core concepts like RetroPGF?
Over the past month, I’ve tackled each of these challenges, and even though many parts are still far from perfect, I’d like to introduce everything I’ve built in detail below.
How can we help people quickly find an explanation for specific terms? What is a Special Voting Cycle? What is an Alliance? What is a Reflection Period? …
Optimism is constantly changing, and as a result many new terms and concepts are regularly being introduced. However, with the exception of a few high context (governance) participants, most users and builders don’t have a complete understanding of all terms and concepts at all times.
By creating a comprehensive and user-friendly glossary, I hope to play a small part in changing this, and in doing so, make it easier for people to navigate seamlessly across the Optimism Collective.
Over time, the glossary, which is viewable at optimism.guide/glossary, will hopefully become the go-to resource for quickly looking up a term someone is unfamiliar with.
If you want to add a glossary term, or propose a change to the definition of an existing term, you may use the form provided here.
How can we improve the visibility of many great tools and resources that could be of great value to many if they only knew about them?
The Optimism Governance Dashboard by @v3naru_Curia, the Vision Reservoir by @latruite.eth, the RetroPGF Podcast by @Michael, and the Delegate Corner Podcast by @Sinkas: What all those resources have in common is that they are well-crafted and deserve more visibility and recognition.
To help with exactly that, I’ve started building a curated collection of external and official resources. Similar to how optimism.io/apps/all shows an overview of dApps and integrations in the Optimism ecosystem, optimism.guide showcases (educational) resources and tools relevant to Optimism, ranging from tutorials, conference talks, podcasts, blog posts to analytics dashboards.
If you think a tool or resource is missing, please use this form here to suggest an addition.
How can we radically reduce the time required to get an in-depth understanding of core concepts like RetroPGF?
Getting a good understanding of core concepts like RetroPGF is not particularly easy. In the case of RetroPGF, it requires spending considerable time reading through the articles on Mirror, Vitalik’s guest post on the old Medium blog, the Citizens’ House section in the Community Hub, and the OP Economics page.
The idea behind the micro lessons is to radically simplify this process by taking the most important information found in resources like those just mentioned and combining it into a condensed, interactive format.
The first experimental micro lesson available is the RetroPGF (Micro Lesson), which shouldn’t take much longer than 7 minutes to complete. Depending on the feedback I’ll do more lessons in the same format, or scrap the whole thing and re-think the approach.