Just wanted to share another response concerning the posts made by @alexcutlerdoteth.
I’m so sorry to see this creating drama in here regarding the NFTEarth app, and I’m sure it only adds more work to your plate Jonas , Lavande, Cush , Reformed Normie, Gonna, - and everyone/anyone else involved in managing the program that I may have missed. It has been a long year trying to build in the NFT space…especially on Optimism - getting a brand new marketplace - NFTEarth - launched on an Optimism from scratch in ~40 days…we still feel this was a major accomplishment. The challenges of learning about serverless infra on AWS/ultimately learning that switching everything to GCP would be best for us/getting accepted into the GCP for Web3 Startups Program, was such a whirlwind. I can’t think of a roadblock we actually didn’t hit along the way, but I can also say with certainty I have learned so much about what it takes to get an NFT protocol launched and thriving, and also what the primary challenges are still to to this day that have been preventing this from occurring on an L2, Optimism specifically. To the RPGF discussion here, Alex is well-known to have personal motive for discrediting any work we have done as a project, and it is his strategy to use the forums/Discord to take whatever is said and find a way to spin it back into negative conversation. By starting with the comments about “breakdown” and how to prevent in the future would force anyone responding to accept the assumption that there was indeed a breakdown that occurred in including NFTEarth in RPGF - which is simply not true. I am MORE curious about the reports - these reports are highly specific as to the nature of the work NFTEarth completed - specifically about the tech stack of an NFT marketplace and also the specific music NFT created by the team. Is there any way to figure out who submitted the reports - because I think this is actually where the breakdown - if we we’re to call it that - would be - and more accountability should be added as to who is submitting the reports. It appears there was an effective review process taken here, and so to me, the breakdown would be the ability of anyone with malicious intent, to far too easily be able to remove an eligible team from RPGF by submitting falsified reports like they did about the work of a team/project/community.
To be frank, I’m just so grateful to see we got to be in the running for the RPGF funding here. I really do hope we end up winning too - this was something that came up as a bit of a surprise for us. I remember when I became aware of the the RPGF Lists that got created and we got included in for all our OSS work from this year… thinking what a sweet way to showcase RPGF in action - someone completely unknown to us, curating Lists that surfaced all the OSS contributions made by myself and the NFTEarth project - to then help aid badgeholders in considering our application for some RPGF awards - seems like a well-designed process after all.
As for Alex and co. - your behavior and actions are the definition of cyberbullying as outlined in the CoC. It is unacceptable - no one deserves to be treated this way, not an individual nor a project. For my own well-being and the sake of my mental health, please stop harassing me. It is draining and taxing to try and complete work while being constantly berated in public forum. You have harassed me on Twitter, on Discord, on this Governance forum for over a year, please stop. I did have an epiphany though as to why you and the same small group of people continue to behave this way towards myself and the project we’ve been trying to grow here. Because seriously… my goodness - my first reaction upon checking back here in the Discord was almost a sort of shocked, “oh no, what terrible thing has happened?” - just to see literally nothing more than more of the same old posts and negativity you have been spewing for over a year now. And then upon not getting an answer that is satisfactory to your agenda, you have shown a pattern of behavior that devolves into escalating it to something such as you have done with this here, all while your actual accusations remain obscure. But your motive is no longer unclear; so since quite literally nothing has occurred that would warrant creating a new thread aside from being considered for RPGF - and just being aware of how these forum discussions have played out in the past, I tried something else for a change and instead, I spent some time really asking myself: what is it…and I mean - explicitly - that could possibly be so threatening to these same few people about empowering the NFTEarth project through an RPGF grant like this… that would lead to such behavior?
And I think I actually figured it out. Aside from the fact that it would obviously drive you nuts if we ended up winning quorum - that leaves only one single logical explanation: If given the chance to create what we would like to through the opportunity via RPGF, you know that I would create positive and meaningful impact in the ecosystem, and this is clearly something you view as negative. Because yeah, I have stated on many occasions how I can see Optimism becoming the central hub for L2 NFTs, and this would mean big things happen on OP, with me involved in contributing. I’ve talked a long time about the tremendous potential that exists if the right team was properly backed with funding and the support of the Foundation - for what could be built on Optimism in regard to NFTs. And an L2, as part of the Superchain, is something I’d like to help contribute to building: and my experience over the past 365 days makes me a great fit for contributing to that work. I’d say here is where you learn to work with ppl you don’t like - the OP Ecosystem will never grow long-term if it can’t move past things like this. As a clear example, what we’ve witnessed over the past week with the L2 Blast - not sure if we can call it that yet - but it has essentially proven the thesis I’ve been shouting about that there IS money ready to flow to an L2 NFT chain - and this is exactly what I’d like to bring to the Superchain; a community, a protocol, and a movement of empowered Creators and Artists, who collaborate in a community where there are shared and aligned values and long-term vision, instead of Blast being what fills this void. My strong beliefs that web3 is technology for the empowerment of billions of people all over the Earth are what led me to Optimism. And I want to reach as many people as possible too - which is also what brought me here - I can clearly see the potential latent in the L2 that is ready to be set loose and reach a global audience. I can now conclude that these views I hold must be incompatible with the way you view the world and I will leave it at that.
To close my response to your ad hominem attack on our project, I would take a minute to circle back to the aforementioned Google Cloud program - I’d again share for reference the specific NFT that grants me access to the private Google Cloud Discord as a member of a project accepted into their Web3 Startups program - I have shared this before when you have tried to discredit our work over the course of this year; being accepted to the program by Google after your original false accusations towards the team and myself subsided, please see the Project Name on the token, as it is ours: NFTEarth. Google vetted our application thoroughly and accepted us to the program due to my enthusiasm for the potential use case and application of NFTs - I proposed using NFTs as a means of credentialing for Google Cloud Training and the credentials that professionals can earn to demonstrate their cloud skills. What a great way for education and job seekers to be able to show their achievements than with onchain proof packaged in the form of an NFT. An example on the OP Chains could be: via a soulbound NFT, someone could earn a credential such as a
OP Stack Engineer - Level 2 - as just one of the many ideas of the capabilities for NFT credentialing. Google is bullish on Web3 and if you have concerns about their work and who they invite into their Startup Programs, you should also probably head to the Google Developer forums to share your thoughts there as well. Thomas Kurian is CEO of Google Cloud - he can be reached on X -
- and Sundar Pichai is the CEO of Google - reached on X here -
- feel free to let them know our work on NFTs is in vain if you feel so strongly on the matter. I can also provide you the direct cell number to our dedicated Account Executive and Technical Account Manager at Google Cloud who have worked with us for nearly 8 months now and helped us outline the cloud infrastructure we designed for building a globally scalable NFT marketplace application.
I wish everyone well!