Users, Tasks & Motivations


The four major groups of network participants are listed below.

  • OSS Project Maintainers - Must make sure their software continues to deliver increasing value as the industry evolves. They are pillars of open-source communities who need to be empowered and rewarded for their ongoing contributions.

  • tea Community Members - The range of individuals making up the tea Protocol community extends from OSS users to both Web2 and Web3 enthusiasts, including all crypto and tech enthusiasts, who are focused on addressing specific challenges. These individuals often turn to the open-source community to find tools that enable rapid experimentation and iteration, often at minimal or no cost, thereby reaping the benefits of the efforts of open-source project maintainers. Additionally, this community encompasses those new to the OSS world, including individuals eager to learn and invest, creating a diverse and dynamic ecosystem.

  • Project Supporters - Organizations or open-source project users who use open-source software to build their commercial products, philanthropists looking to support the ecosystem, or entrepreneurs looking to fund teams to develop components of a larger system, and

  • Vulnerability Reporters - Typically experienced security researchers or software developers willing to dedicate some of their time to check the claims associated with a project (functionality, security, etc.).

Tasks and Motivations

In the tea ecosystem, we expect users to focus on collaborative and rewarding contributions within the open-source community. Here are some anticipated user behaviors:

  1. Package submission:

    • Motivation: Contribute to the open-source software ecosystem by registering new projects to the tea protocol.

    • Task: Register your innovative open-source projects with the tea platform to make it accessible to a wider audience and potentially earn rewards.

  2. Community engagement:

    • Motivation: Share insights and opinions on open-source projects and developers to contribute to a vibrant community.

    • Task: Engage with other community members by providing feedback, sharing discoveries, and expressing opinions on tea's platform. Your input helps build a collaborative and supportive environment.

  3. Maintain and improve reputation:

    • Motivation: Increase your standing within the community and earn more rewards by consistently contributing quality work.

    • Task: Actively maintain and improve your reputation on the tea platform through consistent and valuable contributions to open-source projects. Quality work leads to increased incentives.

  4. Discover and use open-source software:

    • Motivation: Benefit from a rich ecosystem of open-source tools and projects while supporting their creators.

    • Task: Explore, discover, and vet open-source software on the tea platform by reviewing key metrics such as how much a project is staked, it's donations and its slashing history. Contribute to or use these projects in your own work to leverage the collective knowledge and innovation of the open-source community.

  5. Continuous learning and improvement:

    • Motivation: Users actively pursue ongoing learning, improvement, and innovation in their projects.

    • Task: Seek feedback from the community through vulnerability reports or conduct independent research, motivated by the incentives earned within the tea protocol.

  6. Advocate for sustainable open-source:

    • Motivation: Contribute to the long-term sustainability and credibility of the open-source software ecosystem.

    • Task: Advocate for tea's mission by promoting sustainable practices and fair rewards for open-source developers. Encourage fellow developers to join the platform and be part of a movement towards a more equitable open-source landscape.

  7. Reviewing code and disclosing issues responsibly:

    • Motivation: Users can earn rewards by reporting vulnerabilities to OSS project maintainers. This collaborative effort between users helps in strengthening the overall security of the open-source ecosystem.

    • Task: Review project code for potential vulnerabilities, and promptly report them to the project maintainers using the tea platform and in accordance with industry best practices and protocol guidelines.

Overall, the expected user behavior in tea is that of active collaboration, continuous improvement, and a commitment to sustainability and recognition in the open-source software ecosystem. tea aims to create a positive and thriving community where developers are motivated to contribute, learn, and grow together without having to worry about chasing the bag every 3 to 6 months.

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