Dash Force has been a part of the Dash community since December 2016 back when the price of Dash was $8.74. It started out as a small group of 3 active community members.
Our aim is active engagement, reddit discussions, forums, twitter engagement, article comments. We also aim to weed out Dash disinformation wherever we find it because there’s plenty of it and to present the Dash value proposition in a positive manner.
After operating for 9 months Dash Force has grown a lot but still follows that core mission. Dash Force now also supports 2 websites and an active YouTube channel with over 20 full and part-time staff. But everyday the “troll patrol” is out there working against the “forces of evil” and providing honest information about Dash.
First Attempt at organizing Dash Force
Previous to the actual funding of Dash Force there was a proposal submitted to the Dash treasury with the Dash Force name. Reading through the comments the original team was not who the masternode voters wanted to run this project with almost 2 to 1 voting against it. It was also for 6 months which was too long for a first attempt.
Dash Force – Dash Community Energizer Owner: InTheWoods requested 280 DASH for 6 months (added on 2016-09-27) $11.48/D Votes: 423 Yes / 830 No / 0 Abstain
Our aim is to be actively engaged on social media and to fight for Dash wherever and whenever it would be required. Other projects have well organized teams conducting such efforts in an effective manner. Our Dash Force team will be limited to 7 members.
Not being seen or heard on social media can create a negative perception, that of a project that doesn’t have a strong following. Bitcoin managed to get where it is now because it had a hardcore community following of crypto enthusiasts. Dash Force aims to be the engine driving community growth by energizing and mobilizing the Dash community.
While this proposal was rejected many people thought it was a good idea and wanted it to move forward but were not comfortable with the proposer.
Initial Successful Proposal
This one month proposal for December 2016 passed with strong support. It was based on the original but to be implemented by a different team. It was submitted by Mastermined a long time community member that had been very active supporting Dash in cryptocurrency related social media.
Dash force members will be required to work on Dash force for a minimum of 15-20 hours a week, I have committed to do double that the first month. Unlike the last Dash force proposal the money will not be centralized and held by one person but rather decentralized and distributed equally to each dash force member. Starting off with a smaller team and smaller budget than originally proposed, Dash force members will need to shift strategy and focus their efforts on “energizing” the community. Dash Force members will be required to tip out 35% of their dash budget in any way they see fit as long as it helps DASH. You, the community and MNO’s will be the judge and DF will not be funded if we don’t perform up to par.
Dash Force Extension Proposals
Funding Jan – Feb 2017
DashForce Reloaded 1-4-17 Owner: Mastermined 600 DASH (added on 2016-12-24) Votes: 746 Yes / 69 No / 0 Abstain
The first renewal of Dash Force was for 2 months and committed to more of the same as the first month with some focus on starting contests to incentivize the community to participate where needed.
Funding March – May 2017
Dash Force: February – May Owner: Mastermined Monthly amount: 205 DASH (added on 2017-02-23) Votes: 1126 Yes / 132 No / 20 Abstain
Significant growth of Dash Force staff and activities started in this period with Mark and Joel coming on full time in April and then in May they became partners with Masterminded to run Dash Force.
This Dash Detailed Spotlight video interview with Mastermined goes into the history and current projects.
Funding June – August 2017
Dash Force: June – September Owner: Mastermined Monthly amount: 220 DASH 3 totaling in 660 DASH (added on 2017-05-20) Votes: 938 Yes / 119 No / 44 Abstain
The current proposal payments are completed and a new proposal for further funding will be out soon. With the Dash price going up Dash Force has benefited by being able to provide more services to the community.
Current Dash Force Operations
Dash Force News publishes 2 new articles everyday covering the Dash community. There has yet to be a day when something notable was not going on – we live in interesting times. Fortunately we have a lot of good news to cover. DFN is also starting to translate articles into 5 other languages.
Discover Dash currently has 261 business locations that accept Dash. The site is actively maintained and strives to be “the” site for Dash business listings. Plans are to continue to grow this and provide easy to use guides for merchant adoption.
Dash Force YouTube – The channel currently has over 1,200 subscribers with 2 regular weekly shows.
- 3 Amigos Podcast is done live and features the 3 partners that run Dash Force – Brian, Joel and Mark with the occasional guest. This is an easy going discussion of the weeks topics with questions from the live chat.
- Dash News Weekly Recap which features Mark Mason doing a weekly wrap-up of Dash news. This show is pretty new and getting better each week.
- There are also more or less weekly interviews with Dash related guests like Charlie Shrem on his debit card project and Scott Farsworth AKA Dashracer on Business Adoption.
Meetup Contests where this past month had meetups funded by Dash Force in Mexico, South Africa, Haiti, Germany, Russia, England and the US.
MVP Contest is a monthly award of 1 Dash to each of the top 5 most Active and Valuable members of the community who each win $100
The normal Slack, Reddit, Twitter, Bitcointalk, YouTube, Facebook and other social media posting, upvoting and countering misinformation goes on everyday.
Disclaimer: As the author of this article I am a part-time staff member of Dash Force. For the record within my “beat” proposal reviews and commerce tools I have complete freedom to pick my topics and for better or worse 😉 have never been edited for content.