I guess this is a meta topic so here goes.
To avoid confusion I’m going to leave the introduction as it was when I originally created the topic but will leave this here as I believe the intent of the thread is unclear.
Not much time to really engage with this right now, have to leave this here and come back later to elaborate but…
Why not a boingboing currency for the community?
It seems that this is how the format is advancing and value can be derived from community interactions so why not monetize it?
So, beside the… weird reactions from some of my more respected community members (this has really [thrown me for 6], I’ll admit), I’d like to pursue my earlier suggestion…
Bitcoin is an emerging form of currency of which I’m sure you are all aware.
To my mind the challenge of creating such a currency would be invoking how the community members who trade in such a currency would attribute value to the thing.
Mulling this over for the last few hours… there seems to be some underlying truths to which such a currency would have to adhere.
Namely; the specific value for the community would be assigned by the elders of said community, acting like a bank, attributing value to particular types of interaction increasing value through their own cultural evaluation of products, ideas or artefacts that the community creates.
I’ve seen some earlier suggestions and promotions from various community members and thought there might be some value to engaging with the promulgation of such currencies.
Concresence of knowledge and in particular, the knowledge of the outsider could be amplified through such a currency, the community would be instrumental in determining how it would even gain value.
Could we do this, shall we do this and why shouldn’t we do this?
So, thinking more about this, I would suggest that the value derived from a boingcoin would be attributed to traditionally negative-value enterprises. Such as culture jamming or other forms or counter-cultural propaganda. Perhaps holding a class on learning the underlying principles of LINUX could be paid in boingcoin, to be banked with an anarchist collective for future cultural initiatives.
Protest marchers could exchange time commitments with other community members through the currency; or a digital artist could bank on the future community value when accepting payment for a charitable project.
Money is a wide-open concept and harnessing it could be of easily-attainable value.
:edited to remove junk