App Mining Reviewer TryMyUI
Your App Does Not Need To Be Functional
A messenger that literally does not work, outperformed our App in the rankings from TryMyUI! Below are TryMyUI results sorted in descending order for January. Stealthy is at the very bottom for communication applications, ranking 39th out of 46 and one of the highlighted Apps literally does not function and throws errors in the Chrome console when attempting to use it:
This data shows that nobody is inspecting the mining results and checking to see if they make sense. It’s very strange that Blockstack would accept this data for an App that won their decentralized Chat Bounty), is featured in every Blockstack presentation, website, blog, fund, app.co, etc., and has been developed for 14 months?
The Mobile Disadvantage
Reviewing Apps is not a trivial task–how for instance do we normalize the comparison between Apples and Oranges? When nearly every App is for desktop and Stealthy is mobile, little details in the review process cause problems–for instance the TryMyUI task description:
Stealthy is mobile first with a minimalist onboarding and login process–the testers were never directed to our website with links to our github, medium, twitter, news articles, FAQ’s and a variety of other information about what the app is. The users in our review videos didn’t understand anything about the app, Blockstack, decentralized technology, or blockchain. They were directed to the Android App store, where they ignored the description we had about our technology and skipped right into the App.
Imagine you had to review Signal without any prior knowledge about it or it’s purpose or having any contacts to message. This is what Signal looks like when you open the app and have no contacts:
Some feedback was platform specific and we were unable to get a balanced review because Blockstack technical issues that delayed our iOS availability:
Three of our eight testers complained of not being able to upload a file. We were baffled until we realized that the instructions below from TryMyUI had confused them–Stealthy does not have a file upload feature.
The totality of the TryMyUI results calls into question their ability to properly evaluate communication Apps or understand what they are evaluating. None of the other communication apps are on mobile or feature push notifications–very strange for top performing communications tools.
The Numbers Don’t Add Up
Here’s are Stealthy’s TryMyUI results from Blockstack’s App Mining rewards spreadsheet for January:
Unfortunately, you can clearly see that they do not match the numbers provided by TryMyUI to us, as shown in the screenshot below:
Unfortunately, App Rewards Mining has suffered from human error before in the previous round with a ranking problem due to miscalculations: Issuing an app mining ranking correction
Clearly Blockstack needs to improve their process and attention to detail in the simple data entry and computation of the App Mining Rewards.