As I can’t take part in the conf call later today, here are my comments on the results. Please do not take them personally, I am trying to understand why OI Calendar scored second last and improve the algorithms. I am happy to expand on them personally if you like.
- It is great to have a public github repo for app-mining!
- The algorithms failed to detect IMHO that login.blockcred.io is not an “eligible” app. It is a great project but with regards to blockstack it is just a hello world showing the user’s identityAddress.
- Algorithms failed to detect that Gladys requires to buy/have a Raspberry pi. How did TMUI test that? Is this “eligible”, open to all? Did I miss anything?
- Judging by DE is not transparent, from the outside the results look very random. Interaction between judges and app publishers on the DE platform did not really take place.
- From my perspective and looking at the top 20 apps, ~40k$ was given to 9 projects solving 4 problems. See here for details. While competition is good this currently prevents me from using e.g. a blogging platform because I don’t know which one to trust (too much effort to evaluate all 4?), which one is the best, which one will evolve and the next is already coming…
Taking it a step further, how would 5 clones of OI Calendar score in the app mining program?
- The algorithms do not favor apps that deal with personal data (criteria: part of e.g. Google Takeout). E.g OI Calendar, MyWhereAbouts,
- Enhancing open source apps with Blockstack and publishing them breaks on Product Hunt. E.g. https://www.producthunt.com/posts/riot and https://www.producthunt.com/posts/oi-chat are the same apps one without and one with blockstack. They have different upvotes. (Seeing the standardization procedures and priority list of riot/matrix, it might take 12 months before they merge my pull request)
- Ourtopia did not improve their app and went from 27 to 38. That is good (no improvements should be penalized) and that is bad (a decentralized community site is a wanted app IMHO).
From this subjective observations I started to file issues on the app-mining git, feel free to comment there.