The auditable repository, officially announced yesterday, is meant for greenhorns and experts alike.
The Ethereum ecosystem has grown significantly since the blockchain’s debut in 2015. Protocols and projects abound in the world of Ethereum, whether they relate to decentralized exchanges and non-fungible token marketplaces or blockchain-based video games and governance mechanisms.
With this meteoric growth, though, comes a glut of information from a variety of sources. While it’s wonderful to see such a surfeit of resources, especially those that are transparent and easily accessible, it can also be confusing for newcomers trying to navigate the complexities and continual updates of the ecosystem.
That’s why EthHub was created – to provide a go-to repository “that aims to solve the issue of information asymmetry in the Ethereum ecosystem.” The hub is comprised of three key sections: Learn, which contains “[o]pen source, easy to understand documentation”; Listen, featuring the Into the Ether podcast, which includes interviews from prominent members of the Ethereum community; and Read, which represents EthHub’s weekly newsletter.
Though these resources are not novel additions to the ecosystem, EthHub’s team believes the platform consolidates the information in such a way that both new Ethereans and longtime followers can benefit. Newcomers can enjoy the easy-to-digest information, while veterans can stay up to date with all the ecosystem’s advancements.
EthHub has four core contributors – Eric Conner, Anthony Sassano, Chaz Schmidt, and Alexander Fisher – all of whom have played key roles in creating and developing the repository. These four individuals are the only ones with commit access to the repository. Sassano said that while he and his colleagues “do not want to be gatekeepers of what content gets published on EthHub,” they also only want to grant commit access to community members who “have proven themselves to be an invaluable asset to the growth and maintenance of EthHub.”
However, all information changes on the main documentation component of the repository are fully auditable. Community members can thus review already displayed information and submit their own pull requests if they would like to add to the repository. Indeed, Sassano noted that the EthHub team “encourage[s] those working on projects in specific domains … to add or update the information on the projects [sic] respective page on the EthHub repo.”
To add information, submitters must follow a template and some basic guidelines, such as not promoting initial coin offerings, not posting marketing materials, etc., but these requests are standard and reasonable for crowdsourced informational hubs. (This is especially true in the broader blockchain realm, as marketing messages are pervasive in the cryptospace.)
EthHub is yet another example of the community focus of Ethereum. Other Ethereans have gone the education route and developed resources for those looking to learn more about the Ethereum ecosystem. Some major examples include the guidebook “Mastering Ethereum,” which can be read online for free, and Cryptoeconomics.study, a free online cryptoeconomics course spearheaded by Karl Floersch. Those in the Ethereum community often help each other out.
Dani Putney is a full-time writer for ETHNews. He received his bachelor’s degree in English writing from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he also studied journalism and queer theory. In his free time, he writes poetry, plays the piano, and fangirls over fictional characters. He lives with his partner, three dogs, and two cats in the middle of nowhere, Nevada.
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