Sat. Jan 1st, 2022
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    How to turn a bureaucratic governance system into a meritocratic and decentralized one? The Free TON community invites participants to share their ideas and suggestions as part of a contest to improve the governance mechanism of the largest Internet encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

    One of the problems with Wikipedia is that its current rules and mechanics do not motivate new specialists to take part in the project. Today, this community is much less extensive than it could have been. Why is it so?

    • Those who contribute a lot to content creation and editing are not appreciated, and experts often have a hard time defending their point of view.
    • Bureaucracy with unnecessarily complex rules and procedures — it’s not enough just to write well. You need to wade through these wilds. As a result, those who do it perfectly well become almost the copyright holders of their articles and can promote their interests in them. It is extremely difficult for beginners to join the community.
    • It is difficult to make a general decision — discussions on topics can last for months or even years.

    Participants will have to offer solutions to these and other problems (11 key points are detailed in the terms of the contest).

    The main task is to develop and describe a new, open, and decentralized Wikipedia governance model, thanks to which, in the long term, it is possible to optimize the process of creating and editing articles to make the content better and more relevant.

    The number of proposals from one participant is not limited — the main thing is that they differ significantly from each other.

    Terms And Rewards

    The contest will be held in two stages:

    1. Creation of a Wikipedia decentralized governance specification (Freecyclopedia)
    2. Project implementation (to be announced after the first stage)

    Terms of the first stage of the contest: June 30 — August 18 inclusive.

    Rewards for the winners of the first stage

    The prize pool of the contest is 165,000 TON. Prizes will be awarded to participants whose works will take the first 10 places. The reward starts at 3,000 crystals for 10th place and increases by 3,000 with each point, reaching 30,000 for 1st place.

    The minimum number of points to qualify for a reward is 4.99.

    For more information about the conditions and requirements, see the contest proposal.

    Waiting For The Results

    So, the contestants solve the problem with the following terms:

    • multiple distributed authors, 
    • the need for a fiscal stimulus for their work, 
    • the need for consensus between participants to confirm the correctness, 
    • the need for open, transparent work of the entire system.

    Something familiar, right? This is exactly the task that the latest generation blockchains are designed to solve.

    Free TON has everything that the Wikipedia governance system lacks — an advanced consensus mechanism, a scalable and fast blockchain with smart contracts that implement any operating logic. In addition, there is intrinsic value as tokens, which can stimulate work and vote on changes to the governance system.


    We are sure that the initiators of the contest and the entire community expect the contestants to make decisions based on this very experience.