Now that we have released our initial alpha for our stake-weighted blockchain voting software, you can explore the voting system!
Step 1: Set Up A Graphene Blockchain Testnet
In this video you can follow along with Nathan Hourt, Follow My Vote Co-founder & CTO as he demonstrates how to setup a Graphene / Bitshares testnet and GUI. The Graphene blockchain testnet will serve as a real running blockchain that you can publish contests and casts votes on. The GUI is the graphical user interface which allow you to interact with the software and see what the end user will see.
Step 2: Set Up The Stake-Weighted Voting System On The Graphene Blockchain Testnet.
Once you have set up the blockchain testnet, you will now have the proper foundation of code necessary to run the actual voting system. We created a second video to help walk you through the process of setting up the voting system so that you can test the alpha.
Step 3: Run & Test The Alpha Release
Now that you have followed the previous steps you can explore and test the blockchain voting software. If you have any questions or feedback, please reach out via our contact form or reach out to follow My Vote CTO Nathan Hourt on IRC (Our IRC channel is #followmyvote on Freenode. Nathan’s handle: modprobe)
Now Is The Time To Become A Code Contributor!
In the Follow My Vote Code Contributor Program skilled developers can contribute code to our open source project. Follow My Vote releases open source code under the GPLv3 license. Here are a few reasons why you might consider contributing:
Be A Part Of Something World Changing
Follow My Vote is positioned to disrupt the entire voting industry. . . around the globe. With blockchain based voting we can increase transparency while decreasing costs. You now have a chance to join the project that will likely be the very first end to end verifiable blockchain based voting platform. Get in in the early stages and have your name carved into history as a person responsible for helping build this revolutionary software.
Learn & Gain Blockchain Experience From The Experts.
Follow My Vote CTO, Nathan Hourt is leading the Follow My Vote Code Contributors. Nathan is one of the two architects behind the Graphene Blockchain framework which has been adopted by BitShares, Steem, and Muse.
MERITs are digital tokens that Follow My Vote is using to reward Code Contributors and help set the direction of Follow My Vote’s software development. When Follow My Vote is deciding what features to add next, or which direction to take with their products, we will run stake-weighted polls in our software to prioritize development based on market demand. These polls will be weighted in MERIT.
MERITs exist in the BitShares cryptocurrency ecosystem as a User Issued Asset (UIA). Overtime as the project grows and more people earn and hold MERITs, we will see the value of MERITs increase. This will allow early holders to sell their MERIT profitably on the free market.
At this time, one should think of 100 MERITs as representing 1 hour of time. Developers who contribute code to Follow My Vote by resolving issues* that live in our github repository will be rewarded in MERITs.
*Note that not all issues in our github repository are eligible for MERITs. Non-eligible issues have been tagged with a “No MERITs” label. If you are interested in taking on one of the eligible issues, please place a bid by posting a comment on that issue to include how many MERITs you’d like receive for doing the work. From there, we’ll get in touch with you as soon as possible to discuss the opportunity further.
Not a developer? No worries! Our Ambassadors also earn MERITs for their time spent helping the project. Learn about Follow My Vote Ambassadors.
About the author: Will Long is the Marketing Manager of Follow My Vote.