Frequently asked questions about Evrylife

What is Evrylife?

Evrylife is a community-governed decentralized social media application that functions as a web 3 social explorer. It is designed to help store, organize, find, and share content on web 3. You can read the docs here at docs.evrylife.org to learn more.

Here are a few docs that can help you learn more about Evrylife:

What sets Evrylife apart from other web 3 social apps?

Evrylife is not just another trend hopper! There are dozens of 'newly released' decentralized social media applications that create an app with the following functionality:

  • Account creation/sign in with a web 3 wallet or a variation of user controlled access.

  • Ability to make a post in a generic 1 level topic feed

  • Comment on a post

  • Like a post

  • Follow others and in few cases get notified of others activity

  • End to end encrypted chats

  • Store the users content on a single decentralized file storage network

These are all great features to have! and Evrylife has these features as well, but this is where the functionality of other web 3 applications pretty much stops.

Evrylife takes web 3 social to the next level. Evrylife is a platform that rethinks what a 'social network' should be. The Evrylife application includes features such as:

  • Proof of Group Opinion (POGO) - Where users moderate content instead of a private team.

  • Decentralized storage 'options' - Choose from many integrated solutions as per specific needs for each content added.

  • Post/Content interactions - Useful and informative interactions that can be enabled by the content creator along with basic comments.

  • Multi-chain - Cross chain transactions, interoperable social graph, blockchain agnostic account access.

  • High level organization directory/explorer - Content management platform for individual users on a private level and for a global community as a whole to explore and learn from one another.

  • Affiliate referrals on the individual content level allowing users to promote, sell, and earn together

  • Tired subscription level at the profile/channel level (free for your followers, or paid tiered levels)

  • Roadmap milestone to become a full DAO

  • Full circle token economics (built for a sustainable ecosystem) with no private team costing money and no profit being taken the ecosystem can be automated and built in a sustainable anti greed way.

  • Community governed app/ecosystem treasuries

  • Community governed variables (guidelines, new mint, weightings, features, etc)

  • Non profit foundation release (anti-greed) - No venture capitalist token allocations, no private sales, no foundation team token allocations, no founder token allocation

  • No ads (ads are annoying and ruin a social experience and disrupt work flow)

What is centralized social media?

Centralized social media is where an application runs on a centralized server and is owned by a business, individual or group of people. Examples of centralized social media include Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. There are many problems with centralized social media which you can learn more about here.

What is decentralized social media?

'Decentralization' is the transfer of power away from a central location, organization or administrator. No one single entity has control. Decisions and in the case of blockchains the processing of transactions are not all done in one place.

Decentralized social media is where social media applications run on decentralized infrastructure such as a blockchain.

There are many benefits to decentralized social media which you can learn about here.

A key takeaway of decentralized social medial is that users can have ownership and control over their content, account data, and social graph. Decentralized applications are more resistant to censorship and undue control. Transparent and open source code allows for decentralized application participants to have the same information at the same time.

Evrylife is a type of decentralized social media application being built using blockchain technology.

What is a Blockchain?

A Blockchain is a decentralized network, a type of 'distributed ledger' (database) comprised of unchangeable, digitally recorded data in blocks. Each block is chained to the next block using a cryptographic signature.

To put it simply.. there are lots of computers that work together as one and agree upon the transactions that occur on the network. Together they reach consensus making it very secure and hard to change past actions.

Bitcoin for example is a blockchain. It was the first decentralized digital cryptocurrency, as the system works without a central bank or single administrator. No one knows who created Bitcoin as it was released anonymously under the suedo name 'Satoshi Nakomoto'.

Ethereum is another example of a blockchain. The Ethereum blockchain introduced smart contracts which allow for applications to run on top of blockchain technology.

Evrylife is being built using blockchain technology.

What is Web 3.0?

Web 3 is emerging as a collective of different blockchains and decentralized technologies. It is a new iteration of the world wide web (it is also referred to as the metaverse).

Web 3 brings a more decentralized and permissionless way for people and machines to transact and share between one another. Web 1.0 ‘the static web’ was a stepping stone in the right direction as it allowed for us to ‘read’ the web. Web 2.0 brought us another step closer with the ability to ‘read and write’ to the web - making it more of a social web. Web 3 is where we are heading and it allows for us to ‘read, write, OWN and govern' the web.

Bitcoin, Ethereum, and IPFS are just a few of the promising web 3 technologies that have been made in recent years that help to give ownership back to the end user. Using a decentralized structure removes the central point of control and creates a redundant, immutable, and more tamper-proof ecosystem. Only recently have individuals and organizations begun to have the choice to use decentralized, permissionless, open source, and community governed applications.

Web 3 is still in its infancy and is evolving each and every day. Evrylife is being built to function as a web 3 social explorer.

What is a social graph?

A social graph is a digital representation of all the relationships between users of a social networking application. Each user also has their own social graph. Today our social graphs are owned by private companies. Web 3 is making it possible to own our own social graph and through multi chain interoperability we will be able to not only own our social graph but we will be able to bring it with us to new applications and have far more control over our social graph.

Evrylife is being built with an interoperable social graph in mind to allow users to integrate their social graph with the Evrylife application and take their social graph with them throughout web 3 and the metaverse.

What are the features of the Evrylife application?

Main features of an Evrylife account

  • Own, store, and organize media on decentralized storage solutions (non custodial content management platform)

  • Control your profile and channels privacy on web 3 (public, certain connections, private)

  • ‘Connect’ with people (profiles) and ‘Follow’ channels (receive notifications on one another's activity)

  • Interoperable social graph

  • View and interact with other users content (explore content on web 3)

  • Earn rewards by staking, participating in mod tasks, or becoming a service provider

  • Create alerts and receive notifications of specific content you set alerts for

  • Set account spending limits and restrictions for different keys/wallets

  • Chat with others individually or as a group chat

  • Create tiered subscription levels for access to premium content

  • Buy and sell products/services (transact using digital assets)

  • Govern the application as a community (participate in mod tasks and improvement proposals)

  • Channels have additional features designed for communities such as shared funding treasuries, shared content folders, chat rooms/threads, admin/mod roles, and other features not available to profiles.

  • More features are discussed in the Evrylife whitepaper

What are some use cases of Evrylife?

You can learn about Evrylife account features here and can view some example use cases here. To put it quickly.. Evrylife can be used to create a profile for an individual or a channel for a business, place or thing. Profiles and Channels can upload content and make it either public or private. They can grow a network and keep their network informed and communicate with other users. On the browsing side of things.. Users can find content posted by others and interact with the content.

Is Evrylife free or does it cost money/digital assets?

A 'proposed' way that users can create an account without the need to initially stake the minimum staking amount is to sign up for a 'restricted account' which has less functionality until staking requirements are met. The user will need to perform mod tasks in order to upgrade their account to an account with no restrictions.

In general, in order to create an Evrylife account a users web 3 wallet must be 'staking' the minimum amount of Evrylife tokens. A user can 'unstake' their tokens at any time if they choose to delete their account.

By staking the required amount of Evrylife tokens a users can create an account, participate in Evrylife governance, participate in Evrylife incentivized mod tasks, flag content posted by others, add content to decentralized storage solutions, and other features that are not available to 'not signed in' application users. Depending on a users storage needs they will need to either stake more tokens or fund their account via another method.

Can I make money/digital assets using Evrylife?

Yes, you can earn digital assets using Evrylife.

A few ways that users can earn revenue while using Evrylife are:

  • Users can turn their content into a product or service and have it included in the shop section of Evrylife. This includes things like event tickets, digital downloads, physical products, and offered services.

  • Users can participate in reward programs by staking in initial liquidity pools, staking in exchange for web 3 services, or by performing incentivized mod tasks.

  • Users can enable paid subscription levels for premium content.

  • Users can refer other users products and services and earn referral commissions

  • Channels in the ‘Causes’ category can enable donations

  • Users can enable tips

  • Users can become a service provider for decentralized storage/bandwidth

  • Users may in some cases be able to monetize their account data to third parties if the choose to do so

Are there paid advertisements on Evrylife?

No, there are no ad spots on Evrylife. With no private party looking to make money off its users, Evrylife does not need ads! An ad free platform does not mean that there is no revenue to be made. Users can earn through all kinds of non intrusive ways.

Does Evrylife have a token?

Not yet, but yes Evrylife will have a token. You can learn more about the Evrylife token here.

What utility does the Evrylife token have?

Evrylife token utilization includes but is not limited to the following

  • Evrylife account creation

  • Web 3 storage (decentralized storage integrations)

  • Content tagging-pinning Ecosystem mod tasks

  • Voting for causes

  • App, treasuries, and smart contract governance and improvement proposals

  • Profile and channel subscriptions

  • Staking and rewards

You can learn more about the Evrylife token here.

What is proof of group opinion consensus (POGO) used for in decentralized social media?

On Evrylife mod tasks are a way to work together to govern, moderate, and evolve the Evrylife decentralized social media application. Mod tasks help users to conduct decentralized content moderation as a community. Mod tasks act as a type of 'proof of group opinion' consensus (POGO). Users are able to perform optional incentivized mod tasks. One category of mod tasks is designed to help moderate flagged content. Content can be flagged if any user believes it to be in violation of the community agreed upon community guidelines.

When content is flagged or when random content audits are performed a mod task will be presented at random to a group of users. These users will each assess the content and will receive enough information about the content to make their decision. Some information may be left out such as the content creators name, the comments/interactions left on the content, and how many flags the content has received. A group consensus will be derived using a number of factors to help decide if the content is in violation of the Evrylife community guidelines. If it is voted to be in violation the content will be taken out of public view.

The content creator who initially posted the content will be notified and will have the opportunity to challenge the decision and make their case as to why they believe it is not in violation. This will become a new mod task for a new group of mods to decide upon (again at random and at volume). In the end it is up to the community to decide the final outcome. If a content creator continues to violate the community guidelines in the verdict of the 'proof of group consensus' decisions related to their content then their community score will begin to suffer. If a community score is low enough then a user will lose access to certain account features. Slashing may also occur to help prevent bad actors from mis using the application and public activity may be restricted.

An idea to help improve the performance and decision making of moderators who choose to perform the incentivized mod tasks is to also have a 'mod score' where moderators are given both real and fake mod tasks. Some of the mod tasks are simple and the answers should be apparent. If users are not taking the mod tasks seriously and getting the simple straight forward tasks wrong then their decisions will not be taken as seriously and may lose access to perform mod tasks or will receive less rewards for their mod activity.

Proof of group consensus to help moderate a decentralized social media application still needs to be tested and will be one of the first modular releases that is made available with the Evrylife application.

What are some problems with 'centralized social media'?

Whether it be a company, a software application, or the elements that make up web 2.0. Each contains centralized elements that create walled gardens of power and value. You can learn more about problems with centralized social media here.

What are the benefits to 'decentralized social media'?

Social platforms built using blockchains and decentralized protocols are more resistant to censorship and undue control. Smart contracts act as a secure back end and are transparent allowing all participants to have the same information at the same time. Transparent and open source code allows for decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) to thrive. You can learn more about the benefits to decentralized social media here.

What are Evrylife community governed variables?

Community governed variables allow staked users to adjust variables that govern the smart contracts and application code which run the Evrylife application and token modules. Community governed variables are the weightings and rates for variables such as reward amounts, slashing amounts, new mint percentage, tx fee amounts, burn amounts, the amounts allocated to each treasury, and so forth. The list of community governed treasuries will continue to evolve until the application becomes a dao run by the community. Once the app is stable the community governed variables, the improvements proposal process, and mod tasks will allow the community of staked token holders to fully run the Evrylife application.

How is content moderated on Evrylife?

Evrylife will use a proof of group opinion (POGO) consensus to moderate the content on Evrylife. This will be accomplished through incentivized mod tasks. You can learn more about decentralized social media content moderation here.

What are the token economics of the Evrylife token?

Evrylife is an anti-greed project/platform. The token economics are being designed to create a sustainable model that will allow the app to self sustain itself and be governed by its users through community governed variables. The Evrylife native token will be released through a fair launch auction process (FLA). There will be no private sales or team allocation of the Evrylife token. The plan is to have 2 fair launch rounds and the remainder of the tokens gets put into the initial LP and app treasuries. You can learn about the Evrylife tokenomics here.

Can web 2 content be added to Evrylife?

There are countless hours, days, and years of hard work put into content creation. Decades of knowledge that we have stored on web 2. It would be a shame to let all this information go to waste. The goal of a web 3 social application should not be start over and the Evrylife application is no exception.

The plan is to allow for content embeds from web 2 to be able to be added to profiles, channels, and the Evrylife directory. This will allow existing content on web 2 such as YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, etc. to be added into the Evrylife application wrapped in web 3 metadata. This will allow web 2 content to be made useful and organized into the Evrylife explorer to create a larger library of information and entertainment.

A downfall to integrating web 2 content is that the censorship/moderation of this content can occur at the place of storage/origin. Content that the Evrylife mod task proof of group opinion (POGO) consensus might not matter if the content is removed from the source.

Does the Evrylife web 3 explorer crawl the internet?

No, the version of Evrylife that the Evrylife foundation will be releasing to the community as a DAO is not planned to crawl web 2. Content on Evrylife must be added by an Evrylife account.

What does Evrylife stand for?

Evrylife is a community-governed decentralized social media application that functions as a web 3 social explorer.

Before the vision and idea behind Evrylife evolved into a web 3 social explorer, Evrylife was being built as a web 2 non profit social media application. The term 'Evrylife' was a fanciful term which at the time had no prior meaning or description. When registering the trademark in Canada at the time the term Evrylife was registered to stand for 'Equality'. The Evrylife application has evolved since this time and has been redesigned into a web 3 social world explorer that will be controlled by its users as a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO).

The term 'Evrylife' is also an abbreviation of the words 'Everything Daylife' and 'Everything Nightlife' which relates to the initial concept of the application being a global directory/explorer of all things.

What is non-custodial vs custodial crypto wallet mean?

With a non-custodial wallet, you have sole control of your private key (the key required to access your wallet). This means no one else has access, there are no middle men that have a copy of your key. Just you, you need to keep it safe, backed up, and not share it with anyone. If you lose your private key then you will not have access to any digital assets or logins that exist on or through your wallet.

With a custodial wallet, another party controls your private keys. If you are going to use a custodial wallet then you need to make sure that the party you are putting your trust into is reliable.

It is suggested to use a 'NON-CUSTODIAL' wallet and use good practices for backing up your private key.

What is a web 3 wallet?

A web 3 wallet acts as a login to decentralized applications and provides individuals with a key to protect and store digital assets on a blockchain. It is suggested to use a non-custodial web 3 wallet (crypto wallet) so that you are in full control over your private keys.

Users can log in to the Evrylife application using a web 3 wallet. This ensures that their account data belongs to them and no one else has access.

What are the Evrylife Community Guidelines?

Evrylife is where people from all around the world can come together in an environment that facilitates communication and sharing. The world is filled with billions of people who are entitled to their unique and contrasting cultures, beliefs, and opinions. It is important to respect one another and keep such diversities alive and well. It is these differences that allow us to learn from one another and explore what else is possible.

Similar to how we conduct ourselves in the real world, is how we should conduct ourselves online, please be respectful of others and be honest.

If you intend on using Evrylife please be sure to read over the community guidelines and use the platform accordingly.

The community guidelines explain what is and isn’t allowed on the Evrylife application. Everyone on Evrylife must follow the community guidelines.

The Evrylife Mod Task system is in place to review flags/reports by users. When content gets flagged it is subject to mod task review which will allow for other users to provide their opinion on whether or not the content is in violation of the community guidelines. Evrylife uses a proof of group opinion consensus (POGO) to determine the outcome of flagged content.

When content is found to violate the guidelines the content will be removed from ‘public view’. The account that created the content on Evrylife may have restrictions placed on their account, may see their staked amount get slashed, rewards amount get reduced, or their account may be removed if the violations are severe enough. These are to help reduce bad actors on the platform and keep the Evrylife application safe and enjoyable for all users.

If you are using the platform and you come across content that violates the community guidelines please flag it so that it can be reviewed as soon as possible.

Does private content and direct messages to connections (DMs) get moderated?

No, only public content that gets flagged will be subject to the mod task system. Content that is made private is controlled by your own web 3 wallet and sits on decentralized storage solutions which Evrylife does not have the ability to moderate.

Messages to public channels are not private DMs and can be subject to mod task review.

Users should 'connect' with people they know and trust. You should 'remove connection' and 'block' any users that you do not want to communicate with.

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