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I had a chance to connect with Justin Blau, aka x0r, his NFTs are what got me into the space and my first NFT was from him! His latest collection, MEV Army, was created to help educate folks on blockchain through puzzles and games. He manages a Discord community of ~8k members.
I had a chance to connect with Michael Blau, aka x0r, his NFTs are what got me into the space and my first NFT was from him! His latest collection, MEV Army, was created to help educate folks on blockchain through puzzles and games. He manages a Discord community of ~8k members.

His first feedback that came to mind about Discord is the rampant scams. He has to repeatedly caution new members to disable DMs to avoid getting scammed. However, there are times where a crucial DM was missed (e.g. from Vitalik, the founder of Ethereum!) so the blanket-wide shutdown of DMs isn't ideal. Integrity and community management tools are two areas that web3 communities sorely need more help and support. The financial aspect of NFT communities inherently brings more integrity concerns.

Every few weeks, he organizes a quest to challenge his NFT holders with a blockchain puzzle to help members learn how the blockchain works. This learn-to-earn model has been helpful for him to identify his most engaged members. He issues a SBT (Soulbound token, i.e. a non-transferable NFT) as a way to recognize a member who successfully completes quest. They are very similar to a POAP (Proof of Attendance Protocol), and these markers make up your reputation in his community. He uses them as a way for him to identify his most engaged community members, but it's ad-hoc and not baked anywhere in the product on Discord. Community platforms can leverage web3 primitives like POAPs to help admins/members easily identify the most reputable members and embed these as a first party product.

Justin also tried moving to a Twitter community but quickly abandoned that idea. The distribution was simply not there and the product isn't sophisticated enough. He begrudgingly stays on Discord as there is no other community platform with proper NFT-gating support.
Michael also tried moving to a Twitter community but quickly abandoned that idea. The distribution was simply not there and the product isn't sophisticated enough. He begrudgingly stays on Discord as there is no other community platform with proper NFT-gating support.

It’s important to remember that Discord is the de facto choice today out of necessity and not necessarily by choice. I suspect that they will not be able to make any major investments to support web3 use cases in the short-term. Discord is home to predominantly gamer communities and they generally have an adversarial position on NFTs. This resulted in major backlash from gamers when Discord CEO Jason Citron shared a screenshot of a Metamask integration. [He had to backtrack](https://techcrunch.com/2021/11/10/discord-nfts-crypto-jason-citron/) and say that there are "no plans to ship it at this time".

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