So I have been doing some thinking lately and would be curious the communities honest feedback.
In December when I began going “crazy” with POAPS, what I did for about a month most likely fit under the category of “engagement farming”. That said, it was done in ignorance and we have sense as a community began to address it.
But here is a some thoughts I had. Please offer feedback. I am having a conversation soon with the POAP team, (who are awesome) and would be curious questions you might have.
This will be a good conversation because I truly do believe there is/has been a confusion of what exactly “engagement farming is and is not”. My doctoral work was in digital media and human behaviors. My dissertation focused on exactly what we are talking bout in a broader perspective and on other platforms.
So clarity of terms matter and defining what is subjective and objective.
Terms like…Proof, Attendance, Engagement, Farming, etc…
The larger conversation is not just Twitter engagement farming but rather Discord AMA Engagement Farming, Twitter Spaces Engagement Farming, and so on.
IMHO- only real way to prevent engagement farming on all platforms is to NOT announce a POAP because ultimately we are rewarding people for a behavior. Whether that is a comment, RT, attendance, etc…
Yes, they showed up but it was only for a POAP. Just look at the craze in our POAP discord after the first AMA.
The announcement of POAP incentivizes behavior. That is at essence “engagement farming” if we are using it to get more people to attend. Just my opinion. Fun conversation. We must learn to live in the tension and protect the integrity of POAP to keep the value and sacredness of it. We don’t want to cheapen them but at the same time they can be a great utility.
Just thinking out loud. So my final statement is this…IF you announce a POAP ahead of time…for anything…you might be engagement farming at some level.
PS- The farmer bots have become much easier to spot
PPS- After AMA call today I love that the POAP team is creating for Twitter. The Degen bot that is.