Cryptofans we love you - thanks for setting the groundworks for a better human society in the new millennium. Separate money from state from church! We are here today to testify to the glory of Publish0x contests; so thankful for tying for first in the STATERA contest.
Extra amazing for many reasons. For starters, right after submitting the entry we logged off Publish0x, depressed, after noticing how everyone else entering the contest had a boatload more likes. Frankly, the other articles seemed better written, more informative, and well formatted with great graphics, careful editing, and overall positioning within a greater brand being built - looking at you Cryptonator, PMV,... So not only were we looking bad with the competition, but indeed they all seemed to have no trouble cranking out five dolla articles time after time while we were chugging along at 20 cents per.
A guilty conscience added to our woes. Way back in the AELF competition, our inner new yorker lashed out, and we dumped what we perceived as brutal truths - we were mean to Mappo grinding away, insulted AELF as being just a third rate offering blessed by the CCP, and denigrated the resumes of ALEF leaders as being only rich kids from the CCP with second rate educations and not much real world experience. Yow. Among others. Quoting Tony Parsehole was just nasty. What's that fifties movie dialogue "if you think that's polite you must be from New York City"
To defend for a moment - new yorkers aren't rude, y'all are just slow. Wait that didn't help, did it? OK, try again - one of my all time favorite Wall Street aphorisms is - "We will never stab you in the back. We will come through your front door with an axe!!!" Another great Wall Street mindset - no matter WHO you are, we can quickly find five people who think yer an idiot. Hmm, maybe still not helping?
Anyway, Mappo is a great dude, and his talents and accomplishments are miles ahead of mine today and probably forever. And the lead guy Ma at Aelph seems pretty decent. I still think AELF is a shitcoin pretending to compete with freaking ETH, Tron, Binance coin, Polkadot, EOS and a bunch more well equipped players - whoops damnit there I go again. OK I will shut up about https://www.publish0x.com/hi-i-am-dave-and-i-just-got-hooked-on-crypto/the-truth-about-elf-coin-and-you-cant-handle-the-truth-aelf-xpjjedg
Wait, one more for ya Mappo old pal - At one point, for some reason, our title was Director of Marketing for BT Americas, with a 2MM annual budget. OK, that budget shrank by 90% in the years after the merger, but that made us think a LOT. And one thing we got even the smart girls upstairs to agree to - no marketing material graphics should ever have a downward tilt to the right. It's literally the handwriting analysis on a suicide note. Or a price chart that drives suicide notes. All those smart women bosses have all moved on to be MDs for Euro companies now, especially the countries mandating more female directors. But the graphics on AELF management still look as depressing as this:
So after we shit the bed on AELF, Igor did not even welcome us to the contest, who blames him. And Wall Street saying #3 - "just because you are paranoid doesn't mean that they are NOT out to screw you" - think we have never achieved another sticky, just can't make the popular list anymore! Shadowbanned!!! We tried really hard to correct this article after article, with a hardworking, lucky positive entry on Atomic Wallet, and were finally rewarded with being the lowest paid prize winner - a big step up!
For Statera, we really did study up and leave it all on the research playing field, honestly thought it was a great article. But then, looking at the competition we lost faith. TWolf scored a hundred likes for a huge dissertation, scoped like War & Peace. Scott Cunningham submitted a clear article with a slick video and scored sixty likes. PVM brought home his sixty likes with another world sized article with a great graphic showing Hamlet trying to figure out Statera (my Unix workstation was once named Elsinore by my team as they thought I was a broody Dane in his castle!?!) Mynima as usual wrote a wonderful straightforward article, including investment plans, lovely graphics, and scored HIS sixty likes. My fave Cryptonator did a beauty, his usual honest, detailed insights, bagged a hundred likes. Absolute Unit cranked out a STUNNING article, first framing the view as a meta-article and then executing flawlessly, with humor and deep insight into technical details that radically increased my understanding of Statera (after, alas, we had already published. Are you sandbagging, Absolute? ) and HE got HIS SIXTY LIKES DAMNIT WTF? And THEN Alexandru comes powering in with an awesome article, includes a MMT rant with a lovely stinky 'tude and details on buying STA, creams us all with 150 likes . :(
Anyway, given that noone (okay, 17) liked my article, we began to question our attitude, along with chances for success. Things looked pretty grim.
Maybe, just maybe, we could get more than ten likes if we, say, did not laugh at Statera's "delusions of grandeur" on their use cases. Possibly we should not spit on the word 'synergy" being ever used for anything but a chemical reaction. Perhaps we could skip dwelling on the sketchy, hidden founders of Statera - noone else seems to care. Could it be that comparing a DeFi system to a fraudulent perpetual motion machine is not the way to win hearts and influence winners working at that system? Who knew?
So imagine our surprise, joy even, (except those damn ukelele's haunt me, man I hate them)
at coming back & finding out we tied in the money! What does this mean?
1) Our faith in Publish0x, Igor, and the Statera team has been increased / restored / created. Those boys from Statera ( and Igor and Publish0x) can stand a joke, man. Even a full frontal New Yawker slash job, taken in the spirit of fair play it was given. Somebody at Statera laughed hard even as some hated us.
2) there is a place for skeptical humor on the 0x. Stinky but sincere is OK. We swear it's not low effort shitposting, it just looks like it is.
3) maybe whomever is not giving us a sticky anymore is NOT who is judging the contest. In which case, can we send you a Junior's cheesecake, man? we Promise to not be mean spirited again. If we can help it.