Frequently Asked Questions

What are the key features of the tool?

OpenR&D allows for decentralized, transparent, and trustless task management. Using an Escrow ensures there won't be any issues with paying out the task. You can have a budget out of native currency and any ERC20 token. You can work on a task alone or in a team. You can even make a whole governance structure for your organization to work together in a transparent and trustless way. It is also possible to receive parts of the reward during the project, instead of everything at the end. In case there is any conflict if the task is completed successfully, you can create a dispute.

What security measures are in place to protect user data?

All data related to tasks is stored on the IPFS network and the IPFS hash is stored on the blockchain. The IPFS hash of profile information is currently only stored in our indexer. It is not advisable to upload any sensitive user data, as it is very hard, if not impossible, to remove completely.

Are there any costs associated with using the tool?

We do not charge any fees for using our service, however, as the tool uses smart contracts, which exist on a blockchain, gas fees apply. These will depend on what blockchain you are using and how busy the network is. These fees are paid to keep the network secure, Openmesh is not able to influence this.

How does the tool facilitate communication between applicants and tasks?

Communication between the applicants and task manager is not part of the tool, as it would be very expensive to communicate on the blockchain. Task creators are recommended to provide a way to contact them in the task information. Applicants usually have GitHub or another platform linked on their profile, which you can contact. There are also various communication protocols based on blockchain addresses.

Can users track the progress of tasks they're involved in?

The tool does not provide a native way to track progress. It is possible to make submissions to showcase the current state of the task, which should be rejected (as it does not complete the project). This would showcase the progress in a completely trustless and independent way but will require a gas fee to be paid for each update. Alternatively, the applicant can provide or be required to use any project tracking tool, such as Jira.

Is there a rating or review system for task participants?

There is currently no way to rate or review participants. The problem with giving such a rating is that it is tempting to only check out this score. Due to the pseudonymous nature of the blockchain, this score could easily be tampered with. We do provide statistics on how many tasks someone has completed and what their success rate is. These figures should not be taken blindly though, instead, we recommend checking out their profile and seeing the quality of the tasks and submissions they completed.

For example, it is possible to create a task with a very high budget and take it yourself. As we do not charge any fees, they will only lose out on some gas in exchange for a high score.

Where can I find support if I encounter any issues?

In case of any issues, you can email us at openrd@openmesh.network.

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