Monthly Progress Report - June 2020

Bitcoin Cash Research promotes and operates under a standard of transparency towards the ecosystem. This report works in the direction of that principle. It details relevant aspects of the operation and welcomes any feedback that helps to fulfill the proposed vision.

I. Activity Highlights

  • Update to Discourse version 2.6.0 beta1 for development environment by @emi_dm.
  • Installation of following plugins at development environment by @emi_dm:
    • Graphviz Plugin
    • Topic Voting Plugin
    • Discourse-OpenID-Connect
  • Configuration and testing of mentioned plugins at development environment by @Leandrodimarco.
  • Database backups by @emi_dm.
  • After validation of Discourse version 2.6.0 beta1 @emi_dm proceed with installation at production environment.
  • Installation of following plugins at production environment by @emi_dm:
    • Graphviz Plugin
    • Topic Voting Plugin
  • Configuration of mentioned plugins at production environment by @Leandrodimarco.
  • Backup restoration tests at development environment by @emi_dm.
  • Development project to integrate CashID to the forum by @Jimtendo. The idea is to have a cryptographic identity/authentication system that allows a social-login-like flow without the need of an intermediary in the middle with following considerations: users’ identity is stored on-device; and Device’s Identity Manager app is used to grant consent/login to application.
    This will be implemented as an OIDC Gateway meaning that the service can easily be consumed by other projects within the Bitcoin Cash ecosystem to provide a CashID authentication option.

II. Activity Lowlights

  • Due to performed tests at development environment concerning forum backups restoration, some users may have received an unsolicited email notification from that instance. We have deactivated notification option within development environment and removed users from the development database after backup restoration procedure was confirmed.

III. Next Steps

Proposed actions under analysis and consideration.

  • Increase the number of moderators under an expected userbase expansion.
  • Progress in the platform’s decentralization and build the necessary resources to make the platform even more capture resistant.
  • Define a policy for the release of periodic backups while protecting users’ private information.
  • Define a policy for access to the server.
  • Dark mode.

IV. Financial

Bitcoin Cash Research maintains its accounts using plain text accounting and hledger software via a ledger file (in attach at the end of this section), which will henceforth be included in a public repository as soon as possible.

Based on this public ledger, Bitcoin Cash Research is able to account for all its financial movements and produce suitable reports using auditable open-source software.

To date, our accounts and their respective funds are as follows.

Our expenses for 2020Q2 period are described by the following, considering that some of them are represented with minimum symbolic prices as they were part of donated time by collaborators.

Based on our operational expenses, income and liabilities derived Balance Sheet and Income Statement are as follows.

Resulting in a Net of -2.41414403 BCH at 2020-06-30.
Ledger file: 2020BCHResearch.ledger (5.5 KB)
Checksum: SHA256: 899C51CAACF748226659B81925B0EDCD5DAEBBF49B008BD40F7867198A1B7642

V. Funding

Project funds are held by team members in a 2-of-3 multisig Electron Cash wallet:


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This wallet intends to receive donations and cover operational expenses.

VI. Personnel

Total man hours for June 2020: 40.
Total man hours for Q2 2020: 90.

VII. Statistics

General statistics about users and views.

–Thanks to all contributors who believe that small details can create significant changes and trigger positive network effects.