Rules of Praise and Quantification

:dancing_women: Who can praise?

Anyone who wishes to do so. This person should contact a Steward directly to request praise powers.

Praise powers can be retrieved in case of malicious action - see the Community Covenant for reference.

:yellow_heart: What do we praise?

Praise is a great signal to inform quality. The way each one of us judges what has quality is very subjective, so limiting what can be praised wouldn’t be ideal. Instead, we should try to be as descriptive and specific as possible to guide quantifiers towards an understanding of our expression of value. Imagine praise as a magical device that can transform invisible pieces of value into visible and tangible flows.


1. Based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes or opinions

Some examples of contributions that have been praised and should continue to be praised are:

  • Being kind
  • Volunteering
  • Taking the initiative
  • Untangling
  • Preparing something
  • Asking relevant questions
  • Giving direction to someone
  • Listening
  • Commitment
  • Providing information and insights
  • Leadership
  • Being supportive
  • Holding space
  • Being proactive
  • Sharing responsibilities
  • Inviting someone to join/ being welcoming
  • Giving valuable inputs
  • High vibes
  • For doing something no one but you saw
  • Being present/ available
  • Providing emotional support

:1234: What we don’t praise?

Objective contributions in general should be captured by SourceCred. See the full list of the actions that are currently rewarded in the SourceCred configuration

1. (of a person or their judgment) not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts.

Examples of contributions that have been praised but shouldn’t anymore after the transition to the new reward system.

  • Attending meetings
  • Contributing to discussions in the forum (the quality of someone’s contribution can still be praised, but the fact someone liked or wrote a post or comment will be rewarded through SourceCred)
  • Twitting or retweeting content.
  • Being active on Github

:memo: How should a praise be formulated?

:space_invader: Discord: !praise @xyz @yzl @ooo for _______________.

:small_airplane: Telegram: !dish praise to @xyz, @yzl, @ooo for _______________.

:star: Be specific :star: avoid superlatives like: “They’re amazing in all they do”, “I praise all the work they did in this process”

This is a valid form of appreciation, but it gets tricky when it needs to be quantified. When praising, try to focus on one or a few action points, or add a quality to the general action to help quantifiers understand why that is important. ex. “I praise the thoughtfulness they put in the details of this process, like adding emojis related to each topic of the agenda”

:money_with_wings:How does quantification work?

See Here

:rabbit2: Are there praise categories?

There are no categories but a fibonacci sequence value slide to help on quantification.

From less value to more value.

We’ll use either a more full version,

→ 1 → 2 → 3 → 5 → 8 → 13 → 21 → 34 → 55 → 89 → 144

Or one with 5 points

0 → 13 → 21 → 55 → 144

Or one with 7 points

0 → 3 → 8 → 21 → 55 → 89 → 144

To be debated…

:nerd_face: Questions to have in mind during quantification

  • How much effort was put into this?
  • What is the impact of this contribution to the TEC?
  • How original/ unique is this contribution?

This is great Livi! I was wondering if you have some good examples of praise that would be easy to be interpert and quantify.

I also feel certain terms like “Holding Space” , “High Vibes”, “Listening” seem very vague to me, how is this conducive to avoiding superlatives as you mentioned?

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“Holding Space”, “High Vibes”, “Listening” would be more like categories of subjective contributions that have been praised, rather than the format of the praise.

I’ll try to find examples for each of them -
High vibes/ welcoming - “!praise x for his outstanding friendly hosting this morning at community hall.”
Holding space/ listening - “!praise x for the sweet deep dive we took talking about communities, reward systems and emotional support. I’m grateful for her care, attention and the synthesizing she does with others for and within our community”

I’m taking another look at the praises now and there is a huge amount of “for always doing this” " for all the work with this and that". I’m thinking it will be really hard to shift this. It’s probably fair to say that the value expressed in this cases is of consistency, reliability, accountability. So maybe praise could be quantified having this into account and we could discuss a base quant value for it.