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Time Points

Time Points as reputation inputs and the distribution design

Intro & Terminology

Before going over the following sections, we would like to briefly introduce some basic terminologies related to the chapter:
  • Reader: Any verified t2 user that reads on the t2 network.
  • Writer: Writer of the content published on t2 that was read by readers.
  • Inspirator: A user who contributed to the curation or spread of content. It's a superset of curators and propagators.
    • Curator: Any verified t2 user that participates through permissionless curation within a territory.
    • Propagator: Any verified t2 user that participated in the spreading of content by:
      • Sharing, highlighting, reacting, making notes about content that show on friends’ social feeds, and getting the content read by other users.
      • Personally curate the content by adding them to his/ her public collections and getting the content read by other users.
  • Curation Classes: Grand classification of content curation, including Algorithmic Curation, Permissionless Curation, and Open Curation. Each curation class might have sub-curation classes based on the variations of participants and scenarios.

What are Time Points

Time Points (also presented as t.p.) are reputation points of a t2 user representing his/her network contribution.
It is rooted in the most basic concept of t2: deep reading. For each minute of deep reading, there will be 1 time point generated for the reader, and proportional amount generated for other relevant parties, potentially including writer, inspirators (curators or propagators), etc. Time Point generated in a way to reward parties that contribute to the content creation, delivery and consumption.
In addition to deep reading, the algorithm also rewards Time Points for different user contributions including content creation, content curation, propagation, and participating in meaningful community activities. We will go over them in detail in the following sections.

The Utility of Time Points

Time Points bear importance in multiple ways:
  • It's the essential element of a t2 user's reputation within digital identity.
  • The reputation of a user further defines his/her roles and associated rights within the t2 network or the designated t2 territories.
  • It's the major input of t2's content recommendation algorithms.
  • It’s the fundamental metric of the future t2 economy's incentive alignment.

Time Points generation and distribution

Time Points are generated whenever deep reading happens on t2.
For each minute of deep reading that happened, there will be on average a + b + c + d Time Points created and assigned:
  • a Time Points from it will be assigned to the reader who deep reads the content;
  • b Time Points will be assigned to the writer;
  • The remaining Time Points will be assigned to the inspirator of the reading activity, which is a joint set of curators and propagators (if any).
It’s noted that the 1 minute of deep reading is defined with 1 minute of PoA, instead of 1 minute of absolute time.
Depending on the different curation classes and sub-curation classes, the variables a, b, c, and d can vary.
We summarized the tentative value for a, b, c, and d in t2 alpha and beta test versions:
  • a is consistently 1 as the reader's Time Points reward;
  • b is consistently 0.2 for the writer's Time Points reward.
  • c and d vary based on the sub-curation class set from 0.05 to 0.1.
  • All variables are set with tentative values and are subject to the design.

How to earn Time Points

Referring to the Time Points generation and distribution process, there are multiple ways a user can earn Time Points:
  • As a reader, you can earn by deep reading content on the network.
  • As a writer, you can earn by contributing content deep read by other readers.
  • In addition, you can earn by actively participating in the content propagation process, which includes:
    • Participating in the territory permissionless curation through collective voting and ranking
    • Participating in the territory permissionless curation by being a whitelisted curator
    • Participating in the propagation by taking notes, commenting, highlighting, reacting, and sharing content on your social feed, and getting the redirection of attention of others.
    • Open curate content that you found valuable, add them to your personal collections, and get the content inside read by other users.
With attention being the native unit of account on t2, we make content creation, distribution, and consumption impact transparently revealed on a protocol level, by the flow of our attention.
Even without being a writer, we can have the influence to contribute to a grander scheme of knowledge and culture.