Difficulty : Beginner
I. You could read the logs. A ball of yarn approximately 22`352`146 words to date (roughly twice the size of Trilema, which of course you've read, yes ?), the logsii recount the entire history of the Republic, and in the process provide the only, winding, intricate stairwell into its very heart : the forum. That the republic readily exceeds the literate production of the combine of "modern democracies" should be unsurprising ; that they sorry shelters of the stunted ever manage to reach its quality is altogether dubious. See #trilema for life support.
II. You could play Eulora. It's a MMORPG, its currency (ECu) is directly pegged to Bitcoin, it's allegedly fun. Certainly beats dicking around with Bitcoin faucets by a damn sight. See #eulora for live support.
Difficulty : Intermediate
IV. You could stand up a Bitcoin node. mod6 has created a complete set of tools making life much easier for the beginner-intermediate - and he's always looking for testers. You will need a dedicated server and some bash skills.
V. You could stand up an irc bot, and in the process learn an incredible lot about the strengths and weaknesses of your preferred stack, as well as your other assumptions. See the spec ; and remember that this task has a strange mirror quality to it, in that the less of your own understanding you expose, the less you learn.
VII. You could write for Qntra. All it takes is a write-up of a news item, which you then submit to BingoBoingo. Accepted stories entitle you to S.QNTR shares, which currently trade at ~0.00015 BTC per.
VIII. You could evangelize. This is a thankless and mostly pointless task, today as ever in history. Nevertheless, there exist groups of mutually-supported idiots, perpetuating themselves through active denial of reality - exactly in the manner subhuman groups befouling the Americas centuries ago told themselves inept stories about the world that failed to include Europe in all its majestic glory. Fine examples of such stone-age tribes call themselves "lesswrong", or "Something Awful", or "PUA community" or what have you. The Republic provides sufficient ideological basis to completely destructure any claims the primitives misconstrue as their own ideologies (feel free to fall back on #trilema for dogmatic support should you need it), and consequently any attempts to maintain whatever local hierarchy in power over the respective cow herd will have to be political. Prepare to be banned (sort-of like being burned at the stake irl), secure in the knowledge that no half-naked savage ever has, or ever could, withstand the might of the Republic once we finally get around to arraying against them. It's our lord's will!
Difficulty : Advanced
IX. You could establish your credentials with the Republic. Understand that your being a doctor, lawyer, University professor etcetera buys you very little. Upper-middle class achievement may be sufficient to impress the parents of one's beloved bride, but unless we have already mentioned you by name what helps is actually being a head of state or somesuch.
X. You could understand V. There's sufficient discussion scattered in the logs, various articlesiv, extant implementations scl. This is a bit like trying to understand Newtonian mechanics cca 1600 - you can't get anywhere without it, then as now ; but there's no simple statement nor much in the way of texbooks then, unlike now. A few advanced minds grok it, giving them a significant advantage over all the others, and for now that's about all. Evidently, things won't stay that way.
XI. You could participate in design discussions. Such as for instance re gossipd recently, but these pop up with some frequency. Mind that VIII above is there for good reason - if you're nobody on a stick and lack the mental flexibility to make sense - and a lot of it quickly - you'll be landing yourself in the soup in short order.
XII. You could do your own thing. It's probably a bad idea to go out on your own before you achieve your accoladev, but afterwards you're more than welcome to eg reinvent lisp. Outside of some very moderate scheduling constraints you're your own master in the Republic. Which is exactly as it should be.———
- It will eventually be the case that everyone can participate in the Republican affairs - but that "everyone" specifically excludes a large portion of people alive today ; so that the barrier to the eventual realisation of "everyone can participate" is exactly the de-realisation of a good portion of the components of "everyone" today. I hope this footnote is ominous enough, seeing as it makes the physical destruction of idiots a literal goal of the Republic. [↩]
- log.mkj.lt ; btcbase.org ; your name here. [↩]
- The USG owes well over a million for FY 2015 and a similar amount estimated for FY 2016. [↩]
- See for instance Vulpes' likbez. [↩]
- Current lordship list. [↩]