Beyond Stacks 2.1: What Are The Next Big Moves For Stacks?
by Mitchell Cuevas on August 17, 2022
As Stacks 2.1 and Subnets from Hiro bring speed, continuous Stacking, and key Clarity improvements online over the next 2-3 quarters, it’s important we come together as a community and decide on the next set of important needs.

These types of decisions are ultimately made through the SIPs process following open discussion and input, eventually making their way through a voting and review stage, and finally, miner acceptance. What we're working toward here is providing the community data and insights to help make the best decisions about where we focus our collective resources.

For our part in this, we’ve begun a two-pronged approach designed to surface some of this initial information for further discussion and to set the table for us to plot our next moves. (Cue the maniacal laughter)
Part 1: Pulse Check
We’re running a survey among the most active developers and entrepreneurs in the ecosystem so we can start to get a rough picture of the biggest blockers, unlocks, and growth paths, according to the folks using Stacks every day.
Part 2: Open Survey
The first survey will set us up to run a larger-scale survey that is a bit more structured, allowing us to get meaningful data from a wide range of folks across the community. This will help us make the more qualitative feedback from Part 1 more quantitative, while ensuring a great sample size.
At the Stacks Foundation, we’ll be doing two key things with this data:
  1. Sharing it publicly so that other entities can benefit from the insights
  2. Leveraging the data to set clear priorities for our grants, partnership efforts, and other programming
In short, we’ll do our best to make sure that the most important things are getting addressed in one way or another. We plan to run these priority-guiding surveys on a quarterly basis going forward. The information, should the community choose to leverage it, can inform everything from SIPs to events and beyond, as well as surface needs that are newer or currently lesser-known.

If you know or are a builder actively working on Stacks project at or near full-time, please email [email protected].
Part 1: Pulse Check
Part 2: Open Survey
Happening now
Starts between September 1 and 15
What: Open-ended survey of active builders, founders, and core contributors. 
What: Structured survey pressed to all corners of the Stacks community
Outcome: Data we can use to create structured survey for the wider community, to be distributed near the end of Q3, 2022.
Outcome: Data we can share with all ecosystem players so that the most important needs are addressed by grants, partnerships, core devs, or the most relevant resource. 
Design: Open-ended, leans toward write-in information and ‘interview’ style qualitative data.
Design: Structured for easy feedback from a wide group, leans toward extracting quantitative measures of priorites from a large sample size.

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