This introduction is addressed to non-technical readers. If you know what blockchains are and want a deeper understand of how Nugget.News works, you need to read the technical introduction, here.
Below, we sometimes include geeky remarks and mark them with red text.
Long Story, short. A
simple guide to Nugget News
Nugget News rethinks the way we publish news online. We believe we can fight fake news, encourage high-quality journalism and promote transparency all at once. Let us briefly explain how.
Here’s an introductory video.
To help you understand, below we make use of the following example:
Someone claims that, on July 20th 1969, the Apollo 11 mission failed and 2 astronauts were stuck on the Moon.
(If you think this example is unrealistic, just Google it).
Let’s start with a bit of vocabulary:
- Nugget: A nugget is the basic unit of information. It’s made of a short text—together with any multimedia resource— and can be published by anyone. It is stored in a place where everyone can see it, but no one can alter it (psst, this cool thing is called blockchain). Users cast votes on the truthfulness of a nugget by staking their reputation.
- NewsFryer: It’s our equivalent of traditional publishers. When users connect to Nugget.News, they obtain content from a NewsFryer and can even receive updates on its activity (such as being alerted when something new is published). A NewsFryer accepts and publishes nuggets but also coordinates their review (see below).
- Sauce: Users rate nuggets by submitting further evidence—sauces—to either confirm or disprove them. Sauces can be photos, videos, articles, interviews, … anything and users can create them only after staking some of their reputation (spices). Sauces are original contributions by reviewers and their authors retain full ownership of them. Nugget.News only broadcasts them to readers.
- Nugget Rating: When enough reputation (coming from different users) is staked to cast votes on a specific nugget, Nugget News computes a final rating. It is the opinion of the majority of reviewers (weighted by the reputation at stake, to be precise). The reviewers who voted with the majority get back their staked reputation (plus a bonus), others lose it.
Example Nugget Rating
- Spices: Reputation staked by a reviewer to review a nugget.
Now, you may wonder: “Who can write nuggets?”.
Well, everyone. If they have something they think is important or something they care to know more about. Chances are others will find it interesting too and wait for reviewers to give more details. There’s no fixed format for a nugget, but the more concise the simpler for reviewers to judge and the more attractive to them.
Also, zealous users can donate any amount to a nugget, which will be automatically rewarded to honest reviewers (remember: technology allows Nugget.News to do that automatically, no risk of cheating).
Unconfirmed nuggets are displayed at the top of Nugget Alpha dashboard.
Next, it is important to better explain the role of sauces. They represent any form of structured information relating to a nugget, like the standard newspaper article or a relevant interview on Instagram.
When you access the demo, you are automatically connected to the The Great Fryer, our first cool publisher.
What about readers?
Do readers notice that they are using Nugget News?
First, they have the power to influence the topics covered by reviewers, since they can write, upvote/downvote nuggets and make donations.
Also, they receive rated nuggets directly in their Reddit (or Facebook) feed so that they can scroll and read without worries. Zero effort.
Lastly, when you share a nugget with someone, they will know from its rating if the nugget is real or just another WhatsApp scam. No need to trust you (sorry).
When you access Nugget News Alpha, you will be assigned an address (it looks like this: ‘0xB8746F2vgh3846….’) on our test blockchain.
You will also receive 100 (fake) ETHs. This is the name of a digital money (like US Dollars or Euros) which you can use to make donations and create nuggets.
You can review nuggets if you want, but don’t forget to register as reviewer (from the NewsFryer panel) first!
Great! You’re ready to try Nugget News Alpha. Grab your token and click here: