I’ve been thinking for a while, as a result of this tweet from Spencer Noon, that the most important thing about Loot is its lore, building its universe.
Loot must carry out the process of creating a science fiction universe in a collaborative and decentralized way. It is not a trivial matter, moreover, it may be the first time that something like this has been carried out.
To know how we can carry out this task, let’s first analyze how this process currently happens:
In traditional science fiction universes, the information about it is created by one author or a group of authors. It is usually a small group of professionals and easy to coordinate. Quite the opposite of Loot, where we are a group of 2,500 people that speak different languages and have different writing skills.
At this point, the universe would be created and it could be the community itself that would document that information under a format similar to Wikipedia or even the Bible. However, in Loot this information is not given by any author, it is the community itself that must create and document this science fiction universe.
Therefore, in the traditional system, it is the users who, previously observing the world and collecting information from it, propose new information and changes in it. It is information that is first observed and then documented. In Loot, this process does not happen in the same way, it is the community itself that creates that universe. The events are observed after the documentation, since it is the documentation itself, through the community, the one that decides whether these events have occurred or not.
This has the consequence that the tools and processes used to create these traditional science fiction universes are not valid to reach the same result in projects like Loot. We need to update them.
We can start from the more traditional format such as a book, the members of the community themselves could propose new paragraphs, pages, or even chapters and Loot holders could vote which ones they accept and the history of Loot could be built collaboratively.
However, a sufficiently complex universe can have too many interdependencies that can be difficult to follow and visualize with a format such as linear as a book. This is the reason why another type of format is necessary: a wiki.
A wiki allows you to view the content in a clearer way, being able to analyze each piece of information in isolation but at the same time being able to access other pieces of information related to it at the click of a button. It is a way in which we can see more clearly the interdependencies between all the elements of the universe and, at the same time, create more complex universes thanks to the power of abstraction that this format gives us.
The Loot universe could be constantly updated by the community and it would be the token holders themselves who would accept or reject these new changes in that wiki with a voting system similar to Snapshot.
At this point, I begin to realize something… Why should we do it just for Loot? This system of creating science fiction universes in a collaborative and decentralized way can be perfectly used by other types of NFT communities for the development of their own lore. Once a project has a detailed wiki of its universe, more other players can come to work on top of it working on much more solid terrain, adding much more value to the community. Is this the fandom wiki for web3?
What do you guys think?