I've been having some fun with yours.org over the last few days. I must say, I like it.
Here are my initial thoughts, both the good, the bad and the ugly.
I like the concept of paying to post an article. I don't care to hear everyone's thoughts. If it is not worth a token amount to post it on the site, maybe it is not worth my time to see or read it. I don't understand how someone would be willing to spend 15 minutes of their life (or more) typing a post, and then NOT hit the publish button because it costs 10 cents. Yet, I can absolutely understand how someone engaged in 'shitposting' will not like it too much. For me, that is a positive.
I also like the concept of paying to read an article. But I'll be honest - it would limit what article I would click on. On a free site, I can click on an article, skim it for less than a few seconds, and hit the back button if the article is poor quality, or just plain trolling. On Yours, I am limited in skimming the free section to decide whether or not to buy the full article. Right now, most articles are free and use the Purchase button as a tip button. The Purchase button must be pressed before a comment can be made. That makes sense, why comment on an article you have not read. But when the purchase button is used as a tip button, and I want to comment, I'll pay three times. One to like the article (it's just the polite thing to do). One to purchase the article. And one to write a comment. Suddenly, I am paying 30c. That feels like a large amount somehow, even though it really is not. Maybe it's something I just have to get used to. Or maybe everyone who has purchased the article should get one comment free... I don't know. It just feels like paying double.
The concept of voting, where you get a small percentage of all subsequent votes, is very interesting. Does it really improve content quality? I don't know. Right now, I think people are upvoting because it is new and for the fun of it. In the future, I would think it would improve.
Back to the comments - I made a comment on TomZ's article the other day. It got quite a few upvotes (thanks everyone). It was my understanding that the fees would go into my wallet - at least partially, but I've not been able to determine that this happens. I've looked at block explorers when the comment was upvoted, and I don't think there were any incoming transactions there. Now, I don't really care too much about missing out on a dollar, or most likely less. But it's something that would have to be fixed.
I played around with tipping. It works well. I noticed that you can tip someone 0c. And, there is in fact a blockchain transaction that spends one utxo to yourself. It costs a fee, of course, and there is no tip being paid into another account. BUT, the other person does get a message in their Yours wallet stating that a 0c tip has arrived. Kinda funny.
Transaction fee estimation seems a bit off. I have transactions with one input and 15 outputs going at 203 satoshis fee. Then, I have transactions with 1 inout and 2 outputs, going at a 2032 satoshi fee. They are all confirming equally, so some tweaking seems necessary here.
For the team at Yours, I have a technical observation / question. Sorry guys, that one is behind the paywall! (There's also a suggestion)
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