Crypto guides can be a good place to learn, but they are not the only place. The crypto community needs to contribute high-quality content on crypto in order to raise the level of discourse.
It is no coincidence that many of the most respected and influential people in the crypto space have stepped away from writing guidelines and tutorials.
Unfortunately, most crypto guides fail to meet a number of criteria necessary for long-term success, including unprofessional language, weak writing style, lack of attention to detail and poor organization. Crypto guides that fail these tests will fall into obscurity very rapidly, as people move on to new content or abandon their investments.
The importance of high-quality cryptocurrency guides cannot be overstated.
There are plenty of crypto guides around, of varying quality. But I’m writing this because in my opinion the best crypto guide is not just another crypto guide, it’s a system of crypto guides.
Most crypto guides are not very good because they use a lot of jargon and assume a lot about how the reader thinks. They start with the assumption that the reader is already familiar with crypto and that he knows what any term like “hashing algorithm” means. The result is an unreadable mess with lots of words that mean nothing, and sentences that go on too long. The jargon problem is solved by repetition: you can fix a phrase like “hashing algorithm” to “hash function.”
But there’s another problem: at least for altcoiners, altcoins are not just one thing. There’s Bitcoin, and there’s Litecoin and Ripple and Dogecoin and Feathercoin and a dozen others, each with its own set of peculiarities and history, each with its own core developers and community. And it’s hard to find any single source that explains all those things in one place.
You might see the same idea done badly in several ways, but you might also see it done well in one way or no way at all. A high-
In this post I would like to discuss the importance of writing good crypto guides. This is something that many people struggle with and I would like to try to shed some light on it.
Writing guides is NOT easy, especially if you are new to crypto. The market is so vast, with so much happening every day, that it’s hard for a newbie to keep up with every single development in the space. In addition, there are so many different ways to write a crypto guide and many different techniques.
This post will be short and covers only one aspect of how one should write a crypto guide: the importance of clarity.
Crypto guides need to be high quality. You can tell the user a guide is crap by the number of typos and copy-pasta. The best crypto guides are all of one piece, written by a single author. If a crypto guide is badly organized, it’s not much use. It’s like having one-third of a good book to read.
I’ve seen people do this as an experiment: they take a popular cryptocurrency guide, and make their own version, reorganizing it so that it matches their preferred order of topics, and then post both versions side by side on their blog. It’s nice to have both options available—but if you have to choose one, why not go for the one that matches your personal taste?
If you aren’t the sort of person who enjoys reading about cryptography—if you don’t enjoy understanding how things work, or learning new things—then it doesn’t matter whether you’re reading about a particular topic in the order I recommend or any other. If you just want to know whether something is worthwhile investing in, ask someone with more experience than you have. Or just buy what looks good at the moment.
Crypto is a craft. You need to understand it before you can do it well. And there are a lot of bad crypto guides out there. You need to be able to distinguish good ones from bad ones, and the best way to do that is to study them yourself.
That’s one reason why I’ve been writing this guide, and this post: because I want you to learn how to do it yourself.
I have been involved in a number of crypto projects and I’ve seen how this industry can be so frustrating. There are many good projects out there, but many are vaporware. There is no way in the world to tell which ones are worth investing your time and money into.
The key is to find a few quality guides. I’d recommend checking out:
There is also a subreddit ( https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoGuides ) where you can ask questions, see which guides people are recommending and even upvote or downvote the ones you like best.
Also, the CryptoAdvisor community on Steemit is really high quality and welcoming!
Crypto tools are not easy to use and the process can be frustrating. So we are grateful for the efforts of people like @cjb54 who translate their guides into English and others who write them in the first place.
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