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Dear community, today we will have an AMA with one of the best crypto projects according to CMC: Monero - number 15 at the moment. @ofthesalazar will be our guest today. Welcome!

Hi @ofthesalazar . Nice to meet you. How are you today?

I'm doing well. Chilling. Happy to be here to answer questions about Monero.

Please tell a bit about yourself and how did you become involved with Monero community :)

Sure. So to start with, a little background. Monero didn't have a premine, ICO, and has no founder's reward. There is no corporation, foundation, or anything behind it. Similar to Bitcoin, nobody is in charge. There are no 'leaders' per se (like other projects have a CEO or stuff like that).

We really are just a decentralized group with a passion for privacy.

We do have a Core Team, but our core team is very different than other core teams. They aren't 'in charge'. They aren't the boss of anyone. And they don't lead the project. Basically what they do is bridge the decentralized world that we want to exist with the centralized world that does exist. Let me give an example.

A domain name (i.e. has to be owned by someone. It can't be owned by a decentralized community. The payment has to come from somebody's card, and somebody's name has to be on there.

what if the person who buys that website for ex will divert its initial purpose? like Roger Veer did for ex

The Core Team is comprised of seven trusted individuals that do things like this. Things that require trust. One of their tasks is managing the Monero general fund, which is entirely funded via donations (no premine and stuff remember?). The general fund has a good amount of Monero in there, and the Core Team has made the decision that having someone working full time in Monero from a non-coding perspective would be helpful, so they hired me. I work for the core team and I'm paid from the general fund. I am the only one like this. Note, I am not an employee of 'Monero', but of the Core Team, which, again, are just trusted individuals that handle different tasks that require trust.

Further reading on the Core Team's tasks can be done here:

This is a good question. The Core Team serve at the pleasure of the community for as long as the community trusts them. We have had changes in the core team before for a few different reasons (none of them due to scandal), but if an individual in the core team were to break the community's trust, it would be much good to have them in a group that is tasked with doing trusted things, would it?

So the community could kick away the current core team (presumably with some losses) and continue. The website is open source, the code is open source, and we use FOSS for our infrastructure, so everything can be rebuilt. In other words, they hold no cards against the community.

Yes, how can the community participate in the decission making

via the open source nature of EVERYTHING about Monero. If the core team member responsible for the domain-jacking was unwilling to give the domain back to us, the entire website is open source ( so we can simply make a new name, and as a community tell people that the old site is defunct because of the scandal and we're under a new site. We would do this on all of our various platforms.

Note, the core team is not the admins of the telegram group, or our subreddit, or our Mattermost, etc. So they would not be able to stop this flow of information.

Ye. So to answer how I got involved, I actually found Monero before Bitcoin. :) I'm a privacy enthusiast and was looking into cryptocurrency, and remembered a terrible website I had seen, and it turned out to be Monero's. I own a small design firm, and I wanted to remake the website.

They agreed, and as I did, I learned about Monero and what it stood for, and how it was a pillar of quality in the, frankly, sea of trash that is the crypto space.

So I joined up and became a hard working community member. :)

(I didn't get the job from the core team until a couple of years in)

That's an interesting story :) We've collected questions from the community via our website. We have selected 5 to be discussed in the first part

Q1 from @maxzeroneWho chose Esperanto as the language from which to choose the name of the project? Do you use Esperanto for other communication within the project except for the naming?

So Esperanto was chosen by the founder of Monero, a random scammer. Yes, you heard that right, Monero was founded by a scammer. It's a hilarious story, but quite long to get into, though I'd be happy to get into it a bit later if it's desired. We don't have contact with this scammy founder anymore (he disappeared), so we don't know why he chose this, but it was a clever thing. The name itself was originally bitMonero. Monero means 'coin' in Esperanto, so bitMonero means bitcoin. It was also an inspired choice because Esperanto is a stateless language. It has no home country because it was a deliberately man-made language. In the same way, Monero is a stateless money. It belongs to no country, so it fits rather well.Esperanto is not used for communication purposes (though there are several in the community that speak it), but it is definitely used for several other names of different projects within the community. Things like Monerujo (means wallet) Android wallet, Kovri, Vendo, and more.

If there are enough Esperanto speakers though, we'd be glad to have Esperanto channels of communication for them.

Monero has nice stories behind it :) You could create a movie 😄

😊 That's a great story. How did you get rid of him? Or her?

They left of their own accord. They were ignoring the community requests, doing their own thing, disappearing for a week at a time without communicating with anyone, and more. So the community decided to just put out their own code. That's how the current Core Team got started actually. Some people heavily involved with the project just decided to do their own thing. After a while, the scammer realized that the community trusted the new Core Team more than him, so he just disappeared altogether.

So the community hijacked a scam project (because it had actually good cryptography surprisingly) and turned it into a community-based, legit project.

We are one of the few projects who no longer has our founder with us. Similar to Satoshi leaving Bitcoin, our scammy founder isn't with us either. :)

yes. One of the few cases where the good guys win in real life.