Introduction to Cartwheel for Digital Content
Some of you might have already found out that recently we launched Cartwheel, short for Cartpool Wheel, as the latest major feature for digital content. Different than the other sibling products of the Cartpool family, thanks to Dawn, Cartwheel is the first service to be built with cross-domain connectivity on both the resource side and the consumer side. It is also the first feature to generate Dawn-compatible resource objects and thus to carry the experimental Renaissance mechanism to ensure data security in a (future) decentralized environment. In this tutorial, we will go through the steps of how to commit content to Dawn and distribute it through the Cartwheel program, with a monetization option. This tutorial is intended for digital content creators, e.g., investigative journalists, fiction writers, artists, etc., who are producing original content on a regular basis and/or pursuing a career in the field.
Cartwheel can be used for much more complex types as well (sets of content), which will be covered at a later time.
Become a RISE member
To be able to use Cartwheel as a resource provider, you will need to have an active RISE membership as there are some more complicated terms we have to figure out and confirm together. Don’t worry — it’s super easy to apply for one and completely free. Follow the guides and orientation video on this page. You will go through a verification process — during which we quickly check if you are the real owner of your domain. After that, sign the agreement and… welcome aboard!
We strongly recommend that if you haven’t already you should get yourself a personal domain. In the age of the Internet, a domain is also part of your unique identity. If you are interested in becoming a creative content provider, it will also be the base of your brand and individuality. As we explained many times before, MOFFAS/Dawn celebrates independence and freedom, on both sides. Only when such freedom is guaranteed by the system can we really say we’ve somehow achieved a free market. Now, we are looking at the beginning of this expedition.
Of course, if you don’t have a personal site yet, you may use a subdomain (Wordpress, Medium and Substack) cautiously. If you have some agreement with the hosting platform, you might need to check it again to see if you can enter your content into a third-party program and the status of your content authorship/copyright.
Adding content is simple and straightforward.
Go to Partner Workstation.
Click the Add button in the navigation tab. Select Cartwheel.
The content form pops up.
Enter all the information necessary. You cannot leave the content body or title empty. At the moment, you will still need to paste your content yourself. At some point, that part will be simplified to reduce redundancy. The goal of Dawn is to have single origin for all creative content.
Make sure the Destination URL (where your content is on your own domain) is correct. Otherwise, consumers won’t be able to access your content!
If you have a paywall in place on your own site, you should use monetization here as well — otherwise the content you enter here will be accessible for free. If you are on a platform and behind a collective paywall, such as Medium (to be able to see your content one will need to have a site-wide subscription to Medium), consider setting a reasonable single access charge so that people can still access your content without signing up for more than what they need.
As of now, since we just launched the program and there’re not enough resources to fill a Wheel, let alone Wheels, the Wheel function is inactive. You can still opt in so that once the Wheel is activated your content is automatically qualified for earnings. If this is what you'd like to do for your content, make sure you enter a single access fee to be eligible for Wheels. To learn about the Wheel model and how it differs from the platform model, visit WikiCenter for details.
Once your content is entered into Dawn, the resource side processor, it is going to be intensively studied by GEN. However, your own input is still the most important and the analysis system always respects the original author’s understanding. Dawn does not use explicit categorization to organize resources; if you want your content to be visible under certain categories, you can add labels to make sure our system catches that. This will be particularly useful when it comes to content regarding subcultures, trends or niche markets.
Check out the status of your content.
Once you submit the content, it will go into Dawn for multi-stage processing. You can check the status in the Workstation. One of the first things the system does is to assign a Renaissance Stamp to your submission. Renaissance is going to be extremely important in the future when we deploy the community nodes. What it does is to give consumers the ability to verify -- what they receive on their end is indeed the real thing. In a centralized system, you (blindly) trust the system, in many cases, the platform company, to always respond to your queries with authentic results. However, if the data is stored in a decentralized fashion, such trust is unrealistic or, at least, unreliable. Renaissance is built for, among many things, such purposes. You may follow the community node development here. The data facility of a community node is called Lighthouse (for obvious reasons).
The first edition of Ren Stamps uses texts as the base for unique verification keys, employing poems by E. E. Cummings. It will look like this:
Once the Stamp is assigned, your content can be accessed from inside the network through the profile page. Please note that GEN might not be ready at that time, but it does not affect your content or its delivery, which should be immediate upon request. On the profile page, click on the Ren cover to unlock content. If you set up a paywall or it is part of a Wheel, users will be prompted to pay an access fee or subscribe to the Wheel.
💡 In any case, a consumer should be encouraged to consume your content from your own domain directly, through the extension or the app (coming soon). You may include a cue on your domain to provide guidance. We also recommend that you use some type of independent paywall system for patrons and set up a channel to receive gifts, e.g. CashApp, PayPal Me, etc.