Some comments collected from the wider community:
"My initial thought was the Community Fund is not meant for marketing. But since Swash is also THE pilot for Data Unions (framework) + the community will probably benefit from this, I think it is OK. In addition, I personally would ask the Swash team to have x% of the admin fee returned to the community fund, once we reach 10k users for example. This makes the future of the community fund more sustainable. And I also think it is fair. What do others think?"
_"Has the Swash team considered the previously mentioned ’refer a friend’ link functionality? (E.g. Youtubers have a special link that their viewers can click when they are signing up and the YouTuber receives a % from the admin fee).
I think that would really help marketing, and allows each user to become their own promoter of the project. Youtubers for example would be incentivised to make videos on swash and some of them have a reach in the millions. The more users that swash gets, the more people who could possibly promote it.
Once money spent on ads is gone, it’s gone. The ‘refer a friend’ functionality would keep free marketing continuing."_
_I like the idea, and would fully support it when the time is right, but I'm not sure that is right now. If there is money allocated from the community fund, it's likely to be once, so the timing of the push needs to be thought out carefully. Maybe in a few months?
It's still in beta (and the swash website says that on it's homepage). I love swash but there's been quite a lot of teething issues and users finding their data balances are zero. Have the issues been ironed out? Are the team ready to deal quickly with the issues of more users who are likely less understanding than early adoptions who are aware of streamr/swash?_