What is this?
Web3 Is Going Great is a project to track some examples of how things in the blockchains/crypto/web3 technology space aren't actually going as well as its proponents might like you to believe. The timeline tracks events in cryptocurrency and blockchain-based technologies, dating back to the beginning of 2021.
This is a personal project of mine, and reflects my own opinions. If you are looking for an unbiased descriptor of web3 and related technologies, there are short ones in the Glossary, but that is not the goal of this site. I would recommend Wikipedia for that (and if the pages there are lacking, I would strongly encourage you to contribute to them!) If you would like to see a version of this website that takes a different approach or covers a different topic, this is all open-source, so please feel free to fork the code and make your own!
Who am I?
I'm Molly White, a software engineer by trade who is also very passionate about free and open knowledge and resources, and presenting information such that it is more accessible to all. You'll usually find me working on and talking about Wikipedia. I also care very much about equity in the tech industry and online spaces. You can learn more about me on my website or find me on Twitter.
If you are interested, I also have longer-form, less sarcastic thoughts on web3.
Privacy and money
I have a disclosure statement. The TL;DR is that I hold no cryptocurrencies or NFTs, and am also not trying to make money off of crypto markets doing poorly by shorting the market, etc. I do have a Patreon for people who wish to support my otherwise unpaid work (which includes this website, but tends to be pretty wide-ranging), and I also accept donations for the website.
What's the number in the corner with the flames?
That's the Grift Counter (™™™)! A running total of the amount of money lost so far to grifts and scams, which increments as you scroll through the page. It doesn't update with every single post that mentions a monetary loss (for example, if someone transfers money to a dead-end wallet by mistake)—just the money lost to intentional thefts and scams. If it makes more sense to you to start with the total amount of money lost to grifts and scams, and have it decrement as you scroll back in time, that's an option too! Just click the settings panel icon and pick "Start at total amount scammed and subtract as you scroll". You can also show and hide the counter or stop the animation of the flames from this panel.
The grift counter does not appear when you visit the website via a permalink, because it throws off the total to start partway through the timeline.