YEN: Fun and Friendly, ALL THE THINGS

As Peter and I share all the time, we just love to have fun with not only the projects that we get to work on but also the people.

If we’re not optimizing for fun… then, what’s the point?

As a builder you have the distinct opportunity and pleasure to build into the system these very things, the values that underpin your behavior!

One thing that I love, for instance, are gifs… I can’t get enough of them! I think they do an incredible job of communicating things simply, quickly, and effectively.

But, not all of them have to boring and dull and utility-focused… sometimes you just want to add a gif that might “lighten” the mood.

For instance, I thought about adding this funny gif to our verification screen for two-factor.

Is this necessary? Obviously not. But, is it fun? Yes, yes it is.



YEN: Power Tooling?

Sometimes when I hear #WHENBINANCE I think about all of the things that we really want to build but that’s going to take a lot of time to get there… because great software takes a lot of time, full stop

But, we are starting the conversations internally about what it would look like for our users to have greater “power tools” at their disposal (and what that means for the overall experience).

We haven’t landed anywhere specific, but, we will be definitely asking our community here about what they use for things like TA and where they do it (explicitly the exchanges and the types of tooling).

So, stay tuned for that… and get your “thinking caps” on as we eventually move closer to this reality… nothing anytime super-soon… but, we wanted to let you know that we’re definitely thinking about it!



CryptoYum: You’re NOT Going to the Island… 😢


Just wanted to share some important news… the short of it is that we’ll be closing up on December 31st.

For those that have been around for a while, you already know that CryptoYum was one of many lightweight apps that we built to better understand the existing market and community needs. And, it was also a huge part of our iterative discovery of what we now all know as YEN!

Consequently, it’s served it’s purpose and we’ll be shutting it down and rebooting some of the core features that made it work in YEN (exact time-table is still yet-to-be-determined…).

Thanks for everyone who provided a ton of great feedback and who helped spur us on to keep building! You’re a big part of our collective discovery process and we’re so grateful for your help! 

And, this will help us, as a team, to focus more exclusively on building a worldclass product with YEN! Focus is everything. EVERYTHING!

If you have any questions, feel free to drop them here! As always, our lines of communication are open.

To infinity and beyond.



YEN: Experimenting with Chart Views

As you can see above, we’re experimenting lightly with different views for the token and coin charts. Above, you’ll see a 2-column view while below there’s an idea of having a full-width (or near-full-width, single column view) like so:

This way you’ll be able to see even more of the data that you want to know about.

(Peter) – this is something that I’m really excited about as it allows me to have even deeper stickiness to our app. Consider what you enjoy using from a charting perspective from other apps… what would you (desire) that YEN incorporate?

Any thoughts?



QuarterMasters – Before Oct 1, 2018! – You’ve Been Called!

… to the Island!

Welcome to the #yeniverse!

Check your email for the invite code.

Please make sure to:

1 – Use it!

2 – Transact!

3 – Send @YenSupport or @YenEng screenshots of funky issues or improvements!

I’ve already received LOTs of inbound asking me direct questions about features (or lack of). Please stay in Patreon for all updates and Discord! I won’t be able to directly respond to all requests!

– dogelord

(P.S. – YEN usage has value… … …)


Happy Thanksgiving from the ROFLcopter Team!

Happy Thanksgiving from the ROFLcopter team!

John, Su, James, and (me) hope all of you have a great rest of the week!

There is much to be thankful for.

Most of all, that Bitcoin.

Why? Because in Bitcoin we trust! 

Why? Because Bitcoin has given us a future!

Why? Because Bitcoin started it all. 

Hug your loved ones! 




YEN: Deactivating Users

There are a lot of reasons that a user may want to intentionally deactivate or shut-down their account. Of course, we have to plan for these occurrences and make sure that we clean up their data as best as we can, in the right way.

We also then have to figure out how to display to the rest of the world that this person has left the system – there’s a lot to do and our job never stops!

Like this:

In a previous post the now-deleted user has engaged with, we have to make sure we show this directly in the front-end.

Every interaction matters… and we’re doing our best to capture them and build new systems that make sense.



YEN: Yes, BAT is Coming… (and our SLDC Process)!

There. There she is. 

The goal is to do testing this week and early next on our implementation and you should be able to buy/sell BAT via YEN next week!

Remember, our goal is to ensure a robust and secure product, meaning that we have to test everything that comes our way, especially if it’s from a partner service, like Coinbase… and sometimes they get it wrong.

Meaning, sometimes they forget to have things like “graceful fallbacks” or “failure notices” on APIs and such things so that their users (and ours) have the right information at the right time.

We do comprehensive testing for our community so that their confidence is built every time they use the system. This is easier said than done!

If you’re curious about how this all looks like, you can review a new updated section on our CHANGELOG about our Software Development Lifecycle!

Hope you learn something!



YEN: Building Confidence

One of the most important things that we can do as product designers and developers is ensuring that every interaction on the product builds confidence in the product and app itself.

This means that we should endeavor to spend time doing just that, even in the smallest ways.

A great example of this is when you upload large images or embed different media or even add big .gif files to YEN. The first version didn’t have any “visual” notification that your post was being updated so many folks were confused or anxious about the system.

Consequently, we’ve spent some time adding small animations and a small visual “ribbon” to let folks know that we’ve received the update and that it’s being updated in real-time for the user, like so:

This was both fun to build and highly effective… and it builds confidence in the product while ensuring a better experience.




YEN: Unsexy AF… But Necessary!

There’s a lot of work that goes on behind-the-scenes that most of our users will never, ever see (which is a good thing).

But, it’s our responsibility to create these systems to create not only a superior user-experience, but to keep our community happy, healthy, and fun!

Consequently, we’re building a light administrative system to help manage spam and to fight some of the troublemakers that may join!

Internally, I call these systems “unsexy af” but that’s pretty unkind of me because they don’t look that bad… for instance, here’s a look at it:

Essentially, these are tools for us to review any flags that the community creates to to review any of the abuses that may be reported.

We’ll do our best to continue to build this out as we see the need! If you have any suggestions or have experience with this type of thing, I’m all ears!

Here are some of the original lofi versions as well: