I was reading the 2018 Stellar Roadmap, and I was trying to think outside the box on what types of tokens can be created on top of the Stellar network, to spur adoption and get people used to using cryptocurrencies. Drawing inspiration from the Reddit XLM tipbot, and even the tip-happy community of Dogecoin, I came upon the idea of "Time Saved Tokens".
Let's say you're a programmer with a problem you're trying to solve, and you come across a brilliant answer on StackOverflow (programmers stuck on a problem describe their problem and other users can post solutions that the community can vote upon). You want to reward and show appreciation for the user who posted that answer. You can always upvote the answer, but that might not to be enough to show your appreciation, because it is typical for Stack Overflow answers to save programmers hours or even days of researching the answer for themselves. You can go one further and offer to reward the user with money, but it's not intuitive to do. Not to mention, smart programmers aren't really hurting for money anyway
So that's why I created Time Saved Tokens. You can tip people with SECONDS, MINUTES, HOURS...heck, you could even send them some DAY tokens if a user helped you solved a problem that would've taken you half a week to solve!
Money is money. Smart people can always make more money. But I feel that the satisfaction of knowing you saved someone a lot of time, a resource that none of us can ever get back, will make that person feel good about themselves, and want to continue helping the world.
REAL WORLD USE CASES
A poor teenager who wants to get ahead in this tough job market is suffering from the catch-22 of needing job experience to get a job, but to get a job, they need job experience or college education. He/she has a passion for helping solve other programmers' problems on StackOverflow or Reddit. A StackOverflow reputation score can help impress job recruiters, but since one of the key rules of a good resume is quantifying or qualifying your skills, I feel that people tipping Time Saved Tokens to the teenager can quantify just how helpful he or she is to other people. Additionally, the memo-notes section of Stellar transactions can be used by tippers to write out and elaborate upon the problem they were helped with.
Screening out Internet Trolls
You're a user on an Internet forum, but it is starting to become infested with internet trolls who disrupt conversation. A setting can be programmed into the forum, such that only users who are helpful in the real world (TimeSavedToken.Hour.Amount > USER_SPECIFIED_AMOUNT) will be given the privilege of their posts to be seen, while users who fall under this criteria will have their posts hidden.
Time Saved Tokens can be acquired for free at LabasanCryptoFountain.com. Enter your Stellar account's address into the input field, and follow the instructions to ensure that your account is able to receive non-XLM tokens. Finally, press the Receive button, and the site will send you whichever various Time Saved Token you have selected.