How do you get strangers to cooperate?

Subspace is designed to help hundreds of developers collaborate productively on one project, and for the best ideas and code to rise to the top. It enforces an idea meritocracy where, unlike in the real world, every developer on the platform has more to gain by working together than working apart.

how subspace works

Subspace relies on:



Skill-Weighted Decisions

The weight of every developer’s vote depends on their past performance.

Based on competitive chess ranking


Humans In The Loop

Code quality is relative. We let other users decide what’s valuable and what’s not.

The truest measure of code quality



Big projects are broken into tasks and subtasks by an expert in that domain.

Coordinates the effort at scale


The reputation protocol ties it all together

When skill and quality are judged over time by a community of peers who have more to gain by being honest than duplicitous, we know exactly who is the right fit for each piece of every project. It also means we can quantify the exact value of every contribution, and pay people accordingly.

This creates a system that disproportionately rewards mastery and attracts experts in each framework, language, and library, who know they can get paid the true value of their knowledge, even when they only freelance part-time.

Idea meritocracy = radical truth + radical transparency + believeability-weighted decision making
— Ray Dalio, Principles

The voting protocol also allows us to coordinate the efforts of hundreds of developers on a single task. Unlike other freelancing platforms where you hire individuals one-off and hope that they’re a fit, Subspace is both the recruiting and work platform. It knows the true skill of each developer, you hire them in work groups, and the system integrates with your existing tools like GitHub, Slack, and Jira.

It works like a utility

Teams can use Subspace to turn coding manpower on and off like a tap. And anything the Subspace community creates is coded by experts, peer reviewed by more experts, and given 100% test coverage — all at the speed of light.

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