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# Primer -- Blockchain setup requires quite a few steps.
We are aware that the blockchain infrastructure is not yet mainstream. Part of the fun of navigating this new ecosystem is learning the new tools. We understand that it may be frustrating at first, but take a step back and enjoy the process! Trust us when we say that the tools are powerful and that the learning curve.
[Theres a whole long thread on 'why web3 is important' here](https://github.com/gitcoinco/web/issues/35), but the TLDR is:
* Web3 is borderless
* Web3 is permissionless
* Web3 is collaborative
* Web3 is more efficient than web2 predecessors
* Web3 enables you to reward others with ERC20 tokens.
OK.. Let's get onto the fun stuff... Setting your environment up for web3:
# How to claim an issue
## 1. Install Metamask
What is Metamask and why is it important?
> MetaMask is a browser plugin that allows users to make Ethereum transactions through regular websites. It facilitates the adoption of Ethereum because it bridges the gap between the user interfaces for Ethereum (eg. Mist browsers, Dapps) and the regular web (eg. Chrome, Firefox, websites). Without this, Ethereum cannot become mainstream because the regular web has a strong network effect which inhibits the average user from switching.
## 2. Get some ETH
You should only need about 0.01 ETH to interact with the system. Submit a request to the [Gitcoin Faucet](https://gitcoin.co/faucet) in order to get some ETH!
[Related: Why do I need ETH/Gas to use the system?](https://github.com/gitcoinco/gitcoinco/issues/5)
## 3. Get your Metamask account address.
Find it here, on the chrome extension:
![screen shot 2017-12-14 at 3 46 46 pm](https://user-images.githubusercontent.com/513929/34018180-0541d484-e0e6-11e7-87f7-000dca293851.png)
## 4. Send some ETH to the Metamask account address
Take the ETH you got from step 2 and send it to your Metamask account address.
## 5. Wait for the transaction to confirm.
You can monitor the tx status on https://etherscan.io . To monitor your transaction, put it into the search bar:
When the tx is done, you will see a green checkmark. Here is an example:
## 6. Submit the bounty form on gitcoin.
Press the button on gitcoin.co
and confirm the transaction on metamask:
## 7 (Optional) If you get an error, try resubmitting with a higher gas value.
You can try increasing by 10 gwei. If you want a precise estimate of the gas value to use, visit [ETH Gas Station](https://ethgasstation.info/predictionTable.php) to get real time gas metrics
## If improving the web was running an optimization problem, web2 would be a local maxima. Web3 is the global maxima.
* Remember [the equifax hack](https://techcrunch.com/tag/equifax-hack/)? It can't happen in web3.
* Economy [in a 'death spiral of inflation?](http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/22/news/economy/venezuela-currency-crash/index.html). It can't happen in web3.
* [Civil Asset Forfeiture a problem](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_forfeiture_in_the_United_States)? Not in web3.
* [Waiting for an ACH transfer to clear?](https://www.thebalance.com/tips-on-ach-reversals-315439). Web3 is fast, cheap and instant.
# Still need help? The community is here to help!
Comment below or ask [on slack](https://gitcoin.co/slack) in the #community-help channel.. Please let us know
* that you have metamask installed
* what your ETH address is
* what your balance is
* what is preventing you from submitting the claim on web3