Hello Guys !
I have taken part in my fair share of forums and found that things just work better if theres a structured process put in place. Out of all the processes I’ve seen the radicle team has probably the best structure and I think we could benefit from having something similar be put in place. Below I’ve pasted how their process works and maybe we can weigh in and decide whether we want to run one like it or just keep things as they are. One of the things I definitely think could be changed are the time frames around each stage since bancor needs a faster turnaround time for proposals but I’ve left them as they are for now so you can see how their system works.
Radicle’s governance process is structured around an expectation of self-direction. Community “champions” (the individual(s) who created a proposal) are expected to escalate proposals from phase to phase, with guidance from community moderators. There are four stages in the governance process. To be considered an official Governance Proposal, a proposal has to go through all four stages.
Temperature Check → Structured Discussion → Formal Review → Governance Proposal
- Create a Temperature Check to initiate an informal discussion around a proposed idea and/or change.
- Use feedback from the Temperature Check to draft a proposal that meets the criteria set in this document and start a Structured Discussion (t/r 5 days)
- Submit the draft proposal for Formal Review by creating a Snapshot poll (t/r 5 days)
- If passed, deploy a Governance Proposal via rad gov . (t/r 3 days)
Please refer to the rest of the document for details on how to navigate each phase.
The path to creating an official proposal starts with an informal discussion in the Governance category of radicle.community by calling for a Temperature Check. Inspired by Uniswap, a “Temperature Check” is a way to officially create a space for discussion around a question or proposed change with the goal of developing arguments and background for a potential proposal. The purpose of this phase is to get feedback on ideas and create the space for productive discourse. Anybody can create a Temperature Check to start a community discussion around an idea, question, or proposal.
To start a Temperature Check :
- Create a topic and label it as follows: “Temperature Check - Your Topic of Discussion Here”.
- Ask a general, non-biased question about a potential change, improvement, or action (i.e. Should swapping on the Balancer LBP be unpaused?)
- Add any additional information to contextualize the question for the greater community
- Collect feedback and engage in discussion for 3-5 days
It’s important to remain as objective as a view as possible. Present developed arguments and the “full picture” — not just your opinion!
To move a Temperature Check forward, it should then be presented for formal, structured discussion in Phase 2. Phase 2 requires two things: a formal discussion on Discourse and a drafted proposal that presents a thorough analysis for formal review by Radicle stakeholders.
The goal of this phase is to take the the ideas, arguments, and feedback generated in the Temperature Check and craft an overview of the proposal that meets the following criteria:
- Functional description (what is this being proposed?)
- Purpose (what’s the “why”?)
- Background (what is the reasoning behind the proposal?)
- Link to Temperature Check
- Reasoning & analysis (what is the case for the proposal? what are the pros and cons?)
- Technical implementation (who will be writing the code? what is the scope required?)
- Impact (how does this contribute to the long-term resilience, sustainability and/or growth of the Radicle network?)
- Open questions (what else needs to be figured out?)
Governance Proposals are executable code and must be audited. The Radicle core team will support community members with development resources if necessary, but please do not create a draft proposal without thinking through the technical implementation.
To escalate a Temperature Check to a Structured Discussion :
- Create a topic and label it as follows: “Discussion - Your Title Here”.
- Include an overview of the drafted proposal that meets the criteria outlined above and link to it’s previous Temperature Check .
Anybody can escalate a Temperature Check to a Structured Discussion by putting together an draft proposal that meets these criteria. If a Structured Discussion is started without demonstrating a successful Temperature Check, then it will be flagged and closed by community moderators.
After a proposal is thoroughly discussed, the proposal can be submitted to the community for Formal Review.
To do this:
- Create a Snapshot poll that includes the updated overview of the proposal and options on how to move forward. The options can be multiple choice (if to present multiple options for the proposal) or be binary, but must include the choice
Make no change. The Snapshot poll length should be set to 5 days*.
Note: You can’t edit a Snapshot poll after it is submitted, so please make sure you include as much information as possible.*
- Create a topic and label it as follows: “Formal Review - Your Title Here”. Link the Snapshot poll in the topic. Any topic that is labeled Formal Review and does not link to a successful Temperature check and/or does not meet the criteria outlined above will be flagged and removed.
- All Radicle stakeholders are responsible for ensuring proper review of any proposal in Formal Review. This includes the core team. However, as the ‘Champion’ of the proposal, it is your responsibility to gather support for your proposal by sourcing delegates, actively responding to questions, and addressing feedback regarding the proposal.
At the end of 5 days, whichever option has the majority of votes wins. 4% of participation is required for a Snapshot to pass Formal Review. Only then should it be deployed as an official Governance Proposal. If the option “Make no change” wins, the topic should be archived by community moderators.
Once a draft proposal has been formally reviewed and consensus has been met in the Snapshot, it can be officially proposed as a Governance Proposal. Governance Proposals are voted for on-chain via gov.radicle.network . They are executable code, not suggestions for a team or foundation to implement. All proposed code should be audited by a professional auditor. Anybody with 1% of RAD delegated to their address can create a Governance Proposal. At the moment, proposals can be made with our custom governance CLI tool . An official governance interface for creating proposals is in development.
All proposals are subject to a 3-day voting period, and any address with voting power can vote for or against the proposal Resources for proposing can be found here .
To create a Governance Proposal:
- Write the proposal code and deploy the proposal via rad gov . All proposed code should be audited by a professional auditor.
- Ensure at least 1 million RAD is delegated to your address. If you do not have enough RAD to create a proposal, find a delegate to either delegate to you or propose on your behalf.
- Create a topic titled “Governance Proposal [Proposal Number] — [Your Title Here]”. Be sure to include:
- A link to the official proposal in gov.radicle.network
- Links to any relevant Snapshot polls/discussion threads and
link to any relevant Snapshot polls/discussion threads.
- A full overview of the proposal, with any feedback or changes introduced during the Formal Review
Topics that begin with “Governance Proposal” that have not successfully passed a Temperature Check and a Formal Review should be removed by community moderators.
Moderators steward governance by supporting community members as they escalate proposals through the governance process. This includes:
- Refining and updating governance processes based on needs of the project
- Ensuring proper following of the governance process
- Removing spam & members who violate Code of Conduct