I would like to start by saying that I am posting as a representative of the ChaosDAO collective, and not as an individual. I am simply the meat vessel that is tasked with relaying communications between ChaosDAO and others in this thread.
As required by Web3 Foundation as part of their Decentralized Voices Program we would like to attempt to share some information about ChaosDAO and our political philosophy.
First, it’s important to understand that ChaosDAO votes represent the will of our voting members. ChaosDAO is not a monolith but a truly decentralized, democratic voting bloc. This means that it does not (and cannot) have a political platform like “we support more marketing” or “we oppose [proponent X]”, since our voting members have diverse interests, specialties, and preferences.
Nevertheless, we do have an emergent three-fold political philosophy:
- We want to make the best decisions for the good of the Polkadot and Kusama ecosystems. Often this means that we support referenda
- that solve a clear pain point for Polkadot users, builders, and/or partners.
- that accrue value to DOT holders
- that present a justifiable cost-to-value proposition
- whose proponents have solid track records. While we do not summarily oppose first-time proponents, we are likely to hold them to a higher standard and/or prefer that they establish credibility and competence with smaller proposals to start with.
- We believe that we maximize the likelihood of doing so by anonymous, decentralized, democratic (one person = one vote) internal referenda, coupled with open, frank discussion among our members.
- Our opinions are not set in stone; we’re willing to reconsider our votes when presented with new information or context.
When a new referendum is posted, our voting bot creates a channel in our server, and voting members are alerted. The bot presents the referendum with all relevant information and links. Once it is posted, our members can vote aye, nay, or recuse (never mandatory, but typically reserved for explicit conflicts of interest). ChaosDAO determines our OpenGov votes via this anonymous, democratic (1 person = 1 vote) system. If the internal vote for a referendum is two-thirds in either direction, then we vote in that direction. If a two-thirds majority is not achieved, then we abstain.
You can see a schematic diagram of our voting process here: https://twitter.com/LeemoXD/status/1606276562453528576
You can see a video that was submitted as an update to Kusama ref 243 which will show you how the voting process works internally here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pmw6N-JG_8A
Because our membership is by invitation only, we have recognized, established personhood and our members possess their own social capital. When our members discuss a referendum, those with significant expertise and insight often provide analysis that is likely to be held in high regard by the rest of us.
If anyone has any additional questions as to how we arrive at a consensus, then please reply in this thread and also ping Leemo on Twitter, Telegram, Matrix, or Discord to expedite a response.
For anyone who has been paying attention to OpenGov since its inception on Kusama, ChaosDAO has voted in OpenGov since the very beginning (Referendum 0). That referendum for those curious was proposed on 21-Nov-2022.
ChaosDAO is currently made up of ~340 members, all of whom are Polkadot and Kusama enthusiasts. Our community includes many parachain and infrastructure team members, events organizers, and even Web3 Foundation and Parity Technologies team members.
It is the members of ChaosDAO that make it unique; each member has an area of expertise that helps the rest of us arrive at the best decisions.
We are not a group of developers who don’t understand marketing, for example, or a group of business development people who don’t care about the tech, or a group of investors who don’t care about decentralization.
Our members have political backgrounds, technical backgrounds, media backgrounds, finance backgrounds, security backgrounds, and even education backgrounds. We represent a cross-section of the most committed Polkadot and Kusama enthusiasts in the world.
Our members have posted numerous educational videos and threads, assisted countless community members, and participated in Governance discussions on AAG since December 2022 (the first OpenGov referendum on Kusama was at the tail end of November).
If anyone would like more information about our track record, feel free to reply in this thread.
Next up is the matter of providing feedback on how we vote on specific referenda. This was something that we were carrying out voluntarily until the end of December 2023. The sheer volume of referenda, coupled with the vast amount of internal discussion for each referendum, made the task of summarizing this feedback and coordinating any replies with proposers (most of which took place in DMs) a much more demanding undertaking than we had anticipated. This workload, along with the fact that it was the holiday period, the fact that everyone in ChaosDAO is a volunteer, and the fact that our vote is not the deciding factor in the vast majority of referenda, caused the process to fall by the wayside in favor of more pressing tasks our volunteers needed to carry out. Be assured, however, that if this program requires that we provide feedback, we are ready, willing, and able to restart the process.
Additionally, while ChaosDAO is an invitation-only community and our internal discussions are not public, we are always happy to share details about how we operate. Our Discord voting bot is open source and free to use, and we frequently share details about how our on-chain accounts are set up. We were awarded a small sum of 84.21 KSM ($2,000) from the Kusama treasury to develop this voting bot (which we supplemented with $1,500 of our own funds). You can find that ref here: OpenGov Community Voting Discord Bot
ChaosDAO has been a voting bloc since 2022. We have been paving the way for other similar groups to exist and actively seek to help similar organizations emerge and thrive. No other voting bloc in the ecosystem can match our number of delegations or level of decentralization and democracy. Not even close.
We look forward to feedback from the Web3 Foundation about the Decentralized Voices Program and are fully open to having either calls or async conversations to discuss any issues that you may have.