Currently there is only one class of stakeholder (Voter) in the DAO and it is pretty high-friction to enter. Becoming a Voter requires completing a series of quests to level up and verifying their identity on BrightID. The level of friction involved is undermining the engagement of contributors in our community. I am therefore proposing that we recognize a new class of stakeholder (Contributor), which would be easier to enter, and would be a stepping stone to becoming a Voter. This would be administered through Coordinape.
The key motivation behind this proposal is to maximize the engagement of community contributors by minimizing friction.
The path to becoming an official Contributor will be Coordinape’s vouching system, which will govern access to the POKT DAO gift circle.
Any existing Contributors will be able to nominate new Contributors along with a reason. Then a 14 day period will begin in which other Contributors will be able to vouch for the nominee. If the nominee gets 3 vouches, they’ll be an official Contributor.
This should be pretty low friction compared to our other onboarding paths because it allows members of the POKT DAO gift circle to use their own discretion, rather than being a set of rigid rules like the quest and BrightID verification system.
The highest source of friction in the Voter onboarding path is currently BrightID, due to it being a pretty arbitrary black box that gives no feedback on what needs to be done to achieve verification. Verification is determined by sponsorship from an app and connections with a minimum number of people depending on their score in the BrightID social graph, where the score is determined by how close they are to the center of the graph. However, BrightID is another community that we don’t have much overlap with, which makes it difficult for our community to verify each other.
The POKT DAO gift circle is also a social graph in a sense, except it is a social graph with only Pocket Network community members. In addition, vouching for a nominee can include assessing whether said nominee is a unique person. Therefore it is my belief that Coordinape could replace BrightID in the Voter onboarding path.
If someone is vouched into official Contributor status, and they get qualified by completing the quests, then they’d be eligible to claim their vote. In this way, becoming a Contributor is a more direct stepping stone to becoming a Voter.
Coordinape is very easy to use and works out of the box. Currently the Contributor role in Discord will have to be manually assigned after successful nominations but the Coordinape devs are receptive to the idea of updating their Discord bot to auto-assign a role when someone new enters the Coordinape Gift Circle.
If this proposal is approved:
- I will add all existing Voters to the POKT DAO gift circle, who will then be able to nominate new Contributors.
- The Contributor role in Discord will be manually assigned by me when new people are inducted into the POKT DAO gift circle
- BrightID will be removed from the Voter onboarding path and replaced with the Contributor role
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