ENS DAO Newsletter #25 - 12/27/2022
Hello and welcome to the final Ethereum Name Service DAO Newsletter of 2022, what a year it has been! This edition will review highlights of this year’s past.
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published weekly in 2023.
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Endowment: Initial Conditions & Required Steps
[Social] Routine DAO treasury management ¹
[Executable] DAO Treasury Management ²
[Social] [EP2.2.5] Selection of an ENS Endowment Fund Manager
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Special Note: Working Group calls will resume in the new year, please stay tuned to our communication channels for further notice.
Year in Review
The ENS DAO Newsletter began coverage of Working Groups in the month of February.
Welcome to the very first edition of the Ethereum Name Service newsletter! Future editions of this newsletter will be
published on the 1st and 15th of each month . This bi-weekly ENS digest is intended to provide ongoing transparency into the ever-improving ENS protocol as well as its diverse community – including detailed documentation from the Working Groups and information about upcoming technical developments.
We hope to provide the best coverage of both ENS
the technology and of the ENS DAO, or “decentralized autonomous organization.” Information about our community meetings, proposals, and governance decisions will be compiled here, as well as the latest updates to the ENS protocol and ecosystem as a whole.
This publication intends to maintain a credibly neutral, non-biased, accurate, reliable, and curated single source for all things ENS. We intend to reach the widest audience possible.
@daylon.eth, founder of the newsletter, offered the first edition in full which includes up-to-date coverage of the ENS DAO Working Groups, activity from within the governance forum, important tweets, working group calls, and more. The goal is to provide readers with the absolute best source of ENS news and information, as it happens.
We continue to provide a carefully curated summary of the latest governance proposals, working group discussions, protocol developments, calls to action, market news, and other developments within the wider ENS ecosystem.
Thanks for sticking around!
ENS participated in Gitcoin Grants Round 13, offering a matching pool of
$69,420 from the ENS Ecosystem Working Group. Proposals passed that enabled the DAO to fund separate working groups.
Gitcoin Grants Round 13 + ENS Ecosystem $69,420 Matching Pool
Our first ever Gitcoin Grant matching round has come to a close, and support from the community has been incredible! Gitcoin Grant Round 13 featured an additional $69,420 matching pool from the ENS Ecosystem Working Group for open source projects that advance education, usability, and integration of Ethereum Name Service and ENS DAO.
The EP7 proposals allocating funding to our four Working Groups were passed and executed on chain. The requested WG funds are now in their respective multi-signature wallets, the details of which can be seen on
If you would like to contribute to the development of ENS,
please contact a Steward.
Our four groups are
Community , Ecosystem , Meta-Governance , and Public Goods .
The $ENS airdrop claim came to a close on May 4th (ENS Anniversary). April also saw the rise of ENS NFT holders clubs like The 10k Club raise the trading volume to unprecedented heights. ENS DAO Newsletter editor
@estmcmxci offered a retrospective on the cultural phenomenon, 10k Club, which catalyzed the sales of ENS Domain Names in April 2022. Translation initiatives for relevant learning documentation began, too.
The 10k Club
This past week the 10k Club purchased all variations of 000-999 and 0000-9999! The event generated around 3 million USD for DAO funds and contributed to the DAO racing towards to 1 million names registered mark!
The 10k Club dropped a POAP to commemorate this event. All addresses that had minted or owned a name at the block is eligible to claim. For information on this POAP, you can check out their official Twitter,
The Community Office Hours Summaries
@estmcmxci and @coltron.eth ran into a roadblock with the Crowdin integration. Our current GitHub structure does not work as expected. They are looking for alternative solutions and have included @nick.eth in this process.
Amendments to Working Group Rules were proposed, which included the dissolution of the Community Working Group. Rationale can be found below.
ENS DAO Steward Elections implemented changes to Working Group Rules, which saw the number of Stewards reduced from 5 to 3 per group. ENS participated in Gitcoin Grants Round 14, offering
$42,000 in matching funds. ENS DAO also participated in ETH New York, which saw its first IRL mixer in the city that never sleeps.
Steward elections for the Second Term begin at
9am UTC on June 10 and will be open for 120 hours (five days). If you would like to nominate yourself, the Nomination Window opens at 9am UTC on June 6 and closes at 9am UTC on June 9 . Incoming Stewards will take up their roles within Working Groups at 9am UTC on July 1.
For more on how elections work: Review How Steward Elections work.
Steward Election Dates:
June 6 : Nomination window opens
June 9 : Nomination window closes
June 10 : Steward election commences
June 15 : Steward election ends
July 1 : Term 2 starts
Current Q1/Q2 Stewards:
Meta-Governance : jmj.eth, james.eth, @simona_pop leontalbert.eth @nick.eth
ENS Ecosystem: ginge.eth, @slobo.eth , jefflau.eth @bobjiang
Community: limes.eth, , spencecoin.eth, validator.eth @Coltron.eth
Public Goods: sumedha.eth, ceresstation.eth, avsa.eth, , ricmoo.eth @matoken.eth
After running from June 8th to the 23rd, Gitcoin Grants Round 14 has finally come to a close. ENS has provided a matching pool of $42K for
projects supporting the mission of ENS and ENS DAO.
Below are three of the top funded projects from GR14 from members of the ENS DAO community:
ENS DAO Newsletter by daylon.eth is a bi-weekly summary of the developments and happenings within the Ethereum Name Service DAO and its Working Groups. – Lifetime Funding Received: $2617
ETH Leaderboard by gregskril.eth, the ETH Leaderboard is a website and bot that tracks Twitter accounts with .eth names. – Lifetime Funding Received: $9057
Gwei Fund Me by gregskril.eth Gwei Fund Me aims to be the “Buy Me a Coffee” of crypto, built around ENS. – Lifetime Funding Received: $1565
anthonyware.eth / Anthony
simona.eth / Simona
ceresstation.eth / Scott
The ENS DAO had a presence at ETHNewYork. Slobo.eth performed judging duties at the hackathon, while the Community Working Group held a small happy hour for DAO Members and holders of ENS Names on June 24th. There were 105 confirmed on the guest list with approximately 50-60 people that attending throughout the night. Community Steward,
@validator.eth, donated two ENS Constitution books for a raffle. The winners were @seanwbren and @financeguy74. ENS DAO t-shirts, stickers and a IYK enabled POAP were also available to claim. A tweet about the raffle can be found on the ENS DAO twitter account.
New Stewards began their term. Each Working Group nominated lead stewards whose responsibilities are listed below. The ENS DAO also appointed a DAO secretary.
Lead Stewards are responsible for the operational management and administration of working groups and are expected to provide regular updates to the DAO in the ENS governance forum related to working group progress, achievements, and challenges.
The responsibilities of Lead Stewards include, but are not limited to:
Acting as a representative of a working group
Managing resource requests from sub-groups, workstreams, and contributors within a working group
Initiating the disbursement of working group funds on an as-needed basis
Providing reports of working group spending in the ENS governance forum; and
Maintaining open communications with DAO participants in the ENS governance forum.
Term 2’s DAO Secretary is
Coltron.eth ; The Secretary is responsible for managing working relationships and communications across working groups as well as performing administrative duties for the DAO.
The responsibilities of the Secretary include, but are not limited to:
Managing a DAO-wide calendar
Coordinating and attending working group meetings where possible and ensuring meeting summaries are posted in the ENS governance forum
Assisting Stewards with coordination challenges within working groups
Acting as a multi-sig keyholder for each working group.
[EP12][Social] Working Group Rules
ENS DAO announced the first recipient of the ENS Ecosystem Fellowship. The Meta-Governance Working Group finalized the Endowment proposal which was set to a DAO vote that month.
This term, the Ecosystem WG is running an experiment called the
ENS Ecosystem Fellowship.
The purpose of the Fellowship program is to identify and support builders/developers who are actively creating and contributing within the ENS ecosystem, or have already made a significant impact in their contributions to ENS.
Fellows are selected based on their potential to make positive, long-lasting contributions to the ENS Ecosystem.
Each fellow will receive a grant to the value of US$50k for the Term, to encourage them to continue their work building and experimenting with ENS and to acknowledge their past impact on the ENS ecosystem.
The ENS Ecosystem Fellow for the second term of 2022 will be
Greg has been contributing to the ENS ecosystem since December 2021. For a review of his contributions, check the
forum post .
Ethereum completed its merge. Global initiatives within DAO working groups began, initially with translation and localization of relevant learning documentation. The newsletter offered its first editorial in
Spanish. The ENS Endowment fund proposal Snapshot vote passed. @nick.eth published a response to Vitalik.eth’s demand-based recurring fees on ENS domains. @Elle97 (hellenstans.eth) hosted a Public Goods Highlights space via the ENS DAO twitter account which featured various women-led projects, including ENS DAO Delegate @she256.
We Merged! - Shortly before publication, history was made when Ethereum successfully transitioned from Proof-of-Work to Proof-of-Stake consensus. This migration has been in development since the very first days of Ethereum, and represents the efforts of countless contributors working years on end. It isn’t an exaggeration to say that this is one of the most significant moments in cryptocurrency history, and we are happy to have shared it with you.
shared the @estmcmxci first editorial written in Spanish with a special collaboration with Futurx, Latin America’s first web-based learning and sharing community for Music and Web3.
ENS Como una Herramienta de Identidad y Pertenencia en la Web 3 Led by
estmcmxci , the Weekly ENS Global meetings will be hosted on Wednesdays at 3PM Eastern and will focus on the Learn Docs translation initiative. Two languages are near completion: Portuguese and Spanish. If you are interested in participating, please review the ENS Global Dashboard and leave a message in the forum.
This week, the Public Goods Working Group is highlighting women-led initiatives in ENS, web3, and leaders focused on protocol development, education, & advocacy.
As part of this initiative,
is hosting hellenstans.eth a series of Twitter Spaces to feature different projects within this context, including:
- Blu3 DAO "A DAO focused on empowering women, non-binary people, and allies to learn, earn, and play in web3 towards financial freedom. "
- ENS Queens "A group of women that focus on onboarding and educating on all things ENS and web3. "
- Women Build Web3 "An accelerator for female and nonbinary engineering talent. "
ENS DAO participated in Devcon 6 featuring a collaboration with IYK and POAP. The DAO participated in Gitcoin Grants Round 15, offering
$50,000 in matching. ENS announced its formal partnership with DAO Delegate, @Coinbase. ENS Small Grants continued offering support to the most popular projects within the ENS Ecosystem. An ENSIP was proposed, featuring contribution from ENS DAO Ecosystem Stewards.
Gitcoin Grants Round 15
The quarterly grants matching round has come to an end. The Public Goods Working Group contributed $50k in the main round, and another $50k in the advocacy round. The PG Working Group will continue to observe how funded projects have made an impact throughout the ENS DAO Ecosystem.
If you have submitted a project to GR15, please keep an eye out for an email from Gitcoin. Funding recipients verification may take up to 2 weeks. Matching funds will be distributed during the first half of October.
ENS.eth formally announced its partnership with ENS DAO Delegate, Coinbase (coinbase.eth). This partnership enhances the Protocol’s mission of global adoption by allowing anyone with Coinbase Wallet account to create a free-to-claim Web3 username. Existing ENS Names can connect to the integration as well to seamlessly transact and build out a Web3 digital identity.
ENS Small Grants
Voting for the second round of ENS Small Grants has come to a close with over 30 projects in each round. Winning projects will receive a disbursement of 1 ETH. Please stay tuned to upcoming weekly Working Group calls for more information on when those funds will be disbursed.
We would like to thank all participants, grantees and voters. The ENS DAO Newsletter was voted among the top five Ecosystem grants and will receive a small grant of 1 ETH to fund our continued operations. Thank you so much!
ENS Global Learn Docs Translation
The Learn Docs intend to bring everything into a single repository that is able to expand as a knowledge base over time. They will go a long way in becoming the go-to resource for onboarding new users to ENS, troubleshooting, and building context around web3 and blockchain tech.
@Coltron.eth & estmcmxci.eth are hosting bi-weekly ENS Global calls to continue workshoping the translation initiative. We have onboarded the following contributors:
We will be onboarding new contributors for
Hindi and Russian soon. Our next Onboarding call will take place on October 19th.
The Meta-Gov Stewards held a DAO-wide forum to discuss the ENS DAO’s endowment fund. The fund manager is responsible for ensuring the sustainability of protocol development indefinitely. The fund focuses on investing for the long-term, while minimizing the risk of substantial short-term losses.
Nick.eth originally proposed the idea on March 29, 2022, and later formally posted on the forum on August 18th, for DAO-wide consideration. Finally, on September 8th the RFP was put up for a Snapshot vote which successfully passed on the 13th.
The Meta-Governance Stewards are currently fielding proposals. The submission deadline is October 10th. You may submit your proposal by sending a direct message to any Meta-Governance Steward on the ENS DAO Forum.
ENSIP: Platform Source Parameter
Originally proposed by Slobo.eth and advocated by Avsa.eth, the Platform Source Parameter is an ENS Improvement Proposal that encodes which website registered a .eth name; for example: how many registrations were done through ensfairy.xyz
“This proposal suggests a social convention that generates the secret from a combination of taking the first 6 characters of a namehash, add another 6 characters for extra data and combines it with the appropriate number of random bytes.”
The ENS manager app(and other name registration apps), already generates this ‘secret’ parameter for the Step 1 commit transaction when registering a name. By utilizing the first 12 characters of the ‘secret’ parameter, it would enable platforms to label and track analytics on registrations by leveraging the existing registrar contract.
This improvement would also facilitate identifying creators within the ENS Ecosystem that have provably demonstrated added value. It’s important to identify creators who develop the ecosystem. Retroactive funding works because you can detect what has already demonstrated value, instead of Stewards having to make bets on what they think could happen. The ENSIP would allow for visibility of high value-add ENS Ecosystem developers.
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ENS DAO celebrated its one year anniversary on November 8th with a live streamed paint party. The DAO Endowment proposal voted in
Karpatkey to manage the DAO’s Endowment fund. A new ENSIP was proposed by ENS Builders within the DAO’s ecosystem.
ENS DAO One Year Anniversary
The ENS DAO is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a
POAP Paint Party ! This interactive event will be a two-hour live stream event with guests from EthStaker, GitPOAP, and others. The event is scheduled for November 8th at 3 pm EST.
Voting for EP2.2.5 concluded on November 23rd, 2022 at 12:00 UTC. After much deliberation, Karpatkey won the
Final results are in for EP2.2.5 Selection of an ENS endowment fund manager
Karpatkey is the winner
— ensdao.eth (
@ENS_DAO) November 23, 2022
The DAO used
Ranked Choice Voting method to run the decision making process. To view the discussion leading up to the vote, visit the ENS DAO Forum. For more on the Endowment, visit the ENS DAO Forum.
Note: The Endowment’s goal is to ensure the long-term viability of ENS by ensuring it can meet its ongoing financial obligations even in the face of reduced ETH price and registration/renewal revenue.
Ethereum Name Services Improvement Proposal (ENSIP):
Xomia.eth and BambooJuice.eth of
Kola Labs have put forth a new ENSIP that features a process for retrieving audio media associated with an ENS domain.
Static PFP is insufficient for the personal and iterative web3 life. We are seeing a growing demand of multimedia formats such as music, audio and video because they are more dynamic and expressive. We call it Multimedia Identity (MI) . One can associate one or more MIs with an existing ENS domain, and play the audio or video inside metaverse or social platforms interoperably. This proposal will focus on audio.
For more on the proposal:
ENSIP - New Proposal for Audio Text Record
The newly upgraded ENS Documentation site went live. The final Town Hall of the year took place. Notes from the Town Hall can be found below. The ENS Public Goods Working Group announced recipients of 2023 Scholarships.
Metropolis (formally known as Orca) offered a review on Pod-style governance organization.
ENS Support Docs
has upgraded the ENS Documentation site, which is now live. Cthulu.eth
The Support Docs are designed to help answer common questions about ENS and also contains several guides and explainers.
View it now at . support.ens.domains
The Q4 Town Hall took place on Thursday, December 15th, 2022.
It featured updates from the ENS Labs team, ENS DAO Working Group stewards, presentations from several projects in the ecosystem, and more.
Watch the full Q4 Town Hall . here
A brief overview is provided below.
Voting for ENS DAO Public Goods’ inaugural scholarship has concluded.
The top 6 voted nominees will each receive a
$12,000 USDC grant, streamed $1,000 USDC per month for 12 months starting January 2023. The funding for this scholarship is sponsored by the ENS Public Goods Working Group.
Thank you to everyone that participated, and congratulations to the winners!
Metropolis has provided an update to share a bit on how ENS DAO uses
Metropolis pods and how you can use pods to track what’s going on in the ENS ecosystem.
For more details, view the full post . here
Overall, 2022 was an excellent, productive year for ENS DAO.
Happy New Year, and here’s to a great 2023!
Thank you very much for reading! See you next year!! Take care.