ENS DAO Newsletter #30 - 03/01/2023

:cn: 中文 (Chinese) by @bobjiang
:es: Español (Spanish) by @maycas.eth

:wave: Hello!

Hello and welcome to the Ethereum Name Service DAO Newsletter!

This newsletter is available on the ENS DAO Governance Forum and Substack.

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We encourage any feedback, questions, or comments!

:newspaper: Newsletter Updates

  • Our recent small grant proposal, Translation Initiative, received a record-breaking show of support! Thank you so much to the incredible $ENS voters for funding this initiative! :partying_face:
  • The 1 ETH grant will be used to facilitate community-sourced translations for future editions of the newsletter, in line with our foundational goal to reach the widest audience possible.
  • A complete archive of our previous editions is available to read on the governance forum.
  • Our Global section features multilingual articles from our global community.

:zzz: TL;DR

:mountain_snow: ETHDenver

ETHDenver starts on March 2nd! Many people from ENS Labs and ENS DAO will be attending.

  • There are two side-events planned on March 2nd:
  • The Public Goods working group is a sponsor of the Schelling Point event, also on March 2nd. Schelling Point is a whole day dedicated to public goods talks.
  • Don’t forget to stop by the ENS booth at the main event from March 2nd-5th! Located on the main floor near the entrance, in the DAO Town section. Visit us to print a custom stickerpack with your ENS information!
  • Unique ENS swag will be available at ETHDenver. View more swag details here.

:ballot_box: Recent Proposals

Proposal Discussion Vote
EP3.4 [Executable] Fund the Endowment (first tranche) Open Active
EP3.3 [Executable] Sell ETH into USDC Closed Passed
EP3.2 [Executable] Q1/Q2 2023 Working Group Funding Closed Passed
EP3.4 The on-chain vote to Fund the Endowment (first tranche) is active!
EP3.3 ENS DAO successfully swapped 10k ETH for $16,226,542 USDC via CoW Swap.
EP3.2 Working Group budget requests passed, and funds were transferred.

:thermometer: Temp Checks

Proposal Discussion
Business/Partnership Manager Position Open
Swap Portion of Treasury USDC to DAI Open
ENS Token 2nd Airdrop Open

For details on the ENS DAO proposal process see our Governance Docs.

:spiral_calendar: ENS Calendar

For the most up-to-date schedule of events, refer to the ENS Calendar.

:globe_with_meridians: Around the Web

On February 16th, @sadaf.eth hosted a space with Matt Higgins, former Shark Tank host and author of Burn the Boats.

  • @184.eth provided notes from the discussion, available to read here.
  • An additional recap of the space was provided by TJ Larkin, founder of ENS HQ Newsletter - his notes can be read here.

Two ENS Office Hours Twitter Spaces were held in the second half of February.

:bell: Follow and turn on notifications for the ENS and ENS DAO Twitter accounts so you don’t miss any upcoming spaces!

:newspaper: Working Group News

ENS DAO Working Group Schedule (Q1/Q2 2023):

Working Group Time Day Location
Meta-Governance 7pm UTC Tuesday Google Meet
Ecosystem 5pm UTC Thursday Google Meet
Public Goods 6pm UTC Thursday Google Meet
Note: there will be no working group calls from February 27th to March 3rd due to ETHDenver.

:balance_scale: Meta-Governance

Meta-Governance working group meetings are held weekly: Tuesday at 7pm UTC.

Endowment Update

  • The on-chain vote to fund the endowment (first tranche) is live on Tally.
  • If passed, this will be the first of two installments, with the second planned after six months. For more details, see the proposal outline by @karpatkey on the forum.
  • For questions or concerns, an Endowment FAQ is provided by @karpatkey.

:arrows_counterclockwise:ENS Ecosystem

ENS Ecosystem working group meetings are held weekly: Thursday at 5PM UTC.

Small Grants

February’s Ecosystem Small Grants round has concluded, and the top ten voted projects have received 1 ETH each!

Congratulations to the winners listed below, and thank you to all participants and voters!

Thank you again to everyone that voted to support our translation initiative - it currently holds the record for most votes in ENS Small Grants history!

Stay tuned for more details about the initiative in future editions.

Project Highlights

  • Org3 - Organization management tool with ENS subdomains integration.
  • streamr.network - Decentralized protocol for data pipelines, network analytics and messaging.
  • Fractal - Business-to-Business payment/invoicing platform that integrates ENS for documentation and security purposes.
  • 1W3 - No-code decentralized website builder for ENS domains.

If you have a project that you would like to present during an ENS Ecosystem weekly call, please contact any of the Ecosystem stewards: @slobo.eth (Lead), @Limes, and @Yambo.

Core Updates

  • Gasless DNSSEC implementation is ready for audit.
  • The core team is also working on implementing text records from ENS to DNS.
  • Bug Bash for V3 ENS App will likely occur after ETHDenver.
  • @matoken.eth and @jefflau.eth created an integration guide for people integrating with Name Wrapper, including changes required for registrars and marketplaces.
  • @AvsA submitted a formal ENS Improvement Proposal for Platform Source Parameter.

Upcoming Events


Please refer to the section at the top of this edition for information about ENS at ETHDenver.

Merch Store

We will be doing a small run of hats and shirts for IRL events, which will be available in the merch store as well at ensmerchshop.xyz.

:white_check_mark: Public Goods

Public Goods working group meetings are held weekly: Thursday at 6PM UTC.

Small Grants

Another round of Public Goods Small Grants has come to a close, and the top five voted projects will receive 1 ETH each!

Congratulations to the winners listed below, and thank you to all participants and voters!

Please message any of the Public Goods stewards with feedback about the small grants process: @coltron.eth (Lead), @AvsA, and @vegayp.

:gear: Integrations

  • MinimaxFinance, an interactive web3 marketplace, has integrated support for ENS name resolution in its search function.
  • A thread was shared by the messaging protocol XMTP, detailing how verifiable identity through ENS can be leveraged to provide a safer and more secure customer service experience.
  • Aragon posted a teaser that appears to indicate something about subdomains for the dao.eth parent domain. It includes the date March 2nd, 2023 at the end. :thinking:

:chart_with_upwards_trend: Market News

ENS Stats for February 2023

  • 40k new .eth registrations (currently 2.8m names)
  • $2.2m in protocol revenue (all goes to the ENS DAO)
  • 19k new eth accounts w/ at least 1 ENS name (total 661k)
  • 3,800 avatar records set (total 73k)
  • 832 DWeb content records set (total 19,594)

Source: @makoto

:lock: Security Tip

:crossed_swords: Check out this helpful thread for information about some of the latest scams, and ways that you can protect yourself.

:handshake: Get Involved

If you’re a newcomer ready to dive in deeper, be sure to check out ENS DAO Basics.

It’s an excellent collection of links and resources to help you understand and participate in the governance of ENS.

Here are some other ways to learn more, stay up-to-date, and participate:

Other helpful information about the Q1/Q2 2023 term can be found in the Term Dashboard.

Thank you very much for reading! Take care. :wave:t3:


Amazing work @daylon.eth – can’t wait to see these translated!



:cn: Chinese:
中文 by @bobjiang

:es: Spanish:
Español by @maycas.eth

Still working to streamline the translation process and expand into more languages.