ENS DAO Newsletter #36 - 06/01/2023

:wave:t3: Hello!

Hello and welcome to the Ethereum Name Service DAO Newsletter!

:zzz: TL;DR

:spiral_calendar: ENS Calendar

For the most up-to-date schedule of events, refer to the ENS Calendar.
Any other sources are not guaranteed to be accurate.

:arrow_right: See also: ENS DAO Q1/Q2 2023 Dashboard

:clock2: Upcoming Events

:ballot_box: Term 2 Steward Elections (Q3/Q4, 2023)

With the current term ending on June 30th, an election will soon be held to select the next stewards for our three working groups:

Three stewards will be elected for each working groups for the Q3/Q4 term, which begins on July 1st. Prior to voting, there will be a nomination process, followed by a five day election window for each working group.

Important Dates

  • June 6 (9am UTC): Nomination window opens.
  • June 9 (9am UTC): Nomination window closes.
  • June 10 (9am UTC): Election begins.
  • June 15 (9am UTC): Election ends.

:star: For a complete overview of the upcoming steward election process, see the announcement:
Call for Nominations for the Term 2 Steward Elections (Q3/Q4, 2023).

:globe_with_meridians: ENS IRL

:jp: Shibuya Meetup: June 8

On June 8th at 6:30pm, ENS & CryptoBase will host a meetup in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, Japan. This meet up is an opportunity for local web3 builders to participate in “lightning talks,” with an emphasis on those integrating ENS.

Similar to many previous IRL events, the hosts may distribute custom ENS swag cards, featuring the ability to mint the holder’s very own POAP via an embedded NFC chip.

:arrow_right: View the event registration page on Luma.

:czech_republic: ETHPrague: June 9 - 11

ENS will also have a presence at ETHPrague 2023 and will be printing more of the beloved personalized swag cards for everyone!

Each card is customized with your ENS name and avatar and features embedded NFC functionality that enables the card, when tapped with a phone, to reveal a personalized Nimi page and can also be used to issue a personalized POAP — all made possible through our very special collaboration with IYK.

:arrow_right: Note: In order to ensure a fair distribution of cards, please pre-register here before you come to the event!

:ballot_box: Recent Proposals

Proposal Discussion Vote
EP3.6 [Social] Election of New ENS Foundation Director Closed Closed
EP3.5 [Executable] Activate New .eth Controller and Reverse Registrar Closed Passed

Proposal Updates

  • EP3.6 - New ENS Foundation Director Appointed

The voting period for EP3.6 has ended, and the majority of the DAO voted to elect Alex Van de Sande (@avsa) as a new director of the ENS Foundation.

Alex’s appointment as a director is subject to KYC checks by Walkers Corporate Limited.

:pencil2: Draft Proposals (pre-vote)

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

:cyclone: ENS Labs Updates

“ENS For Your Community”Makoto Inoue (aka @matoken.eth)

  • While attending the spaghett.ETH Ethereum conference held recently in Naples, Italy — JS & Solidity Developer Makoto Inoue (aka @matoken.eth) gave a presentation titled “ENS For Your Community.”
  • The presentation is available to view online, which you can find here.

Both Vincent (aka @zadok7) and Tate (aka @taytems), of the ENS Labs team, have recently written some very helpful reference material, covering a few scenarios one might encounter in their exploration into ENS.

:speech_balloon: Community Spaces

Several interviews and discussions took place on Twitter Spaces during the second half of May, featuring speakers from the ENS Labs core team, ENS DAO delegates and working group stewards, as well as many additional special guests.

:studio_microphone:Links with a microphone icon below will take you to the full recording of each space, while they are available.

(May 31) :studio_microphone:ENS INTERVIEWS - Episode 33
“Learn all about the ENS DAO and the upcoming working group steward election.”

(May 27) :studio_microphone:Delegation Week™ DAO Spotlight: ENS DAO

(May 26) :studio_microphone:World App ENS Integration
“…Worldcoin, integrating ENS into World App & more.”

(May 21) :studio_microphone:15-minute fundamentals: ENS interview with Greg Skril

(May 19) :studio_microphone:ENS Office Hours: ‘This Week in ENS…’

:globe_with_meridians: Community

CoinMarketCap: What Is Name Wrapper?

Ever wondered why Web3 domain names matter so much?

Nick Johnson (@nick.eth), Founder and Lead Developer of ENS, delves into the concept of ‘Name Wrapper’ on CoinMarketCap Alexandria, highlighting its crucial role in unveiling true Web3 digital identities.

Thread: Most Iconic Tweets from the ENS Twitter Accounts Since May 15th, 2018

Did you know the first ENS domain to be registered was rilxxlir.eth?

Over on Twitter, Yash Bora went through over 3,500 tweets from the @ensdomains account to put together a mega thread showcasing some of the very best, starting with the first tweet from all the way back on May 15th, 2018.

:thread: Check out the thread featuring many of the most iconic moments here.

:newspaper: Working Groups

ENS DAO Working Group Schedule (Q1/Q2 2023)

Working Group Time Day Location
:hammer: Meta-Governance 3pm UTC Tuesday Google Meet
:seedling: ENS Ecosystem 4pm UTC Thursday Google Meet
:sunny: Public Goods 5pm UTC Thursday Google Meet

:hammer: Meta-Governance

The Meta-Governance working group hosted its weekly meetings on May 16th, 23rd, and 30th.

General DAO Updates

  • Delegation Week took place from May 22nd to 26th, during which time re-delegation of $ENS was free for holders with at least 10 tokens.
  • A Twitter Space was held on May 25th with Tally to discuss delegation, which you can listen to the recording of here.
  • @Coltron.eth has stepped down as DAO Secretary, and the working group stewards have appointed @Limes to replace him for the remainder of term. Limes is also an Ecosystem working group steward.

Steward Elections

Steward Elections for Term 2 of 2023 will begin at 9am UTC on June 10.

There will be a three day nomination window, followed by a five day election window.

Important Dates:

  • June 6 (9am UTC): Nomination window opens.
  • June 9 (9am UTC): Nomination window closes.
  • June 10 (9am UTC): Election begins.
  • June 15 (9am UTC): Election ends.

:star: For a complete overview of the upcoming steward election, see the announcement post: Call for Nominations for the Term 2 Steward Elections (Q3/Q4, 2023).

Endowment Updates

  • A proposal to whitelist a bundle of items related to the endowment.ens.eth wallet has been reviewed and will be posted to the forum soon. An executable vote on Tally will follow and, if passed, the proposal will be deployed and executed.
  • Aura have a planned migration that will affect the pool used by the endowment. While it is a simple migration, it requires updating presets and prompts two community votes.
  • To avoid doubling efforts, @Karpatkey will wait two weeks to combine several proposed changes into a single community vote.
  • Any change is a joint exercise, with proposed changes to strategy being initiated by either karpatkey or from the DAO community. Karpatkey remains focused on the long term vision of the endowment and continues to monitor market conditions, new trends, etc.

:star: Weekly endowment reports are shared in this forum thread, where you can also engage and discuss the endowment with the karpatkey team

Additional Topics

Aragon DAO Global Hackathon 2023

  • ENSify won $2,500 for the ‘Kind Reminder’ bounty.

“Kind Reminder Bounty: Notifying interested parties about governance proposals or working group meetings can be a tedious task. With the governance community spread across Twitter, email, and Telegram it would be great to give people the option to get reminders where they prefer. Not everyone hangs out in governance forums to stay up to date with notifications”

Refunding Gas for Delegations & Governance

  • The Meta-Gov working group will be reimbursing gas costs for governance proposals dating back to the beginning of the DAO.
  • This includes any on-chain executable proposal where delegates paid gas to vote.
  • ethback.xyz, a tool created by @gregskril, will be used to distribute the reimbursements.
  • The Meta-Gov working group will continue providing gas-less delegation for another month on Tally.xyz for anyone holding 10 or more $ENS tokens.
  • Gas-less re-delegation also continues on delegate.ens.domains for holders of 50 or more tokens.

:seedling: ENS Ecosystem

The Ecosystem working group hosted its weekly meetings on May 18th and 25th:

ENS Fellowship - Term 3

The purpose of the ENS Fellowship program is to reward builders who are actively contributing to the ENS Ecosystem consistently and repeatedly.

Building on the success of the pilot program last term, the Ecosystem working group stewards modified the fellowship program to be three grants of $20,000, instead of one grant of $50,000.

The ENS Ecosystem working group stewards are excited to announce the three fellows for Term 3!

For more information about the Fellowship program and to review some of the excellent contributions made by the selected Fellows, read the full announcement on the governance forum.

ENS Core Updates

  • Gasless DNSSEC implementation has passed an audit, planning to have testnet deployments live by the end of June.
  • Steps 3, 4 & 5 (forum link) potentially completed in next six weeks.

Changes to ENS Support

  • ENS is moving support from Twitter to the ENS Website Support via chat widget.
  • Check out the tweet and meet ENS Labs newest teammate: ‘Hopper’.
  • Users will first be answered by Hopper; which utilizes assisted AI writing, and allows article searching in chat. The move is expected to increase efficiency.
  • Users can still be escalated to a support agent; Or be assisted in the official Discord: chat.ens.domains.

Gitcoin Grants Update

The ENS Ecosystem working group distributed matching funds to eligible participants of the ENS Ecosystem featured round, which took place alongside the recent Gitcoin Grants Beta Round from April 25th to May 9th.

This ENS-focused round provided an effective way for the community to support projects building on top of ENS by utilizing Gitcoin’s quadratic funding model, which calculates the proportion of match funding a grantee is eligible to receive based on the breadth of contributors, rather than the depth of contributions.

:star: ENS DAO Newsletter received support from the second-most unique contributors in the round, granting the maximum funding allowed from the matching pool. As always, we are incredibly thankful for our generous readers and supporters!

Check out the top 20 projects and match amounts below:

Bug Bounty Update

@nick.eth | @nicksdjohnson

  • Nick has been corresponding with Immunefi to potentially launch their bug bounty program.
  • Immunefi onboards with no upfront fees, provide a platform, rating service, triage service, categorizing, and more: for 10% of bounties awarded.
  • Onboarding process requires ENS Labs to improve upon their own process.
  • Nick recommends moving to Immunefi for quality of service and attracting more testers.

Upcoming Events with ENS Involvement

Date Event/Location Who’s Attending?
May 24 - 26 SpaghettETH @lucemans, @matoken.eth
June 2 - 11 Prague Blockchain Week @vegayp
June 6 - 7 BUIDL Asia ?
June 23 - 25 ETHGlobal Waterloo ?
July 5 - 9 ETH Barcelona @limes, @coltron.eth, @gregskril
July 17 - 20 ETH CC @limes, @slobo.eth, @coltron.eth, @gregskril
July 21 – 23 ETH Global Paris @slobo.eth @gregskril

There is usually someone from ENS Labs or ENS DAO at these events. If you are building projects and need help, or want to chat about integration, reach out.

If you’d like to connect with ENS folks at these events, reaching out in advance through Twitter or Telegram is typically the preferred method.

:sunny: Public Goods

The Public Goods working group hosted its weekly meetings on May 18th and 25th:

Grants News

Growth Grants Winners Announcement

The Public Goods working group stewards announced the five winners who will be distributed a grant of $10k each:

There were a total of 39 submissions. Winners were selected based off of an evaluation rubric. Keep an eye on the forum and Twitter for future announcements.

ENS Small Grants

  • Small grants are still open for submissions (1 day left).
  • This month the Public Goods working group will be distributing 1 ETH to the top 10 projects.

Large Grants

  • Submission deadline is June 1st, 2023.
  • The Public Goods working group may award up to two grants, for up to $50k each.
  • There are around 20 applications so far, with more expected to roll in over the weekend.
  • Eligibility criteria amended from a lifetime funding cap, to time frame based limit of no more than $500k, within last 9 months.
  • Read more about Large Grants.

:newspaper_roll: Newsletter Updates

:seedling: Gitcoin Grants Recap

  • Despite taking place during a period of very high gas fees, over 40 contributors generously donated a total of $356.03 to support the ENS DAO Newsletter! :tada:
  • As part of the ENS Ecosystem featured round, 31 unique contributors donated to show their support for our newsletter — the second-most of all projects in the round — behind only eth.limo, with 40 supporters.
  • Because of the incredible amount of support from the community, our newsletter was eligible to receive the maximum match funding from the ENS Ecosystem working group, sponsors of the round.

From the Newsletter Team — Thank you so much!

We are extremely grateful to all that continue to support the ENS DAO Newsletter, helping us continue to grow and succeed. We couldn’t do it without you!

:newspaper_roll: Newsletter Extras

Be sure to check out Newsletter Extras - below are the latest three ENS-related editorials written by our editor, Marcus. (@estmcmxci)

  • Bringing Ethereum to Guatemala with Marcus AMHow Ethereum Guatemala is securing a regenerative future for the region.
  • ENS Names: Brand Resiliency and Mitigating Platform RiskOn May 17th, 2023, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte enacted measures to ban TikTok in order to protect personal and sensitive data from potential intelligence gathering by the Chinese Communist Party.
  • Reviewing the V3 ENS Manager AppThe latest version (V3) of the ENS App had been launched on Mainnet. The newly redesigned front-end of the ENS Manager App has undergone a complete overhaul. The new design system not only makes it easier to introduce new features and regular improvements, but it also boasts a faster user interface and a more user-friendly experience.

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