ENS DAO Newsletter #8 - 06/15/2022

ENS DAO Newsletter #8 - 06/15/2022

:wave: HELLO!

Hello and welcome to the Ethereum Name Service DAO Newsletter!

As always, new editions are published on the 1st and 15th of every month.

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

We encourage any feedback, questions, or comments!

Gitcoin Grants Round 14

As part of Gitcoin Grants Round 14, ENS is providing a matching pool of $42K for projects supporting the mission of ENS and ENS DAO. There is one more week remaining in the grants round.

Our newsletter grant has received an amazing amount of support from the community! With just over a week left remaining in the round, we’ve received contributions from almost twice as many individual supporters as in our last round, GR13.

Thank you all so much for the generosity and support!

It has been a busy couple of weeks for the ENS DAO! Working Group Steward elections for Q3/Q4 have just concluded, the results of which can be found below.

:ballot_box: Q3/Q4 Steward-elects

Community* Ecosystem Meta-Governance Public Goods
@limes @bobjiang @coltron.eth @theanthonyware / Anthony
@coltron.eth @validator.eth @simona_pop / Simona @ceresstation / Scott
@validator.eth @slobo.eth @nick.eth @avsa

*A vote to dissolve The Community Working Group has passed, nullifying the incoming Steward positions for the working group.

In addition to our Steward elections, voting has also concluded for three governance proposals.

:ballot_box: Recent Proposals

Visit the ENS Snapshot page for details regarding the most recent proposals.

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

:newspaper: Working Group News

:busts_in_silhouette: Community

The Community Working Group dissolution proposal vote concluded today.

The voting record and forum discussion indicated that Community Stewards had differing opinions. The steward votes at Midnight June 15th were:

Communications Subgroup

@estmcmxci has been assisting @daylon.eth with the newsletter, and the newsletter has it’s own Gitcoin Grants page.


There will be a small event on Friday, June 24th from 6-9pm in Manhattan for DAO members and those with ENS Names. This will be a token-gated event with $ENS holders having early access to the RVSP. Small Plates, ENS DAO t-shirts, ENS Hats(limited run), and an event POAP will be available to attendees.

The official announcement will take place on the ENS DAO twitter account.

Translation Subgroup

The translation subgroup has paid a contributor for Russian translations, but the Learn Docs redesign currently blocks work. @coltron.eth expect that @estmcmxci will be able to slowly start the translations with one or two contributors this week. This slow start aims to identify any technical bugs before opening this to a broader group of translations.

The main technical hang-up has been integrating the search functionality in a way compatible with globalization. @coltron.eth is coordinating this project with an outside developer to move quickly. This is a top priority project to have buttoned up before the end of the term. The final result from this delay should be a lasting solution that can be improved and scaled with our document libraries.

Merch Store RFP

The submission period for the ENS DAO Merch store RFP closed last week. The fours submissions can be viewed on the forum.

Following the current public question period, @coltron.eth and @spencecoin will initiate a DAO-wide vote at their discretion.

Code of Conduct

A draft proposal of ENS DAO’s Code of Conduct has been published on the forum.

The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to create a robust working culture that encourages high standards for inclusivity, representation and respect. This is a high impact document that serves as one of the DAO’s foundations for a thriving and globally focused ecosystem.

This is a proposal to officiate the proposed Code of Conduct, drafted by a myriad of Stewards and Contributors.

The Code of Conduct guides participants of the ENS DAO towards a course of best action, as well as illustrating cultural practices that observe and respect individual agency and will to power.

The Code of Conduct also introduces the concept of Dynamic Proposals, which are subject to bi-annual revision by Council.

Review the proposed Code of Conduct here. The Code of Conduct is slated to go up for a vote on Snapshot on or before the beginning of Term 2, July 1, 2022 (UTC).

:world_map: Comunidad Para Hispanohablantes

The ENS DAO is a unique protocol in that its user base has a wider variety of participants from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Thus far, in DeFi and Web3, the end user has been the builder, the investor, and the speculator. The ENS Protocol represents an opportunity for Web3 to impact the real world.

We need a focused initiative to prime different ecosystems to use ENS for small business initiatives. The Futurx collaboration with Nicolás Madorey is one such example.

This work is more focused on public outreach. This means hosting workshops online in different languages across different disciplines demonstrating ENS use cases. It also means hosting IRL, local events that are backed by the ENS DAO.

It’s important to consider a grants program for Culture & Diversity initiatives that align with the ENS Ecosystem long-term vision. This could include an ENS backed arts, culture and diversity grant program that could be developed under the Ecosystem Working Group.

Example: Futurx x ENS Proposed Collaboration

In Term 2, we may move away from titling this Subgroup as is, and reconsider a more inclusive, globally and culturally focused title such as “Culture & Diversity”. We will also push to establish rapport with Communities through written collaborative pieces on the Utility of ENS within their ecosystem, to be hosted on the ENS DAO Mirror.

:arrows_counterclockwise: Ecosystem

ENS Ecosystem: related to the continuing development and improvement of the ENS protocol and ecosystem, with a focus on all technical matters related to ENS.

The Ecosystem Working Group held two meetings in early June, on the 7th and 13th. More information about what was discussed in the meetings can be found here:

:balance_scale: Meta-Governance

Meta-Governance: related to DAO governance and management

:white_check_mark: Public Goods

Public Goods: related to the amplification of ENS as a Public Good and funding Public Goods within the ENS ecosystem and more broadly in web3.

:gear: Utility

This section is dedicated to highlighting contributors who provide information about the utility of the ENS Protocol.

Top Utility Tweets from the Community

We need web3 builders who will:

-get out of their own crypto network
-take some risks with their GTM (explore different user segments and channels)
-and ultimately extend into the real-world

IMO it’s a blue ocean for web3 builders - we don’t see enough creativity and guts here https://t.co/fqmpQGhn2i

— Dan Wu (@itsdanwu) June 12, 2022

:desktop_computer: Protocol Development

:handshake: Get Involved

:chart_with_upwards_trend: Market News

According to the Twitter account ENS Sales Bot, the top five .eth name sales (letters) of the past two weeks were:

  1. discord.eth - 32Ξ (~$38,500)
  2. lego.eth - 30Ξ (~$36,000)
  3. loan.eth - 25Ξ (~$30,000)
  4. sam.eth - 20Ξ (~$24,000)
  5. entropy.eth - 18,200 $USDC

And the top five .eth name sales (numbers) were:

  1. 8888.eth - 38Ξ (~$45,000)
  2. 2222.eth - 35Ξ (~$42,000)
  3. 3333.eth - 33Ξ (~$40,000)
  4. 789.eth - 25.3Ξ (~$30,000)
  5. 456.eth - 24Ξ (~$29,000)

(approximate exchange rate as of June 14, 2022)

:lock: Security Tip

Exploring the latest NFT scam - “I got an NFT airdrop from an unknown collection into my wallet with a 1 WETH offer. What’s going on? Is it safe to accept?”

Please see this excellent thread by @0xfoobar for a detailed explanation of how this elaborate scam works.

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