Based on some of the discussions in this thread: [EP1] [Social] Proposal: Transfer ENS Treasury and Contract Ownership I had a rough idea for something similar to how companies have special / extraordinary resolutions. Any changes to an agreed list of topics - which should be matters that are existential to the DAO - would require a higher quorum and % of “for” votes to be enacted. A common structure for listed companies is:
Quorum: Not always specified, but where it is, commonly 25%+
Majority: Anything over 50% passes.
Quorum: Not always specified, but where it is, commonly 50%+
Majority: Requires over 75% to pass
The idea is that for certain critical resolutions, it makes sure it isn’t just the pure mathematical majority, but it really does represent the will of the collective DAO.
- Guards against malicious voting on key matters
- May prevent a faction split (e.g. “ENS core” vs “ENS v2”) in the event of tight vote on a critical matter, which would harm the DAO
- Mitigates risk concentration of delegated votes (e.g. if 50% of holders aren’t really interested about voting and are holding the tokens for pecuniary gain - hopefully this doesn’t happen longer term)
- If it’s a code change that’s critical - forces a sufficient number of people to read, understand, and verify it
- Allows more proposals to be voted down / cancelled (= inaction = no progress)
- Not as simple to understand as a pure 50.1% majority
- May be difficult to agree which proposals it should be applied to
Anything that would be uncomfortable / awkward if it only passed by 50.5% vs 49.5% against, is an easy way to frame what it could/should be applied to. Some of those matters were discussed in the above thread, e.g. transfer of critical powers to the DAO.