While I was running my election campaign I was talking to @alextnetto.eth and he suggested that we don’t nearly have enough competition during steward election, I said that I will take care of it, and since I’m a man of my word, here is my proposition.
I suggest that we reform election process and general approach to “stewardship institute” in the following way. During the past election I saw how people were calling out to get as much qualified candidates as possible, bring acquaintances and friends into the process. But the way it was designed it just didn’t work. There were literary several days before the nomination period, then, election itself, the whole process takes no more than two / three weeks. Thats no where near enough time for any quality candidate to get involved in the process - way too short notice. It’s just impossible - no one is going to suddenly drop everything what they are doing and start running for the election.
By extension, even if there were quality candidates willing to suddenly enter into the race there is just not enough time to gain visibility within the community. From what I observed so far, it takes at least half a year of active involvement and contributions to become a genuinely well known person within the community. Hence announcing election several days before the actual event doesn’t really do anything. One may be a very well established person within certain circles like @conordb.eth or @impacto.eth but without getting an opportunity to show themselves to ENS community their applications have a fairly low probability of success.
a) To tackle this problem I propose that we announce the election process 7 months in advance and make this announcement as wide as possible. There is precedent to that in my personal experience - I come from investment banking industry. In order to acquire best talent we announce positions so loud via a variety of channels, no industry comes close to that. I suggest we do something similar, list of resources would include other DAO forums, we can easily politely introduce ourselves and announce the election for instance on AAVE, SNX and other forums, secondly we should use standard recruitment portals such as Linkedin and Angel, plus any other industry events would have some sort of dashboards. To sum it up everyone should be aware that such institute as ENS DAO Stewardship exists and there is enough time to apply and prepare.
b) Second part of this problem is to make route towards steward position transparent and achievable. I like that @AvsA extended term in 4.8, but I believe that this is half measure to make stewardship genuinely efficient. Right now I see several problems with the system:
- It is fairly difficult to break into stewardship team because it is difficult to compete with those stewards who are serving terms already for obvious reasons - they are well known to community, know how to do job etc.
- There is also lies danger of “alternation of power”, in other words public servants cannot stay in power indefinitely and should be limited legislatively by how much time they can serve, this should be included in DAO Bylaws as well. I hope I don’t have to spell it out to anyone the kind of problems would arise if public servants would cling to their seats.
I propose that total time permitted for any given steward to serve is limited to strictly 2 years irrespectively to any kind of circumstances to prevent any kind of manipulations and cover various edge cases. This proposition does not contradict @AvsA 's 4.8 in a sense that successful stewards still have means to devote enough time to this work and simultaneously tackles “alternation of power” problem.
Position for new steward should be also be made achievable, for example in the recent election I observed how @don.nie got fairly little attention, however in my mind the guy put so much work that he definitely deserved at least some recognition. To tackle the problem of “new comers” I propose the following changes to the structure of stewards’ teams and election mechanics.
New team of every working group would be composed of 4 stewards, of which only 2 can be elected from those who previously served the term, the other 2 steward can only be elected from newcomers, in other words from those who never served as stewards before. In the unlikely event that there are not enough newcomers to fill 2 spots, they will be filled with stewards serving previous term and vice versa. However assuming that (a) is done correctly and diligently this will not be a problem. In this proposed structure competition is “evened out” - those who are already serving the term will compete with each other for a place in the team, and newcomers don’t have to compete with those who are already working as stewards, because in principle they should not be doing so.
In conclusion: the idea behind this proposal is to make institute of stewardship more competitive, but not just that, make it a fair competition, as a result the efficiency of stewardship will increase and as we all know good quality competition brings great results.
EDIT: After a couple responses back and forth I figured that we should have a poll here, current stewards please abstain from voting
- Steward can serve max of 2 years
- Steward can serve max of 3 years
- Steward can serve unlimited number of years, but consecutively only 2 with break in between
- Steward can serve unlimited number of years, but consecutively only 3 with break in between
- Steward can serve any number of years