Anticapture Commission - Retrospective Season 5

1. What is your assessment of any benchmark milestones and/or impact KPIs that were set in your Budget Proposal or Charter at the start of the Season? Have you made progress towards, or achieved, these milestones or KPIs?

  • Goal: Increase votable supply
    The delegation to the ACC multisig on January 17 resulted in a significant increase in the votable supply, rising from 72,639,280 to 89,035,209 OP. However, since January 17, the votable supply only increased slightly to 90,049,387 OP by May 8. While the initial increase indicates a positive impact, subsequent growth was limited, and this was not solely due to the ACC existence.

  • Goal: Define and uphold standards for top delegates
    The first ACC’s charter introduced responsibilities such as maintaining a percentage of approvals or providing reasons for non-approvals. However, these requirements sparked discussions among members regarding the relevance of this type of responsibilities, likely leading to changes for Season 6. ACC members, who are naturally some of the most engaged contributors in the Collective, accounted for 165 of the 269 approvals given during Cycles 16 and 19, which covered the mission requests. While these requirements are likely to change for the next season, the activity level of these top delegates will probably remain unaffected.

  • Goal: Retention of top individual delegates as OP Chains and protocols gain voting power
    Most delegates who met the membership criteria and opted in have consistently participated in the collective throughout Season 5. However, further strategies could focus on organically increasing delegation to these high-impact individuals to ensure continued engagement. Also, a detailed analysis should be conducted when Season 6 is over.

  • Goal: Establish a process and bridge for communication between Token House and Citizens’ House
    During this cycle, we didn’t need to create any reports as there were no capture attempts. Consequently, we have not had direct contact beyond the fact that some members are part of both the ACC and the Citizens’ House.

2. Impact assessment - how well did your team’s outputs support the Intent they were authorized under?
The Commission utilized the delegation it received to vote on all protocol upgrades, except during Voting Cycle 19, when we encountered issues while experimenting with different voting methods. Additionally, the work conducted this season has been significantly influenced by Intent 4 as we strive to ensure that internal processes remain as decentralized, transparent, and accessible as possible.

Furthermore, this experiment has led to extremely rich discussions about Governor upgrades and the need for greater decentralization in governance. These discussions have undoubtedly had a significant impact on the Collective.

3. What changes would you make to the Internal Operating Procedures (IOP’s)?

  • Clarify the voting windows now that we have established a voting method.
  • Improve the definition of the forms of notification for upcoming votes.
  • Set the default call length to 30 minutes, which can be extended under certain exceptions.
  • Create an additional position alongside the Lead to share some of the responsibilities held during Season 5.

4. Suggested adjustments to the Charter?

  • Modify the member responsibilities to better define our role as a group that acts in response to a capture attempt.
  • Eliminate the mid-season membership recalculation, as it was time-consuming and did not result in significant changes to the number of members. In general, we should aim for minimization and strive to simplify the Charter as much as possible.

5. What improvements to the team’s mandate would you suggest for next Season? If you don’t believe the team’s operations should continue next Season, please explain why here.

I recommend continuing the team’s operations into next season. Although interaction with OP chains was limited this season, it’s expected to change in Season 6. If conditions remain the same, we should reconsider the future of the ACC. However, the Commission’s relevance is likely to grow with each season, so it’s essential to maintain and adapt our efforts as needed.

To close this post, I want to thank everyone who engaged with the Anticapture Commission—whether by asking a question or joining an Office Hours.

Thanks you Dane for taking the time to guide me when I felt lost.

A special thanks to the Governance team from the Foundation, who provided invaluable support throughout this period. Working alongside you is always a pleasure.

And a heartfelt thank you to the ACC members. Your contributions to the Collective are invaluable, and Optimism is incredibly fortunate to have your time, energy, and interest in actively engaging with Optimism Governance. I sincerely appreciate that you allowed me to serve as Lead because it has taught me so much and left me with wonderful memories (some of which were scary but now bring a smile to my face).

Thank you for every minute you dedicate to this experiment :pray: