Brichis - Delegate Communication Thread

Delegate statement

Firstly, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Bricia, although you’re welcome to call me Brichis. I am project manager at General Magic, in addition to being a Co-Founder of Ethereum Mexico.

My decision to become a delegate was sparked by discussions regarding the OP distribution for the Retroactive Funding that Ethereum Mexico received. When asked if anyone was interested in Public Goods, I responded with a resounding yes. It all seemed to fall into place. We weren’t aware of any other Mexican delegate involved in any protocol, and Optimism felt like the perfect choice for me. After exploring various aspects of web3 over the past year and a half, I had decided to zero in on Public Goods. The concept of impact = profit is disruptive, and I am excited about the prospect of being part of this future.

On April 14th, I initiated an experiment within the experiment. I pondered: What would happen if a non-technical person with no experience in governance tried to become a delegate? As the experiment unfolds, I’ve come to recognize certain privileges that afford me spending hours reading Optimism’s Forum and Discord. Though it’s not an easy task, I believe this privilege obliges me to contribute to making Optimism’s governance more accessible.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure

  1. I am a co-founder of Ethereum México.
  2. My professional occupation is a Project Manager at General Magic and I work closely with Griff Green. Also I am involved in some fundraising duties, this includes having knowledge about various deadlines and processes concerning opportunities from Optimism, such as Proposed Missions and RFPs.
    Update Aug/23: I will be collaborating with the Praise team.
    Update Oct/27: I will be collaborating with the Giveth team.
  3. I am also a participant in a proposal mission with H.E.R. LATAM. My responsibilities involve tasks related to Optimism’s Governance NOT for Dummies & Step by Step: Becoming a Delegate, Why it Matters. It’s worth noting that if this mission is approved via voting, I will receive payment after the one-year lock-in period for the
    hours that I will spend on preparing these educational materials.

Note: You may find that my initial decisions are based on straightforward reasoning, but rest assured, as I progress along my learning journey, I’ll undoubtedly enhance my decision-making processes.


Special Voting Cycle #12a (April 27 – May 10, 2023)

Protocol Delegation Program Renewal
Vote: For. I’d love to see more participation from protocols.
Reasoning: Despite my limited knowledge of past experiences with the Protocol Delegation Program, a flag was raised for me when only 12 out of 23 Protocols responded by the deadline to be included in the summarized feedback. In my view, if they lack the ability to spare 15 minutes for feedback, they probably won’t have enough personnel, time, or interest to perform efficiently as delegates but I wanted to give a vote of confidence.

Intent #1 Budget Proposal
Vote: For
Reasoning: The proposal seemed logical to me, particularly given the fact that other opportunities focusing on technical decentralization could originate directly from the Foundation, complete with a separate budget and process.

Intent #2 - Council Intent Budget Proposal
Vote: For
Reasoning: I noticed that many experimental delegates backed the idea of renewing the Grants Council under Dane Lund’s leadership. This strong support suggests they had positive experiences with them in past seasons. Therefore, I felt confident in his leadership and the proposed budget.

Intent #3 Budget Proposal
Vote: For
Reasoning: Personally, this intent resonates with me as it’s the first time I’ve felt included in the decision-making process. Its budget being the same as Intent #1 and lower than Novel Applications and Governance Accessibility seemed logical to me.

Intent #4 Budget Proposal
Vote: For
Reasoning: I came to the conclusion that this specific intent might necessitate the development of tools, which could be costly. Therefore, allocating more funds than Intent #3 and less than Intent #2 made sense.


Nice post Brichis. Up to read more for you in the forum, and also if it’s anything that i can help, please count on me and Nación Bankless, upfront the LATAM people.


It is truly amazing and inspiring seeing you improve and become a delegate in one of the most valuable ecosystems in the space. Congratulations Brichis. All my support and I’m sure you’ll bring valuable perspectives to the Collective


Thank you very much for your support @CryptoReuMD, I am sure we will collaborate in the future.

Thank you very much @dmars300! I’ll do my best to add value around here :blush:


Special Voting Cycle #12b (May 18 – 31, 2023)

Inflation Adjustment Proposal
Vote: For
Reasoning: The recent drop in OP token price made me feel that increasing inflation wasn’t necessary. Even though it was a minimal measure, it highlighted the need to take action.

Council Reviewer Elections: Builders Grants

  1. Gonna.eth
  2. Jack Anorak
  3. Krzysztof Urbanski (kaereste or krst)
  4. Oxytocin

Reasoning: After reviewing their nominations and voting records, I trust their experience and intentions.

Council Reviewer Elections: Growth Experiments Grants

  1. Katie Garcia
  2. Matt L
  3. Michael Vander Meiden

Reasoning: I have read their nominations and voting records. I also found Michael and Katie to be highly dedicated and passionate delegates during my initial weeks.

Treasury Appropriation (Foundation Year 2 Budget Approval)
Vote: Abstain. I trust in the good intentions of the Foundation, however, I believe that this approach could be improved.
Reasoning: I disagree with the voting cost in relation to the 1 OP difference if the proposal passes or not. Therefore, I choose to abstain. Nonetheless, I acknowledge the Foundation’s good intentions and hope for better processes in the future.

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Cycle #13 Voting Period (Mission Proposals)

For this cycle, I used the Builder and Growth rubric of the Grants Council as a reference, and I included a category for intent. I did this because I believe the Grants Council has valuable experience in evaluating projects, and I aim to improve decision-making processes as a delegate. The total score is 18 points and I determined a percentage, approving those that were higher than 70%

Example for Intent #1

0 1 2 3 4
Progress Towards Technical Decentralization No clear progress towards technical decentralization is apparent Minimal efforts towards technical decentralization There is some reasonable progress towards technical decentralization There are significant efforts towards technical decentralization The project substantially promotes technical decentralization
Likelihood of success There’s a clear flaw in the design that cannot be easily remedied Difficult to see the project continuing for more than a year There’s a reasonable chance that the project has intermediate-to-long-term success (+1 Year) The project is likely to generate long-term, sustainable value for the Optimism ecosystem The project has a substantial likelihood of generating long-term, sustainable value for the Optimism ecosystem
Grant size Grant size significantly outweighs the projected benefit Grant size is considerably larger than the expected benefit Grant size is proportional to the expected benefit Expected benefit outweighs the grant size Expected benefit meaningfully exceeds grant size
Team assessment The team does not substantiate the ability to deliver on the plan The team does not show significant ability to deliver on the plan The team shows a reasonable ability to deliver on the plan The team shows a significant ability to deliver on the plan The team exceeds what is required to deliver on the plan
0 1 2
Milestone trackability Not trackable Somewhat trackable Easily trackable

Intent #1, 1M OP
Vote: I’m voting in favor of all the options. This initiative is crucial, and every team demonstrate the necessary capabilities to execute this missions.

Scry Protocol - Fully Decentralized and Independent Oracle and Data Infrastructure
I think the outcome of this will be genuinely intriguing, and I appreciate their efforts to reduce their budget. However, I still believe it is relatively high but I’m voting yes because I think Decentralized and Independent Oracles are really important for Technical Decentralization.

Spearbit + Immunefi Bug Bounty Program for Large Protocols on Optimism
The allocated budget is intended for bug bounties, and they possess the necessary expertise. Nevertheless, in the future, I believe that large protocols should consider establishing their own budgets for bug bounties.

Future-proofing UI/UX of OP nodes
I’m really excited about this one. I believe they are the team capable of making it happen.

TechNERD program
I appreciate that OP Labs have participated on the same level as other projects with a proposed mission that addresses a genuine need. This will certainly bring benefits to the Optimism Ecosystem.

Superchain Governance Deep Dive
I believe the outcome of this mission will be genuinely interesting, and I appreciate their decision to decrease their budget.

Extend the L1Block contract to store historical blockhash data
Initially, I didn’t understand their intentions, but they calmly explained to me that it’s important for protocols (bridges) not to be obligated to use zk light clients or centralized oracles so I decided to give a vote of trust.

Intent #3, 1M OP

Vote: I’m voting “no” for missions I’m involved in to avoid conflicts of interest. However, I’m voting “yes” for most missions because I believe every effort counts, and everyone should have the opportunity to contribute to the Optimism Ecosystem.


BanklessDAO’s Global Campaign to spread the Optimistic vision
I believe they are some of the most experienced content creators. This can open doors for many non-native English speakers, and I’m excited about the potential impact on the ecosystem.

Spread Optimistic values across Latam with Solow
I fully understand the value of this proposal, and while some may argue that the content is duplicative, I believe each one offers something unique to a different audience. This will be the seed to foster greater participation in Latin America.

‘Thank Optimism - powered by ThriveCoin’
I believe this is a strong mission, and the Alliance has everything it takes to make it a success. Despite the high budget, the majority of it goes to contributors. I’m excited about this proposed mission.

Develop the most relevant and aligned audiovisual content for the Optimism Collective
Despite the presence of many similar proposals, I appreciate that this one emphasizes technical aspects like OP Stack and Superchain. The budget may be high, but based on their previous work, I would love to read more content in my native language.

Create and Maintain the ‘Optimism Vision Reservoir
I agree with other comments; the price-to-benefit ratio is interesting. I believe it could be highly useful and I hope it resonates with people, especially content creators.

Fueling RetroPGF Growth through Education, Collaboration, and Active Marketing
Although the amount may be considered high, I believe a dashboard, real-life events, and general education are effective ways to promote RetroPGF and yield great results.

Velodrome: Spread Awareness Through Direct Outreach and Onboarding
The Alliance members possess the necessary qualifications to carry out this mission. I’m particularly impressed by Velodrome’s recent performance update. This proposal holds great promise, and I’d love to see 5 Velodromes at Optimism!

Let’s take the Optimistic Vision to LATAM with Espacio Cripto
Espacio Cripto is one of the most important podcasts about crypto in LATAM, and their community holds significant influence, especially in Mexico. The budget may be considered high, but the expected benefits justify it.

Web3xplorer - A curated web platform to discover useful web3 apps, resources and tools
Despite the existence of similar platforms, I would like to give them a chance. They are proposing something for a specific audience, and I’m curious to see how they evolve.

Rumbo Optimista - Hacia Ethereum Mexico The Event
I’m the Alliance lead and an active Co-Founder of Ethereum México.

Optimistic Womxn Shinning in Blockchain
Even though my participation may not be considered significant due to dedicating only 5-10% of the time compared to my peers, I chose to abstain to avoid any potential issues.

There has been extensive discussion regarding this Intent, questioning whether these projects should be considered as proposed missions. However, I believe it was an internal mistake in our design, so I vote in favor of the majority. I see the proposed missions as an opportunity to understand the projects’ intentions, form alliances, and provide guidance on what is expected.

Intent #4, 3M OP

Pairwise: Tinder UX For Web3 Community Signaling
The budget may be considered high, but I believe it could be highly beneficial for RetroPGF3, especially considering they already have the MVP. I’m excited about the improvements they are implementing, particularly for badgeholders.

NumberNERD Program
I appreciate their participation with a Proposed Mission. I believe this program will bring significant benefits, and I witnessed the quality of their work during a Governance Call. I’m excited about this mission.

The RetroPGF Podcast
To be honest, I trust Michael’s proposals. I think it will greatly contribute to positioning RetroPGF and highlighting what sets Optimism apart from other L2 solutions, beyond just the technical aspects.

Improving Governance Accessibility through Praise and Contribution Based Attestations
I consider Praise to be one of the best products available for DAOs. It is a valuable tool for emotional recognition and provides important contributor information. I believe the Praise culture could be extremely beneficial for Optimism.

Facilitate and empower community members to actively engage in governance through an educational course
I am familiar with Cryptoversidad’s work, and I believe their content will be easily understandable. I would love to see it open doors for many people interested in governance.

Multi-lingual Lesson on Optimism Governance, by Bankless Academy
As a non-native English speaker, I believe initiatives like this are crucial. While I consider the budget to be high, I understand the need since they will be producing content in five different languages.
I have seen the work of both Michaels, and I believe they will deliver something truly interesting. As a delegate with a low number of delegations, I may not personally derive much valuable information yet, but I am confident it will benefit other delegates.

OP Governance Analytics Dashboard
I find their proposal to be genuinely interesting. I would love to see it integrated with Agora and/or Michael’s OPdelegate mission. Both dashboards would complement each other well.

REGEN Score - Attestations for the Citizen’s House
This could be a fun initiative. I appreciate that the first step is to present the conceptual design for feedback. It can be a great way to engage public goods project supporters in the Optimism community.

Delegate Corner Podcast
The budget seems reasonable to me, and I believe Sinkas has a genuine interest in contributing to the Optimism ecosystem, which deserves our support.

Velodrome: Fostering Inclusive Governance through Leading Optimism Builders and Long-term Users
They are requesting a substantial amount of money. Initially, I understood that everything would go to participants, but now I see allocations like 350k for development and audit, 250k for running an Optimism Protocols program, and 400k for a govNFT program. While the idea of vested tokens is interesting, I believe the budget is too high.

Economic Co-design of Gas Fees for the OP Stack
Although I find it interesting, the best use for this dashboard has not been defined yet (The Collective has not addressed gas-related aspects). I think it’s still early for this project, but it could become a valuable educational tool to understand gas fees for OP Stack.

Enable aOP as A Votable Token in Optimism’s Governance
They have not resolved the issue of double OP voting power. I believe we can find better ways to incentivize OP holders who wish to delegate their tokens.

DAOStar: Governance standards for the Optimism ecosystem
This could be enriching. However, I am concerned that the Optimism Foundation or OP Labs might not have sufficient time to dedicate to providing feedback.


Voting Cycle #14 (Aug 3 - 16, 2023)

Intent 2 Budget Proposal 2
Vote: For
Reasoning: I fully support this idea. It’s crucial to encourage people to build on Optimism and utilize it. Rather than seeing these resources come back, I’d prefer them to be used to benefit more individuals who have a desire to build here.

And in case you want to know about how my learning path is going…

During these dates, I /had the opportunity to participate in the Delegate Corner podcast with @Sinkas, as well as in the Espacio Cripto podcast (in Spanish). Here are the links:
Delegate Corner
Espacio Cripto

And, I also had the chance to conduct my first workshop on the fundamental concepts of Optimism governance and a step-by-step guide on becoming a delegate (in Spanish) with H.E.R. LATAM.
Optimistas Brillando en Blockchain


Special Voting Cycle #16a (Oct 12 - 25, 2023)

Grants Council Operating Budget
Vote: For
Reasoning: Impressive work by Grants Council in Season 4, Dane is an experimented lead and I consider that the increases are justified.

Code of Conduct Violation: Carlos Melgar
Vote: Abstained
Reasoning: For me, the process wasn’t appropriate, the Token House lacked context and conflict resolution skills.

Developer Advisory Board Budget
Vote: For
Reasoning: I’m excited about the Developer Advisory Board, as a not technical profile but with interest to contribute in Grants Council I think this will be a really interesting experiment. The amount can sound high according to my context but reading their profiles I think they deserve it If they do a good job during next Season.

Ratify Developer Advisory Board Members
Vote: For
Reasoning: I read their profiles and I have high expectations, looking forward to their evolution.

Anticapture Commission
Vote: For
Reasoning: Despite some doubts about the amount, it’s an interesting experiment, and I’m proud to be a qualifying delegate.

Code of Conduct Council Budget
Vote: For
Reasoning: After the last Code of Conduct violation, a dedicated council seems more appropriate than a Token House vote.

Security Council: Vote #1
Vote: For
Reasoning: In favor of proposals enhancing Optimism’s security and decentralization.

In my learning journey, I joined the first govNERDs program. Working alongside people I admire was an amazing experience. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in governance.

I also had the pleasure of being a guest on a couple of podcasts. Check them out:
Cafecito con Cryptoconexión
And I applied for RetroPGF 3, you can see my application here. This sums up my governance journey, complementing my role as a delegate.