The Special Voting Cycles in the Optimism Collective are designated periods during which members of the Optimism community engage in the governance process by voting on multiple proposals. The Special Voting Cycle #16c recently concluded voting on 2 key proposals.
For any non-grant proposal to advance to the voting stage in the Special Voting Cycle, it must receive explicit approval from four of the top 100 delegates. Proposals initiated by the Foundation don’t require delegate approvals and automatically move to a vote. These cycles involve electing roles like the Grants Council Lead, approving budgets for the Grants Council, and electing Grants Council Reviewers. These activities are crucial for the effective allocation and shaping of Optimism’s future.
The Special Voting Cycle put up 2 key proposals. We have listed them below and discussed them in the succeeding sections
- Security Council: Ratify Security Council Members
- Canyon Upgrade
The proposal centers on the initial ratification of members for the Security Council, a crucial element in Optimism’s governance system that focuses on enhancing network security and responsiveness.
- Security Council’s Role: It’s tasked with rapid response to security incidents, ensuring network integrity.
- Member Selection Process: The community is involved in nominating and voting to ratify council members.
- Emergency Powers: The council is equipped with powers to pause contracts or expedite decisions during crises.
- Decentralization and Security: Establishing the council aligns with Optimism’s objectives of decentralized governance while prioritizing robust security protocols.
(Re)election and Removal
- (Re)Election Process: Elections will be held several months before the end of a cohort’s term, typically lasting 12 months. Candidates will be nominated based on eligibility criteria outlined in the Council Charter. Elected members will be required to undergo a Foundation screening, including KYC, background checks, and technical rehearsals. If a candidate fails the screening, their place will be taken by the runner-up.
- Removal of Council Members: A new proposal type for Council and Board Member Removal will be added. This process will involve posting a removal proposal on the forum and obtaining the necessary delegate approvals for a Token House vote. The Security Council or Foundation will also have the authority to unilaterally remove members who fail to meet the requirements of the Charter, with replacement elections occurring in the same or nearest voting cycle.
The Security Council’s establishment, coupled with the community-driven process for member ratification, marks a significant stride in bolstering Optimism’s security framework. This initiative highlights the platform’s commitment to maintaining a secure and agile network environment, balancing decentralized governance with efficient security management.
The Canyon Network Upgrade proposal is a critical juncture for the Optimism Collective, marking a significant network evolution after the Bedrock upgrade.
- Shapella Integration: Incorporates Ethereum’s Shapella network upgrade.
- Basefee Volatility Reduction: Aims to stabilize basefee fluctuations.
- Bug Fixes Implementation: Addresses several minor bugs to enhance network functionality.
- Code Completion: Finalized in the optimism mono repo and op-geth, with specific commits detailed.
- Scheduled Activation: Targeted for January 11, 2024, across multiple mainnets, contingent on security validation.
- Approval Requirement: Necessitates a 76% approval rate for implementation.
The Canyon upgrade is set to significantly improve Optimism’s network capabilities, aligning it with Ethereum’s recent advancements while introducing specific improvements for the Optimism ecosystem. This upgrade reflects Optimism’s dedication to maintaining parity with Ethereum’s progress and enhancing user experience and network performance.
This upgrade underscores a pivotal step in Optimism’s technological and strategic growth, potentially elevating its position in the broader blockchain ecosystem and paving the way for future enhancements and innovations.
Special Voting Cycle #16c in the Optimism Collective has been a crucial phase in the governance of the platform, focusing on decisions that shape the network’s security and technical evolution. The community’s active participation in these processes, from ratifying Security Council members to voting on significant network upgrades like Canyon, reflects the collective’s commitment to a decentralized and secure future. These decisions set a precedent for how Optimism approaches governance challenges and technological advancements, reaffirming its role as a forward-thinking and community-driven blockchain ecosystem.