Governance Weekly Recap

Week of March 13, 2023

Highlights

  1. RetroPGF voting is live until March 23. Here are all the eligible projects. See badgeholder voting rationales and conflict-of-interest disclosures.
  2. Bedrock goes up for voting on the new portal this week — 19:00 GMT on March 23.

Proposals

[Draft] Upgrade Proposal: Bedrock - v2.

In the Forums

Kromatika is looking for feedback on changing their use of proceeds from a Cycle 6 grant.

Delegate communication thread update from @OPUser.

On Twitter

This week in Optimism

OP Radio #23: The Uncommon Mark Tyneway

In Discord

There’s been a lot of activity in #gov-monitoring recently.

Can edits be made to a grant proposal after the submission deadline has passed?

Governance Calls

:speaking_head: Here’s the recording and recap of last week’s community governance call.

Quick Gov Links: Working Constitution | Operating Manual v0.3 | Voting Portal | Optimism on Boardroom

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Week of March 20, 2023

Highlights

  1. RetroPGF results should be forthcoming in a couple of days.
  2. Voting is live on the new portal. Be sure that you can see both proposals.
  3. There’s a new version of the Operating Manual, v0.3.3.

Proposals

In the Forums

In Discord & Twitter

Governance Calls

The next community governance call is Tuesday, March 28th, at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 7pm CET, on Zoom.

Quick Gov Links: Working Constitution | Operating Manual v0.3. 3| Voting Portal | Optimism on Boardroom

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Week of March 27, 2023

Highlights

  1. Governance Update #6 was posted last week — we’re almost at the end of Season 3, which means a two-week Reflection Period is ahead. Here’s a sketch of the coming weeks.
  2. Voting is still live on the new portal. Be sure to vote on both proposals.
  3. The Cycle 11 grants preliminary roundup has been published. Final results by April 8.
  4. Congratulations to all beneficiaries of RetroPFG 2!

Proposals

In the Forums

In Discord & Twitter

Governance Calls

The recap of the last community governance call is here, and the recording here.

Quick Gov Links: Working Constitution | Operating Manual v0.3. 3| Voting Portal | Optimism on Boardroom

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Week of April 3, 2023

Highlights

  1. With Season 3 over, we have a preview of Season 4. Goals, renewals, and experiments are listed, and a tentative schedule provided. More detail to come on April 13.
  2. We’re in a rest week now.
  3. Cycle 11 grants finalists have been selected — congratulations to the grantees.
  4. Grant policies have been outlined by @lavande.

Proposals

  • Upgrade Proposal: Bedrock - v2. This proposal succeeded with record number of wallets participating — and overwhelmingly in favor.
  • Delegate Suspension: Fractal Visions This proposal succeeded with over 80% voting in favor; discussion continues.

In the Forums

In Discord & Twitter

Governance Calls

The next community governance call will be on April 11 10am PT / 1pm ET / 7pm CET, hosted by @Michael. Fresh data to be provided by @MSilb7. On Zoom.

Quick Gov Links: Working Constitution | Operating Manual v0.3. 3| Voting Portal | Optimism on Boardroom

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Week of April 10, 2023

Highlights

  1. We’re now in the reflection period (April 13-26) between seasons.
  2. The Foundation’s Guide to Season 4 puts forward important new concepts and approaches, including Intents, Missions, and Alliances — and also provides a timeline.
  3. Season 4 features Collective Intents — around which the entire community aligns. They are “directional goals that allow the Collective to align and focus.” For the upcoming season, three Intents have been set by the Foundation; an additional one has been left open for community input. A brainstorming call will be held at 17:30 GMT on April 20th, directly following the Foundation AMA.
  4. Missions “support specific initiatives aligned with our Intents.” Missions can be proposed by Alliances (see below), and delegates will “vote on Proposed Missions for each Intent during Voting Cycle #13.” A proposed Mission Proposal template has been posted.
  5. An Alliance is “a group of people…that will work together to complete a Mission.”
  6. Season 4 will also see the first iteration of Collective Trust Tiers, which aim to establish “a connection between one’s positive impact in the ecosystem and access to different types of work, grants, and roles within the Collective.”
  7. The Grants Council is up for renewal by Token House vote in Special Voting Cycle 12a (April 27 - May 10), and so is the protocol delegation program.
  8. If the Grants Council is approved, reviewers will be elected by the Token House in Cycle 12b (May 18-31). Those who would like to self-nominate must do so using a specific template by May 17.
  9. A co-granting program will also be piloted in Season 4.

Proposals

  • Voting Cycle #12a (April 27 - May 10) will include votes on the protocol delegation program renewal, the Grants Council renewal, and the Collective Intent budgets.
  • Voting Cycle #12b (May 18 - 31) will include Grants Council Reviewer elections (potentially), treasury appropriations, and inflation adjustments. More detail will be provided on each.
  • Voting Cycle #13 (begins June 8) will see voting on proposed Missions.

In the Forums

In Discord & Twitter

Governance Calls

The next community governance call will be on April 25th 10am PT / 1pm ET / 7pm CET.

Quick Gov Links: Working Constitution | Operating Manual v0.3. 5| Voting Portal | Optimism on Boardroom

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Week of April 17, 2023

Highlights

  1. The Reflection Period continues until April 26 — Wednesday of this week.
  2. Be sure to follow — and contribute to, if you’re so inclined — the very interesting discussions around Intents, Missions, Trust Tiers and co-granting, among others, as they relate to the evolution of Optimism governance planned for Season 4.
  3. Links to the summaries of the Season 4 AMA and Intent #3 brainstorm can be found here.
  4. Join the Community Governance call tomorrow, April 25th 10am PT / 1pm ET / 7pm CET for all the latest.

Proposals

  • Special Voting Cycle #12a begins on Thursday, April 27 and extends through May 10. It will include votes on the protocol delegation program renewal, the Grants Council renewal, and the Collective Intent budgets.
    • The list of protocols eligible for the Season 4 Protocol Delegation Program (if renewed by the Token House) is presented here.
    • Intent budgets “must be posted to the forum and receive 4 delegate approvals
      from delegates with >0.25% of the votable supply by Wednesday, April 26th at 19:00 GMT.”
    • As lavande specifies, “suggestions for Intent #3 must also be posted to the forum by Wednesday, April 26th at 19:00 GMT so the Foundation can select the final Intent ahead of budget approvals.”

In the Forums

In Discord & Twitter

Governance Calls

The next community governance call will be on April 25th 10am PT / 1pm ET / 7pm CET.

Quick Gov Links: Working Constitution | Operating Manual v0.3. 5| Voting Portal | Optimism on Boardroom

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Week of April 24, 2023

Highlights

Voting Cycle #12a is under way, and will be until May 10th. There are five proposals are up for approval by the Token House on the voting portal.

Proposals

  1. Protocol Delegation Program Renewal. Discussion of the protocol delegation program renewal has been robust.
  2. Intent #1 Budget Proposal. 1M OP to support “Progress Towards Technical Decentralization.”
  3. Intent #2 - Council Intent Budget Proposal. @danelund.eth has posted the Season 4 Council Intent Budget proposal, which falls under Intent #2, “Innovate on Novel Applications.”
  4. Intent #3 Budget Proposal. The Optimism Foundation settled on “Spread Awareness of the Optimistic Vision” for this Intent — after sifting through ideas provided by the community.
  5. Intent #4 Budget Proposal. 3M OP to support “Governance Accessibility.”

In the Forums

In Discord & Twitter

  • Liam Horne announces that Karl Floersch will still into the CEO role at OP Labs
  • The OP stack needs quality (open-source) competition, says Norswap.
  • This week in Optimism

Governance Calls

The recap of the last community governance call has been posted. The next call will be on May 9th 10am PT / 1pm ET / 7pm CET.

Quick Gov Links: Working Constitution | Operating Manual v0.3. 5 | Voting Portal | Optimism on Boardroom

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Week of May 1, 2023

Highlights

  1. Voting Cycle #12a is STILL under way, and will be until Wednesday, May 10th. There are five proposals are up for approval by the Token House on the voting portal.
  2. The Foundation has posted some ideas about how “discoverability could be improved for smaller or less visible delegates.” More ideas welcome.
  3. The 20th OP community governance call — “Data Edition” with @MSilb7 — will take place on Tuesday, May 9th 10am PT / 1pm ET / 7pm CET, on Zoom.

Proposals

  1. Protocol Delegation Program Renewal.
  2. Intent #1 Budget Proposal. 1M OP to support “Progress Towards Technical Decentralization.”
  3. Intent #2 - Council Intent Budget Proposal. @danelund.eth has posted the Season 4 Council Intent Budget proposal, which falls under Intent #2, “Innovate on Novel Applications.”
  4. Intent #3 Budget Proposal. The Optimism Foundation settled on “Spread Awareness of the Optimistic Vision” for this Intent — after sifting through ideas provided by the community.
  5. Intent #4 Budget Proposal. 3M OP to support “Governance Accessibility.”

In the Forums

In Discord & Twitter

Governance Calls

The 20th OP community governance call will take place on May 9th 10am PT / 1pm ET / 7pm CET, on Zoom.

Quick Gov Links: Working Constitution | Operating Manual v0.3. 5 | Voting Portal | Optimism on Boardroom

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Greetings,
Thanks for this Recap. It was insightful.

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Week of May 8, 2023

Highlights

  1. Voting Cycle #12a is over, and all five proposals succeeded.
  2. Since the proposal for the Intent #2 budget passed, those who are interested in being Grants Council reviewers can now nominate themselves — until the deadline, which is May 17, 19:00 GMT.
  3. Voting Cycle #12b will start this Thursday, May 18, and run until May 31. Council reviewers will be elected during this period.
  4. The next voting cycle will also include a vote on the Foundation’s Year 2 budget proposal — a treasury appropriation subject to Token House approval. As the Foundation notes, the vote is mostly symbolic, as it already has the funds: “This vote is meant to introduce the Foundation budget approval process and set a precedent for future budget approvals.”
  5. Finally, as @lavande notes, “any Inflation Adjustment proposals will need to be posted with four delegate approvals by May 17th at 19:00 GMT” so that they can be included in Voting Cycle #12b. This includes the one from @polynya, which continues to receive commentary.

Proposals

Voting Cycle #12b will start this Thursday, as noted above. It will include Council reviewer elections, a treasury appropriation proposal from the Foundation, and any qualifying inflation adjustment proposals.

In the Forums

In Discord & Twitter

  • A “decentralized global coordination layer wasn’t built in a day,” or this week in Optimism
  • On OP Radio #30: Decentralized Identity with Ethereum Attestation Service
  • Worldcoin “commits to Optimism’s Superchain vision ahead of mainnet launch”

Governance Calls

A link to the recording of last week’s community governance call can be found in the original post. Stay on the lookout for details about the upcoming governance call, on Tuesday May 23.

Quick Gov Links: Working Constitution | Operating Manual v0.3. 5 | Voting Portal | Optimism on Boardroom

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Week of May 15, 2023

Highlights

  1. Voting Cycle #12b is underway, with four proposals before the Token House until May 31.
  2. The OP circulating supply will increase on May 31, as detailed in this forum post, which states: “The upcoming unlock presents another opportunity to drive new delegations and further increase the votable supply.” :arrow_heading_down:
  3. Delegate discovery can be supported by shining a spotlight on those with <0.5% of the voting supply. :arrow_heading_down:
  4. It’s delegation week: “a 5-day ecosystem-wide event dedicated to DAO governance engagement.” :arrow_heading_down:
  5. The 20th OP Community Governance Call is tomorrow, Tuesday May 23rd, at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 7pm CET, on Zoom. Agora will be on to talk about improvements to delegate discovery.

Proposals

  1. Council Reviewer Elections: Growth Experiments Grants (approval voting)
  2. Council Reviewer Elections: Builders Grants (approval voting)
  3. Treasury Appropriation (Foundation Year 2 Budget Approval)
  4. Inflation Adjustment Proposal

In the Forums

In Discord & Twitter

Quick Gov Links: Working Constitution | Operating Manual v0.3. 5 | Voting Portal | Optimism on Boardroom

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awesome review, sums it all up

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Week of May 22, 2023

Highlights

  1. Voting Cycle #12b remains underway, with four proposals before the Token House until May 31. Season 4 will start on June 8 — see the public calendar here.
  2. Delegate discovery initiatives were discussed during last week’s governance call, and Agora’s @zcf is keeping a running list of ideas.
  3. Shine a spotlight on lesser known delegates in this thread.

Proposals

  1. Council Reviewer Elections: Growth Experiments Grants Proposal | Discussion
  2. Council Reviewer Elections: Builders Grants Proposal | Discussion
  3. Treasury Appropriation (Foundation Year 2 Budget Approval) Proposal | Discussion
  4. Inflation Adjustment Proposal Proposal | Discussion

In the Forums

In Discord & Twitter

Governance Calls

Links to the recordings (along with a recap) of last week’s community governance call can be found in the original post.

Quick Gov Links: Working Constitution | Operating Manual v0.3. 5 | Voting Portal | Optimism on Boardroom

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Week of May 29, 2023

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Highlights

  1. Voting Cycle #12b concluded last week. The proposals for Treasury Appropriation and Inflation Adjustment have passed Token House governance.
  2. Congratulations to those delegates elected to the Grants Council Builders Committee and Grown Experiments Committee.
  3. The Grants Council will begin accepting grant applications on June 8th. The draft forms for Builders grants and Growth Experiments grants have been posted for community feedback.
  4. Co-granting will be live in Season 4. Check out this thread about how it will work.
  5. The next Community Governance Call is tomorrow, Tuesday June 6th, 10am PT / 1pm ET / 7pm CET, on Zoom.
  6. The Bedrock upgrade will take place tomorrow June 6th at 16:00 UTC. There will be 2-4 hours of downtime for OP mainnet. See this document for all the details.

Proposals

  • Season 4 begins this week, on June 8, with a Cycle #13 review period for Mission proposals.
    • @lavande reminds us that all Mission proposals need to be posted to the forum by June 21st, and need four delegate approvals within the week following in order to advance to Voting Cycle #13. Foundation Missions (RFPs) need to be submitted by June 28th unless otherwise indicated.
    • Want to learn more about the Alliances needed to form Missions? A recording of the Alliance forming workshop held last week has been posted.

In the Forums

In Discord & Twitter

  • Some adjustments had to be made to the timing of proposals to account for variable block times — which shouldn’t be an issue post-Bedrock.
  • There’s now an Alliance channel in Discord — where you can “find and coordinate with fellow Alliance members.”
  • Here’s This Week in Optimism

Governance Calls

The next Community Governance Call is tomorrow, Tuesday June 6th, 10am PT / 1pm ET / 7pm CET, on Zoom.

Quick Gov Links: Working Constitution | Operating Manual v0.3. 5 | Voting Portal | Optimism on Boardroom

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Week of June 5, 2023

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Highlights

  1. Season 4 is upon us, through September 20th. It will span three Cycles, the first of which is Cycle #13, which runs until July 12th.
  2. The Grants Council is open for Season 4 proposals. Cycle #13 applications will be accepted through June 22nd. See the kickoff announcement for more details. Draft review rubrics have been posted for community feedback.
  3. Submit your Mission proposals by June 21st, and apply for Foundation Missions by June 28th. The voting period for qualifying Mission proposals begins on June 29th.

Proposals

Mission Proposals:

Foundation Missions (RFPs):

In the Forums

In Discord & Twitter

Governance Calls

A recording and recap of last week’s Governance call can be found here. The next Governance Call is scheduled for Tuesday June 20th, 10am PT / 1pm ET / 7pm CET. Keep your eyes on the forum for details.

Quick Gov Links: Working Constitution | Operating Manual v0.3. 5 | Voting Portal | Optimism on Boardroom

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Week of June 12, 2023

Highlights

  1. The Grants Council remains open for Season 4 proposals. Cycle #13 applications will be accepted through June 22nd.
  2. Submit your Mission proposals by June 21st, and apply for Foundation Missions by June 28th. The voting period for Mission proposals begins on June 29th. To proceed to the voting stage each Mission proposal must receive four endorsements from delegates with enough voting power (.25% of votable supply).
  3. You may have noticed a new How To category in the forum. It contains stems to resources on subjects like how to stay up to date, how to delegate OP, how to contribute to OP rewards analytics, and how to get a grant.

Proposals

Mission Proposals:

  • Take a look at the category and check out the many interesting ideas.

Foundation Missions (RFPs):

In the Forums

Governance Calls

The next Governance Call is scheduled for Tuesday June 20th, 10am PT / 1pm ET / 7pm CET, on Zoom.

Quick Gov Links: Working Constitution | Operating Manual v0.3. 5 | Voting Portal | Optimism on Boardroom

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Week of June 19, 2023

Highlights

  1. All Mission proposals have been submitted. You can see the roundup to get a sense of their breadth and depth. Some proposals are being vigorously discussed.
  2. Mission proposals must receive approvals from four delegates with >0.25% of votable supply by June 28th at 19:00 to be eligible to move to the voting period beginning on June 29th.
  3. There are two Mission pitching sessions scheduled: Monday, 26.06 2pm ET / 6pm GMT / 8pm CET and Tuesday, 27.06 11am ET / 3pm GMT / 5pm CET. Sign up here to pitch your alliance’s mission to delegates.
  4. Here’s an excellent primer on how to vote on Mission proposals, which will be approval ranked based on the number of “yes” votes.
  5. Foundation Missions should be applied for by June 28th (except as noted parenthetically below).

Proposals

Mission Proposals:

  • Take a look at the category and check out the 52 proposals.

Foundation Missions (RFPs):

In the Forums

On Twitter

Governance Calls

The next community Governance Call will be on THURSDAY, July 6, 10am PT / 1pm ET / 7pm CET, on Zoom.

Quick Gov Links: Working Constitution | Operating Manual v0.3. 5 | Voting Portal | Optimism on Boardroom

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Week of July 16, 2023

Highlights

  1. Bobby representing the OP Foundation posted a vision of the future of Optimism governance. Of course, many delegates have shared their thoughts and questions on the vision.
  2. The Foundation gave their 7th Governance Update.

Proposals

Foundation Missions (RFPs):

In the Forums

On Twitter

  • Deep dive on power structures from Justine’s research
  • Week in Optimism recap

Governance Calls

The next community Governance Call will be on TUESDAY, August 1, 10am PT / 1pm ET / 7pm CET, on Zoom.

The next Citizens’ House Call will be on TUESDAY, August 1, 9 am PT / 12 pm ET / 6 pm CET.

Recap from the last community Governance Call (Tuesday July 18).

Quick Gov Links: Working Constitution | Operating Manual v0.3. 5 | Voting Portal | Optimism on Boardroom

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Week of July 23

In the Forums

  1. RetroPGF 3: Voting & Badge Distribution: The thread discusses the distribution of voting badges for RetroPGF 3. The community is debating the fairness and effectiveness of the current distribution system. A key point of contention is the potential for bias in badge allocation, with some members suggesting improvements to ensure a more equitable process.
  2. LLMs Assisting Badgeholders: This thread revolves around the idea of Legal, Licensing, and Mediation (LLM) professionals assisting badgeholders. The community is discussing the potential benefits and drawbacks of this proposal, with some members expressing concerns about the potential for conflicts of interest.
  3. Law of Chains v0.1 Full Draft: The thread presents a full draft of the “Law of Chains” document. The community is actively providing feedback and suggestions for improvements. The discussion is centered around the legal and ethical implications of the proposed laws, with a focus on ensuring fairness and transparency.
  4. Incentive Impact Analysis: PoolTogether: This thread is an analysis of the impact of incentives on the PoolTogether project. The community is discussing the findings and their implications for future incentive strategies. The conversation is focused on optimizing incentives to maximize participation and project success.
  5. The Future of Optimism Governance: This thread discusses the future of Optimism’s governance. The community is debating various proposals and visions for the future, with a focus on ensuring the long-term sustainability and effectiveness of the governance system.
  6. Cycle 13: Final Grants Roundup: This thread provides a roundup of the final grants for Cycle 13. The community is discussing the results and the performance of the Grants Council. The conversation is centered around the effectiveness of the grants process and potential improvements for future cycles.
  7. We Need to Talk About Undisclosed Financial Interests: This thread discusses the issue of undisclosed financial interests within the community. The conversation is centered around the need for transparency and the potential for conflicts of interest. The community is debating potential solutions and safeguards to ensure fairness and integrity in the governance process.

Governance Calls

Quick Gov Links: Working Constitution | Operating Manual v0.3. 5 | Voting Portal | Optimism on Boardroom

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Optimism Governance Updates: Week of November 6, 2023

Written by @sharp

The second week of November witnessed important activities and processes focused on Grants and RetroPGF 3.

Elections are ongoing to select members for various subcommittees of the Optimism Grants Council.

For RetroPGF3, the initial screening is complete. The 643 applications are now being voted upon by the 146 badgeholders

The Optimism Onchain creators event on Twitter will award 1M OP tokens to creators

RetroPGF3

RetroPGF3 applications were accepted between September 17 - October 23. The RPG3 will award a total of 30 Million OP tokens. Here are some initial statistics for the application review process

Round 1 & 2

  • Total Applications: 1594
  • Applications Removed: 967, Applications approved: 627
  • Key reasons for flagging applications: Spam, duplicate applications, Outside Scope, etc

Appeals round

  • Appealed: 76
  • Appeal Rejected: 56, Appeal accepted: 17
  • Total Approved: 644/3 * (May differ by 1 applicant)

The approved applications now head to the voting phase. Votes to be cast by 146 Badgeholders

Proposals

At the time of writing of the report there were 7 active proposals. A majority of the proposals deal with the Grants council affairs.

Grants Council Reviewer elections are active! Voting started on Nov 2 and will continue till Nov 15. Elections are held for the selection of members of the Growth, Builders, Milestones & Metrics Sub-committees

  • Growth Experiments Sub-committee: Growth experiments grants are aimed at maximizing the number of users interacting with applications on Optimism. The Token House will elect 5 Reviewers to the Growth Experiments Grants sub-committee. A total of 11 applicants have applied for the 5 spots.
  • Builders Sub-committee: Builders grants are aimed at maximizing the number of developers building on Optimism. Similar to Growth experiments sub-committee, the token house will elect 5 members. There are currently 10 applicants that you can vote on.
  • Milestones and Metrics Sub-committee: The milestones sub-committee will have 3 members, there are 9 applicants for the 3 spots.

Season 5 Intent Budgets: Grants Council lead @danelund.eth has proposed budgets for 4 intents of Season 5 of Grants Council. Being supported by 99% of the quorum, the proposal execution will allocate 9M OP tokens to the intents.

Code of Conduct Council elections: Currently the Foundation processes Code of Conduct Violations. This will further decentralize the code of role of the foundation and token house in enforcing the rules.

Chain Delegation Program : A total of 10M OP would be reserved for delegation across as many as 10 OP Chains, using idle tokens in the Governance Fund. Delegations will be made throughout Season 5 and 6, as additional Chains qualify.

Ratification of Law of Chains: The Law of Chains is an open neutrality framework that establishes certain protections for participants in the Superchain ecosystem.

In the Forums

RetroPGF3 Kick Off call for Voting and helping Badgeholders with the process by @jonas

A few forum posts discussed the rationale of the RetroPGF3 application review process. Around 1000 applications from total of 1594 were removed on grounds of inconsistencies in the applications. Below are the links to the forum posts about different discussions

Upcoming Events

RetroPFG showcase: Proof of Integrity is helping give PGF3 applicants a stage to showcase their products. The team held a Twitter space on Nov 8th to showcase some of the projects. The Next showcase twitter space will be held on Nov 15th. Make sure you set your reminders for Proof of Integrity with @nicod

OP Delegate Call: The 31st OP delegate call will be held on Nov 21st at 10:00 AM PT. Read more about the event on the forum post by @michael

What are Collective members working on?

Open Source Observer: A directory that measures the impact of Open Source projects on the Superchain. This includes all the projects that applied for RetroPGF3

Optimism Guide: All resources about Optimism in one place created by @danftz

Twitter:

Info from Optimism Daily on ranking L2s by unique addresses

Five Week contest that will award 1M OP tokens to 184 creators

Discord:

Optimism Community Demo Day is scheduled for Tuesday Nov 14, and is expected to see presentations from 3 projects building on Optimism

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