[READY] [GF: Phase 1 Proposal] Saddle Finance

Arbitrum Odyssey is (or should I say, was) an 8-week event where users could finish “objectives” (lend, borrow, swap, etc.) using selected protocols on Arbitrum One and get NFTs as rewards. Put on hold after week 2 (after bridging week) congestion got out of control and fees rose beyond that of L1’s.

  • Oh yes absolutely; I hope that this has been conveyed clearly that my focus on this Proposal for Saddle is less about setting strict deadlines and more about being able to be nimble and fluid in response to market conditions.

  • There may be times where it makes sense to pull incentives; there may be times to lay them all on the table; times to adjust emission schedules, etc. I think really we have the ability to gather feedback on what is working/not working so fast now that we don’t need all that much time to pinpoint: “here is what will bring explosive growth to Optimism” Just need a bit of trial and error and all will work out quite well in my personal opinion.

  • The important part here is that none of it is rigidly set in stone and if you have a qualified team in place than can effectively assess where some targeted incentives will likely attract TVL and Users…this is how you win. Not just Saddle, but Optimism. And that is what gets me pumped up.

I really do appreciate the engagement here btw @OPUser @Exosphere @linda and others…makes me as someone who wants to build on Optimism feel like my voice can be heard and responded to; gives everyone interested in the governance process a first row pass into how it actually works, and overall is helping flesh out details that we can iterate on moving forward to keep staying… well… :red_circle: :red_circle: :red_circle: :sparkles: :sparkles: :sparkles:!!!

Cheers again! -Weston

Voted: No

  1. Number of token request is very high, current TVL on OP chain is $3K
  2. Token distribution duration is 3 months for 500K OP token
  3. As this proposal is focused on LP reward, I would like to see the number of token requested matched with project token as a co-incentives


  1. Match the incentives and I read in the comment that distribution duration can be extended further beyond 3 month which is good, please include that in the proposal.
  2. I dont see how user will stay once reward is over, so I would encourage to reduce number of token requested and submit another proposal with on-chain data.
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I will be voting NO, because the amount of tokens requested is way to high for your TVL and you are using 100% of the funds for liquidity incentives. As soon as the liquidity incentives disappear so will any liquidity.

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I’m abstaining as I’ve some locked SDL airdrops and it is a minor conflict of interest.

However, my opinion is that 3 months distribution is too short. We’re still very early in Optimism’s development. Particularly if there are co-incentives with SDL and Frax/FXS (I’d also like to see more concrete information on that) a longer term campaign is appropriate.

Edit: On second thoughts, I’ve changed my vote to Against, as that’s not really a conflict. I only have SDL airdrops and hold 0 tokens to competitors so gain nothing from voting against. Hope to vote for a future proposal with a longer term outlook and co-incentives clearly defined.

Voted : Yes
Positive track record: :white_check_mark:
Tokens requested in range comparable to other projects: :white_check_mark:
Expected to grow Optimism ecosystem: :white_check_mark:

Great to see Saddle expanding on Optimism. Their TVL has been ballooning over the last few weeks (even as DeFi TVL has struggled as a whole), so I think giving them OP tokens to get jump started on Optimism is a good idea. I don’t agree with the argument that they don’t deserve this amount of tokens because their Optimism TVL is low, since they are very established on other chains and we are trying to draw some of that TVL to Optimism. Yes, some of that TVL will be transitory, as is to be expected with liquidity incentives, but hopefully much of it will remain on Optimism.

Overall this proposal does align with the gov fund phase 1 objectives.

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I am not a delegate, but I am an active member of the DefiLATAM and OptimismESP community.

The number of tokens requested is very high, for a $3k TVL and a distribution in 3 months I don’t think it will give good results in the future.

Vote: No

It is a very short-term focus as it focuses solely on LM and only across 3 months. We would prefer to see another proposal that has a more long-term view.

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I voted NO :x: for this proposal.

Project value: Good, decent TVL on other chains and I think stable coin projects can bring value for newcomers to crypto that want to hold stable coins

Amount: Bad, very high for OP metrics and 3 months distribution is way to little

OP distribution: Bad, incentives are short term boost with no long term value

Thank you for the feedback @polynya - although I personally find this disappointing to see, I do feel this serves as an example of how not to manage your responsibility as a Delegate of $OP Token Holders - this Proposal is not about you or your personal gain here…but the ecosystem of Optimism: If those are the words you choose to use; I can’t escape the belief that this is how you view things.

I would very much appreciate it if you would read back through the Discord posts I shared and see how the discussion began with 12 months, moving to 6, then 3, to ultimately be the “most” effective way of having an incentive program best structured to iterate in cooperation and partnership with Optimism - which was done in reality to serve as the opposite of short-term planning; because this opens up more room for iteration along the journey.

I am still here; ready willing and able to answer any questions or concerns on the matter.


I’m just adding a disclaimer and gauging if or not there’s a conflict of interest, the wording relates to that, not for governance voting at all. My conclusion is there’s not, so I can vote based on what I believe is the best use of Governance Fund Phase 1 - which is completely separate.

Accusing me of voting only according to personal gain is a damning accusation. If you can offer more evidence, I’ll immediately resign from my position as a delegate. Thanks.

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Ok - well I would like to thank you then for adding additional clarification; I am in agreement that holding $SDL is not a conflict in your voting decisions as a Delegate; I see this the same.

Also, my apologies re the question of personal gain then if that is not what you meant; reading the words exactly as you posted them left me thinking that was what you meant; I misunderstood there.

I noticed that you rather Abstained, but then quickly changed this to Against… due to the timing of incentives being too short; and I have responded as to why this was done as such…

It would very much appreciated if you would be willing to take some time to review the Discord again and perhaps some of the on-going updates happening with Saddle. It would really mean a lot to me as well personally as I have put quite a bit of time and effort into this Proposal and all with the best intentions for growing Optimism.

Regardless, I do appreciate the engagement and so thank you for this.


good :smiling_face:
thank you for the update! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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Hey @Bobbay_StableNode :grin: @ing you in here now!

Thanks for your willingness to review in light of new information. Much appreciated Ser!

The big thing again is the timing aspect - 3 months was decided as a means to iterate and partner in the most effective way possible with OP as opposed to just giving tokens for say an entire year and hoping for the best.

Instead; Saddle would have the intent of resubmitting at the end; discuss what went well/didn’t and then iterate on the process and share for all other projects to hopefully benefit from as well!

This keeps Saddle accountable to performance and is a win win for everyone.

One other exciting item: quick read but if you could take just a sec to view this; i hope you find this encouraging as well!

Also wanted to add this information as well - I have mentioned the Frax Partnership that Saddle announced last month a few times, but I think the potential impact of this may be being missed by many…so just wanted to highlight how important this could be - the Vote in Frax Governance to launch a FRAX/SDL FraxSwap Gauge just went live a couple hours ago…


Appreciate you again! :red_circle:


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@0xWeston -

Three primary questions:

  1. Are any of the the swap pairs / pools you are bringing to Optimism unique to Saddle or not currently available on Optimism?
  2. For tokens already on Optimism, is there a good dashboard that illustrates the volume of swap activity or pool depth currently on Optimism for the tokens / pairs Saddle would be bringing onto Optimism? How much incremental liquidity would be added?
  3. I have seen a lot of comments re: “is Saddle also matching $OP grant rewards with $SDL?” Has that been addressed? Or is the current proposal still for the $OP grant to cover 100% of the liquidity rewards?


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I can answer this - of these pools,
Velodrome covers all of them, including Alchemix’s coin (we’ve been in contact with them since launch and have been directly influencing them to move toward Optimism sooner rather than later)

The only one i think we don’t have substantial liquidity on is FRAX/USDT.

I’d also take a moment to point out that to give Frax a foothold on Optimism we gifted them a veNFT on our launch, and if they desired they could costlessly direct votes to the USDT pool as well. There is currently roughly $2mm FRAX in our pools, ultimately incentivized at our expense.

This means that Saddle would provide no new pools to Optimism under this proposal other than perhaps FRAX/USDT, and we’re already directly incentivizing many of these pools in coordination with the token issuers. Our own sETH/ETH pool, for instance, currently has $2.3mm of liquidity in it, also co-incentivized at our expense.

I’m probably too conflicted to make any value judgements regarding this proposal, although I’ve seen others do as much without too much pushback, but I think I’m fine to offer factual context.

It looks like you’ve decided to spit up some word salad about your project matching any amount of OP that is granted, instead of making a commitment of any kind. This proposal is heavily focused on extremely short term liquidity and as a result, any tokens deployed via grant to this cause will not result in any long-term growth or meaningful infrastructure on Optimism.

Looks like you’re just asking the Optimism foundation to bribe your pools instead of fronting the money yourself. Very transparent handout begging. Voting no on this.

This is pretty clearly a fake account just created, to just cause negativity - can posts like this be deleted by @bobby or @vonnie610 or some sort of admin please? It really does hurt the process.

Considering the name FantomFunhouse - I really wonder who would do such a thing and what their motivations might be? :thinking:

Thanks for your input @jackanorak - I think Frax Finance will be just fine though and they also are not relevant in this post you are responding to.

I find it a bit concerning when someone seems consistently think they have 100% of the answers to every and all questions about DeFi, when in reality none of us do.

I respect strong views and engagement; even heated debate; but what you are doing feels of a much different nature and I would appreciate keeping the tone positive.

If you have something positive to add or constructive to say; please do; otherwise please refrain from engaging in negative dialogue.


I understand your process for coming to 3 months but it is too high of an amount requested for such a short of a time to encourage adoption and might leave you vulnerable to farming mercenaries. If 3 months is your time to iterate, i’d suggest reducing your OP amount.

You could request a smaller amount of OP and resubmit at the end of 3-6 months when you have a better idea of what went well. As a community, it seems that a lot of people prefer this path (from what I see in the discussions)

Might be worth including all this info in your new submission. Hope this helps.

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