Request for Community Input: Decentragora's Stance on L2DAO Allegations

Addressing L2DAO Concerns and Seeking Community Guidance


Dear Optimism Collective and Community Members,

I’m reaching out on behalf of Decentragora to address our concerns regarding the recent L2DAO grant. As an active and loyal participant in governance, I want to bring this to the public forum.

Decentragora has decided to cut ties with L2DAO to uphold our transparency, ethics, and integrity values.

Our project received 20.7% of the tokens in OPIncubator Round 6 (LTIP). The grant (27,500 OP) was allocated to three participating L2 ecosystem projects, as detailed in this DAO proposal. However, in light of the recent allegations surrounding L2DAO, including possible misappropriation and embezzlement of funds, we no longer feel comfortable holding these tokens in our multisig.

Our mission at Decentragora is to help tend the infinite garden by building public goods and fostering a regenerative future. We want to distance ourselves from L2DAO and any actions that may cast a shadow on our collective values.

Consequently, we are considering returning the OP tokens to the Optimism Foundation and seeking guidance from the Optimism Collective on this matter.

As the co-founder of Decentragora, we must uphold our principles and maintain transparency with the community. We believe in the power of decentralized collaboration and want to ensure that our actions reflect our commitment to these ideals.

We want to declare, in public, that Decentragora has no involvement in any actions of misappropriation, embezzlement, or misconduct possibly carried out by L2DAO and its affiliates. We strongly condemn such actions and remain committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards in our work, fostering a transparent and regenerative community that supports the growth and sustainability of the blockchain ecosystem.

Please share your thoughts and opinions on how to proceed. We appreciate your input and support as we navigate this situation.

Sincerely,

0xzenodotus, Co-founder of Decentragora

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Thank you for raising the topic publicly in the forum.
This is my first post on this forum as an outside party that is mainly interested in understanding this decentralized institution, its norms, processes, actors and other aspects, therefore I might excuse in advantage, if there are misunderstandings on my part, I am happy to be corrected.

As far as the alleged, yet to be comprehensively proven misconduct of L2DAO and any affiliates goes, a relevant text I could find states:

OP received through Growth Experiments Grants should not be sold by the grant recipient.
[…]
Includes the grant recipient, their affiliates and any other related persons. These persons cannot receive OP for the purpose of selling (or if the grant recipient knows they intend to sell) the tokens.
[…]
Includes the direct exchange of OP for crypto or fiat,
[…]
Does not include using OP to incentivize usage

By my personal interpretation of those words and with my limited knowledge about the norms of the optimism collective, I think the question at hand is; if L2DAO had any a priori knowledge or suspicion of a receiver of an L2DAO grant, the affiliate, going to use the grant in a way not permitted by above statute, which as stated above has of course yet to be proven comprehensively and for the sake of fairness should be assumed to not be the case.

In the case that by the processes at hand the opposite should be found, I personally would find it unfair to put receivers of an L2DAO grant that acted in accordance with the “no sale” rule and the norms of the Optimism Collective into an uncomfortable position, of possibly having to return a grant that could have already helped to grow the network.

Regarding my personal curiosity, I read your snapshot and would like to understand if the different distribution proposals, like

3 months of training and onboarding new analysts
ongoing infrastructure costs, including hosting data and any fees incurred
marketing our safety rating initiative

were intended to give the OP received from L2DAO to third parties, which more than likely would sell those OP for fiat or crypto in the process, as one can hardly assume that an infrastructure provider accepts OP as means of payment to pay for his bills.

If this was the case, that would by my understanding be a violation of the above statute and keeping the OP in the multisig, waiting for the appropriate actors determining how this case in its entirety should be further proceeded, is likely the best course of action for all organizations that received an L2DAO grant.

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Very grateful for your input here! Thank you fren

For clarity, we represent the second option of the three:

And we initially gave forth this method of distribution:

We did not know and was not made aware of a ‘no sale’ rule prior. We discovered it after the fact, deliberated as a team and decided we would strictly use the tokens for incentives only.

As for other recipients of the incubator, I cannot confirm or deny, like others, I can only read optimistic etherscan and speculate — without further information of course.

About this;

I’m uncertain but share the same assumptions as you. We were aware of the other grants in the incubator saying they would use funds for development and expenses; which is why we submitted the grant with the chosen distribution method and previous assumptions.

This was the announcement I gave last month in our Discord about it:

We just haven’t posted anything about an actual incentive program yet because we need to design it still and launch to OP mainnet.

Again, really appreciate you giving some insight here :pray:

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I just posted a response to the accusations from our point of view:

The Layer2DAO community believes in your project and voted to support you. We hope you keep the grant and fulfill your mission!

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We are also looking for ways to sever all ties with the L2DAO and NFTe after originally hearing their story on Twitter spaces earlier last year where other governance members and people within the community would meet on a regular basis.
The original story to build a marketplace in place of Quix isn’t really needed any longer seeing as how the platform is staying in existence for now.
Leading all the way up to this point there have been serious doubts about whether the original evidence gathered from another governance member of the forum and the ongoing research of “Where has the OP gone?” Or whether it was an accurate reflection of what’s happening with the grant money.

Recent on chain analysis has shown that there has been some very suspicious activity from the grant that was distributed to NFTe and is now being asked about by other members of the governance and community.

It is important to look at how these funds were used and it appears there was some sort of manipulation of the NFTe token itself.
I suggest looking at the information that has been provided in the current forum that is being discussed or the Gov monitoring channel of Optimism discord where many members of the community and governance have asked about this ongoing topic.

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I’d like to provide some context on this because it’s really worth people knowing.

As part of my own investigation into the matter laid out in the #gov-monitoring channel in the discord, I have been reaching out to parties receiving OP from Layer 2 DAO to understand what they were all about. I’d just gotten to ‘gm’ with @0xzenodotus when he wrote me a long message largely stating the above.

This is a rare, brave thing @0xzenodotus is doing. It’s a large bounty Decentragora are willing to forfeit for the purpose of maintaining integrity, and I think the community here should be made aware of this. I don’t think anyone’s done anything like this so far on Optimism, and I found it really impressive.

My understanding (and it could be flawed here) is that Decentragora has every right to do whatever it wants with the given OP – their reception in my mind is indistinguishable from someone receiving liquidity mining rewards.

I do think – and I said as much to @0xzenodotus in private – that returning the OP would be a powerful sign of commitment to some broader values of Optimism: integrity, civic commitment, community action. But in my view this is Decentragora’s decision to make – they’re not compelled to do anything.

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We posted our response to the lies by the Velodrome / OptiChads teams in this thread:

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Still not response on the core matter, which is what appears to be the second and third instances of multi-sigs controlled by L2DAO principals transferring and dumping of OP grant funds. Still seeking your explanation below.

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Just a point that I noticed, but recently similar situations as with L2DAO become more frequent and I think many have heard about what happened with defillama

Although the situation is not identical, but I think there are certain similarities

It’s definitely a problem that needs to be solved in a way that causes as little damage to the whole community as possible and possibly better security and conditions for grands so it doesn’t happen again

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