Solution to improve DAO governance process

1. Motivation:

I believe Optimism is very serious about the its Governance Process and involving community in making key decisions as evidently by the amount of work has go into this document (Optimism Governance Process)

I’m a co-founder of Syncvote. I believe our tool can add tangible value to the implementation of Optimism’s governance process without any changes to the current setup. The goal is to let admins and members focus on making decisions instead of getting lost in tech stuff.

2. Problem Now:

I see 3 existing problems in implementing Optimism governance process:

  1. The proposer must remember all the technical details of the governance process to avoid making mistakes.

  2. The proposer has to bounce around different platforms, such as Discord, Forum,… for each step of the process.

  3. Any solution that could potentially consolidate everything into one platform for consistency and ease of navigation would require the DAO to abandon its current setup and adopt a new one.

3.How We Solve It:

Syncvote provides a chrome extension. It works as a unified front-end for any DAO member that wants to make a proposal to Optimism. It acts like a central hub, no more bouncing between different platforms. Members can kick off and handle proposals, watch progress, and move through stages – all in one interface.

Why Syncvote will fit nicely into the current Optimism practice:

  1. Non-invasive, there isn’t any new platform to familiarize with, just open the extension and click “start new proposal” to start.

  2. The extension works with all the platforms DAO has been using, so you don’t need to make any changes to your current setup.

  3. It’s free, our goal is to eventually put every DAO to operate completely on-chain, so until Optimism decides to write data on-chain; it won’t cost you anything.

My co-founder’s created this video to illustrate how the plugin works for a DAO: Syncvote Demo

4. Next Steps to Implement:

To implement this transformative solution for Optimism we propose the following steps:

  1. After the proposal has been passed, I will convert the Governance Process into a format compatible with Syncvote. An administrator/coreteam member can help me to follow-up and also check its accuracy.

  2. After that, Optimism will start announcing to community members on forum, announcement channels on discord and twitter… that they can start using Syncvote extension to make new proposals from then on.

In conclusion, I see this as a straightforward implementation that helps to smooth governance experience for Optimism community members. I would be grateful if Optimism adopts Syncvote.

Thank you for reading my post. I would like to have your feedback on this topic.


Nice to see you in optimism community!


Thank mate for your comment


Hello mates,

I would love to have some of your comments on the topic. The proposal aims to make the governance process be something easy for every community member to take part in.
Do you think the governance process now is easy enough for everyone to cast a vote or raise a voice?

Hello @Marcus01 , really nice seeing you here. How are you doing lately?

Thank you for creating the great proposal.
Overall I agree with your problem consciousness, but is the hopping to other DAO tools “burning needs?”
Because of the network effects of each platform, creating a one-size-fits-all product may have little adoption for DAO governance.
We are happy to hear about your opinion of the current issue of this.

Thank @DAODude_DAOASIA ,
Your feedback is really interesting. I really appreciate that.

From my perspective, I think DAO will need to be completely decentralized. It means that when community has consensus on a process, that process needs to be automated following exactly as designed.
Now DAO’s operation is quite fragmented. It might be of not have good DAO tool to manage the operation, or DAO not evolve enough.
At Syncvote, we approach the idea from providing good DAO tool to manage the operation for DAO, to avoid centralized disruption.
We would love to discuss more, or even better if we could make a demo on how Syncvote could really work,
Could you suggest?