Hi MakerDAO community, David here
The program serves a few purposes:
- Produces a high-quality high-accuracy resource week-to-week for stakeholders wanting to dig into current events.
- Creates a historic and referenceable record of these calls for the general public.
- Great way to onboard new community members, letting them earn Dai while also learning about the Governance of the protocol.
The introduction of Snippets has captured the benefit of providing a quick snapshot of what happens on public calls. The more detailed summaries are now more of an archival resource than one that is used week-to-week.
The introduction of Maker Relay is consistently producing a comprehensive weekly overview of MakerDAO. So the summary is not the only place to get updated. Rather, it’s a place to dig deeper for information and insights.
A Publications Section is being planned on the community development portal to have a better location for meeting summaries, snippets, community-generated content, and more. This would increase the visibility of the high-fidelity summaries.
The Thursday call isn’t the only public call happening at MakerDAO. There are Collateral Onboarding Calls, Special Stakeholder Discussion calls, unscheduled governance calls, and more. We average around 6-10 public calls per month that could use some form of public notes like snippets or summaries.
The cost of a single high-fidelity summary is approximately ~400 Dai and requires three people, approximately ~22k+ per year assuming one summary per week.
The cost of a single snippet is approximately <100 Dai and requires two people.
Keeping MKR voters and ecosystem stakeholders informed is very important, and is one of the responsibilities of governance. Deciding as a community how that information is captured and shared is important, which is why this issue is being raised here. Especially considering that the protocol will be paying for such services directly in the near future.
I, personally, believe meetings should have snippets at a minimum since they are more cost-effective, a lot easier to produce, require fewer people, and the turn around time is same-day.
High-fidelity summaries are useful, especially for active voters, mandated actors, and domain teams. I think we should continue to produce them for the Thursday GnR call, Emergency Governance Calls, and potentially even Stakeholder Discussion calls since a lot of interesting insights are shared there with no way of reliably being captured except through the notes of individuals who attend the calls or duplicate those insights by writing on the relevant forum threads. My thoughts on this are not set in stone, the community should weigh in to signal whether they would support such an activity in the future through direct funding.
I will update this top-level post with anything I see that might be missing, or important as brought up in the comments.
Questions for you
- yes, and my answer for why is in the comments
- no, and my answer for why is in the comments