Forum at a Glance: Dec 16, 2021 - Jan 6, 2022

The one-stop-shop for finding out what’s being discussed by governance right now.

Links reflect my view of the most noteworthy activities in the governance, risk, and oracles categories right now. Disagree? Think something should be added? Leave a reply or a pm.

Three-Point Summary

‘What’s the most relevant information on the forums this week for MKR and Dai holders?’


ICYMI - Announcements

RWA - 6s - 2022 - a time to start walking - @mrabino1 published a comprehensive four-part update on the future and roadmap of 6S and the community. They utilize the ‘crawl, walk, and run’ approach and announce that it’s time to transition to start walking. In order to help develop appropriate objectives for 2022, the posts begin by looking forward into the far future of what the DAO and DeFi construct may look like; where are we headed as a community from both 6S’ and MakerDAO’s perspective? As we are reeled back into the present, at the beginning of 2022, @mrabino1 further defines the agenda for 6S’ roadmap, which covers their intentions, strategy, objectives for growth and scaling, mission, clarity, and quantifiable portfolio targets. 6S also has strong intentions to implement the Case for Clean Money into their growth plan. Below are links to all four posts and their financial covenants:
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Financial Covanents

MakerDAO Budget Simulator - 11+1 Revenue & Cash Flow Forecast - @Aes coming in as usual and providing us Maker’s annual revenue and cash-flow forecast, which includes all existing and prospective Core Units along with their budgets and expenses. We forecasted to finish 2021 at nearly 13x 2020 FY revenue, and the rolling 12-month forecast is even more favorable due to an increase in ETH-A and W-BTC SF rates. Check out the post for additional access to a detailed breakdown of actual expenses and the budget simulator.

Delegate Compensation Breakdown - December 2021 - GovAlpha publishes December’s Delegate compensations for our 9 Recognized Delegates. The total payout for December is 48,290 Dai compared to November’s payout of 35,834 Dai. This leads to an annualized projection of about 500,000 Dai (which does require more months of data to confirm).

Unified Auctions UI Release v0.4.0 - December 24, 2021 - Sidestream Auction Services announced their next SAS release, which includes the implementation of a Twitter bot that informs about auction starts. They are planning to continuously increase the bot’s scope and have it tweet, for example, about auctions that are close to becoming profitable in the future. They also made further improvements on the UX of their collateral auction tool and also made invisible improvements to our CI/CD (continuous integration / continuous delivery) pipeline.

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Active Discussions

‘What’s going on? You think what?! You’re 100% wrong, and here’s why…’

Research-Driven Insights About DAO Governance - @Andrew_Hall, a political economy professor at Stanford who studies governance and solutions, shares his team’s research-driven insights for Maker governance. The discussion presents three central DAO governance challenges, aligning incentives with stakeholders, increasing MKR participation, improving the delivery of information and expertise, and finishing off with potential next steps. @Andrew_Hall is seeking community feedback to help improve and initiate this project.

Rocking the DeFi Chasm #2, #3, and #4 - @ElProgreso continues to help rock the DeFi chasm by publishing three more parts to the topic. He talks about complacency risks and conquering L2’s through mergers and acquisitions. Rocking the DeFi Chasm #3 asks whether DeFi KPI goals are possible and what we can do if the DAO airdropped MakerBreaker for further decentralization. It includes the origin of Breaker and its memenomics, tying in how Maker can utilize this psychology through MKR airdrops from the treasury. As the third post ends off with KPIs goals for DeFi, his fourth post focuses on Maker’s competitive MOAT, Dai network effects, and whether it has achieved desired growth and virility through Dai as our core product. Below are links to all four posts:
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4


Seeking Consensus

‘Yo, do you even signal?’

Maker Accessing Pools of Institutional Loans Through Maple Finance 3 - Signal ends January 7, 2022, - Maple protocol in consultation with @Growth-Core-Unit and @Real-World-Finance is signaling to onboard a D3M for the creation of a Maple DAI pool. @lucas-manuel asks the community whether Maker should onboard a Maple Finance D3M. His post provides an overview of the proposal’s pros, cons, and risk mitigation.

Should MakerDAO Assist in recovering DAI locked on Optimism Escrow? 2 - Signal ends January 7, 2022, - As lost funds continue to become a recurring issue for Dai users, @lost_some_dai presents a case where a user accidentally called the burn function on DAI.sol on Optimism, burning 10,000,000 DAI. He asks the community whether an executive should manually pull the burnt 10 Million DAI from the Optimism escrow via an executive vote.

Legal Communications Framework Bounty - MakerDAO has had several conversations about how to develop an effective framework for soliciting, disseminating, and acting on legal advice. @Seth from Content Production proposes to sponsor a bounty of 40,000 Dai to be paid to whoever submits a MIP that successfully passes through governance and meets the requirements (defined below) about what we need in a legal framework. He also presents a set of requirements for claiming said bounty and asks the community whether MakerDAO should sponsor a 40,000 Dai bounty for a framework to solicit, disseminate, and act on legal advice.


Ongoing Initiatives

‘Oh my god, this is taking ages; why can’t things be simple?’

Recognised Delegate Requirements - @LongForWisdom writes a detailed overview of the current requirements and application system to become a delegate in the Maker community. Check out this thread for more posts related to delegation.

Where to Find Opportunities at MakerDAO and Open positions at MakerDAO - Looking for job opportunities at MakerDAO? Perfect! @Davidutro and @manomad set up individual threads containing resources to help find available job listing and hiring practices. If anybody has additional information on unique hiring practices or job listings, please comment on the thread.

:mega: Collateral Calls - Calling all Projects! - @juan sets up a signup thread for projects wishing to present on the bi-weekly collateral call. Know any potential collateral partners that want to present? Refer them here.

Collateral Status Index - Confused about the current status of the various collateral types that have been discussed recently? Check out this post to find out the status and current position of each within the onboarding process.

Weekly MIPs Updates - @blimpa brings the latest updates in the world of MIPs.

The Official Welcome Thread - A welcome and introductions thread. Not strictly governance, but if anyone new or old wants to introduce themselves, now is your chance!


Help Wanted

‘Oh %#$?, we need a doodad, and we need it now.’

Wanted: Governance Contributors for GovAlpha - @LongForWisdom puts out the call for new team members! Different tracks are available depending on interest and time commitment.

We could always use help reviewing MIPs in the Request for Comment phase.

Feedback Survey

Please, check out the Forum at a Glance feedback survey to help us improve and scale these reviews - It will be fun, I promise.

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