Meeting 4 - December 23rd, 2021
Recording of CCv2 meeting #4, 23rd Dec 2021
JP (initially facilitator, then secretary); Allison Fromm (representing general ADA voters); Matthias Sieber (representing Cardano Foundation); Stephen Whitenstall (representing Catalyst Coordinator/funded proposers); Kenric Nelson (representing Community Advisors); Tevo Saks (representing Toolmakers and Maintainers); Harris Warren (representing IOG); Nori Nishigaya (facilitator).
Apologies: Raymond Mata (SPOs)
Tevo (22%), Harris (19%), Kenric (18%), Stephen (11%), Nori (11%), Allison (10%), Matthias (5%), JP (3%)
API – Application Programming Interface (a software intermediary that allows two applications to talk to each other)
CA – Community Advisor, a role open to anyone in Catalyst, to assess proposals in each funding round
CC – Catalyst Circle
ETH – Eastern Townhall
SPO – stakepool operator
VCA – Veteran Community Advisor, a role open to those who have been a CA in previous rounds, to assess the CAs’ reviews
The "CC Stand-up" - each person says
- what they have worked on since last meeting
- what they will be working on next
- any blocks, or anything they need help with
- Identified a problem with defamation and misrepresentation of facts on platforms including IdeaScale. Met with Ambassadors’ Guild, CF, and Harris and Kenric on this.
- Will continue conversation on this and take action.
- No blocks.
- No blocks.
- Plan to host ATH meeting on 5th Jan, where that doc will frame the discussion.
- No blocks, but anticipate needing to learn what the process is for actually making changes.
- Created “Mapping your journey” Google form. Did a “How to get Cardano technology adopted” Swarm session – lots of feedback from prominent people. Organised discussion on Circle-sponsored proposals. Led a couple of Catalyst School workshops; identified issue that although CA assessments have improved, many CAs simply observe rather than actually assessing. Also IdeaFest.
- Will create a User Guide from the “Mapping your Journey” data covering what tech and what activities people use.
- No blocks.
- Office Hours at ATH has gone well; reaching out to ETH less successful so far. Identified issue that some people feel Catalyst is a popularity contest; am trying to reach people who are not “on the inside”, and are also not covered by other CC reps.
- Want to set up better infrastructure, e.g. website, email, etc, that can be handed on to next General Voters CC rep; and create a core support group of ADA voters
- Blocks – a Meetup or Zoom account; and support on using Reddit.
- Planning handover of custodianship of Catalyst to the community. Details will be shared soon. Have discussed using delegation as a mechanism to engage people. Considering using NFTs as a badge of previous participation in Catalyst, to show that someone is trustworthy. Discussion of defamation and creating a better Code of Conduct for IdeaScale. Also planning improvements to IdeaScale UI, which will go live Dec 24th.
- Want to improve participation – currently only 10% of wallets actually vote. Deeper discussion on Catalyst parameters – there will be a short doc on this to be discussed by CC. Open API set of requirements for e.g. voting tools. May create a pilot election to test this. (25:26) Exploring idea that some CC roles might run for longer than 3 months – perhaps SPO and General Voters reps should change, and other roles not?
- No blocks.
- Pleased to see that Prioritised Problems board has been updated
- One problem, Almost non existing “collaborative layer” to welcome newcomers. Work done to address it - built a community hub for Catalyst Coordinator to gather issues from funded proposers, and submitted a fund 7 proposal to maintain it.
ACTION ITEM: Collect and track Fund 7 proposals that address this issue of creating a “collaborative layer” to support onboarding, and use them to work towards a solution.
(29:48) Discussion of where action items should be put and how they should be tracked.
(31:55) Discussion of how CC reps should add problems to the board; at what level of granularity (high-level vs more detailed); limiting the number of cards; Agile and Kanban methodologies; the board as a tool for accountability and knowledge-sharing.; documentation of how the board was used in CCv1
- Re: systems to track and visualize Trust and Participation – watched Atala PRISM credentials video, and video from George Lovegrove about participation in Swarm and ATH being recorded with tokens; so will discuss with George and with IOG.
- (Allison, 50:17) Verified credentials would be a good solution to this problem, and I and Kenric have been discussing this for CAs. Harris’s idea of using NFTs could be done now, whereas Atala PRISM DIDs are not available yet; although DIDs would be more flexible and would also promote the technology.
- Nori (51:45) Popularity is also a form of reputation.
- Tevo (52:27) GitBook and GitHub tracking, as done by Stephen and others, is also a means of tracking participation.
- Harris (53:41) Payment, e.g. to CAs, can be a means of tracking participation. There are some potential problems with using NFTs.
- Stephen (55:08) Note there’s a difference between tracking participation, and tracking contribution. GitHub is more about contribution. Important to link the two and look at work done.
ACTION ITEM: those interested in this card will meet separately to discus
- We should keep the board as a focus in future meetings.
ACTION ITEM: Harris to discuss the 2nd card further with Dor Garbash of IOG.
- Popular vote might not be appropriate. (1:04:03) One idea is, Technical Council could be selected by a group of 5 to 11 people selected at random from IdeaScale, like a jury.
- (1:06:53) Discussion of various ideas for how to select Technical Council; IOG’s position; how to ensure the solution includes input from Catalyst community as well as IOG.
ACTION ITEM: This will stay as a card on the board, with IOG co-owning it, and the card will be moved through the board as normal.
- RE: Improving Challenge Continuity card. It’s good that the community is now defining all the funding challenges instead of having some set by IOG; but in fund 7 there was concern from some people that some significant challenges which had been in previous rounds, were dropped.
- Discussion of possible methods for ensuring some continuity for key challenge settings:
ACTION ITEM: This will stay as a card on the board and be tracked.
- different thresholds for voting for new challenges;
- using amount of votes to determine the challenge budget;
- dealing with challenges that are poorly-framed, and whether the wording can be edited after a challenge has been voted for;
- whether CC itself can influence continuity by promoting or recommending particular challenge settings;
- addressing low voter engagement (in fund 6 voters on average voted for only 9 things)
- possibly a role for challenge teams in this
- Increased CA guidance has led to much more detail on assessments this round
- But a problem has emerged that most CA reviews now look at the guidance and engage in a tick-box exercise of “does the proposal contain X, Y and Z?” rather than actually assessing the proposal or offering any insight. Possibly due to use of closed yes/no questions ( “Does this proposal meet the challenge setting” rather than “WHY do you think it meets the challenge setting?”) ACTION ITEM: tackle these issues in a more focused meeting in January
Discuss website (Allison, 1:37:34) ACTION ITEM: to be discussed in Slack.
- Feedback on discussion between Tevo, Allison and Stephen about how to decide which proposals CC should sponsor and promote.
- Idea that CC could sponsor or promote proposals originating from outside CC which aim to improve Catalyst processes. Need to define the process for selecting these and ensure it is fair and involves the community; but a CC endorsement of a proposal, after the VCA process is complete, could offer an additional layer of information for voters.
- pay attention to timing, so there is time to involve the community) (Harris, 1:43:49)
- Does the community want CC to sponsor proposals? (Stephen, 1:45:05)
Meeting ends 1:47:51
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Meeting #4 Dec 23rd 2021 QA-DAO Verbatim transcript, corrected.doc
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