Please vote for the latest Community Superblock!

Hello Snode owners! It’s time to vote for the latest proposals!

There is a great responsibility for Service Node (Snode) owners to vote either “yes,” or “no,” on the proposals. It cannot be emphasised enough how much the community as well as the Blocknet team relies on Snodes to vote on project proposals to ensure continued funding for development of the Blocknet.

  • The proposals for superblock 604800 can be viewed below or on the forum here. Voting will close at Block 601920, but your node must remain active until block 604800 for your vote to count. Please note, proposals are being submitted individually so please make sure you scroll down and take your time to look over each proposal.

In wallet version 3.10.4 voting is now much easier. Navigate to the proposal area:

Click the “Vote” button for a proposal you wish to vote on and choose “yes”, “no” or “abstain” to vote. (If voting for multiple nodes or a vps, check “Vote many”.)

If using an older wallet, follow the instructions on how to vote for each proposal below.

The latest Superblock details are below in alphabetical order:

Superblock 604800

Proposal: ArtDir_808_Oct18
Part-time position as Art Director for @808 / Bob.

Please see https://goo.gl/kdhgb2 for the full proposal

Role description and responsibilities:

@808 / Bob as Art Director, will take lead on overseeing and creating Blocknet visuals and design. In particular, Bob will work closely with other team members to find the best solutions for Blocknet’s visuals needs. This entails taking responsibility of the overall visual appearance of Blocknet and how it communicates visually, stimulates moods, contrasts features, and psychologically appeals to a target audience. Bob is given a task and figures out the visual elements, what artistic style to use, and when to use motion, stills or other means of expression.

Past contribution:

I started working for the Blocknet in December 2017 by creating the Blocknet Introduction video. This led to further collaboration as a vendor to the project.

The visuals and designs developed for the introduction movie and the designs from VSA are the foundation of what has been the visual style of the Blocknet brand today.

I have been responsible for the creation of all visuals for Blocknet.

Besides producing media, I’ve been part of Blocknet brand leads, consisting of myself, Shane, PhilipMarshall, Cryptoved and Fattox.

Goals for Q3 / October:

1. Continue working on the media/template library. 
2. Creating marketing material for Block DX marketing campaign. 
3. Providing community, the team & brand-leads with media content.

Media Library:

Templates and the media library are going to allow the social media teams to put together quick designs. It helps maintain the level of quality required and reduces cost and time to produce content.

This library will consist of templates for;
• Announcements
• Promotional visuals
• Quotes
• Market News
• Feature lists
• Comparison charts
• Events
• Block DX facts
• Block DX application submitted
• Block DX listings

Cost Assessment: Total: 930 BLOCK (including 10 BLOCK submission fee)
(20 hours per week / $3.80 BLOCK = $3.5k/mo)

I reduced my salary to be mindful of the current Block price and the feedback I received on salary by snode voter(s).

If this proposal passes but is bumped from the Superblock due to there not being enough room, this will be paid out from the Marketing Fund.

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: ArtDir_808_Oct18, type the following command:
mnbudget vote 62b4ec942e2008ceac6a5b0c322e47b5f556137336b9ef2beedc2ccc1fecd370 yes/no
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote 62b4ec942e2008ceac6a5b0c322e47b5f556137336b9ef2beedc2ccc1fecd370 yes/no

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Proposal: atcSB604800

Role description and responsibilities:

Summary of work for this SB:

  • XRouter Development
  • XRouter Plugins
  • XRouter CLTV payment channels

Cost Assessment: Total: 2337.86208664 Blocks ($9200–4 weeks, 40hours per week for developer (Juan) @ $3.93 per block)

If this proposal passes but is bumped from the Superblock due to there not being enough room, this will be paid out from the dev Fund.

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: atcSB604800, type the following command:
mnbudget vote 74edbef8b8e7fc21c7cb0eb660d4d7e4c25636e10ce9133947b72cab11c2c2ab yes/no
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote 74edbef8b8e7fc21c7cb0eb660d4d7e4c25636e10ce9133947b72cab11c2c2ab yes/no/abstain

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Proposal: hanniabu-604800

Role description and responsibilities:

Proposal
As a core contributor of Blocknet, I take part in many daily tasks that help keep the project running smoothly, as well as larger tasks that move Blocknet forward. Putting in an average 60 hours a week, I partake in projects that build Blocknet's foundation and assist in other projects in order to help meet objectives. This proposal is for compensation to allow me to continue contributing to Blocknet.

Background
I have a technical background with a degree in mechanical engineering, prior development experience, and have spent a few years a a few early stage startups (pre and post seed round). This experience helps in various aspects of the project including working in a fast-paced environment, wearing multiple 'hats', pivoting priorities and tasks, understanding the project technicals and vision, communicating the different components, conveying concepts into diagrams and text, and budgeting and financials.

Attention to detail is another useful trait. When reviewing interface UI and user experience, performing QA, writing specifications and documents, and communicating concepts, this attention to detail is important as it's typically the intricacies that make a difference.

Past Contributions
I began contributing in August 2017 when I saw there were areas the project could use help in. The first thing I worked on was an informational website (blocknetprotocol.com) since informational resources we lacking. This led to submitting my first Superblock proposal that next month for further contribution.

Since then I have been responsible for multiple projects and tasks, as well have assisted in others. Some of these items are as follows:

  • API documentation: https://api.blocknet.co/
  • Research on automated blockchain testing
  • New configurations file format: https://github.com/BlocknetDX/blockchain-configuration-files
  • Compose documentation
  • Compose content
  • Compose specifications
  • Wallet QA
  • Block DX QA
  • Participate in interviews
  • Roadmap discussion
  • Manage and organize files and documents
  • Review announcements and publications
  • Convention prep, attending convention, and followups
  • Newsletter content, review, and submission
  • Respond to questions from the community
  • Respond to emails
  • Fill out applications and forms

Agenda
In addition to daily tasks, the following list are main items I plan to be working on. Keep in mind that some of these may not be completed this month or may be pushed back due to a change in priority.

  • Website content
  • Litepaper
  • Wallet tutorial videos
  • Block DX tutorial videos
  • Tools for compatibility testing

Work has begun for some of these items. Progress was slowed due to focus put on other items such as Block DX and helping out with testing.

Cost
As a retainer to continue contributing to this project, the following amount is requested for this Superblock:

Cost Assessment: Total: 900 BLOCK (= $4.2k/mo = $42k/yr)

If this proposal passes but is bumped from the Superblock due to there not being enough room, this will be paid out from the community funds.

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: hanniabu-604800, type the following command:
mnbudget vote 019468849aede35d06945e55ba941dc2833d9716ed9341cf25a0e95579f09a0e yes/no
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote 019468849aede35d06945e55ba941dc2833d9716ed9341cf25a0e95579f09a0e yes/no

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Proposal: infinty7592-oct18

Role description and responsibilities:

Summary of work for this SB:

  • Most of work is done for the trading library but some tweaking is necessary to the code and doc.
  • Building the ledger application connectors in JS.
  • Building the building blocks of a ledger web wallet (tx builder, input selector, …)
  • Trying to solve an issue regarding connection of the ledger to the web browser — In contact with the ledger team to find root cause.

Cost Assessment: Total: 375 BLOCK + 10 BLOCK (fee)

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: infinty7592-oct18, type the following command:
mnbudget vote 72e94f19ccc6a2a19a48bd81c7a7a43b08adc708e471af584f7accca6c4b5cb3 yes/no 
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote 72e94f19ccc6a2a19a48bd81c7a7a43b08adc708e471af584f7accca6c4b5cb3 yes/no/abstain

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Proposal: marketing-cryptoved

Role description and responsibilities:

  • Social Media Content Curation (contribute posts on Twitter, Facebook, Facebook Group, Instagram and other social media)
  • Collaboration & Editing of Current and Upcoming Articles
  • Collaborating on Current & Upcoming Marketing Initiatives with the Marketing Team (strategies, advertisements, content, etc.)
  • Brand Lead (Collaborate, oversee, coordinate & train social media teams; oversee Blocknet brand messaging along with other Brand Leads)

Cost Assessment: Total 260 BLOCK (250 + 10 BLOCK proposal fee). (calculated at 25 hours/week, $4.34 current 30-day M.A. Note: I plan to hard-cap the amount at 250 BLOCK while we are currently at this low of a BLOCK moving average, as our priority should be funding ongoing development.)

If this proposal passes but is bumped from the Superblock due to there not being enough room, this will be paid out from the Marketing Fund.

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: marketing-cryptoved, type the following command:
mnbudget vote b95ff328c84897345f679f8e2ebb514bf5939e9760c666ef682a6ae5e6f65624 yes/no
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote b95ff328c84897345f679f8e2ebb514bf5939e9760c666ef682a6ae5e6f65624 yes/no

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Proposal : MarketingLead-shane

Role description and responsibilities:

Role overview

  • Lead team efforts in executing marketing strategies
  • Manage design, copywrite, and web development vendors
  • Uphold Brand Guidelines and uniform messaging
  • Build relationships with every project Blocknet supports
  • Handle daily marketing & administrative responsibilities
  • Oversee and assist community based marketing initiatives
  • Take on creative tasks that include writing, design, and media production

October Goals

  • Launch MVP Coin Portals
  • Launch Block DX marketing campaign
  • Launch website translations
  • Continue web development of Coin Portals and community tools
  • Release Q4 Marketing plan

NOTE: I will be visiting family in India up until October 20th. I’ll still be working remotely, just from a different timezone. I probably won’t be working as many hours and the BLOCK below reflects that.

Cost Assessment: Total: 1325 BLOCK from Superblock (BLOCK @ $3.80)

If this proposal passes but is bumped from the Superblock due to there not being enough room, this will be paid out from the Marketing Fund.

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: MarketingLead-shane, type the following command:
mnbudget vote 5be96ca31d3ae64e7a7ec880a8483cd8e8c64b47cc65faca52e9783a965f0f3b yes/no
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote 5be96ca31d3ae64e7a7ec880a8483cd8e8c64b47cc65faca52e9783a965f0f3b yes/no

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Proposal: michael-sb604800 (Core Development)

Role description and responsibilities:

XBridge
I am code reviewing all XBridge related features and bug fixes. Additionally, a significant amount of my dev time is being spent improving the backend of the XBridge order system including conducting security audits and white hat hacking. The goals for the month are:

  • Additional order verification checks
  • Extended order timeout
  • Improved transaction refunds
  • Memory leak patches

Block DX Updates
Continued Block DX electron app development includes:

  • Updating from within the app
  • Order form buy/sell distinction
  • Bug fixes & UX tweaks

XRouter SPV
I will be continuing to review the development of the XRouter SPV implementation. The goal is to merge XRouter dev into the main codebase so that developers can begin using the XRouter system with the latest wallet updates.

Wallet Redesign
I am leading the development effort for the wallet redesign effort. The team requested I invest more time into the development of the Block DX order system. As a result, there are still some outstanding screens:

October:

  • Settings screen
  • Tools Peers List
  • Tools BIP38

November:

  • Accounts
  • Tools Wallet Repair
  • Tools Debug Console
  • General Info Popups

Automated Build System and Continuous Integration
I am continuing to improve the build and CI processes of the team on the Gitlab platform. Goals this month include unit test integration into our build system.

Cost Assessment: Total: 2825 BLOCK

If this proposal passes but is bumped from the Superblock due to there not being enough room, this will be paid out from the Community funds.

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: michael-sb604800, type the following command:
mnbudget vote f208da4344d6557074c2541049410b7778c1b9e247763ac6c3dd4a360ddc9e18 yes/no
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote f208da4344d6557074c2541049410b7778c1b9e247763ac6c3dd4a360ddc9e18 yes/no

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Proposal: Social_Coordinator (Philip Marshall)

Role description and responsibilities:

  • Maintain the social media profile of Blocknet on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, BTCTalk, Youtube, Medium, and other platforms.
  • As a brand co-lead, manage and train the social media team.
  • Ensure communications from the developers and marketing team can be transmitted in a clear and timely manner to the community.
  • Respond to the community.
  • Compile and write regular newsletter, write and contribute to articles on all platforms and continue to contribute to various marketing materials and initiatives.
  • 3 articles are ready for publishing when the DX is 100% ready and in addition a separate 3 part article on DXs will be undertaken in collaboration with others.
  • Manage, source, correspond and coordinate payments to news and media outlets.

Cost Assessment: Total: 125 BLOCK from Superblock (plus 10 BLOCK fee).
(1 BLOCK per hour / 4 hours per day.)

If this proposal passes but is bumped from the Superblock due to there not being enough room, this will be paid out from the Marketing Fund.

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: Social_Coordinator, type the following command:
mnbudget vote 10ed26465160c6a8662ca2f09498df1f2f5bfa3c82492361692f02e9d48dc5e2 yes/no
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote 10ed26465160c6a8662ca2f09498df1f2f5bfa3c82492361692f02e9d48dc5e2 yes/no

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Proposal: single-block-reward

Summary
Full proposal and Document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YVaDB4FyZbDEzgLQFn_SY42xmcRoD3QIEm52HHyDwJY/preview

This proposal is to have a single tier block reward system. This means that out of every block reward, instead of having 70% (0.7 BLOCK) going to Service Nodes and 30% (0.3 BLOCK) going stakers, both Service Nodes and stakers would be combined into the same pool for 100% of the block reward.

There's 3 technical reasons for this proposal:

  1. The Service Node list for block rewards is too fragile to maintain and causes forks in the network due to the structure of the block reward payouts. The single tier block reward system remove need for this list in this context and the issues associated with it.
  2. The current difference in staking and Service Node rewards incentivizes Service Node operators to switch to staking, which causes fluctuations in Service Node support.
  3. This change increases the amount of stakers on the network, therefore increasing the security of the blockchain.

The ROI of stakers and Service Nodes should be barely affected over time as the constant rebalancing of BLOCK from Service Nodes to staking naturally brings the ROI of the Service Nodes and stakers to an equilibrium. The ROI of an equilibrium state in the double tier block reward system we have now is equal to the ROI of the single tier block reward system as can be seen below (below).

In this single tier block reward system:

  • Everyone can stake, even Service Nodes.
  • The total block reward will continue to be 1 BLOCK.
  • There will only be one block reward winner, either a typical staker or a Service Node, and they receive the entire 1 BLOCK reward.
  • Winning a block reward will remain probabilistic based off the amount you’re staking vs the amount staked on the network.
  • A 5k BLOCK input will still be required to run a Service Node.
  • A 5k input will still be required to vote.

Cost Assessment: Total: 10 BLOCK (covers proposal submission fee)

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: single-block-reward, type the following command:
mnbudget vote af0a1b089d4a34c346473ac3d7ef698ec1cb9edc96a1d49134c1f55d7447bb79 yes/no
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote af0a1b089d4a34c346473ac3d7ef698ec1cb9edc96a1d49134c1f55d7447bb79 yes/no

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Proposal: strategy-redactedman

Summary

As we continue to strike a balance in decentralization and pragmatism it is important to have a channel where partnerships, prioritization and performance can be discussed. The Strategy channel offers this. Some paid members are using the channel more than others and I still hear about strategic discussions going on in paid-members channels only.
This is perhaps due to the convenience that many closed channels are the same people as the strategy channel, so discussions just follow the natural flow.

I propose to expand the strategy channel to make it more diverse. Bringing in some of our investor members that are very experienced in running businesses. While everyone can make a proposal to join the strategy group, my nominations for this role will be conservative for now. Handpicking nominations and seeing how the chemistry is with the rest of the team.

Some people feel that there is becoming a divide between those paid and those contributing for free. I hope the strategy channel can help with this, also as work on the governance model picks up again.

I nominate Redactedman to join as a strategy group member. To help with business acumen and to challenge in a constructive way the paid members and founders to ensure the investors interest.

Cost Assessment: Total: 10 BLOCK (covers proposal submission fee)

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: strategy-redactedman, type the following command:
mnbudget vote bb2125064973eb2b1bc85ff5a27f8b9d5cd519a71f838f1229981106bb5c0ac1 yes/no
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote bb2125064973eb2b1bc85ff5a27f8b9d5cd519a71f838f1229981106bb5c0ac1 yes/no

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Proposal: UAT-QA-Team-604800

Team consists of 86b, aderks, and Fattox

Role description and responsibilities:

  • Support services
  • Integration strategy
  • Product analysis
  • Bug reporting, error tracking, and logging
  • Collaboration with other projects and teams
  • New coin integration, confirming, and corresponding QA
  • Genesis testing
  • Exploit checks
  • Brand lead assistance with marketing and SMT initiatives
  • Communicating with partners and project delegates
  • XRouter testing and QA
  • Block DX UI QA
  • Wallet release QA
  • Auto configuration testing and QA

Cost Assessment: Total: 810 BLOCK

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: UAT-QA-Team-604800, type the following command:
mnbudget vote 83003f325a95d8c26d1ef7277438c98c13e2782e9479846f40166b9942f5a0e7 yes/no
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote 83003f325a95d8c26d1ef7277438c98c13e2782e9479846f40166b9942f5a0e7 yes/no

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For more detailed instructions see: http://blocknetdx.forumotion.com/t6-blocknet-proposal-introduction-guide

In addition, we have created a separate proposal notification email alert reminder that snode owners can sign up for here so they do not forget to vote.(This email is separate to the Word on the BLOCK newsletter email).

  • An introduction to Superblocks and a guide to submitting and voting for proposals, can be found here.
  • A proposal category was created in the Blocknet Discord for focused and specific discussion of proposals and ideas. Within this category, there is a channel called #anon-snode-feedback for Service Node owners to provide anonymous feedback on proposals.
  • The amount requested must be 4320 BLOCK or less — Votes in favor must be greater than votes against by at least 10% of the total number of Service Nodes.
  • The proposals that pass are sorted in a descending order list by the sum of yes votes minus no votes. If multiple proposals have an equal sum of yes votes minus no votes, those are sorted randomly. If there are not enough funds remaining in the Superblock for a proposal to be paid out, it is skipped (not paid out), and the next proposal in the list is checked.
  • Multi-month proposals are voted on each month and are treated in the same manner as normal proposals in the ordered list.
  • There is also something called a ‘final budget,’ which needs to be submitted between 2880 blocks and 28 blocks before the Superblock. By default, Service Nodes automatically vote yes on final budgets. Moving forward, proposal voting will end 2880 blocks before the Superblock since the final budget locks in the proposal vote counts.

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