Community call — the path to engagement
Two community calls were held on 7th December 2021 to discuss the mechanisms of Engagement and the roles of the Oversight Community and the Arbiter Pool.
I presented the concept of a secure network being made of the whole community collaborating and incentivised by the system of engagement points.
The exact nature of engagement is to be determined by the community and overseen by the Oversight Community. This was important to emphasise that is is community driven, the Oversight Community is self-sovereign and that there is no centralised “blueprint” detailing the criteria of engagement by design.
The Oversight Community will be “curated” and have a path to full self-sovereignty.
Transcript of the questions and answers.
10:00 CET call
How much time, say, per week, will it take me to make a sufficient contribution as a member of the oversight community once Tgrade is running mainnet?
A hard one to quantify as the level of engagement will depend on who is involved and the number of contributors. As this is the first time a Proof of Engagement chain is launched there are no precedence or cases to refer to.
When does the Oversight Community start?
The Oversight Community is being actively built ready for the public testnet in January.
Can anyone join the oversight community?
Membership is open to anyone, and if people are interested they should contact me through Discord, Telegram, or email.
Does the Oversight Community have the list of engagement activities already? Specifically are there validators’ engagement activities published?
There is not a fixed list of engagement as the intention is for the self-sovereign Oversight Community to define these.
Can the project administration in any way influence the decisions of the Oversight Community?
The Oversight Community is self-sovereign and although it is curated at the beginning the intention is for it to be decentralised as soon as practical.
And what is the relationship between the administration and the Oversight Community?
There is an initial relationship as the Foundation sets up the Oversight Community, however, the goal is to ensure the Oversight Community becomes self-sovereign as soon as practical.
Does every form of engagement earn different amounts in value?
Any measurable contribution would count as engagement and activities that benefit the chain in some fashion and the impact of the engagement will vary and this is assessed in allocating Engagement Points.
Does engagement include delivering network news via Twitter or Medium, or participating in network governance?
Building projects, building tools around the ecosystem, active in governance / proposing proposals, generally being good and active actors in the space
The main task for the Oversight Community is to determine the contribution and how many engagement points should be allocated.
The design of Tgrade is a pool of referees consisting of various supervisory communities and people from all walks of life, what are the management tools and how are they supervised? How do you counteract biased selection?
The tooling needed to run the Oversight Community will be determined by the Oversight Community, and this will be the tools to communicate, track Engagement Points etc.
To the second point about bias, the intention of the Oversight Community is to have a diverse set of people reflecting the community around the world.
What does the management tooling look like? What is the progress of the tooling development?
The tooling will be selected by the Oversight Community. A suggestion was the DAODAO tools being developed on Juno to help manage the Oversight Community.
Are validators eligible to be part of the oversight community? Are the roles mutually exclusive.
There is room for validators in the Oversight Community but care is taken to ensure diversity in roles and backgrounds.
Do members of Oversight Community get also Engagement Points?
The Oversight Community are not given Engagement Points as they would be voting for their own pay, they are rewarded with fixed tokens for their work.
Will the Oversight Community have access to the pool of Engagement Points, or does the Oversight Community send its recommendations to the administration and the administration will pay these rewards?
The Oversight Community allocate the Engagement Points and the distribution of rewards (TGD) is done automatically.
18:00 CET call
How do you recruit the initial members of the oversight community?
The initial members are recruited through outreach, such as these events, and qualified by the team at Confio.
How soon after mainnet will the PoE points begin being voted on and issued out to validators by the Oversight Community?
That depends on the activities that are done and what has been decided that forms engagement. It is likely that there will be some activities done before the mainnet launch that are candidates for Engagement Points.
What is the timeline for the community? Are you taking volunteers or nominations?
The process has begun and we are keen to hear from people interested in taking part.
Are there any specific tasks that the Oversight Community will publish before mainnet launch to garner interest ahead of time?
The Oversight Community will begin defining engagement and discussing with the community and it is likely that they will publish guidance before mainnet.
Can you explain the compensation for validators?
The validators derive voting power from their stake and engagement points, they are paid from the block rewards generated and transaction fees.
For mid-level engaged validators, is there any minimum expectation of how much rewards we could expect from running validator nodes?
There are 70 validators at launch, 6 million TGD are produced as block rewards with 50% being paid to the validators through block rewards, the other 50% into the reward pool and community fund which is paid to Engagement Point holders.
Will there be a list of testnet games or tasks that validators can complete to help educate on the chain itself before mainnet.
There will be a Game of Engagement that will run after mainnet launch which will set out challenges and missions and offer enhanced Engagement Points.
Will engagement be more valuable than stake? I know there was an anti-whale measure for stake, but does this also count for engagement?
There is an anti-whale measurement that is applied to the combined stake and engagement. It would be very unlikely that a small number of validators would accumulate all the Engagement Points and thus test the upper limits