Everyone thought that ANV-5 would be a quiet vote cycle, keeping in mind that we had ANV-4 not so long ago because of the recent change of schedule.
However, the Aragon Network has received about 20 AGPs in this cycle. That is very exciting, and it’s empowering to see the incredible growth in the amount of proposals lately.
During the past weeks, the Aragon Association has been building professional processes for AGP review and due diligence in order to ensure the quality of AGPs and also advise ANT holders about them.
The AGP process has matured quite a bit, since it’s been going on for more than a year now.
Each new AGP acts as a new piece of legislation for the Aragon Network. As such, every new AGP needs to act in accordance to previous AGPs.
This is really tricky, since for each new AGP we need to fully analyze the consequences of every new piece of legislation and make sure they are all “constitutional”.
The Aragon Network is the only DAO in the world in which you can propose anything, from a Finance track proposal to a Proclamation or a Meta proposal.
This is great, but introduces lots of complexity, since AGPs are written in plain English, which is very subjective. Smart contracts and DAOs, on the other hand, try to reduce that complexity by imposing objective, programmable rules. As the ones building that software, this is the clear showcase of why Aragon is needed. And we need it urgently for our own community to organize.
We now need to figure out better ways to leverage Aragon to more objectively organize. Until that happens the Aragon Association will reject most of the AGPs presented in ANV-5 that need substantial due diligence work.
A week is just not enough time for the Association to make a reasonable assessment of the long-term effects of so many AGPs, especially since we need to ensure their compliance with prior AGPs.
The AGPs that the Association plans to take to the ballot for ANV-5 are:
- Reduce the judgment powers of AGP editors: It’s a 1-paragraph change of AGP-1
- Fundraising maintenance: Maintenance work is just continuing on the previous work, nothing new we don’t know about
- Nullify AGP-43: The Association has previously deeply analyzed the consequences of this one, being its proposer
- Aragon Mesh sponsorship: Same as with Fundraising maintenance, it’s a known team continuing their work
- Court Phase 2 subscription subsidy: Very needed and well scoped
- Official ANJ and Aragon Network DAO addresses: Nothing new for the Association or ANT holders, since this deliverable is part of the original whitepaper
The following AGPs will not make it to ANV-5:
- A simple Network budget
- The Aragon Network is not a Game of Thrones
- Space Decentral Loan
- Aragon Council
- Aragon Association 2020 budget
- Remove ANT from Finance track
- Aragon Association ANT budget
- Acquisition of ANJ for security purposes
- Aragon One and Aragon Network for 202x
The Aragon Association will get in touch with the authors of the following AGPs, in order to conduct due diligence. These AGPs won’t make it to ANV-5, but they will still be analyzed for funding using the discretionary powers of the Association, or otherwise postponed to ANV-6:
- Aragon Black Curve Labs
- Fund the Mockingbird Incubator & Hub
- Improved deployment processes and testnet support
- Apiary activity feeds
- Conviction voting + template
We believe this is the best thing to do for the Network. The current AGP process is hard to follow even for a team of four full-time people dedicated exclusively to that mission, so imagine what it’s like for ANT holders.
The Aragon Association also commits to focus heavily on enhancing our current governance process, and accelerating efforts towards fully transitioning into a DAO. But to do that, we need to free from previous time-consuming commitments. We intend to work alongside the community to heavily refactor our governance process, and present a proposal in ANV-6.
The Aragon Association team