We’re navigating a wonderful and experimental world of permissionless participation and decentralisation.
What does permissionless participation mean? Should we aim for consensus in everything we do? Consensus is powerful, but may come at the cost of slowing down critical decision making.
We trust each core contributor to act in Status’s best interests, and we now have an explicit set of Principles that acts as a compass to guide decisions. With that, it seems like a good time to agree on consensus protocols for a clear and shared understanding of how we’ll execute on tasks.
This thread aims is kick off a discussion about where/when it’s appropriate to aim for group consensus.
The feedback on this thread will inform a set of norms that we’ll share on our People Ops site, and with new contributors, giving clarity on how we work. It hopefully will be something we all feel comfortable co-opting, so we could explore cryptographic signing as with the Principles doc.
These standards will act as an interim standard between our past (three-country entity structure) and future (a virtual, jurisdictionless, DAO that may or may not need to have the same entities).
As with any guideline we crowdsource, the deliverable isn’t set in stone. As we transition towards being a DAO, the norms will be a living document, open to continuous iteration as we test them in our day to day working lives.
The level of this discussion is aimed at that of a guiding principle - we’re not looking to get into the weeds of technical details of implementation.
Drop your thoughts on this thread and let us know:
- What do you think our consensus protocols should look like?
- How do we decide which actions require broad consensus, which can move forward with soft signalling, and/or which can move forward based on individual determination?
- Do you think each contributor should be empowered to implement changes according to their own judgment independently, or so long as they get X number of supporters for their actions, e.g. a three-pirate rule or similar?
- If everyone is empowered to act, how do we avoid duplicated work?
- What kind of signalling and consensus methods work best for moving work forwards?
- Do you agree that we should implicitly trust all contributors?
- Should there be a distinction between easy-to-revert and hard-to-revert decisions?
We’ll post again later with a draft protocol doc incorporating the feedback, for everyone’s review and editing.