LXDAO Governance Proposal LIP0

Introduction to voting in LXDAO

LXDAO is a decentralized organization whose governance process controls all aspects of LXDAO. Voting on the chain requires an LXDAO Buidler Card, and LXDAO Buidler Card holders have the sole right to make changes to the system by voting

Voting is calculated using the Buidler Card, with one Buidler Card equaling one vote

Off-chain voting is held on the LXDAO Forum and on-chain voting is held on Snapshot

Off-chain Governance

Off-chain governance can be performed in a variety of ways and with different goals: as a freedom exchange of ideas to improve LXDAO, as a way to gather feedback to support and inform future on-chain governance, or as a way to approve or reject formal processes. In the following, the available methods for implementing off-chain governance are described in increasing order of formality

Discussion and Debate

Discussion is the most informal, free-form way to conduct off-chain governance, and free discussion is the most powerful force for change, and anyone can propose it

Informal polls (Soft Proposals)

Informal Polls leverages forum support for creating polls. Informal polls provide the community with a set of options to vote on. While more structured than discussions, they cannot influence protocol changes or immediately trigger processes; they are typically used to gauge community opinion on issues affecting the LXDAO ecosystem. Anyone can create informal polls, and there are no guidelines for the general use of informal polls other than courtesy and common sense.

Proposal Requests

Once your proposal has received majority support, please initiate a hard proposal on Snapshot to start the on-chain governance process. Currently, only Buidler Card holders can initiate Governance voting(hard proposals), so please find a Buidler Card holder on the forums to initiate a formal proposal for you, or by applying to become a Buidler Card holder

On-chain Governance

On-chain governance is the core way to determine proposal execution

Governance voting (hard proposals)

Governance voting occurs on-chain and is used to gauge LXDAO voter sentiment, and on-chain governance voting is only available to Buidler Card holders

Buidler Card holders may be asked to

  • Define the LXDAO governance process
  • Reach consensus on important community goals
  • Approve governance proposals from forum LXDAO facilitators

How long is the voting period for the Governance Vote?

The voting period for a given governance ballot varies. The most common are three-day and seven-day time periods.

Where can I find on-chain governance polls?

Live polling information and historical polls can be found on the Polling Page of the Governance Portal.

How do I create an on-chain governance poll?

On-chain governance voting smart contracts can only be created by Buidler Card holders. Become a Buidler Card holder by applying or contributing.

Proposal execution

Passage requirements for proposal implementation

  • Voting period: 3~7 Days
  • Voting threshold:>50%
  • Voting Quorum: 70% of Buidler Card holders

For example, if there are 10 buidler holders, the requirement for the proposal to pass:

  • The number of votes is greater than or equal to 7
  • The number of affirmative votes is greater than or equal to 4

Proposal passed!

Buidler Card holders can be found at LXDAOBuidler

The proposal vote failed, I want to resubmit.

It is common for proposals to fail, please don’t be discouraged, you can re-submit your proposal by discussing and communicating with everyone in the forum, but it will take 5 days before you can initiate the re-initiation of the on-chain governance process


After the proposal is approved, it will enter a 3~7-day lockout period, and after the lockout period is over, the implementation will start

  • I agree with this, great!
  • I disagree with this

0 voters

What is

In my view, Few people participate in forum discussions.


  1. 软提案是必要项吗? 还是类似于社区讨论和思路调研的一种方式。LXDAO实际运作中,是否可以直接发起snapshot硬提案呢?如果硬提案可以随时发起,如何对潜在骚扰性质的硬填案进行防范。
  2. 如果软提案是必要的,且需要获得多数支持,那多数支持的依据如何考量。

My doubts are twofold, mainly about the ambiguity of soft proposals.
Is a soft proposal a necessary item? Or is it a way similar to community discussion and idea research. in the actual operation of LXDAO, is it possible to directly initiate snapshot hard proposals? If hard proposals can be initiated at any time, how to guard against potential harassing nature of hard fill cases.
If a soft proposal is necessary and requires majority support, how is the basis for majority support considered.

The soft vote will be renamed to Forum Poll, and the hard vote will be Snapshot Vote for clarification.

I think it’s good to have the Forum Poll because we used to prepare something (product design, prototype, etc) before the Snapshot Proposal. But this gonna cost some time and resources. It’s good to have a discussion, brainstorm first, and use Forum Poll to build basic consensus in the community. Then we will see if we should contribute more resources to it.

For example, for a product prototype, let’s say we need to spend 4 days to finish and create the final Snapshot proposal. If the proposal gets defeated, will waste 4 days for nothing.

A wise way is to post your idea on the Forum in 30mins and join the discussion. Also, create a Poll for checking the feedback. If most of the community members vote for it, which means this idea is good, and we can continue to invest more time in it. But if there is not much positive feedback, we just waste a few hours.

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Majority of the people on the forum (although few). But we can send the idea to a broader network to attract more people to join the discussion.

I will add some information
In addition I would like to optimize the voting mechanism in the new governance proposal with the following references, where the dynamic threshold received overwhelming support

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1. What is LIP?


A formal decision-making process is required for LXDAO to evolve into a fully decentralized and self-sustainable organization. Everyone should be able to propose changes and improvements in a protocol that does not require a license.

The LIP framework empowers each off-chain and on-chain governance participant by providing a standardized way to interact with the broader DAO and define its future shape.


The LIP stands for LXDAO Improvement Proposal. LIP is a design document that provides information to the LXDAO community or describes new functionality for LXDAO or its processes or environment. the LIP should provide a concise technical specification of the functionality and the rationale for the functionality. LIP author is responsible for building consensus within the community and documenting dissenting opinions.

2. Types of LIPs

There are three types of LIPs:

Governance proposal

Governance refers to the system of institutions that allow decisions to be made. A governance mechanism is a set of decision rules and action standards that stakeholders in the blockchain ecosystem agree on for decision-making. The purpose is to allow LXDAO to evolve iteratively over time. The scope of governance proposals includes, but is not limited to, governance mechanisms, organizational frameworks, tokenomics, incentive rules, etc. The purpose of governance proposals is to serve the community better. And governance proposal should be assigned a number and become a LIP.

Project Proposal

A project proposal is a project-focused proposal that includes a brief description of the new project and collaboration, the background, the duration, the scope of the work, the budget, etc.

Other Proposals

If there are proposals that are not related to governance and project categories, they are all classified as other proposals

3. Proposal Workflow

The following is a standardized process for all proposals:


Everything starts from a simple idea.


Write down your idea and make a draft.

Forum Proposal

You can create a Forum Proposal on LXDAO Forum. And create an informal poll by using the feature from Forum.

The informal poll provided the community with options to vote on. They cannot influence protocol changes or immediately trigger the process; they are typically used to gather the community’s opinion on issues affecting the LXDAO ecosystem.

Snapshot Proposal

Snapshot voting is only available to LXDAO Buidler Card holders; one builder card equals one vote. Only LXDAO Buidler Card holders can create snapshot proposals.

A Snapshot Proposal is normally created every Monday, and the voting period is five days from Monday to Friday. We also provide an urgent proposal workflow below.

For more details about joining LXDAO and getting LXDAO Buidler Card, please refer to: Join us | LXDAO.


A timelock can lock certain smart contract features for a while. It improves the security of smart contracts. After the proposal is approved, there will be a three-day (working day) time lock period, normally starting from Monday to Wednesday, and executed on Thursday.


Why do we need a Forum Poll?

Begin by opening a forum poll to publicize the proposal before initiating a Snapshot Proposal and seek community consensus through lobbying or advocacy sessions. This can save time and increase the chances of passing the proposal.

Typically, we would prepare numerous files (product documents, prototypes, etc.) for a Snapshot Proposal, but it’s smarter to first post ideas on the Forum to gauge their appeal and community consensus before investing significant time and effort into it.

Why do we need a time lock?

A timelock is a piece of code that locks a certain functionality of a smart contract until a specific amount of time has passed. Most often, this is the ability to transfer a token out of the contract. This makes it similar to a vesting schedule — funds won’t be accessible until a certain date, time, or block height.

It provides a cool-down period for the community to check if someone is abusing or attacking the community. We can create an urgent proposal to reset the proposal during the timelock period and stop the tokens transfer.

4. Urgent Proposal

Urgent proposals have a short voting period of one to three days, and apply to the following scenarios:

  • Some proposals violate LXDAO’s core values and consensus
  • Crisis occurs, we need to take action quickly
  • The community and most buidlers disagree with the proposal but, due to some reasons, did not realize during the voting period

Urgent proposals are implemented immediately after adoption.

5. Proposal Template


For the Governance proposals, the Title should start with “LIP” + number. For the Project proposals, the Title should start with “Project:”. For other proposals, no restrictions yet.


A good proposal structure is important for the Community to understand and vote for. Feel free to contact LXDAO Governance WG to review and improve if you are unfamiliar with the proposal creation for better quality.

Here is the recommended structure of a proposal, you could also find examples from existing proposals on Snapshot:

Authors: [NAME]
Date Created: [ADD CREATED DATE]

## TL;DR

Sum up this proposal in a few points or sentences.

## Proposal Description

### Background

Why are you making this proposal?
What issue or opportunity is this proposal addressing?
What are the driving factors behind why you think this is a good idea?
Why do we create or collaborate on this project?

### Details

Detailed information about the proposal. What is the solution? What are we going to do? What are the MVP features of the project? What is the prototype link of the project? How much work to do?

Do your best to be realistic in expectations and tie your funding ask to what is achievable with that amount of money.

### Team settings

How many people do you need? What are their skills?

### Duration and Milestones

How long do you think it needs, and what are the milestones?

## Budgets and distribution

Include details about funding requirements. You must include a detailed breakdown that explains how the funds will be allocated. Funding will not be approved for proposals without a funding breakdown. This is where the squad can request rewards for their expected contributions to the project, including any work done to scope the project and create the proposal.

## Revenue distribution

Potential revenue from the project, citing the revenue generated by the project and the revenue distribution plan.

## Key results

How will the project’s success be measured?

6. Voting Rules

Proposal Adoption Rules

The adoption rules for proposals use dynamic thresholds:

The minimum number of absolute positive votes: ≥ 20% of all buidlers.


  1. Absolute positive votes = positive votes - negative votes. For example, 30 For, 20 Against, and Abstain, the Absolute positive votes = 10.
  2. Negative votes include Against and Abstain.

Examples (assuming we have 50 buidlers):

  1. For a proposal with 10 positive votes and 0 negative votes. Result: Passed, because 10 - 0 = 10 ≥ 20% of 50.
  2. For a proposal with 10 positive votes and 1 negative vote. Result: Failed, because 10 - 1 = 9 < 20% of 50.
  3. For a proposal with 29 positive votes and 21 negative votes. Result: Failed.

In summary, we’ve lowered the threshold (20% of builders) for passing a proposal. As a result, we’ve also added weights to oppose proposals. If you disagree with a proposal, your negative vote is highly significant.

This will encourage buidlers to participate in governance and vote against it. Previously, if there were 10 positive and no negative votes, buidlers might be intended to vote for positive ones, as their negative votes do not affect the proposal results.

Also, it increases the vote efficiency as there is no need for every buidler to vote. In return, in LXDAO tokenomics design, should airdrop more for the buidlers who participate in governance actively.

Proposal Failure Rules

Proposals are often rejected due to low voter participation, lack of detail, or lack of community consensus through extensive discussion.

You can initiate a Snapshot poll by initiating a discussion or presentation, making changes and additions to the proposal, and submitting a rejected proposal for the next governance cycle. A proposal can be submitted up to three times.

7. Weekly Governance Cycle

The weekly governance cycle lasts 5 days, starting from Monday to Friday. And timelock starts from next Week Monday to Wednesday, executed on Thursday. This provides a predictable framework for LXDAO’s decision governance:

Monday: Snapshot Proposal Submission Day

Monday to Friday: Voting Day


What if I missed the proposal submission on Monday?

Be prepared and submit on next Monday. We have to give around 5 days for the community to review the proposal thoroughly and make decisions.


We can make a simple vote page to show our new voting rules. Like this one WTF is Quadratic Funding?

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