RRC-21 Gas Fee Rebate for Delegates On-chain governance

Summary

Reimburse gas fees spent by DAO recognized delegates when participating in on-chain governance on Tally.

Abstract

RARI DAO delegates are responsible of promoting new proposals into Tally, voting on-chain and queueing proposals. These on-chain transactions have significant gas costs measured in ETH. These fees are paid by the wallet sending the transaction, the RARI DAO delegate.

This proposal aims to create a Gas Fee rebate mechanism for recognized delegates when participating in the these governance on-chain activities on Tally.

Motivation

Gas fees in Ethereum have become costly and prohibitive - especially for delegates. Implementing this proposal is aligned with the strategies being executed by RARI DAO to further democratize, incentivize, and remove barriers for existing and new delegates.

Rationale

The Delegates Launchpad program is a platform for new talent to come to RARI DAO and develop new exciting ideas to grow the RARI ecosystem. In parallel with this program RARI DAO have been developing more infrastructure and strategies to foster a more decentralized and sustainable ecosystem for artists, collectors, and builders.

This proposal aims to remove barriers for delegates and incentivize a more active engagement of the delegate community. Broader participation leads to better decision-making for RARI DAO.

Specifications

What/Who is a recognized delegate?

We will use the scoring system initiated and implemented with RRC-13: Delegation Incentives Program. Delegates with a positive score are considered recognized delegates.

Additionally these delegates should regularly attend proposal review calls.

We urge community members to provide precise feedback concerning the criteria for reimbursement eligibility.

What Actions are eligible for Gas rebate?

  • Promoting a Proposal into RARI DAO Tally
  • Voting on-chain on a proposal on RARI DAO Tally

Claiming Process

To reduce the administrative burden for RARI, the claiming process should be initiated by Recognized Delegates themselves. Every month, Recognized Delegates have the option to submit a Gas Rebate Application to RARI, which shall include:

  1. The list of transactions associated with creating a proposal and voting on a proposal on RARI’s Tally over that month
  2. The corresponding gas fees spent on each transaction
  3. Etherscan links detailing the above

Delegates can also choose to batch their Gas Rebate Applications (i.e. submit a single application for multiple months). However, any gas fees not claimed over a 12 month period will be automatically forfeited.

Once an application has been submitted to RARI DAO, an appointed Governance Facilitator will review the applications and proceed with gas rebates.

Steps to Implement:

  • Delegates will have to confirm their forum account and tally profile to have their delegate score correctly calculated, prior to the start of the program.
  • A Google form will be made available for delegates to submit their gas rebate report in a monthly basis

Timeline:

Once the proposal is passed, the DAO will have 1 week to enable the Google Form to start accepting reports.

References

Inspired on Aave’s [TEMP CHECK] Gas Fee Rebate for On-Chain Votes

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Glad to see this initiative. I am in favor of this proposal

I support this proposal. I see high gwei costs as a limiting factor for existing delegates, and especially for new delegates, this cost will be prohibitive to fully engage in their governance responsibilities. This proposal will allow all delegates an equal playing field to participate in governance.

I do have one concern regarding implementation. There is manual administration work that is required by each delegate to track their transactions and costs, in addition to a submission form. Is there any consideration of how we can reduce the high-engagement requirements (tracking and submitting reports) where it’s easier and simpler to track and report?

Also, in your proposal, you did not include the process of reimbursement from the Foundation. Are there best practices for reducing your gwei costs, how long will reimbursements take (paid weekly, etc.), and the resolution process if there is a discrepancy?

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Thanks @coffee-crusher

I analyzed options that have been proposed in other projects such as Uniswap, among others, which have suggested the introduction of a gas rebate token or similar technical solutions. However, these suggestions pose an additional burden for the technical team. My reasoning is that when weighing the costs of technical implementation against manual processes, the latter may prove more favorable.

Also, based on the observed frequency of proposals over the past three months (averaging three per month), I believe we can continue with manual processing, provided that the DAO has the capacity.

Additionally, I understand that adherence to Ethereum for governance is not set in stone, leaving room to explore other solutions for governance in Layer 2s or off-chain avenues.

I propose operating on a monthly basis rather than any longer timeframe. Delegates may opt to submit their reports over a longer period if they choose, but ensuring that delegates can receive reimbursement on a monthly basis provides all delegates with the opportunity to consistently engage in governance.

This rule is also importnat in ensuring that pending reimbursements do not accumulate year after year.
“any gas fees not claimed over a 12 month period will be automatically forfeited.”

ICYM the Delegates’ call earlier today,

For this gas fee rebates proposal, we discussed that considering its time-consuming nature. It could be beneficial to undertake these rebates every three months. Looking forwards to hearing the opinions of other delegates on this matter.

Additionally, Jana suggested that Tally is actively developing a gasless solution for governance, aiming to address the current challenges associated with gas fees. Therefore, not defining a specific timeframe will allow us to potentially shift towards this new alternative with Tally as these developments unfold.

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I fully support this proposal.

Quarterly gas fee rebates seems a reasonable timeframe to compensate delegates participating in governance, but I agree Tally’s gasless solution can’t come any sooner.

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Thanks Jaf for the suggestion.
I also think that’s reasanoble, the vote on the test proposal cost me around $15 and that can accumulate.

However, I agree with @jf124 to do the rebate / offer claiming not less than every 3 or 6 months, since it’s not that much proposals, manual administration work (mentioned by @coffee-crusher) and the transaction cost for the reimbursement is also something to consider.

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I support this proposal. I do think it needs a few things cleared up first.
How are we funding this?
What budget would this come from, the administrative, protocol grants, or the Rari Chain Sequencer split?
Shouldn’t there be a cap on how much this project can spend? I would like to see the delegates be smart with their gas usage.

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Hello,
At first I also thought that delegates might abuse this tool and spam proposals.
But, taking into account the fact that these will be recognized delegates, it seems to me that this probability is low.
So, I want to support this proposal.

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Thank you everyone for your support to this proposal.

I think we can tackle some of @Firefly808 's questions in the upcoming Proposal review session.

Ideally, the funds should come from the existing budget designated for initiatives such as reimbursing delegators who took part in the delegation incentives program.
Additionally, implementing a cap is worth discussing. With recent spikes in gas prices over the past few weeks, imposing a cap might still result in elevated costs.

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Sounds good to allocate a budget beforehand…

I also don’t think that spamming votes would be a thing, even if it were not recognized delegates, there’s not really something to win from a reimbursement.

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Hey @Jaf thank you for putting this together. It is indeed timely.

Following up from yesterday’s proposal review call, I am confident with going ahead with this.

Question: If we are following the three-month reimbursement model, when do we start tracking? Do we start from the moment cohort 2 went live (start of February)? Or right after this proposal passes Tally?

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Will add these to the topics to discuss with @addie
I believe is after the proposal passes. Will confirm.

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I fully support these proposals. Delegates are currently facing significant challenges due to the consistently high gas fees on the Ethereum network. For instance, during RRC-20 on Tally, we had to spend $50 just to cast a vote. This situation poses a real issue where some delegates may be unable to participate in voting, potentially leading to discrepancies between public expectations and actual outcomes.

Moreover, considering that gasless voting on Tally won’t be available anytime soon, prioritizing the resolution of this issue through Jaf’s proposal should be our immediate focus.

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Why not have the program run for the duration of cohort 2, backdate to the beginning of cohort 2 also

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That makes the most logical sense to me

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