This is a new public goods funding mechanism: a vested split contract which distributes assets to a weighted list of Ethereum protocol contributors, self-curated by its membership. The primary goal is to provide an autonomous incentive tool for the Public Goods, the protocol, and its maintainers.
The Protocol Guild was bootstrapped by Stateful Works and operated by over 110 core protocol contributors, including members from Besu, EF Devops, EF Protocol Support, EF Research, EF Testing, Erigon, Geth, Ipsilon, Lighthouse, Lodestar, Nethermind, Prysm, Quilt, Robust Incentives Group (RIG), Solidity, Status, Teku, and TX/RX.
“And, Ebling, there’s another, greater purpose. Hari Seldon founded two Foundations three centuries ago; one at each end of the Galaxy. You must find that Second Foundation.” Foundation, Isaac Asimov
Sponsor the Pilot¶
We’re running a 1 year Pilot (read more here) to test our assumptions about this mechanism and how to operate it.
Information about the smart contracts and how you can help fund Public Goods and their contributors here.
Table of Contents¶
The Protocol Guild is mechanism that learns and adapts. Be aware that this documentation is regularly updated, including operating guidelines, membership, Public Goods funding context, and more.
- 1. Proposal Rationale
- 2. Tradeoffs of Existing Mechanisms
- 3. Smart Contract Architecture
- 4. Roles & Expectations
- 5. Initial Pilot - 2022
- 6. Guidelines for Regular Operation
- 7. Anticipated Concerns
- 8. Case studies
- 9. Membership
- 10. Resources
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