Decentraland’s DAO is going gas-free in a major release for the popular metaverse. The new DAO uses Snapshot, a gasless voting platform that speeds up transactions and costs infinitely less to run. This allows governance votes to happen more seamlessly, without the extra overhead of the old system.
One big change in the new system is asset wrapping. Users no longer need to wrap their assets in order to participate. The DAO checks each user’s MANA and LAND balance at the time proposals are created. That way, users will have their votes weighted fairly.
Decentraland DAO gets simpler to understand
One of the major improvements made to the DAO is in its design. The new version is easier to handle, from creating proposals to voting on them. Topics are automatically generated and linked from the DAO, making discovery and debate more straightforward.
This kind of refactoring should help Decentraland’s DAO improve communication with its members. DAOs are a tricky concept for many users to understand, and often their presentation makes things worse. Decentraland’s changes in this regard should help ease adoption going forward.
Community Grants on the way
Another major element to the Decentraland DAO revamp is the long-awaited Community Grants. Managed and funded by the DAO, these are ways for the community to support its members. Successful candidates would be given certain rules to follow, and then be awarded MANA.
The Foundation is working to add a simpler interface for requesting grants. As well, efforts are underway to define the size and use cases for any grants. But in the meantime, they have already posted their first proposal for a grants framework, which you can read here.
The Decentraland DAO is proposing splitting grants into categories and tiers to help with adoption. There will be funds spent on content and development that benefit the platform itself. Tiers will be determined by the size of the grant.
Hiccups in the transition
One part of the transition that isn’t quite figured out is Polygon. While Snapshot shares a lot of elements in common with Polygon’s new parallelizing technology, the two systems are not compatible. Because of this, any MANA transferred to Matic/Polygon will not count toward voting power.
Decentraland promises Polygon support will be coming to the DAO soon.
Decentralized platforms governing themselves
While many casual NFT users dislike the idea of DAOs, they are an important part of self-management. The ability to fairly and accurately decide the future of a platform is important for its overall health. A lot of the time, these kinds of ideas are the last to be polished. The technical nature of the features make them too difficult for most users.
The Decentraland DAO improvements can act as a model for other platforms looking to upgrade their experiences. While not as glamourous as front-facing changes, they are vital to health of the ecosystem going forward.