An issue was recently identified with the ‘Conflicting Votes’ process defined in the FOX Governance Process. If passed, this proposal will address the issue by updating the ‘Conflicting Votes’ instructions.
The FOX Governance process currently includes the following instructions for how to handle Conflicting Votes:
“From time to time there may be conflicting proposals. To avoid issues, the Ideation phase can also serve as time for anyone to list their preferred alternative option on the forum. Each proposal on an associate topic will have a [TOPIC] block placed in its title.
After that time, a formal proposal will be put forward including all options available to move forward with that received majority support in Ideation.
This will ensure that everyone has the ability to surface their preferences while keeping decision timelines reasonably short.”
Fun fact: this language was forked from Gitcoin DAO’s Governance Process
However, ShapeShift’s governance process differs from Gitcoin’s in that there is a mandatory 3-day phase prior to the Ideation phase known as Incubation.
Recently, while SCP-131 was in Ideation, a counter proposal, SCP-128, was submitted to the Incubation stage. By the time SCP-131 had passed Ideation, SCP-128 had not yet been submitted to Ideation. This begged the question as to whether SCP-131 could proceed to the official voting phase or needed to wait to see if SCP-128 entered and passed Ideation so the Conflicting Proposals process could be applied. In this case, the proposer of SCP-131 kindly agreed to wait for SCP-128 to go through Ideation, but noted that the Conflicting Votes process should be amended to prevent indefinite delays in the future.
This proposal updates the language of the Conflicting Votes section of the FOX Governance Process to prevent indefinite delays in the Governance Process and to provide clear guidance to the community for when a counter proposal must be submitted in order for the Conflicting Votes process to apply.
If this proposal is passed, the Conflicting Votes section of the FOX Governance Process will be updated to the following:
Conflicting proposals are proposals that are active at the same time and address the same issue or are mutually exclusive.
In the case of a conflicting proposal, the Ideation phase can also serve as time for anyone to list their preferred alternative option on the forum. For the Conflicting Proposals process to apply, counter proposals must be complete the Ideation stage no less than 5 days after the original proposal. Because the governance process for the original proposal is already in progress, counter proposals may skip the Incubation stage go straight into Ideation.
Each proposal on an associated topic will have a [TOPIC] block placed in its title.
After that time, a formal proposal will be put forward including all options that received majority support in Ideation. This ensures that everyone has the ability to surface their preferences while keeping decision timelines reasonably short.
The proposed improvements to the Conflicting Votes section provide necessary clarity and time constraints.
If the proposed amendment to the Conflicting Votes process is implemented, any valid counter proposals will be able to delay any proposal that passes Ideation for up to 10 days. The reasoning behind this is to provide a reasonable time frame for counter proposals to be submitted and move through the minimum 8-days for Incubation and Ideation without delaying proposals indefinitely.
It’s important to note that the current process lacks any clear time requirements for when a counter proposal must be submitted nor conclude Ideation.
For: Amend the Conflicting Votes process
Against - Do not amend the Conflicting Votes process