Polkadot Governance News #16 MAR24: OpenGov Drama Continues

Welcome to Polkadot Governance News #16 MAR24. If you follow OpenGov drama closely, you might notice that there are several controversial referenda. One of the most discussed ones was surely ref. #507 — Polkadot Community Workspace NYC by Transistor, which finally didn't pass.

Since the start of the Decentralized Voices (DV) program, none of us delegates on Polkadot nor Kusama thought it would be an easy task. But with higher amounts demanded, responsibility rises even more. Pressure from public agents, entities who submit proposals, and those smoking guys in the shadows, put even more emphasis on the correctness of the decision-making process, which includes precise due diligence.

Smoking guy, The X Files

But one thing is clear now. The diversity of opinions that graduated with Kukabi’s statement is a really good thing. Not just in the DV program, but in OpenGov structures overall. We learn from ourselves and also from others, and that makes us better at what we are doing. Despite dozens of hours of due diligence, discussions, and constant pressure, we keep on track and evolve. Our voices cannot be stopped. Voila!


  1. Referenda Digest
  2. Community Spotlight
  3. Polkadot Forum View
  4. Final Word, Meme Time

1. Referenda Digest

1. Polkadot Referenda 584: Polkadot Blockchain Academy — Wave 5 — Singapore

  • The Polkadot Blockchain Academy is a program that helps people learn about Polkadot.
  • The program will happen from May 20 to June 20, 2024 at the National University of Singapore.
  • 90 people will be able to attend in person, and 50 to 100 people will be able to attend remotely.
  • Requested amount: 167k DOT.

Polkadotters opinion: AYE. We’re all in for the Polkadot Blockchain Academy because let’s face it, where else can you find such a powerhouse of developer education and community integration? The impact speaks for itself — graduates are not just launching projects on Polkadot, they’re practically recruiting an army of brilliant minds to fuel our beloved ecosystem.

2. Polkadot Referenda 560: Polkadot Hydration: Treasury LP

  • HydraDX aims to enhance liquidity by leveraging 1,000,000 DOT from the Polkadot treasury.
  • The funds will remain under the control of the Polkadot Protocol and OpenGov.
  • Requested amount: 1M DOT.

Polkadotters opinion: AYE. It’s a good strategic move to deepen DOT liquidity of HydraDX Omnipool, that will benefit users the most. And in a decentralized manner, when those funds will remain under the control of the Polkadot Protocol and OpenGov.DeFi on Polkadot

3. Polkadot Refernda 539: Polkadot Asia Developer Community Expansion for 1 Year Operation

  • OneBlock+ aims to sustain the Polkadot developer community program throughout 2024, targeting over 10,000 developers in Asia.
  • Their strategy includes promoting Polkadot technology, providing developer support, organizing technical events, and offering educational courses.
  • Requested amount: 39,3k DOT.

Polkadotters opinion: NAY. We believe, that using marketing bounty, events bounty or some Asian bounty with trusted curators would make more sense than submitting a separate proposal.

2. Community Spotlight

In the community spotlight, we focus on important members of the Polkadot ecosystem commenting on actual referenda.

In this edition, we got Shawn Tabrizi, an OG in the crypto space and the member of Polkadot Fellowship. He gave us his view on ref. 584,

Referenda 584 summary: The Polkadot Blockchain Academy, scheduled from May 20 to June 20, 2024 at the National University of Singapore, aims to educate 90 in-person individuals plus 50–100 remote participants about Polkadot to enhance its development.

Shawn Tabrizi: The Polkadot Blockchain Academy is a well-regarded hub for developer education worldwide, with graduates already making positive contributions to our ecosystem through new projects and knowledge sharing. Despite my involvement as an instructor, student testimonials highlight its significant value, with a conservative estimate suggesting a substantial return on investment for the community. AYE!

3. Polkadot Forum View

1. Mythical Games and Polkadot

This forum post describes the partnership between Mythos Foundation, Mythical Games, and Polkadot, which could be a game-changer for gaming on Polkadot.

The point of discussion is that Mythos Foundation Switzerland proposes that 1,000,000 DOT from the Polkadot treasury should be allotted towards a token swap for an equivalent amount of MYTH tokens to fuel community engagement.

Mythical Games’ transition to the Polkadot ecosystem underscores Polkadot’s technical prowess and sets a precedent for cross-industry collaboration, showcasing Polkadot as a superior platform for innovative blockchain applications, including gaming.

2. AssetHub vision

Alice_und_Bob started a discussion about AssetHub’s evolution into the go-to platform for user onboarding, token integrations, and asset-based interactions within the Polkadot ecosystem.

AssetHub should be an entry gate for newcomers and developers. By prioritizing AssetHub over the relay chain for user onboarding and ensuring the broad availability of parachain tokens, AssetHub streamlines integration processes for CEXes, DEXes, and wallets, promising a more user-friendly and efficient experience for all stakeholders.

4. Final Word, Meme Time

Did you know there is a ROOT referendum #487 for a new Polkadot Ambassador Program, trying to establish a new squad of Head Ambassadors? The point is…there is already an Ambassador Program containing a bunch of Head Ambassadors, so…what can we expect?

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