List of Proposals:
What is a Proposal?
If you have an idea you would like to see ‘come to life’ and it requires resources and funding that is out of scope of what you can justify volunteering, then a proposal to the PIVX Community is likely the best way to make it happen!
We’ve got a process to help involve the community to gather their feedback to ensure your proposal has the best chance of passing, well before it is voted on. The more detail in your proposal, the better, but at the heart of it a proposal is just a statement by you that answers 2 questions for the PIVX community; “What is it going to cost us?” and “What is it going to buy us?”
A lot of the steps shown below are optional, but if you follow these steps, you are most certainly going to save yourself a ton of time.
STEP 1: Discuss it on Discord.
If needed, get an invite to Discord. Join the appropriate channel, introduce yourself, and throw your idea out there. Maybe someone else is already working on the same idea, or it has been tried before. Better yet, maybe there are people who have ideas to add and want to help. A discussion in Discord is the easiest way to leverage the power of the larger PIVX Community. It is in everyone’s best interest that you take advantage of that.
STEP 2: OK. People like your idea. Now what?
Once you think the idea is solid, bring the discussion to the next level at forum.pivx.org in the Budget & Governance Proposals –> Pre-Proposal Discussions category.
By it’s nature, content in Discord doesn’t stick around long. It is a real-time chat system, and finding previously discussed topics can be difficult. The forums provide a more permanent home for your discussion. People can see what was written days ago, and add to that feedback with their own thoughts. When it is time for people to Vote, they won’t be easily able to review comments in Discord. So try to have the main discussion reside in the forums.
STEP 3: Understand the importance of the PPL.
The PPL is the Proposal Promotion Level. It is a guideline to help you understand the value of discussing your proposal in as many different online locations as possible. Social media, online forums, blogs etc. The more complex your proposal, the more locations where you should have the discussion and the longer the duration should be.
Discussions can only help. The more feedback you incorporate into your proposal, the better chance it has to succeed. You want to show you’ve ‘covered all bases’, but you can only do that by tapping into the Swarm Intelligence to figure out what you’ve missed. Don’t worry – missing things is expected. Acknowledging the great ideas from others, and adding them to your proposal, is a great way to gain support when it comes time to ask for votes!
The end result will be that when you do submit the proposal, you will be able to state the PPL value, which will give time stressed people confidence you involved the community, so that they can then vote for your proposal without the need to do their own due-diligence. You will get MORE votes by completing this step, and your reputation will also increase. Further, all it takes is to convince 1 whale that your proposal is worthy and you could get many more votes!
The PPL document is not quite complete yet. However, there is an awesome ‘Explainer’ video that will help you easily understand and follow the intent to dramatically increase the odds your proposal will be accepted. Please watch the short video here.
STEP 4: Finalize your proposal.
We expect to have Proposal Templates available soon. In the mean time, please just follow the format of others already submitted.
STEP 5: Do you have enough time?
Proposal submissions are ‘frozen’ 72 hours prior to the following ‘Super Block’ which happens every 30 days. Depending on your strategy, you may want to submit your proposal late to perhaps grab some funds that have not been requested yet. Typically though, you simply want as much time as possible to get as many votes as possible.
To find out where the current scedule is at, open your wallet, and go to ‘Tools –> Debug Console’ and enter: ‘mnbudget nextblock’ (without the quotes).
Then subtract 4,320 from that number (~72 hrs) to find out the deadline for when the proposals are frozen.
Now go to ‘Tools –> Information’ to get the ‘Current number of blocks’.
So we have; Next Block – 4,320 – Current blocks = Blocks from now to the deadline.
For example; 648,000 – 4,320 – 625,332 = 18,348 blocks to the deadline.
Since a block = ~1 min, that is 305.8 hrs from now (May 2, 2017 at 3:13 PM EST) or May 15th at 9:00 AM approximately with things finalized 72 hrs later.*
Now that we’ve forced you to read all that, if you want to take the easy route, just check the ‘Super Blocks Schedule’ here.
*Note superblock time and date are for the example only.
STEP 6: Submit your Proposal to the Blockchain.
Note that there are 2 fees involved with submitting a proposal. It is perfectly acceptable to include reimbursement of those fees as part of the funds you are requesting.
The first fee is the ‘Proposal Submission Fee’ of 50 PIV and is paid regardless if your proposal is accepted or rejected. Of course, if your proposal is rejected, you won’t get reimbursed for it. That’s another reason to follow all the above steps!
The second fee is the ‘Proposal Activation Fee’ of 5 PIV which is paid to the developer to activate your accepted proposal. This is not for the developer personally. You will pay that amount to the developer, and the developer will then submit it to the system. This fee is only paid if your proposal is accepted, and assuming you asked for reimbursement in the proposal, you will be refunded for it.
The steps to officially submit your proposal are detailed in the instructions here. Please feel free to ask for help to complete them. The Discord #support channel is your best bet.
STEP 7: Don't stop now!
Everyone is busy. It is so easy to get side tracked and forget. So, now is the time to head back to each of those online locations and social media outlets, where you were discussing your proposal and let everyone know it is submitted and ready for them to vote on. Make sure to continue to monitor all those channels, because now that people have their ‘finger on the vote button’, you want to be prompt to answer any last minute questions they have.
STEP 8: How to Vote.
When you remind people your proposal is ready for them to vote – please point them to this ‘How To Vote’ post. PIVX is new to many people and most of them have not voted before. After you’ve done it once, it is easy to do. But without a helping hand, many people who want to vote for your proposal might set it aside to do later, and then never get back to it. So, offer to help them vote!
Oh – and don’t forget to vote for your own proposal if you can.
STEP 9: View the lists of proposals.
STEP 10: Wait for the vote to finalize.
If you have done all the above well, and received little to no ‘resistance’ to your proposal, then you can reasonably expect it to be accepted. But, even good proposals can be ‘bumped out’ when there are many other great proposals fighting for limited funds. Keep working hard to make sure everyone’s questions are answered etc. to get those votes!