Please Vote For The Latest Community Superblock: 1123200

Hello Snode owners! It’s time to vote for the latest proposals!

There is a great responsibility for Service Node (Snode) owners to vote either “yes,” or “no,” on the proposals. It cannot be emphasised enough how much the community as well as the Blocknet team relies on Snodes to vote on project proposals to ensure continued funding for development of the Blocknet.

The proposals for superblock 1123200 can be viewed below or on the NEW FORUM forum here. Please note, proposals are being submitted individually so please make sure you scroll down and take your time to look over each proposal. FOR ANY LATE PROPOSALS PLEASE CHECK THE FORUM ABOVE.

In the latest wallet voting is now much easier. Navigate to the proposal area:

Click the “Vote” button for a proposal you wish to vote on and choose “yes”, “no” or “abstain” to vote. (If voting for multiple nodes or a vps, check “Vote many”.)

If using an older wallet, follow the instructions on how to vote for each proposal below.

The latest Superblock details are below in alphabetical order:

Superblock 1123200

Proposal Name: atc-sb1123200-infra Owner: atcsecure 

Cost: 1000 BLOCK

Proposal: Infrastructure costs for Blocknet related services

Previous Work: AWS Env, forum, gitian build system, serverless functions, blockdx related backend functions

Overview: Covers the AWS costs for this month

How to vote:

  • If not voting via the proposal area in the wallet (as described above) you can instead vote using the following method:
  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: atc-sb1123200-infra, type the following command:
mnbudget vote abb1cecae00340cd0be16e65328271c963675ac88c64df6e58578fcbfbdfa015 yes/no
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget abb1cecae00340cd0be16e65328271c963675ac88c64df6e58578fcbfbdfa015 vote yes/no

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Proposal Name: bizdev-1123200 Owner: Mastermind

Cost: 2500 BLOCK

Proposal: Business Development

September Business Development Summary
 Continuing to have conversations in the financial services space with similar feedback that partners are interested but see no urgent need to implement right now. Some banks view this differently (possibly BofA +1 other at the moment) and those are the potential partners that I aim to continue to unearth.

Current pipeline:
 Banking Sector:
 -We received positive feedback from the client from the initial call we had back in June. The client invited us to a second call scheduled for July 30th to speak with their FX team to explore a possible use case.
 -We had our second call with the client on July 30th with their FX team to discuss using Blocknet XRouter functionality. The client inquired about viewing a demonstration of the protocol and the Blocknet development team is working to provide. We are still pending a working demo of the protocol to get back to the client. Expected to get back to the client by with a demonstration in Q4.

-Initial conversation with BofA was positive with the team expressing interest in the project and technology. Continuing to follow up to schedule another call to discuss specific objectives and if blocknet is a possible solution.

Consulting Sector:
 -No deals in pipeline currently

The amount requested for this Superblock is a retainer to begin spending time contributing to this project for the month of September.

Background/Previous Work:
 My background is primarily in technology and banking. In the past, I ran my own technology consulting company and created custom designed software solutions for my clients. I have been involved in Bitcoin since 2011 and have followed this incredibly dynamic industry ever since.

I currently work as an investment banker covering large corporate clients. My primary responsibility is generating new ideas for clients that would be profitable for the bank (business development) with ancillary responsibilities typical of every investment banker (credit and lending, financial analysis, raising capital, M&A, etc).

Strategy:
 Blocknet has a niche, the tech, and an opportunity to take the lead in the interoperability space- but it is abundantly clear that this message has not gotten to the right decision makers at the right companies.

My initial targets will be global financial institutions (Citi/JPM/BAML/HSBC/DB/MS/GS/Standard Chartered/RBC/UBS/Barclays/etc.) and global consulting firms (Bain/McKinsey/Accenture/Boston/Booz Allen/PwC/EY/Deloitte/KPMG).

The rationale behind this strategy is that the top financial institutions and consultants both have the largest companies in the world as their clientele. Their role is to understand their client’s strategy and to help them execute on that strategy, which means they usually have a pretty good insight into what their clients want and what they might need to 1) generate more revenue 2) save time or 3) cut costs.

I have many connections within these companies/sectors and feel confident that I will be able to ignite interest in the project and land our first partnership as a result of my efforts.

The amount requested for this Superblock is a retainer to begin spending time contributing to this project for the month of September.

How to vote:

  • If not voting via the proposal area in the wallet (as described above) you can instead vote using the following method:
  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: bizdev-1123200, type the following command:
mnbudget vote 09909409e5a373799f3cc819cf9be55b60d8c623c04eeb527850a1399bfbe701 yes/no
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote 09909409e5a373799f3cc819cf9be55b60d8c623c04eeb527850a1399bfbe701 yes/no

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Proposal Name: blockdx-jsdev-oct Owner: Hanniabu

Cost: 5000 BLOCK

Proposal: Block DX Dev


Overview:
 Block DX requires continued javascript development, maintenance, and bug fixing. This work is being completed by a js developer that has been working with the team on Block DX since January 2018.

Tasks:

  • Clear inactive orders button
  • Save custom data dirs
  • Active/inactive orders tooltip
  • Bug with pulling in most recent configs
  • Begin localization setup
  • Additional misc bug fixes

Note: The original plan was to move on to market and limit orders. After going into the details when developing the spec we realized some issues that would make it difficult to implement elegantly directly on the front end (in Block DX) and decided it would be better to instead wait for market/limit order functionality to be baked into XBridge. In the meantime, we’ll be working towards additional features like localization (multilingual support) while also making some changes in preparation and inticipation of the market and limit order support.

How to vote:

  • If not voting via the proposal area in the wallet (as described above) you can instead vote using the following method:
  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: blockdx-jsdev-oct, type the following command:
mnbudget vote 3676a13aa8263b1a8d3a7fcfb4c0123c39654b360aae847647c57ebe83d94659
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote 3676a13aa8263b1a8d3a7fcfb4c0123c39654b360aae847647c57ebe83d94659 yes/no

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Proposal Name: buildserver-cost-oct Owner: michael

Cost: 710 BLOCK

Proposal: Build Server

Overview
This build and test server is responsible for auto-generating all of the dev builds for Linux, Mac, Windows and is important for QA testing as well as for validating Blocknet’s code on github. It also allows the community to beta test our upcoming releases.

Builds can be reviewed here:
 https://gitlab.com/blocknetdx/blocknet/pipelines (current wallet)
 https://gitlab.com/blocknetdx/bitcoin/pipelines (new wallet, v18 bitcoin fork)

How to vote:

  • If not voting via the proposal area in the wallet (as described above) you can instead vote using the following method:
  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: buildserver-cost-oct, type the following command:
mnbudget vote 4738521142de35274c2ca434283d7c1f09efd3523264e6f688efcad2028e2d37 yes/no
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote 4738521142de35274c2ca434283d7c1f09efd3523264e6f688efcad2028e2d37 yes/no

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Proposal Name: hanniabu-1123200 Owner: Hanni Abu

Cost: 0 BLOCK (Note: I will be forgoing pay and volunteering for this month)

Proposal: Core Contributions

Previous Work:
 I began contributing in August 2017 when I saw there were areas the project could use help in. The first thing I worked on was an informational website (blocknetprotocol.com) since informational resources we lacking. This led to submitting my first Superblock proposal that next month for further contribution.

Since then I have been responsible for multiple projects and tasks, as well have assisted in others. Some of these items are as follows:

  • API documentation (https://api.blocknet.co/)
  • New configurations file format: https://github.com/blocknetdx/blockchain-configuration-files
  • Compose documentation (https://docs.blocknet.co)
  • Compose content
  • Compose specifications
  • Wallet QA (MacOS)
  • Block DX QA (MacOS)
  • Block DX development
  • Website development
  • Participate in interviews
  • Roadmap discussion
  • Manage and organize files and documents
  • Review announcements and publications
  • Convention prep, attending convention, and followups
  • Newsletter content, review, and submission
  • Article reviews
  • Release announcements, posts, and emails
  • Respond to questions from the community
  • Respond to emails
  • Fill out applications and forms

Below is a list of items I have been working on the past Superblock period.

  • Daily intra-team communication and coordination
  • Reviewed/finalized the newsletter
  • Submitted newsletter email
  • Continued documentation
  • Maintain existing documentation
  • Maintain blockchain-configuration-files
  • Maintain and update bootstrap files
  • Maintain API documentation
  • Block DX QA, release, manage tasks
  • Website planning, content, and development
  • Exchange applications
  • Participate in meetings with contractors

Overview:
 As a core contributor of Blocknet, I take part in many daily tasks that help keep the project running smoothly, as well as larger tasks that move Blocknet forward. Putting in an average 60 hours a week, I partake in projects that build Blocknet’s foundation and assist in other projects in order to help meet objectives. This proposal is for compensation to allow me to continue contributing to Blocknet for the next upcoming Superblock period.

I have a technical background with a degree in mechanical engineering, prior development experience, and have spent a few years a a few early stage startups (pre and post seed round). This experience helps in various aspects of the project including working in a fast-paced environment, wearing multiple ‘hats’, pivoting priorities and tasks, understanding the project technicals and vision, communicating the different components, conveying concepts into diagrams and text, and budgeting and financials.

Attention to detail is another useful trait. When reviewing interface UI and user experience, performing QA, writing specifications and documents, and communicating concepts, this attention to detail is important as it’s typically the intricacies that make a difference.

In addition to daily tasks, the following list are main items I plan to be working on in the following Superblock period. Keep in mind that some of these may not be completed this upcoming Superblock period, may be pushed back due to a change in priority, or may be ongoing long term items.

  • Manage Block DX tasks
  • Continued documentation
  • Continued wallet and Block DX tutorials
  • Continued website development

Note: I will be forgoing pay and volunteering for this month

How to vote:

  • If not voting via the proposal area in the wallet (as described above) you can instead vote using the following method:
  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: hanniabu-1123200, type the following command:
mnbudget vote 82d0748f28a7f1b9db342f4641b11874a15eab077d4a050feb66d699f9975fc5 yes/no
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote 82d0748f28a7f1b9db342f4641b11874a15eab077d4a050feb66d699f9975fc5 yes/no

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Proposal Name: infinity7592-oct19 Owner: Infinity7592

Cost: 375 BLOCK

Proposal: Debugging

  • @ledger:
  • Previous bug investigated and fixed.
  • Working on a python client to communicate with the ledger.

@parser-microservice:
 Remaining to be done:

  • A little more testing is needed
  • Code cleanings are needed.
  • Put on hold for now, to move the ledger instead.

How to vote:

  • If not voting via the proposal area in the wallet (as described above) you can instead vote using the following method:
  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: infinity7592-oct19, type the following command:
mnbudget vote bf8cc94ef06728b47fae910019a55fc69f7f24193f0fdd87c69bfeaa81fb328b yes/no
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote bf8cc94ef06728b47fae910019a55fc69f7f24193f0fdd87c69bfeaa81fb328b yes/no

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Proposal Name: michael-dev-oct Owner: michael

Cost: 14500 BLOCK

Proposal: Core Development

September recap
 In September I implemented the staking protocol upgrade in the Blocknet 3.14.0 wallet release. The staking protocol upgrade successfully occurred on September 23 at 6pm UTC. The purpose of the upgrade was to improve the security of staking consensus algorithm and thwart stake grinding. I also helped release Blocknet wallet version 3.14.0 and Block DX version 1.4.0.
 Regarding the new base chain, I completed the integration of XBridge, which can be reviewed here: https://github.com/blocknetdx/bitcoin/commits/feature-xbridge 1
 XRouter integration is in progress and I estimate that XRouter integration will be completed next week. The latest work on the new base chain can be reviewed here: https://github.com/blocknetdx/bitcoin/commits/blocknet and Testnet builds can be obtained here: https://gitlab.com/blocknetdx/bitcoin/pipelines/

October Development Overview
 The plan for the month of October is to complete all remaining tasks for the new base chain and wallet release. This includes completing the XRouter integration and Wallet Redesign UI integration into the new base chain. These updates will allow us to support enterprise customers and a reliable XRouter 1.0 release.

Core Development task summary:

  • New basechain implementation (COMPLETE)
  • PoS upgrade (COMPLETE)
  • Service Node system (COMPLETE)
  • Governance system (COMPLETE)
  • XBridge (COMPLETE)
  • XRouter, XCloud, Wallet Redesign integration (in progress)

Other tasks

  • Maintenance and bug fixing on existing products (XBridge, XRouter, XCloud, Block DX)

Upcoming XRouter tasks:

  • Nginx support
  • Blocknet Name Service
  • URL plugin type
  • XRouter c++ library
  • XRouter golang library

How to vote:

  • If not voting via the proposal area in the wallet (as described above) you can instead vote using the following method:
  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: michael-dev-oct, type the following command:
mnbudget vote a5fddd44e24bdcfa787a7adb1ef574a5ab3ed8fe27e9508241e167a1aaf70f81 yes/no
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote a5fddd44e24bdcfa787a7adb1ef574a5ab3ed8fe27e9508241e167a1aaf70f81 yes/no

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Proposal Name: proj-costs-1123200 Owner: 86b

Cost: 700 BLOCK

Proposal: Project Costs

Overview:

This proposal is to cover our AWS, cloud services, and MailChimp project costs for this Superblock period. Services include:

  • S3 Data Transfer
  • S3 Storage
  • EC2 costs
  • Various AWS fees and utilities
  • VPS addnode support + testing servers
  • E-mail subscription services

How to vote:

  • If not voting via the proposal area in the wallet (as described above) you can instead vote using the following method:
  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: proj-costs-1123200 type the following command:
mnbudget vote 509b343ee415fa50c5d2f491e52dae14b906074167adfb476c7236910ad9130d yes/no
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote 509b343ee415fa50c5d2f491e52dae14b906074167adfb476c7236910ad9130d yes/no

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Proposal Name: Social_Philip_Oct Owner: Philip Marshall

Cost: 1100 BLOCK

Proposal: Copywriter, Social Media Admin

Previous, Recent and forthcoming tasks:

Overview :

  • Maintain and manage the social media profile of Blocknet on our main website blog pages, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, BTCTalk, Youtube, Medium and other platforms.
  • Ensure communications from the developers and marketing team can be transmitted in a clear and timely manner to the community.
  • Respond to the community.
  • Compile and write regular newsletter and proposal summary.
  • Contribute to various marketing materials and initiatives.
  • Write press releases and news updates.
  • Write and create articles for specific initiatives.
  • Manage, source, correspond and coordinate payments to news and media outlets.
  • Maintain various internal spreadsheets.
  • Participate in strategy discussions as part of the strategy group.

Cost Assessment:

A fixed amount of 1100 BLOCK from Superblock (Plus 10 BLOCK fee) @ $0.90 per BLOCK.

If this proposal passes but is bumped from the Superblock due to there not being enough room, this will be paid out from the Marketing Fund

How to vote:

  • If not voting via the proposal area in the wallet (as described above) you can instead vote using the following method:
  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: Social_Philip_Oct, type the following command:
mnbudget vote ec186da6556f5c013f53929a901afb4c16958404f870a2791a535202f71d11c0 yes/no
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote ec186da6556f5c013f53929a901afb4c16958404f870a2791a535202f71d11c0 yes/no

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Proposal Name: TheVoice-1123200 Owner: TheVoice

Cost: 2500 BLOCK

Proposal: Support, Telegram, and Discord, Real Use Videos, Blocknet Crew media

Previous Work:
 Support, Telegram, and Discord, Real Use Videos, Blocknet Crew media
 Overview:
 Focus on Blocknet Project through support and core team assistance along with regular involvement on any needed core projects. Broaden the use and creation of tools to simplify user ease of use — real use videos for the community. Also building internal community participation in outside media, like but not limited to Twitter and Medium where we have the opportunity to reach people that have little or no knowledge yet of the Blocknet and Blocknet protocols. Encouraging new engagement and adoption organically.

Encouraging growth and opportunity with the development of teams on other communities to build usage of Block DX.

Building up external chain relations through the current set of blockchain peers — ie helping facilitate OTC trading groups.

1 Group has formed in the DIVI community, this is a purely community run initiative by the community members facilitated by myself and another key community member.

The second group in another chain is forming.

I will build a trading video example for this second community.

Building Blocknet Fee faucet for new communities to trade on DX — first-time users. This will be available on Telegram Groups — This bot will be complete by 10/5. It will be an admin only distribution bot. Admins will be community or core and will be trained with me using the DX.

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We will allow users a few trial uses of the Block DX to familiarize them with the process.

Continuing support videos and real-time use videos per the Trello, Community, or Core Needs.

Built the add nodes video that is usable for all GUI wallets.

Blocknet Wallet — addnodes. Windows, OSX and Linux

How to vote:

  • If not voting via the proposal area in the wallet (as described above) you can instead vote using the following method:
  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: TheVoice-1123200, type the following command:
mnbudget vote 258d06749593edad1399cb7acfa218965524ae3d296441163e6b2021cb1eca95 yes/no
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote 258d06749593edad1399cb7acfa218965524ae3d296441163e6b2021cb1eca95 yes/no

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Proposal Name: 86b-1123200 Owner: 86b

Cost: 8020 BLOCK

Proposal: Marketing Flow / Testing

One of the main focuses this upcoming month will be initiating and maintaining a regular news and marketing flow coming from our major platforms. With the new base code on the horizon and many other tasks recently completed that will help us immensely in showcasing our products and services, we are now ready to start drumming up excitement and getting the public, dev community, and Blocknet community buzz flowing. We’ve organized a small team of individuals who are going to help push this initiative, and we also have help from TheVoice’s Blocknet Crew — that anyone is free to join and help out with!

My tasks include:

  • Bitcoin v18 codebase testing.
  • XRouter/XCloud testing and QA.
  • Block DX UI QA.
  • Wallet/Client release QA.
  • Auto configuration (wizard) testing and QA.
  • Testing environments — Installation/config/maintenance/expansion of all relevant systems.
  • Other bug reporting, error tracking, and logging + any other relevant QA tasks with UAT/devs.
  • Partake in any BizDev/partnership discussions with potential partners.
  • Integration strategy — Including future platform investigation/testing within UAT (ETH, EOS and beyond).
  • Product analysis — Related to the areas both the above (external products) and below (our products). Discussions within the team on technical considerations.
  • Assisting in any efforts we make towards pushing awareness of Blocknet throughout the communities of our supported projects and partners, as well as towards fresh eyes, by working with new partners and influencers where advantageous. Co-marketing efforts may be taken up when deemed to be beneficial.
  • Collaborating on content creation for Blocknet’s Social Media, to aid in driving traffic to our site and community channels.
  • Collaborating on other developmental/marketing strategies and initiatives, with both the Strategy group and the team as a whole.
  • Collaborating on the creation and maintenance of documentation: EG Tutorials, resources, informative articles and other content, for both our community and a wider audience.
  • Collaboration and communication with current partners, delegates and other teams we work with.
  • Dealing with any necessary discussions and negotiations undertaken with any other potential partners and third-parties who would like to work with us. EG: Exchanges, dev teams and any other interested parties.
  • Communicating closely with content creators to arrange the creation of works (videos, podcasts, articles), focused on promoting Blocknet to the masses.
  • Coin Announcements lifecycle: from initial integration/QA to community/partner outreach and coordination of announcements/support. Creating ANN media.
  • Helping to support and promote the use of Block DX to communities that are integrated in to our protocol, both old and new. Using raffles, airdrops, tips (etc) as a way to enable people to try the DX using these small portions of BLOCK as trade-fees.
  • Support — Both within the community and also helping out partners who are interested in testing our products.

How to vote:

  • If not voting via the proposal area in the wallet (as described above) you can instead vote using the following method:
  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: 86b-1123200, type the following command:
mnbudget vote dc48b1dbb6d10606be425f1b7b80b483c7668a6ac49b29306ea2fb8ef3fd44c2 yes/no
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote dc48b1dbb6d10606be425f1b7b80b483c7668a6ac49b29306ea2fb8ef3fd44c2  yes/no

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For more detailed instructions see: http://blocknetdx.forumotion.com/t6-blocknet-proposal-introduction-guide

  • An introduction to Superblocks and a guide to submitting and voting for proposals, can be found here.
  • A proposal category was created in the Blocknet Discord for focused and specific discussion of proposals and ideas. Within this category, there is a channel called #anon-snode-feedback for Service Node owners to provide anonymous feedback on proposals.
  • Votes in favor must be greater than votes against by at least 10% of the total number of Service Nodes.
  • The proposals that pass are sorted in a descending order list by the sum of yes votes minus no votes. If multiple proposals have an equal sum of yes votes minus no votes, those are sorted randomly. If there are not enough funds remaining in the Superblock for a proposal to be paid out, it is skipped (not paid out), and the next proposal in the list is checked.
  • Multi-month proposals are voted on each month and are treated in the same manner as normal proposals in the ordered list.
  • There is also something called a ‘final budget,’ which needs to be submitted between 2880 blocks and 28 blocks before the Superblock. By default, Service Nodes automatically vote yes on final budgets. Moving forward, proposal voting will end 2880 blocks before the Superblock since the final budget locks in the proposal vote counts.
  • An introduction to Superblocks and a guide to voting can be found here.
  • In addition, we have created a separate proposal notification email alert reminder that snode owners can sign up for here so they do not forget to vote.(This email is separate to the Word on the BLOCK newsletter email).

PLEASE VOTE ASAP. MANY THANKS!

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