Please Vote For The Latest Community Superblock

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 820800 can be viewed below or on the forum here. Voting will close at Block 817920, but your node must remain active until block 820800 for your vote to count. Please note, proposals are being submitted individually so please make sure you scroll down and take your time to look over each proposal.

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 820800

Proposal: BlockDX MarketMaker (Dan)

Proposal: atc-mm-sb820800

Summary:

Bringing liquidity to BlockDX is critical for its adoption. The MM strategy will also include arbitraging against other exchanges (both cex/dex). There are no “start-up” costs associated with this proposal.

Market Maker (MM) for BlockDX markets:
– ltc/block
– ltc/dash
– ltc/sys
– ltc/digi
– ltc/doge
– ltc/pivx

Proposal url: https://bit.ly/2Xt7A9t

Cost Assessment: Total: 635 BLOCK (Costs $1800 per month)

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: atc-mm-sb820800, type the following command:
mnbudget vote 97c7fd1fa84b042734107348f33d0ee8b8eed1ca5a385c6dcbe82182a0b99263 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 97c7fd1fa84b042734107348f33d0ee8b8eed1ca5a385c6dcbe82182a0b99263 yes/no

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Proposal: Community Projects Appreciation Fund

Proposal: CommProj-820800

Summary:

This is a proposal to send a little love to some of our community contributors. These guys have created some invaluable tools used by both the team and the community, so we’d like to propose that a donation is made via the Superblock, in the name of the community as a whole. Rather than donating from the Community Funds, as has happened in the past, we felt that the decision and support coming directly from our community would make the appreciation of their efforts that much more apparent and meaningful.

Proposal — 100 BLOCK each to:

Proposal url: https://bit.ly/2Eqt9hY

Cost Assessment: Total: 300 BLOCK (+ 10 Block fee)

If this proposal passes but is bumped from the Superblock due to there not being enough room, this will be paid out from the Burn/Community Funds.

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: CommProj-820800, type the following command:
mnbudget vote 4583b5a0403f6655e9d44336ccdfed5642ed61cbba3a7bc44f9e0f0740952bcf yes/n
  • If voting with multiple node, you can use “mnbudget vote-many….”
  • If voting from the terminal, type in the following:
blocknetdx-cli mnbudget vote 4583b5a0403f6655e9d44336ccdfed5642ed61cbba3a7bc44f9e0f0740952bcf yes/n

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Proposal: Core Development (Michael)

Proposals: michael-dev-mar / blockdx-js-dev-mar / buildserver-cost-mar 

Proposal: michael-dev-mar

February Recap / Summary:
The main focus of the month is fixing XRouter and working towards an official beta launch. If you would like to see progress, please visit https://github.com/BlocknetDX/blocknet/commits/fix-xrouter Current tasks include improving XRouter connection handling, fixing the fee system, adding multi-threading, fixing the custom plugin system, improving the XRouter wallet connections, and many additional performance improvements and bug fixes. The goal is to wrap up XRouter beta in March.

Ongoing Tasks:

  • XRouter Beta development (handoff from previous team and bug fixes)

Other tasks:

  • Improved handling of pending orders affected by a Blocknet client is shutdown and restart
  • Refundable trade fees (for failed orders)
  • Wallet Redesign UI fixes & improvements
  • Development discussions

Proposals url: https://goo.gl/vzZ2jv

Cost Assessment: Total: 5700 BLOCK. 

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: michael-dev-mar, type the following command:
mnbudget vote e16e1e197a4a19dacb17bb206ffedfb1edd9461d6d9d8764a01ab42d671d6e4b 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 e16e1e197a4a19dacb17bb206ffedfb1edd9461d6d9d8764a01ab42d671d6e4b yes/no

Proposal: blockdx-js-dev-mar

Summary:

This proposal is for funding javascript development on Block DX.

Upcoming Tasks:

  • Fix copy/paste issues
  • DX setup fixes
  • General settings screen updates
  • Performance improvements
  • Ongoing dev on bug fixes

Proposals url: https://goo.gl/FiZWkg

Cost Assessment: Total: 1710 BLOCK

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: blockdx-js-dev-mar, type the following command:
mnbudget vote 4a8b2fdc9b442372d665140736525c23501580478319697e186bbb4a0ae7452f 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 4a8b2fdc9b442372d665140736525c23501580478319697e186bbb4a0ae7452f yes/no

Proposal: buildserver-cost-mar

Summary:

This build and test server is responsible for auto-generating all of the dev builds for Linux, Mac, Windows and is extremely 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.

Proposals url: https://goo.gl/gdsYEL

Cost Assessment: Total: 310 BLOCK

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: buildserver-cost-mar, type the following command:
mnbudget vote 9e01c4b2971728b22dad76d7e59e46b6003bb53632f6c2478cba51daef0686e1 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 9e01c4b2971728b22dad76d7e59e46b6003bb53632f6c2478cba51daef0686e1 yes/no

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Proposal: Core Infrastructure (Dan)

Proposal: atc-dev-sb820800

Summary:

Server costs:

  • Gitian build system
  • Seed nodes mainnet
  • Seed nodes testnet
  • Forum

Current costs avg $500 per month for server hosting, and maintenance.

Additional tasks:

  • updating build pipeline to include sha256 sums
  • maintain/update new dx forum

Proposal url: https://bit.ly/2Ua1sRm

Cost Assessment: Total: 175 BLOCK

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: atc-dev-sb820800, type the following command:
mnbudget vote eee3f86d94f929e7fd4429c41474fe2d6cebf995f78d8dcb54c2db9933bc1ce0 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 eee3f86d94f929e7fd4429c41474fe2d6cebf995f78d8dcb54c2db9933bc1ce0 yes/no

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Proposal: hanniabu-820800 (Hanni)

Summary:

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.

Background
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.

Past Contributions
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
– Release announcements, posts, and emails
– Respond to questions from the community
– Respond to emails
– Fill out applications and forms

Past Month
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
– Coordinate with exchanges and services for wallet update
– Continued documentation
– Continued tutorials
– Maintenance of blockchain-configuration-files repo
– Task management of Block DX improvements
— — Manage priorities
— — Write up tasks/specs
– Review articles being prepped
– Assist UAT team with marketing efforts

Agenda
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 or may be pushed back due to a change in priority.

– Continued documentation
– Start looking into translation integration
– Continued wallet and Block DX tutorial videos
– Javascript library for generating, checking, compiling, and searching configs (lower priority)

Work has begun on these items with the plan to release a majority of it throughout the next month. There has been some delay on this to put focus on administrative and marketing tasks.

Proposal url: bit.ly 2BVOBLB

Cost Assessment: Total: 3900 BLOCK (@~$2.90 BLOCK)

As a retainer to continue contributing to this project, the above amount is requested for this Superblock with payment to be made out of the community funds if the proposal passes but is bumped.

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: hanniabu-820800, type the following command:
mnbudget vote 72068922956d949261cdefc0c1621e8cade8f61086bcfc77fe85bd917c0b2f1a 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 72068922956d949261cdefc0c1621e8cade8f61086bcfc77fe85bd917c0b2f1a yes/no

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Proposal: hanniabu-laptop (Hanni)

Summary:

This proposal is to cover the costs of a computer which would enable me to work more efficiently and add more value to the project. The benefits of this are:

  • Less wasted time performing QA tasks. The computer I currently use has difficulties running multiple programs and consistently lags, for example when trying to run 2 wallets and Block DX at the same time.
  • A high resolution screen with the ability to scale down to lower resolutions is useful in QA and development to test how the UI looks for users of various resolutions.
  • Less wasted time performing development tasks as compiling would be significantly faster. It would also lower the barrier for starting development on the wallet where currently it would take extensive amounts of time to compile the wallet for testing.

Proposal url: bit.ly 2BVavi0

Cost Assessment: Total: 1200 BLOCK 

As a retainer to continue contributing to this project, the above amount is requested for this Superblock with payment to be made out of the community funds if the proposal passes but is bumped.

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: hanniabu-laptop, type the following command:
mnbudget vote a8d36ae85a5b4e9a4864ac538b3e2f169189436f172f719fcfbc7c61f794073d 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 a8d36ae85a5b4e9a4864ac538b3e2f169189436f172f719fcfbc7c61f794073d yes/no

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Proposal: Infinity7592 (Infinity)

Proposal: infinity7592-mar19

Summary:
A bug regarding the tx broadcast still unsolved. Still investigating.

Proposal url: https://bit.ly/2GY6QEm

Cost Assessment: Total: 375 (+ 10 BLOCK fee)

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: infinity7592-mar19, type the following command:
mnbudget vote 40bfc9c4a662340f22c4f89f2b218f26cec3d5b59afd774c856208e5b3845e8c 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 40bfc9c4a662340f22c4f89f2b218f26cec3d5b59afd774c856208e5b3845e8c yes/no

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Proposal: Social Coordinator (Philip)

Proposal: Social_Philip_Mar

Summary:

Ongoing tasks:

  • Maintain and manage the social media profile of Blocknet on 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.
  • 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.
  • Participate in strategy discussions as part of the strategy group.

Recent and forthcoming tasks

  • Now that Coin announcements have resumed, I am working with the UAT team and representatives of various tokens regarding the scheduling of announcements and the creation of new Coin Hub pages moving forward.
  • The regular Token/Coin recap articles have now resumed in conjunction with the next phase of Block DX token announcements.
  • 4 articles have been written and an in-depth DX comparison chart has been created in preparation for the Block DX marketing push. Some articles have now been reviewed but are still awaiting links to “how to” videos that are integral to the articles. The comparison chart has has some new additions which are also awaiting review.
  • Since the departure of the marketing director and co-brand lead, I am now responsible for an estimated 90% of the current social media output across Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, BTCTalk, Instagram, and Medium.

Proposal url: //goo.gl/AHNQM1

Cost Assessment: Total: 275 BLOCK (2.3 BLOCK per hour / 4 hours per day @ $3.00 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

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: Social_Philip_Mar, type the following command:
mnbudget vote 54d73bbca7431d6674c10e0f4fe9ed9299bba4e21fcfeea653dde4470c8b1de6 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 54d73bbca7431d6674c10e0f4fe9ed9299bba4e21fcfeea653dde4470c8b1de6 yes/no

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Proposal: UAT Team (Team consists of 86b, aderks, and Fattox.)

Proposal: UAT-820800

Summary:

Foreword:
Below is a non-exhaustive list of tasks we will aim to spend our time on. Some tasks will take priority over others, based on many variables, but we will aim to cover both ‘roles’ in a efficient and sufficient manner, based on what makes the most sense at the time. Please be aware that due to the necessity of managing our time and prioritising these tasks, based on how critical they are, it may not be possible to address every single point listed below. But rest-assured, our team will aim to work in a way which is the most optimal and beneficial to the project, at any given time.

Role #1 — UAT/QA/Integrations:

  • Support services
  • Integration strategy
  • Product analysis
  • Bug reporting, error tracking, and logging
  • Collaboration with other projects and teams
  • New coin integration, confirming, and corresponding QA
  • Genesis testing
  • Exploit checks
  • Communicating with partners and project delegates
  • XRouter testing and QA
  • Block DX UI QA
  • Wallet release QA
  • Auto configuration testing and QA

Role #2 — Marketing:

  • Coin Announcements lifecycle: from initial integration/QA to community/partner outreach and coordination of announcements/support.
  • Helping to support and promote the DX to communities that are integrated in to our protocol, both old and new.
  • Pushing awareness of Blocknet throughout the communities of our supported projects and partners.
  • Creating content for Blocknet’s Social Media and driving traffic to our site and community channels.
  • Collaborating on the creation and maintenance of documentation: EG Tutorials, resources, informative articles and other content, for both our community and a wider audience.
  • Dealing with the necessary communication and discussions with any potential partners and third-parties who would like to work with us. EG: Exchanges, dev teams, projects and any other interested parties.
  • Collaborating on other developmental marketing strategies and initiatives, with both the Strategy group and the team as a whole.
  • Approaching communities within the space of Ethereum to pre-ignite the awareness and benefits of our ability to host a decentralized alternative to Infura, amongst our node networks.
  • Aiming to increase the amount of pairs available to trade via Block DX, by helping to increase the node support and maker bots available on those newly supported chains.

Proposal url: http://bit.ly/2TpAOqk

Cost Assessment: Total: 7800 BLOCK (+ 10 BLOCK fee)

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: UAT-820800, type the following command:
mnbudget vote 3759355b0a3ca2c6288c4effd53d27224cb64f916cbf1ae50f657ec75c9d854f 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 3759355b0a3ca2c6288c4effd53d27224cb64f916cbf1ae50f657ec75c9d854f yes/no

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Proposal: UAT Team Physical Machine & Equipment

Proposal: uat-equipment

This proposal is being made to both upgrade existing physical equipment and add new equipment to aid UAT, integration, and QA tasks. This equipment’s goal is the beginning part of the process of completely phasing out all AWS and other cloud testing environments, ultimately cutting costs over time for the project while also saving us a ton of time spent starting and stopping VPS’s and fighting inferior specs to cut costs.

Purpose and details of equipment:

  • Increase storage space on existing machines
  • Increase RAM on existing machines
  • Build 1 new machine with the goal of it dedicating 24/7 services to other projects and groups testing on it
  • These specific equipment upgrades will help sustain the demands of both geth and Parity full archival nodes and data requests for ongoing testing

Proposal url: http://bit.ly/uat-equipment

Cost Assessment: 1260 BLOCK

How to Vote

  • Open wallet and go to Tools > Debug Console. The debug console will open in a new window.
  • To vote for Proposal: uat-equipment, type the following command:
mnbudget vote-many 7e1b67d512a8fffcf824ca3295ee8be310f4cb7b89aeab8665be845e5e1e6a64 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-many 7e1b67d512a8fffcf824ca3295ee8be310f4cb7b89aeab8665be845e5e1e6a64 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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