A proposal for shared possession and resilience of Zcash-focused digital properties


Electrical Coin Co. (ECC)  manages various Zcash-focused digital properties, i.e., the z.money web site, the Zcash technical documentation hub, the Zcash Twitter account, and the Cypherpunk Zero web site and belongings. Stewardship of those initiatives is a multidisciplinary endeavor involving content material technique, digital advertising and marketing, internet growth, design, copywriting, group engagement, and extra.

In June, as a part of our efforts to enhance the digital footprint of the Zcash ecosystem and lay a basis for larger group involvement, we launched a redesigned and refined Z.money. Right here’s what we wrote about it:

This web site relaunch is a milestone, but it surely’s additionally merely a begin — a patch of land to develop a backyard. Within the coming months, we’ll start working towards fostering larger group involvement with the final word purpose of transitioning this web site and different Zcash digital properties into shared public items.

As a follow-up to this launch announcement, and Josh Swihart’s current weblog about ECC’s proposals and plans for decentralizing Zcash, the publish you might be studying now could be meant to stipulate a course of (at the least the beginning of 1) to reimagine governance of z.money and different Zcash-focused digital properties.

Our hope is that, along with the bigger Zcash group, we are able to construct and enact a mannequin of communal possession and elevated collaboration — transitioning these digital belongings and instruments into shared public items, with a larger range of contributors and a extra consultant voice for Zcashers in every single place.

Sounds cool, however why?

We imagine making a decentralized possession construction, collectively managed by ECC and certified, unbiased folks and groups is essential for a number of causes, together with:

  1. Guaranteeing the long-term sustainability and resilience of the Zcash challenge
  2. Encouraging range and innovation within the ecosystem
  3. Enabling extra content material, extra collaboration, and a larger attain

Scope of proposal

This proposal encompasses the next digital properties presently managed day-to-day by ECC. For a full breakdown of constituent elements, corresponding instruments/platforms and essential dependencies, please see the addendum. 

  1. z.money area and web site
  2. Zcash Technical Documentation (ReadTheDocs/Gitbook)
  3. Zcash Twitter account
  4. Cypherpunk Zero web site and belongings 

Proposed decentralization course of

Broadly talking, we imagine the trail to decentralization must be incremental and structured as follows. It is a draft, meant to spur dialogue, and we welcome group enter on the method and timeline(s) detailed under.

Section 1 (Aug-Oct 2023)

Set up a transition activity drive composed of ECC representatives and certified group members.

Starting with a proper group utility course of, ECC will create a transition activity drive to contribute concepts and information and oversee the transition. The duty drive must be comprised of representatives from ECC and as much as three key members of the Zcash group. This group of unpaid volunteers might be answerable for prioritizing initiatives, creating the transition plans, participating with the group, due diligence on trademark and authorized implications, and making certain a easy and orderly switch of tasks as applicable. The duty drive ought to replicate the range of the Zcash group, making certain {that a} broad vary of views, geographies, and experience are represented, if possible.

See activity drive choice course of proposal

Section 2 (Nov 2023-Jan 2024)

Develop standards for evaluating potential new possession buildings.

Primarily based on the evaluation and desired traits outlined on this publish, the transition activity drive ought to develop clear standards for evaluating potential new possession buildings for z.money, the Zcash technical documentation hub, the Zcash Twitter account, and the Cypherpunk Zero web site and belongings. These standards will function a foundation for choosing essentially the most appropriate candidate(s), making certain the chosen construction(s) aligns with group values, objectives, and long-term imaginative and prescient. By establishing these standards upfront, the duty drive ensures a clear and goal choice course of that’s rooted in the very best pursuits of the Zcash group.

Section 3 (Feb-March 2024)

Interact the Zcash group concerning construction(s).

To encourage group involvement and enter within the transition course of, the duty drive will clearly talk the specified traits of the brand new possession construction(s). By offering a mechanism for open dialogue and change of concepts, ECC can collect useful suggestions and insights from varied stakeholders, making certain various views are thought of within the decision-making course of.

Section 4 (April 2024 onward)

New construction is finalized; transitioning and monitoring start.

The brand new joint administration construction(s) is finalized and transitioning begins. To information the method, the duty drive and new proprietor(s) ought to develop a transparent roadmap outlining expectations and tasks, together with transition milestones. This roadmap ought to embrace key duties such because the handover or opening up of technical infrastructure and the institution of recent governance mechanisms. By offering a structured framework for the transition, the roadmap can assist guarantee all features of the method are rigorously thought of and managed.

As soon as the transition course of is full, the duty drive ought to formally conclude its work, acknowledging the profitable switch of tasks and belongings to the brand new co-owner(s). Following this, a post-transition evaluate could also be performed to evaluate the general success of the method, determine classes realized, and doc insights for future reference. This evaluate might present useful suggestions for each ECC and the brand new co-owner(s), serving to to tell future decentralization initiatives and make sure the ongoing resilience of the Zcash challenge.

ECC’s suggestions on construction

z.money area and web site:

The just lately redesigned z.money expertise has been modularized to permit for a number of groups to handle varied content material sections of the web site. The related WordPress CMS, instruments, and analytics platforms may be flexibly permissioned based on the wants of the group.

We might ideally prefer to see people or entities collaborate with ECC to handle the content material inside sure modules, such because the Be taught and Ecosystem hubs. 

Instance A: Entity X might handle content material for the Be taught part of the location, whereas Entity Y might individually handle content material for the Ecosystem part. ECC might proceed sustaining the general web site expertise, web site safety, related analytics, and internet growth. Representatives from all entities might collectively sit on an editorial board to make sure cohesive content material technique and constant high quality. Funding might come within the type of Zcash Group Grants, a renewed Zcash Growth Fund, or some mixture of the 2.

Instance B: Entity X might work with ECC to develop translations for z.money content material in languages apart from English. Funding might come within the type of Zcash Group Grants.

Ongoing prices: 

  • Net growth and design presently prices ~$2,500 per thirty days by way of exterior businesses.
  • Website hosting and utility safety value ~$20,000 per yr.
  • Hotjar presently prices ~$250 per thirty days.
  • Ahrefs presently prices ~$199 per thirty days.
  • WordPress plugins value in mixture ~$250 per yr.
  • Google Analytics is free.

Zcash technical documentation administration:

The present Zcash technical documentation is hosted through ReadTheDocs and is in want of updates. Ideally, a separate entity might oversee the platform, independently or together with ECC, with funding from Zcash Group Grants.

Ongoing prices: 

  • Copywriting and group administration sources prices TBD.
  • Internet hosting prices ~$50 per thirty days.

@Zcash Twitter account

We want to see an entity or particular person (apart from ECC) assume social media administration tasks (inclusive of content material technique and manufacturing) for the @Zcash Twitter deal with. Funding might come within the type of Zcash Group Grants.

Ongoing prices: 

  • ~$250/mo for Sprout Social.
  • The price to design visible belongings (ie. animated GIFs and movies).
  • Copywriting and group administration sources.

Cypherpunk Zero web site and NFT belongings

Ideally, the Cypherpunk Zero world may very well be transitioned to an unbiased staff who might facilitate wider group participation and contributions. Maybe this might observe a transition and possession mannequin much like the proposal for z.money. Along with the location and NFT assortment (~2,000 items), ECC has three accomplished comedian e book scripts that should be illustrated and packaged. This challenge was placed on maintain in 2022 for funds concerns. 

Ongoing prices:

  • Net growth and design presently prices TBD (ECC is presently spending $0 per thirty days).
  • Website hosting and utility safety value ~$4,000 per yr.
  • Gasoline charges for switch of NFTs ~10 per asset.

Disclaimer: Any estimated prices are based mostly on present ECC infrastructure and configurations. There are different internet hosting and assist service choices that might trigger the operational prices to be greater or decrease.

Present questions, realities, and constraints

There are a selection of recognized (and unknown) points that we would want to deal with with the assistance of the group. Notably:

  • The best funding supply(s) for entities that assist handle Zcash digital properties is to be decided. Funding might come from Zcash Group Grants, a revised Zcash Growth Fund, or some mixture of the 2. We’re open to ideas from the group.
  • The present Zcash Trademark Settlement and License Settlement might should be amended to accommodate people or entities apart from ECC.
  • Another initiatives (corresponding to Ethereum.org) have the luxurious of counting on giant communities to crowdsource a lot of the day-to-day administration of their digital properties. By advantage of the Zcash group’s small dimension, we imagine a narrower, extra managed administration strategy is required whereas the challenge is in its infancy.
  • The best governance construction is to be decided and should require experimentation.
  • The best position of third events (and the group’s skill to carry them accountable) is one thing that will should be explored and codified by the proposed activity drive.
  • A shared Digital Property Roadmap, Model Information, and Design Ideas (together with content material and model pointers) will should be developed and agreed upon to make sure Zcash is represented in a constant and applicable method.

Different essential concerns:

ECC presently depends on the z.money area as its Google Cloud Supplier main community for various items of important infrastructure (e.g., nodes and construct procedures). Any change of area administration should account for a ~6 month grace interval to permit ECC to transition off the z.money area.

Subsequent steps

In March, we requested that the Zcash Basis present ECC with time and house for group engagement on this subject at Zcon4, with an intent to start strategy and planning efforts in August. That request was formally denied in June (and once more earlier this month), so ECC is planning to host a facet occasion, throughout the Zcon4 dates, and we invite the group to take part. Keep tuned for particulars on time and venue. If you wish to ensure you don’t miss this dialog, be at liberty to e mail me at [email protected], and I’ll maintain you within the loop. We’re excited to listen to from you instantly and to work with certified members of the group on these efforts! 

After this workshop, our hope is to kick off the duty drive choice course of talked about above and detailed right here

Addendum

This proposal encompasses the next digital properties presently managed day-to-day by ECC. Beneath is a breakdown of constituent elements, corresponding instruments and platforms, and essential dependencies. 

Observe: When you or somebody you already know has a dependency that isn’t listed under, please submit this type by Aug 16, 2023.

  1. Z.money area, dependent infrastructure, and web site
    1. Area title registrar (presently through Google Domains)
    2. @z.money e mail (presently through GSuite)
    3. Google cloud providers for essential ECC-managed infrastructure
    4. Z.money web site frontend
      1. WordPress CMS
      2. Instruments and analytics
        1. Hotjar
        2. Google Analytics
        3. Ahrefs
        4. Confirmic
    5. Z.money website hosting (presently through Pantheon)
    6. Z.money web site and utility safety (presently through Cloudflare)
    7. Zcash Enchancment Proposals subdomain (zips.z.money)
      1. Zcash Protocol Specification
    8. zcash.github.io
    9. Technical documentation (ReadTheDocs/Gitbook)
  2. Zcash Twitter account
    1. Instruments and analytics
      1. Sprout Social



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