# Governance

Pocket Network is a pioneer in a new era of democratically-governed digital public goods. Our Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) means that you, our community, will control all aspects of our protocol and ecosystem.

Pocket uses off-chain governance because it’s the most flexible and future-proof way for us to organize our DAO. For more on our reasoning behind this, check out our Lean Governance Thesis.

To learn how to earn a vote in the DAO and decide the future of Pocket Network, see the section on trophies.

To learn how to submit a proposal to the DAO, see the section on proposals.

All approved decisions get submitted to the blockchain by the Pocket Network Foundation, which is fully accountable to the DAO. To learn more about how this is, read the DAO Constitution and the Foundation’s Articles of Association.

# Proposals

Submitting proposals to the DAO is pretty easy and anyone can do it.

There are 3 types of proposals:

• PIP: Pocket Improvement Proposal
• PEP: Pocket Ecosystem Proposal
• PUP: Parameter Update Proposal

Posting your proposal to Discourse puts it up for consideration and debate by the DAO. To kickstart a vote, you need a voter to submit it to our governance dashboard on your behalf.

## PIP – Pocket Improvement Proposal

Pocket Improvement Proposals (PIPs) include any proposals that aim to level up the Pocket Network ecosystem, through:

• Upgrading the Pocket Network protocol
• Upgrading the governance of the DAO and the Pocket Network Foundation
• Adding/removing permission holders within the existing governance structure of the DAO

PIP votes will last 7 days and pass with Majority Approval (50% yes votes by participating voters) unless otherwise specified in the Constitution.

To submit a PIP, head to the forum here, then click New Topic to generate a template for your proposal.

## PEP – Pocket Ecosystem Proposal

Pocket Ecosystem Proposals (PEPs) include proposals to distribute funds to or form agreements with Contributors to the Pocket Network ecosystem, in the form of:

• Imbursements – payments for future work
• Reimbursements – compensation for previous work
• Bounties – rewards for work that don’t yet have specified workers
• Transfers – transferring funds between DAO-owned accounts
• Agreements – forming new DAO relationships, including non-financial in nature

PEP votes will last 7 days and pass with Majority Approval (50% yes votes by participating voters) unless otherwise specified in the Constitution.

To submit a PEP, head to the forum here, then click New Topic to generate a template for your proposal.

## PUP – Parameter Update Proposal

Parameter Update Proposals (PUPs) include any proposals to modify the value of the protocol parameters.

PUP votes will last 7 days and pass with Majority Approval (50% yes votes by participating voters) unless otherwise specified in the Constitution.

To submit a PUP, head to the forum here, then click New Topic to generate a template for your proposal.

The following parameters are delegated to the Foundation to manage the parameter on the DAO’s behalf:

# Contribute

## How to Contribute

### Submit an RFP – Highlight a Need

An RFP is a Request for Proposal. You would use this when you know that something is needed but you are unsure of exactly what the solution is or are unable to build it yourself. Posting an RFP should serve as a signal to other community members that there might be demand for their contributions.

For example, this Node Deployment Solutions RFP which led to the successful PEP (POKT grant) for an automated deployment tool called Node Pilot.

To submit an RFP, head to the RFP forum category and click New Topic.

### Submit a PEP – Earn a POKT Grant for Your Work

A PEP is a type of proposal that requests a POKT grant from the DAO treasury. You could get a POKT grant for contributions to the Pocket Network ecosystem.

### Submit a PR - Become an Active Pocket v1 Contributor

You can become an open-source contributor by submitting contributions to the Pocket protocol specifications or the main v1 Pocket implementation.

All the issues are documented and tagged on Github, and the “starter task” tag can be used to filter for simpler issues to get you acquainted with the codebase.

All of these contributions are under the MIT license but may be partially rewarded by the scholarship fund. Larger contributions from repeat contributors will be evaluated by the DAO through separate proposals.

In addition to contributing to the future of Web3, you will also get mentorship and experience by working with the core Pocket team, as well as present and discuss your work in our weekly contributor hours.

Check out the #v1-research and #v1-dev channels in Discord to connect with the team.

# Scholarships

The PEP-31 Scholarship Fund was approved by the DAO in June 2022 to allocate an accumulating monthly allowance of 10,000 POKT per month to contributors, students, learners, speakers, educators and others in the Pocket community.

## Recipients

### June 2022

Tyler Kell (@relyt29) is the first recipient of the Pocket Scholarship for his presentation Academic Cryptocurrency Research Space - An Overview, Spring 2022 at Infracon 2022 - Pocket’s inaugral conference.

The slides are available online here and a PDF export is available in the repo here. A sum of 10,000 POKT was awarded in for this work via the following transaction: 6F9EA955FBD509E91B7EC38A6474555E846540090197816A634A03486B133C8C!

# Trophies

The DAO onboarding process has been designed to assign governance powers to the most engaged, knowledgeable, and experienced members of the Pocket Network community.

The steps for obtaining a vote are as follows…

## 1. Get Qualified

First, you need to prove your knowledge of and participation in the Pocket Network by earning trophies.

There are four paths that you can take on this journey:

You will complete a series of quests and report your completion of these quests in the 🏆trophies channel in Discord. Follow the path guides above to see which quests are up next and how many you need to evolve.

Once you have evolved to the 3rd level of any path, you have qualified for a vote in the DAO. Type !qualify in the 🏆trophies channel to obtain the Qualified role.

## 2. Get Verified

If you want to be verified by our existing Voters, and obtain the Verified role, you must do both of the following:

1. Post a selfie to the #✅verify channel holding a piece of paper with your Discord username (e.g. username#1234) and the day’s date
2. Post a message to the #✅verify channel with the following template:

!verify

My favorite thing about Pocket Network:

Why I want to be a Voter:

Once you have done this, if existing Voters are comfortable you are not a malicious agent, they will approve you. If 33% of existing Voters approve you in the next 7 days, you’ll be officially verified and one step closer to obtaining your own vote in our DAO.

Type !claim-vote in the 🏆trophies channel. This will only work if you got both the Qualified and Verified roles.

Then DM jackal to claim your POKTDAO token airdrop (our airdrop bot is currently out of commission).

## 4. Vote and Subscribe

1. Vote in our governance dashboard by connecting the wallet you chose for your POKTDAO airdrop.
2. Subscribe to 📥proposals (click Follow) to make sure you don’t miss anything!

# App Developers

## Netizen

So you want to be a full-fledged Cyberpunk? Joining our elite is not for the faint of heart. You must first prove your worth as a Netizen by completing the following bounty and by providing evidence in the 🏆trophies channel on Discord.

To claim your new Netizen role once you’ve done this, type !become-netizen.

### Gateway

Get a Pocket Portal endpoint and send at least 1,000 relays. You can sign up for a Pocket Portal endpoint here.

## Savant

So you aren’t a poser! Now let’s see if you’re worthy to join the ranks of the Savants. To earn this title, you must complete at least 5 out of 9 of the following bounties, once again providing evidence in the 🏆trophies channel on Discord.

To claim your new Savant role once you’ve done this, type !become-savant.

### Maintenance

Build your own tooling or have an approved PR on existing Pocket-related open-source application tooling.

Participate in load testing nodes with at least 1m relays in Pocket testnets.

### QA

Create or contribute (non-grammatical) improvements to Pocket application technical documentation or open-source application tooling documentation.

### Bootcamp-Dev

Create or contribute (non-grammatical) improvements to a guide on how to use Pocket for other app developers.

### Mentor

Help another app developer get started using Pocket.

### Torrent

This bounty is split into 4 parts, each worth 1 point towards your 5/9 target:

1. Send 2.5 million relays through Pocket Network.
2. Send 5 million relays
3. Send 7.5 million relays
4. Send 10 million relays

## Cyberpunk

Well done Savant, we recognize the trials you have taken on and the skills you have acquired to reach this point. The bounties at this point are the ones that will build lasting resilience and autonomy for the future we seek to create. Complete all bounties from every rank of the App Developer path then submit the !become-cyberpunk command to enter the elite of the elite, the pantheon of Cyberpunks.

### Token-Handler

Build tooling for AAT management and have 3 Verified Savants or Pocket core team members vouch for the tool’s quality.

### Optimizer

Build tooling for optimizing app stake prices and have 3 Verified Savants or Pocket core team members vouch for the tool’s quality.

### Founded

Create or take ownership of an application, SDK, or tool that is vouched for by at least 3 (BrightID) Verified Savants or Pocket core team members.

### Ventured

Submit an application-oriented PEP and receive a POKT grant from the DAO.

# Node Runners

## Nodégé

Greetings aspiring Node Runner, we have heard your call to join us in the battle against the corporate node overlords. In order to earn the Nodégé rank, you must complete 3/3 of the following assignments, providing evidence in the 🏆trophies channel, then submit the !become-nodege command.

### Server

Stake your node successfully in Pocket testnet or mainnet.

### Transmission

Successfully submit a proof transaction in Pocket testnet or mainnet.

### Jailbreak

Avoid getting jailed for 7 days (672 consecutive blocks) in Pocket testnet or mainnet.

Congratulations Nodégé, lesser nodes have not made it this far, we are pleased with your progress. To earn the Nodemad rank, you must complete 5/8 of the following assignments, providing evidence in the 🏆trophies channel, then submit the !become-nodemad command.

### Datacenter

Avoid getting jailed for 1 month (2880 consecutive blocks) in Pocket mainnet.

Submit successful proof transactions of 50k relays in Pocket mainnet.

### Overseer

Help another community member set up their node.

### Toolkit

Build and open source your own tooling or have an approved PR on existing Pocket-related open source node tooling.

### Betakey

Participate in beta testing for a new Pocket Core version and submit the results of at least one useful test, as vouched for by the Pocket Core developers.

### Document

Create or contribute (non-grammatical) improvements to Pocket node technical documentation or open source node tooling documentation.

### Bootcamp-Node

Create or contribute (non-grammatical) improvements to a guide on how to run a Pocket node.

## Node Runner

You’ve proven yourself a key member of our node army. Complete all assignments from every rank of the Node Runner path then submit the !become-node-runner command to cement your legacy in the pantheon of our greatest Node Runners.

### Cloud

Avoid getting jailed for 3 months (8640 consecutive blocks), for at least 5 Pocket nodes, in Pocket mainnet.

### Livestream

Submit successful proof transactions of 1M relays in Pocket mainnet.

### Infrared

Submit an infrastructure-oriented PEP and receive a POKT grant from the DAO.

### Testkit

Participate in beta testing for 3 Pocket Core versions (excluding the one you did for the Betakey quest) and submit the results of at least one useful test, as vouched for by the Pocket Core developers.

### Satellite

Maintain a dispatch node and have 3 Verified Netizens or Pocket core team members vouch that they have included you in their dispatch list.

### Seedbank

Maintain a seed node and have 3 Verified Nodégés or Pocket core team members vouch that they have included you in their seed list.

### Relay-Station

Submit successful proof transactions of 50k relays in all whitelisted RelayChainIDs in Pocket Mainnet.

# Community Shepherds

## Farmer

Namaste aspiring Shepherd, we kindly thank you for your willingness to nurture this community into one that is regenerative and ripe with autonomous agents. While our allies in the Node Runner and App Developer paths are fortifying our outposts and advancing our objectives, the jobs on this ranch serve to replenish our ecosystem. To join the rank of Farmers, complete 6/8 of the following jobs, providing evidence in the 🏆trophies channel, then submit the !become-farmer command.

### Seed-Pouch

Swap the RPC endpoints on your wallets with Pocket. (Find your network information here.)

### Quick-Repair

Highlight (and fix where possible) inconsistencies/bugs or other improvements in Pocket’s website, documentation, social channels or content.

### Bird-Seed

Tweet about Pocket in a meaningful way, retweeted by 3 Verified Shepherd’s or Pocket core team members.

### Swarm

Identify and share 3 relevant (unshared) tweets that other Farmhands can respond to.

### Dogfood

Confirm that you have used two community apps.

### Seedling

Generate 1 unique idea for future iterations of the trophy system.

### Leaflet

Create a Pocket meme and get at least 5 dab reacts from Verified Shepherd’s or Pocket core team members.

### Fertilizer

Purchase Discord Nitro and boost Pocket Network’s community server.

## Shepherd

At this point you have now familiarized yourself with the ways of the Farmers. Your studies at this level will seek to align you more deeply with the vision and mission that has brought us together. Completing 4/6 of the following jobs will earn you a flight to the Shepherd’s station. Provide proof of your work in the 🏆trophies channel, then submit the !become-shepherd command.

Attend a Pocket workshop or community call.

### Biomimicry

Make notes/takeaways from a Pocket workshop or community call.

### Nanobee

Help to organize a Pocket workshop or community call.

### Foraging

Collect and organize user feedback/questions for the Pocket core team.

### Cultivation

Mentor anyone into achieving the Farmer rank.

### Path-of-Least-Resistance

Create educational content for Pocket.

## Regen

“De lo mio”, Shepherd. In our homeland, this term of endearment means “one of mine”. Because you have made it here, we consider you to be one of our closest allies in a mission yet unfulfilled. But there is little time for frivolities, the enemy has expanded into the farthest reaches of Web3 and we must continue to cultivate the lands upon which our node and dev allies will fight them. The work of Shepherds requires the softest of touches, as you will be venturing out to guide others towards the regenerative path of true decentralization. Complete every job in all ranks of the Community Shepherd path then submit the !become-regen command to earn enlightenment in the pantheon of Regens.

### Telepathy

Create meaningful content about Pocket Network, vouched for by 3 Verified Shepherd’s or Pocket core team members.

### Topographics

Translate content on Pocket’s website, blog or docs.

### Wool-Clipper

Successfully onboard an app developer into Pocket Network.

### Shepherds-Crook

Successfully onboard a node runner into Pocket Network.

### Sheep-Dog

Successfully onboard 5 node runners into Pocket Network.

### Seed-Fund

Submit a community-orientated PEP and receive a POKT grant from the DAO.

### Assurance

QA and document a Pocket library, product or pre-release.

# Governor/Contributors

## Biohacker

Greetings fledgling DAOist and aspiring Biohacker. It is now time to augment your skills via the cybernetic system, Pocket DAO, to truly enhance this community’s mission. You will be considered a true Biohacker if you acquire 2/3 of the following augments, providing evidence in the 🏆trophies channel, then submit the !become-biohacker command.

### Anode

Author any successful proposal

Successfully claim a vote.

### Sentinel

Successfully challenge an action.

## Cyborg

We’re impressed with your augmentation capabilities, but to truly become a Cyborg you’ll need to acquire 3/5 of these augments, providing evidence in the 🏆trophies channel, then submit the !become-cyborg command.

### Cybernetic-Arm

Author a successful PIP (independent of the Anode quest).

### Cybernetic-Leg

Author a successful PUP (independent of the Anode quest).

### Implanted-Rebreather

Author a successful PEP (independent of the Anode quest).

### Feedback-Loop

Author a successful constitutional amendment.

### Regulated-Nervous-System

Join the Aragon Court.

## Singularity

So you have ventured where few still dare to go. Your current augments allow for deeply integrated communications with our cybernetic organization. Acquire every augment from all ranks in the Governor path then submit the !become-singularity command and you may just unlock infinite power… The Singularity is near…

### Nanobots

Author 3 successful PEPs (independent of previous quests).

### Machine-Learning

Author 3 successful PUPs (independent of previous quests).

### Artificial-Intelligence

Author 3 successful PIPs (independent of previous quests).

### Quantum-Resistance

Author 3 constitutional amendments (independent of previous quests) or successfully challenge 3 actions.