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


Jul 15, 2023
Electrical Coin Co. (ECC) manages quite a few 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, 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 better 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 better group involvement with the last 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 put up you might be studying now’s meant to stipulate a course of (at the very 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 better variety of contributors and a extra consultant voice for Zcashers in all places.

Sounds cool, however why?

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

  1. Guaranteeing the long-term sustainability and resilience of the Zcash venture
  2. Encouraging variety and innovation within the ecosystem
  3. Enabling extra content material, extra collaboration, and a better attain
Scope of proposal

This proposal encompasses the next digital properties presently managed day-to-day by ECC. For a full breakdown of constituent components, 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 needs to 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 software course of, ECC will create a transition activity drive to contribute concepts and information and oversee the transition. The duty drive needs to be comprised of representatives from ECC and as much as three key members of the Zcash group. This group of unpaid volunteers can be accountable for prioritizing initiatives, creating the transition plans, participating with the group, due diligence on trademark and authorized implications, and guaranteeing a easy and orderly switch of obligations as acceptable. The duty drive ought to replicate the range of the Zcash group, guaranteeing {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 constructions.

Primarily based on the evaluation and desired traits outlined on this put up, the transition activity drive ought to develop clear standards for evaluating potential new possession constructions 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), guaranteeing the chosen construction(s) aligns with group values, targets, 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)

Have interaction 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 trade of concepts, ECC can collect useful suggestions and insights from varied stakeholders, guaranteeing 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 obligations, 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 may help guarantee all facets 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 obligations and belongings to the brand new co-owner(s). Following this, a post-transition overview could also be performed to evaluate the general success of the method, establish classes realized, and doc insights for future reference. This overview may 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 venture.

ECC’s suggestions on construction

z.money area and web site:

The 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 will be flexibly permissioned in response to the wants of the group.

We’d ideally wish to see people or entities collaborate with ECC to handle the content material inside sure modules, such because the Study and Ecosystem hubs.
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