How do DAO proposals work?

Bring your best concepts to life through detailed proposals and get consensus through on-chain community voting.

While proposals are not planned as part of the v0 DAO launch, we would like to provide some information on the current roadmap and future releases. 

The Star Atlas DAO will use POLIS Improvement Proposals, or PIPs, to provide information to the Star Atlas community about proposed new features, processes, or experience changes to the Star Atlas metaverse. Authors provide concise technical specifications and rationale for a feature while building advocacy within the community through engaged discussions.

In general, the PIP drafting and approval process likely will involve the following steps, subject to change and improvement based on input from the community:

  • Ideation:  A member of the Star Atlas community -- even a non-voter -- discusses an idea for a PIP with input received from discussion with the community.  A PIP may concern any potential change within the jurisdiction of the Star Atlas DAO, such as a decision to deploy some portion of the Star Atlas DAO's treasury for an ecosystem development grant.
  • Drafting:  The author drafts the proposal in accordance with a format that has been pre-approved by the Star Atlas DAO.  PIPs shall provide concise technical specifications and rationale for a change to the ecosystem.  The PIP author is responsible for building consensus in the community, documenting dissenting opinions, and shepherding the PIP through the entire process. PIPs may be a simple signaling memo to approve the text of the PIP, or they may include a number of on-chain Solana instructions to be executed after approval by the electorate.
  • Initial Review:  The Star Atlas Council leads an initial review process.  The Star Atlas Council is an elected body of representatives of the community charged with ensuring that PIPs are consistent with the Star Atlas Constitution, which is a governing document setting forth first principles important to the Star Atlas community.  The content of the Star Atlas Constitution and the membership of the Star Atlas Council are to be determined by the Star Atlas DAO.
  • Revision:  The community member revises the proposal based on feedback from the Star Atlas Council and the community.  Review and revision are an iterative process.
  • Initial Approval:  The Star Atlas Council determines when a proposal is ready for submission to the electorate--at which point the proposal formally becomes a PIP.
  • Advancement:  The PIP is advanced to voting via activation by a governor with a requisite amount of voting power.  PIPs undergo an activation delay of 48 hours, after which they can be voted on.
  • Voting:  The full Star Atlas DAO votes on the PIP.  The PIP is approved only if both quorum and threshold voting minimums (as assigned by the Star Atlas DAO) are met.  Voting lasts for two weeks.
  • Execution:  48 hours after a successful vote, the Star Atlas Foundation, an independent body charged with following the will of the Star Atlas DAO, executes an approved PIP and, if necessary, implements the PIP directly as a legal entity.  If a PIP is impossible or dangerous to implement (e.g., if it contains a malicious or illegal instruction), the Star Atlas Foundation may appeal to the Star Atlas Council and the Star Atlas DAO to reconsider the PIP.  The Star Atlas Foundation does not have unilateral authority over the Star Atlas DAO, the on-chain governance mechanism, or the treasury.

At launch, and by design, ATMTA, Inc. is the only participant with sufficient voting power to advance PIPs to a full vote. ATMTA, Inc. also holds Emergency Override authority over the governance mechanism, to be used only in an emergency to protect the Star Atlas DAO and the community (such as following the discovery of an exploit or vulnerability). ATMTA, Inc. shall lose this controlling power and Emergency Override authority once the Star Atlas DAO has reached a sufficient level of maturity, sustainability, and decentralization.