January 2023 GMC Call for Retrospective Award Applications - Deadline is January 15th

This thread is for applications for retrospective awards (award for work completed prior to January 1, 2023) as part of Rocket Pool’s January 2023 (Round 1) retrospective awards. Please only post retrospective award applications in this thread. If you would like to discuss and/or ask questions about any applications you see in this thread, we ask that you do so in this separate forum thread which has been established for all community discussions related to this round of applications. Only those retrospective award applications that are posted in this thread and timestamped by January 15, 2023 at 23:59 (11:59 PM) UTC will be considered.

Also please note that the below application was edited to turn it into a copy/paste format on January 5th. Applications submitted previously are not expected to re-submit in the new format.

To guide you in your application, the GMC has established the following goals and the following scoring rubric:

GMC Goals

Grants, bounties, and retrospective awards should make it easier and/or more attractive to do one or more of the following:

become a node operator

operate a node, mint rETH

hold or use rETH

improve the quality of life for the protocol and its community.

Retrospective Award Rubric

The Retrospective Award rubric involves scoring the following question on a 1 to 5 scale:

To what extent did the proposed and completed project further the GMC goals?

Note: if the project is ongoing, the retrospective award is given for work completed prior to the current award period, with any future awards for the same project expected to compete in the Grants category and as a separate application.

Retrospective Award Application

Please copy paste the template below into a reply. Answer the questions there, entering N/A where appropriate:

##Retrospective Award Application
##Retrospective Award

###Who is the proposed retrospective award recipient?

###What specific project or work is the retrospective award in recognition of? Please detail what the project or work entailed and the duration over which it took place.

###Are the subjects of this award entirely open source ([MIT](https://opensource.org/licenses/MIT), [GPL](https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.en.html), [Apache](https://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0), [CC BY](https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) license or similar)? If not, which parts will not be, why, and under what license will they be published?

##Benefits - enter N/A where appropriate

###How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to stake ETH for rETH?

###How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help rETH holders?

###How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to run a Rocket Pool node for the first time?

###How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people already running a Rocket Pool node?

###How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help the Rocket Pool community?

###How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help RPL holders?

##Payment

###How much RPL is the applicant requesting be awarded to the recipient?

##Conflict of Interest

###Does the person or persons requesting the retrospective award have any conflicts of interest to disclose? (Please disclose here if you are a member of the GMC or if you have nominated a member of the GMC for this retrospective award).
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Retrospective Award

Who is the proposed retrospective award recipient?

ramana.eth

What specific project or work is the retrospective award in recognition of? Please detail what the project or work entailed and the duration over which it took place.

Project: rocketarb

Details:

Are the subjects of this award entirely open source (MIT, GPL, Apache, CC BY license or similar)? If not, which parts will not be, why, and under what license will they be published?

Yes

Benefits - enter N/A where appropriate

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to stake ETH for rETH?

By facilitating node operators to capitalise on the rETH premium by creating more minipools, thereby bringing the premium down and making rETH cheaper to acquire.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help rETH holders?

N/A

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to run a Rocket Pool node for the first time?

By helping them take advantage of the market premium for rETH by creating minipools, capturing a profit that has in practice covered all their transaction fees plus more.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people already running a Rocket Pool node?

N/A - or same as above if they create more minipools

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help the Rocket Pool community?

N/A - unless you mean it makes Rocket Pool look cool

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help RPL holders?

N/A

Payment

How much RPL is the applicant requesting be awarded to the recipient?

I have no idea what to put here. So far 220+ ETH has been captured by NOs using rocketarb, and the recipient has spent in the range of 10-100 hours on it.

Conflict of Interest

Does the person or persons requesting the retrospective award have any conflicts of interest to disclose? (Please disclose here if you are a member of the GMC or if you have nominated a member of the GMC for this retrospective award).

The recipient is not a member of the GMC.

The recipient has received ad-hoc donations from users and community members for this work, and has paid some of the early beta testers.

Other people have contributed to rocketarb’s success through marketing, support, and writing the Docker mode.

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Retrospective Award Application

Please answer the following questions, entering N/A where appropriate:

=== Retrospective Award ===

Who is the proposed retrospective award recipient?

Beaconchain.eth (0x9d4e94db689bc471e45b0a18b7bda36fccec9c3b)

What specific project or work is the retrospective award in recognition of? Please detail what the project or work entailed and the duration over which it took place.

Integration of rocket pool into beaconcha.in, an open source web and mobile app. This integration included the development of a general overview page on the beaconcha.in website, a dedicated tab on the validator page, a dashboard in the mobile app, and the implementation of rocket pool notifications (such as updates for new smartnode releases and collateral status).

In addition to that, users can monitor their staking machine activities (CPU, Storage, RAM) on the mobile app by using the API endpoint integrated into the smartnode stack.

The integration started as early as Rocket Pool testnets.

Are the subjects of this award entirely open source (MIT, GPL, Apache, CC BY license or similar)? If not, which parts will not be, why, and under what license will they be published?

GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 3

Web: eth2-beaconchain-explorer/LICENSE at master · gobitfly/eth2-beaconchain-explorer · GitHub

Mobile App: eth2-beaconchain-explorer-app/LICENSE at main · gobitfly/eth2-beaconchain-explorer-app · GitHub

=== Benefits ===

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help rETH holders?

N/A for now (integration of rETH staking into our dashboard is in the backlog)

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people already running a Rocket Pool node?

First, it allows minipool operators to easily track their staking performance, including RPL rewards, smoothing pool status, and collateral information. Additionally, users will receive notifications through the mobile app if any manual action is required to ensure the continued success of their minipool. This will provide users with a convenient and user-friendly way to manage their staking operations and stay informed about the status of their minipools.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help the Rocket Pool community?

I am only going to mention Rocket Pool focused improvements. The general improvements of an explorer and how it affects Rocket Pool users are quite obvious.

a. Integration to other explorers may become easier since the beaconcha.in integration is done and publicly available to other services.
b. Keep track of governance votes and oDAO members
c. Community events on the graffiti wall :slight_smile:

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help RPL holders?

N/A

=== Payment ===

How much RPL is the applicant requesting to be awarded to the recipient?

The estimated cost for the integration, which required a significant amount of research, was approximately $50,000. This would translate to a cost of 2347 RPL at the current rate of $21.3 per RPL.

.=== Conflict of Interest ===

Does the person or persons requesting the retrospective award have any conflicts of interest to disclose? (Please disclose here if you are a member of the GMC or if you have nominated a member of the GMC for this retrospective award).

Beaconcha.in is part of the oDAO.

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##Retrospective Award Application
##Retrospective Award

###Who is the proposed retrospective award recipient?

The proposed recipient is waqwaqattack for recording Rocket Fuel episodes.

###What specific project or work is the retrospective award in recognition of? Please detail what the project or work entailed and the duration over which it took place.

Waqwaqattack released over 100 episodes of the Rocket Fuel show via YouTube video and Podcast. The work started in August 2022 and is ongoing.

Rocket fuel was a daily update of everything happening in the Rocket Pool community. It primarily recapped news from the Rocket Pool Discord’s Trading channel, but it also pulled in information from a wide range of sources including Twitter, Reddit, and other places.

###Are the subjects of this award entirely open source (MIT, GPL, Apache, CC BY license or similar)? If not, which parts will not be, why, and under what license will they be published?

This work was not open-sourced, but it can be made it available under CC if needed.

##Benefits - enter N/A where appropriate

###How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to stake ETH for rETH?

Rocket Fuel was a crucial information source for people wanting to learn about what they can do with their rETH and why rETH is better than competitors. I frequently shared information about price premiums/discounts as well as gave information about the best mediums of exchange.

###How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help rETH holders?

I frequently shared information about using rETH in DeFi.

###How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to run a Rocket Pool node for the first time?

It gave people information on the Rocket Pool ecosystem and community which helped them reach a more informed decision about staking.

###How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people already running a Rocket Pool node?

Rocket Fuel shared information about the latest updates in software, protocol changes, etc.

###How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help the Rocket Pool community?

The Rocket Pool ecosystem and community thrived over the last six months. It was incredibly difficult for an individual to be current on everything happening in the community. Simultaneously, being up-to-date was extremely desirable for community members due to their significant financial investments. Rocket Fuel provided a daily summary of all activities in the ecosystem. It became an anchor of the community.

###How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help RPL holders?

Rocket Fuel shared news about things that impact RPL holders.

##Payment

###How much RPL is the applicant requesting be awarded to the recipient?

Waqwaqattack is requesting 310 RPL per rewards cycle over 6 cycles for a total retroactive grant of 1860 RPL.

##Conflict of Interest

###Does the person or persons requesting the retrospective award have any conflicts of interest to disclose? (Please disclose here if you are a member of the GMC or if you have nominated a member of the GMC for this retrospective award).

Waqwaqattack is a member of the GMC

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Retrospective Award

Who is the proposed retrospective award recipient?

0xFornax

What specific project or work is the retrospective award in recognition of? Please detail what the project or work entailed and the duration over which it took place.

This proposal is to reward work done on the smartnode and smartnode-install projects from Jul-22 to Jan-23, consisting of 19 PRs (12 merged and 7 being reviewed).

The main goal was to help Joe focus his time on the most significant RP features while Fornax worked on other features and community requests.

The work includes the implementation of ENS and Snapshot integrations and adding more metrics to Prometheus and Grafana. Also, Fornax actively searches and fixes bugs related to issues reported on #support. For a detailed list of the work see:

https://github.com/rocket-pool/smartnode/pulls?q=is%3Apr+author%3A0xfornax+

https://github.com/rocket-pool/smartnode-install/pulls?q=is%3Apr+author%3A0xfornax+

Are the subjects of this award entirely open source (MIT, GPL, Apache, CC BY license or similar)? If not, which parts will not be, why, and under what license will they be published?

Yes, all work was done under the GPL license.

Benefits

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to stake ETH for rETH?

N/A

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help rETH holders?

N/A

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to run a Rocket Pool node for the first time?

The work consisted of Smartnode new features and bug fixes improving the user experience for both new and current users and making the software more robust.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people already running a Rocket Pool node?

The work consisted of Smartnode new features and bug fixes, improving the user experience for both new and current users and making the software more robust.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help the Rocket Pool community?

Fornax’s work benefits the Rocket Pool community by implementing community requests and helping Joe focus on big RP features. Searching and fixing bugs also helps the whole community to have a more robust solution.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help RPL holders?

N/A

Payment

How much RPL is the applicant requesting be awarded to the recipient?

The work was done over the course of 7 months, requiring at least 70 hours, for which Fornax suggests 70 RPL.

Conflict of Interest

Does the person or persons requesting the retrospective award have any conflicts of interest to disclose? (Please disclose here if you are a member of the GMC or if you have nominated a member of the GMC for this retrospective award).

OxFornax has no conflicts of interest.

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Retrospective Award Application for Clear Minipool Queue Contract

Retrospective Award

Who is the proposed retrospective award recipient?

It is me. My address is rocketscan.eth.

What specific project or work is the retrospective award in recognition of?

Back when the deposit pool was constantly empty there was a queue of minipools waiting to get matched with 16 ETH from the deposit pool. When there was a large ETH deposit it took a while for all ETH in the deposit pool to get assigned to minipools in the queue. I developed, tested and deployed a contract that allowed someone to volunteer to pay gas to clear the queue in one transaction. I also personally paid gas to clear 285 minipools.

It’s deployed on mainnet at 0xd95c1b65255eb69303c0159c656976389f8da225.

You can see usage statistics on Rocketscan.

It’s been integrated into the official Rocket Pool website.

Are the subjects of this award entirely open source?

The contract source code is licensed under GNU General Public License v3.0 or later (GPL-3.0-or-later).

Benefits

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to stake ETH for rETH?

It sometimes freed up space in the deposit pool for others to deposit their ETH.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help rETH holders?

n/a

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to run a Rocket Pool node for the first time?

n/a

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people already running a Rocket Pool node?

Their minipools left the queue and became active quicker.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help the Rocket Pool community?

At one point the contract was used to clear the remaining full (32 ETH) minipools which had been stuck in the queue for months.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help RPL holders?

n/a

Payment

How much RPL is the applicant requesting be awarded to the recipient?

I spent 0.4 ETH on gas to deploy the contract and clear 285 minipools. I sometimes sold my RPL to get ETH to pay for gas.

I’m asking for 30 RPL as reimbursement.

Conflict of Interest

Does the person or persons requesting the retrospective award have any conflicts of interest to disclose?

I am a Rocket Scientist.

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Retrospective Award Application for Rocketscan

Retrospective Award

Who is the proposed retrospective award recipient?

It is me. My address is rocketscan.eth.

What specific project or work is the retrospective award in recognition of?

Rocketscan is a Rocket Pool explorer. It’s like Etherscan but for Rocket Pool.

It was launched on December 31, 2021 and has been continuously updated ever since. You can see how it evolved over time in the changelog. I’ve spent the last months working on several features (like attestation performance, alternative treegen implementation, Atlas support) that are not live yet and not in the changelog.

I’ve also footed the hosting bill which is €110 (~$120) per month.

Are the subjects of this award entirely open source?

It is not open source.

Some components (like the contracts library, my treegen implementation, beacon indexer) will be open sourced under the Apache 2.0 license.

Benefits

How did the project help people looking to stake ETH for rETH?

  • Deposit pool page
  • Top rETH holders on Ethereum, Optimism, Arbitrum, Polygon
  • Uniswap v3 prices and liquidity on Ethereum, Optimism, Arbitrum, Polygon
  • Supply growth over time
  • rETH/ETH ratio over time
  • rETH mints & burns

How did the project help rETH holders?

  • rETH trades on Uniswap v3 on Ethereum, Optimism, Arbitrum, Polygon
  • Address page with rETH holdings and transfers

How did the project help people looking to run a Rocket Pool node for the first time?

  • Minipool queue page
  • Deposit pool page

How did the project help people already running a Rocket Pool node?

  • Minipool details page
  • Node details (incl. beacon chain balance)
  • Pending minipools and their launch timeouts
  • Smoothing pool overview
  • Smoothing pool rewards share
  • Proposals and MEV
  • Sync committee

How did the project help the Rocket Pool community?

  • Protocol statistics like avg commission fee, avg collateralization
  • DAO member list, proposals and votes
  • DAO settings
  • Snapshot voting power, delegations and votes
  • TVL
  • Execution & consensus as well as smartnode client version distribution
  • Rocketscan’s overview helped prevent some minipools from being dissolved

How did the project help RPL holders?

  • Top RPL holders in one table (old RPL and new RPL)
  • Uniswap v3 prices, liquidity and swaps
  • Address page with RPL holdings and transfers
  • RPL inflation statistics
  • RPL migrations

Payment

How much RPL is the applicant requesting be awarded to the recipient?

Whatever you think is fair.

Conflict of Interest

Does the person or persons requesting the retrospective award have any conflicts of interest to disclose?

I was sponsoring Invis’s node for rocketwatch for a few months, he’s a member of the GMC.

rocketscan.eth has received a 200 RPL donation from poap.eth and a 300 RPL donation from a community multisig also funded by poap.eth via superphiz.eth (Ken is a GMC member and a signer of this multisig). There have been a bunch of smaller donations in RPL and ETH as well.

I am a Rocket Scientist.

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Retrospective Award Application

Retrospective Award

Who is the proposed retrospective award recipient?

jasperthefriendlyghost.eth

What specific project or work is the retrospective award in recognition of? Please detail what the project or work entailed and the duration over which it took place.

This reward is in recognition of the business development, marketing, and community education work I did for Rocket Pool. My focus will be my efforts in launching rETH’s largest integrations – namely Curve (convex/yearn), MakerDAO, and Ribbon Finance. Further, I have played a key role in enabling conversations around the Chainlink Oracle, Aave, and Eigenlayer.

Putting a time-value on all this is difficult as I have been doing this on-and-off starting Nov 2021 by helping AmethystWizard create a new Maker Improvement Proposal that included information MakerDAO Collateral Engineering wanted. The MakerDAO process required substantial backchannel communication so that rETH would be prioritized. With the help of industry leaders, I began a group to push for rETH’s adoption.

Launching the Curve pool for rETH/wstETH was far quicker, but required more detailed work. The original idea belongs to Marceau, however, I helped flesh it out. I figured out what contract calls needed to be made in order for our pool to be live and for the full stack to work (Curve/convex/yearn). I worked with Knoshua and others to determine what the ideal parameters of the pool ought to be. Further, I acted as the intermediary when discussing bribes with Tetranode. In addition, I was instrumental in popularizing the tweet with my very popular article One Pool to Rule Them All. I followed this article up with a Safe Aping guide so that users would not get rekt by slippage or arbitrage bots.

For Ribbon Finance, I was the first point of contact and helped convince the Ribbon team that it was worthwhile to integrate rETH. To accompany the rETH covered call vault’s launch, I hosted educational Twitter Spaces and posted threads on how options work so that users could make informed decisions with their rETH.

For Chainlink, I have organized substantial back-channel communications including reaching out to protocols to see if they would benefit from the integration. Beyond what’s written here, I have connected the core RP team with numerous other teams who have reached out to me or I to them, including minor projects like xToken or Vendor Finance, and at least one major protocol that has not been fully explored yet.

In terms of marketing, I was a driving force behind starting the weekly Twitter spaces. In total, I have 6 Rocket Pool tweets that have >400 likes with the most popular having >800, Several of my tweets and threads during the Curve pool launch amassed >500 likes and >150k views each. The impact at the time on the DeFi ecosystem was clear as rETH was featured in memes posted by popular accounts like DegenSpartan as well as featured in numerous podcasts. When the incentive committee began its rollout, my thread announcing the program received 416 likes and just under 100k views. The list continues but these are the largest early posts. My Twitter presence has been crucial for each integration Rocket Pool has onboarded for education and for market penetration.

In 2022 I posted approximately 2000 times. My average monthly impressions from Feb-Dec were 391k, peaking at 973k views and 55.2k profile visits in April of 2022.

For reference, since mainnet launch, the official Rocket Pool Twitter has only had 2 tweets just barely crossed 400 likes. The RP_intern account, though wonderful, also only has 3 posts >100 likes. Only Superphiz and Marceau were other major presences. I believe this will quickly change, however, I include this metric to show that my Twitter presence was filling a large void through most of 2022.

This was approximately 10-20 hrs/week throughout 2022.

Are the subjects of this award entirely open source (MIT, GPL, Apache, CC BY license or similar)? If not, which parts will not be, why, and under what license will they be published?

Everything is public except for some privileged communications.

Benefits - enter N/A where appropriate

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to stake ETH for rETH?

For most of Rocket Pool’s mainnet history, the most liquid place to buy rETH was the Curve pool. It accounted for >50% of trade volume until August of 2022. Volumes during the launch of the pool were the highest rETH has ever experienced, in ETH or USD terms. The launch began a new parabolic growth era for Rocket Pool, going from 57.3k rETH on 3/09 to 81.7k rETH just one month later. Even now, with no incentives, the pool accounts for 5% of trade volume. The Curve pool allowed many more people to safely enter and exit rETH positions than otherwise would have been possible. It would not be many months until the pDAO began its own incentive campaign.

My marketing material has brought rETH to an audience that may otherwise not have known about it.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help rETH holders?

The Curve pool quickly gained dense liquidity. Dense liquidity is the key requirement for many types of DeFi integrations. In an early MakerDAO assessment, liquidity was cited as a chief concern. Many integrations that happened were thus accelerated by the Curve pool.

The MakerDAO and Ribbon vaults are the largest sinks for rETH in DeFi currently. MakerDAO allows people who want to maintain their rETH position take loans and pay bills. This is a huge piece of user experience. The Ribbon vault allows deposits in ETH and so it creates natural demand.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to run a Rocket Pool node for the first time?

My writings have brought Rocket Pool to people who may have never heard of it.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people already running a Rocket Pool node?

During protocol votes and governance changes, I have used my Twitter account to spread the message and boost voter engagement. This is also true of regular updates such as Rocketarb. At first, only those in Discord close to Ramana used it, however, I popularized it on Twitter and helped bring attention to the opportunity.

Further, the Ping Server keeps node operators aware of breaking news in Rocket Pool ecosystem. I have sent >800 pings to the server, which used to be the best aggregator of Rocket Pool news prior to Rocket Fuel.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help the Rocket Pool community?

By expanding the natural drivers for rETH, the community has been able to grow faster and onboard more users. Further, each integration connects our community with another protocol’s community. The above answer also applies.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help RPL holders?

-N/A-

Payment

How much RPL is the applicant requesting be awarded to the recipient?

I am requesting 50 wks @ $100/hr @ 10hrs/wk for $50k, or 2k RPL for each of Marketing, Biz Dev, and Education, for 6k RPL in total. I would be happy to have the rewards vest over a year.

Although large in size, I believe I have contributed far more in value in each distinct category. I essentially launched our Twitter presence, worked on every major DeFi integration, and have written several major educational essays.

Conflict of Interest

Does the person or persons requesting the retrospective award have any conflicts of interest to disclose? (Please disclose here if you are a member of the GMC or if you have nominated a member of the GMC for this retrospective award).

I receive a 9 RPL/week stipend and am going to be on the upcoming oDAO RS node. I have received several gifts from Superphiz/Patricio/others.

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Retrospective Award Application

Retrospective Award

Who is the proposed retrospective award recipient?

The StakeRocketPool team is the proposed award trustee, but not the beneficiary. The beneficiary will be the UltraSound.Money team to fund their mission as a public good for our ecosystem.

This campaign is proposed by the StakeRocketPool team that is lead by Kent Phillips (@Kentphilly) and Matthew Bergwall (@mattbergwall). The team runs three mini nodes today @ stakerocketpool.eth, and our website is StakeRocketPool.xyz.

What specific project or work is the retrospective award in recognition of? Please detail what the project or work entailed and the duration over which it took place.

We started in 2022 by producing educational content and publicly supporting Rocket Pool community. We are requesting support for a future charity campaign with UltraSound.Money that we started in 2022. Will the oDAO consider donating the RPL required to launch an LEB node for the UltraSound Money team?

First the education we created in 2022. StakeRocketPool published three articles on our Blog to help spread education regarding Rocket Pool and decentralized Ethereum.

  • List item RocketPool Empowers A Decentralized Ethereum - mirror.xyz/stakerocketpool.eth/vnP4BiYot9MGPCOrP55esPGxXSB-bWWZw8SH6yyRZCA

  • List item Why Decentralization Matters and How RocketPool Helps - mirror.xyz/stakerocketpool.eth/G31odJ3Wh2lwZSuVYbaMI8gC5yBqyh_2_mzJ1AG3G_I

  • List item The Endgame - Liquid Staking Derivatives (LSDs) and rETH- mirror.xyz/stakerocketpool.eth/SgqYMyT5N0JOvU-hgW5dP_996ThMmTjRAy5XbI6tDes

StakeRocketPool has also donated a Rockeeter NFT for the raffle of the RocketFuel’s 100th show.

The UltraSound Money LEB campaign will be a gift to help connect our communities and to give a donation to fund their future efforts as a public good for the EVM ecosystem. Let’s unite our communities around our upcoming LEB mini node launch by fundraising to give their team an LEB node (8 ETH + 2.4 ETH in RPL).

Our team would like to run the campaign, provide POAP NFTs, and support the education and integration of the :bat::loud_sound:and :rocket: communities.

We minted 100 POAP “ULtraSound Money X Rocket Pool” NFTs to reward community participants for this campaign (app.poap.xyz/admin/events/93722)

How we give out these POAPs is TBD, but could be for donating, sharing, or helping connect our communities via a new Twitter Handle :bat::loud_sound::rocket:, or something valuable from the oDAOs perspective.

This campaign has not yet started and is the reason we are applying for a grant. The granted RPL will be used in conjunction with the POAP NFTs to incentivize onboarding into the RPL ecosystem.

Are the subjects of this award entirely open source? If not, which parts will not be, why, and under what license will they be published?

StakeRocketPool has pledged that all of our resources & content will remain open source forever. Any new content or resources we offer will be open-source as well.

Benefits - enter N/A where appropriate

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to stake ETH for rETH?

We have focused on supporting and promoting the use of the RocketPool protocol for staking Ethereum. We have published educational content to help guide Ethereum investors looking to stake via rETH. We have measurable increased the rETH holders by 3 addresses (not great, but something).

Additionally, we have published a blog post about “Liquid Staking Derivatives (LSDs) and rETH” which has provided further information and guidance to people looking to stake ETH for rETH.

The UltraSound Money LEB campaign will help spread content and buzz to Ethereum investors who are aware of Rocket Pool but don’t yet fully understand or haven’t decided to support yet via acquiring rETH.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help rETH holders?

The educational content This can increase the value of the rETH ecosystem by bringing in new participants and increasing the size and strength of the network. By promoting the use of rETH and supporting new members as they join the network, StakeRocketPool has helped to increase the value of the rETH ecosystem and contribute to its growth and success.

The UltraSound Money LEB campaign will grow narrative around rETH as the best Ethereum LSD which could increase the premium on rETH to NAV.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to run a Rocket Pool node for the first time?

Our efforts have helped people looking to run a RocketPool node for the first time by providing them with information and resources about the RocketPool network and how to participate in it.

Education is the first hurdle before investors become comfortable to decide to run a RocketPool node.

We believe that by educating more people about the value proposition of RocketPool nodes, we will be able to see a few new nodes activated beyond the one node for the UltraSound.Money team.

The UltraSound Money LEB campaign will create one new LEB node for sure. Additional first-time nodes will likely increase once the threshold is lowered 50% for the ETH required to self-host.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people already running a Rocket Pool node?

Our efforts may have indirectly benefited people already running a RocketPool node by helping to grow and strengthen the network. The stronger the network the better for node operators (like ourselves).

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help the Rocket Pool community?

The UltraSound Money LEB campaign is intended to help grow organic marketing that Rocket Pool is #1 staking provider and to support the UltraSound Money’s mission as a public good organization supporting Ethereum’s decentralized growth.

By incentivizing community members to participate in this campaign ahead, we are helping to grow and develop the RocketPool community through increased engagement and support for important Ethereum communities.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help RPL holders?

By incentivizing community members to participate in this campaign, we are helping to grow and develop the RocketPool community through increased engagement and support for important Ethereum communities.

Supporting Ethereum’s status as a premium asset could directly positively impact the RPL token’s value. The more individual investors who put a premium on Ethereum, the more investors will value RPL’s value offering, and our efforts to support these communities can help contribute to this.

Payment

RPL

How much RPL is the applicant requesting be awarded to the recipient?

535 RPL ~ 10.4ETH to donate to Ultra.Sound money LEB8 mini node campaign.

The RPL will be held in a Gnosis Safe that will be funded by StakeRocketPool. The ETH and RPL raised from the campaign will go directly into the Safe wallet. The Safe wallet (multi-sig)will have the objective of donating 100% of net funds (minus gas costs) going to Ultra.Sound Money’s support of the Rocket Pool ecosystem.

The Safe wallet will have 5 signers; 2 from Rocket Pool oDAO, 2 from UltraSound Money, and 1 from StakeRocketPool.

Conflict of Interest

N/A. We are not and have not been paid or incentivized to support Rocket Pool.

Does the person or persons requesting the retrospective award have any conflicts of interest to disclose? (Please disclose here if you are a member of the GMC or if you have nominated a member of the GMC for this retrospective award).

We are not members of the GMC today nor are we paid to support the Rocket Pool community in any way. We hope to join the oDAO in 2023.

Thank you for your consideration.

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Retrospective Award Application

Retrospective Award

Who is the proposed retrospective award recipient?

vacalaranja.eth

What specific project or work is the retrospective award in recognition of? Please detail what the project or work entailed and the duration over which it took place.

The project is the RPL-bot on discord. I started working on this project in early July 2021, because the old bot only supported uniswap-v2 and RPL liquidity was migrating to uniswap-v3. The bot launched in August and over time the scope of the project grew. Now it has sandwich and arbitrage detection, CoWswap address resolution, summaries for Kraken and Coinbase RPL trades and supports both the old and new versions of the RPL token. It is the main oracle for RPL dollar price and ETH ratio on discord, the /ratio command alone having thousands of requests. I still regularly make additions and do maintenance on the bot, constantly listening and engaging with community requests.

Are the subjects of this award entirely open source (MIT, GPL, Apache, CC BY license or similar)? If not, which parts will not be, why, and under what license will they be published?

Yes, it’s totally open source under GPL 3.0 and available on GitHub.

Benefits - enter N/A where appropriate

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to stake ETH for rETH?

N/A

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help rETH holders?

N/A

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to run a Rocket Pool node for the first time?

N/A

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people already running a Rocket Pool node?

N/A

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help the Rocket Pool community?

This project evolved from a simple bot that kept up with uniswap transactions to include several other commands that were requested by community, such as /when for the schedule of reward’s intervals and important protocol upgrades. Some of those commands helped establish the early culture of #trading channel, providing memes and entertainment with commands such as /smoigel, /wen, /catjam, and /jam, or the special adada.eth swaps. It also created unique moments such as the breaking of the /wall that were originally made for pure entertainment, but in the end probably influenced some of the big buys.

Testimonials:

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How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help RPL holders?

Mostly by giving them information about the market by displaying the large buys and sells. It also has easily accessible information for potential investors (/rpit), and statistics for the two large centralized exchanges that have added RPL (/coinbase and /kraken). This bot also helps RPL holders keep track of whale movements, increasing accountability and community engagement.

Payment

How much RPL is the applicant requesting be awarded to the recipient?

I have spent a lot of time building this as a work of love, but I don’t know how to appraise it’s value. I think 500 RPL is a fair amount.

Conflict of Interest

Does the person or persons requesting the retrospective award have any conflicts of interest to disclose? (Please disclose here if you are a member of the GMC or if you have nominated a member of the GMC for this retrospective award).

I have no conflicts of interest. Twenty community members have made donations to the bot totaling 70 RPL, 0.385 ETH, 45 USDC and 18.5 MATIC.

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Retrospective Award Application

Please answer the following questions, entering N/A where appropriate:

=== Retrospective Award ===

Who is the proposed retrospective award recipient?

halzen.eth (0xa2AdFf4401813bC9bdDcA5011C7dCCA6b646055b)

What specific project or work is the retrospective award in recognition of? Please detail what the project or work entailed and the duration over which it took place.

Writing and supporting the OP grant proposal which led to the Rocket Pool DAO receiving a payment of 600,000 OP tokens (the value fluctuates, however at today’s value of $1.70 per OP this amounts to $1,020,000 USD), for the purpose of promoting rETH adoption and liquidity on Optimism L2.

Additionally, throughout the process I solicited feedback from the community, engaged ecosystem partners such as solarcurve from Balancer, and coordinated discussions (relying on the expertise of our brilliant community) which ultimately informed the strategy for Optimism liquidity on L2. My efforts in coordination helped to expedite progress with the proposal and allowed it to be included for consideration in the last voting cycle for Season 1 of OP Governance (before the Optimism DAO was taking an additional 3 week break between grant seasons). These efforts likely supported the success of the proposal and enabled the Rocket Pool DAO to receive the OP tokens and commence the liquidity program sooner than it otherwise would have.

Whilst the proposal was being reviewed, I monitored and responded to essentially all unanswered comments and questions from delegates on the Optimism DAO forum, the Rocket Pool DAO forum, Optimism discord, and Rocket Pool discord. When necessary, I solicited further feedback from the Rocket Pool community and relayed this back to delegates.

The process predominantly occurred across approximately 7 weeks between late June 2022 and early August 2022.

Are the subjects of this award entirely open source ( MIT, GPL, Apache, CC BY license or similar)? If not, which parts will not be, why, and under what license will they be published?

N/A

=== Benefits ===

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help rETH holders?

My efforts described above supported the Rocket Pool DAO to receive 600,000 OP tokens (or $1,020,000 USD at $1.70), for the purpose of promoting rETH adoption and liquidity on Optimism L2. This allowed the Rocket Pool DAO to commence a liquidity incentives program on Optimism and attract deeper liquidity, allowing smaller holders to acquire rETH on L2 without burdensome gas fees, and facilitating larger rETH trades on Optimism with minimal slippage. The increased liquidity promotes rETH adoption and enables possibilities for further defi integrations across the Optimism ecosystem.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people already running a Rocket Pool node?

A healthy balance between rETH and NO demand is required for Rocket Pool growth and adoption, and the increased rETH demand from the OP incentives has provided increased capacity for new minipools to be created, which will be particularly important following the launch of LEB8’s. Additionally, increased rETH adoption and overall RP growth increases the fundamental value of the RPL token which also benefits existing node operators.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help the Rocket Pool community?

The successful grant allowed the Rocket Pool DAO to fund a liquidity incentives program on Optimism, which aligns with community wishes for increased rETH adoption, utility, and defi integrations, in addition to having rETH demand to meet new minipool creation.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help RPL holders?

Increased rETH adoption and overall RP growth increases the fundamental value of the RPL token, in addition to the intangible marketing and awareness benefits associated with having an incentives program and greater presence in the defi landscape (which can also increase interest in the RPL token).

=== Payment ===

How much RPL is the applicant requesting to be awarded to the recipient?

750 RPL, vested over three periods.

=== Conflict of Interest ===

Does the person or persons requesting the retrospective award have any conflicts of interest to disclose? (Please disclose here if you are a member of the GMC or if you have nominated a member of the GMC for this retrospective award).

I am an RPL holder and Rocket Pool community member. I don’t believe I have any conflicts of interest.

Our brilliant community and team provided the knowledge and expertise that guided the liquidity strategy, and also assisted in various ways throughout the process.

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Retrospective Award Application

Retrospective Award

Who is the proposed retrospective award recipient?

Ken Smith (NextBlock Solutions LLC; address: nextblock.eth)

What specific project or work is the retrospective award in recognition of? Please detail what the project or work entailed and the duration over which it took place.**

I published a research paper entitled ‘Modeling the Profitability of the Rocket Pool Smoothing Pool’ in August 2022. It can be found at GitHub - htimsk/SPanalysis: A statistical anaylysis of the Rocket Pool Smoothing Pool.. The process of drafting and researching the report occurred from July 1, 2022, to July 29, 2023. I also had to write custom python code to adapt the previous Monte Carlo code from the LEB report, which was done during the month of June."

Are the subjects of this award entirely open source (MIT, GPL, Apache, CC BY license or similar)? If not, which parts will not be, why, and under what license will they be published?

Yes, I have added a copyright notice to the report on my public GitHub indicating that it is released under the CC BY license. This allows others to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format as long as attribution is given to the creator. The license allows for commercial use.

Benefits - enter N/A where appropriate

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to stake ETH for rETH?

This report helped to solidify the mathematical reasoning behind the smoothing pool and helped NOs understand the trade-offs of participating or not participating in the SP. The offering of a SP for MEV returns is a unique feature of Rocket Pool and likely factored into the decision of a least a few new NOs to join RP versus staking as solo operators.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help rETH holders?

While the rewards earned by rETH holders are the same regardless of whether a NO is participating in the SP, the creation of the SP increased the attractiveness of Rocket Pool as a staking protocol for NOs to join. This allowed RP to grow its staking service and provide “lift capacity” for rETH staking. Currently, RP’s NO capacity is limited, and it cannot generate more rETH without incurring a premium for new purchasers. To the extent that this report attracted new NOs to RP, it reduced the premium penalty for new rETH purchasers.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to run a Rocket Pool node for the first time?

his report clearly explained the more probable advantages for a NO to opt-in to the SP versus remaining in a solitary configuration

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people already running a Rocket Pool node?

At the release of Redstone, all existing NOs were given the choice of opting into the SP. This report helped to quantify the rights and rewards associated with this decision and clarify the most likely outcome. This report played an important role in their decision-making process.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help the Rocket Pool community?

Due to the clarity of the expected returns at the launch of the SP, its participation rate was highly successful. This generated a lot of excitement and interest in RP, and the SP remains a unique attribute compared to other decentralized staking services. This report helped to explain the statistics and model the likely future performance of the SP.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help RPL holders?

Providing pDAO GMC funding for research projects is crucial for ensuring that RP continues to innovate and develop protocol features that align with and strengthen its core mission of providing a fully decentralized, permissionless, trustless, and open-source staking solution for the Ethereum network.

Payment

How much RPL is the applicant requesting be awarded to the recipient?

I’m requesting an award of 500 RPL distributed over three periods. This number was based on discounted consultancy rates and the level of effort expended. I understand that this remuneration may be altered by the GMC depending on several factors.

Conflict of Interest

I received a travel grant from the Node Operator Association (NOA) to present a paper about this report at Devcon6. The grant only reimbursed me for travel and lodging expenses, and no income was received. I have been approached by another staking protocol about performing risk assessments and have been invited as an initial node operator.

Does the person or persons requesting the retrospective award have any conflicts of interest to disclose? (Please disclose here if you are a member of the GMC or if you have nominated a member of the GMC for this retrospective award).

Yes. I serve on the GMC.

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Retrospective Award Application

Retrospective Award

Who is the proposed retrospective award recipient?

Ken Smith (NextBlock Solutions LLC; address: nextblock.eth)

What specific project or work is the retrospective award in recognition of? Please detail what the project or work entailed and the duration over which it took place.

I published a research paper entitled “A Risk Analysis of Rocket Pool Low Ether Bonded (LEB) Minipools” in May 2022. The paper can be accessed at GitHub - htimsk/LEBminipools. My work on drafting and researching the report took place from May 3, 2022, to May 25, 2023. Additionally, I had to write custom python code to extract a better dataset of MEV in POW blocks and had to adapt python-coded beacon chain validators modeling code from the LEB report. This work was performed during the majority of April.

Are the subjects of this award entirely open source ([MIT], [GPL], [Apache], [CC BY] license or similar)? If not, which parts will not be, why, and under what license will they be published?

Yes, I have added a copyright notice to the report on my public GitHub indicating that it is released under the CC BY license. This allows others to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format as long as attribution is given to the creator. The license allows for commercial use.

Benefits - enter N/A where appropriate

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to stake ETH for rETH?

This report was crucial in informing Rocket Pool’s decision to lower the minimum bond amount for forming Low Ether Bonded (LEB) pools. It was the first in the industry to accurately quantify foreseeable risks that could harm user deposits in a pooled staking protocol. The report accurately calculated the expected loss for each scenario and determined a likely probability based on historical events. These parameters were then compared to several scenarios of minimum deposit amounts, and a risk profile was created to indicate when LSD participants (rETH holders) may incur a financial loss of funds. This report is not only useful in establishing the planned LEB pools but also in providing a thorough understanding of the risks involved.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help rETH holders?

Currently, Rocket Pool’s (RP) capacity is limited, and it cannot generate more rETH without incurring a premium for new purchasers. The only viable method for Rocket Pool to grow its Total Value Locked (TVL) and rETH minted is to lower the bonding requirement for Node Operators (NO) while maintaining the quality of the rETH APR and minimizing reputational risks. There are a limited number of ways to achieve this, such as: Low Ether Bonded (LEB) pools, Ultra-LEB pools (with bonding less than 4 ETH), forced exits, core-protocol WC exit powers, or trusted zero ETH bonded minipools. This report analyzed and explained many of the risks associated with LEB pools. It demonstrates that creating LEB4 pools with proper feasible control measures is a viable option.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to run a Rocket Pool node for the first time?

This report provided credibility to the financial reasoning behind creating LEB4 pools. If adopted by Rocket Pool and accounting for the minimal RPL bonding, this would represent a nearly 61% reduction in the capital cost for a Node Operator to obtain a minipool.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people already running a Rocket Pool node?

With the anticipated release of Atlas, it will be possible for an existing Node Operator (NO) to convert a half16 pool to a LEB8 pool. While this report does not specifically address this conversion pathway, it did help to establish the risks associated with LEB8 pools, thus contributing to the decision-making process for existing NOs.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help the Rocket Pool community?

Rocket Pool is at a critical juncture where its long-term success will be determined in the coming months leading up to and after the Shanghai hard fork. With multiple new staking pool protocols emerging on the market that offer LEB4 minipools, Rocket Pool is faced with a lack of capital assets held by its node operators. Introducing LEB pools is currently the only viable growth pathway for Rocket Pool to increase its staking capabilities. With withdrawals and solo validator conversions coming in the next couple of months, this report needed to be generated to articulate and explain the risks associated with LEB minipools.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help RPL holders?

Providing pDAO-GMC funding for research projects is crucial for ensuring that Rocket Pool (RP) continues to innovate and develop protocol features that align with and strengthen its core mission of providing a fully decentralized, permissionless, trustless, and open-source staking solution for the Ethereum network. Many of the other Ethereum staking protocols invest in their development by funding fundamental research."

Payment

How much RPL is the applicant requesting be awarded to the recipient?

I’m requesting an award of 500 RPL distributed over three periods. This number was based on discounted consultancy rates and the level of effort expended. I understand that this remuneration may be altered by the GMC depending on several factors.

Conflict of Interest

I have been approached by another staking protocol about performing risk assessments and have been invited as an initial node operator.

Does the person or persons requesting the retrospective award have any conflicts of interest to disclose? (Please disclose here if you are a member of the GMC or if you have nominated a member of the GMC for this retrospective award).

Yes. I serve on the GMC.

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So, I had initially decided I didn’t want to submit for a retroactive reward, but @waqwaqattack bought me some liquor and told me he’d write it for me.

What follows was written by @waqwaqattack and I have only edited for yaml formatting.

It is a bit sparse on details of the work done, but part of that is due to the nature of the work in #support, and part of it is due to @waqwaqattack ghost-writing this for me.

For more details on the backlog of completed work, the “What is your history of involvement with Rocket Pool?” section of my oDAO “application” is a good summary: link
(Since then I have also added https://sp.sprocketpool.net to my oeuvre)

Thank you @waqwaqattack and sorry for making you recuse yourself


Retrospective Award Application

Retrospective Award

Who is the proposed retrospective award recipient?

Patches

What specific project or work is the retrospective award in recognition of? Please detail what the project or work entailed and the duration over which it took place.

This work is in recognition of my work in the Rocket Pool Discord’s support channel. This work has taken place over a year that I have been helping node operators in support.

Are the subjects of this award entirely open source (MIT, GPL, Apache, CC BY license or similar)? If not, which parts will not be, why, and under what license will they be published?

NA - the discord messages were all public

Benefits - enter N/A where appropriate

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to stake ETH for rETH?

NA

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help rETH holders?

I helped node operators come online and solve issues with their nodes. This meant their nodes were more effectively online and did not reduce rETH rewards.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to run a Rocket Pool node for the first time?

I have helped hundreds of node operators with questions they have had in setting up their nodes. The vast majority of new node operators have some questions about their node set up, and I have helped a huge number of them with their questions and problems.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people already running a Rocket Pool node?

Almost all node operators face issues with their nodes at some point. These range from pruning issues to problems that might get them slashed. I have helped hundreds of people troubleshoot issues with their nodes.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help the Rocket Pool community?

The rocket pool community trusts me to help them with their node issues. I have a reputation in the community for being helpful and supportive.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help RPL holders?

NA

Payment

How much RPL is the applicant requesting be awarded to the recipient?

I am requesting 3000 rpl tokens for this work.

Conflict of Interest

Does the person or persons requesting the retrospective award have any conflicts of interest to disclose? (Please disclose here if you are a member of the GMC or if you have nominated a member of the GMC for this retrospective award).

NA

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Like Patches, I also didn’t plan to submit for the first round, but now the template is there, so here we go:
At the time of writing, Patches has 30,427 messages in support and is asking for 3k RPL, which makes it very easy to scale my 6,783 messages into a 670 RPL ask. (As a member of the GMC, I realize this might not be realistic when looking at the budget, but that’s a problem future me has to think about.)
What follows is the same template as used by Patches, minimally modified so it applies to me.

Retrospective Award Application

Retrospective Award

Who is the proposed retrospective award recipient?

[object Object]

What specific project or work is the retrospective award in recognition of? Please detail what the project or work entailed and the duration over which it took place.

This work is in recognition of my work in the Rocket Pool Discord’s support channel. This work has taken place over 10 months that I have been helping node operators in support.

Are the subjects of this award entirely open source (MIT, GPL, Apache, CC BY license or similar)? If not, which parts will not be, why, and under what license will they be published?

NA - the discord messages were all public

Benefits - enter N/A where appropriate

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to stake ETH for rETH?

NA

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help rETH holders?

I helped node operators come online and solve issues with their nodes. This meant their nodes were more effectively online and did not reduce rETH rewards.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to run a Rocket Pool node for the first time?

I have helped hundreds of node operators with questions they have had in setting up their nodes. The vast majority of new node operators have some questions about their node set up, and I have helped a huge number of them with their questions and problems.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people already running a Rocket Pool node?

Almost all node operators face issues with their nodes at some point. These range from pruning issues to problems that might get them slashed. I have helped hundreds of people troubleshoot issues with their nodes.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help the Rocket Pool community?

The rocket pool community trusts me to help them with their node issues. I have a reputation in the community for being helpful and supportive.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help RPL holders?

NA

Payment

How much RPL is the applicant requesting be awarded to the recipient?

I am requesting 670 rpl tokens for this work.

Conflict of Interest

Does the person or persons requesting the retrospective award have any conflicts of interest to disclose? (Please disclose here if you are a member of the GMC or if you have nominated a member of the GMC for this retrospective award).

I’m a member of the GMC and as such will recuse myself from scoring and voting on this application.

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Retrospective Award Application

Retrospective Award

Who is the proposed retrospective award recipient?

Myself, Discord @hanniabu#7138

What specific project or work is the retrospective award in recognition of? Please detail what the project or work entailed and the duration over which it took place.

This proposal is for retroactive funding for my work on https://rocketpool.community. I’ve spent countless hours or work aggregating information from all across Discord and organizing it in the site. That included collecting all our POAPs, memes, projects, NFTs, raffles, resource links, theses, videos, graphical assets, pets, and links to special moments, along with the revenue comparison tool.

Are the subjects of this award entirely open source (MIT, GPL, Apache, CC BY license or similar)? If not, which parts will not be, why, and under what license will they be published?

Yes, it is published under MIT license here: GitHub - etheralpha/rocketpool-community: This is the source code for https://rocketpool.community, a site to highlight the Rocket Pool community.

Benefits - enter N/A where appropriate

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to stake ETH for rETH?

There is a “Buy RPL” guide on the site. There is also various tools linked in the resource directory.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help rETH holders?

It does not directly, but it does indirectly through community. There is also various tools linked in the resource directory.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to run a Rocket Pool node for the first time?

There is a tool to estimate the revenue of minipool node operators vs solo validators. There is also other tools linked in the resource directory.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people already running a Rocket Pool node?

It doesn’t directly, but there are various tools linked in the resource directory.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help the Rocket Pool community?

  • It’s a way to highlight the community aspect of Rocket Pool, especially with the POAP and meme pages.
  • It’s an archive that acts as a historical record of the community, which is often an overlooked, under appreciated, and underserved aspect.
  • The resource directory is helpful for finding links.

How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help RPL holders?

It doesn’t directly, but there are various tools linked in the resource directory. It’s also a resource to pull the community together and highlight contributions.

Payment

How much RPL is the applicant requesting be awarded to the recipient?

I’m requesting 100 RPL to hanniabu.eth. If approved and it benefits the GMC budgeting plans, this payment can be distributed over multiple periods.

Conflict of Interest

N/A

Does the person or persons requesting the retrospective award have any conflicts of interest to disclose? (Please disclose here if you are a member of the GMC or if you have nominated a member of the GMC for this retrospective award).

No

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This message marks the closing of the first round of RP grants/bounties/retrospective awards. Any applications submitted after this will not be considered for this round, but those individuals who are still interested in applying are encouraged to check back on the forums for our second round, likely starting either March 1 or April 1. The GMC will announce the award recipients in a new thread here on the forums on or before January 31 (likely on, not before). The community will then have two weeks to issue any challenges before funds are disbursed. Thank you to all who applied and thank you to everyone who has followed along. Anyone who would like to comment on existing applications is encouraged to do so in this thread.

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