Round 10 - GMC Call For Retrospective Applications - Deadline is March 10

This thread is for applications for Rocket Pool’s Feburary 12, 2024 - March 10, 2024 grants. Please only post retrospective 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 grant applications that are posted in this thread and timestamped by March 10, 2024 at 23:59 (11:59 PM) UTC will be considered. Any applications posted after that deadline will be carried over to the next award period.

This is the expected schedule for round 10:

  • Application Period (February 12th - March 10th)
  • Application Discussion Meetings - one for each subcommittee (March 10th - March 25th)
  • Scoring Deadline (March 26th)
  • Final Voting Amendments, Discussion and Finalization (March 27th - March 30th)
  • Award Announcement (March 31st)

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

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 Template

Please copy paste the template below into a reply. Answer the questions there, feel free to remove or add sections based on relevance.

## Name of 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?


## Benefit

<please enter N/A where appropriate>

| Group | Benefits |
|---|---|
| Potential rETH holders | How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people looking to stake ETH for rETH? |
| rETH holders | How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help rETH holders? |
| Potential NOs | 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? |
| NOs | How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given help people already running a Rocket Pool node? |
| Community |  How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help the Rocket Pool community? |
| RPL holders |  How did the project or work for which the retrospective award would be given how does this help RPL holders? |


## Costs

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

### Is the applicant requesting RPL or LUSD?



## 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).

Name of Retrospective Award

Rocket Pool Educational YouTube Videos

Who is the proposed retrospective award recipient?

Leighm.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.

Over the period of October 2022 to April 2023, 7 education YouTube videos were created to help node operators, who were just starting out, get a first-hand look at what was involved in running a Rocket Pool node.

When I first joined Rocket Pool community in August 2022, I immediately learned that you could run a test node on Goerli to familiarize yourself with the process of running a node before migrating to Mainnet. I am a hands-on, visual learner, and reading pages and pages of documentation can seem overwhelming. Because I had very little Linux experience, I wanted to see if there were videos documenting the steps that could guide me along the way.

Upon researching, I noticed there were almost no Rocket Pool specific videos documenting the steps on settings up and running a Rocket Pool node, and I knew that if I was searching for Rocket Pool videos, others might be as well. So, I took it upon myself to create my first Rocket Pool video showing every step required to successfully launch a Rocket Pool minipool.

The video ended up being 52min long, but, shortly after posting it, I could see the demand was there. In the last 16 months the video has garnered over 5,700 views. I believe these videos filled a gap that existed during a crucial time in Rocket Pools history. Many potential node operators were becoming interested in RP at this time due to LEB8s on the way. Looking at video analytics, views spiked leading up to, and shortly after, LEB8s launch in April 2023.

Videos Created:

Setting up a Rocket Pool Validator from Start to Finish - Post Merge

Setting up a Rocket Pool Minipool - Speed Run!

Updating Rocket Pool Smartnode Software

Pruning a Rocket Pool Node

Securing your Rocket Pool Node

Minipool Bond Reduction - Rocket Pool

Exiting and Closing a Rocket Pool Minipool

Videos can be seen here:

Are the subjects of this award entirely open source

N/A

Benefit

Group | Benefits

N/A

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

The more Node Operators who watched the videos and became comfortable with the process opened up room in the deposit pool so rETH could be minted directly versus the secondary market.

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

Node Operators are how the APR on rETH is generated.

Potential NOs | 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 was the focus on creating these videos. I wanted to show potential node operators just how easy it was to run a Rocket Pool node.

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

Many of the videos show basics steps for Node Operators, such as Updating the smartnode software, pruning your Execution Client, securing your node and Bond reductions.

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

Since many of the community members are node operators, I felt these videos would be helpful for both potential node operators and members already running nodes. After the videos were created, I could see the videos being shared amongst community members in discord.

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

As a node operator, it is important to understand the role that RPL plays when spinning up a node. I feel the videos do a good job showing the steps and reasoning why it is required.

Costs

65 RPL based on standard media rates. The 7 videos combined have a total of over 8,000 views, and as mentioned above, I truly believe these videos filled a gap during an important time in Rocket Pools journey. The costs are to cover the time used in preparation, creating, editing and answering questions asked on YouTube.

How much USD $ is the applicant requesting be awarded to the recipient?

$2,100 at time of writing

Is the applicant requesting RPL or LUSD?

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).

N/A