Round 13 - GMC Call for Retrospective Applications - Deadline is June 7

This thread is for applications for Rocket Pool’s May 7, 2024 - June 7, 2024 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 grant applications that are posted in this thread and timestamped by June 7, 2024 at 23:59 (11:59 PM) UTC will be considered. Any retrospective award applications posted after that deadline will be carried over to the next award period.

This is the expected schedule for round 13:

  • Application Period (May 7th - June 7th)
  • Negotiation Period (June 8th - June 24th)
  • Scoring Deadline (June 25th)
  • Final Voting Amendments, Discussion and Finalization (June 26th - June 29th)
  • Award Announcement (June 30th)

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).

Patches “optimistic” work prior to May 12

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.

Prior to GA112405 going ‘active’ (2 weeks after approval, which comes out to May 12), and as mentioned in the grant application, I began logging hours for the work I was doing to directly support RP.

This RA pays for those hours at the same rate as the grant itself.

I worked on a handful of projects during that time:

  • Adding CI to smartnode repos (completed)
    • CI found existing bugs and prevents future bugs
    • ~ 13.25 hours
  • Fixed bug with vacant, scrubbed minipools:
    • PR 1 PR 2
    • Fixes a smartnode bug plaguing NOs with failed solo migrations
    • 1 hour
  • Improve v2 daemon task abstraction (ongoing)
    • In smartnode v2, the individual tasks executed by watchtower/node daemons intermingle business logic with low level task locking, and an abstraction can help reduce code complexity and repetitiveness
    • 2 hours
  • Create a kurtosis rocketpool-package
    • Would help us write “large tests” - tests are desperately needed to reduce manual testing burden on the team
    • Ongoing
    • 39 hours
  • Rewards Tree v9
    • A portion of the work on v9 began before May 12th
    • Benefits described in RPIP-52
    • ~3 hours

In total, 58 hours of work leading into May 12th.

A detailed breakdown is available on my public Coda: link

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 - GPLv3

Benefit

Individual projects worked on have differing benefits, but the focus has been largely on improving the team’s efficiency via automated tooling, removing technical debt, and paving the way for better testing practices

Costs

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

$5800

Is the applicant requesting RPL or LUSD?

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).

None