I was onboarded as a Moderator of the Creatives DAO 5 months ago when there was an open call for trusted members from the community.
I have learned and grown here with the community, and shared monthly reports. Today I will share the experience and my opinion on how to move forward.
Last year the Creatives DAO councils were a group of 5 trusted members with a similar structure as the Marketing DAO
Then, from February 2022 the founders took a step out from the council positions and onboarded DAOs as councils to build decentralization.
It was when I was onboarded as a Moderator of the Creatives DAO. The Moderator role didn’t include approving or rejecting proposals on the DAO. Just to approve or reject proposals here on the forum depending if the proposals were “well written”.
Feedback from outsider where I can agree:
DAOs approve proposals without any critical thinking in assessing proposals, and much is approved with little questioning.
Here is something that never should had been approved in June:
I understood that the community needed more education on the role of council and was waiting for us to do the reviews, so take the opportunity at the beginning of June to push forward changes because we onboarded 5 more moderators.
It was not easy and we still were not on the same page, there was resistance from the previous batch of moderators to accept changes and to be more critical on the review of the proposals, basically some resistance to assume the leadership and accepting the role of doing more critical analysis on the proposals.
More feedback from outsiders:
Someone has to take ownership of the decision being made. I am under the impression that there’s been a lot of things being approved passively
I can understand the position that the Creative value is hard to measure with metrics, but for sure if we are building the web3 there can be a lot of metrics from smart contract transactions, views, and users. Organization of an on-chain community can also be meassured.
So, the most important from my point of view: # of active on-chain community members.
Then, I made a great effort on a decentralization review to find out that many of the DAOs receiving funding have not even 3 unique members, many members repeating on several DAOs.
Basically, much of what we have are not on-chain communities but teams being part of several DAOs as councils.
Previously we had 1 weekly call, but in June I scheduled 3 meetings per week for a whole month with the 10 Moderators to build together the next steps. But was still resistance from the community and from our moderator group to making changes.
Total resistance to defining how many members should have a DAO to be considered a community and to making a restriction for funding regarding it. We, Moderators, don’t feel entitled to make those decisions.
The sentiment from the moderation team is that we should go slowly to avoid trauma in the community where is difficult to digest changes and that we are making too many changes.
Personally, I can’t really see the big changes in asking DAOs to fill 2 google forms and enforcing the guidelines regarding funding distribution and deadlines which are the only changes we are making.
There was a proposal from a new Moderator to stop the operations, not distribute more funding in July, to make a deep review and intervention, and focus all the community efforts on building a new structure and our plan for the following months. I fully supported this idea but it was left aside because the sentiment was that it could affect the communities health.
Can’t understand that because the Guild program stopped and still the real communities are there and keep running their activities. Real communities who care about the NEAR Ecosystem are going to keep building with us.
We have been spending around $150k monthly for over a year and the only clear metric I could find is 260 wallets connected to Creatives DAO (with 104 forum users).
The structure we have right now is not allowing any space for efficient movement.
DAOs are very active in approving funds for their own but do not care about funding a proposal to create a Legal Wrapper for the Creatives DAO, a website, and the kick start of a dapp development for creators, so the proposal was expired without community feedback.
Edit: After this report, Moderators push forward again the proposal for legal wrapper+website+dapp. that also allow having the voice of the former councils together with the moderators.
When we shared the changes we need to implement and that we need to create a new DAO tooling with a clear leadership there was also resistance because the proposal was seen as a centralization. I launched a poll but still, things keep moving slowly.
Onboarding DAO is also one of the many councils in the Creatives DAO structure.
The same month I was onboarded, I also joined the #onboarding-dao councils, what I did was to help with the onboarding, but I never asked for a council reward or any reward from the Onboarding-DAO, as I saw the moderator role soft for the reward received and was happy to assume the advisor position in the Onboarding DAO as part of my Moderation role for the Creatives.
My participation there also helped to gather more information about a bad actor inside the creatives who then was banned from the NEAR Community.
Education and Onboarding are key for Blockchain adoption.
list of my onboardings into the NEAR forum
|Invited User||Redeemed||Seen||Topics Viewed||Posts Read||Read Time||Days Visited||Invitation|
|roshi||Jun 24||13 hours||2||12||8m||6 / 6||link|
|SirMartin||Jun 9||Jun 9||0||0||< 1m||1 / 21||link|
|x5ensei||May 20||Jun 17||4||6||1m||2 / 41||link|
|Nacho_Figx||May 19||2 days||32||125||3h||32 / 42||link|
|MochiBean||Apr 27||Apr 29||1||2||1m||2 / 64||link|
|LucasBolt||Apr 7||Apr 8||1||7||2m||2 / 84||link|
|Ache||Mar 24||Mar 25||1||0||< 1m||1 / 98||link|
|robinnagpal||Mar 16||Mar 29||11||45||21m||5 / 106||link|
|jlmk||Mar 14||2 days||4||24||1h||12 / 108||link|
|corsur||Mar 14||Mar 16||1||0||< 1m||3 / 108||link|
|Itsalllove||Feb 25||Feb 25||0||0||< 1m||1 / 125||link|
|Tpavon12||Feb 25||Feb 27||3||17||< 1m||3 / 125||link|
|GdizzyTre||Feb 25||Jun 19||30||133||1h||18 / 125||link|
|northam||Feb 11||Mar 11||8||40||1h||21 / 139||link|
|PaulinoDelgado||Feb 8||Feb 8||0||0||< 1m||1 / 142||link|
|RichardDelgado||Jan 25||Jan 25||1||29||2m||1 / 156||link|
|prestoluke||Jan 22||Feb 14||11||29||23m||9 / 159||link|
|EmilyRdgz||Jan 16||2 days||9||169||1h||19 / 165||link|
|nacho.near||Jan 2||3 hours||138||1.1k||13h||141 / 179||link|
|yawondao3||Dec 28, '21||Feb 1||5||40||44m||18 / 184||link|
|chad||Dec 27, '21||Dec 27, '21||2||3||< 1m||1 / 185||link|
|lalacat||Dec 27, '21||Apr 23||1||0||< 1m||3 / 185||link|
|deadshot||Dec 26, '21||Dec 26, '21||0||0||< 1m||1 / 186||link|
|Enrico||Dec 13, '21||Dec 13, '21||0||0||< 1m||1 / 199||link|
|Prod_Solo7||Dec 12, '21||Feb 4||10||31||16m||5 / 200||link|
|user3||Dec 12, '21||0||0||< 1m||0 / 200||link|
|JacopoB||Dec 9, '21||Dec 9, '21||0||0||< 1m||1 / 203||link|
|isiah||Dec 8, '21||Jan 10||17||62||7m||5 / 204||link|
|ChainFights||Dec 5, '21||Mar 8||6||8||18m||11 / 207||link|
|nacho963||Dec 5, '21||Dec 18, '21||5||20||6m||4 / 207||link|
|user2||Dec 2, '21||Dec 20, '21||2||10||16m||7 / 210||link|
|ame9986||Dec 1, '21||2 days||257||2.0k||1d||136 / 211||link|
|King1||Nov 30, '21||Dec 19, '21||5||18||15m||8 / 212||link|
|Leozamorat||Nov 27, '21||Nov 27, '21||2||7||8m||1 / 215||link|
|Savageftc||Nov 27, '21||Jan 8||7||18||15m||3 / 215||link|
|Mingua||Nov 26, '21||Nov 27, '21||1||15||2m||1 / 215||link|
|Nathbruz||Nov 26, '21||Nov 28, '21||2||8||3m||2 / 215||link|
|Jkbg||Nov 26, '21||Nov 26, '21||1||8||1m||1 / 216||link|
|Alecorcega||Nov 26, '21||Nov 26, '21||1||3||3m||1 / 216||link|
|Estevan17||Nov 26, '21||Mar 6||8||81||12m||8 / 216||link|
|Ouail.M||Nov 25, '21||Nov 26, '21||2||23||13m||1 / 217||link|
|user1||Nov 25, '21||2 days||166||1.1k||13h||118 / 217||link|
|NelzoRamirez||Nov 25, '21||Feb 5||33||301||1h||9 / 217||link|
|TheQueen||Nov 24, '21||1 day||26||145||4h||59 / 218||link|
|Benmurri||Nov 24, '21||Nov 26, '21||0||0||< 1m||1 / 218||link|
|Developer||Nov 17, '21||3 hours||106||473||7h||105 / 225||link|
|abdresdom||Nov 17, '21||Feb 1||28||126||38m||19 / 225||link|
|leyner||Nov 17, '21||Dec 10, '21||3||3||1m||2 / 225||link|
|mavimorantes||Nov 15, '21||Nov 25, '21||3||25||9m||5 / 227||link|
|Tibyparedes||Nov 15, '21||Jan 25||3||24||1h||14 / 227||link|
|ArianaVictoriaMoreno||Nov 11, '21||Mar 3||9||106||3h||32 / 231||link|
|Alfredonet||Nov 8, '21||Jan 26||8||28||24m||6 / 234||link|
|Arturoahs||Nov 8, '21||3 hours||118||1.1k||11h||145 / 234||link|
|Giselle059||Nov 7, '21||Nov 8, '21||1||2||1m||2 / 235||link|
|Charles96||Nov 6, '21||Nov 6, '21||1||2||< 1m||1 / 236||link|
|Guarata||Nov 6, '21||Nov 6, '21||0||0||< 1m||1 / 236||link|
|Arnelys||Nov 6, '21||Nov 17, '21||7||15||14m||4 / 236||link|
|Butneversaved||Nov 6, '21||12 hours||251||2.6k||20h||164 / 236||link|
|sebasgr||Nov 6, '21||May 31||132||478||3h||80 / 236||link|
|blad1||Nov 6, '21||5 hours||83||509||7h||114 / 236||link|
|grex||Nov 6, '21||Jun 24||50||159||3h||44 / 236||link|
|LuisAponte99||Oct 21, '21||Jun 19||152||1.3k||15h||129 / 252||link|
|Gastonromano||Oct 13, '21||Feb 23||39||213||1h||33 / 260||link|
|Mary.dancr||Oct 9, '21||Mar 4||38||308||1h||45 / 264||link|
|MarcoPerezP||Sep 30, '21||Sep 30, '21||1||0||2m||1 / 273||link|
|yehosua.near||Sep 29, '21||1 hour||80||676||9h||130 / 274||link|
|DiegoEleizalde||Aug 25, '21||Feb 18||18||72||42m||6 / 309||link|
|Portes||Jul 6, '21||May 24||64||189||3h||86 / 358||link|
|pranav||Jul 6, '21||Jul 6, '21||1||0||< 1m||1 / 359||link|
|NEXC||Jul 5, '21||Jun 10||16||114||2h||59 / 360||link|
|Nicolasp2||Jun 22, '21||11 hours||280||1.7k||14h||243 / 373||link|
I really believe in decentralization, we are building something good for human society, this is very new and for sure we are going to make mistakes.
Here are my 2 cents, a draft proposal on how the community could move forward.
If we care and we want to keep growing, we need to identify those mistakes as quickly as possible to address them, make the corrections and continue evolving.
Creative DAO is formed by on-chain communities that are adding great value to the ecosystem, building real decentralization, with the values we share. But we are going to allow those real communities to be damaged by a few bad actors and lack of organization.
The Creatives DAO funding must be stopped, NF should not give any more funding until a complete review can be addressed and a grant proposal with a clear roadmap is delivered.
If we fail in doing so we are not giving a good example for NEARcommers who are going to invite others just for our blood and not to really build the web3.
To the Creatives community:
I hope u can give more support and feedback to the Moderators team who worked non stop the last month to build the documents to kick start changes, to allow the gathering of information for a report, and offering the next steps that as a group were deeply discussed.
The moderation team even without a clear guideline on what NF expects from the Creatives DAO nor a clear role, is giving the best to mantain the Creatives DAO functional and evolving, regardless the inefficient structure.
Creatives DAO has never promised anyone a ‘stable job’ or an opportunity to cover the bills, this has never been an agreement.
We don’t even know if the Moderator’s roles are going to be rewarded next month or for how long.
We are just trying to be fair with the DAOs, and we want to show NF that we are indeed doing good use of all the funding… It is very hard, the easiest to do is to approve all and avoid confrontations, but that will not work in the long run.
I am sharing this because I really care and I can understand that there are different opinions, this is just one voice (my own).
Making the example by stepping down from the Moderator role, but here still to help as an advisor or with any means. I love our community and I know we will achieve great success in the long run.