Melanie Contributor Proposal 4/1/22 - 5/31/22 [Draft]

This contributor proposal is for Melanie, @melaniemd on Keybase. I am currently leading the ContributorX at DXdao, in this role my focus is around talent management and contributor engagement. Ongoing goals of mine are to strengthen DXdao’s collaborative culture, foster innovation and implement and manage a scalable DAO onboarding and recruiting system. Apologies as this proposal is almost a month late, so it includes some things that have already been completed. Below outlines my scope of contribution for April and May.


  • 4/1/2022-5/31/2022
  • 2 months

Proposed Scope of Contribution:
Onboarding and Contributor Proposal Management

  • Manage Onboarding Process
    • Oversee all DXdao onboarding procedures for incoming contributors
      • Act as a consultant to incoming contributors
      • Serve as a liaison between incoming contributors and current squads
      • Assist with coordinating contributor orientation/ training
      • Ongoing new contributor engagement and support
  • Assist with developing and executing recruiting processes
    • Responsibilities include:
      • Ongoing contributor description development
      • Screening, interviewing, candidate assessment and candidate selection
      • Refinement of overall “interview” process
        • Collaboration with squad leaders
  • Active/ongoing recruitment for new DXdao contributors
    • Collaborate with squad leaders to screen, interview and onboard new contributors
    • Job boards (Cryptocurrency Jobs, Week in Ethereum & Bankless)
      • More details around my Recruiting Funding Proposal can be found here
    • Recruiting at Devconnect + ETHAmsterdam
      • Sourcing, interviewing, and assessing potential DXdao contributors from the conference week
    • Work with @Powers and @dlabs on sourcing the DAO Counsel position
      • DAO Counsel contributor description development
      • Contributor sourcing, interviewing and assessment
  • Manage and assist contributors through the current contributor proposal process
    • Ensure contributor’s proposals are completed and submitted in two month cycles (Proposal details are specified in DXdocs)
    • Support new contributors through contributor proposal content development
    • Aide new contributors through proposal submission on DXvote and /or Alchemy (xDXdao)
  • Oversee current contributor proposal notification system for contributors
    • @allyq will be responsible for executing this initiative in Keybase
  • Continued development of scalable contributor proposal solutions in progress
  • Oversee tracking of all previous and ongoing proposal submission
    • @allyq will be responsible for all daily tracking of contributor proposals/ DXD/REP

Talent Management - Contributor Retention

  • Improve overall experience at DXdao for contributors
    • Coordination of in-person events
      • Collaborate with @sky in planning Devconnect in Amsterdam
        • The DAOist GGG Patron sponsorship
  • Represent DXdao’s ContributorX at The DAOist GGG Panel Discussion - “Building healthier teams”
  • Work with @allyq on the iteration and improvement of contributor review system
  • Lead weekly ContributorX call
  • Continued development and implementation of contributor incentive and reward programs
    • Coordinape
    • Retrospective Bonuses for Shipping

Self Reflection on previous contributor proposal:

What I did well:

Collaborating with Sky and Ally to initiate and execute Epoch 1 of AppreciationDAO using Coordinape. We have been discussing the use of Coordinape for quite some time, and it finally came to life in the first quarter of 2022. The process was almost seamless and well adapted by DXdao contributors. I look forward to continuing the use of this DAO tool as one of the many ways to reward our active, valuable contributors.

With the big support of @violet, @nylon, @zett and @luzzifoss we were able to recruit 8 new contributors to DXdao over the past 2 months. Big thank you! It is great to see our product teams growing to help us reach our goals.

What I can improve on:

Although I can say ETHDenver was a success overall, there were still areas of improvement that I have identified for myself. Increased attention to detail and communication should have been given to DXdao contributors for the ETHDenver Buidlathon. This would have prevented a few hiccups during the buidler judging and award distribution phases. Despite this, I think we are in a good rhythm of planning and attending conferences/events with our community.

Onboarding new contributors was a bit challenging during this period. Two main factors caused this: 1. Number of new contributors onboarding was higher than usual (a good problem to have) and 2. ETHDenver - balancing the coordination of the conference. Moving forward, I will improve strategy on how many new contributors we can support onboarding at any given time.


This proposal falls under the new compensation structure enacted from 01/01/2022

  • Level 6
  • Time commitment- 100%
  • Contributing to DXdao since 3/22/2021
  • Full-time for total of 40 hours per week, for two months (4/1/2022-5/30/2022)
    • Month 1
      • $8,000 (xDAI)
      • $6,000 (DXD). Vested for 3 years.
      • 0.1667% REP
    • Month 2
      • $8,000 (xDAI)
      • $6,000 (DXD). Vested for 3 years.
      • 0.1667% REP
      • I will be attending Devconnect from April 15th-24th and requesting my Devconnect contributor stipend in my month 2 (end) proposal. Details of totals will be outlined in my reflection.

Past Contributor Proposals:




What went well:

I supported the coordination and participation of DXdao in Devconnect and the ETHGlobal hackathon. DXdao participated in GGG as a sponsor and conducted multiple talks and workshops throughout the week-long conference. It was a positive experience for so many DXdao contributors to attend the conference. During GGG I co-led a Contributor Experience focused workshop at the DAOist on “Building Healthier Teams.” This workshop allowed me the opportunity to discuss the challenges contributors face within a DAO, as well as highlight the amazing work DXdao is doing in the people operations area of our DAO. A detailed article on the workshop can be found here: The Daoist GGG - “Open Office Hours” — The DAOist

What was okay:

In the past 2 months, I supported the onboarding of 2 new developers, @jorgelopes @velusgautam and QA engineer @Philipp16. I believe I did okay at integrating these new contributors with the current contributors at DXdao. As we grow, my goal is to ensure new contributors are not only onboarding by familiarizing themselves with DXdao operations, but through consistent collaboration with contributors in the DXdao community as well. Virtual retreats and happy hours have been proposed as potential opportunities to facilitate new and existing contributor unification.

What needs improvement:

During this proposal period we began the search for a DAO Counsel. @powers, @fluiddrop, and I conducted multiple calls with contributor applicants. However, due to the complexity of the role we were unable to successfully source a new contributor to take over this position. Since then we have found multiple candidates who can potentially fill this role, and plan to onboard them during this upcoming period.