Melanie Contributor Proposal 6/1/2022-7/30/2022

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.


  • 6/1/2022-7/31/2022
  • 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 training
      • Ongoing new contributor engagement and support
  • Provide support on all phases of the recruiting cycle
    • 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
    • Identify opportunities to collaborate with other projects to recruit new contributors (Women Build Web3, Women in Web3 and the BAF Network)
    • Job boards (Cryptocurrency Jobs, Week in Ethereum & Bankless)
      • More details around my Recruiting Funding Proposal can be found here
    • Continued collaboration 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
  • 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
  • Work with @allyq on the iteration and improvement of contributor review system
    • The second contributor review system will be executed during this proposal period
  • Lead weekly ContributorX call
  • Continued development and implementation of contributor incentive and reward programs
    • Coordinape
      • AppreciationDAO Epoch 2
    • Retrospective Bonuses for Shipping

Self Reflection on previous contributor proposal:

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 our next 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.


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 (6/1/2022-7/30/2022)
    • Month 1
      • $8,000 (xDAI)
      • $6,000 (DXD). Vested for 3 years.
      • 0.1667% REP
      • $300: Cryptocurrency Job posting for the DAO Counsel role
    • Month 2
      • $8,000 (xDAI)
      • $6,000 (DXD). Vested for 3 years.
      • 0.1667% REP

Past Contributor Proposals:




Below is my self-reflection for the past 2 months of contributing at DXdao! It was a busy period for the ContributorX, this is what went well, was just okay, and needs improvement.

What went well

We completed our second contributor feedback review during this period. Providing consistent and constructive feedback is essential when working within a DAO and has always been a challenge for us. I am excited to say that we are starting to make progress on tackling this challenge through the implementation of our own contributor review process. During this recent contributor review, we found that contributors finished this review with ease and more thoroughly than the first. We implemented a few changes that would add great value to the review like the addition of the self-evaluation. At the moment, I can’t say that our feedback review system is perfect, but we are constantly working to improve this process to help ensure our contributors are getting the appropriate feedback they need to succeed within DXdao. Big thank you to @allyq for taking the lead on developing and distributing the content for this review :slight_smile:

Another initiative completed during this period was Epoch 2 of AppreciationDAO using Coordinape. As expected, we had complete participation from our DXdao contributors and it was a great way for our core contributors to show our appreciation for one another. It is also always good to use new and innovative DAO tools to reward and incentivize our contributors. We hope to continue the use of Coordinape in the upcoming years.

Also, ETHCC was this period! Meeting contributors face-to-face is always beneficial. We attended many side events and even had our own with Gnosis Chain, GitPOAP and SAFE - DAOs and Builders à Paris. And of course, I’ll save the best last, participating and engaging with web3 enthusiasts in Paris for our Swapr awareness campaign! Looking forward to planning and seeing everyone in October for the Infinite Hackathon, Devcon and DXretreat!

What was just okay

We made progress on finding the next DAO Counsel at DXdao. However, we have not identified one contributor who will be our next DAO Counsel yet. This process has been lengthy but we want to ensure we onboard the best candidate/s possible. Currently, there are three candidates completing a DXLegal assignment which can be found here. With the support of @Powers and @dlabs I believe we will have the next DAO Counsel on board by next period.

Could have been better

At the beginning of this period, I worked alongside @ross to try and recruit a new Senior Web3 Developer for the Gov squad. Unfortunately, after screening hundreds of candidates and interviewing many we were not able to successfully onboard one. Multiple reasons could be attributed to the lack of finding a candidate, whether it was the market turn, timing, summer season, etc. We were not able to onboard a candidate but many lessons were learned during this interview and screening process.

Compensation :

  • $8,000 (xDAI)
  • $6,000 (DXD). Vested for 3 years.
  • 0.1667% REP