Melanie Contributor Proposal 8/1/2022-9/30/2022

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.


  • 8/1/2022-9/30/2022
  • 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
    • Job boards
      • More details around my Recruiting Funding Proposal can be found here
    • Final stages of sourcing the DAO Counsel position with @Powers and @dlabs
  • 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)
    • Development of a Late Contributor Proposal Penalty
    • Start and lead the contributor proposal overhaul with the ContributorX
  • 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
      • DXdao at Devcon VI
      • Support Lateral in the development and internal communications for the DXRetreat
        • Excited for Colombia!
  • Collaborate with the ContributorX on the improvement of contributor review system
  • Lead weekly ContributorX call
  • Continued development and implementation of contributor incentive and reward programs
    • Retrospective Bonuses for Shipping
  • The ContributorX 2022 - 6 month Budget was completed and presented to the community last period. There have been continued discussions around the overall budget for DXdao so I expect additional work to be completed around our budget this period

Self Reflection on previous contributor proposal:

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.


  • Level 6
  • Time commitment- 100%
  • Contributing to DXdao since 3/22/2021
  • Full-time for total of 40 hours per week, for two months (8/1/2022-9/30/2022)
    • 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

Past Contributor Proposals:




I’m just curious as it’s something that bothers me. Nothing to do with the core proposal as I lack the legitimacy to meaningfully engage on it.

Were these people paid for their time, or the corresponding costs were externalized to the widest extent possible (as it tends to be the case)?

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Hi @parseb! Just to clarify and hopefully, my retrospective was not misleading to others also. No candidates made it to the trial stage and the only costs incurred during this recruiting initiative were for advertising the position


It is clear.
The cost of, let’s say, 1 hour * 100$ * 100 candidates (10K $) was paid for the DAO by the individual candidates. In other words, “the candidates” gambled with that value in pursuit of their self interest and lost to the house.
Thank you for your response.

This is my self reflection on my contributor period from 8/1/2022-9/30/2022. This reflection is late as I changed the order of my contributor proposals. I posted my current, active contributor proposal first then followed by the recap. Unfortunately, due to the hecticness around the Colombia trifecta (Infinite, Devcon and DXretreat,) this post came very late afterwards. I will reflect on this when considering the order of the contributor proposal process moving forward. With that being said, here is my retrospective.

What went well

We wrapped up the DXLegal assessments. I feel confident in these contributors to support DXdao with any potential legal needs for the future. A recap and presentations of their assessments can be found on DAOtalk and below:

We started discussion and made progress around Contributor Guideline updates, the first draft proposals can be found here. This updates tackle items specifically around: Late contributor proposals penalties, Contributor proposal process, Trial period and onboarding and Contributor level changes.

I supported the recruitment and onboarding of a new UI/UX designer, @Artistocrat for DAVI. Excited for him to join our current design team.

In addition, much preparation this period was put in for Infinite, Devcon and DXretreat alongside @augustol, @allyq, @whatt4, @Arhat , @sky , @KeenanL and of course Lateral in the planning of this. Preparation included weekly meetings, collaboration with co organizers and supporting Lateral with internal communications. Big thanks to @Powers and @dlabs for help with payments.

Needs improvement

Throughout this period things were a bit tumultuous for DXdao. We began the process of our restructure and refocus and we were faced with many internal challenges throughout. Reflecting back on the events of this process I know I could have been more vocal and better supported the facilitation of these difficult conversations and transitions. Communication has been consistently identified as an area of improvement in DXdao and the ContributorX and I will do my best to improve this. Utilizing mediation techniques and various frameworks for communication and feedback will be a goal of mine moving forward.


Hi @Melanie, please see this thread which could probably use a little attention from a conduct perspective.

@JohnKelleher We take our standards of conduct and contributor covenant very seriously. We are addressing the matters of this thread internally