Goerli Test Round
Last week we successfully ran our first test round of the clr.fund contracts on a public testnet! 🎉
This first quadratic funding round ran for four days, with a two-day contribution period and a two-day voting period. It ended with 2,574 testnet tokens (WEENUS, An ERC20 token faucet courtesy of BokkyPooBah!) being distributed to three dummy recipient projects based on secret inputs of a handful of contributors.
You can also take a peak at a very early version of the UI, bearing in mind that the round is over already and, even if it wasn't, this version of the UI is read-only/simply displaying data on the round. For this round, all of the contributions and other function calls were made against the contracts directly, rather than via a UI.
Up next, we'll be working on the shopping cart and contribution experience, so that contributors can contribute via the UI in our next test. Keep on eye out on our twitter and telegram if you want to join in the fun and help us test.
We've been exploring multiple potential curation mechanisms for clr.fund recipients. As The goal of this instance of clr.fund is to create a fund allocation mechanism for the Ethereum Ecosystem's public goods, it's important that only projects that are actually Ethereum Public Goods be eligible to receive matching (of course, anyone can deploy their own instance and use it for fund allocation in all kinds of communities and ecosystems).
After researching several options, we have decided that Kleros Curate is currently our best option to trustlessly curate a list of valid recipients. We're working on the acceptance criteria for the list and will launch it as soon as gas prices permit. Initially, the clr.fund multi-sig will be the governor of list, however we would like to see this responsibility (along with the owner role in our own contracts) migrated to a clr.fund DAO at some point in the future.
Speaking of gas prices, we're well aware that the current gas prices could make clr.fund unusable on mainnet. Both for the contributors and for the coordinator. As an example, we ran some test a while back and concluded that 500 contributors voting for 5 projects each would cost the coordinator around $15,000 in transaction fees (gas prices were cheaper than they are now when we came up with those numbers).
With that in mind, we'll be exploring some layer two options and will likely run our first production rounds on layer two rather than layer one.
Our challenge right now is finding the L2 network that is the best combination of ready now, easy to work with (we don't want to re-write our contracts), and doesn't make too many compromises on trust, decentralization, etc. Early candidates are xDAI and Optimism. But we are open to other suggestions.