Other Internet received funding from Uniswap Grants Program to conduct an ethnography of its Discord, with the goal of exploring how off-chain governance has evolved almost a year after the introduction of UNI. Our research was guided by questions such as: what are the barriers to greater user participation? How can the process by which informal ideas become official governance proposals be improved? What does it look like to have a treasury managed by a large group of users distributed across multiple platforms? How might collective decision-making work when each communication interface enforces its own unique norms and culture?
This is the first in a series of research reports on off-chain governance in the crypto ecosystem.