Update: 2022/08/05
Revision proposed by ICPMN Team and approved by unanimous decision by ICPMN Voting Members on 2022/08/08

Purpose

The ICP Maximalist Network (ICPMN) neuron provides a service to the Internet Computer (IC) community as a registered named neuron (Neuron ID 4966884161088437903) that can be selected as a Followee in the Network Nervous System (NNS) dApp.  It is configured with up to 15 elected voting members that are representative of the ICP Maximalist Network community who can be trusted to always vote with their own convictions on all proposals.  Ownership and configuration of this public neuron as well as voting member expectations and identification are described in this policy document.

Background

Governance Participation

One of the basic principles of the Internet Computer Protocol (ICP) blockchain is decentralization.  This is achieved in governance by having a large voter turnout and a high diversity of voters.  Since it is not practical for everyone to vote every day on all topics, the governance system is designed to allow liquid democracy.  This means that neuron owners are able to select Followees for specific topics in order to allow those individuals or organizations to vote for them.  

The ICP Maximalist Network is currently named as a Followee in the NNS dApp.  This was first put to a Motion type governance proposal (38982) on 1/10/2022 and passed.  Afterward, DFINITY released a new type of governance proposal called Register Known Neuron.  That proposal (42010) was made for ICPMN on 1/28/2022 and passed again, which automatically listed ICP Maximalist Network as the first community based, public known neuron in the Network Nervous System (NNS).  

The ICP Maximalist Network is a social network of a wide variety of ICP enthusiasts, end users, investors, developers, and DFINITY Foundation team members. Our community reflects the values and interests of some of the most active members of the IC ecosystem.  This makes us well positioned to offer a neuron for voting with a high diversity of thought from our elected voting members.

The ICPMN neuron was created using an Internet Identity and the NNS dApp for the sole purpose of NNS governance participation as a Followee option.  This neuron will never be intended to hold any significant treasury.  A guiding principle for this neuron is that it will be a highly reliable voting member of the IC governing body and that the IC community can trust it to vote on all proposals in a way that is representative of our elected voting members, who are typically well known leaders in the IC community.

Followee Voting

All neuron owners are able to add up to 15 Followees to their neuron for each proposal topic using the NNS dApp. Each Followee counts as one vote no matter how much voting power the Followee holds individually.  If greater than 50% of Followees vote Yes on a proposal, then the neuron votes Yes for the proposal.  If greater than or equal to 50% of Followees vote No on a proposal, then the neuron votes No on that proposal.  If neither condition is met, then the neuron will abstain from voting on the proposal.  

As an example, if a neuron has 15 Followees configured for Governance, then 8 Followees must vote Yes or 8 Followees must vote No in order for the neuron to vote.  If a neuron has 14 Followees configured for Governance, then 8 Followees must vote Yes or 7 Followees must vote No in order for the neuron to vote.  

Trust is required in this form of liquid democracy. In order to receive voting rewards, the neuron must vote. The neuron owner puts trust in the Followees that they will always vote and that they will cast their vote with the long-term best interest of the IC in mind.

Manual Voting

All neuron owners can vote manually on any specific proposal even if they select a Followee for a proposal topic.  Manual voting is the only way to ensure a neuron votes exactly as desired by the neuron owner.  However, voting manually must occur before the Followee neuron casts a vote.  

In the case of the ICPMN neuron, it typically takes 24 hours to cast a vote for non-controversial proposals, but can take a few days for more controversial proposals. There are no guarantees on when the ICPMN neuron will vote as it is completely dependent on when the individual voting members reach their own decisions and cast their votes. In the future the voting system may change according to proposal 38985 such that neuron owners can vote manually throughout the entire voting period even if their Followee has already voted, but at this time a neuron owner must vote before their Followees reach majority if they want to vote manually.  

While it is encouraged for followers of the ICPMN neuron to vote manually on any proposal they feel strongly about, manually voting is not intended for the ICPMN neuron itself.  Voting by the ICPMN neuron will occur through the voting members that are configured as Followees for the neuron.

Role Descriptions

  • ICPMN = ICP Maximalist Network
  • ICPMN Community = Anyone who is a member and participant in the ICPMN chat group on Telegram or in any future social media platform that is used by the ICP Maximalist Network
  • ICPMN Team = The leadership team for the ICP Maximalist Network in charge of running day to day operations
  • ICPMN Neuron = The registered known neuron that is named after the ICP Maximalist Network
  • ICPMN Neuron Voting Members = up to 15 people who will participate in the ICPMN Community, have gone through the nomination process, are vetted by the ICPMN Team, approved by the existing ICPMN Voting Members, and elected by the ICPMN Community to serve as voting members of the ICPMN Neuron according to the policy outlined in this document.
  • ICPMN Neuron Owner = An individual who is nominated by the ICPMN Team and approved by the ICPMN Voting Members to be responsible for the ICPMN Neuron management

ICPMN Neuron Configuration

Parameters

The ICPMN neuron has been created with an Internet Identity and staked with 10 ICP. The neuron is configured with 8-year dissolve delay in the non-dissolving state and has joined the Community Fund. The maturity will be allowed to accumulate. Periodically the ICPMN Team shall determine what to do with the accumulated Maturity. While it is ok for the neuron stake to increase, this neuron is not intended to be a treasury for the ICPMN.

Followees

The ICPMN neuron shall be configured with Followees that are duly elected ICPMN Voting Members according to this policy document.  These ICPMN Voting Members shall be elected by the ICPMN community for any topic that is not included in the All Topics “catch all” category.  These Followees shall be individuals that consistently vote with their own convictions based on active engagement with the IC community and intellectually honest research of each Governance topic. Each ICPMN Voting Member shall designate their preferred neuron that will be listed as the Followee. It must be a neuron they control, but there is no requirement for minimum voting power. Each voting member shall be asked to prove that they control the neuron that they select by performing specific actions that can be verified publicly such as topping up the neuron with a small, but specific amount of ICP within a certain timeframe.

The ICPMN neuron shall be configured to follow DFINITY Foundation for the All Topics “catch all” category. DFINITY will not be listed as a Followee for Governance topics.

Voting Members

Election Strategy

There will be an election for 3 Voting Members every 3 months.  The term of service for each Voting Member is 15 months. There are no limits to how many times a Voting Member can be elected.  Hence, there may be incumbents on the ballot for each election in addition to new nominees.  The goal is to maintain up to 15 qualified and active Voting Members without too much turnover.  We will seek to have Followees from diverse backgrounds in order to achieve balanced representation of the ICPMN community.

Since the first year of existence of the neuron included 12 voting members, each will be randomly selected to participate in a quarterly election one time prior to completing their first 15 month term.  This will enable elections to occur while ensuring we don’t have high turnover.

Election Process

1) Call for Nominations

a)Duration: 1 week

b) Promotion: ICPMN main chat group, DSCVR, Distrikt, Taggr

c) All nominees must be part of the ICPMN community and be willing and able to follow this policy document

2) Nominee Vetting Period

a) Duration: 1 week expected, but longer if needed

b) Actions performed by ICPMN Team
i)Background check to verify nominees are compatible with the mission, vision, and values of ICPMN
ii) Verify nominees understand the ICPMN neuron policy document and are willing to follow it
iii) Verify nominees are active participants in the ICPMN community
iv) Verify that nominees add the right balance of diverse background to the Voting Members
v) Verify that nominees are not a publicly disclosed voting member of another public neuron and will not join another public neuron during the terms of service.
vi) Cull the nominee list to no more than 10 nominees as needed

c) Actions performed by the existing ICPMN Voting Members
i) Approve the Nominee list

3) Election

a) Duration: 1 week

b) Conduct Telegram Poll with the following configurations:
i) Anonymous Voting
ii) Multiple Answers
iii) Not Quiz Mode
iv) All nominees listed as options in the poll
v) Note: the polling mechanism may change in the future; this policy document will be updated accordingly.

c) Top 3 vote recipients are elected as Voting Members

4) Election Ratification

a) Actions performed by existing ICPMN Voting Members (those prior to election)
i) Ratify the election as fair and complete
ii) Ratification will occur by way of ICPMN voting member discussion and poll
iii) In the event that Ratification cannot occur, then harder discussions will commence among Voting Members and the Team about next steps.   Each situation may be different and may require a custom solution, so it is intentional to not prescribe more than a generic policy in the event that Ratification cannot occur.

b) Actions performed by the ICPMN Neuron Owner
i) Update the Followee list for Governance topic with the newly elected and ratified Voting Members

Expectations

Voting members are expected to engage in an intellectually honest way with the IC community on Governance topics at http://forum.dfinity.org as well as in the ICPMN social media platforms. They will develop their own convictions on specific proposals and are expected to cast their votes in alignment with those convictions. There is no expectation that voting members cast their vote in alignment with a vocal majority or vocal minority of the ICPMN community.

While Voting Members are able to submit their own proposals to the NNS, it is expected that they will not automatically get endorsement from other voting members.  They are subject to the same scrutiny and consideration as any other proposal.

Voting members are expected to make it known how and why they vote on each proposal and the vote they cast will be transparent to the public. If the ICPMN community believes that an individual voting member is not representing their best interests, then they can be replaced during the re-election process.

Expulsion

Each voting member must agree to follow this policy document in order to be nominated and elected as a voting member for the ICPMN neuron.  In the event that they do not perform the duties outlined in this policy, they may be subject to expulsion after discussion and poll by the ICPMN Voting Members.  There may be other reasons why it makes sense to remove a voting member that are plainly obvious when it happens, but not possible to document in advance.  In the event that a voting member has to be removed, it will be handled on a case by case basis.  The process will include deep discussion among the ICPMN Team and the ICPMN Voting Members.

Transparency

The identities and neuron IDs of all voting members of the ICPMN neuron shall be public knowledge.  This enables anyone to follow individual voting members and it enables the public to see how each individual voting member votes on each proposal.  This information may be helpful to the IC community as each individual decides how they want to configure their own neuron.  This also enables verification that the ICPMN neuron always votes according to the Followees.  There are plans to develop a web page that will make it easy to see how the ICPMN neuron and each voting member votes on each proposal.

Identities of ICPMN Voting Members

Wenzel Bartlett

Neuron - 8269903528373981952

Husband, father, chemist, analyzer engineer, #8yeargang.  Learned about the internet computer at genesis in May 2021 and became hooked immediately.  I love the passion and enthusiasm I see from the IC community and want to do everything I can to catalyze growth of the IC ecosystem, including development of a second career in this space.  I have been an active member of the ICP Maximalist community since it was started. Twitter: @BartlettWenzel; Telegram: @BartlettWenzel; Reddit: u/sayitkind; Discord: @Wenzel#9041; DSCVR: @wpb; Distrikt: @wpb; @OpenChat: @wpb; Email: wpbartlett@gmail.com

Bob Bodily

Neuron ID: 12995586854978175822

Bob Bodily is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Toniq Labs. He also created icp.guide and nftvillage.ai. He has been heavily involved in the ICP Maximalist community since the very beginning. Twitter: @BobBodily; Telegram: @bodily11

Brian Galler

Neuron ID: 14857913794892254103

Brian joined the ICP Maximalist Network (ICPMN) community in August, 2021. He is an ICP investor (8 Year Gang), founder of IC3D NFT, ICPMN Ambassador, co-host of the Blockchain Mavericks Show, and has advised a number of IC NFT projects. As the founder of IC3D NFT he is focused on development of 3D NFTs and the creation of a land ownership and game Metaverse environment. Brian has three decades of software development experience. For the past 20 years he has been a technical program & project manager leading software development teams through the delivery of complex software systems. Brian has a passion for building teams and helping them achieve big goals. He experienced the transition from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 and recognizes the huge potential of Web 3.0 and specifically the Internet Computer. When he isn’t geeking out on technology Brian enjoys time with his family and going on wilderness backpacking adventures to disconnect. Twitter: @BrianKGaller; Telegram: @BrianGaller

Christian Müller

Neuron ID:7949437292429642200

Christian studied Computer Science and holds a PhD in Formal Methods at the Saarland University. He is employed by DFINITY since 2019 and had a chance to work on different layers of the IC stack: first in the execution team and later in the consensus team. Recently he took over an engineering lead role in the orchestrator team. Twitter: @drmllr; Telegram: @cmllr

David Fisher

Neuron ID: 16327204681410622208

Co-founder of 9Yards Capital, a venture capital investment firm. Formerly worked in private equity at Leonard Green and banking at & JP Morgan. English with South African roots. I am extremely excited about the future of ICP!  Twitter: @fisherdavie; Telegram: @daviefish

Steve Erickson

Neuron ID: 1124742246653679364

Steve has been involved in the Internet Computer community since genesis as an early member of the ICPMN Ambassador Program and Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer at Toniq Labs. Originally drawn to the Internet Computer by its technical capabilities such as reverse gas and on-chain hosting, he was then convinced to pursue a career in the Internet Computer ecosystem by the engaged community and unique governance system. Prior to Toniq Labs, Steve worked as an ITS Project Leader for Boston University on marketing systems design, implementation, and administration. Twitter: @EasyStevie_e; Telegram: @EasyStevie

The ICP Maximalist

Neuron ID: 11234902717315940161

Founder of ICP Maximalist Network (ICPMN) and the IC Gallery metaverse and 3D MoonWalkers NFT. Focused on building Web3 communities and products on the Internet Computer for the next decade. Advisor and seed investor in the IC ecosystem.

Twitter: @icpmaximalist; Telegram: @icpmaximalist

Kyle Langham

Neuron 16310791615463810241

Hello everyone!  I first got involved in the Internet Computer shortly after Genesis and staked my first ICP in an 8-year neuron on 23JUN21.  I am the author of the ICP Analysis on Substack and am very interested in data analytics around the NNS and the ICP tokenomics.  My full time career is as a director of a data science and analytics team for a biopharm company.  At some point I hope to work full time on the Internet Computer ecosystem. Twitter: @kylelangham; Telegram: Kyle L

Manu Drijvers

Neuron ID: 8191637969740243463

Manu Drijvers is a cryptographer that works on consensus & chain key cryptography at the DFINITY Foundation. Twitter: @manudrijvers; Telegram: @manudrijvers

Adnan - MonkeyCruise

Neuron ID: 7749742271488644191

My name is Adnan aka MonkeyCruise I am an ICPMN Ambassador and I currently help support the IC community. It’s my belief that the Internet Computer and its communities are going to be a benchmark and envy of true Web3 Communities of the future.  I have been a part of the various IC communities and projects since Genesis. I’ve been supporting with consultation, delivery execution, and community support for numerous projects.  I have a passion for technology and innovation. I have many years of experience in project delivery and product ownership for many fortune 500 companies. I have built a reputation for simplifying the complex and being a creative problem solver who has consistently delivered projects with a customer focused approach to drive sales growth and deep value . I am proficient at building and maintaining professional relationships with a proven ability to bridge gaps and build consensus.  You can always get in touch with me on various platforms. Twitter: @monkeycruise; Telegram: @monkeycruise;  Distrikt: @adnan;  OpenChat @adnan Email: adnan.icpmnambassador@gmail.com

Daniel Radu

Neuron ID: 3946849296613344209

Hello I am Radu Daniel.  My passions are: philosophy, human behavior, systems. These made me tip my fingers in: marketing > management and finally entrepreneurship. I co-founded marketing business in 2013 and created 2 spinoffs, cv30.co (http://cv30.co/) - a website where one can discover teams culture for a better career fit;  finecashflow.com (http://finecashflow.com/) - a web based cash-flow collaborative forecasting and tracking solution for teams and companies. I have a preference for fast moving environments, progressive, which emphasize critical thinking while keeping aware of our limitations.  I value quality divergent conversations with constructive people. Sometimes we need to break some eggs 🥚 to make an omelet. Around  #blockchain space since 2016. Twitter: @radudaniel; Telegram: @radudaniel

Roman Ingardeniana

Neuron ID: 12513174241823836019

Logic researcher in Paris, it is however as an investor that I interact with the world of blockchain, because if my job has made me aware of some of its notions and its beauty, I have on the other hand no IT skills. I discovered the Internet Computer just after having entered into the blockchain space, in May 2021. I immediately fell in love with it and decided to reinvest into the ICP all of what I had invested into the other blockchains. Although my passion for the Internet Computer has now largely exceeded my initial exclusive interest in investing and I am now absolutely interested in everything that happens there, I think it was important to have among the ICPMN voting members at least one or a couple of ambassadors of the pure investors, although again like Wenzel and many others, the pure investor that I was, quickly became an ICP Maximalist. Twitter: @IngardianaRoman; Telegram: @RomanIngardeniana

ICPMN Neuron Owner

Trust

There is currently a single Owner of the ICPMN neuron and the Internet Identity that controls that neuron. The Owner has been selected by agreement of ICPMN Team and ICPMN Voting Members. The Owner is expected to follow policies outlined in this document. The Owner shall configure the neuron as described by this policy document. The ICPMN neuron vote shall never be cast manually by the Owner on any proposal.

Discussions are in progress with DFINITY Foundation for making neuron management possible by a Followee group from within the NNS dApp using Manage Neuron features.  The ICPMN neuron will be configured for decentralized neuron ownership when those tools are available in the NNS dApp.  Until then, we have no acceptable choice other than having a single trusted neuron owner and a neuron recovery policy.

Election Process

The election process for the neuron owner is important because the ICPMN Team and the ICPMN Voting Members need to trust that the Neuron Owner is willing and able to fulfill the policies outlined in this document.  The Neuron Owner has the ability to vote manually, add/remove voting members, and perform any other task that is available to any neuron owner, so trust needs to exist that they will not perform these actions in a way that defies expectations and policy.

1) Call for Nominations

a) All Voting Members will be asked to identify people who are known to be willing and able to fulfill this role.  Nominees are not required to be voting members or team members.

2) Nominee Vetting Period

a) Actions performed by ICPMN Team
i) Background check to verify nominees are compatible with the mission, vision, and values of ICPMN
ii) Verify nominees understand the ICPMN neuron policy document and are willing to follow it
iii) Select one nominee

3) Election

a) Actions performed by the existing ICPMN Voting Members
i) Approve the Nominee by discussion and poll

b) Conduct Telegram Poll with the following configurations:
i) Anonymous Voting
ii) Yes/No Answers
iii) Not Quiz Mode

4) Election Ratification

a) Ratification occurs immediately upon completion of the poll as long as 80+% of Voting Members approve the nominee.

b)In the event that Ratification cannot occur, then harder discussions will commence among Voting Members and the Team about next steps.  Each situation may be different and may require a custom solution, so it is intentional to not prescribe more than a generic policy in the event that Ratification cannot occur.

Election Frequency

The Neuron Owner shall be formally nominated by the ICPMN Team and approved by the ICPMN Voting Members at least every 12 months.  It is acceptable for the same person to remain the Neuron Owner each year as long as this formal process is followed.

When the Manage Neuron features are implemented in the NNS dApp, control of the ICPMN neuron will be transferred to a group of people.  At that time, this section will change and a different policy on election frequency will be adopted.

Identity of ICPMN Neuron Owner

The ICPMN neuron was created and is managed using an internet identity anchor that was created with the Internet Identity dApp (identity.ic0.app) and the NNS dApp (nns.ic0.app).  Wenzel Bartlett is currently the Owner of the ICPMN Neuron as defined in the policy document.

Policy Updates

This policy document may be updated any time.  A proposal can be made in writing to the ICPMN Team, who will review and decide if it should be implemented.  If approved by the ICPMN Team, then the ICPMN Neuron Voting Members will be asked to approve as well.  The ICPMN Team and Voting Members are expected to negotiate and agree upon the updates before they are implemented.  This policy document shall be posted for the public viewing on the ic.community website.



Wenzel Bartlett
Wenzel Bartlett

Husband, father, chemist, analyzer engineer, #8yeargang
Very interested in ICP tokenomics and governance and highly engaged in the ICP Maximalist Network.

Connect with @wpb on Distrikt

Connect with @wpb on DSCVR

Follow @BartlettWenzel on Twitter

Follow u/sayitkind on Reddit

Connect on Telegram @BarletWenzel and Discord @Wenzel#9041