PSP-IPΔ33 : Governance framework and parameters adjustments

Hello everyone,
in a first part, the proposal in the current framework, the one that may be posted on snapshot.
in a second part, the reasoning behind this proposal.

PSP-IPΔ33: Governance framework and parameters adjustments

Governance Parameters

Simple Summary
Updating governance processes in line with developments in the DAO.
The updates:

  • Proposal framework changes (simpler, avoid redundancies)
  • Proposal name update (PIP-XX and PEP-XX)
  • Information “Temps check” on governance forum and discord at least 48h before submitting a snapshot proposal (for PIP only)
  • Fixed date to create a snapshot, as close to Tuesdays as possible (for PIP only)
  • Increase minimum to 100K voting power to create a snapshot proposal.
  • Increase Quorum to 25M voting power (voting power takes account for the x2.5 boost of sePSP2).

PSP-IPΔ4 and PSP-IPΔ6 established the first frameworks for the functioning of the ParaSwap DAO governance process.

With the arrival of Social Escrow and sePSP, the PSP-IPΔ22 - PSP 2.0 - Revised Voting Edition updated partially this process by changing the tokens considered for voting power, their weights as well as the vote weights to make it compatible with the new system.

An initial assessment of the situation seems to make it necessary to update some of these parameters.

The aim of this proposal is to make the DAO more robust to current attacks on the snapshot, but also more understandable and accessible. The goal is to increase participation and make the DAO community grow.


  • Update the proposal framework, journey and name - Implementation by Forum manager of the new rules in the governance forum.
  • Increase of the minimal voting power and quorum update - Modification by snapshot manager.

No more fake snapshot proposals, without blocking their creation manually.
Increased participation in the governance process and voting

Forward-thinking considerations
The topic of delegates seems to be the natural one to follow and will need to be structured in a second proposal.
It will also be necessary to monitor and adjust if necessary the parameters of vote creation and quorum.

Implementation overview
Creation and display of the new set of rules and provision of a template for DAO members (Estimated time of implementation: 2 weeks).
Snapshot space parameters update (Estimated time of implementation: 1 week).

Voting options

  • Apply the governance parameters update
  • Do NOT apply the governance parameters update
  • Abstain

The case

The subject was first discussed in the research section of the governance forum, some points were reached by consensus. Others I have made a choice and updates for, still to be discussed here to finalise the proposal.

Disclaimer: AAVE and Balancer DAOs will be often used as a reference. Albeit their situation not being the same as ParaSwap (with the first one having an almost finished token distribution and for the other one a voting token with a lock system),it may be interesting to make a comparison with perennial DAOs even if we have to adapt to ParaSwap.

Despite these differences, both of these DAOs are closely associated with ParaSwap, and can be used as positive examples of a functioning DeFi DAO

Feel free to add comparisons or good practices from other DAOs.

This proposal is a heavy one, but it is an important first step towards a simpler, more accessible and understandable governance process.

Have a good read.

1/ The Proposals

There’s currently two types of proposal:

*PSP-IPΔ: ParaSwap Improvement Proposal
*PSP-EPΔ: ParaSwap Express Proposal
(PSP-EPΔ has reduced pre-proposal discussions and expedited voting time according to the severity of a situation, details on the PSP-IPΔ22)

The epoch system sometimes requires that one solution be applied before the end of the epoch or the other begins.

The discussion process can sometimes be lengthy and PSP-EPΔ have made it possible to implement important changes in a short time.

We can also see in other places differentiation between proposals according to their consequences: for instance AAVE has two types of proposals, one for actions with “small consequences” and the other with “long term” consequences, each with different criteria (quorum, ceiling to create the proposal, etc). However, I think it is necessary to make the current system more robust before further diversifying the types of proposals.

For the reasons outlined above, I’m in favor of keeping it as it is for now.

2/ The proposal journey

As specified by @disiaque.eth in the PSP-IPΔ4 discussion, the current journey of a proposal is:

  1. Discord. Birth of the idea and first signalling. This step is optional for a proposal, and mostly used for informal brainstorming.
  2. Forum. Work space and argued discussions.
  3. Snapshot. Vote of at least 5 days for PSP-IP, with a reduced vote time for PSP-EP .

I am personally aligned with this path, I will add a few comments:

  • There is currently no specified length of time to consider that a proposal has been sufficiently discussed in the governance forum.
    This is rather logical given the variety of discussions, as it could prolong or unnecessarily shorten topics.
    A message in the governance forum on the proposal thread should be written at least 48h prior the proposal goes to vote and also shared in the discord governance channel as a “Temp check” or sentiment check and to confirm that the discussion is closed and to remove any potential blocking point.
    Snapshot vote could be created 48h after this temps check is published.
  • Idea raised by @stikers , to improve communication about the governance process, votes could be set on a specific date each week (each tuesday for instance). The start (tuesday) and end (sunday) of votes would then be known by the whole community and communication on votes by the DAO would also be simplified by grouping them.
    (Only PSP-IP would be concerned by this regular vote time).
    The setting of a fixed date for the proposal vote cannot currently be forced through the snapshot setting.
    We can therefore set parameters but not enforce them, that’s why I propose a day but not day/hour.
Vote to add two rules for PSP-IP (not PSP-EP):
- Temps check (forum+discord) 48h before posting the proposal on snapshot.
- Create snapshot as close to Tuesdays as possible

3/ The proposal framework

The structure of a proposal has been defined by the PSP-IPΔ4 and concerns all proposals (PSP-IP and PSP-EP)

After discussions with @0xYtocin and other members of the DAO, it seems to me that it is necessary to review the structure of proposals in order to:

  • avoid redundancies
  • simplify it to allow a better understanding and facilitate the handling of this tool by as many members of the community as possible.

On a different note, but still in the spirit of simplicity, it would seem appropriate to update the names of the proposals:
PSP-IPΔXX would become PIP-XX
PSP-EPΔXX would become PEP-XX
(by by annoying tiny triangle)
For instance if this proposal goes on snapshot and passes as PSP-IPΔ32, the next proposal should be PIP-33 or PEP-07.

As stated in the part 2/ The proposal journey, the proposal will have to be temp checked before going live on snapshot and the creation on snapshot should be on tuesdays.

It is important to remember that respecting the framework of a proposal is a mandatory criterion.

I propose the following modifications:

  1. Proposal Number & Name
    A number to identify the proposal, based on the order of submission and name (=snapshot vote title).
    Ex: PSP-IPΔ0: ParaSwap Improvement Proposal Framework
    The number is chosen at the time of the snapshot vote, at the time of the discussions on the forum of governance, it will preserve the “XX” to keep a logic of chronology of the votes. Governance post name will be updated with the snapshot going live.
2. Keywords
One or multiple choice: Front-end upgrade, smart contract development, marketing and communication, security, PSP token upgrade, PSP liquidity incentives, PSP staking policy, parameter update, integrations, and synergies.

3. Simple Summary
Clear and layman-accessible one or two-line summary of the proposal.
  1. Abstract (merged with 3. Simple Summary)
    Comprehensive overview of the issue being addressed and the solution proposed (~ 100w).
  2. Goals & review (merged with 7. Rationale)
    What are the main goals of the proposal? Briefly list the main objectives & and the metrics that will be used to evaluate the success of the proposed implementation.
  3. Means
    What the proposal requires to come to life: PSP budget, additional development on the ParaSwap product, external development, etc.
7. Rationale
How will success be measured? What metrics will be used to evaluate the success of the proposed implementation?
8. Forward-thinking considerations
With this proposal implemented, what are the next steps to consider? Does this proposal include any new parameter the DAO can adjust? Does it call for a revision of another subcomponent of the system?
  1. Implementation Overview (merged with 8. Forward-thinking considerations)
    What happens if this proposal goes through? A high-level overview of the main steps required for its implementation as well as potential future considerations. Estimated time of implementation when possible.

A template will be made available to DAO members on the governance forum along with an article summarizing the updated rules if this proposal is passed.

4/ Standard proposal vote time

The case of urgent proposals is handled by the PSP-EP (PEP), which I think should be left as is.

Looking back, the length of the snapshot was never a problem when it came to involving the community at large.

PSP-IPs (PIPs) currently have a duration of 120 hours or 5 days.

This seems appropriate and I see no reason to change it.

5/ Standard proposal implementation delay

The history and diversity of DAO votes shows us that it is difficult (impossible) to pre-define a timeframe for the application of a vote as the requirements (technical, partnerships, etc) are so different.

Therefore I‘d see the “Timeframe for implementation: Specific to each vote” (as already the case).
This point will be deleted and replaced by a “Estimated time of implementation” in the original proposal when available (see 3/ The proposal framework).

6/ Minimal sePSP voting power required to submit proposals

PSP-IPΔ22 changed the minimum amount of PSP needed for a proposal from 5400 to 10.000 PSP, to account for the 2x boost given from sePSP2. (Only staked PSP are accounted for).

With the recent out-of-framework votes and governance attacks created on the DAO snapshot, it is clear that this threshold is not appropriate and needs to be raised.

PSP-IPΔ12 had already tried to raise the standard for snapshot creation but the vote was rejected, mainly because it was felt that the chosen amount centralised governance too much and cut off a large part of the community, at a time when a delegation solution was not perennially in place.

That being said, I’m in line with the fact that only staked PSP are taken into account, as it is done for voting power, and I see the raise of PSP amount as essential.

Observing the top stakers on sePSP1 and sePSP2 pools and taking account that:
1 sePSP1 = 1 PSP
1 sePSP2 = 5.9 PSP (at the time of writing)

As the delegation organisation is not yet in place (see point 8) (frame below has been updated following vote in the thread):

I propose to make a first increase of the voting power required to 100K PSP (100K sePSP1 or 17K sePSP2).

When looking at the PSP holders in the sePSP1 and sePSP2 pools, this amount allows the first 69 stakers of sePSP1 and first 115 of sePSP2 to create a vote, i.e. 7% of the 2650 stakers (at the time of writing).

The percentage may seem small but I think that this amount (3250 dollars equivalent at the time of writing) is necessary to avoid the creation of out-of-framework votes and that a delegate system must be put in place to facilitate the governance process at this level.

This 100K PSP amount both gives the power to create a vote to a significant part of the DAO, while limiting the possibility of “off-framework” or non-argumentative voting creation.

Other DAOs have higher requirements (200K veBAL (2%) for Balancer and 80K AAVE (.5%) or 320K AAVE (2%) depending on the implementation), but they also have a delegate system well in place.

This is clearly a metric that will need to be monitored and updated by the DAO according to:

  • Delegate system put in place
  • PSP price

It should be noted that the independent body “Gov-co” created at the time of the PSP-IP25 would not be affected by this minimum threshold for several reasons:
- Unless I am mistaken, gov-co does not have a token itself.
- In the critical and unlikely event that no one has enough voting power to trigger a vote and the governance process is blocked, the gov-co will be able to create a vote to lower the necessary threshold and thus unlock the DAO.

7/ Quorum

The current quorum for a ParaSwap DAO vote is set at 4M PSP.

My estimate of the current % of token supply liquid is 46.12% or 922 400 000 PSP.

(There is nothing more accurate than the Paint + ruler combo)

But I make a distinction between the released/liquid supply and the available supply because a part of the PSP is currently in the DAO treasury without any particular allocation (except for the GRP if I am not mistaken).

Hereafter, PSP voting history since PSP2.0:

A quorum of 20% of the supply is rather common in other protocols (e.g. AAVE or Balancer).

However, we can see that the current participation in the DAO votes does not allow to follow this path for the moment.

Given the dynamics of participation and taking account for heavy voters, I think it would be interesting to raise the quorum to a portion of the voting power expressed during the lowest participation: 25M VOTING POWER

(The amount accounted for is the one after the x2.5 boost from sePSP2)

8/ Delegation

The subject of delegation is in itself a very important subject in my opinion.

It will have impacts on some of the criteria mentioned above in a second phase.

I propose to open a discussion in another thread of governance.


Nice job. Let’s go Alb

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Great job @Albist!

I’m in line with almost everything except the 200K $PSP snapshot creation threshold I think that $7K dollar is way too high for a single person without a decent delegation system.

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Yes, I can understand that it is not optimal in terms of decentralization and permissiveness for the creation of votes, I admit that I focused mainly on the “barrier” to avoid false/inappropriate snapshot.
And yes, a higher amount would be relevant when a proper delegate system in place (which is imo the next big step to do asap regarding governance).

Problem is, we want a low amount to allow DAO members to create snapshot, but we also don’t want it too low to avoid external interference on snapshot.

Below is an idea of the impact in $ and % of stakers involved for several amounts used as minimum PSP amount to create a snapshot vote (at today’s $PSP price and staking metrics):


Here a poll to collect community sentiment / feedback:

  • 200K
  • 100K
  • 50K
  • 25K

0 voters


Agree to increase a little bit the requirement for creating snapshot proposals as a first step.
We can adjust later if new problems appears.

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Thanks for your awesome work :+1:

I still think that what ever amount we choose now, a delegation system is needed anyway and once available we’ll have to update that amount again.

For exemple, If we would have a proper delegation system I would be in favor of a 1M $PSP minimum to create a proposal.
But it’s not available so for now I’m in favor of the minimum acceptable amount to avoid false/inappropriate snapshot.

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Thanks again for this comprehensive work, and for drawing the final votable points!

As one of the people that has posted a considerable amount of proposals, I believe the changes proposed here will make the experience a lot better both for seasoned DAO veterans and newcomers.

Once we decide what’s a correct amount of minimum voting power to submit a vote, I think we should include this + the other key changes in the Simple Summary section, just to make it easy to read which of these ideas will lead to actionable changes!

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I updated the original post, moving the main item / changes from “Goal” section to “Simple Summary” section.

I leave some time to the post to have more participation and a choice on the minimum voting power that seems to be the only discussion point at the moment (a communication on the governance forum would be appreciated to inform the community of this discussion)
My goal is to do a “temp check” (forum + discord) by the end of next week for a voting start on Monday May 22 (I don’t think there is any urgency and it allows to test the proposed process)


Hello everyone,

i closed the vote for the minimum proposal creation threshold on snapshot and updated the original proposal with an amopunt of 100K $PSP instead of the 200K $PSP initially planned.

This post is a temp check, to inform the community of the update as well as to warn that I plan to put this proposal to vote on snapshot this Monday 22 May.

Please feel free to report any blocking issues not detected so far.

This message will be relayed on the discord for more visibility.

Hey albist, can’t wait to vote on this!
Here’s a couple small checks that I think should be made before publishing:

  • For 100k PSP to create a forum proposal : Change to 100k voting power in the summary section. This is simply to harmonise with the rest of the proposal and avoid confusions.
  • For the proposal journey section, I would clarify that the Tuesday snapshot date to be ‘as close to Tuesdays as possible’ to match what you said about setting fixed dates not being possible. This is simply to avoid edge cases of timezone differences , as well as this one in particular being hard to enforce.

If this vote passes, these changes should be easily alterable as soon as the vote ends.

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Totally makes sens, the original proposal has been updated following these wise comments.

Regarding the voting date, I am still looking for a way to enforce this rule, in the meantime, it will remain just a ‘good practice’ to make it easier to follow the life of the DAO.

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PSP-IPΔ33 has passed.

New govervance parameters must now be applied.

An easily accessible pinned article will be written in the governance forum to present the new framework in detail and provide support for those wishing to embark on this process:

  • New title : PIP-XX & PEP-XX
  • Temp check on the forum and discord before launching a vote
  • Votes to be launched as close to Tuesday as possible

The snapshot will be updated with the new data (proposal power + quorum).