Welcome To The Guardian Foundation Discourse

How to Start?

• GFP drafts and templates will be available soon for you to review and understand the process.

• Template, drafts, and resources will be hosted in Help & Resources

• Stay in touch with the community by learning more about topics currently under discussion.

• Learn what you need to know before writing a proposal in the Forum Guide: Before Writing a Proposal. This is found under Help & Resources.

• Lastly, visit the General tab to introduce yourself!


Guardian DAO exists because decentralized governance is critical to building and managing a globally dispersed community—and therefore critical to the success of the Guard ecosystem. Guardian is governed by and for the community. If you hold Guardian, you’re automatically a part of the DAO and able to participate in governance by putting forward and voting on Guard Foundation Proposals (GFPs).

The Foundation

The Guard Foundation serves the Guardian DAO to steward the growth and development of the Guard ecosystem in a fair and inclusive way. It utilizes the Ecosystem Fund, which is controlled by a multisig wallet, to pay its expenses as directed by the Guardian DAO and provides an infrastructure for Guardian holders to collaborate and to attract new builders and community members to join us.


Discourse is an open-source discussion platform and the first stop for all GFPs. Here, members of the community can discuss matters of relevance to the ecosystem and provide feedback on GFPs. This informal dialoque helps GFP authors to strengthen their proposals and promotes GFPs that are informed by the values and goals of the community. The special council is an extra layer of support to help members navigate the discourse.

Proposal Process

Discourse is used for idea generation, community discussion, and the preparation of the GFP Draft. A brief description of the process is below. This process will be iterated and improved through community governance.

  • All Topics submitted in Discourse must be approved by a moderator. If it is rejected, you will be contacted by a moderator directly. If approved, it is open for 7 days.

  • When the Topic is closed, a moderator will message the author of the Topic directly in Discourse to put together the GFP Draft.

  • The GFP Draft will go through the moderation, analysis, and review process.

  • Moderators will update the community on the status of the Topics in the comments after the Topic is closed.

  • Approved GFPs will be put on Snapshot for vote.

  • You can read the official proposal process here

Voting Process

All Live GFPs will be posted for a vote. A brief summary of the process is below.

  • New GFPs are posted every week on the same day of the week and close six days thereafter.

  • Guardian DAO members may delegate their votes to another Guardian DAO member. Delegation must occur prior to the posting of the GFP on Snapshot.

Guidelines for Engagement on Discourse

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation. These are not hard and fast rules. They are guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a kind, friendly place for civilized public discourse. Remember, we are all in this together and need to work together to keep the conversation productive.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always adding something positive to the discussion, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later. One of our principles is: never discount your own contribution.

One way to improve the discussion is by discovering discussions already in progress. Spend time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said. As a community we do not have to agree, but it’s important that we can align.

It’s Okay To Disagree. Be Respectful, Anyway.

You may wish to respond by disagreeing. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling

  • Ad hominem attacks

  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content

  • Knee-jerk contradiction: Instead, provide thoughtful insights that improve the conversation.

The Guardian Foundation should benefit from crowdsourcing and improving ideas. Keep the conversation focused on improving the ideas presented, not judging the people involved.

Your Participation Counts

Again, do not discount your own contribution. The conversations we have here set the tone for every new arrival. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.

Discourse provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, watching, muting, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.

We want to leave everything better than we found it, and treat our community the same way.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.

When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. Replying encourages poor/juvenile behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Most negative people just want attention; don’t give it to them. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.

To maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

Always Be Civil

  • Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:

  • Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech. If you’re not sure, just don’t post it.

  • Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.

  • Respect each other. Don’t harass or solicit anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.

  • Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.

  • If you are not sure, just err on the side of caution and avoid even the appearance of any of these things. Ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of a major news site with your face and name next to it. If you don’t like that thought, don’t post it.

  • This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.

Keep It Organized

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. Proper organization will help everyone help everyone else. So:

  • Don’t start a topic in the wrong category; please read the category definitions.

  • Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.

  • Don’t post no-content replies.

  • Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.

  • Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.

Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a Linked Topic.

Don’t Post Other People’s Stuff

You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without their explicit permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for breaking any law.

You are the engine

This site is operated by your friendly local staff and you, the community. If you have any further questions about how things should work here, open a new topic in the site feedback category, and let’s discuss! If there’s a critical or urgent issue that can’t be handled by a meta topic or flag, contact us via the staff page.