8 Steps to a Successful Proposal

FrankWatsonJr

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she did an amazing job being on the camera and public speaking. I am interesting in looking at this pre-proposal some more. I like the fact that we need public faces supporting dash in the future
 

LUKMAN

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Thanks very much for such a great guide, I think this will help to improve effective way of writing a winnable proposal. This post is useful
 

Daniel Vizcaino

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Is so productive this information, for new members like me who wants to do several things for this community, improve to another level, in my case, the economy of my country Venezuela.

I'm glad to see how far we will go with this movement.
 

prosirius

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thanks for this guide, its very useful for all proposal managing people, especially the new ones like me.
I am a Dash investor and big fan since 2016, it´s time to come up with great projects to support Dash Movement now
 

Marco Canelon

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I really like this article. It is extremely useful. It has many important details to make a new proposal.
 
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Thanks for this insight, super helpful. We have a proposal in the works that we feel can truly offer a lot of value to DASH and the network :)
 

German stAr

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Proposals in the Dash governance system are subject to voting by masternodes. So, like any voting, you need to convince the voters that your proposal should pass. Here are some key points to consider in every proposal:
  1. Keep your proposal clear
    Your proposal should have a clear title, followed by a short and simple description of the objectives. Explain early in your proposal exactly how it will benefit the Dash network, how much Dash you are requesting, how you arrived at this value, and finally who you are and how you plan to do the work. Masternodes should be able to immediately get an idea of what you are proposing from the first few lines of your proposal.
  2. Run a pre-proposal discussion
    Get feedback from the community before you post your proposal to the blockchain. A discussion period of around two weeks will help you find out if someone has proposed something similar in the past, and whether it succeeded or failed. There are pre-proposal channels on the forum and Dash Nation Discord, and Reddit also attracts a lot of views - consider the discussion on these channels to be the research phase of your proposal. Later, you can post a link to the forum discussion when your proposal goes live to show you are including community feedback in your work.
  3. Manage your identity and reputation
    The Dash community is one of the network's strongest features, and newcomers are always welcome. However, because of the way proposals work, there needs to be reasonable trust that the work promised in the proposal will be completed if it passes. If you are new, consider starting with a smaller proposal first to prove your ability to deliver on time and budget. Attaching your real name or Keybase identity to a proposal also helps build trust. If you are a making a large proposal, get a team together and nominate (or hire) one person to serve as community liaison, since posting from multiple accounts can be confusing.
  4. Run an enthusiastic campaign for your proposal
    Proposals with a video or website have a far greater chance of succeeding! Uploading a video gives your proposal a human touch and a chance to convey your enthusiasm in a way that isn't always possible in text. Post your video to the forum and DashCentral, become a regular on Discord or run a webinar to explain the proposal and answer questions. Put some work in before you ask for funding to demonstrate your involvement with Dash - but don't be annoying and spam many channels asking for votes.
  5. Demonstrate your commitment to the network
    If you are asking for a significant investment to start up or expand a for-profit business built on Dash, you need to explain why and for how long this funding is required, and what you are offering in return. It can be very helpful to show you have skin in the game by matching the contribution provided in Dash with funds from your own business or investors. Equity or exclusivity agreements can be reached with Dash Core Group, Inc., but must be clarified in writing before the proposal is posted.
  6. Post your proposal early and make yourself available for questions
    The voting window closes 1662 blocks (or just under 3 days) before the superblock. To give the masternode operators enough time to consider, discuss and vote on your proposal, you must post it well in advance of the voting deadline - it's better to wait for the next superblock than to rush! Most masternodes will see your proposal for the first time once it appears on the blockchain or when you claim it on DashCentral. The first few hours of discussion between masternode owners typically bring up a lot of questions and can be critical to influence opinion and voting, so make yourself available during this time.
  7. Keep the community updated when your proposal passes
    Your proposal should include details of how you plan to keep the community and network informed of your work. Meet your commitments and post regular reports so your output is clear, and make yourself available on social channels to answer questions. Remember, your ability to pass future proposals depends on your demonstrated ability to deliver and communicate.
  8. Consider arrangements for large requests
    If you are requesting a significant amount of funding, there is an understandable concern that you will deliver on your promises to the network. Reach out to trusted intermediaries such as Dash Core Group, Inc. or Green Candle, Inc. in advance for advice on escrow, and make the conditions for escrow release public and part of the proposal. If your proposal is so large that uses a significant percentage of the budget, there is a risk that approving your proposal will bump smaller proposals out of the budget. Consider breaking your proposal into smaller monthly payments instead.
See this page for specific instructions on how to create a proposal when you are ready. Good luck!

For an example of good reporting, reputation management and use of a video to request funding in a pre-proposal, see this video from Amanda B. Johnson's extremely popular "DASH: Detailed" proposal:

Amanda B. Johnson: DASH: Detailed Investor Report #5 + Pre-Proposal

A few additional points:
  1. It is currently not possible to pay a budget proposal to a multisig address, or to change the payment address after the proposal is posted to the blockchain.
  2. To avoid accusations of favouritism and inside trading, Dash Core cannot promote your proposal for you. If your proposal is an integration, reach out to the business development team in advance. Once your product is live, it may be possible to announce it from Dash Core channels.
  3. If your proposal is for news, promotion or marketing, make sure you synchronise your efforts with major existing organisations such as Dash Force News or marketing firms contracted by Dash Core.
  4. You are responsible for price volatility. If your proposal involves significant payments to third parties in fiat currency, reach out to Dash Core Group, Inc. or Green Candle, Inc. for advice on escrow, price maintenance, converting currencies and hedging against volatility.
  5. For the same reason, it is not recommended to request funding for period of longer than three months. Masternodes don't want to see and vote on the same proposal without updates several months in a row, and price volatility makes it a risky proposition both to the network and yourself.
  6. Before entering your budget proposal on the blockchain, check how many proposals already exist for the current budget cycle. If it is likely to become very crowded or if some proposals are requesting a significant portion of the budget, voting is likely to be very competitive with weaker projects being forced out of the budget, even if they collect sufficient votes to pass the 10% threshold. See here for more details.
Wow it is very beneficial to we the the Dash community to use it
 

Tomas Alfaro

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I believe we are all thankfull to @strophy for this post, I took the liberty to translate it to Spanish so it's easier to understand for spanish speakers!

Las propuestas en el sistema de gobernanza de Dash son sujetas a eleccion por los masternodes. Como cualquier votación necesitas convencer a los votantes que tu propuesta pasará. Aquí hay algunos puntos importantes que se deben considerar en cada propuesta:

Haz tu propuesta limpia


Tu propuesta debe tener un título claro, seguido por una corta y simple descripción de los objetivos. Al comienzo explica detalladamente como tu propuesta beneficia a la red, cuantos dash solicitas, como llegaste a este valor y finalmente como planeas hacer el trabajo. Los masternodes deben obtener una idea inmediatamente de lo que quieres hacer solo con leer las primeras líneas de tu propuesta.

La pre-propuesta es importante

Obtén un feedback de la comunidad antes de postear tu propuesta a la cadena de bloques. Un periodo de discusión de dos semanas te ayudará a saber si alguien ha propuesto algo similar en el pasado si fue exitoso o fallo. Existe un canal de pre-propuestas en el fórum, en el Discord de Dash Nation y Reddit también atrae muchas lecturas. Considera la discusión en estos canales como una etapa de investigación en tu propuesta. Después, puedes postear un link a la discusión en el fórum cuando tu propuesta este online para mostrar que estas tomando en cuenta el feedback de la comunidad en tu trabajo.

Maneja tu identidad y reputación


La comunidad de Dash es una de la característica más fuerte de la red y los nuevos siempre son bienvenidos. Aunque debido a como las propuestas trabajan hay una necesidad razonable de ganar confianza de manera que el trabajo prometido en la propuesta sea ejecutado. Si eres nuevo considera comenzando con una propuesta pequeña primero para demostrar tu habilidad para entregar a tiempo y en el presupuesto acordado. Añadir tu nombre real o tu identidad Keybase también ayuda a generar confianza. Si estás haciendo una propuesta grande haz un equipo y nómina o contrata a una persona que sirva como enlace o coordinador ya que postear de diferentes cuentas puede ser confuso

Haz una campaña entusiasta de tu propuesta


Las propuestas con video o página web tienen mucho más chance de ser exitosa. Subir un video le da a tu propuesta un toque humano y una oportunidad para transmitir tu entusiasmo en una manera que no es posible en texto. Sube tu video en el fórum y Dash Central y vuélvete un regular en Discord o haz un webinar para explicar la propuesta y responder preguntas. Pon algo de trabajo antes de pedir dinero para demostrar tu compromiso con Dash (No seas molesto inundando los canales de Dash para pedir votos).

Postea tu propuesta temprano y hazte disponible para preguntas.


La ventana de votación Cierra 1662 bloques (solo 3 días antes del superbloque). De esa manera los operadores de Masternodes tienen suficiente tiempo para considerar, discutir y votar en tu propuesta, debes postearla con suficiente antelación. Es mejor esperar al próximo superbloque que apurarse! La mayoría de los masternodes verán tu propuesta cuando aparezca en el blockchain o cuando la reclames en Dash Central. Las primeras horas de discusión entre los dueños de Masternodos usualmente acarrean muchas preguntas y pueden ser críticas para influenciar la opinión y las votaciones, así que asegúrate de estar disponible.

Mantén la comunidad actualizada cuando tu propuesta pase.


Tu propuesta debe incluir detalles de cómo planeas mantener a la comunidad actualizada e informada de tu trabajo. Mantén tus compromisos y postea reportes regulares de manera de que la información sea clara, mantente disponible en los canales sociales de manera que puedas responder preguntas. Recuerda que tu capacidad de pasar en propuestas futuras depende de que hallas demostrado tu capacidad para entregar a tiempo y comunicarte.

Considera arreglos para pedir grandes sumas


Si estas pidiendo una cantidad razonable de dinero, hay una preocupación entendible de que cumplirás tus promesas a la red. Comunícate con intermediarios de confianza como Dash Core Group Inc. O Green Candle Inc. De manera de obtener un servicio de garantías y escrutinio, las condiciones deben ser públicas y partes de la propuesta. No olvides considerar a las propuestas pequeñas y si es posible divide tu propuesta en pagos mensuales más pequeños si es posible.
 
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greencandle_jeremy

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Good Morning MNOs and community members,

There seems to be some confusion about the fee structure for GC escrow services so we will clear it up now. The confusion is likely due to members viewing information on our own proposal for funding (which was not approved) in which we laid out plans for a different fee structure altogether.

Our current fee for escrow services is 5 Dash total (not per month). There are no additional risk or contingency fees. 5 Dash to escrow the proposal regardless of the duration.

Please feel free to share this information publicly and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions on this matter.
 

pascuin

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Just to check, the amount of DASH needed to submit a proposal is currently at 5 DASH?
 

Brighteous

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Proposals in the Dash governance system are subject to voting by masternodes. So, like any voting, you need to convince the voters that your proposal should pass. Here are some key points to consider in every proposal:
  1. Keep your proposal clear
    Your proposal should have a clear title, followed by a short and simple description of the objectives. Explain early in your proposal exactly how it will benefit the Dash network, how much Dash you are requesting, how you arrived at this value, and finally who you are and how you plan to do the work. Masternodes should be able to immediately get an idea of what you are proposing from the first few lines of your proposal.
  2. Run a pre-proposal discussion
    Get feedback from the community before you post your proposal to the blockchain. A discussion period of around two weeks will help you find out if someone has proposed something similar in the past, and whether it succeeded or failed. There are pre-proposal channels on the forum and Dash Nation Discord, and Reddit also attracts a lot of views - consider the discussion on these channels to be the research phase of your proposal. Later, you can post a link to the forum discussion when your proposal goes live to show you are including community feedback in your work.
  3. Manage your identity and reputation
    The Dash community is one of the network's strongest features, and newcomers are always welcome. However, because of the way proposals work, there needs to be reasonable trust that the work promised in the proposal will be completed if it passes. If you are new, consider starting with a smaller proposal first to prove your ability to deliver on time and budget. Attaching your real name or Keybase identity to a proposal also helps build trust. If you are a making a large proposal, get a team together and nominate (or hire) one person to serve as community liaison, since posting from multiple accounts can be confusing.
  4. Run an enthusiastic campaign for your proposal
    Proposals with a video or website have a far greater chance of succeeding! Uploading a video gives your proposal a human touch and a chance to convey your enthusiasm in a way that isn't always possible in text. Post your video to the forum and DashCentral, become a regular on Discord or run a webinar to explain the proposal and answer questions. Put some work in before you ask for funding to demonstrate your involvement with Dash - but don't be annoying and spam many channels asking for votes.
  5. Demonstrate your commitment to the network
    If you are asking for a significant investment to start up or expand a for-profit business built on Dash, you need to explain why and for how long this funding is required, and what you are offering in return. It can be very helpful to show you have skin in the game by matching the contribution provided in Dash with funds from your own business or investors. Equity or exclusivity agreements can be reached with Dash Core Group, Inc., but must be clarified in writing before the proposal is posted.
  6. Post your proposal early and make yourself available for questions
    The voting window closes 1662 blocks (or just under 3 days) before the superblock. To give the masternode operators enough time to consider, discuss and vote on your proposal, you must post it well in advance of the voting deadline - it's better to wait for the next superblock than to rush! Most masternodes will see your proposal for the first time once it appears on the blockchain or when you claim it on DashCentral. The first few hours of discussion between masternode owners typically bring up a lot of questions and can be critical to influence opinion and voting, so make yourself available during this time.
  7. Keep the community updated when your proposal passes
    Your proposal should include details of how you plan to keep the community and network informed of your work. Meet your commitments and post regular reports so your output is clear, and make yourself available on social channels to answer questions. Remember, your ability to pass future proposals depends on your demonstrated ability to deliver and communicate.
  8. Consider arrangements for large requests
    If you are requesting a significant amount of funding, there is an understandable concern that you will deliver on your promises to the network. Reach out to trusted intermediaries such as Dash Core Group, Inc. or Green Candle, Inc. in advance for advice on escrow, and make the conditions for escrow release public and part of the proposal. If your proposal is so large that uses a significant percentage of the budget, there is a risk that approving your proposal will bump smaller proposals out of the budget. Consider breaking your proposal into smaller monthly payments instead.
See this page for specific instructions on how to create a proposal when you are ready. Good luck!

For an example of good reporting, reputation management and use of a video to request funding in a pre-proposal, see this video from Amanda B. Johnson's extremely popular "DASH: Detailed" proposal:

Amanda B. Johnson: DASH: Detailed Investor Report #5 + Pre-Proposal

A few additional points:
  1. It is currently not possible to pay a budget proposal to a multisig address, or to change the payment address after the proposal is posted to the blockchain.
  2. To avoid accusations of favouritism and inside trading, Dash Core cannot promote your proposal for you. If your proposal is an integration, reach out to the business development team in advance. Once your product is live, it may be possible to announce it from Dash Core channels.
  3. If your proposal is for news, promotion or marketing, make sure you synchronise your efforts with major existing organisations such as Dash Force News or marketing firms contracted by Dash Core.
  4. You are responsible for price volatility. If your proposal involves significant payments to third parties in fiat currency, reach out to Dash Core Group, Inc. or Green Candle, Inc. for advice on escrow, price maintenance, converting currencies and hedging against volatility.
  5. For the same reason, it is not recommended to request funding for period of longer than three months. Masternodes don't want to see and vote on the same proposal without updates several months in a row, and price volatility makes it a risky proposition both to the network and yourself.
  6. Before entering your budget proposal on the blockchain, check how many proposals already exist for the current budget cycle. If it is likely to become very crowded or if some proposals are requesting a significant portion of the budget, voting is likely to be very competitive with weaker projects being forced out of the budget, even if they collect sufficient votes to pass the 10% threshold. See here for more details.
As a newcomer, I find this very helpful and relevant. I run Dash Kenya and I believe we will submit a proposal in future to fund our project for Dash Acceptance in the region.