Jokedao — grant application

Radicle Grant Application

  • Project Name: jokedao

  • Team Name: jokedao

  • Payment Address: 0x24E302DE82089D3eaf4D961B1d1b1f55b4FEFb12

  • [Level]: :seedling:-Seed

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Project Overview :page_facing_up:

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jokedao enables bottom-up, on-chain governance, letting token-holders both submit proposals and vote on their favorites—enabling community-set governance for user-generated roadmaps, grants, endorsements, bounties, curation, and contests.

Brief Description

To date, governance in DAOs has largely imitated web2 corporate governance: core teams make decisions that are approved by a community of token-holders, who are not incentivized to participate in voting—and to the extent they are, are incentivized to vote yes. We’ve built an MVP of a fully operational web3-native governance platform that flips the way governance has been done: now it’s the community itself that can respond to prompts by submitting ideas and voting on them. For the first time, the community is incentivized to raise their voice, and governance becomes truly decentralized.

Decentralized governance is particularly useful use cases that incentivize communities to become actively involved in the projects of builders and creators, including:

  • Grants
  • Endorsements
  • Bounties
  • Competitions
  • Giveaways
  • User-generated roadmaps
  • User surveys
  • Text-image-and-video based contests and games
  • Film festivals and curation
  • Readers choosing a writer’s next piece
  • Fractionalized NFTs developing fan fiction around their art

The implications change what’s possible in DAOs. Because we’re entirely on-chain (currently available across 8 major chains, including Optimism, Polygon, Arbitrum, etc.), we could build out “extensible governance” for transactions to automatically execute on-chain depending on the results of a vote. We could also build “composable governance” for multiple options to execute (ie different qualities of an NFT combined to mint an NFT). And perhaps most importantly, data wizards can create retroactive algorithms to judge the results of a contest according to different metrics and standards in order to create alternate frameworks for decision-making—even long after a contest has ended.

An indication of how your project relates to / integrates into Radicle.

We’re particularly interested in developing jokedao in conjunction with Radicle’s grants process, which we believe we can support substantially. In our new site, submitters will be able to submit entries of any length they like while the contests themselves will show short previews—enabling easy voting across different projects. A number of options for further development to support Radicle’s grants process are possible: for example, the process could be turned into tournaments, capital could be set proportionate to votes, transactions could be set to be automated based on the result of a vote, further front-end features for submitting proposals could be developed, rewards could be given for voting or voting on a winning option to draw more people into the Radicle ecosystem, voters could be incentivized to find and work together to discuss grants and devote their own support, and most importantly, on-chain governance could allow far greater analytics of voter preferences, correlations, and funding

An indication of why your team is interested in creating this project.

Most significantly, community-led governance creates stronger communities. In our own proof-of-concept, the jokerace, we’ve set up a framework to reward voters for participating each week, and as a result multiple teams have formed to compete, strategize, and form off-chain relationships in order to develop social consensus. Besides incentivizing greater discussion among teams while rewarding voters for their work in governing a platform, this kind of model can build significant relationships between DAO members while getting them excited about a DAO’s objectives—major missing pieces in today’s DAO landscape.

Team :busts_in_silhouette:

Team members

— David Phelps

— Sean McCaffery

— Naomi Hauret


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David Phelps

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Legal Structure

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Fully on-chain

Team’s experience

David Phelps is a 2x SaaS founder who cofounded ecodao, created a web3 angels collective (cowfund), advises TCG Crypto, is a Gitcoin Steward, and writes on web3 at his substack (syndicated by Product Hunt) and at @divine_economy. He bootstrapped his previous edtech company from scratch to 8-figure revenue while personally conceiving and overseeing apps still used monthly by thousands of students across the US (you can read more at He was named one of the top 20 leaders in the DAO space by Seed Club.

Sean McCaffery uses they and he pronouns, has a background in Software and Data Engineering, and is now full on in web3 exploring and contributing to DAOs at jokedao, juiceboxDAO, and the towers three. They run a lot, love thinking about consensus-based decision processes and generally how people can organize together, and are a big proponent of worker power, mutual aid, and collective liberation.

Naomi Hauret has been a front-end developer for the past 6 years. She’s designed and developed using SolidJS and TailwindCSS, developed the UI and frontend for, a defi prediction game, using ReactJS and TailwindCSS, and has designed and developed, a derivate NFT viewer for the Dev NFTs of Developer DAO, using SolidJS and TailwindCSS. Other projects she’s worked on include FMonsters, Seez (as their first frontend dev), and Amnesty International. You can see her work samples at

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Project Description :page_facing_up:

Please describe why you are applying for this grant.

We’re applying for three reasons:

  1. we love Radicle, are $RAD holders ourselves, and believe firmly in the future of open-source, permissionless building as an open-source project ourselves

  2. we’d love to work with Radicle on building an on-chain grants platform

  3. we see ourselves as a public goods project that survives thanks to grants, and to be perfectly frank, we can’t survive and continue building without grant money.

Deliverables :nut_and_bolt:

Please list the deliverables of the project in as much detail as possible. Please also estimate the amount of work required and try to divide the project into meaningful milestones.

  • Total Estimated Duration: 10 weeks

  • Full-time equivalent (FTE): 1200 hours

  • Total Costs: $40,000

:exclamation:The more you can organize your milestones into manageable chunks that are conducive to iteration, the better!

Milestone 1

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  • Estimated Duration: 2 weeks

  • FTE: 240 hours

  • Costs: $8,000

| 1. | Develop grants proposal module | Enable proposals to have their own page with full markdown |

Milestone 2

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  • Estimated Duration: 4 weeks

  • FTE: 480 hours

  • Costs: $16,000

| 2. | Develop tournament module | Let voters pick between two or more different options in a ‘tournament’ style that gradually creates brackets of winners, so that any given voter doesn’t need to sort through hundreds of proposals but instead can emergently create consensus by only evaluating individual items closely |

Milestone 3

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  • Estimated Duration: 4 weeks

  • FTE: 480 hours

  • Costs: $16,000

| 3. | Develop content moderation module | Enable downvoting, randomization of options with 0 votes, uploading of all times of content (video, music, etc.), ability of contest creators to determine which proposals are visible to a community to vote on |

Future Plans

Please include the following:

- How you intend to use, enhance, promote and support your project in the short term

We have 14 projects that have reached out organically about using us once we’ve deployed our new site: these include projects, including:

  • Forefront: looking to use us to handle grants proposals
  • MetricsDAO: looking to do competitions on the best on-chain analytics for chains like Optimism
  • Mintsong: looking to do competitions on music NFTs for token-holders that they’ll mint and sell
  • DAO Masters, Radar, and Regen Races: curation contests)
  • DreamDAO: picking guests speakers
  • The Doge NFT community (yes): meme-of-the-week contests

We believe these will greatly enhance our profile and draw other projects to use as well. In the meantime, our proof-of-concept, the jokerace, continues drawing teams to play each week.

Finally, we also have partnerships with Guild, Coinvise, Juicebox, and Wonder, who are all promoting our project and giving us significant (non-financial) support as well.

The team’s long-term plans and intentions in relation to it. In other words, how will it be made sustainable?

We have a number of ways to reach sustainability, ranging from NFT sales (which have supported much of our development so far) to commissions of rewards, to small cuts of token-minting and airdrops, to cuts from contests themselves. However, our goal is to be a public good that can decentralize to community after building key features and operate fully-functionally while letting community approve decisions for those who want to build out further.

We also are in talks with Arweave, Aztec, Protocol Labs, Skale, Aave, CityDAO, and Gitcoin as well, and all have suggested they are interested in giving grants as well (though these have yet to be confirmed).

:exclamation:This is a good place to share how you might like to get more grant funding for future work

Additional Information :heavy_plus_sign:

How did you hear about the Grants Program? Medium / Twitter / Discord / Announcement by another team / personal recommendation / etc.

We were recommended to apply for a Radicle grant by Camila Ramos, Nader Dabit, and Abbey Titcomb.

You can see what we’ve built so far at and a loom of our new contest build here: We can share Figmas for the full designs as well if it’s helpful.

Currently, we enable users to mint voting tokens across 8 chains, make them non-transferable, create contests across 8 chains, set start and end times for submission and voting, set requirements for who can submit, and determine the max number of submissions and of submissions per wallet. Contests themselves are fully operational as well, letting anyone submit and vote on-chain at set times and export full data afterwards.

Polygon has agreed to give us a $20,000 grant, and we’ve gotten 5 eth in donations from a juicebox project; we’re also in touch with the groups above about grants, and we’re applying for more as well (upcoming: Nouns, Aaave, Uniswap, Aurora, The Graph).

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Hi @danglard, would you consider this to be an alternative to something like MolochDAO?

Also, do you have a basic sketch or design of what this might look like so I can conceptualize it a little better?

Overall, I am supportive of this based on the team, track record, and problem space that you all are going after as there is a lot of opportunity for improvement in governance, but would like those details to get a better understanding of what this might look like in practice.



Thanks @dabit3. Great questions.

I’d say that this is more an alternative to Snapshot, which lets core teams put proposals to community to accept–whereas this allows communities to vote on favorite proposals for the core team to accept. With that said, we’re close in touch with DaoHaus about partnering with them on on-chain governance since they currently follow the first model, and they’ve been extremely supportive.

The platform is fully operational at, and you can see a recent contest here:

We’re also using our current grant to develop a proper site with professional-grade UI, and you can see a prototype (in draft form) of what that will look like here:

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Hey @danglard ! Great to see this application up.

From my side, I’d like to hear @bordumb’s take on how they envision this potentially being used within the Radicle Grants Program. Seems like that would be the best starting point within the Radicle DAO, so would be great to spec out the use case a bit more.

Honestly, probably a demo and a call would do the job of getting everybody aligned, but I’ll let @bordumb chime in first!

thanks @abbey! very glad to do a demo and call, and @bordumb, i look forward to any thoughts!

hi! i thought i’d just check in on what next best steps might be–very glad to set up a call and run through a demo!

hi @abbey @bordumb just wanted to check back in here if there’s anything i can do to follow up–thanks so much for your consideration!

hi @abbey @bordumb thought i’d just check again if there’s anything we should do here–thanks so much!

Hi @danglard thanks a bunch for this application.

This sounds interesting!

Initial impressions / Questions

Milestone 1:

  • This overlaps enough with our own core product that it doesn’t make sense for us to fund it (it’d be redundant). On our discord (link here), we have a channel in Development called “Funding.” That team is working on a product called Workstreams, which essentially does exactly what Milestone 1 mentions. I’d check that out to get a feel for the direction there. So I’m not sure how much sense it makes to fund this milestone.

Milestone 2:

  • Q: There are contests, then within each contest there will be proposals. I understand that you want to allow users to up/down vote on proposals within an individual contest. This will help with ranking/surfacing the best proposals within a given contest. However, the contests themselves are not addressed when it comes to a good method of ranking/discovery. Do you have any plans to better filter/surface contests themselves? (See notes below on Milestone 3, as I don’t think building infrastructure to do this manually is the best idea - early on at least)

Milestone 3:

  • Q: What content moderation do you think would be necessary? My gut reaction is two-fold: (a) to create a contest costs money/gas, so I would be less worried about spam and (b) more granular content moderation is not that important this early on. Social networks that have community voting can generally get by with a simple algorithm that ranks by upvotes to filter out poor quality (i.e. lower upvotes or high downvotes). But happy to be corrected here if you have something else in mind.

Overarching questions:

  • How/where is data stored for
  • How do you imagine a grants program or DAO could use this to facilitate surfacing useful projects and funding them?

Let’s setup a call sometime in the next week.
My discord handle is: bordumb#6773

Note: We are in the middle of getting approval for the next season of grants. We have a Formal Review post below and will have a Snapshot vote in the coming week. Until then we won’t be able to vote on this proposal.