Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Arbitrum proposal to return 700M ARB fails, whale calls it a “energy play”

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A controversial proposal searching for the return of 700 million ARB governance tokens to Arbitrum’s DAO Treasury was rejected by a large variety of votes on April 15. The Enchancment Proposal AIP-1.05 was launched after the Arbitrum Basis transferred funds with out neighborhood approval in March. 

The AIP-1.05 was defeated by 118 million votes, representing 84% of the full votes obtained, whereas 21 million ARB tokens voted for the proposal, almost 14.5% of the full. Round 2 million ARB tokens abstained. The proposal requested the Basis to return the tokens as a “symbolic gesture to show that the governance holders in the end management the DAO, not the Arbitrum service supplier nor the Basis.”

Screenshot – AIP-1.05: Arbitrum Enchancment Proposal Framework. Supply: Arbitrum DAO. 

On the governance discussion board, a whale with 4.8 million ARB tokens mentioned the proposal “appears to solely function an influence play” that might add an “pointless step” and delay the Basis’s capacity “to help the expansion of the Arbitrum ecosystem.”

One other whale voting towards the proposal with 18 million ARB tokens acknowledged that stability is critical to advertise decentralization and progress within the ecosystem: 

“There’s a stability that we have to attempt to accomplish between advocating for decentralization and stopping progress within the ecosystem. I imagine that decentralization on its preferrred type is nowhere to be seen on this trade but.”

Arbitrum’s neighborhood and its Basis are engaged in a dispute over the Basis’s governance proposal AIP-1 — which referred to as for funding of almost $1 billion value of ARB tokens to fund its operations. After going through neighborhood backlash, the Basis later mentioned that AIP-1 was a ratification, not a proposal. It added that among the tokens had been already bought for stablecoins.

The AIP-1 proposal was Arbitrum’s first try at governance after its tokens airdrop in early March. The Basis has already launched a brand new set of enchancment proposals geared toward reestablishing dialogue with the neighborhood.

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