My name is Luke, or whenever I’m online, Kayaba. I am interested in serving on ZOMG primarily as a technologically minded person. I became involved with the community just 6 months ago when I published the first shielded atomic swap implementation, despite keeping an eye for a few years. When ZOMG originally accepted applications, I thought there were people better suited to run due to their experience and familiarity with the community.
When the recent Thorchain proposal came up, I felt that ZOMG did not have members capable of effectively evaluating it. While solutions to needing assistance such as requesting help from ZF, along with hiring people have been proposed, I feel it’s important ZOMG directly have participants who are reasonably capable at evaluating the technological side of proposals. Combined with the recent turmoil and lack of applications (currently only one other applicant is eligible for election, with 6 needing to confirm their election status of which I expect 1 or 2 to not due to the conflict of interest policy), I also believe some fresh blood would be appreciated. Now that applications are being opened once again, I do feel confident in the value I can offer.
While serving at ZOMG, I would do my best to ensure grants have more documentation and clarity, along with ensuring technical feasibility. Not only will this allow all parties to understand what is expected, it’ll lower the likelihood of potential conflicts and ensure that money isn’t being spent on misunderstandings or otherwise improperly.
While that is a more passive argument for general improvement, I’d also want to actively create Request For Proposals. These would offer a more definitive commentary on what ZOMG is looking for from its wishlist (“What we fund”), along with starting to provide a dollar value proposals could expect. I believe this will attract more developers by starting to put the money on the table and reducing the level of project management required to be involved as a developer. These would also ensure a competitive development market offering higher quality proposals with a better value offering for the ZOMG treasury.
While I am not currently paid by any other group, I am affiliated with the Monero community as someone passionate about privacy and decentralized exchange technology. I also have my own project which has no privacy features and is not something I would consider conflicting with Zcash. While serving on the ZOMG board, I would absolutely follow its Conflict of Interest policy (of which I currently have no complications with), and never try to cross a line by suggesting funding Monero research which would have no benefit to Zcash (as also somewhat required under ZIP 1014, which allows ZOMG to exist in the first place).
I am more than happy to answer questions and discuss what I see as the future for Zcash and its ecosystem. I’d prefer to keep discussions here on this forum in the name of transparency, and look forward to them.
– Luke Parker