I’d like to propose adding the following section to the Gitcoin Code of Conduct.
Airdrops may come, but you are not entitled to an Airdrop.
Over the course of time, Gitcoin Grants has become a significant pillar of the ecosystem - in which more & more projects are reliant for support. Because Gitcoin Grants has had 1mm+ lifetime crowdfund contributions, it has become a source of data about which projects the community values, and who in the ecosystem is supporting these projects.
Any Airdrops that come to Gitcoin contributors have been on a “don’t expect it, but be thankful if it comes” social norm.
We expect that community contributors are informed about, and participating in, the process through which governance passes proposals. We expect that community members are graceful in accepting airdrops, but are not acting entitled to them unless a governance proposal passes that specifically entitles them to an airdrop at a specific time. Any disrespectful, harassing, entitled, or trolling behaviour related to airdrops is against the code of conduct.
The motviation for this proposal is based partially out of this post from Vitalik (the architect of Quadratic Funding), in which he outlines the following spectrum through which what types of motivations for contributing to grants are within the design target for QF instances:
The second motivation for this proposal comes from my experience in interacting in the public channels of the Gitcoin Discord, in which several members have confessed to me that they are there to receive airdrops. And would not otherwise contribute to Gitcoin Grants.
In some cases, these conversations have become combative. Conversations have become heated when contributors feel entitled to an airdrop on their timetable, without going through the ratified Governance process and the Gitcoin Stewards or Gitcoin team cannot deliver.
By formalizing this policy in the CoC will make it clear to these contributors that their efforts to contribute only to receive airdrops are not worth their time,
I welcome feedback from any community members in the GitcoinDAO.