Announcing Decentraland Agora
Help shape the future of the metaverse using Decentraland’s new voting dApp
Decentraland is first and foremost a community driven project. To empower community members to help make the decisions that will shape their Districts, and the entire metaverse, we’ve built Decentraland Agora.
Agora is a voting dApp that makes it possible for anyone who has contributed to a District to vote on issues related to that District. The Decentraland team will also use Agora to collect feedback from the community regarding other feature and user experience decisions related to the platform. All votes in Agora are cast as cryptographically signed messages, guaranteeing accurate results.
What is Agora? #
Agora is an off-chain voting platform that allows users to vote on issues simply by submitting a cryptographically signed message.
For any District poll that you vote in, the weight of your vote is determined by the amount of LAND that you contributed to the District. The more contributions you’ve made to a District, the higher your stake in the project, so your vote will be weighted more heavily.
In the future, the Decentraland team will solicit feedback from the community in the form of polls on Agora. Your vote in these polls will be weighted according to the amount of MANA you hold in your wallet.
Agora provides a list of results, in real time, for each open poll, along with a list of the address that voted and their voting power.
Why did we build Agora? #
The first use case for Agora is Decentraland’s community Districts. As the Districts moved forward in establishing their leadership teams, governance models, and startup plans, we saw a need for a secure and trustless voting platform that would allow District contributors to weigh in on these important, shared decisions.
We also recognized that we needed a way to present questions and issues pertaining to the development of the Decentraland platform to the entire Decentraland community. We are very excited to start using Agora to gather feedback from our users that will ultimately help shape design decisions for the SDK and entire Decentraland experience.
How to use Agora #
To get started with Agora, simply navigate to agora.decentraland.org. Similarly to the Marketplace, you will have to log into your wallet before being able to use the dApp. So, log into either Metamask, Mist, or your Ledger Nano S hardwallet.
Make sure that you select the wallet address you used when you made your District contributions! The address you cast your vote from must be the same address associated with your LAND contributions.
Other polls posted by the Decentraland team require voters to hold MANA. Make sure that you select the wallet containing your MANA if you want to vote in a Decentraland poll. The weight of your vote is determined by the MANA balance in your active wallet at the time the poll closes. This means that if you transfer an amount of MANA out of your wallet before the poll closes, your vote will be reduced by that amount. Similarly, if you increase your wallet’s ballance of the voting token before the poll closes, your vote will be weighted higher.
To vote in a poll, select the poll that you are interested in from the list. From the poll’s page, you will find the title of the poll, along with links to any relevant documentation, like a District Startup plan. You’ll also see the number of:
- Your Contributions — the number of LAND contributions you have made to the District holding the poll. The weight of your vote is based on this number.
- Total Voted — the total number of contributions that have been voted.
- Total Votes — the total number of address that have voted.
- Time Left — the amount of time remaining before the vote as ended.
You’ll also find a progress bar illustrating the real-time results of the poll, and a list of all addresses that have voted so far.
To vote in the poll, simply click Cast Your Vote, select the option you would like to vote in favor of, and click Vote Now. If you don’t have any contributions, then you won’t be able to vote in the poll. Don’t forget, your vote is not final until the poll closes! You can always return and change your vote as long as the poll is open. Once the poll has ended, your vote is final.