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How to participate in 1inch DAO Governance

How to get involved with 1inch governance

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Written by Matt
Updated over a week ago

In this article, we will cover the following topics:


  1. Join the DAO category in the 1inch Governance forum for Phase 1 discussions

  2. Formalize a 1inch Governance Proposal (1IP) for Phase-2

  3. Initiate a community temperature check & add a forum poll to finalize the 1IP

  4. Stake 1INCH Tokens or hold v1INCH (to participate in snapshot)

  5. Vote on an existing proposal in snapshot or create a new one if it passed the Phase-3 Temperature Check

The 5 phases of 1inch DAO governance

1inch governance process allows anyone to create a proposal (1IP), or vote on existing 1inch proposals, which can be funded by the 1inch Treasury and implemented by a 3rd party team. This entire process takes place in 5 phases.

Phase 1 - Discussion

(Duration - Open ended)

Anyone can create, view, and comment on current ideas or proposals. To do so, head over to the DAO category in the 1inch Governance forum.

Phase 2 - 1IP Formalization

(Duration - Open ended)

Here, you will be able to create an official 1inch Governance Proposal (1IP) for Phase-2. (If creating a proposal, you will need to use this template)

All official 1IPs must have the following components (refer to the template for a detailed breakdown):

  • Simple Summary

  • Abstract

  • Motivation

  • Specification

  • Rationale

  • Considerations

Phase 3 - 1IP Temperature Check

(Duration - 5 days)

At any point, the Phase-2 author may finalize their 1IP by initiating a community temperature check. To initiate Phase-3, simply change the tag of the forum post to Phase-3, and add a forum poll to gauge the community’s sentiment.

Please note: Each poll will only remain open for 5 days. Once Phase-3 is initiated, it cannot be reversed.

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Phase 4 - Snapshot Proposal

(Duration - 7 days)

The snapshot vote determines the final outcome of the proposal. If voted in, then Snapshot's "Safesnap" module has the power to directly implement the proposal on-chain. Each snapshot proposal has an open voting period of 7-days.

Stake 1INCH tokens (or hold v1INCH)

Before participating in the complete 1inch DAO governance process, you must first stake some 1INCH tokens or hold a balance of (v1INCH). This will ensure that you have the Unicorn Power (UP) needed to vote or create proposals.

Once your 1INCH tokens have been staked, they will show up as "st1INCH" tokens in your wallet and on the block explorer, and you will then be able to participate in the governance voting process. If you don't see the tokens in your wallet, you might need to add the token contract address to your wallet manually.

For reference, here is the token contract address for st1INCH (V2):

To create or view a 1inch Snapshot proposal, head over to the 1inch Snapshot page.

Please note: Participants will need to hold, or be delegated, a minimum of (100k Unicorn Power) to create a Snapshot proposal.

Then, click either the "Join" or " Connect Wallet" buttons to connect your wallet.

Once connected, you will then need to sign a transaction in your wallet, by clicking "Join" again.

Now you will be able to either vote on an existing active proposal or create a new proposal (if it passed Phase-3 Temperature Check).

How to vote on an existing Snapshot proposal:

  • Once your wallet is connected, select the desired proposal on the main 1inch snapshot - page.

  • Then, select the option(s) you want to vote for.

  • Lastly, sign the message within your wallet. Once the signature is complete, your vote will be successfully recorded.

How to create a snapshot proposal (for original proposers only):

***Please note: All Snapshot proposals must link to the results of the successful Phase-3 forum poll and include the full text of the finalized 1IP.

Click on "New Proposal"

Next, enter the title, description, and voting options. Then click "Publish".

That's it! You have now created a snapshot proposal.

Phase 5 - Implementation

After the Snapshot voting period has concluded, the results will be posted on 1IPs section of the governance documentation site. If the proposal has passed, it will move from the Active to Passed category. Unsuccessful proposals will move to Not-Passed.

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