Introducing Lens Improvement Proposals (LIPs)

We are thrilled to announce the introduction of Lens Improvement Proposals (LIPs), an open and collaborative process that aims to steer the future development of Lens Protocol. Based on the principles of user ownership and control and portability, Web3 will redefine social networks as we know them.

At Lens, our vision is to enable the social layer for Web3 – the next generation internet founded on human connection. We believe social interactions on the internet are too valuable to be owned and controlled by single companies. Only open and decentralized technology can enable a new dynamic where users, creators, brands and builders all share in the benefits of social.

While Lens Protocol is still in closed beta, we believe that it is important for the community developers, creators and users to have a framework to contribute on how Lens Protocol will evolve and remain as a flexible and unopinionated tech stack to enable any social experience. Taking inspiration from the successful Ethereum Improvement Proposals (EIPs) and Aave Improvement Proposals (AIPs), we're embracing open governance with LIPs.

We thrive on the dynamism and diversity of thoughts in Web3 Social. This ethos is embodied in our Lens Improvement Proposals (LIPs), which serve as an open platform inviting all to share their innovative ideas, from novel features to essential bug fixes, updates and enhancements. We've streamlined the process by setting up a conduit for these proposals via Lens Protocol's GitHub repository. But it doesn't stop there. Each proposal is given due consideration by not just the Lens team, but also the broader Lens community, ensuring it aligns with our collective vision. When an idea gains enough traction, it can find its place on our developmental roadmap, or even inspire individuals to contribute directly to the realization of these proposals.

This open proposal system signifies our stride progressively towards open governance, a step that ensures everyone in our community has a voice in decision-making. This open and collaborative environment ensures the evolution of the platform aligns with the needs, values, and feedback of the community, effectively redistributing control from a single entity to the hands of the users and the community. It's all about harnessing the power of collective creativity and striving for continuous improvement.

Let's take a look at the first three proposals that are live today on our GitHub repository.

LIP-0 Establishing an Open Governance Model: A process by which the Lens community can propose improvements to the Lens Protocol. From the submission of proposals to transparent discussions and ultimately, put forward for voting, we look to foster an open, collaborative, and inclusive decision-making governance model.

The journey of a LIP begins with the submission of a proposal. We've made it as simple as possible for anyone to put forward their ideas, whether they're suggesting a new feature, identifying a bug, proposing an update, or recommending a general improvement. All of these can be submitted directly to the Lens Protocol's GitHub repository, a platform renowned for its facilitation of collaborative development.

Once a proposal is submitted, it doesn't sit in a digital vacuum. Instead, it's opened up for a community-wide discussion. This dialogue plays a crucial role in our governance model, promoting transparency and a sense of communal ownership. It gives every member of our community the chance to weigh in on the proposal, contributing their unique perspective and expertise to the discussion. We believe that every voice matters and can add value to the process, and we're committed to ensuring that each voice is heard.

We understand that not every proposal will gain support, and that’s ok.. What's important is that the process itself is inclusive, transparent and collaborative, fostering a sense of community and shared ownership that is essential for the long-term success of Web3 Social.

LIP-1 Open Standards for Algorithms: A proposal to establish open standards for algorithms that will power the Lens Protocol and provide user choice.

Algorithms are part of our everyday life and are mostly invisible to us. However the issues with algorithms are well-known – lack of user privacy and control, inherent bias and lack of diverse content, transparency and accountability. When algorithms are open and transparent, users have choice and can participate in decision-making, determining which algorithms they wish to subscribe to. We believe that choice will propel diverse social experiences supported by new monetization models such as curated experiences.

Open Standards will encourage third-party algorithms and machine learning (ML) services to be integrated into Lens Protocol and allow developers and researchers to collaborate and innovate. Open Standards also enable multiple ways of utilizing algorithm models, giving integrators the flexibility to choose the most suitable approach to create custom, open source or proprietary algorithms.

As many developers will know, Lens data is available directly on-chain, Momoka data scaling layer and Lens Public BigQuery, where the data can be freely queried, allowing developers to focus on creating algorithm/ML services. In the context of Web3, ML has gained significant importance. For example, with the Lens API, ML was leveraged to surface relevant comments and minimize those less relevant.

By removing barriers and providing direct access to compute data, developers and researchers are empowered to develop algorithms that benefit their projects. Open Data Standards create an environment where open Algorithms can thrive. The synergy between access to open data and standardized practices paves the way for transformative advancements in data science. Let's enable open algorithms in Web3 together.

LIP-2 Open Standards for Metadata: An initiative to establish metadata standards for Lens Protocol. By defining how metadata is classified, organized and labeled within Lens, we can promote transparency, interoperability and user empowerment.

Metadata might seem like an invisible player in the digital landscape, but its role in structuring and organizing information is invaluable. Establishing clear standards for Metadata on Lens Protocol means we can ensure consistent and meaningful interactions for our users. By implementing metadata standards, we're also encouraging interoperability. This means that Lens Protocol can work smoothly with other systems, contributing to the broader ecosystem of Web3 and facilitating a more connected and cohesive internet.

Since the beta launch of Lens Protocol just over one year ago, we have focused on bringing value and empowerment to users, creators and developers. We are continuing to pursue a thoughtful roadmap focused on infrastructure and support for the growth of the Lens ecosystem. Still, the Lens team doesn't have all the answers. That's the beauty of Web3; everyone can contribute. An open and collaborative environment is essential, and we see it as the future where everyone has the potential to contribute. LIPs are our next step in enabling community involvement in shaping the future of Lens Protocol. Open proposals mean anyone can contribute to the growth of Lens, leading to innovative solutions that cater to the community's needs. This is a significant step towards open governance. We’re excited about the future and look forward to seeing the LIPs process in action.

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