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The Optimism Layer 2 cryptocurrency ($OP token) carries voting power, helping the community make decisions within the ecosystem.
Summary of $OP delegation
Why you should delegate
How to delegate $OP step by step
How to select your delegate
What is OP delegation?
OP is a governance token, meaning each token carries a small amount of voting power for different things within the Optimism Network.
Delegating your tokens assigns the voting power of those tokens to another individual that is specifically focused on reviewing proposals for the Optimism network.
This includes responding to comments and providing feedback, recommendations for improvement, and advice.
When you delegate your tokens – you are NOT giving them away or getting rid of them in any way.
They will remain in your wallet — you still own them and can transact, send, or sell them anytime you want.
What happens when I delegate $OP tokens?
When you delegate $OP, it means you are giving the voting power (not the financial value of your tokens) to a community member who has explicitly volunteered to play an active role in Optimism Network governance.
When you delegate your voting power, you retain 100% ownership of your tokens, and can use them however you want.
You may change your delegate selection at any time.
Why should you delegate your $OP tokens?
Participating in governance – especially within a fast growing blockchain network like Optimism – is time consuming and costly.
Delegates spend their time and energy as volunteers, participating in this governance process for the benefit of the entire $OP ecosystem.
Being an active participant in governance is not an easy job, and you can see the careful thought that goes into proposal responses from active delegates within the OP governance forum.
How to delegate your $OP tokens (video walk-through)
Using the Optimism Network’s delegation website, any user that owns any amount of $OP tokens can choose to delegate them to someone to vote on their behalf.
The video below will walk you through the process to successfully delegate your $OP:
Who should I choose as my OP delegate?
It is in each OP token holder’s best interest to select a delegate who you feel will do a good job representing your OP voting power and doing so on your behalf.
Read and learn about some of the delegates, like Jrocki, on Optimism’s website.
The bottom line is this: you can choose to delegate to anyone you want.
However, it is advisable to choose someone who you believe will participate in Optimism governance and can represent what you want this ecosystem to become.
Can you change who your $OP tokens are delegated to?
YES – As an $OP holder, delegation is your decision. You can switch your delegation selection to anyone you want (even your own wallet address!), whenever you want, as often as you want.
If you have ever traded NFTs on Ethereum before, you know that gas fees can be quite expensive, often costing users $20-30 per transaction… and in some cases, much, much more.
THE GOOD NEWS is that once you know how send ETH or buy/sell an NFT on Eth Mainnet, switching over to Optimism is incredibly easy.
Save gas by using Optimism Layer 2 instead of Ethereum Mainnet
In this post, we’re going to compare typical transaction fees on the Ethereum Blockchain, and compare it to the Optimism Layer 2 network.
How Much are Ethereum main-net fees?
Most of us on Mainnet use Opensea or like X2Y2.io
Ethereum Mainnet fees are an order of magnitude (if not more) higher than on Optimism.
As you can see from the summary chart below, in these seven transactions alone, I would have saved over $257 if all of the transactions had occurred on Optimism instead of Mainnet ethereum.
Why are people paying such high gas fees when they don’t have to?
There are a few reasons people spend a lot of money on gas fees to use Ethereum Mainnet.
For one, Mainnet Ethereum is where the largest number of users live. Network effects incentivize users to stay on Layer 1 Eth, despite the high gas fees.
SOLUTION: What are the best alternatives to Ethereum Mainnet?
When you decide to purchase an NFT from a collection that leverages a layer 2 network like Optimism or Arbitrum, gas fees are going to be lower.
If you’re a developer / founder, you can even launch your own NFT collection on one of these networks.
My friend Fractal Visions has launched a different NFT project across a variety of networks — its great to see a founder like Fractal with a presence across so many different blockchains!
Fractal calls this “Omni Chain NFTs”, which I think is a great term for it.
What is Optimism Layer 2?
Optimism is a network runs on top of Ethereum, but compresses data so that smart contracts and transactions are cheaper and more efficient.
This means means you will end up paying lower gas fees, while your transactions are still secured by Ethereum.
Vitalik Buterin, who is the founder of Ethereum, has discussed Optimism and Optimistic rollups. in his blog post, from which an excerpt is below.
Vitalik, let me remind you, dropped out of college after receiving the Thiel Fellowship to build Ethereum, went on to successfully found Ethereum, was recently on the cover of Time Magazine, among many other impressive achievements.
The fact that he received the Thiel Fellowship is a big deal… in getting the Thiel Fellowship, he’s basically backed by Peter Thiel who founded Paypal… and given the Paypal Mafia, Vitalik has OG internet entrepreneurs behind him.
In his blog post, Vitalik goes on to say that “in the short term, optimistic rollups are likely to win out for general-purpose EVM computation”.
More reasons that the Optimism Network deserves credit
OpenSea has listed the Optimism Goerli Testnet on their testnets website, which is certainly exciting to see.
Its hard to say what exactly this means for the network, however, it looks like OpenSea could be exploring some sort of future functionality with Optimism.
Getting Started on Optimism
If you’ve been using Ethereum Mainnet to buy and sell NFTs for a while, getting started with Optimism will be extremely easy.
The best part? You don’t need to switch wallets!
Optimism Network is embedded within Metamask already.
Unlike moving over to Solana or Tezos where you need to use a different wallet provider, with OP, its already built on top of Ethereum, so any Ethereum wallet is usually compatible.
How to move funds from Layer 1 Ethereum to Layer 2
Moving funds from Eth Mainnet to Optimism is easy and you can bridge with HOP protocol for less than a dollar.
HOP provides an extremely easy and intuitive user experience to move ETH from Layer 1 to Layer 2.
Top NFT Marketplace on Optimism – Quix
Let’s dig into the NFT marketplace on Optimism where you can buy NFTs. Now called Quix, the company formerly called Quixotic recently changed its name to shorter, more elegant, “Quix”.
Mark, the founder of Quix, joined the Web3 Experience podcast for episode 2. Listen here.
Of every NFT Marktplace I’ve used, I have to say, I think Quix provides the most intuitive and user friendly user experience.
According to DappRadar, Quix is the number 1 marketplace app on the Optimism network.
DappRadar has a few charts about Quix that are helpful to understand the growth of the platform and how usage, volume, and transactions have changed over the last few weeks / months.
To use Quix, simply connect wallet the same way you would for any other dapp, and make sure you’re on the Optimism Network.
To learn how I use Quix to browse, search, and filter NFT collections and dig into statistics, please find the video below.
Overview of Quix starts at timestamp 11:28.
I really like how easy Quix makes it to stack filters within an NFT collection. This enables users to search for exactly what they want.
The ability to have multiple filter criteria selected at the same time helps you get super specific when shopping for NFTs.
Quix enables people to create and launch their own NFTs on Optimism via the Quix Launchpad.
This can be done by non-technical users that don’t know how to code or write smart contracts.
The launchpad currently supports free to mint NFTs.
Quix uses the Seaport Protocol, which is OpenSea’s back-end for NFT transactions.
The good news is that Seaport is an open-source and decentralized protocol to make buying and selling NFTs easier.
It certainly makes sense to re-use infrastructure components to avoid reinventing the wheel. I think its a great strategy for Quix to leverage Seaport.
L1 to L2 NFT Bridge
There have been talks about an NFT bridge that will enable anyone to bridge an NFT from Ethereum mainnet over to Optimism Layer 2.
Given that interoperability and composability are inherent to the web3 ethos, its certainly exciting to think about an NFT bridge across L1 to L2.
Making NFTs “Omni Chain” would not only mean that the ecosystem would be more inviting to new users, but also that it would expand to users that would never come over to it in the first place, because everything seamlessly works with other networks.
According to Dre in the Quix Discord, it looks like as of 8/17 the L1 – L2 NFT bridge is still in development.
How would an L1 to L2 NFT bridge work?
Bridging NFTs from a layer 1 to a layer 2 would have a bit of an interesting architecture.
According the my friend FourPoops, “you lock up value on L1 in a random contract address and create a copy of that value on L2”.
Essentially, the blockchain would lock the contract on L1, and create a transferrable contract on L2, the owner of which would be the only one who has the ability to unlock the Layer 1 NFT.
FourPoops goes on to say that, “if we think about the real world art scene, people lock up the real assets in a vault and only display/transfer copies”…
This is a great comparison between blockchain based art and real-world art. And FourPoops is right.
In traditional art, there are these areas called “freeports”, which enable art collectors to place artworks in tax-free holdings vaults where the contractual ownership of the art can be transferred, while the piece of art itself remains in this tax-free zone.
According to Artsy, freeports provide collectors with “the temporary exemption of taxes for an unlimited quantity of time”.
GitHub post on L1 to Optimism NFT bridge
According to the link below, some people from the Optimism community have been discussing the idea of an NFT bridge from layer 1 to optimism since as early as April of 2022.
However, it appears as thought this particular Github repository was closed out. My theory is that it was closed by the Optimism ecosystem because they were aware of the work that Quix was doing to build their own NFT bridge, and the two teams did not want to duplicate efforts.
Ultimately, it seems like a great time to launch a bridge. Layer 1 transactions are still quite low, so users can bridge over their assets before gas gets high again.
This would enable us to move our assets from L1 over during a time when mainnet fees are low, and then house them on Layer 2 where they can later be transferred as needed for much much lower gas fees.
Listen to the podcast
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With less than 5,000 active users, this is a website that enables forum-based discussions about ideas for the Ethereum ecosystem, enabling anyone to submit posts and post replies.
The About section of the website is no more than one sentence long, reading: A self-organized Fellowship within the Ethereum community to maximize technical opportunities, share ideas, and work together effectively across national, organizational and other boundaries.
This includes technical standards improvements to token standards and anything else that can benefit the overall Ethereum ecosystem.
Step 2: Good ideas float to the top: official proposals
Ideas and comments with a lot of traction on Fellowship of a Ethereum Magicians end up being converted into what’s known as an Ethereum improvement proposal, posted on a separate website.
These EIP’s end up being pushed to Github where actual development can finally begin.
It is with this process that the Ethereum ecosystem is able to change and improve over time.
This process is very much a community oriented and community developer-based process.
Audio based content on the internet like podcasts are episode based series that a users can listen to at a time of their choosing.
The structure of audio content may have a number of variations, the most common being interviews, storytelling, memoir and more.
At their best, podcast conversations tend to flow more naturally than old school news or television interviews, giving people the time (normally an hour or more) to discuss topics in-depth without interruption.
This format enables people to have lengthy, thought-out conversations, exploring nuances on all sides of a given topic.
Audio consumable content is growing in popularity
According to Oberlo, over 500 million people listen to podcasts in 2022, close to double that of 2019.
Similarly, search traffic on Google for the word “podcast” has slowly trended upwards since pre-2009.
While the popularity of podcasting and audio content in general is increasing, there’s a new format on the scene that is slowly grabbing large numbers of users attention.
Specifically, Twitter Spaces is the internet’s next iteration of audio consumable contact.
Twitter Spaces improves upon podcasting’s content model
Similar to podcasting, Twitter Spaces facilitates conversations, interviews, and discussions to happen and flow naturally.
However, in traditional podcasting, the conversation happens behind closed doors where a group of people record a conversation and then publish it to an audience afterwards for later listening.
On Twitter Spaces, this audio model is improved in two critical ways: