Making Network Changes

How do I make changes on the Network?

Every User is encouraged to contribute to the cheqd Network. To make this easy, it is important to explain HOW a User can contribute, and what the best practices are for making changes.

For this reason, it is important to distinguish when a change can be made entirely off-ledger, and when a change is needed to be voted on, and made on-ledger. To do this we must differentiate between minor changes which are able to take place entirely off-ledger and major network changes which need to be formalised on-ledger.

Minor Network changes

These are changes that are insignificant, and do not affect the way the Network runs overall. Minor Network changes include, but are not limited to:

  • Textual edits to the Governance Framework or written general documentation;

  • Sensible additions to general documentation to improve clarity;

  • Minor code changes;

  • Finding, reporting and suggesting fixes to bugs;

  • Translating the cheqd documentation into various languages.

Major Network changes

These are changes that have a materially significant effect on the Network. Such changes SHOULD be made via a Proposal, following the steps in the decision tree diagram below.

Major Network changes include, but are not limited to:

  • Materially significant Architecture Decisions (ADs), such as:

    • An additional feature to cheqd;

    • Removal of a feature of cheqd;

  • Parameter changes for the Network;

  • Community pool decisions;

  • Materially significant changes to a cheqd Principle;

  • Significant connections to other infrastructure.

See more below:

cheqd's Principles

Whenever a major network change takes place on the Network, reference MUST be made to cheqd's Foundational Principles. The Principles should act as a checks and balance against major network changes.

This means, that major network changes should never oppose a Principle, unless it is acting to update or change a Principle.


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