[BIP-24] Decision on emissions control gauge


During the lead-up and after the release of BAOv2, guardians have identified a concern with the level of BAO emissions compared to the liquidity available or that can be available in BAOv2 and wish to address it before starting with new emissions.


  • Inflation is scheduled to be 230M BaoV2 for the first year based on the starting parameters agreed by the DAO (https://gov.bao.finance/t/bip-21-vebao-starting-parameters/1163 ). This is around 4.4 million BAO per week ($175k at the current market value of $0.04)
  • The FTX scandal has effectively reduced the circulating supply by around 70% at the time (52.4B BaoV1 form a circulating supply of 73B) which cannot be used to migrate to BAOv2 or create liquidity in the markets. A reduced circulating supply of 70% effectively means inflation will have around 3x the impact.
  • The yield available on stable pools typically ranges from 1%-20% depending on perceived risk. Emitting rewards many times more than this when liquidity settles after the launch of emissions will not attract many times more value to the protocol and encourage participants to liquidate rewards.
  • Protocol revenue will help to offset inflation as it is distributed to veBAO holders, creating an incentive to stake BAO tokens instead of liquidating them on the open market
  • The treasury can seed around $300k into the gauges so that a portion of emissions go back to the treasury
  • You can check the status of BAOv2 migration here: 0x235b30088e66d2d28f137b422b9349fba51e0248


Due to the effective change in circulating supply, the community should vote on whether to continue with the same emissions schedule or to reduce emissions by creating a new gauge type that burns BAO tokens. Before any changes, veBAO holders would vote to direct 100% of new emissions to the pools of their choice, where they can be claimed. A new gauge type can be created that directs a % of emissions away from the gauges voted on by the community and burns them. The community should choose between 2 options to signal the preferred route to take.

Option 1. Start emissions without a new gauge type for burning a % f BAO emissions. One can still be created in the future if the community chooses.
Option 2. Start emissions with a new gauge type to burn a % of BAO emissions.

Follow-up Tasks

If option 1 is chosen emissions will start 3 days after the completion of the vote.

If option 2 is chosen there will be new accelerated proposals posted to decide the nature of the new gauge type and the starting parameters. The gauge could be implemented quickly (<1 week) with manual controls while an automated solution is worked on, or we could wait for the automated solution which would take a number of weeks to develop.

Does option 1 include the treasury seeding the pools with 300k?

I want to see the emissions started and if option 1 includes seeding the treasury with 300k the Bao that is going back to the treasury can then be burned. This seems like the simplest solution that gets the emissions started with the option of adding further controls if needed later.

The treasury will seed in any scenario.
The ratio over the pools will be decided by the treasury.