About Liquidity Baking (LB)

You, sir, deserve a medal.

As someone who also believes LB can be net-positive for Tezos (in the long run), I felt to reside with the Nay voters this time round out of protest of their voices not being heard.

It is very unlikely that a No-LB will pass, but to be totally understanding of their voices, it needs to be done. We will most likely end up with an LB integration in I upgrade due to No-LB not passing.

Well done!


Very Cool! I too tried to make a “no-LB proposal” my approach was to set the Escape Hatch to 11.11%.


it was fun to work on and I not plan to inject it. I offered it to the anti-LB crowd and they just didn’t seem to care / made jokes for hours.

the one you present will be much better than the one i have presented as mine takes a very dirty approach.

i deleted the liquidity-baking-tests because the math involved to solve the tests properly with 11.11% was a bit too much for me to do last night at 1AM.

I am sure your supplied protocol proposal for anti-LB will be much more professional.

Still, I do not believe this will resolve the debate. They plan to just use Nay Votes again during exploration of Ithaca Round 2.


I agree with OP, LB is a good idea. The real problem is that only one governance proposal can be considered at a time after the proposal phase. In order to enable smooth governance in the future we need it to be possible to have multiple proposals in different stages going on at the same time.


PosDog said he will upvote no-lb, but if lb one wins, he will support it in later stages. It was all about choice for him.


Thanks for outlining the positive case for continuing LB. Unfortunately much of the argument elsewhere seems to just be LB supporters arguing with the “LB is the devil and is a conspiracy” minority, but without taking the time to explain why it’s good or what the actual benefits for Tezos are.

I realise nobody is going to bother to make a full technical justification when talking to somebody who will never be convinced and isn’t arguing in good faith. That isn’t the case for everyone though, and I feel like some bakers might have been convinced had things been presented differently. For example I’d have loved to see a detailed blog post with stats detailing how LB had been going so far, and some more detailed explanation of the reasons why Nomadic Labs etc. felt that liquidity baking was a net benefit and should continue to be extended. I think if an actual choice and some solid justification had been offered in the first instance (rather than just “we’ve extended LB for ten months”), the proposal with LB might have attracted more support.


Thanks @galfour


tbh Arthur spent enough time explaining why LB is net good in all the chats, also there have been a few posts that sum up the info
So right now it’s mostly either a NL-give-us-a-choice camp or those who have a strong opinion and won’t listen to any explanation
I’m gonna only touch the second camp here
AFAICT it is split into two parts, no-LB(minority) and no-tzbtc(majority)
We do have a really poor choice of assets on tezos now, tzbtc isn’t perfect, others are even worse
It kinda comes down to a decision whether subsidizing a xtz\tzbtc pair is ok enough or we should wait an undefined amount of time until a better asset comes to tezos
And IMO a bird in the hand is the right way. besides we’re seeing some efforts to make tzbtc more available, flat curve amm announced. I’d be happier if entities behind tzbtc pushed its listings on centralized exchanges but I guess we have to admit the reality tezos is gonna tezos


Thanks Gabriel for wrapping this up!
That’s exactly what’s needed,
with this proposal the no-LB supporters who have no skills to code or even verify the code themselves have an option they asked for from a person who is trustworthy and respected in the community
And thanks for you time and effort, the more we grow the more developers will be able to help us strengthen the governance and the ecosystem


Thank you @galfour. I am on board with all your points.

The thing is, Tezos governance was designed to be a political space, and this means we have to “play politics”. This means putting the arguments forward and educating decision-makers (i.e. bakers)

We are off to a good start with your post, with the interview from @murbard and the xtz.news deep-dive. Let us make sure we continue advocating why we think tzBTC LB is the best way forward on all channels.


This was a thought provoking post I saw on the main Tezos subreddit, before it was censored.
Psychological analysis of Ithaca opposition

This post isn’t meant to debate the merits of LB or non-LB, but rather to explore the driving force behind the opposition to LB, which I argue, is actually much larger than just LB. I suggest that those opposing LB, causing Ithaca to fail, are more motivated by the broader economics of the XTZ ecosystem, rather than single issue LB voters. Please review the following tweet prior to reading the remainder of my post, as it helps thread a narrative I believe explains the true opposition to LB.

Really, read the tweet, it’s pivotal to understanding the psychology behind the opposition to LB, an opposition so intense it caused a network upgrade to fail.

I argue, that the same people that opposed LB so fiercely, would, in fact, be staunch proponents of the same exact proposal if XTZ were >$50. When you dig down into what the opposition is actually saying, this is what it all boils down to. LB isn’t actually the issue. The economics of XTZ is the issue. Until we see improvement of this metric, I fear that this faction will become increasingly obstructionist, even to the point of inflicting damage on the network as a misplaced form of retribution.

Recently, we’ve seen a similar dynamic play out in the eos community. The economics of eos was in a languishing/declining state for a very long time, until elements of the community were able to mobilize other ecosystem participants into taking drastic governance actions. The result? Via governance, the eos community froze the eos foundation’s funds. Minority elements of the Tezos community are already suggesting such radical action.

If you didn’t read the prior tweet, now is a good time to do so.

The radical, minority faction of the Tezos community that blocked Ithaca is gaining strength and adherents as the economics of Tezos fails to remain competitive in the crypto sphere. How much stronger will they be in 6 months, if Tezos economics fail to improve? Will they begin obstructing all network upgrades, or worse, rally for radical action as we saw with eos?

For the strength of the network, it is absolutely imperative that we focus on the economics of Tezos, with future upgrades incorporating mechanisms which directly result in value accrual to XTZ. Failure to do so will result in further fracturing of the community, potentially with unrecoverable detrimental effects.


Additional agreement Gabriel
Small precision, no DeX of Tezos benefited from the liquidity baking today. It represents a derisory volume on Quipuswap and nothing on Vortex / Plenty
Hence the need to choose well
Ping @KevinMehrabi

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Thanks for your post. Full disclosure upfront, I am one of the owners of Kryptstar and we voted “nay”.

I fully agree with the benefits of LB and support LB in principle. As far as I can see, few people, if any, are against LB per se in this debate. The “kerfuffle” arose purely because the Ithaca proposal bundled a protocol update with an extension to the LB sunset period, which was perceived as trying to steamroll through the sunset extension. To be clear, this bundling is the reason Kryptstar voted “nay”. (I cannot speak for the reason PosDog and other “nay” voters had).

Thank you for your plan to put forward a new Ithaca proposal without the LB sunset period extension. That’s all we (Kryptstar) wanted and we will vote “yay” for such a revised proposal.

We can then have a separate discussion about the future of LB. The current implementation of LB (tzBTC/XTZ pair) has issues around the choice (or lack thereof) of asset pair, transparency around the economic beneficiaries and the escape hatch mechanism (virtually impossible to reach threshold in practice). I look forward to a constructive debate around how to improve and implement a better LB going forward.


Next time, it would be great to ask your delegators.

From a different point of view: I have no idea who the majority of my delegators are. I have no idea if they follow me on Twitter or check up on my Agora or Reddit posts. Basically, I can’t ask my delegators because I don’t know who they are or how to contact them.

I’m very happy to take my delegators’ opinions into consideration when casting my vote. But if they care about how I vote then it is their responsibility to reach out to me and let me know their opinion.

LB is not about benefits for any dex or dexes altogether.
However if a dex has an xtz/tzbtc pair it’ll be arbed with the LB DEX, more volume and fees for lp token holders

You can publicly publish your intention before casting vote. Then you will see.

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This is one of the biggest challenges of tezos this year.

For the strength of the network, it is absolutely imperative that we focus on the economics of Tezos, with future upgrades incorporating mechanisms which directly result in value accrual to XTZ.

What do you suggest?


As announced earlier, I built a no-LB branch. Here are the relevant pieces of information:


How can I view the code diff between yours and what NL published?

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