We had another successful online workshop with representation from various backgrounds, from DNS experts to artists.

You can watch all the sessions on our Youtube playlist, but here is a quick recap.

Session 1: DNS Integration

Brantly gave an update on DNS namespace integration, both at the TLD and 2LD levels. We got some feedback from DNS-world people on various ways names can interact in both systems, particularly how a DNS TLD owner can make his TLD ENS-only.

Session 2: Governance

The first half of this session was spent discussing our current governance model, especially on our plan on how to restrict the root multisig…


With Gnosis Safe, forming a DAO with your friends to manage high-value asset is becoming quick and easy.

When PleaserDAO purchased the infamous “x*y=k” NFT art by @pplpleasr1, they also purchased pleaserdao.eth. ENS is one of the few NFT collections they currently possess something from.

Pointing an ENS name to a multisig account is easy as long as some Externally Owned Account (EOA) can set it on behalf of the multisig.

Setting the reverse record (which allows dapps to recognise which ENS name the Ethereum address points to), however, has been difficult because the setting has to be done…


As briefly mentioned in our financial report, we have been internally discussing how we can allocate some of the registration fees to pay it forward, with grants supporting the ENS ecosystem and beyond. As our ENS workshop is approaching, we would like to invite more grant-giving DAO experts to the discussion.

In the last workshop, Nylon from DxDAO presented how they utilise DAOStack to run their DAO, which you can watch in the following video.

In the upcoming workshop, we especially would like to discuss the following topics.

  • What are the pros/cons of the top-down consortium type approach (e.g…


In my previous post, I talked about how adding reverse records add a sense of ownership and participation to your site. I also introduced a new smart contract that makes reverse lookup easy.

To eat my own dog food, I wrote a small script to go through the latest trending NFTs on OpenSea and check how many people have actually set the reverse records for their ENS name.

As a sample, I used CryptoPunks, WrappedMooncats, Hashmasks, and Beeple which were in the top 10 trending NFTs on OpenSea last week.

I chose them because most of them issue tokens within…


ENS as the evidence of ownership and provenance

NFTs have suddenly become the topic of discussion in the mainstream media. There are heated debates about the value of the NFTs when the metadata itself can be easily copy&pasted.

Everyone has a different opinion about the usefulness of NFTs being on a blockchain. I personally think that the traceability of the creation and ownership of NFTs is why NFTs will have some value.

Who minted and who owns the NFT can be as important as the art itself, but many Ethereum addresses in Hex format don’t tell many stories about the ownership. Some NFT galleries such as ethblock.Art


It’s been over six months since our last workshop. Given 2021 Devcon is postponed, and online events are easier to organize, we would like to try out hosting ENS workshops more often.

Our next half-day ENS workshop will be held on Monday April 5th. The start time is 16:00 UTC (US pacific 09:00, US eastern 12:00, London 17:00, Zurich 18:00, Taipei 24:00, Auckland +1 04:00).

Following the previous format, we will be dividing the workshop into the following 50 minutes sub-sessions so that each participant can join the sessions they are interested in.

  • Layer 2
  • DNS Integration
  • Governance
  • Developer Ecosystem


  • How it started
  • Crosschain arbitrage in action
  • Under the hood
  • What does this enable?
  • Composability maximalist

How it started

This tweet triggered lots of people with over 50 comments and one of the conversations was with Peter Kim (Builder of USDC v2/Coinbase wallet) concerning the impact on gas price. The higher ETH price becomes, the less affordable it for normal people to use.

The usual response to such conversation is “L2 is soon ™️ “ but L2 still needs a bridge cost to cross from L1. When I pointed that out, Alex “What’s your ETH address? …


Now that Cloudflare is running our eth.link ENS+IPFS gateway service, we're demonstrating our confidence in the new infrastructure and "eating our own dogfood" by maintaining a copy of the ENS Manager App on IPFS at https://app.ens.eth.link (or app.ens.eth/ if you have MetaMask, Opera, Brave, or another compatible browser). To do this, we’re using a great service called Fleek.

Here is a quick guide to how we did it so you can also deploy your website to ENS+IPFS.

  1. Turn your website into a Single Page App (SPA)
  2. Setup Continuous Integration (CI) on Fleek and transfer the Controller
  3. Set up the SSL…


After my friend Marc “alpha leak” Zeller recommended 7 Defi dapp to try out (for the wishful thinking of yet another token drops), I naively created a Kickback page to pledge 10 xDAI to try out all the Defi gems he recommended (and lose if you don’t complete), despite some defi veterans warned the high gas fee.

This is my log of actually trying out all 7 of them in 30 days (5 of them were actually done in 1 day).

1. ParaSwap

ParaSwap is a Dex Aggregator similar to 1inch with different UI.


It’s been over a year since the ENS short name auction (for (3–6 character .ETH names) completed, and it is amazing that many Ethereum community members proudly put their .ETH name in their social media profile.

However, people forget to renew their ENS names despite renewal notification services and the ability to pay ahead as many years as you want, and a significant number of names have been released recently.

As I mentioned in a previous post, we are expecting a peak of over 1000 names to be released on 4th February which includes many short names won…

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