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What is a LIP?

  • A Lisk Improvement Proposal (LIP) is a document which identifies a requirement, rationale and motivation for change. Standard Track LIPs tackle changes in the Lisk protocol, Informational LIPs refer to architectural and technical changes to our application implementation of Lisk. Process LIPs are concerned with non technical processes, for example the LIPs process itself.

Additionally, it specifies in detail how the change can be made in theory, while also providing a reference implementation (in the form of code) for actually instigating the change on the network.

  • A Lisk Improvement Proposal (LIP) is intended to be the primary mechanism for proposing protocol changes for the Lisk network, gathering community feedback and consent, while documenting the decisions made from beginning to end.
  • A Lisk Improvement Proposal (LIP) has a champion who in addition to creating a detailed proposal, is also responsible for building consensus within the community around their proposal, collaborating with the Lisk Foundation during the LIP process and documenting dissenting opinions.
  • A Lisk Improvement Proposal (LIP) is maintained as a text file in a versioned repository where a historical record is kept on how a proposal has progressed from its initial draft state to become active on the network or is rejected.
  • The Lisk Improvement Proposal (LIP) system takes us one step further on our journey to achieve a decentralized and open-source blockchain ecosystem, one in which everyone reaps the benefits of collaboration and the constructive feedback of the wider Lisk developer community.
Written by Lisk - Updated Nov 21