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Yuga Labs recently appointed seven Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT holders to become the community’s first council to manage community feedback.
The Web3 powerhouse settled on seven of the most active members in the community.
The council was first revealed in a blog post Yuga Labs published on Wednesday.
According to the company, the seven will focus on gathering and curating community feedback.
They will also be tasked with spearheading philanthropic efforts.
In the blog post, Yuga said it wants to keep the council “autonomous,” which means they will not be governed by the startup.
Members will have to bring and pitch ideas for any upcoming initiatives.
The decision to create a community council confirms that Yuga Labs is looking to take its NFT holders and provide them with an avenue to share their ideas and concerns.
“This council, and future councils to come, puts a more formal, efficient and consistent process in place for Yuga leadership to get community feedback and advice on an ongoing basis,” the post reads.
A word from one of the council members
Wave, or oxWave, one of the newly-appointed council members, believes that their job is to collect ideas and sentiments from the community instead of enforcing their preferences.
He also said he wants to help the community understand crypto security better, particularly regarding the protection of their NFTs.
Dune data reveals that there are currently 413 Bored and Mutant Ape NFTs marked “stolen” on OpenSea.
“Holding these assets puts a target on your back to bad actors,” said Wave.
The community reacts
The announcement of the seven sparked disappointment among community members with a few even expressing bitterness over not being chosen.
One Bored Ape named Storm took to Twitter to express himself, writing:
“I’m not mad I’m not on the official BAYC community counsel [sic] I just want to know what I’m doing wrong.”
“I would advocate for not seeing the current council as forever enshrined, but rather a first iteration,” Wave replied.
Meanwhile, other Twitter users were surprised that holder “ThreadGuy” wasn’t chosen for the council.
Despite the council members’ optimism, the social media reactions have been mostly mixed.
One user applauded Yuga, saying that the council is exactly what Web3 is about.
However, tech reporter Asa Hiken noted that Yuga Labs personally selected the members to represent the community instead of holding a vote among them.
There is still no news on the criteria Yuga Labs used to evaluate potential members for the council or how they were selected.