Hey, appreciate you coming back with thoughtful feedback. I think I need to clarify what I meant by marketing and promotion.
On-chain approval by the DAO brings the project a lot of credibility.
This is exactly what I mean by marketing and promotion. Your project is seeking to take the credibility of the Nouns brand and use an on-chain vote to brand this as what is effectively an “official” derivative project. I support all derivatives projects, but I don’t think that the DAO has any interest in diluting our brand by explicitly promoting specific derivatives projects as an extension of Nouns.
Also, you go on to say:
We think this would be super helpful for our goal of offering “ownership in the Nouns community”.
The only way to have ownership in the Nouns community is by owning an interest in a Noun, whether whole or fractional or as part of a SubDAO. So I really don’t understand why you rejected the idea of buying a Noun with the proceeds. The only way owning a non-Nouns NFT would give someone ownership of the Nouns community is if Nouns DAO effectively blessed that NFT as an official extension of the Nouns project, which is something the DAO should not support because it dilutes the Nouns brand/scarcity. Proper Nouns looks like a really cool project and I hope you launch it - but it is not officially affiliated with Nouns DAO.
BTW - I thought the newsletter you posted this morning was awesome and I think you have a future as a valuable community member and contributor! I want to make it clear this is not personal and I think there IS a path forward here! I really think you should reconsider your decision not to form a DAO and buy a Noun with the proceeds. Or be open to receiving Retro Funding for your time and effort.