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Stellar Ecosystem Proposals (SEPs)

SEP Tracks

  • Informational — A SEP on the Informational track is one that is open to adoption by the ecosystem, but has not been formally standardized by SDF, and is not endorsed by SDF for adoption. Typically a SEP can start as Informational to gain traction within the ecosystem before moving to the Standards track.
  • Standard — A SEP on the Standards track is one that aims for formal standardization and endorsement by SDF for adoption. Typically a SEP Standard has a higher bar towards acceptance, and it requires approval by 2 SDF members of the SEP Team.

SEP Status Terms

  • Draft - A SEP that is currently open for consideration and actively being discussed.
  • Awaiting Decision — A mature and ready SEP that is ready for approval by the SEP Team. If enough the approval requirements are met by SEP team members, the SEP will move towards FCP. Otherwise, it'll regress to a Draft.
  • FCP — A SEP that has entered a Final Comment Period (FCP). After one week has passed, during which any new concerns should be addressed, the SEP's status will become Active or Final, depending on the content of the SEP.
  • Active - An actively maintained SEP that is intended for immediate adoption by the entire ecosystem by its author(s), and if it is a Standard, by SDF as well. Additional updates may be made without changing the SEP number.
  • Final - A finalized SEP that is intended for immediate adoption by the entire ecosystem by its author(s), and if it is a Standard, by SDF as well. A final SEP should only be updated to correct errata.

Additional Statuses

  • Rejected - A Standards SEP that has been formally rejected by the SEP Team, and will not be implemented.
  • Superseded: [New Final SEP] - A SEP that which was previously final but has been superseded by a new, final SEP. Both SEPs should reference each other.

List of Proposals

Number Title Author Track Status
SEP-0001 stellar.toml specification SDF Standard Active
SEP-0002 Federation Protocol SDF Standard Final
SEP-0003 Compliance Protocol SDF Standard Active
SEP-0004 Tx Status Endpoint SDF Standard Final
SEP-0005 Key Derivation Methods for Stellar Accounts SDF Standard Final
SEP-0006 Anchor/Client Interoperability SDF Standard Active
SEP-0007 URI Scheme to facilitate delegated signing Interstellar Standard Final
SEP-0008 Regulated Assets Interstellar Standard Final
SEP-0009 Standard KYC / AML Fields SDF Standard Active
SEP-0010 Stellar Web Authentication Sergey Nebolsin, Tom Quisel Standard Active
SEP-0011 Txrep: Human-Readable Low-Level Representation of Stellar Transactions David Mazières Standard Active
SEP-0012 Anchor/Client Customer Info Transfer Interstellar Standard Active
SEP-0020 Self-verification of validator nodes Johan Stén Standard Active

Draft Proposals

Number Title Author Track Status
SEP-0013 DEPOSIT_SERVER proposal @no, @ant, @manran, @pacngfar Informational Draft
SEP-0014 Dynamic Asset Metadata OrbitLens, Paul Tiplady Standard Draft
SEP-0015 Attachment Convention Interstellar Standard Draft
SEP-0016 Account Transfer Permissionless Payment Protocol (@p2p) Jeremy Rubin Standard Draft
SEP-0017 Issuer account funding protocol (CAP-13 Based) Tom Quisel Standard Draft
SEP-0018 Data Entry Namespaces Mister.Ticot Standard Draft
SEP-0019 Bootstrapping Multisig Transaction Submission Paul Selden, Nikhil Saraf Standard Draft
SEP-0021 On-chain signature & transaction sharing Mister.Ticot Informational Draft
SEP-0022 IPFS Support Samuel B. Sendelbach Informational Draft

Contribution Process

The Stellar Ecosystem, like most software ecosystems in the world, continues to evolve over time to meet the needs of our network's participants and to drive technology forward into new territory.

Unlike Stellar's Core development (CAPs), Stellar's Ecosystem Proposals are intended to be a more dynamic way of introducing standards and protocols utilized in the ecosystem that are built on top of the Stellar Network. It attempts to take a more lightweight process for approval, and much of its process is inspired by the IETF.

Before contributing, consider the following:

  • Choose a track to propose your idea on. The bar for accepting an Informational SEP is much lower than one for a Standard, and allows you to promote the SEP independently to gain feedback and traction before creating a Standard out of it.
  • Gather feedback from discussion on the dev mailing list and other forums, and utilize it to begin a draft proposal.
  • Follow the proposal process listed below. If you're having difficulty moving the proposal forward, talk to the buddy that's assigned the SEP; they'll often have guidance on how to move things forward, as well as feedback regarding feasibility and how the proposal does or does not align with the Stellar Network's goals.

SEP Process

Pre-SEP (Initial Discussion)

Introduce your idea on the stellar-dev mailing list and other community forums dedicated to Stellar.

  • Make sure to gather feedback and alternative ideas — it's useful before putting together a formal draft!
  • Consider contacting experts in a particular area for feedback while you're hashing out the details.

Creating a SEP Draft

Draft a formal proposal using the SEP Template, and submit a PR to this repository. You should make sure to adhere to the following:

  • Use the following format for the filename of your draft: sep_{github_username}_{shortsha256sum}.md
    • shortsha256sum is defined as the first 8 characters of the SHA-256 checksum.
    • For example, a SEP by Github user happycoder with a SHA-256 checksum of a200f73c would be titled sep_happycoder_b274f73c.md.
  • Make sure to place your SEP in the ecosystem/ folder.

Finally, submit a PR of your draft via your fork of this repository.

Additional Tips

  • If your SEP requires images or other supporting files, they should be included in a subdirectory of the contents folder for that SEP, such as contents/sep_happycoder_b274f73c/. Links should be relative, for example a link to an image from SEP-X would be ../contents/sep_happycoder_b274f73c/image.png.

Draft: Merging & Further Iteration

From there, the following process will happen:

  • A SEP buddy is assigned and will merge your PR if you properly followed the steps above.
    • They'll rename the above files to the latest SEP draft number before merging in the PR.
    • They'll provide initial feedback, and help pull in any subject matter experts that will help in pushing the SEP towards a final disposition.
  • You should continue the discussion of the draft SEP on the mailing list to gather additional feedback. We welcome any additional PRs that iterate on the draft.

Draft -> Awaiting Decision -> Final Comment Period (FCP)

  • When you're ready, you should submit a PR changing the status in the draft to Awaiting Decision.
  • A SEP buddy is assigned from the SEP team. They'll provide any additional feedback, and help pull in any subject matter experts and SEP team members that will help in pushing the SEP towards a final disposition.
    • For the Informational Track, the SEP enters FCP when 2 members of the SEP Team approve the pull request.
    • For the Standards Track, the SEP enters FCP when 3 members of the SEP team approve the pull request, 2 of whom must be representatives of SDF.
    • The SEP buddy (the PR assignee) is responsible for including members of the SEP team who are subject experts on the SEP being discussed; however, you are free to pull in feedback without going through your buddy. The SEP buddy may also bring it up at an upcoming protocol meeting.
    • If any SEP has major concerns (typically around security) from a SEP Team or CAP Core Team member, the concerns must be addressed before moving it forward; otherwise, it will be set back to Draft, or if fundamentally broken, to Rejected.
    • It should take no more than 2 weeks to move a SEP out of Awaiting Decision.
  • Once a SEP has been approved, it goes into FCP which is broadcast to the protocol meeting members along with the mailing list.

FCP -> Active/Final

  • If no major concerns are brought up, the SEP is marked as Active or Final by your SEP buddy:
    • If the SEP requires active maintenance, such as having an open schema, it should be marked at Active.
    • Otherwise, the SEP should be marked as Final.

SEP Team Members

SEP Team: Tomer (SDF), Nikhil (SDF) Tom Q. (SDF), Johnny (SDF), orbitlens, David (SDF), Jed (SDF)

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