EIP-5069: EIP Editor Handbook Source

Handy reference for EIP editors and those who want to become one

AuthorPooja Ranjan, Pandapip1
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An Ethereum Improvement Proposal (EIP) is a design document providing information to the Ethereum community, or describing a new feature for Ethereum or its processes or environment. The EIP standardization process is a mechanism for proposing new features, for collecting community technical input on an issue, and for documenting the design decisions that have gone into Ethereum. Because improvement proposals are key components of Ethereum blockchain, it is important that they are well reviewed before reaching Final status. EIPs are stored in text files in a versioned repository which is monitored by the EIP editors.

This EIP describes the recommended process for becoming an EIP editor.


The key words “MUST”, “MUST NOT”, “REQUIRED”, “SHALL”, “SHALL NOT”, “SHOULD”, “SHOULD NOT”, “RECOMMENDED”, “MAY”, and “OPTIONAL” in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119.

Application and Onboarding Process

Anyone having a good understanding of the EIP standardization and network upgrade process, intermediate level experience on the core and/or application side of the Ethereum blockchain, and willingness to contribute to the process management MAY apply to become an EIP editor. Potential EIP editors SHOULD have the following skills:

  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to handle contentious discourse
  • 1-5 spare hours per week

The best available resource to understand the EIP process is EIP-1. Anyone desirous of becoming an EIP editor MUST understand this document. Afterwards, participating in the EIP process by commenting on and suggesting improvements to PRs and issues will familliarize the procedure, and is RECOMMENDED. The contributions of newer editors SHALL be monitored by other EIP editors.

Anyone meeting the above requirements MAY make a pull request adding themselves as an EIP editor and adding themselves to the editor list in EIP-1. If the existing EIP editors approve, the author SHALL become a full EIP editor. This SHALL notify the editor of relevant new proposals submitted in the EIPs repository, and they SHALL review and merge pull requests:

diff --git a/EIPS/eip-1.md b/EIPS/eip-1.md
index 79558a3..079b196 100644
--- a/EIPS/eip-1.md
+++ b/EIPS/eip-1.md
@@ -207,6 +211,7 @@ The current EIP editors are
 - Matt Garnett (@lightclient)
 - Micah Zoltu (@MicahZoltu)
 - Greg Colvin (@gcolvin)
+- Sam Wilson (@SamWilsn)
 Emeritus EIP editors are 
diff --git a/.github/workflows/auto-review-bot.yml b/.github/workflows/auto-review-bot.yml
index 5730343..3d162ea 100644
--- a/.github/workflows/auto-review-bot.yml
+++ b/.github/workflows/auto-review-bot.yml
@@ -17,12 +17,12 @@ jobs:
         id: auto-merge-bot
           GITHUB-TOKEN: $ 
-          CORE_EDITORS: "@MicahZoltu,@lightclient,@axic,@gcolvin"
-          ERC_EDITORS: "@lightclient,@axic"
-          NETWORKING_EDITORS: "@MicahZoltu,@lightclient,@axic"
-          INTERFACE_EDITORS: "@lightclient,@axic"
-          META_EDITORS: "@lightclient,@axic,@gcolvin"
-          INFORMATIONAL_EDITORS: "@lightclient,@axic,@gcolvin"
+          CORE_EDITORS: "@MicahZoltu,@lightclient,@axic,@gcolvin,@SamWilsn"
+          ERC_EDITORS: "@lightclient,@axic,@SamWilsn"
+          NETWORKING_EDITORS: "@MicahZoltu,@lightclient,@axic,@SamWilsn"
+          INTERFACE_EDITORS: "@lightclient,@axic,@SamWilsn"
+          META_EDITORS: "@lightclient,@axic,@gcolvin,@SamWilsn"
+          INFORMATIONAL_EDITORS: "@lightclient,@axic,@gcolvin,@SamWilsn"
           MAINTAINERS: "@alita-moore,@mryalamanchi"

Special Merging Rules for this EIP

This EIP MUST have the same rules regarding changes as EIP-1.


  • “6 months” was chosen as the cutoff for denoting Stagnant EIPs terminally-Stagnant arbitrarily.
  • This EIP requires special merging rules for the same reason EIP-1 does.

Copyright and related rights waived via CC0.


Please cite this document as:

Pooja Ranjan, Pandapip1, "EIP-5069: EIP Editor Handbook," Ethereum Improvement Proposals, no. 5069, May 2022. [Online serial]. Available: https://eips.ethereum.org/EIPS/eip-5069.