I’m not a fan of inaction around the issue of vote buying. A big public blow up every time it happens is not good for our chains public image, nor is it helpful for our productivity. Perhaps it’s not possible to avoid this all together, but we should be able to better address it before it happens. Our current system is a horrible way to welcome new teams to the community, especially ones that hadn’t fully grasped the quality of what we are building here.
What constitutes vote buying is different from person to person, but we can all agree in principle that seeking out votes by means of promising directly shared returns is not kosher.
I’d appreciate everyone who is interested in stopping vote buying to partake in brainstorming this idea together.
Firstly I think our community standards could be much more transparent. I don’t think word of mouth is sufficient enough anymore. I suggest we create a document to convey our ‘gentlemans agreement’ that is compiled into a clear one page infographic.
How would we then ensure these rules/this document is seen? Would it be possible to have it shared by default as part of the public chain registration process? We could also host it on the website here, on our subreddit (r/helloicon) and in other areas. What else?
What are the consequences of breaking these rules? If it’s not going to be an on chain DQ vote then how do we hold teams accountable? I don’t like the idea of censorship, but soft censorship in the form of social pressure and ostracisation has worked thus far, all be it in a messy fashion.
I have a feeling that the most practical solution would be to streamline the process of setting up a node (for those with little/no development skills). This then fosters an environment where ICONists can choose to support community teams for long term value growth, or stake to themselves maximising their own personal short term returns. The goal of this is to eliminate the market for vote buyers to capture votes from.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and I’m excited to hear what you all think