My position on this matter may differ from everyone’s because I’m not evaluating the proposed changes based on their merits. They do seem well-thought-out and it’s clear that the good of the network is the goal.
But I think it’s important to remember the actual problem we are trying to solve:
Ubiquitous voter disinterest, complete lack of participation and complete lack of attention.
Any incentive change that is still contingent on voter attention and participation may not work well and will likely not generate the behavior changes we are seeking.
Over the last 4 months we learned that the vast majority of voters vote once, and never return.
Without a powerful incentive to re-vote, they simply never will. And as long as they continue to receive rewards without any consequences, they have no reason to change their behavior.
Do the proposed changes fix the real problem, or do they just introduce a new set of rules that assume voters will both participate and take interest? If the latter, we may be missing the mark.
For this reason, I still believe that ideas like incentivizing a periodic revote by expiring voter rewards could help solve the problem.
And it does so in a way that requires no major changes to the system.
If people aren’t getting rewards, they are guaranteed to return and re-vote. Maybe the votes don’t have to expire. But the rewards could.
And there’s only one thing to know: you have to come back periodically and vote. Simple. Basic. And a fool-proof incentive mechanism.
If they’re presented with a simple list of team accomplishments (or lack thereof) it could go a long way to encouraging more intelligent voting.
While I realize there are specifics that would need to be ironed-out to perfect this approach, it’s the one I lean towards. And what I think should be tried first.
In summary: Let’s not forget what the real problem is.