Hey folks, you remember from Andrew Miller’s keynote at Zcon1 that he described how you could do a “coinholder petition” using
signmessage? (At the end of his talk.) A “Straw Poll” is a name for a non-binding petition.
I have an idea!
There are a bunch of people who have moved their ZEC into a spending key that they can get a copy of, in order to acquire their YEC at block 570,000.
Well, here’s my idea: if you have a spending key which did contain a lot of ZEC of yours at block 570,000, then you can — at any time later — run
signmessage using that spending key and post the resulting signed message, and everyone would be able to verify that your ZEC attested to the message.
So, I propose that we run a Coin Holder’s Straw Poll by having people
signmessage things using their Zcash spending key from Zcash block 570,000. Note that it is possible to run
signmessage to do this after you’ve moved your ZEC out of that spending key (DC’s Step 2), so you will not be increasing risk to your ZEC by participating in the straw poll.
This will be an “alpha test” of potential future Coinholder Polling processes. It will be non-binding — it is just an experiment to give information to the community about the opinions of coinholders — but it may start guiding the discussion and may lead to more formal and powerful polling processes in the future.
The opinions of Coinholders are not the only opinions which should count in the community’s collective decisions. Also the opinions of miners, entrepreneurs who use Zcash in their goods and services, advocates and educators and community members who support and promote Zcash, devs who contribute to zcashd, zebra, other open source projects that support Zcash, etc. etc. Our mission to bring economic freedom and opportunity to the whole world, not just to serve coinholders, but coinholders are excellent allies — they are here for the mission, they are have the right incentive alignment, and they are a powerful force for good. So trying to ascertain what coinholders think is not the be-all-end-all of measuring community sentiment, but it is a very valuable data point.
I propose that for the first Coin Holder’s Straw Poll we ask: “Oh Coin Holders! In your esteemed opinion, is it better for NU3 to be codenamed Bloom, Heartwood, Bamboo, Honeybee, Canopy, Vine …