Think about this- what if we replaced (or created a hybrid mechanism) for STAKING votes at a protocol-level to a VESTING mechanism- like VC’s? (i.e votes are weighted by the amount of crypto multiplied by time vested to valuate the ‘weight’ of a vote.)
In this scenario, voting weight would act more so like the incentives/ interest seen in a Bond market:
In a bond market, you will receive more interest for purchasing a bond which is repayable over 10 years v.s. 1 year. With this Vesting Mechanism proposal, a community member would be able to VEST ZEC - in other words, receive more weight for their vote by locking up an x-amount of ZEC for a determined period of time.
In comparison to a STAKING mechanism, the amount of currency staked is not the sole deciding factor of the weight of the vote, instead, voting weight would be equal to amount of ZEC multiplied by TIME vested. There should probably be some sort of minimum threshold for the amount of ZEC needed to stake per vote, and there should also be some sort of meritocracy mechanism whereby the more active forum members can receive a discount on this minimum voting threshold…
but ultimately the benefit here is that those willing to vest long-term can have a participatory vote in governance without having to solely compete financially through ZEC ownership.
I can explain the meritocracy stuff in more detail if the community is interested.