Hey friends, I’ve seen several more public comments from industry leaders about what a constructive and well-organised process this has been and I decided I didn’t have time to post all of them in this thread, but this latest one that I just saw had some interesting specific comments that I thought were insightful:
“ Cast my vote in the Zcash Dev Fund sentiment collection pool today - regardless of the particular outcome, I am impressed by the amount of polite debate and constructive deliberation (for background, see https://zfnd.org/blog/community-sentiment-collection-poll/… - a standard for future such discussions.
I am even optimistic that a clear consensus outcome will emerge (perhaps after another round of proposal recombination and sentiment collection) - for a vote by stakeholders with widely differing interests where a lot of money is at stake, that’s quite remarkable.
It’s worth asking the meta-level question - what factors lead to this kind of deliberation, and can they be replicated? Stakeholders in many other blockchains are making or will need to make similar decisions as they determine how best to sustain core development & outreach.
Often decentralised governance designers focus on mechanisms and processes for voting- I think this is often a bit of a red herring, the particular voting processes in use in this case seem to have had little to do with the engagement and constructive debate thus far.
I think one essential factor is the presence of institutional stewards - ZcashFoundation, ElectricCoinCo - and third-party organisations - thesis_co placeholdervc - to set the tone for discussion (primarily held on community-controlled forums) and structure timelines.
Another is the infrequency of the debate - institutions and individuals can spend time to carefully read & author proposals because this discussion is being held to determine the development fund configuration for several years. If this happened every few months it wouldn’t work.
And I suspect a final one is the choice of platforms - discussions have primarily been held on Discourse, supplemented by video calls and statements released by the organisations involved. As compared to social media, these platforms are more conducive to long-form discussion.”
From Christopher Goes
I pretty much agree with this! Way to go, team!