@mistfpga I’m not discounting an to the first question here. If the answer is NO (and the original funding plan should stay), then everything I wrote is moot: the protocol will end any non-miner mandatory fees, and any protocol-based funding decision discussion could shift to opt-in mechanisms if desired.
To be totally transparent, my personal opinion is that the original “funding expires” protocol promise is sacred and should not be altered unless there is significant and well-understood broad consensus to the contrary. However, getting better information from potential funding recipients like ECC is essential to allowing everyone to make their own informed opinion on what they want to support.
And to be extremely clear (to @Shawn’s points) : my point in this post is that ECC needs to be clear, unambiguous, and upfront about their position here. It is absurd to assume that the community should use previous statements and talks to ascertain what ECC is likely to be thinking. The onus must be on them. There should be no assuming when $12 million per year is on the line.