EDIT on 11/25/2019: This is not a Zcash Foundation thing. This is a thing that I, a person who works at ZF, proposed independently.
I am against plutocracy, so I think staked votes are generally a terrible way to make binding decisions. But they’re a great source of information. As far as I know, nobody else plans to hold a staked poll. I might as well do it, and @boxalex volunteered to help!
The poll will be open to anyone with ZEC.
ZF’s guidance noted that the Foundation “is happy to consider other forms of community feedback collected by other parties” between September 3 and September 17. (See the section “How the Foundation will select a particular proposal.”) So I’m going to use the same time period for this poll.
Staked polls have the unique advantage: They can be both anonymous and sybil-resistant. Since votes are weighted by stake, splitting up ZEC to vote doesn’t change anything but appearances. You can’t change the outcome of a staked poll through sybil attacks. Instead, your only option is to use more ZEC to vote.
But we know that, so we know that we can only draw tentative conclusions from the distribution of vote stakes. (In other words, we cannot conclude that the number of votes = the number of people who voted.)
I’ll ask the same questions that ZF asks the Community Advisory Panel (still TBD), and a couple of additional ones. @boxalex had good suggestions.
This part is tricky. What do y’all think of this setup?
Between September 3 and September 15 (UTC), send your stake of ZEC to a t-address. (For optimal privacy, generate a new t-address and never use it again. Also, send your stake from a shielded address, then withdraw it back into the shielded pool after the poll is over.)
No later than September 15 (still UTC), send a shielded memo with your vote to [address redacted for now] from the t-address containing your stake.
Don’t move the ZEC until September 18.