Will someone from Dfinity Foundation please clarify what constitutes a majority vote of followees when neurons vote automatically in the liquid democracy implementation of the NNS. Specifically, I am interested in knowing if the neuron follows the majority of the followee neurons individually or if the neuron follows the majority of the followee neuron voting power.
As a simple example, lets say neuron A follows neurons B (3 VP), C (4 VP), D (5 VP), E (50 VP), and F (100 VP), each with their respective voting power (VP). If neurons B, C, D, and E vote YES and neuron F votes NO, does neuron A vote YES or NO? In this scenario, 4 followees voted YES and 1 voted NO. However, based on followee voting power there were 62 votes of YES and 100 votes of NO.
As another example, if neurons B, C, D, and F do not vote, but neuron E votes YES, does neuron A end up not voting, voting YES, or voting NO? A majority of followees did not vote, but of the votes that were cast the majority voted YES, but at the same time, there were not enough votes cast to make a majority of voting power among the followees.
Thank you for offering clarification on what a majority vote of followees means. It seems that understanding this will be important for deciding how and when to add followees other than DF and ICA in the liquid democracy model and as we march towards increased decentralization over time.
Copied below is the Neuron Command called Follow as described in the linked medium article form Dfinity that describes the Internet Computer’s Network Nervous System, Neurons, and ICP Utility Tokens. This section describes how a neuron will automatically follow the majority vote of a group of followee neurons. The text in bold is the area that I an trying to clarify.
Add a rule that enables the neuron to vote automatically on proposals that belong to a specific topic, by specifying a group of followee neurons whose majority vote is followed. The configuration of such follow rules can be used to: a) distribute control over voting power amongst multiple entities, b) have a neuron vote automatically when its owner lacks time to evaluate newly submitted proposals, c) have a neuron vote automatically when its own lacks the expertise to evaluate newly submitted proposals, and d) for other purposes. A follow rule specifies a set of followees. Once a majority of the followees votes to adopt or reject a proposal belonging to the specified topic, the neuron votes the same way. If it becomes impossible for a majority of the followees to adopt (for example, because they are split 50–50 between adopt and reject), then the neuron votes to reject. If a rule is specified where the proposal topic is null, then it becomes a catch-all follow rule, which will be used to vote automatically on proposals belonging to topics for which no specific rule has been specified. If the list of followees is empty, this effectively removes a follow rule.