The current Named Neuron environment lacks code-based contributors outside of the DFINITY Foundation. This Call to Action aims to enhance the involvement of participating and contributing named neurons, particularly targeting SNS Foundations with ample available resources.
Presently, the DFINITY Foundation wields over 99% of voting power when it comes to code-based topics, except Replicas, where there’s a ~10% reduction compared to other topics.
This dominance traces back to the Genesis of the Internet Computer, during which DFINITY assigned themselves 100% of Voting Power as “followees.” This configuration allowed DFINITY to govern the protocol’s initial stages effectively and execute vital proposals promptly.
However, more than two years after Genesis, this voting power remains firmly in DFINITY’s control, citing a “lack of alternative contributors” as the reason. It’s pertinent to note that the present alternative contributors to the NNS are viewed as unsustainable due to their lack of funding sources.
This circumstance presents a risk, as the Internet Computer strives for decentralization but is currently governed by a singular, self-appointed centralized entity through the NNS.
This leads us into the concept of “SNS Foundation Named Neurons”;
While not universally attainable for every SNS Project due to differing funding levels, this initiative seeks the participation of SNS Foundations in bridging the gap and contributing to the Internet Computer from a code-based perspective as Named Neurons.
This endeavor is both rational and feasible, with a multitude of benefits for SNS Foundations and dApps building on the Internet Computer, as outlined below:
- Sustainability Concerns:
The paramount concern surrounding alternative contributors centers on their sustained financial viability, a critical element in maintaining a vibrant and progressive ecosystem. This is where the significance of SNS Foundations’ involvement cannot be understated. With access to substantial funding derived from SNS DAOs, often earmarked for advancing development, Foundations possess a unique capability to compensate Named Neuron contributions. By actively leveraging their financial resources to support and incentivize these contributors, Foundations can infuse stability into the ecosystem, ensuring that it thrives not merely in the present but well into the future.
- Aligning Self-Interests:
Delving deeper into the question of why SNS DAOs should shoulder the responsibility of Named Neuron contributions unveils a profound connection to the essence of decentralization. SNS DAOs, functioning within the ambit of the formidable NNS, inherently rely on a decentralized governance framework for equitable decision-making. By embracing the role of contributing Named Neurons, Foundations can effectively cement their position as pillars of this decentralized community. This proactive participation serves as a safeguard against the potential upheaval that disagreements can create. Drawing parallels to the historical “Block Wars” between BCH and BTC, it’s evident that decentralized systems thrive when a diverse range of contributors collaboratively shape the ecosystem’s trajectory. Foundations, by embracing this stance, not only protect their own interests but collectively contribute to an environment conducive to progress.
- Development Quality Assurance:
The apprehensions surrounding the quality of contributions from alternative contributors underscore the imperative of maintaining a high standard of development within the ecosystem. Here, the role of SNS Foundations takes on an added significance. As the foundational architects of SNS dApps, these developers have not only undergone rigorous scrutiny of DFINITY and the community but have also earned a distinct “vote of confidence” from the ecosystem. This signifies a level of trust established through proven track records and a commitment to excellence. As contributing Named Neurons, they continue to uphold this standard, reinforcing the ecosystem’s credibility and reinforcing the notion that decentralization thrives when underpinned by individuals and entities with a demonstrated dedication to quality and innovation.
In sum, the integration of SNS Foundations as Named Neurons transcends mere participation; it embodies an unwavering dedication to the fundamental principles of decentralization. By addressing sustainability concerns, safeguarding self-interests through proactive participation, and upholding development quality, Foundations play an instrumental role in shaping a robust, decentralized ecosystem primed for sustained advancement. In doing so, they epitomize the collaborative ethos inherent in genuine decentralization, ensuring that the Internet Computer stands as a paragon of collective progress and innovation.
written by accumulating.icp