As some of you have probably noticed, I’m big on organization and clarity. I think efficient and effective communication is going to be an absolute requirement of any decentralized governance effort.
It’s possible for any user to run polls in Discourse. Polls can be a useful tool for signalling around certain ideas or proposals.
With these two things in mind, I propose the following:
Anybody that wants to collect signals for some opinion or course of action should create a topic in the governance category titled Signal Request: <polling question>.
The top level post should always contain a summary of advantages and disadvantages for that issue, collated by the original poster as the discussion takes place in the topic.
The ‘signaling’ tag should be applied to such topics so they can be easily filtered.
- It makes it very easy to see when someone is attempting to gather signals without having to read every topic.
- It makes signal requests easier to find using the search function.
- Having the top level post summarize the arguments of both sides makes it easier for Governance to form a balanced view of the issue before voting.
- It adds to the institutional knowledgebase (the list of things governance needs to know to properly participate.)
- There is some ongoing responsibility of the original poster to keep the summary up-to-date.
- There is a requirement that the original poster be ‘honest’ and not misrepresent arguments they disagree with.
- There is no way of telling the MKR holdings of the participants, anyone with a forum account can participate.
- This polling method is vulnerable to Sybil attacks.
- Yes, I agree with the proposal.
- No, I disagree with the proposal.