An interesting recent development in the ecosystem is perhaps unsurprising, and that is the emerging use of anon accounts along with ChatGPT to create thoughtful (sounding) responses to proposals.
It has not been hard to spot - here, here, here and here but it is an emerging trend that will continue being refined, until it is impossible to tell which comments we should consider ‘valid’.
We have seen brigading (mass comments from associated organisations/communities) in an attempt to influence voting outcomes, both on the positive side and negatively.
This is again a pattern that is easy to spot, simply by the number and style of comments on a proposal. In general its great to have people on your side, (not so much if they’re not on your side) but if we want to optimise for intelligent adoption, rather than just dumb governance engagement, we need to design differently.
The good news is, all of this plays to the weaknesses of existing social media, and to the (advertised) strengths of the technologies we are all building on.
Going forward we need to have some assurances of on-chain identity, reputation, voting history and indeed conflicts of interest when it comes to those supporting proposals - since we should weight the opinons of those with a vested interest in either seeing a proposal succeed or fail.
Currently conflicts of interest abound and there is no way to guage the credibility of statements - as all comments and accounts are effectively in the same class - as a result it is increasingly difficult to sift through the noise, and to make governance a collaborative rather than an adversarial affair.
If we cannot fix our own problems, then what hope do we have of engineering way more complex solutions?
We’re working on ideas in this space, with a range of partners from across the ecosystem, but wanted to highlight once again there are very basic problems in the ecosystem, which might not seem sexy, or novel, or marketing announcements, but are very real problems, that will only get worse with the likes of ChatGPT etc.
Lets dog food our own problems.