Thanks for making these points @rich.
I agree with the role of curators to actually be more than mere accountants now too. Anaelle has made a similar point in the direction channel and I fully agree.
There is a lot of value in curators acting as liaisons. Helping facilitate communication with the community, other ecosystem teams and any other relevant party. Curators would be acutely aware of the progress different proposal teams are making and the problems they are facing. Acting as a facilitator to help overcome obstacles would ensure successful delivery of more projects and thus be a big value-add for proposers and the network at large.
The payout bounty structure encourages frequent updates and the goal here would be of course to structure this in a supportive manner.
All this puts significant amount of work on the payout bounty curators. A single payout bounty will definitely not be enough to process all the proposals. I would expect more groups to come together to create their own payout bounties. This is where I think we will see market forces making sure that resources are allocated efficiently.
Let us assume that we have 3 payout bounties running:
Payout Bounty C has just formed, the curators on this bounty are members with no track record or reputation. This bounty charges a very low curation fee per proposal per month.
Payout Bounty B has been around for a month and already successfully processed proposal payouts for 2 projects over the last month. The curators of this bounty have been in the community for a few months and have built up somewhat of a reputation. This bounty charges a medium curation fee per proposal per month.
Payout Bounty A has a proven track record with a lot of proposals processed. Over 1 million USD worth of funds has moved through this bounty already. The documentation tools built by the curators of this bounty are excellent. The curators are extremely well connected in the ecosystem and have a track record of helping teams overcome major obstacles in the past. This bounty charges a high curation fee per proposal per month.
We would be seeing amazing things happen here as market forces will efficiently allocate resources. Community might request bigger proposals to be processed by Payout Bounty A for example. The community is aware of the higher fees associated with processing a proposal through this bounty but believes the value added of payout bounty A to be worth the extra costs.
We may then also have a very small proposal come along with a very reputable and experienced team and a short project delivery. Community may feel that Bounty A is an overkill for this proposal and instead may prefer the project move through Bounty B or C.
I think we should establish fair compensation for the curators of the initial payout bounty but let market forces take care of things as more payout bounties emerge and start competing with one another.