Voting for shrimps is much and much more expensive and time consuming
Lets say you have holders with 100 DOT vs A 10.000.000 Whale* A factor of 100.000 difference.
Lets say they cast a vote on a subject the Whale likes (AYE) and the 100 DOT holders all dislike (NAY) . Voting takes 1 minute and it costs 0.0145702 DOT Around 0.07 cent (24-11)
The whale spends 1 minute and 7 cents. The shrimps spend 100.000 minutes 1666 hours (69 days) and 1457 DOT ($7500) just on voting to get to 10 million votes.
After 6864 Times of Voting.
The 100.000 shrimps did spend 10 Million DOT ($52 Million ) on voting and 1345 years
The 10 Million Wale did spend 100 DOT ($520) and 114 hours or 4.75 Days
When conviction (and reading/understanding the proposals) comes into play it gets even worse.
Voting for small DOT holders makes no sense. It takes so much more time and money. While The whale contributes hardly anything. So I consider the Opengov voting mechanism to be broken from a Shrimp voting standpoint. It truly makes no sense to vote for me anymore. I do hope the voting becomes a bit fairer (And the proposals themselves/knock out criteria become better/stricter, but that is another point)
*I did not look into the exact polkadot wallet holder distribution. The 10 million whale is however a real number. A more precise measurement would be the 10 Million whale VS bottom holders to get to 10 Million.
So I consider the Opengov voting mechanism to be broken from a Shrimp voting standpoint. It truly makes no sense to vote for me anymore. I do hope the voting becomes a bit fairer (And the proposals themselves/knock out criteria become better/stricter, but that is another point)
The reply from sodazone indicated with numbers what I did think (too much concentration of voting power). A deeper research would also take into account the costs and time for each proposal by the voters (like my example). Identifying and acknowledging that there are issues (voting costs/time for smaller voters), is the first step. If It is not considered an issue by who?, then it is what it is.
I do think considering the amount of proposals and a lot of them being subpar (jokes/memes/wrong info/mistakes./no kpi), There should be hard knock out criteria. Some sort of objective #AI Gate warden.
What the most democratic or best working mechanism in #crypto is, is not something I could answer.
I do applaud the intention of the OPEngov mechanism.
Voting should be fun, fast , rewarding, impactful. You will never get to engage 100% of the wallets. It would be also a waste of time and money. I do think you will see more clusters or pools of voters. Modelling that could be part of understanding the possible outcomes
On a funded proposal to do more (scientific/real world) research about it, I would vote (Aye). Maybe something for Sodazone, Alice und Bob, CHatGPT or any other AI resource and a phd student, who knows more about voting systems. The only thing I do know it will always be sub optimal, but we can always try to make it better (yes this is a non measurable term )
Vote delegation is a powerful and still underutilized lever, and I think over time it will continue to emerge as the model for smaller holders to exert their collective will in OpenGov.
A few important developments that will facilitate this include allowing holders to vote with DOT staked in pools, lowering the cost to delegate & undelegate, and making it possible for delegators to vote their own way in an ad hoc basis when they disagree with their delegate on a referendum.
I hope these functions are enabled in the near future.