So, in these days we’ve seen a new wave of proposals in the Honeypot to finance our swarms, and while the Support Swarm proposal has been published for more than two weeks (I want to emphasize that until recently there was no other proposal that could have fragmented the available HNY to stake) and still doesn’t have enough conviction, Tulip’s proposal got enough HNY in less than 24 hrs.
And I’m not going to lie, that made me feel some kind of way.
[Screenshots taken July 20th 8:00 PM UTC]
But… what does that mean?
On paper we would assume that it’s the result of the community signaling its conviction towards the Support group, however, if we look at the images we see how in the Support proposal, “others” corresponds to the highest stake in honey, here I suppose that more members of the community support it, while Tulip needed just 5 members to reach enough conviction to pass.
At this point, I was thinking about the current way we distribute Honey to those who contribute and although we try to get rid of common structures and wages, we end up close to what the industry is used to pay for each position. But in our case, it doesn’t work as in the outside world, our form of payment also represents our conviction about how our society is built and this is where I think we have a problem.
I don’t mean to earn as much as a developer, but it seems certainly unfair that the difference in the wage results in a difference when voting and so we have to trust and rely on the responsibility and judgment of the developers to support proposals out of their area of expertise, especially when the support between guilds doesn’t appear to be mutual.
We all stand up for dev-related swarms’ proposals or in discussions where devs are disadvantaged, but I’ve repeatedly seen how non-related dev proposals take a fairly long time to reach conviction, conviction that due to the wages is acquired in greater volume by a group that doesn’t necessarily understand the tasks and responsibilities of other groups, I don’t expect them to understand them as I don’t understand theirs, everyone is focused on their area of knowledge.
Sometimes I think that part of that is because many believe that anyone can be a Supporter, and although that’s mostly true, it’s also a position that on the long run is pretty sacrificed. To justify supporter’s payments:
We must keep up-to-date reading and learning stuff we oftentimes don’t even understand from all swarms (which isn’t an easy task) to give accurate information.
We are incapable of having a schedule, what we earn is relative to the demand which of course is unpredictable. (This last point in particular for me has generated some anxiety issues, it’s not easy and healthy to have one eye 24/7 here)
We depend on the amount of help we provide, regardless of the time and effort we put into being always ready for the action.
Yet the most we earn is an average of USD ~$150/week, meanwhile Tulip members’ recent average has been about USD ~$390/week, this is without pollen.
How long would it take for a non-dev member to acquire an amount of conviction comparable to them? Who stands up for the mundane small players’ initiatives?
All this makes me wonder if we’re on a truly community-driven DAO or a in a devs technocracy.
We can’t raise our wages because everyone would complain and find it uncomfortable, yet when everyone supposedly agrees the conviction feels clearly vague, like if there wasn’t clear incentive for them to vote; for now, all we have left is to appeal to the support of the other members of the community for these initiatives and hopefully start a conversation about how we could mitigate this problem and give the different areas of 1Hive the same ability to stand up for themselves.
I want to end up saying that here I’m talking as a member of the Support Swarm, as I feel there’s where I contribute the most, but I don’t want the particular example I used to steal importance from my premise, if it turns to be true that the community has such vague conviction towards us, I won’t be the one to force it.
Wanted to open this thread because I’ve seen this situation repeated with swarms like Terra and others.