: Looking at the list of delegate in the client I find many of which I do not know who they are. It would be good to know who they are and if they want to stay completely anonymous that would be great to know to. As it is atm I have to google all the unknown delegate names and see if for example cny.bts500 made a thread on the forum where that delegate team says who is behind it. Proposal:
It would greatly improve the reliability and accountability
of DPOS if there would be some widely acknowledged standard among shareholders about what "formal" criteria
every delegate should fulfill.
Here are the criteria I would propose but please discuss.
1) Every delegate should be transparent
about (in his delegate name or in "delegate info" in the client) the identity status and state into which category they fall:
a) completely anonymous
b) a forum member
c) public identity
2) Every delegate should commit
to not do vote buying (buying votes with money = offering those that vote for that delegate to share the profit from his delegate pay)
- It would be less easy for a bad actor to trick shareholders into voting for multiple delegates he all controls especially given that most shareholders will try to minimize the effort put into voting / delegate research.
- It would make it easier to decide who to vote for which in return should result in higher voting participation which in return increases security.
- It encourages the discussion about who to vote for and why.
All those criteria can not be enforced by code nor
do we want legal contracts
to enforce anything... What is left to (soft)enforce is is a common understanding / habits / a voting and campaigning culture
which could look like this: Because there is a widely accepted set of formal criteria for campaigning as a delegate delegates would follow those requirements: Being transparent about their identity status in the client and stating that they do not do any vote buying in their delegate campaign thread here on the forum.
Those are not content related criteria like reliability or reputation but general voting and campaigning habits that would improve DPOS a lot if it is widely accepted/required.