Thank you szert for asking a question about what I believe is the most important issue for the long term viability of any crypto currency community: Governance, or how are critical existential decisions made?
Etherium is going the way of Bitcoin, and forming a legally unrelated non profit organization / beurocracy which is another reason I don't like Ether as a long term investment. Bitcoin also has quite a significant, slow, and hard burocratic way to get changes proposed and eventually into the system. It is obviously easier for someone to just fork Bitcoin, rather than trying to fight that battle. And of course all the alt coins springing up, because of this, is what is really holding crypto currencies back.
The educated minority expert consensus is clearly that dPOS/no mining is vastly superior to the proof of work algorithms and mining used in Bitcoin and Either. But the minority consensus usually can't change the direction of the ignorant sheepish herd / beurocracy, and Bitcoin community, at least, is obviously headed for the all the lemmings jumping off the cliff and losing LOTS of money.
Whichever comunity manages to best solve this problem, and out compete all the competing crypto currencies, by co-operating and merging together, and enabling everyone to want to join and co-operate, rather that splitting, forking, and competing to the death.
As far as I can tell Dan Laramer, or THE bytemaster has ultimate authority. And I trust him more than anyone else in the world, so that is a good thing. He is way outperforming the Bitcoin and Either beuracracies. But, even THE bytemaster makes mistakes and I think we can do WAY better through modern amplification of the wisdom of the crowd systems like those being developed at Canonizer.com.
Did you notice how ripple made the tactical decision to increase the supply of ripple, and thereby easily retake the very valuable #3 spot on coin market cap away from us? Will the BitsharesX comjinity be able to make changes like that, if such should be necessary? We certainly should have the ability to do things like that, on a dime, without any beuracracy to fight with. All things like that are possible, the experts making the decision easily knowing how many people will be on board with any such decisions, and why, with modern amplification of the wisdom of the crowd system like those being developed at Canonizer.com.