I can’t lie Maffaz, these answers are not good answers if you were trying to answer any of those points. You are asking me questions back. The reason for these questions is to understand whether these points provide a good or a bad point for the network, not to have you pawn off some odd answers and ask me questions back. If you answered the questions then you would not need to ask me questions back, or if you genuinely do not know the answer, then sure, ask the question. But you’re not kidding me with that trick!
But anyway, since you clearly think this was a great answer and can’t grasp the concept behind the questions (which explains why you’re asking questions back because the real answer exposes some potentially uncomfortable truths), let me also break down your points.
- If your total staked amount is large, you carry a lot of vote weight and can actively vote on polls, whilst implementing changes on the network (conflict of interest?)
You said: The elected nodes run by core team members have no major influence on voting. Unless this changes, it is not a worry
----- I’m going to begin this by answering like you, who says its not a worry? If the president of a company makes an influential pass at a rule that benefits them and it gains support, that is what we on planet earth call influencing votes. It is a worry.
- The network is still not decentralized, some of the nodes are federated (run by the harmony network itself), and if you are part of the team that manages those federated nodes whilst profiting while dividing your total stake with BLS keys / Slots… This is a problem because there are currently only 900 slots, and if you take up a decent portion of them, you are not incentivised to release more slots to the public…
You said: 100 Slots are still ran by Harmony and it is planned to release them… No ‘member of the core team that runs a validator’ can stop this or have any influence in that decision.
----- You don’t understand the point LOL if somebody was running a node, and they had 100 slots, releasing 100 more slots sooner makes the network more competitive. lols.
- You have access to discuss grants at the top level whilst potentially profiting from those decisions…
You said: Who does? There are no requirements to give anything to anyone. If a grant is approved, it is up to the project to decide what they do with those funds. Nothing the Core team members can do about that.
----- The core members do. This is possibly the worst reply of them all. If you cannot see how this leaves the door open to malpractice, its because you are biased or blind. The point made was not that there are “requirements”, and I never said there were “Requirements”. But even if there were “requirements”, those “requirements” could potentially be influenced by validators in the core team. But seeing as there are not many stated “requirements” that I’m currently aware of as such, it doesn’t mean there isn’t potential for “undisclosed” requirements. Just saying. Like for example, you gave your friend a job because he was your friend, even though other people were better qualified. Don’t tell me it doesn’t happen!
- You can (potentially) implement anti-competition rules to suit your validator due to your central position in the project…
You said: By what mechanism and by whom? No one but the community via vote can change any ‘rules’ and I doubt consenus would vote to favour 1 particular validator. I certainly would not!
---- this is simple. Whatever you in your head doubt does not change the fact it is entirely possible, and you should consider that if you are fair minded. Yep.
If the goal is to make the network decentralized, isn’t a core member of the team also being a validator arguably making it even more centralized?
You said: Not at all… Why would it? more to the point, why does decentralisation mean excluding people? Decentralisation neither favours nor denies any individual or group of people.
----- I think this point sums up the most the fact that you are blindly guided by some sort of cult-like attitude. Excluding people is precisely what an elected validator who is a core team member can potentially do. Sorry to say it but derp.
Can someone with a constructive answer reply next time please. Thanks!