Thanks for your comments, Sherina. Yes, well said, we can all agree that the whitepapers and the wiki are the foundation, the rules we as Validators are bound to abide. Sherina also makes a great point that the the current ballot tools available to Validators limit us to a specific set and form of governance. I believe this was the intention of the POA Team, and I think it was well reasoned.
Perhaps we should all step back a moment and consider a few things. We are all lucky to have the opportunity to be Validators - FOUNDING Validators - what an honor! We know there are a lot of people right now doing their best to satisfy the criteria so they can apply to become a Validator. We should welcome and support this. We first few in particular were given an opportunity without a vote, as will all POA Clone network Validators selected by their Master of Ceremonies to kickstart their new networks, if they follow the vision of the POA Core team.
We are Validators - all Validators today are Sokol network Validators, many of us are POA Core Network Validators. As such we are simply a unique subset of the POA Network Community, along with the thousands and thousands of others who observe or participate in this forum, the POA Network Telegram Channel, the POA Gitter Channel supporting Token Builder, and the POA Network Github repository. As Validators we have volunteered for and accepted certain extra responsibilities to help maintain the health and well-being of the POA Core and Sokol Networks. We are not part of the POA Core Team. We don’t make the rules, we abide by them.
We have only the authority granted us by current rules. Basically, we are the equivalent of an ‘event’ committee in a non-profit organization. We aren’t owners, we aren’t on the board, we happen to have been allowed to participate in leadership roles for specific duties; we get to pick the decorations and invite others who also meet specified criteria to join our committee, so they can pitch in and help; that is all. We must fulfill our roles within the scope and rules as granted.
When the POA Core Team decides to provide new or different tools because they believe it will help improve the POA Network, that is great, and we should do our best to use those tools. We should help spread the word about POA Network and its compelling advantages that can help millions of people solve giant problems, and help a mom let her kids pick up some milk from the corner shop on the way home from school, because this network is blazing fast and ridiculously inexpensive, and every participant in this economic system has to spend less to have a little more. And if someone wants to copy this network, let’s make sure we do the HARD work now of following the POA Core Team vision, building a bedrock blockchain base, and encourage other communities to Clone POA and Bridge to POA Core so their network is a little simpler; maybe even a little less expensive for their local community. And we can be a part of that.
It’s breathtaking, in a way; heady stuff. I am happy to help and serve in the role as provided, and it is my pleasure to support and encourage everyone else to do the same to help our community.