You'd agree that Dash's situation is not peculiar. The same problem is present is several other DAOs. I am the lead writer for both Masternode Buzz and DAO Times (you may have read some of my articles). So, I am familiar with some of the internal problems within DAO communities.Let's start with the dash dao, the self-sufficiency machine. After all these years, what products or services remain? Nearly all the great dash projects fell apart. Dash Central is *still* the center of the universe because, well, the alternatives failed.
This kind of failure is systemic and quite evident with the price of dash at 26 USD.
- Dash Direct, gone.
- Trust Protectors, gone.
- Dash Invests (DIF), website down, "Error establishing a database connection"
- Thorchain, prolonged then dropped and handed over to Maya Protocol.
- 5x lower proposals fees.. and still outsiders don't come. Even the spammers stay away!
- Bitrefill, dash right at the bottom of their list of coins. There is no real alternative to bitrefill with the range of vouchers and countries.. if they ever drop dash, then what?
- Failed regulatory dialogue, including Japan.
- Country specific dash embassies, gone.
- Coin Mixing still takes hours.
- A marketing hub that refuses to publish analytics.
- No presence on the decred DEX.
- Next to zero press coverage / regular trading analysis.
- 6 months academic ZKP research for dash dao voting, never materialized.
So you say this proposal, "will hugely affect the ability for proposals to pass moving forward" but given the above track record, can we really consider this a loss given the flipside is all stakeholders benefiting from less dash being produced every month. And if what you say is true, "some masternode operators (a large chunk actually) are not interested in DAO governance" then we are allowing a minority of MNOs - without any proven track record - to run the show.
If I understand you correctly, there has been a consistent lack of accountability. Proposals have been passed and outcomes have not been met.
That said, are there mechanisms in place to prevent this? If yes, why are they not working? Whose job is it to ensure that things get done?
I can't agree less with your asserting that minority of MNOs are running the show; numbers don't lie. What counts here is your voting power and popularity, which needs to change for things to improve.