By way of introduction, I have been involved with the Incubator, as it is now known, having worked with Andy to shape into it's current form and create the admin system before it was even known under that name.
I have the honour of being the first Dev to claim a bounty, and believe as strongly today as in those early times that the Incubator is an invaluable resource in keeping Dash at the forefront of crypto development.
In more recent times, involvement with other projects has prevented me from committing time to development tasks, but I have remained an admin, and primarily on a single incubator task, which is that which specifies the work of and rewards the "proposal owner".
As Sam has indicated above, for some time there has been a largely consensual attempt to do away with this centralised task (and I would make clear that I view it as a task like any other piece of work bountied by the Incubator as opposed to a 'role').
Again, Sam has suggested that the PO was only ever intended to be transient, and I can confirm that this is completely in line with the original intentions of Andy and myself in formulating the admin/governance system.
The fact that I have been supportive of Rion's execution of the PO task(s) is evident from the fact that I have 'signed off' the rewards on a weekly basis since appointment.
My primary interest is in the continued evolution and improvement of the Incubator in its ability to deliver results to the community, achieved through open and transparent governance. I believe my incubator colleagues would view me as taking a balanced, fair and moderate view on these matters of governance.
When Rion first approached me with the idea of reforming the system to one in which more account was given to project management and strategy, I believed this to be a move in the right direction. However, I openly criticised the particular implementation, involving a 'lead strategist' at the pinnicle of the funding pyramid, as being reminiscent of a 'ponzi' scheme, and created a bounty for Rion to further explore and document his proposal. An 'alternative' proposal was created by Sam, which recognised that this hierarchy was out of keeping with the move towards structuring the Incubator as a DAO.
Other admins have indicated above that they largely support the current thinking on restructuring. It is simply a question of implementing the changes. It was clearly agreed that the first, very simple step, was for the network proposal to be developed and submitted collectively.
It was with some frustration that I noted that Rion was unwilling to do this and, with some regret, I drew the conclusion that this was further and final evidence that he is essentially unwilling to accept the agreed upon devolution, and that this does not bode well for the Incubator's future: potentially allowing, as Sam suggests, for the irreversible self-appointment of a 'benevolent dictator' and permissioned, centralised decision taking.
I will make clear that I neither had any involvement in submitting a second network proposal (which has now been recognised as an unfortunate error), nor initially mooted the idea of a vote to replace Rion with Sam as the PO, but I have no doubt from witnessing some months of discussion and interaction from a relative distance, that the future of the Incubator is most likely to move in the envisaged de-centralised direction with Sam taking over this responsibility in the short term.
I am equally convinced that Rion will be able to make equally, if not more effective, contributions to the Incubator under the new structure, but I am afraid I feel obliged to declare that my honest belief is that it would ultimately damage the long term future of the Incubator if he were to continue to cling to this 'role', and therefore encourage all admins to vote 'YES' in this process.