The “malicious” map challenges aren’t a big deal. Why not?
- They were predicted on this forum. Active participants knew they were a possibility and adjusted accordingly by reducing their stake.
It seems highly likely that most of the people losing their stake are people who were never particularly interested in Foam and were simply completing Proof of Use requirements so they could sell. I realize that there are exceptions (Hi @ainsleysutherland) but these people have also now made adjustments. As @ainsleysutherland noted, there is also something to be said about how the challenges have brought new people into our community.
As @GeoPeter points out, it’s not a problem if the value of POIs gets driven down to a single token. I actually think that might be better than 50 Foam, as that would completely eliminate the attractiveness of a bot attack (gas would be more costly than the Foam gained).
The challenger(s) are gaining Foam, but it seems unlikely that they are going to be able to do anything particularly nefarious with it. As @Ryan_foam has argued, dPOL is less gameable and there really isn’t any risk posed by Foam “whales” beyond this initial damage to high-stake POIs (it’s also worth noting that “whale” is relative–these are still quite small amounts of Foam we are talking about).
Far from a bad thing, the “attacks” are showing people who were drawn primarily by the mapping aspect of the project some hard realities about how trustless systems work and the weakness of on-chain governance.
The neutrality of the Foam team on all of this shows that they are watching and thinking about how to move forward when the time is right. This should be reassuring to everyone. Some people on here have suggested that the Foam team should be panicking, giving curators reserve tokens so that the votes can start going in the “right” way. This would be the worst possible move for the project as it destroys the one thing that differentiates us from the paternalism of Google Maps, Bing, and the like. It would also make it impossible for the Foam team to figure out what coded incentives and rules are going to be needed for the POI curation system to work all on its own and without external intervention.