Yeah, this is kinda sad. The challenger is voting with a huge order of magnitude. As you can see, with this # of tokens each time: 409,481
At this rate, it looks like i will probably lose all the other points i’ve made that this person is challenging.
It’s a couple hundred bucks, which is I guess enough to make this worth it for them. But the malicious actor will only get more powerful. I agree that this is a good stress test for the map, but I think some of the challenges of voting (commit-reveal, no clear incentive yet financially to stake to a POI, confusing things around voting rules (like, how much you can vote with repeatedly) make it hard to say it’s a productive stress-test at this time.
Anyway, clearly this person has 409481 FOAM and now significantly more at their disposal.
The most “keep” votes on any of these are 100,000. I have three ideas:
a “vote cabal” that organizes against these challengers publicly and discloses the amount each member can commit to vote so we know if we’re close to this number (currently we are not, by an order of magnitude).
Why commit-reveal? Why private votes at all? At this point, I think it simply makes it difficult to see exactly how much weight a single malicious actor is throwing around. It doesn’t provide meaningful privacy, as we can obviously see who the addresses are after the fact. The reasons commonly stated for commit-reveal are vote-memeing and bribery. Do we have any evidence that those patterns exist and/or are worse than the current status?
Should any POI have more than 50 FOAM staked? I assume these points were targeted because they had a significant stake. Perhaps the point of the POI map is to make it relatively unprofitable to engage with either pro or con, so that only challenges come from people that have some other reason to participate (not sure this is a good idea, personally.)
I’m bummed, not because I lost the challenge, but because afaik there’s no way we could have won and the map is being played maliciously.
EDIT: one other thing i guess that the challenger is doing which is beneficial, is getting me to come to the FOAM map and participate
EDIT #2: I saw @Ryan_foam mentioned in another thread that a new UI for cartographers is coming mid-may. Perhaps this will help, as it seems we’d be able to better track malicious actors? I hope so at least!