As many of you have probably seen, very few people are utilizing the DAO system and voting protocol. I realize this is probably due to the cost of voting, but I would guess that few know how powerful voting can actually be and the impact it can have on the ecosystem. Many of the recent CIP’s are only receiving a handful of votes out of the thousands of users with locked CRV.
I would like to discuss temporarily incentivizing users by encourage them to take advantage of the DAO voting protocol. Doing so my drive not only more traffic to Curve, but also could lead to even more people locking their CRV to vote.
I promise creating a “how to” tutorial on the steps taking to vote. Many users may not even be aware of Curve’s governance system, and how it is used. A short tutorial showing how to provide liquidity, earn CRV, lock CRV and vote could be a way to driving traffic to the voting protocol.
As some people have mentioned, rewarding voting could lead to nefarious acts on the voting protocol. I would suggest we start by rewarding users that vote a small reward in CRV up to 2 votes. So almost similar to how Coinbase has rewards for viewing information about new tokens and answering a quiz, we could do something similar, and reward users that watched and answered a short quick 10 CRV. They could then earn another 5-10 CRV for voting on the DAO.
In summary, I believe instituting some level of reward for using the DAO voting protocol could greatly increase interest in not only voting, but the Curve platform itself. Many new users are already overwhelmed by so having something that is not only fun and educational, but rewarding (even if small) could encourage new users and traffic to Curve.fi. I know that voting will soon be “free”, but I would still encourage us to run a temporary “program” to help boost interest in voting in Curve.