Continuing the discussion from [DRAFT] SIP-00XX Origins subprotocol update:
To the people wondering about “why all these tokens”, in reference to OG and other tokens that have been proposed. The reason for creating these new tokens are all the same, whether they are bonded to SOV or not: they enable incentive isolation and focused attention. It’s the same reason that every company doesn’t have the same stock, every home owner’s association doesn’t vote on the same issues, etc.
On the one hand, you want people to be incentivized to help their specific project succeed. People are not going to put in as much effort if they feel like their rewards are going to be diluted by people who had nothing to do with their project. On the other hand, we also have to recognize that people have limited time and attention, which leads to the specialization of labor. If everyone had to vote on everything all the time, the decisions made would be very poor due to the lack of knowledge (or else the decisions would be dominated by special interests, since the default mode for most voters would be apathy; in a blockchain-based governance context we would call this a “51% attack”).
Specialized protocol tokens provide a solution: holders of a protocol token are uniquely incentivized to ensure the success of that specific protocol, aligning their incentives with users to build a protocol that works well. And if the token is used for governance, then it means that only protocol stakeholders will need to concern themselves with the specialized knowledge required to create, review, shape, and vote on proposals.
Not every protocol needs a token for governance or value-capture, but some really are better of with a well-designed token. Mike’s cryptosystems manifesto has some good principles to follow here. Hasu also wrote a good post explaining the value of protocol tokens.
If you want to know “why token?”, think about why SOV made sense in the first place, and consider that the same or similar reasons apply to the new token too. Consider too that not everything should be governed by SOV. Sovryn should not be trying to be an empire with one token to rule them all – quite the opposite, it is probably better for everyone (including SOV!) for there to be more tokens, not fewer, even if they opt to not be SOV-bonded subtokens.
My 2 sats