First of all I want to thank the Cosmos team for their great work and effort to continuously improve the network. It is very exciting to see not only the networks stability and capability grow, but also the community. As an active part of the community and a validator on the testnets for quite some time, I would however like to discuss some things about the ceremony and the genesis file.
We all know that the decision for gaia-7003 happened quite spontaneous. I was online most of the night from Thursday to Friday to attend the ceremony of gaia-7002, the finding of the bug and how we proceed afterwards. As we all know, not everyone was online for the ceremony since we all live in different time zones and people need to sleep sometimes (yeah aurel I know, validators never sleep ). I think we can improve participation in the ceremony by better coordinating and communicating the time it happens. Therefore, I would like to propose that we vote on the time of the next ceremony, so that we find the time where most people can be online.
Also I would like to know how “our most active contributors” were selected for increased stake in the new genesis file. While I understand the need to spin up the new testnet as fast as possible, I feel that this process happened quite intransparent and on the basis of personal preference. I don’t want come across salty because I wasn’t “one of the chosen ones” but I feel that it is unfair to either decide this on personal preference or the fact that someone isn’t online at the short timeframe of creating the new genesis file. I also think that it is troubling that right now 16 out of 132 validators (12%) hold more than 50% of the voting power. Especially if we want to use the testnet for the voting on proposals this could cause problems.
Last but not least, I would like to thank all the people in the validator chat for helping each other out during the last few days. It’s super cool to see everyone working together