Hey Aleks, thanks for engaging. I share those concerns, which I suspect could be mitigated by limiting the number of “candidates.”
As the number of candidates increases, so does the level of ballot exhaustion. For example, San Francisco, which had sixteen candidates listed on the ballot, the rate of ballot exhaustion rate was strikingly high (27.1 percent).
I’ve found it to be difficult to engage folks off-chain for upgrade coordination preferences, so I wrote this as an initial example: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DkL2LmIEuuHVGrHWIVnWZHBE8IKQWSRVkUEX4Z93uF8/edit?usp=sharing
Perhaps the proton project could benefit from such a voting mechanism (cc: @zaki @jaekwon).