Recently, I suggested banning GTC airdrops from the Gitcoin governance process. Airdrops have the potential to incentivize bad behaviors (such as contributing to a grant in the hopes of receiving an airdrop in the future), and it may be better to remove said incentives outright.
However, when I started trying to type up a formal proposal for this ban on airdrops, I realize that such a ban would not be “enforceable”…assuming that all proposals are passed by a simple majority. Today’s proposals cannot (and probably should not) bind the future community. So any future proposal to create an airdrop could simply include additional text to repeal all existing bans on airdrops. A ban on airdrops would therefore be toothless, and thus not worth the time of the community to vote on.
What could be done instead is to create a proposal that mandates that any proposal to create an airdrop must receive a supermajority of votes (like, say, 2/3rd majority), rather than a simple majority. If the future community does feel that an airdrop is necessary, the future community must prove it by getting enough votes to reach that supermajority threshold. This should prevent the ban on airdrops being repealed by a simple majority…but it does seem unfair to have a simple-majority proposal require a supermajority of votes to overturn. Would I therefore need to subject my own “ban” proposal to that same criteria (must receive the same supermajority of votes to be enacted)?
Or are there any other way to ban or restrict GTC airdrops that I am not thinking of?