Treasury funded pools

Would it be considered a good practice for the Cardano Network to have a minimal set of treasury funded staking pools ?

The reason for their existence would be to buffer any potential variability in private staking pool numbers and provide a backbone for network resilience (optimal distribution around the globe for ex.).
The idea is not to siphon out stake and annoy normal staking pools. Anyway, the 1/k reward system prevents that, and should be fine if their number is be kept minimal. I would see that as an insurance for the network and these treasury pools would perform essentially the same job as the IOHK/Emurgo/Foundation pools do now in this Byron phase.

nb : already posted in reddit / Genuinely interested in your opinion about that !!


I guess you actually mean “Treasury funded nodes:slight_smile: That would make a lot more sense.

It is possible under the treasury model and actually sounds kinda cool. Basically anyone may submit a proposal to receive funding in return for running a node or multiple nodes. The only problem that arises - is transparency and sustainability.

When you have privately funded nodes (pools) - those may be “fired” at any time if delegates decide that this pool does not provide enough transparency, or if it acts weird.

But with a publicly funded nodes (from treasury) you immediately find multiple complications:

  1. How funding will be sustained and mitigated? (Might be solved with a smart-contract)
  2. How a node will prove accountability?

The latter is a more complex problem, since even if you find ways for a node to demonstrate it’s active honest participation (system monitoring tools, regular audits, published accounting, etc) - there has to be a way to “fire” that node in the future. And that means - there has to be a set of people responsible for making this decision.

There might be some naive solutions immediately found - like, for example, the smart contract could mention a set of “publicly elected” people that are selected to oversight such node[s] (but you immediately need to remember that people are subjects for corruption), or there may be a function put in place that would allow to run another public vote round that would take away the funding from a node (but you need to remember that any public vote on a treasury would prolly take at least months to be executed, so its use as an emergency solution is highly questionable).

So, in conclusion - the idea is cool, and it is possible\implementable in some ways, although there are still complications to account for :slight_smile:


Thanks for your time !
Indeed, governing such things on the long run looks like a mess :slight_smile: (but not impossible)

Anyway, it might not be required. Just a mind game for the moment.


This is very good to have these games for now! First of all - it’s looking for new use-cases for the treasury, and second - it might give someone else a hint for an even better idea of what the treasury is capable of :slight_smile:

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