Hello I apologize not being able to be present to yesterdays conversation in Telegram.
I would like to point out some comments and observations about the proposal and issues raised by the community:
About the proposal:
1.1] "Node Forge requests a one-time allocation of 20,000 NULS to be perpetually committed to a CCC agent node to be operated on the NULS main production network"
MO [My Opinion]: There should always be a possibility to get out of the 'contract' so for example after some months the goals proposed by both parties about the benefits of having testnet nodes on nodeforge are not achieved then we can part ways in a friendly manner
About issues raised by community:
2.1] "The current model does not offsets the risk to node manager"
MO: Of course it doesn't, Nodeforge is a for profit venture, the main point here is that their proposal offers better conditions for node testers than nothing which is the current situation.
If they are successfull then a new company may come offering a better model for node testers and thats the best that can happen, companies competing between each other providing better conditions
We can't really pretend for our first commercial partners to be martyrs of our cause being them the ones who take all the risk, this way we will never have any commercial partner.
2.2] "Model right now offers poor guarantees to profit for node testers:"
MO: Running an agent node is not designed for people to win 'free money', it is designed for people that have long term holdings to have a saying on the successfull operation of NULS network and be rewarded in the process, its a huge responsibility and stakers need to choose those nodes that takes this responsibility seriously.
In this regard running a test node increases the probability that the responsibility assumed above is an easier job, thats it, therefore serious nodes and investors should understand that paying 50, 60 .. 80 Dollars per month taken from their rewards is a great investment because it helps to minimize the risk of having a serious bug in main net which can prove catastrophic for everyone involved.
Nodeforge just offers a way on which setting up nodes is easy and at the same time, with the help of a community node, make even more attractive to setup a test node.
In the end if we have progressively more test nodes that helps actively testing the network then the endeavour will prove to be successfull for everybody.
If not then well we can always go back to almost nothing
2.3] "I still want to profit directly for testing a node"
MO: The model will always tend to balance itself meaning that it tends to zero profit for test nodes (notice that tends to zero is not equal to zero), and again testing nodes is not a tool to win free money, if you did not understood 2.2] then its a lost cause anyway .
Being a decentralized operation we can not of course force on what nodes should stakers entrust their NULS, but what we can do is educate community and offering them tools to help them choose wisely, ie. which nodes do really care about NULS network and which ones doesn't
So I personally will push for policies that helps nodes taking their responsibilitiies seriously including running test nodes (no matter if it is with nodeforge or not) to be marketed heavily with community
On a side note, somehow a few people believe that direct profit is the only way successfuly investments are being made, in real life you need to spend too for your investment to be successful long term!