In the recent period, Tezos has experienced exponential growth in usage and community participation, particularly through NFT’s and upcoming DeFi, which has lead to great optimism and sentimental momentum towards the Tezos network from many users. More users therefore will feel emotionally attached to the future direction of Tezos and therefore carry a stronger personal opinion on this direction. These individuals, are much more ‘organic’ than the node operators, who run on several chains, and are more likely motivated by their ‘love’ of the chain, rather than selfish economic incentives.
Currently, I see two roadblocks for the ordinary Tezos habitant to run a bakery:
- The 8000xtz collateral
- The technical aspect of running a node
Although the 8000xtz collateral is understandable, to consider 8000xtz at the current $ would deter many habitants from running a bakery due to a lack of funds or liquidity, for example a person may have 10,000 xtz, but would want a little more free than just 2000xtz to use for DeFi/NFT’s.
For this, I propose the solution of Tezos bakeries to enable a mechanism where 3-5 ‘partners’ are able to pool together funds in a trustless manner so that, individuals would only need to contribute 1.6k - 2.67k xtz each, and only one person is able to run the node. This was accomplished by another chain:
Predictably, a chain with a high number of individuals contributing collateral would lead to more engagement from the community.
Secondly, the tech side of running a node is expected to deter the Tezos habitant who does not carry technical experience. I propose that individuals within the community who are up for this task, apply to secure a grant which actively encourages the community to run nodes, and releases ELI5 tutorials on how to carry out upgrades and be on standby daily for node issues.
I believe now is the time to promote node participation as the momentum is with us, and believe Tezos needs to encourage the adoption of node runners. Despite what is written, I strongly believe Tezos does have a baker environment run by the community.