i just have a few points that i think the community should consider before voting.
The foundation was initially set up to promote the development of nem, awareness of nem and help build out the ecosystem. It was also heavily funded from core funds, such as the marketing fund, to do just that. Is it really appropriate for the foundation to apply for funding given it has already been mandated and funded by core to do exactly this as well as other things?
Further, the guidelines of the DAO application process clearly state that milestones need to be laid out prior to a public vote:
Each applicant shall specify milestones of the project and prove the completion of each of milestone before any disbursement of funds can be made. Included in the milestone is the expected amount of XEM required. Generally, the entire award amount will not be given at once, but at pre-determined (by the core team) milestones.
Allowing an application that cannot/does not have the ability or means to do this is technically in breach of the DAO guidelines. Is it ok to give a project a pass on rules that have been strictly enforced for passed projects, for any reason, even if it is the foundation making the application? The rules of the DAO application process were put in place the way they were, with much thought, for a reason and it should not be ok to be in breach of these rules under any circumstances. If a project cannot or will not conform to these rules, the application should be disallowed by the parties that review applications before publicly announcing.
Allowing a breach of the rules sets a precedent for future breaches, and because it is a body of authority in nem making the proposal, is it then discrimination should a non-core related company/project get rejected based on this rule? This would be setting a bad precedent for what is acceptable and what is not.
Lastly, if the vote fails, will the foundation proceed with the marketing drive with its own money anyway?
I think these questions need to be considered strongly by anyone who intends to vote on this proposal. It is up to the community to decide this matter.
I am most definitely in favor of a marketing drive of this scale, but i’m not sure it is wise to do it in this manner.