I really understand your point of view and I partially agreed with you.
I had same doubts about it and before deciding if it was fair to give a non-investor the same power to rate an asset. However, I also tried to analyze some cons that could have canceled the pros, i.e.:
The risk that rich people or whales can manipulate the token rating system giving a high rate to the assets in which they invest and a very low rate to all the other projects.
Some communities can push members to vote against the other communities, triggering a war between communities. And this would not be good for Waves ecosystem at all, because we will only obtain bad rates for all projects. This would hinder the growth of the platform as it would keep new potential investors away…
Moreover, I would consider the token rating more as a customer feedback on a product. For this reason, to leave a feedback it should be “necessary” that the investor really own and use that product (in this case, asset). If the product is good, I rate it high, while if it is bad, I rate it low. It’s not about voting against itself. It’s about giving the community a feedback about an asset in which I concretely invested in.
Because of this, I don’t feel like agreeing about giving the SAME POWER (yes, it is a power) to rate an asset we don’t own, while I could agree and I would feel more at ease if non-investors had less weight. It could be considered one vote one address to investors and a much lower ratio (i.e. 1/5-1/10) to non-investors.
Again, I can’t totally disagree with you.
However I would like you consider that when we buy a product, i.e. a smartphone, maybe we ask an opinion to our friends based on their experience, we watch video reviews, read technical specs, but we can’t really give a rating based on other people’s informations until we own and test the product by ourselves every day in a real use. It’s only at this point that we really can give a feedback.
I know that it is not exactly the same thing with crypto assets, but there are some similar points to consider.
Before investing in an asset, we search some info on its website, read the announcement on waves forum, check the roadmap and whitepaper, sure, but our opinion is based on a research we probably did in few minutes/hours/days?
When we don’t own that asset we are influenced by other’s opinion, we don’t follow everyday’s news, announcements, we don’t know what appens in the telegram group and we don’t keep in touch with the team and project updates etc. The time we spend to know a project is much more lower than when we own and trade an asset.
So there are many things to consider and any opinion is useful to find the best solution.