I haven’t made up my mind on whether forcing participation in order to claim rewards is good for the protocol or not.
But I do remember someone bringing up adding an “abstain” option for votes just so voters less involved still gets to claim rewards without voting for something that may negatively affect the protocol.
Right now, I believe the promise of reward was for “work” (participation) in governance. But the problem is there isn’t enough YIPs, and therefore opportunity to “work”, in governance right now because of the transitioning period.
On the other hand, I really do not want reward claiming YIPs cluttering useful YIPs in governance. Imagine how new LPs would feel if they read that a big portion of past YIPs are just “we approve of giving governance salary”.