I am playing around with some ideas for rewarding full nodes for the work they do, especially given worries of state growth in the future. I’m wondering what previous discussions exist regarding the feasibility of compensating full and archival nodes. Are there ways to fairly validate that nodes are actually performing work and are not malicious without resorting to proof of work or staking? Are there perverse incentives that pop up when rewarding nodes?
To keep things simple, I’m assuming that the funding method does not come from inflation, but from some other revenue stream like state rent or ENS rent.