Yes. The short term reward is indeed the individualistic gains aspect.
I’ve been playing in my head with the following:
- mainstream lists are typically of low expert quality
- experts might find their own shelling points and fork as needed for keeping the quality up. This would lead to a segmented meritocracy
- if many categories or states exist, there could be curation of the states. This could be done by appending a bonding curve to annotate the quality of a list, category or state. Think TCR with a curation market on top (or below)