Curation (as in the Truffle example) is useful, but eventually you can start dispensing these tokens for more specific services as well (specific to the project). For example, a project could use a continuous token model where the tokens are dispensed for external revenue generated by the project (effectively being a dividend scheme).
For example, let’s say Truffle (or any other open source project) creates a continuous token model. One can buy a Truffle token to dispense it on what features are important to develop and work on. The ETH is then (ideally) sent to Truffle developers when the tokens are minted. The dispensed token then is a skin-in-the-game signal to get the attention of the developers what should be worked.
…been for people to use tokenized signalling to curate information and reduce information asymmetry. What I love about TCR is that it is exactly that: using tokens and a crypto-economic game to reduce information asymmetry and incentivize a group of token holders to curate information (in this case: a list). It makes markets smarter.
A token offers security to community governance. While anyone can buy a token with Ether, in order to meaningfully influence the governance of that token community they’d have to buy a lot, increasing the price drastically while doing so. Finally, if they voted on something bad for the community, they would be destroying the value of what they own.