Skin vs. Talk
I just saw a Tweet by someone divesting themselves of all their crypto holdings in a particular coin because they were tired of being accused of conflict of interest and wanted to prove their unbiased commitment to the project.
This is a losing game. And backwards.
If you run around appeasing every accuser, you become a slave. And they never stop accusing.
If you keep your skin in the game and ignore their talk, you won’t ever have to worry or engage self discipline to stay committed to the project.
Incentives are better than opinions.