I was the author of the “Crypto Angels” proposal. I proposed it because many in the validator community believed that certain contributors deserved recognition (and a reward) for their exceptional support to the community. I suspect that my proposal started a new “trend” of retroactive reward proposals. Most of these were also legitimate, in my opinion. After the current set of retroactive proposals are approved/completed, I think our community should be more restrictive and selective about these proposals - they should only be approved for very special cases.
The reason I say this is because I feel like a lot of community effort is spent on these when our efforts should be focused on building and going forward. I recommend that we communicate to the community that going forward, these should not be approved (except for very special cases). This does not mean rewarding non-contest contributions should not happen, but we should focus on developing these reward structures in advance. This will also allow us to focus energy and effort in the areas where it is needed most.