I disagree with your disagreement
This isn’t short sighted. Allowing the TORN token to have absolutely no utility beyond voting IS short sighted.
At the moment, there is absolutely 0 reason to hold TORN, even if you were interested in participating in governance. You would currently be better off holding ETH or another token that can be used to farm or earn interest (aave eth pools, yfi, curve etc), and converting to TORN temporarily to vote, then selling your TORN once your TORN is unlocked.
Also you mention that “as long as we are in the three digits range there is no need to stress”
TORN is barely holding onto that range. It is currently $132.14 at the time i’m writing this post, and it has fallen -54% in the past 14 days alone!
At the rate, TORN will be well below $100.
It currently only costs $3,300,000.00 to purchase 25k TORN and single handedly reach the quorum threshold for governance. In my opinion that is already a dangerously low amount of cash required to potentially hijack the most popular mixing service on Ethereum.
Not to mention, the current rate of decline shows no signs of slowing down and will likely continue as more TORN is redeemed via vTORN vouchers
Additionally, once AP mining is fixed, a HUGE amount of TORN can potentially hit the market all at once.
Assuming the decline continues due to the 2 reasons I stated above, It is very possible (and in my opinion, very likely) that TORN will continue to decline another -50% or more in the next few weeks. Eventually it will only cost ~$1M to purchase 25K TORN. Which is simply absurd and will very likely result in disaster.
I am not a fan of “just do nothing” approach that you (no offense) and other community members have towards adding utility to the token. The “value extraction” philosophy has been battle tested with dozens of other popular protocols, and many of them have enjoyed long term success. There’s no reason to shy away from it just to satisfy some misplaced sense of moral high-ground/superiority.