Your voting rewards are determined by the following factors:
- The total number of ICP utility tokens in voting neurons.
- The dissolve delay of your neuron.
- The age of your neuron, which is the amount of time you have not started dissolving it
In other words, the more you vote, the more ICP utility tokens you stake, and the longer you decide to lock up your rewards, the more rewards and voting power you will receive.
For example, let’s say that Alice and Bob both have 100 ICP utility tokens.
a) Alice wants to receive the maximum rewards, and does not mind locking away her 100 ICP utility tokens for a long time. She sets the maximum dissolve delay (eight years) and doesn’t dissolve her neuron for at least four years. After four years, she has the maximum age bonus because she didn’t start dissolving her neuron during that time. She also has the maximum dissolve delay bonus of eight years. She cannot access her original stake for at least 12 years because of this.
b) Bob wants his original stake back in two years. Also, in case he needs his original stake for an emergency, he sets his dissolve delay to the minimum of six months. When 1.5 years have passed, Bob triggers his dissolve delay so that he has his original stake back after two years. During these last six months he won’t get any rewards, because a neuron’s dissolve delay needs to be at least six months in order to vote. His dissolve delay bonus will be far smaller than Alice’s.