After reviewing the data covered in the methodology for fund 7 a similar funding categorisation outcome could have been achieved with funding categories as an alternative categorisation approach by applying the following budget weightings:
Community & Outreach - 15%
Products & Integrations - 30%
Governance & Identity - 30%
Development & Infrastructure - 25%
Restrictive funding access
Fund 7 had far much more limiting access to funding for a number of proposal focus areas. The funding categories equivalent achieves more access for all of the proposal focus areas to a fairly significant degree. This could have helped with both competition and better variation of the proposals submitted to give the voter more options to choose from.
Few broad categorisations
The only main broad categorisations were Open Source Developer Ecosystem and DApps & Integrations however there total budget was still low. This contributed towards the lack of much funding being available for many of the areas that could be covered in the ecosystem.
Some categorisations such as Miscellaneous Challenge invite proposals based off them not being able to be submitted elsewhere. This adds large complexity as the proposer and voter need to be aware of which proposals should be in what categorisations amongst all the options to fulfil that requirement.