it’s being done now because it’s easy
Yep, that is one reason why doing this one-time “mulligan” now makes sense.
and the right thing to do.
This is up for debate in my opinion. If it’s “the right thing to do” now, wouldn’t it also be “the right thing to do” later on too, whenever anyone makes such a mistake? We don’t want to set a precedent with this, but I think saying that it’s “the right thing to do” sets a future precedent, in the eyes of many in the community.
One could argue that not returning these funds at all could also be “the right thing to do”, because it preserves the immutability and code-is-law features of the blockchain, and forces people to learn hard lessons and become better self-custodians in the future.
The difference here is that the DAO has control over the token contract so it’s a bit different than just accidentally burning your ETH without recourse by sending it to the wrong address. And this airdrop was able to reach a lot of newbies in the crypto space at large, which is great! But it also means that mistakes were rampant. That’s why I’m still for this one-time proposal.