In the fascinating world of NFTs, the demand for accessibility and user-friendliness continues to grow, while the need to secure against malicious actors remains paramount. NFT launches have been plagued with bot issues, resulting in unfair distribution and frustrating user experiences. However, one potential solution stands out: Dutch auctions.

A Dutch auction is an economic structure wherein the auctioneer starts with a high asking price that lowers until a participant is willing to accept the auctioneer's price, or a predetermined reserve price is reached. This mechanism proves efficient and fair, as it creates an environment where the winning bid is the true market value at that particular time.

Not only does a Dutch auction model help deter bots, but it also brings a level playing field for all participants. It discourages speculative buying and encourages genuine collectors to take part without the fear of being instantly outbid by bots or deep-pocketed speculators. Dutch auctions create a more organic and less manipulated market, enhancing the overall experience for both creators and collectors.

On the other hand, traditional methods like allowlisting, although valuable in fighting bots, do create an additional layer of friction in the onboarding process. By opting for a Dutch auction system, we can mitigate these issues while maintaining a high level of openness and accessibility.

As for improving affordability, deploying NFT projects on Arbitrum, an Ethereum Layer 2 solution, is a promising strategy. Gas fees, which are the costs of executing transactions on the Ethereum blockchain, can be exorbitantly high. This often acts as a deterrent for potential collectors or creators. Arbitrum significantly reduces these fees, thus making the minting process more economically viable.

With Arbitrum, collectors, and creators can enjoy the benefits of the Ethereum ecosystem without the high costs usually associated with it. The combination of Dutch auctions and Arbitrum as a deployment platform strikes an effective balance between fairness, openness, and affordability.

In conclusion, we at Ikigai Labs believe that a Dutch auction system, paired with the deployment on Arbitrum, can revolutionize the NFT launch process. This approach not only enhances security against bot infiltration but also offers a less friction-filled onboarding process and cheaper mint fees. This evolution in strategy represents our commitment to a more open, fair, and affordable NFT marketplace for both creators and collectors. Let's create, collect, and connect in this thriving digital art space without barriers.