➡️Round 3 - Applications Open

In order to receive foundation delegations for this round, it is required to apply via the FDP App before the 15th April 2024 - 23.59UTC [Save to calendar].

Baseline Delegation

Minimum requirements to be met in order to be eligible for any foundation delegation (including bonus delegations):

On-chain:

Off-Chain:

All validators will be evaluated continuously against the above criteria throughout the delegation period. When submitting your application, please ensure that everything is in place to meet the above criteria.

If any of the above criteria are no longer met, the foundation delegation will be immediately removed.

Pointers

  1. New validator support to get into the active set

    New validators who find it challenging to enter the active set independently have the opportunity to receive a small initial delegation from the foundation to kickstart their journey and secure a position in the active set. As a pre-requisite they need to run a validator on the testnet (test-core-2) chain for a minimum of one month and make a few substantial bonus contributions. Note: This support initiative will remain accessible throughout the delegation period.

  2. Commission

    To keep the FDP fair, validators should keep their commission equal to or less than 10% during the delegation period.

    Validators who want to adjust their commission for Round 3, please do so before the end of submission period. Note: Validators who try to game the system by increasing their commission shortly after the Round 3 delegations have been made will see their foundation delegations reduced/removed and risk being blacklisted for future Rounds.

  3. ISPs & Countries While the network is quite decentralized when it comes to voting power, it could definitely be more decentralized in terms of server-hosting countries & ISPs. Data for these calculations will be based on Observatory Zone, and validators can use the "scenario analysis" tool to see their relative score. Please let us know via the Application form if any of the data provided there for your validator is inaccurate.

    Deduction 1: There will be deductions for ISPs with too much concentration (>10% of stake).

    Deduction 2: There will be deductions for countries with too much concentration (>10% of stake).

    Deduction 3: As plenty of validators are using Hetzner as an ISP, there is an increased risk on the network since running anything crypto-related is not compliant with Hetzner's Terms & Conditions. As a result, they might shut your node down without any notice. Therefore, there will be a 100% deduction on delegations for validators using Hetzner as their sole provider in Round 3.


Bonus Delegations

The following contributions are deemed valuable to the ecosystem and will earn points towards the calculation of a bonus delegation when submitted in the application form. Note that similar contributions don't necessarily earn similar points. The points will be awarded by the Foundation based on deemed necessity, value, and uniqueness of the contribution.

Mainnet Contributions

Contribution

Providing endpoints (RPC, gRPC, REST, WSS, statesync)

Providing seeds & peers

Running an archival node

Running IBC Relayers

Having ICA configs set up on your IBC relayer

Running indexing infrastructure

Providing snapshots

Maintain tooling - Explorers, Wallet, Faucet, Analytics etc.

Mainnet relayer monitoring & scoring

Testnet Contributions

Contribution

Run a Testnet Validator (95% uptime + fast responses)

Providing endpoints (RPC, gRPC, REST, WSS, statesync)

Providing seeds & peers

Running an archival node

Running IBC Relayers

Having ICA configs set up on your IBC relayer

Running indexing infrastructure

Providing snapshots

Maintain tooling - Explorers, Wallet, Faucet, Analytics etc.

Testnet relayer monitoring & scoring

Community Contributions

Contribution

Educational Content

Marketing

Host events

Create and manage regional Persistence One Communities

Official Community Moderation

Other Contributions

Contribution

Contributions to code repos on Github

Contributions to Persistence One Documentation

Research Reports

Provide validator support (articles, videos, onboarding)

Successful Talent Referrals

Successful Partnership Referrals (Investors, LPs, Projects)

Other tools or contributions ******

****** To include contributions that are not listed in this Round, please make your case in the Discord channel ‘validators-discussion’.

As the rounds of the Foundation Program progress, the aim is to optimize the program and make the scoring system more community-driven.

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