We’re exploring the possibility of running an incentivized testnet at the end of our decentralized testnet period.
The high level goals would be to:
- Maximize engagement and useful feedback during testnet phase to enhance the likelihood of a successful and stable mainnet.
- Attract competent stakers/node operators who are not currently in the NuCypher ecosystem by giving them a merit-based way to get stake in the network.
If we pursue an incentivized testnet, we think it makes sense to have some portion of it objective rankings based on some pre-defined scoring criteria (e.g uptime, performance, etc.) as well as a more subjective portion that allows us to discretionally reward tokens to participants who make contributions that are less measurable or that we don’t anticipate in advance (e.g. bug reports, novel attacks).
What are your thoughts on incentivized testnets? What are appropriate/sufficient reward amounts? What are the things you’d like to see in an incentivized testnet? Are incentivized testnets an effective way to achieve the above-mentioned goals? What are the best examples that we could learn from?