Kusama Thousand Validators Programme
🚧 The applications are currently on hold! New forms, which will include a KYC/KYB process, will be shared at the beginning of February.  

As a validator, getting nominations can be hard. To help validators bootstrap themselves, we're launching the Thousand Validators Programme. By applying and following the setup instructions, you will be eligible to receive nominations from Web3 Foundation and Parity Technologies to help kickstart your Kusama node.

We require:
   - Validators must never have been slashed
    - Validators have a minimum stash in their accounts (10 KSM)
    - Validator nodes connect to a dedicated telemetry
    - Validators charge no more than 15% commission
    - A one-week monitoring period to ensure validator nodes have stable operations.
    - Validator stash addresses must get a verified on chain identity.
    - All nodes must upgrade to the latest version within 12 hours of its release if it is labeled "critical" or "high" priority and 24 hours if it is labeled "medium" or "low" priority.
    - Validator must operate nodes themselves, they may not be run by a third party or staking provider
(together the "Requirements", note these may be subject to change).

Depending on the volume of applicants, Validators with less than 10 KSM self staked will still be considered on a case-by-case basis; they’ll need to make a case for good-intentions.The case for good intentions will be judged based on the following criteria:

What we we will do:
 Validators meeting the above requirements will obtain a rotation of nominations per period of successful operation. The cadence of nominations is relative to their rank in the programme, where upon performing their duty successfully per period, validators will move up a rank.If a validator fails for any reason (slashing, getting kicked out the validator set, not upgrading on time), that validator's rank will be halved. If a validator gets slashed, and the slash is not cancelled via governance, they will be suspended from nominations and will need to re-apply.

These rankings will be made public, to help a validator establish their reputation.

In order to participate  you must connect the validator node to a dedicated telemetry for monitoring. This can be done by adding the following flag to both nodes:

--telemetry-url 'wss://telemetry-backend.w3f.community/submit 1'

More information on how to get up and running can be found in this getting started guide:


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Second Kusama Node
Participants are allowed a second node in the programme. In running a second node, the verified identity must be part of the same identity as the first node (either a sub-identity, or super identity). Check the box if this is a second node.
Node Name on Telemetry *
The node name on Telemetry will  be used in the public ranking to identify the validator. This can be set by using the flag `--name <NAME>` on the validator node.
Stash Account *
Stash account will be used to check that a validator has a minimum of 10 KSM bonded in their account. Accounts can be managed from polkadot.js.org.
Case For Good Intentions
For validators that have less than 10 KSM self staked, what are your contributions to the network, and why should you be considered a candidate in the programme? (ie how long have you been a validator, what kind of validator setup do you run, what is your approach to security, what regions do you operate in, etc). Please either fill in the detail in this field, or post a link to a document explaining further. These will be judged based on the following criteria: https://hackmd.io/@nlWRE-3fQzmUnPRDIXb2Ag/SyvCIMBMd
Emergency Phone Number *
This will be used as a last resort method of contact in the case where immediate action needs to happen.
Email *
Email will be used as a means of communication for updates on the programme.
Matrix Handle(s) *
Riot handles will be used to invite participants to a specialized Riot channel for others in the programme. Riot handles will additionally be used to reach out to participants in case they need to take action in node operation.
Previous Validator Experiences *
What are your previous experiences in running blockchain infrastructure?
Ecosystem Contributions *
Please outline any ecosystem contributions you've done or plan to do (for example open source libraries, articles, apps, dashboards, etc).
Infrastructure Provider *
Which infrastructure provider are you using? (ie Google Cloud, Hetzner, OVH, none, etc) What are the specs on the machines? Note that Polkadot and Kusama requires validators to run machines that meet the spec for Standard Hardware, which means having single threaded performance as good as the reference CPU (Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7700K CPU @ 4.20GHz), and using NVME drives. See the following link for more details: https://wiki.polkadot.network/docs/maintain-guides-how-to-validate-polkadot#standard-hardware
Monitoring / Observability *
Which infrastructure provider are you using? (ie Google Cloud, Hetzner, OVH, none, etc)
Strategy for attracting nominators *
Validators should have a strategy for attracting nominations outside of the thousand validators programme. This should ultimately entail how they plan to be self-sufficient in the future.
By clicking on the "I agree" field, the User agrees to conform with the Requirements as defined above and recognises the framework of the programme as outlined below. To see what we do with your personal data please refer to the privacy notice below. *
Privacy Notice
Privacy Policy
Dated January 2020

1. Data Controller

1.1 The operator of the Thousand Validators  website (hereinafter referred to as the "Website") and the Thousand Validators website (hereinafter referred to as the "Portal") and thus data controller is the Web 3.0 Technologies Foundation, a company registered in the commercial register of Canton of Zug, Switzerland with the registered address Baarerstrasse 14, 6300 Zug, Switzerland, hereinafter referred to as "Operator", "we", "us"). We nurture and steward technologies and applications in the fields of decentralized web software protocols, particularly those, which utilize modern cryptographic methods to safeguard decentralization. We have developed a network protocol, which purports to operate as an umbrella network for independent blockchain offerings and shared data or tokens across different blockchains (so called "Polkadot Network"). Data protection is important to us and Operator adheres to the applicable data protection laws and regulations. This includes both the Swiss Federal Act on Data Protection ("FADP") and privacy requirements where applicable to individuals in the European Union and the member states of EFTA under the General Data Protection Regulation (hereinafter "GDPR") and/or other applicable national laws.

1.3 This Privacy Policy explains the processing of your personal data by Operator and explains in particular how, for which purposes and to which extent your personal data is collected and processed by us through the Website and the Thousand Validators Programme (whenever we are referring to you, hereinafter referred to as "User" or "you") . It also describes how collected personal data can be verified, corrected or deleted. The Thousand Validators Programme enables the collection of your personal data necessary for the establishment and maintenance of the Polkadot Network and other verifications and decisions required by us and any required third parties such as software developers, code auditors etc. As outlined in Section 4.4., yourdata collected by us may include, but is not limited to: name, e-mail address, sentry node network ID, node name on telemetry, emergency phone number, stash account, riot handle(s) and any information captured automatically through cookies or similar such as IP address, device type, operating system type etc.

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