Thousand Validators Programme
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 run at least one Sentry node
- Validators have a minimum stash in their accounts (50 KSM)
- Validator nodes connect to a private telemetry
- Validators charge no more than 10% commission
- A one-week monitoring period to ensure validator and sentry nodes have stable operations.
- 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.
(together the "Requirements").

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, or receives three halvings 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.

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Sentry Node Network ID *
The sentry node network ID will be used to monitor the state of sentry nodes on Telemetry. The sentry node network id can be obtained in two ways: 1.) Starting/Restarting a node will display the node is as "Local node identity is: <NODE_ID>". 2.) Sending a system_networkState RPC call like the following: curl -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d '{"id":1, "jsonrpc":"2.0", "method": "system_networkState", "params":[]}' http://localhost:9933 This should return a json, with the `peerId` field containing the corresponding node network id. For example, a sentry node network id looks like: QmSvG7x3agdFt6id4iWVHpvNrFNQJ3gRuZUAripAfcf1td
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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.
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Stash Account *
Stash account will be used to check that a validator has a minimum of 50 KSM bonded in their account. Accounts can be managed from
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Emergency Phone Number *
This will be used as a last resort method of contact in the case where immediate action needs to happen.
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Email *
Email will be used as a means of communication for updates on the programme.
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Riot 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.
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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 Reiffergässli 4, 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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