# Rules and Guidelines for The Quest: Round 1
Welcome to The Quest -- a multi-round staking competition (aka incentivized testnet) run on the Oasis Network. The Quest began on January 15 00:00 UTC. New participants can join during or after the next network upgrade on Thursday, January 23 at 00:00 UTC (Wednesday, January 22 at 4:00 pm PST).
Below are a set of guidelines that we hope will help you prepare for the competition. These guidelines are a framework for how we’re thinking about Round 1 of the competition. We expect this to span anywhere from 1-2 months in time.
# Eligibility for the Competition
We’ve received a number of questions about who can join, and we want to be as explicit as we can. We want to have as diverse and broad a community of node operators as possible. That said, citizens and residents of certain jurisdictions may not be eligible to receive rewards due to legal requirements. Your participation and eligibility to receive rewards are also subject to KYC and depending on your country of residence accredited investor verification. Before joining, be sure to read the official rules here.
# How to Join
The Quest is now live but you can still join. Just follow these steps to join the Testnet here and you will be funded after the Network's upgrade on January 23.
If possible, please use the same GitHub handle and email address for any form linked in the docs.
# Goal of The Quest
We hope to use a staking competition to do a few things:
- Stress test the beta version of the Oasis Network before it Mainnets and give feedback on what’s working - and what’s not.
- Give operators a chance to test drive the network and their setups.
- Give a diverse group of operators an opportunity to earn rewards that can be used to stake on the Oasis Network Mainnet.
- Expand and further empower a community of data privacy advocates around the Oasis Network.
# Competition Start Time
The competition started on January 15 at 00:00 UTC, but you can still join using the steps above.
When you join, you'll receive the same amount of tokens to start the competition as all nodes.
# Types of Challenges
The main goal of The Quest is to ensure that the Oasis Network -- and the community that runs it -- are ready for a Mainnet launch. Our hope and plan is that the challenges we’ve set forward align to this goal as well. Challenges will vary in length and token rewards depending on what it is that is being tested. Some more info below by length of challenge.
Before diving into your strategy for all items listed below, we also encourage you to read through the proposed incentive structure for the Oasis Network.
If you are in the genesis block and we do not see any activity in the first 24 hours we may restart the genesis block and remove you.
# Top Challenges
Most Blocks Signed: This reward will be given to the top 5 operators based on blocks signed. This will be announced at the end of the competition. For those joining late, we'll also offer a reward for most blocks signed from nodes joining after January 23.
Best Attacks: Best attacks is a qualitative reward but certainly one we will judge impartially. The goal of this reward is really to see if you can hack the system, steal someone’s tokens, cause a sybil attack, etc. Specific criteria we’ll consider when making our choice include:
- Impact to other node operators
- Impact to network stability
After the attack is complete, we ask you to write up your attack(s) (blog post, github repo, etc) and submit it via this form.
The Oasis team will review and choose the top 6 attacks based on the criteria above at the end of the competition.
# Time-based Challenges
Time-based challenges will focus on testing specific features and also incentivizing early community coordination. To the extent we can, we’ll announce these rewards in real time. Examples of these competitions include:
- Most Stake: We will run this for about a month of the competition. During this time delegation and transfers will be turned off. Staking will primarily be based on your ability to join the consensus committee for block rewards, transaction fees (we’ll submit transactions of synthetic data through the system at random times to test this) and your ability to hack and steal from others on the network. We will give a week’s notice before this portion of the competition ends.
- System upgrades: In order to test upgrades -- and community timeliness in supporting them -- we will likely incentivize a few specific upgrade cycles where all who upgrade in a given time period receive a token reward. Initially we’ll let you know when we’re doing this and may also do a bit more unannounced to keep everyone honest 😃.
- Delegation: For one upgrade we’ll plan to turn delegation on. We’ll do this after determining the winner(s) for most stake accumulated and will then ask people to stress test our delegation mechanisms.
- There may be more like the above. As they come we’ll share our plans and try to give you ample time to prepare.
# Other Challenges / Ways to Win Rewards
- Best team player: This reward is qualitative and will go to the team that is the most engaged and most supportive of the Oasis community during the competition. This could include running a seed node, troubleshooting on slack, and filing issues, among other things.
- Community: Rewards will be granted to the best community content producer. This could anything from a weekly blog recapping the competition to active social media engagement to The Quest swag designs, and more. Please be creative. NOTE: When you submit content or support via social media please use the hashtag #OasisQuest so we can see what you’re up to.
- Participation: We also want to reward everyone who participates and engages in the network. To do this we’ll provide small rewards for the first 30 nodes to join the network (starting when the public testnet launched) and participate through the end of the staking competition without double-signing; and for participation on the network for the entirety of the competition without double-signing.
- Grants: There are a fair number of tokens put aside for grants. If you have something you’d like to build, integrate, or add to the network that’s node and testnet related, please apply! We’re excited to see the network flourish and want to support those who are as well!
# Summary of Rewards
As a whole, the Foundation aims to allot ~1% of total tokens to the various phases of The Quest, across challenge winners, community engagement awards, grants, and more. Top rewards (although there may be more based on the time-based challenges noted above) include:
- Best Attack: up to 1,000,000 tokens
- Top 6 Attacks: up to 500,000 tokens
- 1st place: 750,000 tokens
- Top 5 spots: up to 500,000 tokens
Most blocks signed:
- 1st place: 750,000 tokens
- Top 5 spots: up to 500,000 tokens
- 1st place (among nodes joining after January 23): TBD tokens
- Best team player: up to 100,000 tokens
- Community content: up to 100,000 tokens
- All participants (who don't double-sign): 5,000 tokens
- First 30 entities on the network (who stay through the end with no double-signing): 10,000 tokens
Throughout the competition there are a few specific ways that you can expect to hear from us:
- Upgrades and big updates: Please plan on checking slack and join the #nodeoperator and #nodeannouncement channels.
- Weekly updates: We’ll send a weekly update outlining what to expect in the following week and highlight any other questions/issues that have come up in the community. We’ll share this via email and slack.
- Weekly office hours: We’ll host office hours every Thursday to answer questions in real time. Feel free to join as you see useful. We’ll also post all notes from those calls here.
- Weekly leaderboard: While we don’t have a block explorer just yet, as we get something up and running we will share out a weekly static leaderboard so you all have a sense of where each node stands in terms of stake and blocks signed. We’ll share this via email, slack and on our blog.
# Closing Ceremonies
The length of the competition will largely depend on how stable the network proves to be, how active you all are, and what we learn about our incentive proposal during this competition. So while we can’t share an end date today, we can tell you that we’ll provide plenty of pre warning beforehand.