Proton “Long staking” is now live

The following contract is now live on Proton MainNet

Longstaking is a new concept that we are considering for the Proton Blockchain, which could have significant benefits for longer term token holders. We’ve fleshed out the contract mechanics, and a potential user interface within Bloks.io, and we’re opening it up to the community for comment and suggestions. It would need to be voted in by 15/21 Block Producers to be entered into the chain.

The proposal: reward long term holders with a defined minimum performance vs Bitcoin.

In Delegated Proof of Stake systems such as Proton (but equivalently on Tezos, Cosmos and EOS), selection of block producers and hence security of the chain is done by rewarding longer term holders (stakers) with inflation block rewards. These are typically done in terms of a total inflationary pool: currently in Proton, 2% of all inflation accrues to those who stake and vote.

But with Bitcoin making significant strides, and now reaching new all time highs, Proton and other dPOS chains find themselves competing for attention with Bitcoin itself. While our utility as a chain is entirely different (fast transactions, wrapped coins, free accounts, no fees etc…), we need a reward structure that is calibrated on BTC.

Lock up tokens for an extended period, get a protected return denominated in Sats.

In thinking this thru, we came up with a simple idea. Every day, at a specific time an oracle records the price of Proton in Satoshis and records it on the chain. We’ve built this oracle technology already and you can see it live at http://protonresources.com/bots. The oracle code is https://github.com/ProtonProtocol/proton-oracle.

Now, given a daily close of O(x) of Proton in Sats, by “long staking” for 90 days, the contract will either return back

depending only on whether M > 1 or not.

The advantage here from a tokenomics perspective is that the long stakers can vote and choose BPs, but be confident that over the long term (90 days) they will always algorithmically out-perform the industry denominator: Bitcoin.

Risks

We would like to point out that this is not a perfect mousetrap. While the long staker is given a higher amount of tokens at the end of his stake in the case of a BTC outperformance, there is no guarantee that these tokens would be immediately liquid. We’re using the word “calibrated” and certainly are not arguing that there are any guarantees.

The oracles are also very important. All kinds of trouble can occur if the oracles are manipulated — either at the entry or exit periods. The contract could end up minting large numbers of tokens which could affect total supply.

90days and 365 day contracts

15/21 Block Producers pushed the contract live today Jan 23 3PM PST. A 90 day contract pegged at BTC+5% and a 365 day contract at BTC + 50% were approved.

Github: https://github.com/ProtonProtocol/proton-longstaking

Oracles

In thinking this through, we came up with new tokenomics leveraging a 14-day weighted on-chain oracle average for the price of Proton in terms of Bitcoin.

We’ve built this oracle technology already and you can see it live at https://proton.bloks.io/a/oracles

The oracle code is available at https://github.com/ProtonProtocol/proton-oracle.

We would love for more BPs to be a part of this oracle, DM @syed_jafri if you would like to be added.

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