What are forks, claims, airdrops, stakes and other promotions?
Occasionally, token teams ask exchanges to participate in activities known as forks, claims, airdrops, stakes, giveaways and other promotions. There is often confusion for users and other interested stakeholders about these actions, including what these terms mean and why exchanges decide to either participate or pass on these activities.
Adding to the confusion, sometimes a few of these terms are used interchangeably, even though these do not necessarily mean the same thing in the same context. To help provide additional clarity, here is a brief explanation of each term below:
- Fork: Forks represent situations when a rule change is made to the common rules used to maintain the history and security of a blockchain. In some cases, forks are initiated to add new features to a blockchain or to repair technical issues. Typically, a fork is not considered contentious and is a standard part of blockchain development. Forks may also present situations where the intention is to create a new token.
- Airdrop: Airdrops occur when token creators decide to distribute free tokens to holders of other established tokens. Airdrops may be used to create a community of token holders who can begin trading a token and create a market for wider adoption of the token.
- Claims: Claims refer to the process by which one retrieves tokens through airdrops, giveaways and other promotions.
- Stakes: Stakes refer to tokens that rely on proof-of-stake distribution, whereby tokens are distributed based on how many tokens a user already has.
- Giveaways or Promotions: Giveaways or Promotions are similar to airdrops, but the criteria often do not require recipients to own established tokens. Giveaways may require recipients to use specific wallets.
Please note: DENT Wireless does not currently participate, nor will it ever participate in the future, in any DENT token airdrops. Any website claiming a DENT airdrop is a scam and should be reported.
DENT strongly advises its users to thoroughly research any newly advertised features, airdrops, giveaways and other promotions to help ensure customers do not become victims of illegitimate activities that might result in theft of their existing tokens.
How does DENT Exchange determine whether or not to participate in these activities?
At DENT Exchange, our primary focus is to provide a secure, reliable exchange for our customers. We carefully consider whether we should support each token feature or program, including forks, airdrops, giveaways, claims, stakes and other promotions.
As part of our evaluation, we consider the potential risks, technological issues, preparation, and backend support involved. For example, DENT evaluates forks in much the same manner as New Token Listings, If we decide to support a fork where the intention is to create a new token, we must take a snapshot of the token wallet on the DENT exchange, which impacts customers’ ability to make deposits and withdrawals during the snapshot period. Also, airdrops of new tokens may be subject to our rigorous token listing process, which increases the time needed to prepare for this type of launch.
While not an exhaustive list, below are some of the criteria we use to evaluate new token features and programs:
- Whether a development team exists, with publicly-identifiable developers, and has contacted DENT Exchange to request support for new features, programs or forks
- Whether the token/coin has a real-world use case with a solid business concept behind it
- Whether the new token features have a Testnet to ensure the blockchain is operating properly
- Whether the code is publicly available
- Whether it’s a premine, or the developers have released the token in a fair manner
- In regard to forks, whether it has strong industry-wide support, participation and consensus
What is DENTs responsibility to its users regarding these token features and promotions?
DENT Exchange is responsible for providing a secure, reliable exchange for its customers. We are not responsible for helping users participate in token claims or promotions.
What actions do customers need to take if they want to participate in a token feature or promotion not supported by DENT Exchange?
If a customer wants to claim tokens or promotions not being supported by the DENT Exchange, users should designate their own, personal wallet as the withdrawal, airdrop, or deposit destination. Also, if The DENT Exchange is not supporting a feature or program a user wants to participate in, the customer should remove those assets as soon as possible. By quickly removing any non-supported promo associated assets, it will help ensure customers’ withdrawals are processed in a timely manner, as technical issues may occur periodically. Finally, if customers wait until the last minute to make their withdrawal, it may result in them not receiving their tokens in time to receive the credit.