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Here's How Cardano (ADA) Stakers and Validators Can Help Project's Decentralization

Delegators and pool chiefs should join the efforts in building better Cardano (ADA)

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Input Output Hong Kong (IOHK), the development studio tasked with Cardano (ADA) blockchain systems, has shared a longread to cover the role of stakers and delegators in achieving Cardano decentralization. IOHK's chief scientist, Prof. Aggelos Kiayias, suggested best practices for ADA network enthusiasts.

Minimum leverage for maximum decentralization

Prof. Kiayias indicated two key principles of Cardano (ADA) decentralization: to engage all stakeholders and to keep their individual leverage low. These conditions are not so easy to achieve, thus, both ADA stakers (delegators) and pool operators should follow some rules to keep the network secure and fair.

Cardano (ADA) releases guide for stakers and pool operators
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First, delegators should thoroughly analyze all available information about the staking entity they are considering working with. IOHK's chief scientist recommends choosing pool operators commited to their mission and not involved in running multiple pools at the same time.

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Also, delegators should stay away from the pools that offer the highest leverage and the pools that are not displaying up-to-date performance data.

In general, stakers should not let things slide when its comes to interaction with their pools. ADA delegators should track the market situation and share with each other all of their feedback about staking pool differences.

Transparency and long-term commitment

A fair policy of stake pool operators is also of crucial importance for the health of Cardano (ADA) mechanisms. Prof. Kiayias recommends that they maintain maximum transparency and evaluate their long-term investments wisely. In particular, this works with the fees policy.

Trying to split their resources by running multiple staking pools at the same time is akin to preparing a Sybil attack against the entire Cardano (ADA) ecosystem, Prof. Kiayias stresses. Instead of attempting to outsmart ADA staking markets, pool operators should be focused on updating public information about their activity.

Social media and web presence should be another focus of Cardano (ADA) staking pool operators.

It should be noted that the Cardano (ADA) blockchain is becoming decentralized step by step with governance being transferred to stake pools. The next stage of decentralization will be activated on Dec. 6.

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Vladislav Sopov

Blockchain Analyst & Writer with scientific background. 5+ years in IT-analytics, 2+ years in blockchain.

Worked in independent analysis as well as in start-ups (Swap.online, Monoreto, Attic Lab etc.)