One of the things that POAP has been heavily working on is eliminating the farmers of the ecosystem. As explained in the POAP Glossary, farming is the act of collecting POAPs from events/activities in which the collector did not actually participate.
In the last weeks, the Curation Body discussed POAP pre-announcements. What’s that?
Publishing on Social Media that there will be a POAP for participating in an event.
We concluded that pre-announcing there will be a POAP for attending an online event is against the POAP Quality Guidelines since it attracts farmers –people that are only after free NFTs and don’t really care about a project or community.
Pre-announcing the POAP doesn’t only attract farmers, but also it seems to be used as an engagement farming activity. Engagement farming is generally defined as issuers using POAPs in a way that incentivizes transactional behavior. Any statement to the effect of “Do X to get a POAP” is basically a marker of engagement farming.
POAP is a curated ecosystem for the preservation of memories. POAPs can be issued for special events and memorable moments of all sizes, physically or virtually, provided there is a good cause. Issuing a POAP is more a “Hey, thanks for coming! Here’s a POAP for your time and passion for this project”, when an incorrect thought would be “Hey come to my event and I’ll give you a POAP!”
What happens with IRL events?
For IRL events pre-announcing the POAP is not seen as a major risk to the protocol at this time, generally the people who participate IRL events genuinely care about the community.
Curators haven’t changed the Issuer Guidelines document yet, updates will be quarterly, but this topic will definitely be added in the next review.
Thoughts? We would love to hear your perspective as POAP citizens!