Issuer Responsibility: Verifying Attendance
As mentioned in the Issuer Guidelines, it’s important for issuers to verify participation. This helps to preserve the protocol by ensuring that only those who attended an event received the Proof of Attendance Protocol (POAP) collectible.
While verification can be difficult, especially for digital events, this responsibility helps promote a healthy POAP ecosystem long term. POAPs are precious digital collectibles and only those eligible should receive them.
The Farming Issue
There is a group of actors, often called “Farmers”, who seek to collect POAPs for events that they do not attend. This creates a problem for issuers as they need to verify attendance but may have a group of actors who seek to claim the POAPs without participating or attending the event.
We will defeat this problem eventually, but it will require deliberate effort from everyone including issuers, collectors and POAP technology builders.
Why Issuers Must Care
As mentioned above, it’s the issuer responsibility to verify participation because not only does it help protect the health of the protocol, but it helps avoid real meaningful harm for your collectors.
If you don’t verify attendance, you may run out of POAPs as they will be claimed by those who aren’t participating.
If you don’t verify attendance, your POAPs may lose meaning, as those who hold them don’t actually care about your community/event/cause.
If you don’t verify attendance, your POAPs are not a meaningful sense of truth. The purpose of this technology is to remember historical moments and who was present for these moments. This must be preserved at all costs.
Attendance Verification and Distribution Methods
While more and more tools are emerging to provide attendance verification for POAP distribution, much more can done.
I would love to hear from the community on how you verify attendance, how you suggest other issuers verify attendance or what tools can be created to help solve this problem.
What are your thoughts?
For Real Life Events
- What is the best way to distribute POAPs at real life events?
- What are new tools that can be created to distributing POAPs at real life events?
- Please provide any other insight or thoughts you have on this topic!
For Digital Events
- What is the best way to distribute POAPs at digital events?
- What are new tools that can be created to distributing POAPs at digital events?
- Provide any other insight or thoughts you have on this topic!
If you are new to POAP and need some inspiration, please read the Nine Unique POAP Distribution Methods.
I look forward to hearing from everyone