POAP, the Ethereum blockchain’s attendance badge project, has announced some major changes in its operations to enhance its security. The move comes after the project saw a huge increase in its users as well as some “bad actors” who are fetching POAPs from events without attending them.
“The explosive growth POAP has seen over the last few weeks and months – combined with the behavior of a few bad actors – have left our dev and ops teams fighting a hard battle on two fronts,” the project announced on its Discord channel.
POAP’s new changes
For the time being, POAP will no longer approve events by default. In the next two weeks, it will not approve any new first-time users. Furthermore, till December 1, only “early issuers” (early adopters) can request approval to host events with the project via Discord.
New users, meanwhile, have to submit their requests through the poap.xyz website. Of these requests, the project will only approve “reasonable” requests. However, the team added that these changes “are not forever”.
The project noted that while “this is a sad decision”, it is necessary to “take a step back and reassess” its approach to various issues that come with scaling. These issues, it added, include security, responsible issuance, quality, content moderation, and more.
Additionally, in the next two weeks, POAP will implement measures to make the system more secure and user friendly. For instance, it will mark events as “private” to prevent “cyber-terrorists”. It will also impose a limit on the number of attendees.
POAPs, or Proof of Attendance Protocol are unique NFT attendance badges given free of cost to users to prove that they attended a particular event. Events such as EthGlobal, Crypto Casino Night At Decentral Games, and Ethereum Community Conference have all issued these NFT badges.
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