Validating Sentinel is a serious business—and it's getting more serious.

As of this article's publication, new Sentinel validators require at least 13.6 million DVPN Coins to enter the active set—roughly $37,000 USD or €34,000 EUR at the current DVPN market price. This is a stark contrast to the state of the validator set at the start of 2023—and even moreso to peak "crypto winter" in 2022.

The bear market saw a swathe of departures that briefly led to multiple slots in the active set being left completely vacant. In theory, a new entrant during that short-staffed period could have started validating blocks on the chain by bonding only 1 DVPN.

It was not to be an issue for long, as Sentinel entered its ongoing renaissance shortly thereafter. New products and skyrocketing network usage brought many eyes in the Web3 world back to the project; and the team and community began a concerted effort to refresh the validator set with new offerings operated by Sentinel contributors and enthusiasts.

In large part due to those two factors, the figure required to enter the active set increased to 3.6 million DVPN by the beginning of June 2023. Now over half a year later, it's almost four times that—and it's growing even more with each passing week.

The Newcomers

The significance of this new crop of validators is not their quantity or the depth of their pockets—it's their background.

Since the end of the explosive 2021–22 bull market, new validators on the Sentinel chain have increasingly been ones with deep ties to the project and its community. That is a departure from the venture capital funds, separate crypto projects, Cosmos influencers, and multi-asset staking platforms that used to dominate the active set. By their nature, entities of those sorts cannot usually dedicate much time and attention to individual projects, nor play a significant public role within individual project communities.

The bulk of new additions to the validator set (in contrast to the old) tend to be development teams, interest groups within the project, prominent members of the various Sentinel communities, node operators, and other contributors.

Additions to the validator set that were sourced from within the Sentinel community over the past six months alone include:

This sample represents only a fraction of the diverse range of talented individuals and groups that have decided to serve Sentinel by opening validators during this bear market. Two contributors to this web site (Trinity Validator and Foxinodes) also both founded validators within the past year. The powerhouse validators of whitelabel developers like MathNodes and SOLAR Labs would also be unfamiliar to a DVPN staker of 2021—as strange as it may seem now that we're so used to those names.

What is a Validator?

Validators are responsible for validating blocks and transactions on proof-of-stake (PoS) blockchains. Stakers of the DVPN Coin will be familiar with validators as the entities to which they delegate their staked assets and voting power. Due to their crucial roles in both governance and enforcement of rules and protocols, validators could be best thought of in layman's terms as a blockchain's senate or legislature.

"A Sentinel blockchain miner responsible for verifying transactions on the blockchain. Validators run programs called full nodes that allow them to participate in consensus, verify blocks, participate in governance, and receive rewards. The top 80 validators with the highest total stake can participate in consensus." - Definition of "Validator" from the Sentinel Docs Glossary.

How to Become a Sentinel Validator

A step-by-step guide to creating a Sentinel validator is available at the Sentinel documentation website.

Overview | Sentinel Docs
Intended for anyone who wishes to contribute to the Sentinel Network by participating in the validation of transactions and blocks.

Anybody can become a Sentinel validator, but some technical expertise and a rudimentary knowledge of Linux systems is recommended.

If you aren't able to bond at least 13.5 Million DVPN Coins to your validator, it won't be part of the active set and therefore can't earn rewards for you or your delegators. However, if that hefty initial investment isn't within your means, there's still hope! Finding ways to contribute to the project and appeal to the community may attract enough delegations to make your validator active. The Sentinel team also has a well-established track record of delegating to small validators that they notice making a difference for the project.

If you want advice or help, don't hesitate to reach out to another Sentinel validator in any of Sentinel's numerous online communities. The active set may be competitive; but most validators are primarily concerned with the welfare of the project first and foremost, and are happy to help anybody that shows the same passion for it that they do.

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