FIDL Allocator: Paving the Way for Governance Review and DataCap Refill

As part of showcasing allocator best practices of the Fil+ program, the FIDL allocator pathways look to play critical role in ensuring that DataCap allocation is transparent, fair, and secure. This blog post delves into FIDL Allocator's practices to meet governance deal making review guidelines and secure DataCap refills for their allocators. First, it is important to remember the role of an allocator: to verify clients and their data match the public application information. Therefore the key areas to ensure verification include: - Client Verification and Dealmaking Trust -Allocation Guidelines that grow with Dealmaking Trust -Storage Provider validation and Retrievals (for open datasets) -Results and Transparency Let's look at each category in detail: Client Verification and Dealmaking Trust FIDL Allocator has implemented stringent verification processes to ensure new user clients are required to build trust as good actors in the program. New users face limitations on their i

Rolling Applications Are Open for Submissions – Apply Now!

We're excited to announce that rolling applications for new allocators are now open! Whether you're responding to a specific request or have a groundbreaking idea for a novel allocator, we welcome your submissions. Here's a quick guide on how to apply. Step-by-Step Guide to Submitting Your Application: Create a Pull Request: Visit the Allocator Governance GitHub page. Create a new pull request by adding a new file to the repository. This file can be empty; just name it appropriately, like "Allocator application". Commit the change and add it as a branch, then click "Create pull request". Access Your Application Form: Wait for about a minute. A comment will appear with a link to the airtable, which serves as your actual application form. Open this link in a new tab for easy access. Fill Out Your Details: Ensure you have your GitHub ID and the pull request number handy. Complete the form with the required information. At the end, you'll find a section

Who are Allocators

Allocators in the Filecoin Plus (Fil+) program, previously known as notaries, play a crucial role in the Filecoin ecosystem by distributing DataCap to clients. Their primary responsibilities include: Allocation of DataCap : Allocators receive DataCap in batches from root key holders. They then allocate this DataCap to clients who need to store data on the Filecoin network. This process is designed to ensure that trustworthy clients receive adequate resources to make verified storage deals. Ensuring Trust and Compliance: Allocators are tasked with ensuring that DataCap is distributed responsibly. This involves vetting clients to prevent any form of abuse that could jeopardize the network. They must keep detailed records of their decisions and adhere to operational guidelines. Community Governance: The selection of allocators involves a community governance process. Potential allocators must submit detailed proposals outlining their strategies for DataCap distribution, compliance, and

How to become an Allocator?

In November 2023 the Fil+ Governance team announced move from Notary triggered DataCap allocation to an Allocator system. The program is evolving and we thought it would be useful to document the process of being an Allocator and what is the right way for you to receive DataCap.  There are 2 ways of becoming an allocator: Respond to the Request for Allocator Propose your own Allocator.  If you are proposing your own Allocator you will need to prove the novelty of your solution - whether it is the way you will select your clients, the economics of your allocator, the way you will manage it etc. As the number of Allocators grow we will move to a meta allocator structure, where Allocators operating in similarly will be aggregated under a meta-allocator, and meta allocators will report to Root Key Holders.  Useful Links: Registry of all active allocators The proposal   (Github link) FAQ for Allocators  (created by FIDL team, takes you to an external website) More about Fil+ Governance  (Gi

Request For Allocators

As we described in a previous post, there are two ways of becoming an Allocator - either you respond to this RFA or propose your own, novel Allocator. Introduction At present, we have a vast selection of Allocators falling under the Manual (requiring human intervention) Meta-allocator structures. The governance team of Fil+ program would like to encourage the community to run allocators in other meta-pathways. This RFA enlists types of Allocators that, we believe, will contribute to growing a healthy system and faster allocation of DataCap to honest SPs.  Types of Allocators The types of Allocators we are seeking: In Automated Meta-Pathway: Github WeChat and other social media Staked FIL up-front In Market Based Meta-Pathway: Fee based Auction based Proof of Payment In Experimental Meta-Pathway Anonymous-review-guild Research Archival Details Github Allocator Similar to how Glif Verifier worked. This allocator would run a service verifying a Github account and upon verification of a Gi