We announced it in the Explore #3 issue: introducing the Avascan Validator Claim Program (VCP, in short).
The VCP is supposed to be the way Validators can apply to be more recognizable for current and potential delegators, as well as users and developers, on the Avalanche network. At launch, we support Alias and Icon visualization in the Validators list, as well as rich information in the Validator Details. The information involved in the Verification are the following:
Alias: the alias of the individual validator. If a single entity (company, individual) has more than one Validator, this is a great way of differentiating the set. For example, Avascan has two different Validators, so it uses different aliases for them, that coincide with the names used in our delegation campaigns on Twitter and Telegram: 'Lazy' Snorlax and Ditto;
Icon: An image that can represent the Alias, the Manager, or both. It's displayed in square format. For example, for Avascan's Validators, the logo is Avascan's logo;
Manager: the entity that manages the Validator. In our case, it's Avascan.
Applying for the VCP is actually pretty easy. You need to send a transaction with the following fields:
Amount: anything between 0.01 and 1 AVAX (you choose);
Memo: NodeID Alias Manager URL IconURL
The transaction must be sent from the correspondent X address that owns the Validator (if the Owner Address is
P-avax1frgig..., the correspondent X address is
For example, to add details to 'Lazy' Snorlax, we may send a transaction of 0.3 AVAX with the following memo:
NodeID-V5R4XjWDtjs8Zi2g3TRNzngnGJiXm2ic "Lazy Snorlax" "Avascan" https://avascan.info/ https://example-cloud-storage.com/imageExample.svg
As for the IconURL, you can use whatever service you want, both centralized (Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, iCloud) or decentralized (IPFS or similar). The only mandatory requirement is that the link MUST be public, and everyone needs to be able to download the file. Please upload the image in SVG format (preferred, maximum 30 kb file size) or PNG, in squared format. If the Icon URL is too long, please include a short link instead: you can use a service like Bitly or Rebrandly.
You can now claim your Validator in a simpler way by signing a message with all the claim information.
Go to wallet.avax.network and access your wallet
Go to Advanced and write the same memo in the Sign a Message box
Select the address that match the beneficiary address of your node
Copy the signature that is generated
Paste the memo and the signature in the #programs channel on Discord
This is an example of message on Discord:
NodeID-V5R4XjWDtjs8Zi2g3TRNzngnGJiXm2ic "Lazy Snorlax" "Avascan" https://avascan.info/ https://example-cloud-storage.com/imageExample.svg SIGNATURE_HERE
Claims requested with the new method will likely be processed quickly, because it's simpler for us to verify the signature.
If you want to remove a Claim associated with one of your validators, you can do so either with with a new Claim transaction or by signing a new message including the NodeID and just one other field of your choice. The Claim will be removed within 24 hours on business days.
Some Validators already completed their claim, so check them out!