Aug 30, 2019
Market Launches Keybase & Testnet Support
It’s been an exciting couple of weeks since we’ve launched the Market, with unprecedented amounts of support from the community and teams in the Chainlink ecosystem. We’re very thankful for the feedback that we’ve received so far and are extremely happy to be continuing its development.
Our first of many updates
The integration of keybase.io is an aspect of the Market that we announced on day one, and we’re happy to say it’s now live. Keybase integration provides a way to socially identify the node operators whom are listed on the Market. This mechanism will protect and give visibility to contract creators to whether the node that they’re using is operated by who they say they are.
To give a working example, with Keybase supporting verification of social accounts like Twitter and Reddit; you have transparency to whether a node that states they’re ran by LinkPool is actually ran by LinkPool, due to the verified link to their twitter account.
Another benefit is providing a trust level to whether nodes listed on the Market are ran by single entities with the aim of executing a sybil attack. If you’re choosing from a group of nodes whom all have linked Keybase accounts that are then linked to throwaway websites and/or social media; you can then have a level of understanding that these are potentially malicious nodes intending to game the network.
Linking your Keybase account to the Market is easy! Either run the following command:
keybase prove market.link
Or login to the Keybase website/client and click to “Prove more identities” and search for “market.link”.
Note: When verifying your account, enter your handle as the username in Keybase. You can verify both your team handle and your users handle.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the Keybase engineers who we worked with to make this integration seamless.
We’re now launching Ethereum Testnet support within the Market. Node operators can now list their nodes that they operate on testnets to allow developers to test their Chainlinked contracts prior to rolling to main-net.
The networks now supported are:
From a developer point-of-view, it’s critical for us to allow the ability to use the Market early on in the process to keep consistency when developing their Chainlinked projects. With full testnet support, developers now can do that.
The same rules apply to testnets as they do mainnet. For example, you will need to verify your node using our verification contracts that create a Chainlink request to your node. In addition, if you’re listed on the testnet Chainlink Explorers, your runs will be counted.
We’ve created a new Telegram group specifically for help & support with using the Market:
The rest of our channels: