Golden Protocol FAQ
Learn about the Golden Protocol and how you can help build the worlds largest decentralized knowledge graph.

Status and progress

Golden started as a web2 company in San Francisco on a mission to map all human knowledge. We raised $20m from leading VCs and investors ranging from a16z to Balaji to Founders Fund and many others. Since Fall 2021, we have been ramping up efforts to create a web3 version of Golden to increase the speed that the knowledge graph can be built. Golden is building a permissionless, open source protocol that incentivizes the collection and verification of canonical knowledge, which it will offer to the public for free and charge commercial entities.
User growth: 10’s of thousands of users (growing daily) have connected wallets to Golden and are submitting data into the protocol.
Data collection: users have contributed millions of data triples to Golden so far, and we have started the process of validation of these triples.
Protocol development: We are developing a protocol, dApp and APIs for submitting and validating triples. Golden.com is in the process of being optimized for full web3 integration.
Whitepaper: We have written our whitepaper, which is currently in review to be made public soon.
Hiring: We are hiring fast and have many open roles. Feel free to apply or share.

I am new here, how can I help?

  1. 1.
    Start by creating an account on Golden.com and following the guide for Connecting a Wallet to Golden.com (settings → connect wallet). If you have already made a Golden.com account, just connect your wallet.
  2. 2.
    Help grow the knowledge graph by adding data triples and citations to Golden.com entity pages. Follow our Adding Structured Data Guide to get started.
    1. 1.
      Submit triples: Users that submit fact triples that go on to be accepted will be eligible for an airdrop when the Golden token is released. There is no need to paste edits of data triples and citations into Discord.
    2. 2.
      Validate triples: Users can become eligible for a future airdrop by validating triples that get accepted by the protocol on dapp.golden.xyz. Please follow our Triple Validation Guide when validating.
  3. 3.
    Are you a builder (developer, data scientist etc.) that can help us? Let us know in Discord by introducing yourself.
  4. 4.
    Share the project! Tell your friends, developers, or family. Join our Discord and invite like minded people to golden.xyz.

What’s the TLDR on how the protocol works?

  1. 1.
    Tokens for submission and validation: Tokens are earned by submitters and validators for loading and verifying true facts (triples) into the knowledge graph. E.g. ‘Apple’ ‘was founded in’ ‘1976’. Validators verify the correctness of the triples by voting. Once the number of votes reaches a statistical threshold, the ‘fact’ is accepted by the knowledge graph and immutably stored. As the knowledge graph grows, the data itself can be used to aid verification. Submitters and validators gain reputation as triples are accepted.
  2. 2.
    Data NFTs, fractional ownership and rev share incentives: NFTs are used to organize fractional ownership between the creators of the data associated with each unique entity. Various canonical data can be associated with the unique data NFTs including triples, natural language in various translations, canonical images, or otherwise. These NFTs will assist with disambiguation and allow fractionalized ownership for the submitters, validators and protocol. Revenue share from commercial data usage can be distributed to the creators of the data and protocol. Copyright law is used to protect the IP and afford commercial usage of the data while allowing free usage by the public.
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    Anti gaming: A Sybil attack resistance, game-theoretic approach is used to provide asymmetric costs to gaming the protocol. Slashing staked collateral is a mechanic used to prevent submitters and validators from incorrectly submitting or voting. Reputation scores are implemented to increase efficiency in staking and slashing. Voting is blind.
V0 system design:

When will a token be released?

There is currently no Golden token and no set date for release. The team will clearly communicate this release well in advance of the launch.
⚠️ Important: We will *never* directly message you about the token sale, so please do not interact with any such messages as they are spam. When we launch the token, we will do so on multiple marketing channels including core discord announcements channels, twitter and our blog.
The team is working aggressively towards a mainnet launch. Currently we are creating our protocol and dApp on the testnet. We will announce a better ETA as we get further along building the protocol. We are building this in a SEC compliant manner and are not cutting corners with compliance.

How will airdrops be awarded

At this time, performing the following tasks will make you eligible for an airdrop:
  • submitting triples that go on to be accepted
  • performing correct validation
  • developing the protocol code
  • adding a citation to a triple that exists on Golden that doesn’t have a citation already
Up to 1% of the token treasury will be awarded to the community for correct data submission and validation.

How can I perform triple submission tasks?

You can use our infobox editor here to edit triples. Please follow our Adding Structured Data Guide. We are currently only accepting triples in the English language, though we plan to expand this as soon as possible.

How can I perform validation tasks?

The Triple Validation Guide covers mechanics and common questions around validation.

I have been adding triples, are my efforts being counted?

Yes! You will eligible for an airdrop reward relative to the number of correct triples you have submitted when we launch our token on the mainnet.
Note: for additions to be counted towards airdrop rewards they must follow the Adding Structured Data Guide and not attempt to game the protocol.

I have been adding citations, are my efforts being counted?

Yes! Adding valid citations to any triple that is missing a citation will qualify you for a special airdrop, and will help the triples you have cited become validated. Citations should be focused around triples that are not URL predicates, especially triples added after the launch of golden.xyz.

Will any contribution to golden.com count for a future airdrop?

No. We are focused on triples that go on to be validated and citations for triples. As of February 16, 2022, natural language and prose in the article will not be rewarded. If you still wish to contribute prose, please follow our Writing Guide. We are currently only accepting prose in the English language, though we plan to expand this as soon as possible.

What is the difference between Golden.com and the dApp

Golden.com is the current place to register you user account, connect your wallet and submit triple data (with citations). The dApp is a minimal dApp on testnet with a focused UI around validation.

How can I find my position in the leaderboard?

You may be able to find your current position in the leaderboard. If the number of ‘submissions’ and ‘accepted triples’ you see associated with your wallet seem lower than expected, this is because your submissions from Golden.com are still being imported and validators still need to vote on them.

Why is Golden the right team to build this?

Golden’s team has crypto enthusiasts dating back to 2011, some being early users and supporters of BTC. Golden investors have also been at the heart of many crypto projects we see in the market today.

Do I need to paste the edit I have done into discord?

No, we have full logs of all edits being made on Golden.com and the dApp.

When are other languages going to be supported?

We want to prove the unit economics and security of the system first in English (the language of our original team). If it works we want to open up to multiple languages (as it should be!). Please don’t make non-English edits at this point as we don’t support it yet.

I want to be a mod in discord, how should I approach Golden?

We are still configuring discord for more mass scale so DMing team members will only slow the protocol development down. However, long term, we are interested in mods and have a backlog to verify and setup systems around it. If you have experience in this area please add to your introductions in the introductions channel and we will see it. We are booting up moderators in a careful way to prevent security issues.

Can I change the eth account address associated with my Golden.com account / used to login to dapp.golden.xyz?

You cannot change the eth account address associated with your golden.com account / used to login to dapp.golden.xyz. This would cause issues with how attribution for effort is tracked. You can always create a new account on golden.com and connect a new eth account address to it.
We plan to explore how we can help users not lose previous work in the case of wallet hacks, loss of login information, etc., in the context of these technical constraints.
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Status and progress
I am new here, how can I help?
What’s the TLDR on how the protocol works?
When will a token be released?
How will airdrops be awarded
How can I perform triple submission tasks?
How can I perform validation tasks?
I have been adding triples, are my efforts being counted?
I have been adding citations, are my efforts being counted?
Will any contribution to golden.com count for a future airdrop?
What is the difference between Golden.com and the dApp
How can I find my position in the leaderboard?
Why is Golden the right team to build this?
Do I need to paste the edit I have done into discord?
When are other languages going to be supported?
I want to be a mod in discord, how should I approach Golden?
Can I change the eth account address associated with my Golden.com account / used to login to dapp.golden.xyz?