Re-opening this thread to share some proposed updates to the Arbitration Charter:
- Updating the allocation expectations given the introduction of the Block Oracle
- Adding a clarification on Experimental features and the expected Arbitrator behaviour
This is also in the interest of moving towards ratification of the Charter by the Council, so inviting community feedback & review here, based on observed behaviour and performance of the Charter “in action” on the network.
The full proposed text is linked here, and the salient changes are extracted below:
9. Valid Proofs of Indexing for a given epoch.
When closing an allocation during an epoch, an Indexer must submit a valid PoI as of the first block of that epoch.
Prior to the introduction of the Data Edge & Epoch Block Oracle (GIP-0038), epoch blocks are defined by the EpochManager contract. After the introduction of the Data Edge & Epoch Block Oracle, the Epoch Block subgraph becomes the source of truth for Epoch Blocks across networks.
In a dispute, if the discrepancy is found to be the result of a bug in the Data Edge, or Epoch Block oracle, then the Arbitrator should settle the dispute as a Draw.
In a dispute, if a PoI is invalid for the epoch in which the allocation was closed, but valid as of the first block of the preceding epoch, then the Arbitrator should settle the dispute as a Draw.
Subgraph API Versioning and Feature Support (GIP-0008) describes the introduction of new subgraph features, including “experimental” features. These may be known to require further development to achieve determinism, in which case they will not be eligible for rewards and therefore disputes. But in some cases, features may be expected to be deterministic, but might require observation in a production environment in order to achieve full confidence. An example might be the introduction of a new Ethereum network. In these cases, features might be marked as eligible for rewards, but in the event of a dispute, indexers who cooperate with the Arbitrator can expect a higher likelihood of a draw, given the contribution towards a better understanding the behaviour of the experimental feature.