Most early Indexers in the network are interacting with the protocol via a Token Lock Wallet contract where their holdings of GRT are vesting.
These vesting contracts allow any GRT balance in excess of the locked amount to be withdrawn. This provides a path for Indexers to withdraw rewards, however, only if Indexers unstake all their tokens and withdraw their rewards into the vesting contract, which involves waiting for a 28-day unstaking period. During this time the Indexer is not earning rewards, and worse yet, any Delegators they had are likely to lose trust in them for rug pulling them in order to withdraw rewards.
We have gotten feedback that the way things work currently hurts small Indexers who were relying on indexer rewards to pay for infrastructure and other operation costs.
I would love to hear from Indexers whom this is impacting to get a sense for the scope and the severity of the issue. Thank you!