A series of users “spam” GitHub to demand airdrops

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    The GitHub channel of Scroll has received over 1,000 comments over the past weekend, with the majority coming from users hunting for airdrops.

    Người dùng vòi GitHub airdrop bằng cách spam

    Thousands of proposals with the aim of “spamming” for an airdrop have been sent to the GitHub channels of LayerZero, zkSync, and Scroll in the last few days. Some have only made very basic requests, such as integrating with a certain protocol.

    In response to this wave, many projects have voiced their dissatisfaction. Pseudo, a researcher representing Scroll, stated:

    “Please do not send requests to GitHub just for the sake of meaningless farming. The Scroll team is already very busy, please do not make our work more difficult.”

    Pseudo agrees that airdrops are also part of the crypto community, but the important thing is that people must actually contribute to the project rather than just “follow the crowd.”

    Airdrop farming is not a new topic. Since some major projects unexpectedly rewarded governance tokens to their users in 2020, the crypto community has started to rush to “hunt for airdrops.” This often involves making transactions on a blockchain network or experiencing a new project, hoping to receive rewards for early participation.

    As time goes on, the airdrop landscape is narrowing, as projects gradually tighten their airdrop criteria. Two notable examples are Celestia and Starknet. While Celestia allocates a third of its airdrop to those who contribute to the project’s GitHub, Starknet also focuses on distributing tokens to developers.

    In fact, simply passing a simple spelling check for Starknet is enough to qualify for 1,800 tokens. Despite receiving criticism, StarkWare, not only imposing strict airdrop standards but also overly favoring the programming segment, still insists on maintaining its token distribution plan.

    Therefore, it’s no surprise that the “airdrop hunters” are flocking to the GitHub channels of promising projects that have not yet released tokens, such as LayerZero, zkSync, and Scroll.

    Another contributor to Scroll also posted a “lament” about Celestia and Starknet, expressing disappointment that they are harming the open-source model of crypto. This person emphasizes that spamming GitHub is a waste of time for everyone.

    However, there are ways to control the spamming of GitHub. For example, setting activity limits for the data repository or blocking newly created accounts. However, the issue will be more complicated if farmers use old GitHub accounts to comment, as it will be difficult to distinguish them from genuine users.

    In addition to large ecosystems, the community is also favoring projects that implement a point accumulation model, often used as a basis for future airdrops. As of now, 14 crypto projects interviewed by The Block have recorded over 115 billion points for users, nearly 2.5 times the number of 40 billion at the beginning of the year.