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How to check if LayerZero flagged you as a "sybil"


Recently LayerZero Labs announced the snapshot date for their the eagerly awaited airdrop. Now I'm no airdrop expert/hunter, crazy farmer or anything like that, but I do occasionally dabble into the world of newly innovative crypto projects and this was one that caught my eye last year.

One of the things I used was the network transfer on Stargate to switch my Publish0X earned Eth tokens on Optimism, back to the Ethereum chain.😄 But like most people I still checked to see if by some fluke my address was mentioned in their sybil list and damn, that thing is massive. I actually think a lot of non-sybil users who also dabble into these things got excluded as well from the airdrop because this thing is like 30mb big even though it's just a .txt file.

Initially they flagged over 2 million addresses as a ''sybil'' but after consideration and some looser criteria, they narrowed the list down to under 1 million addresses before eventually publishing it, speaking of which you can download and review it for yourself here.

Am I being too naive? Are there really hundreds of thousands people that go out of their way trying to qualify for airdrops? For perspective, the Idex airdrop is announced as well and this one doesn't even have one tenth of that on their ''whitelist'' as LayerZero filtered out but then again, this one is not expected to be as massive as LayerZero's airdrop.

So IDK, everything's possible I guess since Uniswap suddenly dropped 400 Uni tokens on those that dabbled into their DApp before 1 September. It could be that since then millions of people got that airdrop FOMO and just started interacting with everything just in case. But as you can tell from LayerZero Lab's reaction, that's not something they appreciate. Especially not if it's going to be at the expense of their actual users. But aren't we all actual users? Didn't Uniswap airdrop everyone back then? I remember that even those that wanted to use it and swap tokens but saw their transaction rejected due to the insanely high Eth gas fees still got awarded the full 400 Uni tokens.

Enter the paradox because yes even though smaller users should have equal right to the same amount in airdrops larger users have, these airdrop hunters try to take advantage of that by being ''small users'' with multiple wallets who often conduct illogical transactions. Bridging back and forth within one minute, swapping such low amounts that the gas fee is higher than their actual trade value (etc) all for the sake of interaction and qualifying with multiple wallets for the same airdrop as they're putting honest users who use just one wallet at a disadvantage.

So from my POV, it seems LayerZero Labs is trying to exit the paradox by allowing people who did these type of things to self-report and get 15% of what the total airdrop would be, which actually is rather fair wouldn't you say?

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