ZKsync responds to airdrop questions: 0 transaction airdrop address is a test address, and the airdrop design has made reasonable trade-offs

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Trading volume has no impact on allocation size and value scaling.

Original source: ZKsync

1. How to qualify for this airdrop?

There are two ways for an address to be eligible for the 17.5% airdrop:

  1. Users (89%): ZKsync users who have bridged crypto assets to ZKsync Era and meet at least one of the seven eligibility criteria .

  2. Contributors (11%): Individuals, developers, researchers, communities, and companies who contribute to the ZKsync protocol and ecosystem through development, advocacy, education, or participation, regardless of whether they use the ZKsync network.

ZKsync Era activity is optional for wallets in the 11% Contributor category. The Contributor allocation is primarily targeted at people and communities who built early projects on ZKsync, contributed to related GitHub repositories, performed security research, served as Discord moderators, or participated in communities such as Degen, Bonsai, Crypto the Game, Pudgy, and Milady.

2. When it is mentioned that this is a usage-based airdrop, what does that mean?

The user-based allocation (89% of the total airdrop) is primarily intended to identify and reward a diverse group of users on ZKsync Era who will help manage and grow ZKsync in the long term. The goal is to find people who connect crypto assets to ZKsync Era and provide them with multiplier rewards for actions they take that indicate they are organic users. Such people are likely to become valuable members of the ZKsync community.

A wallets history on various chains can reveal a lot about its owner. Real users tend to be less risk-averse, especially when they feel like they are part of a community. They take the time to explore, try new protocols, and hold speculative assets. Bots and speculators, on the other hand, play it safe, putting in minimal effort while trying to integrate into the community and capture value.

3. I met some of the eligibility requirements but was not allocated, why?

The ZKsync user airdrop allocation (89% of the total airdrop) is based on the following combination:

  • How many of the seven eligibility criteria are met.

  • The amount bridged and held on ZKsync Era (either in your wallet or in a DeFi protocol) based on the time-weighted average balance (TWAB) over the 12 months ending on the snapshot date. This is called value scaling (see details in question 5).

  • Bonus Multiplier: If the wallet is part of a predefined group, such as early ETH adopters, holders of top ZKsync native NFTs/tokens, or holders of airdrops like ARB, OP, ENS, etc., it will receive a distribution multiplier.

Important: Trading volume itself has no impact on allocation size.

The allocation amount is calculated for the user based on the above criteria. In order to receive the airdrop allocation amount, the result must be greater than ZK 450.

This means that even if you meet all seven criteria, you may not qualify for a distribution if your average holdings over time are small or you do not qualify for any other bonus multipliers.

ZKsync responds to airdrop questions: 0 transaction airdrop address is a test address, and the airdrop design has made reasonable trade-offs

4. I meet four of the qualifications, but Im getting paid less than someone I saw on X who only meets two of the qualifications. Why?

The number of eligibility criteria met is only one of three factors that determine the size of the allocation. The ZKsync airdrop allocation is a combination of the eligibility criteria, the time-weighted average balance (TWAB) on the ZKsync Era, and the bonus multiplier.

In this case, the other person may have transferred a large amount of crypto assets into the ZKsync Era and/or held them for a longer period of time. Alternatively, the other person may have qualified for one of the bonus multipliers or been part of a contributor-based airdrop, while you did not.

5. How does “value scaling” work?

In order to identify and reward users who place crypto assets into the ZKsync Era platform, the distribution is based in part on a value scaling formula that adjusts the distribution of addresses based on the amount sent to ZKsync Era and how long those crypto assets have been in the wallet.

For example, an address that sent $100 to ZKsync Era at mainnet launch (March 2023) and has held it since then will have more weight than an address that only deposited $100 a month before the snapshot.

Value Scaling = Time Weighted Average Balance (TWAB) = Scales allocations based on the value of the crypto assets someone is bridging and how long they’ve held them.

Reminder: Trading volume itself has no effect on value scaling.

For more information, see these examples .

6. What if I only use ZKsync Lite? Why am I excluded?

To be eligible for the airdrop, an address must meet one of the eligibility criteria and bridge crypto assets to ZKsync Era. The airdrop focuses on the first ZK chain, ZKsync Era, as it is expected to become the decentralized hub of the entire ZKsync ecosystem.

As an OG of the ZKsync ecosystem, ZKsync Lite users can get up to 2 qualification points to use ZKsync Lite. But they also need to have crypto assets on ZKsync Era at some point.

For usage-based airdrops: If a user has only used ZKsync Lite and not ZKsync Era, then unfortunately they are not eligible for any user airdrop allocations.

7.Why are some addresses with 0 transactions still allocated?

The airdrop is divided into user-based allocations (89% of the airdrop) and contributor-based allocations (11% of the airdrop). Wallets in the contributor category are not required to show activity on ZKsync Era. For example, the contributor allocation focuses on people and communities who built early projects on ZKsync, contributed to related Github repositories, conducted security research, managed communities on Discord, or participated in communities such as Degen, Bonsai, Crypto the Game, Pudgy, and Milady.

There are 184 addresses that meet the ZKsync Lite eligibility criteria and have bridged assets on ZKsync Era but no other transactions. These wallets are eligible for airdrops.

Additionally, 10 test addresses have been added for internal quality assurance and testing. These addresses have been allocated a minimum of 917 tokens. Once claimed, these tokens will be sent to the burn address.

0x6adb27812220f1ff5df618e3273d83c430705eec 0xb1ded8ff2f7a45f436951f082dda770e1dcee84d 0x07528fba97b02bba1aaa03a8ffe51d3fda86b585 0xc527a57ebcc7af699055bb8a3aca917a00a235ed 0x358291b1ea089437a9b16fb8c23d8a035ea7c358 0x023e3e6d98d7a5c7209910ab4ab9f91713dbdc1d 0x65f8dfc419b418ae82f289059d038428d038cd9a 0x6cc3a7f20f0f2f3d3fb5e07f89f7449e6a2537d6 0xae757f4c8aad55712018e6fef0612a091279517a 0x5f66edefd2d3d228244d5801911cdccb87df92bc 0x0e602a94192f9da3db92f159a724ea8442916987

8. Why are rewards given to external groups like Degen and Bonsai instead of ZKsync users?

A small portion of the total airdrop (2.8%) is reserved for experimental on-chain communities: Degen and Bonsai recipients, Crypto The Game, Pudgy, and Milady. These communities are known for being advocates and enthusiastic defenders of their ecosystems, sharing the same cypherpunk values as ZK Nation, while also experimenting with innovative ways of self-organization. These positive communities are valuable additions to any network and are expected to become long-term members and guardians of ZKsync.

9. Why did some people get more than 100,000 tokens?

100K is the highest reward of the airdrop based on user allocation (89% of the airdrop). 155 addresses (0.022%) received an allocation of more than 100K tokens because they qualified for the highest user reward and also qualified for rewards in the contributor category (11% of the total airdrop).

Example groups that fall under the Contributors category: ZKsync native projects, GitHub developers, security researchers, Discord community moderators, ZK Credo translators, etc.

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