Big Rise in Donations for Pomelo Season 2

Data from the second season of Pomelo appears to show a significant increase in the number of donations.

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LONDON (Bywire News) - As season two of Pomelo draws to a close, the latest EOS fireside chat was a chance to assess progress. For the most part, the news appears to have been good, but concerns have been raised about a rise in the number of malicious actors. 

Pomelo Season Two – Bigger and Better

First, let’s look at the headline stats. There were 1,790 unique contributors, around 700 more than last year. Approved grant proposals nearly doubled, rising to 139 compared to 74 in season one. User contributions hit $146,000 worth EOS in season two, up from $130,000 in season one. The matching pool end user contributions also nearly doubled from $630,000 to $1,059,000.

The pitch sessions on the EOS Fireside chats have also proved to be a useful tool in raising awareness. Yves La Rose pointed out that the small size of the community means the current bar to entry is extremely low. It is also much easier to become known within the community due to the relatively small number of projects taking place. It only takes a little marketing effort to raise a profile and attract donations and there has been a clear difference between those who actively marketed their grants and those who did not. 

As time goes on, though, EOS will become a larger community. The competition will grow and the number of projects competing for attention will rise. The increased numbers for season two demonstrate the EOS community is heading in the right direction, but that growth will add to the competition for current EOS projects. 

Malicious Activity 

Now to the bad news. Pomelo’s team is currently conducting analysis on season two grants and weeding out those grants which they believe have broken the rules. They say they have seen signs of a significant number of sybil attacks in which donations are made from multiple accounts to boost the matching pool. 

Where they have identified this, they have collapsed the donations and counted them as single donors. In one particularly clear case, though, they have gone further and discounted the funds altogether. 

It remains unclear exactly how serious this issue has been, but it shows Pomelo has a problem with people either intentionally or unintentionally breaking the rules. Those grant makers that are waiting for their funds to be allocated will have to wait until Pomelo has completed all its due diligence. 

Meanwhile, La Rose took the opportunity to assure those who attempted to game the system would face consequences. 

“Don’t shoot yourself in the foot,” he said. “There will be repercussions.”

Anyone who has fallen foul of the rules will be identified in Pomelo’s report, as happened in season one. 

Direct Contributions 

Meanwhile, Yves La Rose confirmed that the ENF had selected recipients for direct contributions. These will be an additional $125,000 worth of contributions on top of those already received. In total, there are 39 extra recipients of grants with funding ranging from $500 to $12,500. These will be published once Pomelo has completed its governance. 

Yield + 

In other news, there were updates on the upcoming Yield + blue paper. The team is in the last leg of writing the blue paper which is mostly the proofing and editing. The document should be delivered to the ENF by the end of the week at which point it goes to a review stage. It will be sent for translation into Chinese and Korean and, once the paper is released to the public, EOS members will have their chance to offer their thoughts through community feedback sessions. 

(Writing by Tom Cropper, editing by Cléo Celeste)

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