The Graph Indexer Office Hours #149

Events By Mar 22, 2024 1 Comment
TL;DR: Great insights for indexers in this session's fireside chat with delegator, PaulieB.

Opening remarks

Hello everyone, and welcome to the latest edition of Indexer Office Hours! Today is March 19, and we’re here for Episode 149.

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  • Heimdall: New release v1.0.5 :
    • Bridge, staking: chg: bug fix.

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Open discussion

Delegator Fireside Chat

  • PaulieB joined to provide indexers and other participants the chance to ask him questions about his experience as a delegator.
  • PaulieB has been delegating since 2021, plus he’s active in curation, a member of the Graph AdvocatesDAO, the Graphtronauts, and a technical writer at Pinax.

Delegators are participants in The Graph Network who delegate, or stake, their GRT to one or more indexers. Unlike indexers, delegators do not run a Graph Node. By aligning with an indexer, they support network security and in return, earn a slice of the indexer’s query fees and indexing rewards.

From Demystifying Delegation: A Visual Guide to GRT Flow in The Graph Protocol


The Q&A was a rapid-fire session with topics like the importance of communication channels and why indexers should promote all that they do. To hear about everything that was discussed, watch the recording.

Here’s a sample of the Q&A.

Q1: What are some factors you consider when choosing which indexer to delegate to?


I think it’s important to be able to contact an indexer and have a way to communicate with them because some are not reachable while others are. Also I feel it’s good to have an indexer that is active in the community.

I try to find a competitive, reputable indexer that may not have a huge delegation to help decentralization and prevent one or a few indexers from controlling too large of a stake.

Q2: Do you have any specific expectations in terms of transparency and communication?


I expect someone to have Telegram or some way to say, “Hey, what’s going on with this allocation? It’s over 28 days.”

Indexers should have a common line of communication with the delegators.

Q3: Are there any particular metrics you prioritize when evaluating an indexer’s performance or reliability?


It’s good if they manage allocations and close timely, keep a channel for communication. I don’t look for the highest APY—that’s not the most important metric for me, although a competitive APY/return is somewhat important.

Q4: Are there any particular channels that you prefer for getting updates from indexers? Discord, forums, or Twitter (X)?


I like Discord and Telegram. X is good for more general updates.

Q5: Is the Graphtronauts app your go-to app, or the official Graph Explorer or graphscan?


The Graphtronauts app is good for tracking long-term, and graphscan is good for quick checks. Both are good for notifications. Notifications are essential to delegating and staying updated on your delegation. Graph Explorer could use a better UI for delegation, but it’s probably the best source of truth.


A passionate, highly organized, innovative Open source Technical Documentation Engineer with 4+ years of experience crafting internal and user-facing support/learning documentation. Leverages a background in computer science to write for highly technical audiences and API docs and is the leader of the technical writing mentorship program.

1 Comment

  1. Wisdom Nwokocha says:

    Nice session from Paul

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