Palcoin Launch: A revised whitepaper and token launch by the Minnow Support Project

in #minnowsupport4 years ago (edited)

By a unanimous vote of the Moderators last night the Minnow Support Project has approved the following white paper to be published to the Steem Blockchain describing PALcoin, which is a Steem-Engine token to be powered by scotbot and seen in a Nitrous instance through as well as a ScotBB instance through

Steem is a blockchain. On that blockchain lives an app called, which is a blogging platform, and the most widely used social media application in all of crypto. It attracted artists, devs, musicians, bloggers, business leaders, photographers, and people of all walks of life because what you produce on the platform can earn crypto.

Earning crypto and getting started was hard so a group of people got together and formed a Discord group called the Peace, Abundance, and Liberty Network to help new users (often called minnows) get a strong start on the platform. Within that group a team of leaders emerged who called themselves the Minnow Support Project (MSP) and helped the Discord group grow to 20,000 users and helped the Steem ecosystem grow to over 1M accounts.

The next step for the Minnow Support Project is to launch a community token. This is in line with the mission to spread the values of Peace, Abundance, and Liberty, grow the Steem ecosystem, and train and retain new members on ths platform. Specifically, launching a token will enable users to promote their content through posting on, earn/spend palcoin through post promotion or to gain Discord customizations within the largest Steem community, and ultimately help people stay engaged on the Steem platform.

Executive Summary

MSP is launching a token called PALcoin. It's a token launched on the smart contract platform. It is a consumable in app token designed to integrate into daily use within the and websites. It's powered by Nitrous and ScottBB and distributed by Scotbot (services offered by These websites serve as a way to promote digitally authored content.

This token offering features:

a claimdrop,
Token sales on
ongoing distribution to active participants in the PALnet Discord,
ongoing proof-of-brain distribution powered by Scotbot (a python based voting bot that distributes rewards based on PALcoin stake)
ongoing distribution through delegated proof of stake mining, a custom website similar to where post rewards are displayed in palcoin as opposed to steem, a custom website hosted by buildteam which displays token rewards for posting on a forum
palcoin is redeemable for upvotes from @minnowsupport
Steem delegators to @minnowsupport receive PALcoin through paid post promotion
PALcoin is redeemable for customizations and advertising in the PALnet Discord

Initial Distribution of PALcoin
There will be 21M tokens initially minted and launched
10% @ Minnowsupport
10% existing moderators/team members
Up to 20% will go out in an claimdrop to a white list of 16000 people
the remaining 60% will be sold on the market for Steem and used to powerup the @minnowsupport account and pay for expenses

Token Launch Pricing

After consulting with legal we're revising our token lauch price:

12.6M PALcoin are available for sale in a large sell wall at 1 steem/PALcoin on

Team Rewards

There are 2.1M Palcoin that will go to moderators.


Primary Account

2.1M PALCoin will go to the Minnow Support Project. These tokens will be staked on a Minnow Support account that isn't @minnowsupport.


The Minnow Support Project will provide a claimdrop up to 16,000 accounts. We worked from a list of under 50,000 accounts that have been active in the last two months. We applied blacklists from trusted sources. We manually removed known multi accounts and previous bans from PALnet discord. We removed users with 10 SP or less. We then took the square root of SP, capped that value at 250, and multipled by 10. The potential value is right around 4.2M PALcoin.

Users will have 1 month to claim the token. There will be an icon seen through

On Going Distribution


All financial systems relying on currency requires faucets for the currency as well as sinks. A faucet is how the currency enters the system. A sink is how it is removed from the system. PALcoin will have 3 primary faucets that stem from token inflation: Proof of Brain and Proof of Interaction.

Overall Inflation PALcoin will have an initial target inflation of 10% and decline every year by 1% until it reaches 4% and it will stay at 4% inflation.

Initial PALcoin 21M
Initial annual inflation 2.1M
PoI: 10%
PoMining: 10%
PoMod: 5%
PoB: 75%

Proof of Interaction 10% of the inflation will go to msp-active and awarded to community members who partake in discussions in discord (

Proof of Brain The remaining inflation will occur through Proof of Brain and rewards voting (author and curator rewards) on chain.

Proof of Moderation Similar to how the Steem blockchain provides 10% of the inflation to witnesses; 5% of annual inflation goes to @msp-finance for administrative tasks and management and to cover network expenses.

Proof of Mining 10% of the inflation can be mined. To mine the token purchase and stake PAL Miners (PALM) and PAL MEGA MINERS (PALMM). PALM mines at a rate of 1X, and PALMM mines at a rate of 4X. PALM miners are available in a nearly infinite supply at a cost of 33 steem/miner. PALMM are limited to 10,000 miners and are priced at 100 Steem.

Token Redemption (sinks)

Tokens can initially be redeemed for 1 of three things: upvotes, advertisement, and customizations.

Upvotes - The main account, @minnowsupport, currently allows anyone in the Discord community to use a command $upvote, and receive a low percentage vote on a post. After a year of trying to manage this we're still concerned that it leads to low quality posting. We'd like to continue to encourage posting, but we're attempting through this process to increase the quality.

Going forward users can exchange palcoin they receive for upvotes from @minnowsupport. The ability to store and use PALcoin later decreases the need to burn votes on a timer, which puts pressure to put out content on a schedule rather than when quality content is written. The goal remains the same of getting new users and active discord community members to post, but this approach we think will incentivize higher quality content.

A portion of the tokens received by the voting bot will be used to offset new inflation. A portion of the tokens will be distributed to delegators. To clarify, any SP owned by minnowsupport is stored to be issued as inflation instead of issuing new tokens. Any SP delegated to the bot will receive a portion of the daily PALcoin earnings relative to the percent on the bot.

Ex. Minnowsupport has 100,000 SP on it. 10,000 is organic to the account and 90,000 is from delegation. When PALcoin is sent to the account 10% of what's collected will be used to offset inflation instead of new issuance, and 90% will be returned to delegators to the @minnowsupport account.

Ads Banner advertisement opportunies will exist on the platform.

Post Promotion Users can promote posts on the site using PALcoin.

Discord Customizations A large part of the Steem experience is interacting with a social group. There are a variety of Discord roles that are available for fine tuning your social experience. After the initial token offering, we'll organize a variety of roles to be applied onto users depending on the amount of PALcoin they have staked, steem they have delegated, interaction they've gained, and other ways as makes sense.

Palcoin Settings

7 day payout windows
unstaking occurs in 28 days in 4 installments

Scotbot Settings

Here's the list of initial settings.

Reward curve is just slightly superlinerar to encourage keepign PalPower on one account rather than spread out.
Author reward is 50:50.
Cashout window is a 7 day payout like
Curation is like
There is a downvote pool. Here you get 1 free downvotes a day.
Downvoting power goes from 0-100 in 5 days like upvote power refills on
To get a vote which receives PALcoin the post has to include palnet as a tag
The inflation rewards shrink every year by 1% (faster than steemit, but will change to 0% shrinking by the time it hits 4% annual inflation ie inflation won't go smaller than 4%).
Voting calculation works like
You get 10 votes a day similiar to
Your voting power recharges completely from zero over 5 days (20% per day).

Mining Rewards

10% of inflation are available from mining.
Mining rewards are once an hour. 10 separate distributions are made every hour to accounts that have staked PALM and/or PALMM.

This is an experiment we think is worthy to take on. We look forward to constructive commentary. All of this is launching as described above today. Minor blips are expected as we roll it all out. Please be patient if any part of this experiences a delay.


The PALcoin token provides no income or profit sharing from any account that the Minnow Support Project manages.

The Minnow Support Project is offering the token on an "as is" basis and provides no guarantee that additional work or effort will be made other than supporting the existing community with the existing tools.

While it is possible, especially while testing the accurate price of the PALcoin token that prices may fluctuate in the market the Minnow Support Project makes no claim that the token prices will rise in the future beyond the initial lauch (or the initial discounts) listed above.

This token offering has been communicated to the existing members of the PALnet Discord and on the @minnowsupport website. We have no plans to inform people of the token to an audience beyond our Steem Presence.

We are not a business nor intend to be one.

The Minnow Support Project will put the raised Steem into Steem Power. The primary use of the Steem power is to ensure the long term existence of the network and pay server costs and administrative costs. PALcoin on @minnowsupport will not be used to pay for development of the network.

The Minnow Support Project warns that there is long term inflation of the asset built into the design of the asset.

PAL images


So where is the claim button on steem-engine?

Did you find it, I can't see it either, but I should be eligible according to the google doc linked here.

You may need to log out of steem-engine and back in again. Let us know if you need help with it :)

Thanks, it appeared out of the blue. :) All good now.

oh, that is a tricky claim. I never would of figured that out without this comment! Thanks for that friend :0)

here to help! glad you found it. Let me know if you need anything else~

This site is looking very good keep up the good work I think this could possibly be better than steemit I tried to buy some pal but had no luck

Ah, well, I didn't make the list but I haven't been that active in a while. Easy come, easy go!

There will be plenty of ways to earn PAL that don't have to do with buying, and depending on how things go, we would love to welcome people back into activity with smaller after claims claims. We want you to be excited and engaged again. Your overall time on Steem means something~ 🤗

I made the list but come up with an error when I try to claim.

Thank you for the 586 PALcoin allocated to my account. Would you like some Onfocoin in exchange ?

Looking good PAL team!
Exciting times ahead :)

Excellent news. This is a logical next step for MSP. I have been discussing with the MaM Organizers, @juliakponsford, @clayboyn and @victoriabsb, how we might include PALCoin in the @msp-makeaminnow prize mix. It would be good look for the largest regular MSP/ PAL contest to use PAL's coin.

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We have a ton of things to fix. The next week or two will be hammering out delegations, new governance, and what other tools we need pronto. It's quite the whirlwind.

I'm patient as you get it all sorted. I do have delegation plans for more MaM prizes.

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Nice to see the revised token sale price, great job and good luck with the token!

Thanks acidyo!

Interesting but... where is this Claim button again :-)?

I don't have it, maybe you're blacklisted too...

lol, that might be a reason - i see myself in this spreadsheet but who knows... :-) @minnowsupport

let me know if you're still having trouble! Sometimes it takes logging into and out of Steem engine to make it show.


semi-off-topic, though not sure exactly where to ask this question and know you're involved with the project:

the login option using Keychain extension isn't working for me in either Chrome or Firefox - the "login" button just stays greyed out...

any idea how to fix this, if it's just temporary, etc? or where the best place to ask would be?

thanks 🙏

Is the claimdrop available now? This seems interesting :)

Is including a palnet  tag on any Steem front-end enough to get a posting to show up on and be eligible for PAL tokens?

Im ready all your PAL post, so far so good. Claimdrops are like airdrops? This claimdrops already happen, right?

What an interesting project. I saw a post about this from my Steempeak feed and just had to check it out. I'm not a very technical person, but based on the info above, is it correct to assume that some of the Steem Hardfork 21 EIP proposals are actually implemented in Thanks!

Awesome work guys! I'm excited.

This is a great initiative, thanks.

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This is awesome! Congratulations guys! And YES, I post this comment on itself <3 A few months ago Steem seemed to stagnate and look at us now... <3

Sorry, you don't have enough DRAMA.
You need 10.00000 DRAMA more for a chance to make it happen.
To view or trade DRAMA go to

Do you all have a discord server ?

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This is great! Let me wait for my claim to hit my wallet lolx

This man is everywhere

Lol 😂 Samest the blockchainare

I’m getting a broadcast error, what am I doing wrong?

Make sure you are using the correct key and not trying to make too many transactions at once.

Using posting key. But says unknown key and broadcast error. I did post about 1 hour ago on steem Peak.

Great news for the growth of our wonderful team. I share a million successes accompanied by good vibes, for this new start.

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@minnowsupport You have received a 100% upvote from because this post did not use any bidbots and you have not used bidbots in the last 30 days!

Upvoting this comment will help keep this service running.

I see a bunch of people putting in buy requests on Steem Engine already. :) Great job, y'all!

Does Palnet have a discord channel ?

This is amazing. Thanks for sharing this. I've been looking for how to know more about this.

Oh I am in the list!
So that means I should try out using yes?

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Can I buy PAL tokens?

Looks like I will start using PALNET as the site looks great so far and it has been ages since I have dabbled around PAL discord. Things are looking up!

Congratulations @Minnowsupport for this amazing feat. Thank you for all your amazing support so far for Minnows on Steem. Kudos to the entire buidl team.

I have been seeing the notification on PAL discord and have read the white paper but not closely enough to determine a date or understand what I will have to change to participate.

Such a great group and to see this progressive innovation is impressive.

Guess I will go read again and prep!

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Had no idea about this site till now. I guess it works the same as steemit or whaleshares but has its own token now PAL ?

Yes it is just like posting on steemit, or steempeak or busy, it still runs on the steem blockchain but it displays the payout in palcoin and adds the palnet tag to your post so it is eligible for upvotes from PAL staked accounts :)

Sounds solid! Thank you I love staking so this project has a major part of my focus now.

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10% of the inflation of palnet is directed at miners. You can purchase miners on Symbols are PALM and PALMM. PALM is more expensive, more efficient, and has a limited supply.

"Mining rewards are once an hour. 10 separate distributions are made every hour to accounts that have staked PALM and/or PALMM"

When does this start? I bought a couple PALMM and am eager to see how much they will mine. Thanks!

They are paying out already so you should be staking.

Yes I am staked. I've gotten a couple payouts already now too, they're just random and not every hour. Thanks!

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Sweet congrats! Its crazy addicting to be able to earn this way lol have a blast

I predict someone in steem who just loves steem engine will end up buying up pal and all the steem engine tokens for large buynorders and filling sell order books ... just to be a thank you to all early adopters and inspire more developers in training to build a range of toys just for pal users..

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I am trying to understand this project. Perhaps it is not late.

Proof of Moderation Similar to how the Steem blockchain provides 10% of the inflation to witnesses;

Q: Is it a separate Block Chain with it's own Witness Nodes?

Thanks. I needed to learn what the platform is all about.

Claimdrop up for one month and still missed it. So much for supporting noobs.

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I see you listed on the claimdrop sheet for around 260 coins, did you claim it yet? you will have about two more weeks, the claim needs to be done on, go to the wallet page and look for the blue PAL icon :

Tyvm for the hint. I cant do that mobile because some functions require the keychain. I have to add my active key to it.

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Completed and placed some market orders. Thank you for the help. Staked.

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