Validators on the Cosmos network are full nodes that participate in consensus. They propose and vote on blocks via cryptographic signatures signed by their private keys. They are rewarded with atoms for performing this work in the form of transaction fees and inflationary rewards. The more atoms that are bonded or delegated to a validator, the more they participate in consensus, and the greater their earnings for doing so. They must also be active participants in Cosmos' governance and vote on proposals.
Articles in this section
- What is Cosmos?
- What are Cosmos validators and how do they work?
- What is delegation in Cosmos?
- What is the reward rate on Cosmos?
- Can the atoms I delegate on the Cosmos protocol get slashed?
- How much do I have to / can I self-bond to my Cosmos Validator?
- What are Cosmos Sentry nodes and how do they work?
- Does Bison Trails use HSM’s (hardware security modules) for signing?
- Can I re-delegate my Atoms?
- How long does it take to unbond my atoms?