We have noticed some confusion around the definition of what we mean by a “launch”, how we use it in the community and internally, and its importance from a legal perspective. Therefore, we want to outline the roadmap and clarify what constitutes “launch” to avoid any potential issues. Let’s get on the same page.
To firm things up, the launch refers to the release of the full public network, particularly the genesis event where the supply of Safe Network Tokens comes into being and can be earned, traded, used, and where MAID can be redeemed. This definition is used in the FINMA paper, and it makes sense for us to stick to it as it is what the community has understood as well.
It is essential that we clearly distinguish test tokens/networks from the official inception of the network where real tokens are created to avoid any legal complications, and confusion for those of you joining in with the community testing.
Therefore, we propose the following roadmap sequence, and definitions:
- JoshNet — Alpha Network
- Fleming — Alpha Network
- Maxwell — Alpha (Feature Complete)
- Public Beta
- Stable Release — Launch Candidate
- Network Launch — Genesis Event
Please note also that 1–5 are considered test networks often referred to as ‘testnets’.
They will come and go, and any tokens utilised on them are for testing and evaluation purposes only. Have fun with them, see how they work, and test them as you see fit. Just remember they are not the real deal.
Likewise, any data uploaded to these test nets, even on the Stable Release, is likely not to persist on to the final Network at launch. So please don’t upload and data you aren’t prepared to lose, nor build anything that depends on it.
Please also be aware that these test networks may evaluated and monitored with analysis, monitoring, and telemetry tools so we can improve them rapidly as we work towards launch. So please factor that in when thinking about your privacy, and what data you add to these networks.
We acknowledge that some terms may have been blurred over the years. However, we believe that if we stick to the proposed terms, things should be easier!
In summary, defining “launch” and providing a clear roadmap is essential to avoid confusion and to keep things a legally ship-shape.