Clarification on Promotional Grey Areas

GM Gitcoin Fam,

Would love your feedback on what constitutes acceptable grant promotion during a round.

Before GG18 I was planning something called The Ultimate ReFi Giveaway where we swept the floors of our favourite ReFi NFTs & tokenised impact to give these assets away the community.

So far, we have just been giving them to people who use the #TouchTree hashtag & people who retweet the GITCOIN RADIO space.

Is it also acceptable to give some of these NFTs away to people who like our page, for example? What about people who retweet something that links to our grant?

During a space with Ben West during GR17 it was said that advertising is ok & essentially the blue tick does boost content. But to run a giveaway which does not incentivise donations but promotions of a donation link, is a grey area and so it was recommended that I post that in the forum to see what people think.

So what do y’all think? Where is the line?


Thanks @Jimi for the thoughts and questions here. My first reaction would to say yes this is probably very much a grey area :grimacing:

So you know, quid pro quo is a violation of the rules, and grantees have been removed from a round in the past because of it. So i would tread carefully, just to be safe. Let’s see what @M0nkeyFl0wer has to say on this though. Maybe promoting a space is alright, but promoting the link to your grant is where things start walking on a thing line.

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Thank you Mathilda!

Cool yeah makes sense, even if this would technically avoid that rule, probably best to just avoid that to be on the safe side aye.

So if the line is to not incentivise the promotion of links, incentivising page follows or non-Gitcoin related posts like most giveaways do is safe during a round or also no?

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Curios if airdropping nfts to a lot of people would make this not a quid pro quo. Since this becomes a universal giveaway. Similar to allow-listing.

After the round, it is normal to airdrop Badges of Recognition. (Think of Hypercerts)

Before & in the round, you can’t offer rewards for donations.

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that doesn’t really make sense to me. why restrict something that can just be done later? it’s not difficult to keep track of who donates, and tell them “we have to wait until the round ends so we don’t get in trouble.” does that prevent them from applying for later rounds? if not, then why bother to have this restriction in the first place? i am new, so maybe i am just misunderstanding something…

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