Token verification lists 101
The unfortunate truth is that the crypto industry has plenty of scam tokens and projects. PWN’s community does its best to equip itself with the knowledge and prevention methods necessary to combat these scams on multiple fronts.
Today, let’s explore how the industry attempts to fight scams by implementing token lists.
Introduced by Uniswap Labs, token lists are lists of fungible (ERC-20) tokens maintained by projects such as Uniswap, Coingecko, and many others. These projects attach their reputation to lists by hosting them on a domain that they control.
Because token lists are standardized, they allow for integration across multiple different platforms (front-ends).
In the case of NFTs, things can get a bit more complicated, as the market is not as mature as that of the ERC-20 standard.
While there are no standardized NFT lists, NFT marketplaces such as OpenSea usually offer project verification on their marketplace.
Any NFT project can apply for a verification badge on OpenSea, LooksRare, and other sites. These marketplaces then verify the projects based on their criteria and give or deny them the verification badge. Using token lists on the PWN platform, PWN checks the most popular and trusted lists and displays a verification badge alongside each asset. This is done to make it easy to see if an asset is verified and which project provided the verification.
PWN’s 💩 filter (yes, that’s the name of the feature) is another use case for the token lists that are used on the PWN platform. You can easily switch between showing and hiding unverified assets so you don’t get overwhelmed by assets that don’t interest you.