A step-by-step guide to creating a Secret POAP distribution
Number of steps: 5
Time commitment: 10 Minutes
Step 1: Set up your drop!
If you need help setting up a drop, please see our article on drop creation here: How Do I Set Up a POAP Drop?
Note: Be sure to request "0" mint links during drop creation!!
Step 2: Go to the "Manage Secrets" page
In order to create a Secret for minting POAPs, start by clicking the hamburger icon on the top right of the https://app.poap.xyz/admin/events page and then select the "Manage Secrets" option.
Step 3: Find your drop
On this page, you can now search for your drop by its name or ID. "ID" refers to the numbers that preface the name on the drop details page, also found at the end of the web URL. In this case, we will search by our drop name, enter our edit code, and click "Submit Authentication" to begin the Secret setup. If you cannot remember your edit code, check the email you received after creating your drop.
Step 4: Creating your Secret
On the next page, you’ll enter the details of your Secret. The "Secret Name" field is where you enter the word or phrase collectors will need in order to collect their POAP. Make sure that this is impossible to guess and has nothing to do with your event title, otherwise, people may guess the word/phrase and collect the POAP before you intend!
"Start Date" and "End Date" are self-explanatory, but note that they’re in UTC time. We recommend using a tool such as https://www.worldtimebuddy.com to convert your time so you do not have issues.
To avoid having your POAP farmed by people who did not attend your event, keep the minting period as short as possible. Think minutes, not hours. Also, note that the Secret will be case-sensitive and cannot include spaces. When ready, click "Submit" and await the email confirmation that your request for mint links was approved.
To reiterate, to have your drop reviewed positively by the Curation body, you must:
- Secret Name: Use a random Secret; don’t use a word that is in the title or description of your drop. For example, for a drop titled “Bob’s Birthday at Ahupulco,” a secret word like “WeLovePuppies” is fine, but “BobBirthday” is easy to guess and should not be used.
- Mint Window: Use a very short mint window. Best practices are to have it open only for 15 minutes and announce it during the last 15 minutes of the event.
- Distribution: Only use this distribution method for live events, digital or IRL.
Step 5: Wait for approval
After an issuer petitions the Curation Body to drop a POAP, the petition undergoes a manual review by the curators. Reviews have several possible outcomes:
- Approval (without comment): In the best case scenario, curators have no objections to the preparation or execution of a drop. The issuer receives an email that confirms the drop is approved.
If a drop cannot be approved without comment, curators may reach out to the issuer (via the email provided when the drop was set up) for the following reasons:
- Request for Information: In some cases, additional information is required by curators to make a decision about the petition.
- Conditional Approval: In other cases, a drop may be approved with relatively minor changes to the drop (content or distribution). After an issuer revises their petition as requested, the drop will be approved promptly.
Drops are rejected when they are conceptually too far out of alignment with the POAP ethos, or when distribution presents too high a risk and compromise cannot be reached with issuers.
How to check the status of the drop petition?
If you want to check on the status of your drop petition you should do so by using the chat bubble:
- Click the chat bubble in the lower-right corner of the POAP website.
- Type “check on my petition”
- Enter your drop ID.
- Get a response!
If curation needs to contact you, they will do so via the email firstname.lastname@example.org. If customer support needs to contact you, they will do so via the email email@example.com. Beware of scams and never reply to other email addresses.
If issuers wish to appeal a rejection, they can reach out on the chat bubble to communicate directly with the POAP Curation Body. A respectful, professional, and collaborative relationship between issuers and curators is vital for the health of the POAP ecosystem. The foundation of this relationship is a mutual understanding of the Guidelines.
Ultimately, the final determination of whether a petition is approved rests with the POAP Curation Body, as the stewards of the POAP ecosystem.