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It's quite clear what the financial incentives are for running a baker and endorser.

I couldn't find any information on why someone would have an incentive to run an accuser.

What are the incentives for this?

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If two endorsements are made for the same slot or two blocks at the same height by a delegate, the evidence can be collected by an accuser and included in a block for a period of PRESERVED_CYCLES, including the current cycle.

This accusation forfeits the entirety of the safety deposit and future reward up to that point in the cycle. Half is burned, half goes to the accuser in the form of a block reward.

https://tezos.gitlab.io/master/whitedoc/proof_of_stake.html#accusations

Your incitation is to get half the safety deposit in case of a correct accusation. The baker of the block including the accusation get the reward. There is no incentive to accuse if you are not able to bake a block. The accuser and the baker are the same entity for a given block.

Note that the return is much predictable than rewards you mentioned.

  • Ah, I see. Thank you. For some reason, from my reading I was under the impression the next block baker got the half rewards. – lostdorje Sep 14 '19 at 11:47
  • Is their a bond cost cost required to put up for an accusation? What's the financial incentive to prevent people from accusing everything? – lostdorje Sep 14 '19 at 12:24
  • Regarding your first comment, I added some details to clarify. I answered to the second in your other question. – Clement J. Sep 16 '19 at 20:01
  • Thanks @clement-j ! – lostdorje Sep 17 '19 at 2:54

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