Exactly what @MedaR said, the faucet is simply a first point of entry for new users into our ecosystem; we hope to keep them engaged long enough to filter through many other aspects of the project, like Academy, white papers, join our social channels, participate in discussion, sign up for our newsletter, download Sphere by Horizen, etc. It’s not structured to be a major income source.
As to whether all this violates our commitment to privacy, well that’s another story and we live in a world of trade offs. What’s under consideration here:
- Faucet is purely voluntary
- If we don’t prevent fraud, faucet doesn’t exist
- We have a limited set of tools to prevent fraud, all of which involve some sort of “fingerprinting” or registering unique users
- Every registration system is controversial and in some way restricts the set of users who can access the system; e.g. currently requiring Gmail because it’s hard[er] to game since we basically offload the unique user registration to Google
- The Gmail registration isn’t perfect --still have fraud but also have major restriction for the set of people who can access the faucet (e.g. Google banned in China)
- Part of our core vision is inclusiveness and so it’s unsatisfying to have a more restrictive registration system
- In sum, we’re experimenting with new registration systems that both open the set of people who have access and also reduces more fraud
There’s no ambiguity when users register for the faucet and play the daily draw. By using the faucet, everyone implicitly consents to these trade offs. The faucet would not exist without some system and right now we’re in a period of rapid experimentation with different ones to balance all these considerations.