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Staking for tool vendors
Similar to the previous idea for our own approach to validators (a confusing term in this context, as people expect different functionality when they hear that word in the blockchain space), tool vendors will need to stake HMT in order to fulfill their tasks, and get rewarded for doing so. RP will use their stake to create a trust relationship between all tool vendors and the Protocol itself, as malicious behavior results in slashing of their stake. Increase in stake can increase the reputation, but only to a certain extent. This offers the opportunity to come back from a few misses, but not enough to perform a whale attack or justify malicious behavior. It also enables tool vendors to jump upwards in the priority queue.