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It's my understanding the SCP achieves consensus by having validator nodes agree with other validator nodes that they trust. Anyone can become a validator node, but won't they not actually be participating if nobody trusts them? How does a new node become trustworthy? Would I need to like talk to people in real life, or can it happen by somehow doing a good job validating?

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Ask people in the validators slack channel to add you to their quorum set. It also helps if you add yourself to the default qset by making a pull request.

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    Ok so it's a person to person communication thing, not something I can earn programmatically? – AGitzes Jan 26 '18 at 18:09

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