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Block validator for the ICON network. Transaction processors for operations that change the state of the ICON network. Typically representing an end-user group that has made important contributions to the ICON network. Typically encouraged to incentivize the at-large ICON Community for participation and to help increase the value of the ICON network
It is not possible to access a Validator node publicly. This serves to reduce the amount of work that a Validator node must do, which allows them to operate faster and more accurately. All public access to ICON occurs through an API Endpoint.
Running a Validator node increases diversity within the ICON network. Diversity lowers the chances of a network attack through a malicious user. Running a Validator node also increases your value to the community, because you are now opening yourself as a possible Delegate, which means that you would take on part of the responsibility of ensuring that the network operates properly.