Are you up with your latest ICON terminology?

If not, it’s OK. Even we’re still adjusting, and we write about ICON for a living.

Anyway, the glossary over at the ICON homepage will help you get started.

Here are some of the major changes you’ll want to be aware of:


YES: ICON community member

Gulp. What are we supposed to call ourselves now? Not to mention iconcommunitymember makes for a really long URL.

NO: Smart Contracts On Reliable Environment (SCORE)

YES: ICON Smart Contract Framework

We liked the old term SCORE for ICON’s smart contract framework, but the new term is much more self-explanatory. This helps newcomers to the ICON ecosystem.

NO: Public Representative

YES: Delegate or Validator Node

What? No more P-Reps?

Yes, that seems to be the case. Block validators on the ICON network are now called “delegates” or “validator nodes.” “Delegate” does have a nice democratic ring to it, and “validator node” leaves little mystery as to what they do. P-Rep is still the term used on the ICON tracker, but I guess it’s only a matter of time before it’s consigned to the dustbin of history.

Likewise, we no longer use the term “representative term” to describe how long a delegate is voted to their position. The preferred term would be, presumably, delegate term.

NO: Delegated Proof of Contribution

YES: Delegated Proof of Stake

ICON’s consensus protocol is now called “Delegated Proof of Stake.” Given how said protocol works — validators stake a significant amount of currency to prove that their validations are legitimate — the name seems apt.

NO: Citizen

YES: API Endpoint

ICON’s Application Binary Interface (ABI) endpoints are now called API Endpoints. If you’re a service provider on ICON, that’s basically where your service plugs into the blockchain.

NO: Blockchain A

YES: Source Blockchain

NO: Blockchain B

YES: Destination Blockchain, Sink Blockchain or Target Blockchain

This change is in keeping with ICON’s move towards more descriptive terminology. The source blockchain is the starting location of a transaction on the blockchain, while the destination blockchain is where the transaction ends.

ICON is an ever transforming ecosystem, so I’m sure these aren’t the first changes in nomenclature we’ll see.