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STON Token Contract

The smart contract code for the STON token. The token is ERC20 compatible and makes the full transaction history available on-chain. This feature can be leveraged to implement additional functionality (such as voting) in an external smart contract.

ERC20 Properties

The token has the following properties:

  • Token name: STON
  • Token symbold: STON
  • Decimals: 8
  • Total supply: up to 370 million (see minting)

The token supply is limited to 370 million tokens. After finishing minting, no additional tokens can be created. These parameters can be adjusted in the smart contract (contracts/StonToken.sol) – the maximum supply is defined by the constant maxSupply, the token symbol, name and decimals are specified in the constructor (line 21 to 23).

Special Roles

The smart contract has two special roles, which are used to manage its functionality. For each role, one account (address) is associated to it. The same account can be responsible for both roles, but it is not recommended.

  • Owner
  • Whitelist Manager

The owner is responsible for minting the tokens initially (see below for further information) and is able to change the whitelist manager. The whitelist manager can edit the whitelist (i.e. add and remove accounts, see below).

To change the owner, the owner can call the transferOwnership function with the address of the new owner as parameter. On success this will also emit an OwnershipTransferred event. On failure (when not called by the owner) the smart contract reverts and the transaction will fail.

To change the whitelist manager, the owner can call the changeWhitelistManager function with the address of the new whitelist manager as parameter. On success this will also emit an WhitelistManagerChange event. On failure (when not called by the owner) the smart contract reverts and the transaction will fail.

Deployment and Minting

When initially deploying the token, all the balances will be zero and no tokens will be minted immediately. The account which deploys the contract will automatically become the owner and whitelist manager of the contract.

The owner can then mint tokens to create the initial balances. The mint function is used for this, it takes two arrays as parameter, a recipients array (array of account addresses) and an amounts array (array of desired balances in the same order as recipients array). This makes it possible to reduce the amount of transactions required for minting to only a few. Technically the limit is minting tokens for 250 accounts at once, but it can not be reached for gas cost and practical reasons (Ethereum transactions with high gas cost tend to be mined a lot slower).

During minting all token transfers are disabled. When minting is finished, the owner must call the finishMinting function (no parameters). This will permanently disable the minting functionality, check if the maximum supply is respected and enable token transfers.

The recommended minting procedure is as follows:

  1. Create a temporary Ethereum account (key pair)
  2. Send some Ether to it (~0.5 ETH) to fund gas costs
  3. Deploy the StonToken contract (e.g. using Remix IDE)
  4. Mint the initial balances using a script, split the minting to around 100 accounts per transaction
  5. Verify all the balances
  6. Call finishMinting on the contract
  7. Set a new owner and whitelist manager account (e.g. use two different addresses from a hardware wallet)
  8. Transfer away the remaining Ether from the temporary account

Whitelist

The StonToken smart contract also stores a whitelist of addresses. This whitelist has no direct influence on the token transfers, however it can be queried from external for additional functionality. Its entries can be managed by the whitelist manager using the addWhitelist and removeWhitelist functions, they each take the address to modify as parameter and will emit a WhitelistEdit event (if the whitelist status of the account changed).

For bulk edits there is a modifyWhitelistMultiple function, it takes an array of accounts to change and the new whitelist status (true for whitelisted or false for not whitelisted) as parameter. It will also emit a WhitelistEdit event, however unlike the simple add and remove function, it will always emit an event. This saves on the gas cost, as the check for the current account status is quite expensive.

Voting

For voting an additional Vote smart contract has to be deployed. To provide additional metadata, this contract can be expanded and customized for each vote. An example contract (VoteExample) was implemented in contracts/VoteExample.sol along with corresponding tests in test/voteExample.js. In addition to the voting logic it only contains some metadata, such that the user can check the voting topic.

Using the Vote contract, each whitelisted address with more than 1000 STON is allowed to vote (either yes or no). Each address can only vote once and is each vote has the same weight (independent of the number of tokens). As parameters the address to the STON token contract, the vote expiration date (UNIX timesteamp, after which no additional votes will be accepted) and a block number at which the token amount is checked is required.

The behaviour of the Vote contract can of course be adjusted as needed. Since each vote is deployed individually, different votes can use different rules, like e.g. other answers than yes/no, weighting the votes by amount of tokens, no or different whitelist required, and so on.

The procedure for carrying out a vote is as follows:

  1. Copy the VoteExample.sol smart contract and adjust the metadata.
  2. Deploy the voting smart contract with the STON token address, end date and desired block number as parameter.
  3. Publish the address of the voting contract.
  4. Users should call the vote function from their wallets with the desired answer.
  5. After the vote expires, fetch and publish the result from the voting contract.

Development

The contract was developed using the Truffle Framework. To use it, install truffle from npm. The contract can be built with truffle compile. For deploying, regular Ethereum tools can be used, such as the Remix IDE from the Ethereum foundation.

Tests can be run with the truffle test command. The test suite covers both the ERC20 and custom token functionality. Currently there are just short of 100 test cases and they should all be passing.

GitHub : https://github.com/mainston-international/ston-token

For more information : http://blog.patrickgermano.com/contact/

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