Beginner's Guide to JADEX
This is a simple beginner's guide to the Proof of Weak Hands JADEX Exchange. Read below to learn about how to get started and why you might want to participate!
What is JADEX?
JADEX is a unique cryptocurrency exchange which allows you to trade Ethereum for JADEX tokens. JADEX tokens are tokens with a clever twist: Every JADEX holder receives direct earnings in Ethereum every time that anyone else buys, sells or transfers the token based on the amounts of tokens (in % out of total amount minted) held.
This means that as soon as you hold JDX tokens, you are continuously accumulating "free" Ethereum distributed to you on every transaction based on the amount of JDX tokens you hold on the exchange! This exchange and token is made better by the fact that the entire system is powered by an open-source Ethereum smart contract ensuring transparency, security and trust.
Can I trust this project?
All we ask is that you keep a skeptical but open-mind and do your own research! You probably have a lot of questions. Start here for answers to common concerns. The best part of this exchange is you don't have to trust anyone except the Ethereum network itself to participate!
Still curious to understand if the smart contract is legit? Check out this in-depth code review by @RockHardMeat for a detailed analysis of the JADEX smart contract.
To use JADEX, you'll need to follow a few simple steps:
- 1. Purchase Ethereum from Gemini
- 2. Setup Metamask in Chrome
- 3. Exchange Ethereum for JADEX
- 4. Add Tokens to Metamask
Check out this easy setup youtube video for a video version of the steps below! Details for each step are also outlined below.
Are you on mobile? Check the JADEX Mobile Getting Started to get started!
First, you need to use an exchange to purchase Ethereum:
- 1. Go to Gemini or Coinbase, signup for an account. (Coinbase vs Gemini?).
- 2. setup a funding source such as your bank account. (Don't worry both of these exchanges are very well-known and secure).
- 3. Purchase Ethereum (ETH) by exchanging your local fiat (i.e USD) for Ethereum.
- 4. Purchasing ETH may take a few days for the first purchase, so now you may need to wait.
Setup Metamask in Chrome
Once the Ethereum has been successfully purchased on the primary exchange, you'll need to install metamask to interact with the exchange:
- 1. In a new tab, make sure you are using the Chrome browser and then install metamask which enables you to use Ethereum web apps such as JADEX. Watch the setup video here.
- 2. Create your metamask account and then store your 12 seed words.
- 3. Open up the metamask extension and click the "..." and select "Copy address to clipboard".
- 4. Go back to Coinbase or Gemini exchange and find the "Send" or "Transfer" function for your wallet.
- 5. Transfer the amount of Ethereum you want to spend to metamask by entering in your address as copied from metamask in step 3.
- 6. Wait for the Ethereum to land in your Metamask wallet ballance.
Once you see the Ethereum in your Metamask wallet, move onto the next section below!
Exchange Ethereum for JADEX Tokens
You visit the official JADEX exchange and receive JADEX tokens by exchanging Ethereum for them based on the exchange rate shown in the top right corner near the shopping cart (i.e 0.01 ETH/JDX).
You purchase tokens by entering an amount of Ethereum into the textbox and hitting "Purchase". When you hit purchase, a Metamask dialog will come up as shown below:
Review the dialog, be sure to set Gas Price (GWEI) to 2 or more and then hit "Submit". Be wary because setting GWEI too low will cause the transaction to take a very long time to complete.
Once you receive JDX tokens, they are automatically stored for you on the smart contract by the official exchange. Check the content below to understand more about how this exchange works and why you want to own these tokens.
Add Tokens to Metamask
Now, in order to be able to view your JDX tokens in Metamask, follow these steps:
- 1. Open the Metamask window
- 2. Click the "TOKENS" tab
- 3. Click "Add Token"
- 4. Enter "0xB3775fB83F7D12A36E0475aBdD1FCA35c091efBe" as the Token Contract Address
- 5. This should autoload the "JDX" for Token Symbol and "18" for Decimals of Precision. If it doesn't, enter those in manually.
- 6. Click "Add"
Now your tokens should show up in Metamask!
Additional Exchange Functionality
After you've bought your initial JDX tokens, you can take the following additional actions on the main exchange:
- Check your account holdings to see your tokens and your earnings.
- Buy more tokens or re-invest earnings
- Sell your tokens or withdraw earnings
- Transfer your tokens to another wallet
- Check the details of your masternode
- Review global statistics of the exchange
Read below to understand more about this unique exchange and why you would want to participate.
JADEX on Mobile
You can also setup JADEX exchange from your mobile phone too! If you want to create a new wallet without metamask, go to the mobile guide here. If you want to import your existing Metamask wallet to TrustWallet, then follow these steps:
- Install TrustWallet on iOS or on Android
- Launch the TrustWallet app and select "Already Have a Wallet"
- Select the "Mnemonic" tab (or use your "Private Key")
- Enter the 12 seed words you've stored from Metamask (or your private key)
- Visit our mobile interface for easy access to the exchange!
We recommend you bookmark the mobile interface within TrustWallet for easy access.
Understanding this Exchange
The core functionality of this exchange is entirely powered only by a deployed open-source Ethereum smart contract. Smart contracts are immutable and this means there is no one who has access to these funds but this autonomous program. You can see the full source code for the contract managing this exchange at any time. You can watch this in-depth contract code review by
@RockHardMeat for a detailed analysis.
This JADEX exchange is unlike any other you've seen and certain aspects may surprise you at first. This section tries to lay out the important things to understand:
- Smart contracts require a transaction to be sent for every action taken. This means that every action you take on the exchange requires a transaction to be sent through by the user on the Ethereum network. All actions including "Reinvest", "Withdraw", "Sell", "Transfer", etc require a "0" ETH transaction to be sent (with GAS which costs Ether, make sure you account for this!). This is why you see so many "0" ether transactions here.
- The JADEX smart contract manages all the funds for this exchange. However, accessing secure smart contract data can be a bit slow at times under high load which is why the main exchange front-end site often may feel sluggish. You can always use backup sites to perform all the same functionality. You can also interact directly with the contract.
- When you are buying or selling on the exchange, you are buying or selling directly from the JADEX smart contract, not other users. The JADEX smart contract is solely responsible for issuing tokens and increasing supply as well as burning tokens and reducing supply. This happens automatically on all buys and sells to the exchange. In addition, the smart contract is solely responsible for determining the value of the JDX token as well.
@mantso (project lead) explained concisely:
The nice thing about this system is that it inherently doesn't depend on anyone's emotions or input. It is only fueled by it. Emotions fuel the system, but no matter how much fuel, you can always get ETH back for your tokens. In that sense, you are always guaranteed ETH. No waiting for buy or sell orders. No true bag holders. You can sell at any moment.
If you have any other questions about the exchange or smart contract, jump into the official JADEX discord chat and use the
Why would I want to participate in this and purchase JDX tokens?
This is a unique exchange that works differently from any other you've ever visited. You'll want to participate in this because:
- Ethereum Earnings! Holding onto JDX tokens means you are continuously being distributed "free" Ethereum every single time any other user of the exchange buys, sells or transfers JDX tokens. Many holders often report earnings between 0.05%-2% of their holdings on a daily basis, though this fluctuates heavily based on transaction volume.
- Fair. There was no pre-mine for JDX. Developers and contributors purchased small amounts (1ETH each) with no additional pre-mine of coins. The distribution of tokens is incredibly even. Everyone had the same chance to buy-in and everyone gets earnings only according to their JDX holdings. There is no developer fee.
- Fraud-proof. The Ethereum you enter into the system isn't being held by any person or group. The Ethereum in the exchange is handled only by a production open-source Ethereum smart contract. Contracts are immutable and this means there is no owner who could decide they wanted to keep the Ethereum for themselves (i.e exit scam is an impossibility).
- Transparent. You can see the full source code for the contract managing this exchange. The rules of the exchange are clearly posted and no promises are being made. There is a clear culture of honesty and transparency amongst the community and above all by the admins and developers.
- Decentralized. The entire exchange backend is powered by the smart contract which lives on the Ethereum blockchain and is "owned" by no one. If the site goes down, the contract can always be accessed by alternate front-ends. The contract simply operates according to rules that are fair and can't be changed.
- Active. There is already a large community around this project. Many users in a supportive community. Join the discord chat and use the
#helpdeskif you have questions or just come in to say hello. Many people are committed to the success of this project and to helping newcomers.
This exchange is being developed by a distributed collection of admins and software engineers with a wide range of apps and services available for this ecosystem (charts, store, alternate UIs). You can be sure that this is just the beginning and there is a lot in store for JADEX!
How does this work?
The rules of this coin are simple yet also brilliant. Quick summary:
- Buy Tokens. Buy JDX tokens, and 10% of your transaction is used to pay earnings to other users.
- Accumulate Earnings. Accumulate Ethereum earnings as other users buy, sell, or transfer JDX.
- Reinvest or Withdraw. Reinvest or withdraw your Ethereum earnings as they accumulate.
- Sell Tokens or Don't! Sell your tokens at any time to receive Ethereum back from the exchange.
- Share your Masternode. If you buy enough tokens for a masternode, share your masternode link to get bonus earnings!
- Have Fun! Have fun watching as your earnings and coin value fluctuate over time!
Longer, more detailed summary to outline the mechanics:
- As soon as you exchange the JDX tokens for your Ethereum, there is a 10% exchange tax incurred. This means if you exchange 10ETH into JDX the exchange will provide you 9ETH worth of tokens due to that tax.
- Unlike a normal exchange, that 10% exchange tax is then completely distributed to all other token holders that have used this exchange. The distribution of earnings is divided fairly based on the number of JDX tokens each user holds. The site owners directly keep none of that tax, this all goes to other users.
- Now that you hold JDX tokens, every single time a new person uses the exchange to receive JDX tokens, you also get paid your share of the 10% exchange tax on their transaction. The amount you receive is based directly on the number of JDX tokens you hold. Keep in mind though that all earnings are paid directly in ETH. In this way, you collect new earnings in real-time on every buy.
- Even better, you also collect earnings from other types of transactions such as other users selling or users transferring tokens. Yes, this means you are getting paid earnings directly in Ethereum every time a user buys, sells, or transfers tokens!
- As your personal earnings accumulate, you can check the site anytime to see how many earnings you've earned and then choose to either "withdraw" or "reinvest" your earnings. If you withdraw, you get the Ethereum earnings sent directly to your metamask wallet. If you reinvest, the Ethereum earnings are used to purchase yourself additional JDX tokens.
- Every time a new user purchases a token, the value of each token increases very slightly (+10 gwei). This means that as people buy into the exchange, your JDX tokens are worth more and more Ethereum. However, as people sell their tokens, the value of each token you hold goes down (-10 gwei).
- Continue accumulating JDX tokens by reinvesting (and/or withdrawing "free" Ethereum from your earnings).
- If you bought enough tokens for a masternode, share your masternode link to get bonus earnings. For every buy directly purchased from your masternode, you get an extra 3% of the buy-in price. For example, if a friend buys 10ETH from your masternode, you make 0.3ETH in earnings right away!
- You can sell tokens at any time directly back to the exchange, and the exchange will provide you back Ethereum based on the current sell exchange price.
- Have fun watching as your earnings and coin value fluctuate over time!
That's all you really need to know!
Is this a scam or a fraud?
An understandable question given there are a lot of scams in Cryptocurrency. You are probably familiar with scam-like operations like Davor and Bitconnect. The important thing to remember is that:
- Scamcoins generally have big pre-mines where developers take a huge amount of coin for themselves. JDX has no pre-mine.
- Scamcoins generally involve shady anonymous site owners holding your money while you "earn". These owners could take your money and exit scam you at anytime. JDX has no one controlling your money, the exchange is entirely operated by an Ethereum open-source smart contract which cannot be changed! Owners cannot take Ethereum you put into the contract, even if they wanted to.
- Scamcoins usually make false promises about guaranteed returns or other claims of ROI which cannot be sustained. JDX makes literally no promises and is completely open and transparent about the mechanics of the system.
In short, this is not a scam. This is a unique exchange powered by smart contract which taxes all transactions (buy, sell, transfer) in order to pay out earnings to all token holders! The developers keep no extra fee beyond the tokens they hold.
Alright, but what are the risks?
Nothing is guaranteed, and doubly so in cryptocurrency. Everything you do in this space requires careful attention and healthy skepticism. In the case of JDX, here are the major risks when participating:
- Hacks. If an enterprising black-hat hacker were to discover a security exploit in the smart contract code or in the Ethereum virtual machine, they could conceivably steal all of the Ethereum in the contract. Multiple independent Solidity developers have audited and closely reviewed the contract, so the likelihood of a hack is small but not zero.
- Stagnation. The lifeblood of JDX is volume and volatility. If the transaction volume slows down or stops (i.e no one is buying, selling, or trading) then this project will generate fewer and fewer earnings. Depending on when you got in, had you not broken even by that point the earnings stop flowing, you would be at a loss. No one knows when transaction activity will dry up, but it's unlikely to happen in the short-term. Unlikely but not impossible.
- Panic Selling. The value of each JDX token is determined entirely by the buy and sell activity. Every token purchase increases the price and every sell decreases the price by a marginal amount. However, if there was mass hysteria and every single person sold, the value of the JDX tokens would be significantly reduced which would mean your token holdings would be worth very little Ethereum. If there was a massive panic sell, you would of course receive earnings on every sell proportional to your holdings. You would then also receive earnings on every buy as people began buying in again. Would this be so bad?
Those are the three major risks for participating. Make your own decisions on if you think it's worth trying!
Am I initially losing money when I exchange my Ethereum for JDX?
The mechanics of the exchange is that since both buys and sells are taxed at 10%, that you are effectively agreeing to a ~20% tax of your Ethereum when entering into the JDX exchange. On purchase, note that you have only had a 10% tax applied. However, the full 19% tax is reflected in the your "Holdings" amount to be as transparent as possible about the actual value of your tokens if sold. Keep in mind that this sell tax isn't actually applied until the time of the token sale.
For example, if you purchase 10ETH worth of JDX, 10% of that will be taken in the earnings transaction fee then distributed to other users. If you were to then immediately sell back your tokens for Ethereum, an additional 10% sell fee is incurred and distributed to all users. This means that if you bought in 10ETH and then immediately sold, you would receive back 8ETH.
However, from the moment you own JDX tokens, you begin earning Ethereum earnings for every other user that is buying, selling, or trading. These earnings are provided by that tax, and the earnings you receive on every transaction will mean that, assuming sufficient transaction volume, you will likely break even within a few days to a week of holding the tokens. From that point on, all earnings are profit which you can choose to withdraw or reinvest for even more tokens! Note that there are no promises you will profit or break even. If you purchased tokens, and then literally no one else ever bought, sold or transferred into perpetuity, then you would accumulate no earnings and would have lost 20% of your investment.
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