The Graph Network uses a bonding curve to coordinate the work of curators to achieve the shared goal of indexing the contents of quality subgraphs. Curators are incentivized in an economic game to identify high-quality subgraphs with attractive earning potentials and try signal on these subgraphs early on.
To accomplish the goal of incentivizing Curators towards the shared goal, The Graph uses a Bancor bonding curve for curation. Instead of issuing tokens, the bonding curve of The Graph Network issues curation shares. As a curator, you can buy (i.e. “mint”) or sell (i.e. “burn”) the curation shares of a particular subgraph in order to signal on it or unsignal it.
The curation shares of The Graph Network are managed by bonding curve contracts. These smart contracts continuously calculate the price of the curation shares depending on the share supply.