Curator Cheat Sheet.

Verifying the legitimacy of a subgraph may prove to be tricky at this stage of development. Anyone can publish a subgraph and/or fork an existing once, which is why Curators are encouraged to develop strategies that allow them to verify if a subgraph is legitimate.


Step #1.

Check if the subgraph is published by the official project team:

Follow these steps to verify whether or not a subgraph was published by the official team:

  • Assume by default the subgraph is not official, in particular if there is ‘official’ in the name
  • Check the project team’s official channels (Twitter, Discord, or ask in DM)
  • Check the address of the subgraph owner, from where it was funded, if it has an ENS name or not
  • Check if the subgraph is used by the project’s team (either check on GitHub or inspect the requests from your web browser via Inspect Element)

Step #2.

If the project is not official, there might still be some demand (risky)

Here are further steps to verify if a subgraph is legitimate

  • Check IPFS/metadata to verify the data matches with the project’s GitHub
  • Check the number of queries (if already indexed)
  • Check if the owner already rugpulled on other subgraphs, was part of the curator program, has POAP badges.

Step #3.

Check the source code

Deployments are posted in the legacy explorer using a GitHub, the mainnet publisher can’t be directly connected to the publisher on the hosted network. But you can verify that the deployment_id is the same (quick way to see “is this the same code or something different. If different, why? Does GitHub have updates or is this a total fake)” this does not help identify forks.

If they have the same deployment ID you can see “did the hosted network successfully sync this data?” Which addresses a potential risk aspect.
(That’s mainly on new deployments)

Step #4.

Evaluating if the subgraph is going to be used

Here are further steps to verify if a subgraph is legitimate

  • Does the subgraph work, is it functional? 
  • Is the deploying address reputable or is it a throw away account
  • How long has the deploying address been active with The Graph (check ERC20 Token Txns)?
  • Is there any indication that the dApp intends to use this subgraph?
  • Is there an RFP for this subgraph?
  • Does it exist in legacy, is the deploying address the same?


Especially in the early stages of Curation, analyzing a subgraph is legitimate and time-consuming. There are certain indicators but great care should be taken to avoid signaling on unofficial subgraphs designed to trick Curators.



Credit for step #1 and #2 goes to Matheos. You can get in touch with him on Discord via his ID: matheos#4212



Credit for step #4 goes to the curation specialist Derek from DataNexus. You can get in touch with him on Discord as well as The Graph’s official forum under his username DataNexus.

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