In the blockchain ecosystem, any participant of a Proof of Stake (PoS) network can stake their tokens. This is accomplished by locking the network’s native token, which helps to support the security of the network and allows participants to earn staking rewards.
However, unstaking from a network usually comes with a predeterminded lockup period (called “unbonding perdiod“). During said period, staking participants will have their tokens locked before they can sell or transfer them. This delayed exit period serves as a cooldown during which participants will not receive any staking rewards.
In The Graph Network, Delegators stake (i.e. “delegate”) their GRT tokens to a validator (i.e. an “Indexer”) as the network allows so called “Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS)”. When a Delegator unstakes (i.e. “undelegates”) their GRT from an Indexer, The Graph Protocol induces an unbonding period for the GRT tokens a Delegator has undelegated from an Indexer: