@jocelyn asked someone to split this into a separate suggestion, so here it is.
SNOs get paid in tokens, which is good, however, the transfer fees are in ETH, so a SNO has to have at least some ETH to be able to transfer his tokens to the exchange etc, which may be a problem for new SNOs (what? I have to mine or buy Ethereum to be able to use this? Are you sure this is not a scam?).
To quote @beast from another topic
My suggestion is this - for a new Ethereum address and a new node pay the first $1 (or whatever) earned as ETH and not STORJ. I do not see how this can be abused:
- The SNO has earned the money, you are not giving it for free, just in a different currency
- If someone wants to keep creating new nodes and new addresses just to get $1 in ETH instead of STORJ, he will earn less total money for that time, because his new nodes will have to get vetted etc.
This can be done per-satellite for example. Once the $1 in ETH is sent, the address is marked and will get further earnings in STORJ, even if there are new nodes etc.