EIP-4972: Name Owned Account

eip: 4972
title: Name Owned Account
description: Name Owned Account for Social Identity
author: Qi Zhou (@qizhou)
discussions-to: EIP-4972: Name Owned Account
status: Draft
type: Standards Track
category: ERC
created: 2022-04-04
requires: 20, 721


This ERC proposes a new type of account - name-owned account (NOA) that is controlled by the owner of the name besides existing externally-owned account (EOA) and contract account (CA). With the new account type, users will be able to transfer/receive tokens using the name-derived address directly instead of the address of the name owner. A NOA can be as a social identity with all states on-chain even under 3rd-party or self custody. It also simplifies porting the social identity from one custody to another.


Can you update the code link? The link is not working.

Just updated accordingly.

Does this conflict with ENS ?

No, it doesn’t conflict with ENS. The idea is actually inspired by ENS. ENS can serve as the name service to prove the name ownership.

Should this standard also include an ERC-165 implementation?

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Yes, will update accordingly.

I have one quick question: who pays for the gas to update the operators of an NOA?

Thanks for the question. Who pays for the gas depends on the application scenario. One scenario is when a user wants to transfer all the assets from the platform-custodian operator to the self-custodian operator by sending an operator-transfer-request on the platform. As a result, the platform will change the operator upon the user’s request and pay the gas fee to update the operator. (Note that the platform may charge the user’s gas fee as CEX does)

Another scenario is when the NOA is self-custodied and the user wants to sell the assets to a platform. by batch-transferring the assets owned by the NOA to the platform’s operator. This can be done by sending a tx of changing operator at the cost of the user.

Hope this could explain your question. Please let us know if you have further questions!