In a surprising move aimed at restoring trust and addressing a longstanding concern, the team behind MuesliSwap, the Cardano-based decentralized exchange (DEX), has decided to refund users who have fallen victim to high slippage on their platform due to a perplexing intricacy in its matchmaker mechanism.
On August 8, the MuesliSwap team acknowledged that their communication regarding the slippage feature within the protocol had been insufficient, leading to a cascade of confusion among users. Slippage, which signifies the variation in price between transaction submission and blockchain confirmation, had been causing headaches for traders on the platform for over a year.
The intricacy stemmed from the way MuesliSwap’s decentralized matchmaker was set up. Matchmakers, responsible for pairing buy and sell orders, were given the power to either return the additional slippage amount to users or retain it at their discretion when fulfilling limit orders. While this mechanism aimed to incentivize matchmakers, it led to unintended confusion for users who faced varying levels of slippage.
In a candid statement, the team acknowledged the shortfall in their service: “To make amends, we will be refunding affected users who encountered high slippage on the MuesliSwap pools in the last 12 months from our project funds.”
Concurrently, immediate action has been taken to rectify the slippage issue within the MuesliSwap order book. This proactive step not only reflects the platform’s commitment to addressing user concerns but also underscores their dedication to delivering a seamless trading experience.
The challenge of slippage is not unique to MuesliSwap; users across Cardano’s DEX landscape have been grappling with the same issue. Observers have noted that executing substantial trades on Cardano DEXs has been marred by significant slippage, eroding the value of traders’ transactions. In response, MuesliSwap has reportedly been working on a DEX aggregator designed to partition large trades and mitigate losses attributed to slippage.
MuesliSwap holds a significant place within the Cardano ecosystem, ranking as the fifth-largest protocol with a total value locked (TVL) of $17.3 million, according to DeFiLlama. However, the TVL has experienced a decline of 27% since the beginning of the month, and a more substantial 68% dip since its all-time high in April 2022.
In December, MuesliSwap introduced an “organic APR” feature, a strategic move intended to amplify token emissions in correlation with growing liquidity in pools, incentivizing users to contribute collateral.
As MuesliSwap embarks on the journey to rebuild trust and provide enhanced user experiences, their transparent approach to addressing slippage concerns and their commitment to refunding affected users could set a positive precedent for the broader decentralized exchange community, emphasizing the importance of clear communication and user-centricity in the ever-evolving world of DeFi.