Bonding is a process similar to staking on a proof-of-stake (PoS) network in which a user locks a predetermined amount of the network’s underlying token or coin into a node to assist the network in maintaining consensus. Users signify to the network that they are trusted participants who accept the network’s rules and regulations by bonding. Some believe that the only difference between bonding and staking is that “staked” coins and tokens are subject to network penalties if they act maliciously, while others believe the processes are identical.