When NEAR is staked, it’s actually being delegated to a validator. In our case, StakeSeeker facilitates the role of the validator. Similar to staking tokens on any other protocol, staking NEAR comes with certain risks. If any downtime is experienced, or if a validator misses another part of the necessary requirements, then a percentage of the staked NEAR can be lost as a penalty (known as “slashing”). StakeSeeker monitors its nodes 24/7 and has an excellent track record that minimizes these risks.