When registering a validator node, the operator must specify an “owner address.” This is the address (such as a desktop wallet address) that the operator will use to stake to their own node. Declaring this special staking account does two things:
- Any validator fees earned will be credited to this account
- Others on the network will be able to see (using the Radix Explorer website) the amount of stake delegated to the owner’s node (distinct from the stakes delegated by all others)
Once the owner address has been specified, staking for validator node-runners works the same as for any other token holder: node-runners stake to their own node from that address using the Desktop Wallet. Node-runners earn emissions exactly as any other staker, and emissions earned through the validator fee are also added to their own delegated stake.