Gorilla’s In The Mist
Running a pool has never been an easy task, and has become even harder now that it has become very difficult if not impossible to track performance.
Shelley Explorer has become totally worthless, since it is no longer possible to verify if produced blocks were added to the chain. That is, unless you’re interested in yesterday’s blocks of course.
But also Adapools (which seems to pull its results from Shelley Explorer) is not longer showing actual produced blocks. Pooltool still is operational, but not always reliably counting blocks; sometimes too many, sometimes skipping one or two.
So, as a block producer it feels like trying to find your way through heavy fog, with the risk of bumping into other pool operators for a competitive slot clash. pooltool.io/competitive was a great place to double check if sometimes blocks were lost to another pool (for redundant block assignments scheduled at the same time, which happens for approximately 10% of all blocks). But also that information source is now lost, after someone decided to attack it by feeding it with wrong data…
Solid performance in epoch 41, but too many blocks lost halfway through epoch 42, which unfortunately will negatively impact rewards for this epoch. It is not really possible to explain what caused this drop, other than that within the current testnet environment you never can rely on your node doing a decent job if not babysitting it 24/7…
Let’s wait and see at the end of the epoch, but I expect most other pools have been suffering in similar ways.
There is also good news, as 4ADA is no longer in oversaturated territory, clearing the path for increased rewards in epoch 43!
4ADA2 is doing quite well, with very good ROI results, capturing virtually all blocks assigned. Which is quite an achievement, since keeping a smaller pool alive is so much harder, since just one missed block has a much bigger impact.
Live stake for 4ADA2 has increased during epoch 42 so we expect more blocks to come our way!
Testnet, or the tale of a blind cripple?
To be honest, the Testnet is not in good shape in my opinion. Without rediculous efforts from pool operators; running many nodes simultaneously, inventing sophisticated scripting, or outright babysitting their pools 24/7, the Shelley-net would come to a screeching halt in no time. The Shelley explorer is dead since several days, and also Daedalus wallet is very difficult to use for delegators (for me no problem since I synchronize Daedalus with our own pools).
Because of these problems, there is no healthy relationship between the effort made by all pool operators and their rewards. Most pool operators keep doing it just to help the project go forward and to not let down their delegators, hoping to build a good reputation and some awareness for their pools, once mainnet goes live.
On the other hand, should IOHK be capable to launch an updated version of the jormungandr software which reliably converts slots into blocks, allowing pool operators to focus on their marketing and optimizing their infrastructure, my opinion could change very quickly as well.
As always, happy staking!
Thank you for all your hardwork. It is nice to see 4ADA back under .8% I haven’t been able to log into my testnet wallet for a day now. It’s a bit frustrating but I understand its in the testing stage too. Please keep on keeping on!
Update. I did delete and re download the wallet link and it fired right up.
Good! If you’re in trouble again I can provide you with a trusted peer for you to insert into the Daedalus config, so you can sync directly with my nodes.
It does seem to be synching better. Nice to see we are under .6% as of adapool tonight. I would like to synch directly if that’s possible. Please let me know.
hi Support team, I am staking on the 4ADA pool with Yoroi since 18th JAN – can you please explain me why I did not receive ANY rewards for so many Epochs from your pool since then?
Hi Petrík, thanks for reaching out. We are currently operating two pools: 4ADA-1% and 4ADA2. Most likely you delegated to 4ADA-0% which has been offline since the start of the testnet. To verify, check the pool-ID in your wallet and compare this to our pool-ID’s on our homepage.
Unfortunately, offline pools cannot be hidden or deleted in the testnet as of yet. The wallets show almost a thousand pools, but less than half are actually producing blocks.
Therefore, always check a pool’s website before delegating. Also it is recommended to compare pool performances on pooltool.io or adapools.org. We have tried to inform everybody about the offline status of our 4ADA-0% pool ever since the testnet went live, both on our website as well as on Twitter and on Telegram.Whenever you delegate to a pool, you should start to receive rewards within 3 days. If it takes longer, something is not in order.
Thanks, Jos, I switched to ADA+1% now – let´s test it 🙂