Would like to announce the official first day of the Deadly Silence Peercoin Mining Pool. We went live just a few hours ago, we’re already up to 1.4 Th/s on the pool and growing.
Details/background - https://www.deadly-silence.org/ - this is where you can find us. We have two stratum servers, one located in Europe (eur.deadly-silence.org:3338) and the second in the United States (usa.deadly-silence.org:3338), we’re one of the first to offer a Peercoin server in the US. We’re starting out with a PPLNS payout system (1% pool fee) which we feel is the most fair for both miners and the pool, and dissuades pool-hopping. Vardiff is enabled, SSL, and 120 confirmations before round earnings are paid out - we felt 520 confirmations were a bit too steep. 120 is a solid number without being so low as to invite issues should a particular block become orphaned.
We have community chat and forums already setup and running - chat room at http://www.hardfought.org/phpBB3/chat/ and a digital currency forum at http://www.hardfought.org/phpBB3/viewforum.php?f=25. We decided to keep chat and forums separate from the mining pools - if a pool has to be reset or come down for maintenance, the community chat and interface is still functional.
ArcticWolfie and K2 (me) are the server owners and operators. We both started out mining and decided we could run our own pool with a strong focus on community building and support, which we have found is lacking from the majority of pools that exist today. We’re always in the chat room, Wolfie is in Europe, I live in the states, so there’s always a good chance of catching at least one of us at any given time. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can’t find us online. I am also permanently parked in the #peercoin IRC channel @ freenode.
To help kick things off, we’re putting up a 10 PPC bonus for the person who finds the first block on our pool (staff excluded).
To wrap up - we’re new to the pool operation side of things. We’ve been working on this for the better part of a month, working out our game plan, running test pools with alt coins and hashing out the bugs, and so on. Are there still bugs to work out? Probably so. But we’re there to fix them as they occur and as quickly as we can with as minimal an impact on our users as possible. So give us a shot, join us in chat and jump in on the conversations there (they are lively, hah). If you have any questions, please feel free to field them here. Hope to see you there!