- Q: When will I get paid?
- A: PPLNS is a way of determining how many cryptocoins you get for your shares completed. Pay Per Last N Shares is what PPLNS stands for. This method of calculating payouts includes a “luck” factor. This pool uses the following payout system. PPLNS
- Q: What is a orphan block?
- A: Detached or Orphaned blocks are valid blocks which are not part of the main chain. They can occur naturally when two miners produce blocks at similar times or they can be caused by an attacker (with enough hashing power) attempting to reverse transactions.
- Q: What is estimated payout?
- A: Estimated payout is your estimated payout if a block is found at that time. This is an estimate according to your amount of shares submitted for the round(s).
- Q: What is a share?
- A: Finding blocks is not an easy task. Since it would take a really long time on some coins, finding a block is broken down into shares. Depending on the server side setting, each share can be a certain difficulty. The more difficult each share is to find by miners, the fewer total shares are required to eventually find a block.
On the server side, each share is checked against the coin daemon (a server side wallet with more features) if it is indeed a valid block solution. Every share computed has the potential to be a block solution. I will not go into details why this is, but rest assured that share estimates for blocks can sometimes be exceeded. In the long run though, shorter round with less shares than required will make up for those taking very long.
- Keep in mind: shares are not blocks! Shares are part of a block and will count towards the block payout!
- At times, you will see shares being rejected by the pool. This can happen if you try to send an outdated share right after a block was found. Stratum, a protocol used by a miner to request work from a server, is used for share submission and getting new work. It is very solid when it comes to avoiding rejects but they can still happen once in a while.
- If you are seeing reject all the time, then something isn’t working right on your end. You may also notice that your hashrate on the pool website is not increasing while your invalid share count keeps climbing up. In that case turn off your miner and check your settings!
- Q: What is VARDIFF and what does it mean?
- A: Many users have inquired about what VARDIFF means. VARDIFF stands for Variable Difficulty. Simply put the pool monitors the power of your mining rig and adjusts the difficulty of work sent to it to optimize the work done. Currently the pool is set to variable difficulty on different ports. This means that if you have a slower rig, you will most likely always get 128 difficulty shares, but if you have a faster rig (7950 or even 3x 7950 for example) you are likely to see higher difficulties, all the way up. This reduces the times your client needs to get new work from the server reducing load and reducing the time it takes to get more work. This is also good for the pool as it reduces the amount of requests being done to the pool.
- Q: My Difficulty jumps around, is this normal?
- A: Yes, it is completely normal. The mining server monitors the work you are sending to the pool and if it feels you are sending work too fast or too slow it will “Re-target” your difficulty to best server your client at that time. This process is continual.
- Q: My share count has gone way up or down! Will I get paid less/more?
- A: No! Every single share submitted is recorded on our system with the difficulty of that share. That share is then weighted for the difficulty done. When a block is found and the system pays out for that block, your shares are paid based on the difficulty of each one.
- Q: I still have questions About Us!
A: No problem! Come on our IRC Site bitcoin chat using this link or use the community menu bar, our staff and users will be happy to answer your additional questions!
Sincerely – myBTCcoin Admins