Over the last few days I've seen a few people pop in the support channel and ask "wheres my coins!!! this pool is a scam!!".
Trust me, you are mining and getting every coin entitled to you. DOGE mining is unprofitable ever since AuxPow allowed gigantic Litecoin pools to run the DOGECOIN network. This is not the pools fault, but all DOGECOIN pools suffer from it as DOGECOIN mining is literally 10x-20x harder because of AuxPow.
If anyone has any uncertainty, please read up on what network difficulty does to miners abilities to get coins.
We've been asked a few times in the last few days regarding the difficulty or the HUGE slowdown in payouts.
We are working on our plan to implement merged mining from our Litecoin pool to support AuxPow Dogecoin mining aswell. We will keep our Dogecoin pool operational.
Dogecoin gets the network backing of Litecoin today, AuxPow.
Very excited to be the pool that solved block 300k (after it was stalled at 299999 for nearly 10 minutes!).
Fees are returned to normal now,
We've lowered Automatic and Manual payout thresholds down to 500 doge (from 1000 doge).
Miners, please enjoy a 0% fee from now and through this halvening.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE PAST 7 MONTHS!!! Heres to the next!
As Dogecoin reaches all time lows for mining profit, many dogecoin pools are closing for various reasons.. We are not.
HashFaster's very premise of operation is to give miners a place to mine! We run the pools not for profit, but to give new and old miners alike, a safe and reputable place to point their investments. We are prepared to run the pool at a $0 profit, or even a slight loss. In the event that we cannot cover our infrastructure costs, we will simple re-engineer our infrastructure accordingly, while still maintaining the same level of service miners expect from us.
Thanks for your continued support of our pool and network of pools!
We had registrations disabled for 24 hours following a frontend upgrade. They are now open once again.
My apologizes for the spam, but some people may have just gotten idle worker notifications, as we just fixed an issue that was causing idle worker notifications to not work for almost a month.
A few DDoS attacks today, weve mitigated them at our firewalls, should be better now.
We like to do random perks once in a while.. and today is one of them.
We will be updating and implementing a new GUI very soon.
The DOGE network has increased its confirmation time to 260 blocks when it hardforked to verion wallet 1.6, meaning you will normally have to wait up to 4 hours for your unconfirmed coins to become confirmed in your balances.
This is not a joke!
We will be giving out block rewards of 1000 DOGE to miners that solve the block, credited automatically, instantly.
To help support this, please upvote http://redd.it/21x4en if you can!
We've moved to a new load balancer, closer to our stratum servers, and in a better network with better protection against the never-ending attacks a popular pool attracts.
We've implemented what the Dogecoin dev thinks is a viable fix to to prevent the 1.4.x Dogecoin wallet from having the sync/fork issue we discovered yesterday. We are taking baby steps because we value our miners and their coins. We are enabling MANUAL PAYOUTS ONLY for 24 hours, to see how things proceed.
Please ensure you are running the latest Dogecoin 1.5.2 wallet (dogecoin.com) and send your coins there (not to an exchange!).
Thanks for your understanding
Basically to summarize things, your hashing is safe. Regardless what the website reports, you are hashing on the correct blockchain, 1.5.1 wallet version. Because of DOGE's dev's inability to test wallets with pools before pushing releases, we and most other pools are forced to use wallet 1.4.x for payouts. This payout wallet is having sync issues therefore is stuck on a fork. This is why payouts are being paused. Once the 1.4.x payout wallet can be fixed or safely upgraded and synced back up, payouts will remain paused.
Don't trust the block/pool stats, as they are all basing their math on the old forked blockchain. Once the payout wallets can be repaired, all the blocks that are being solved "behind the scenes" will show up and be credited.
I hope this sheds some light on things.
Apparently our wallet is too big for Dogecoin 1.5 to handle, so we were forced to revert and resync a 1.4.1 blockchain in doing so. This is why we kept the website off. We are processing the blocks which were solved behind the scenes (stratum servers use their own systems to do their mining).
We will be doing backend maintenance and will be pausing payouts/stats up to 2 hour (or as little as 15 minutes) while we do this maintenance. Mining will remain unaffected. Once maintenance is completed, we will re-enable payouts and processing of stats, etc.
Maintenance window is 12:00PM to 2:00PM EST, Today February 3rd.
UPDATE: Back to normal.. A little longer than I expected due to unforseen DOGE wallet RPC issues (thanks 1.5!!) We figured it out, however.
We are in the process of adding more, and lowering the starting VARDIFF for our existing stratum load-balanced cluster. Over the next 24 hours, we will be bouncing stratum servers (while maintaining atleast 10 in the load balance setup) to enable a starting share diff of 32 (versus 128). The maximum diff will still be 512 for our public stratum servers.
Enjoy the sub 1 hour on payouts!
Last evening, we had a payout issue which forced us to remove a block from the database, this blocks details are: Block 69599 blockhash d67524923b602203545ad70a690fcc5c8fc5ca5c6bed873523b6a159d54dc3c4 for the amount of 56273.15863604 DOGE at 1174.67270053 difficulty found by dg68lxy.
Because there is no easy way to insert this back to be paid under the normal PPLNS calculations, we are going to make it up by running zero fees for 5 hours. Based on average luck, this should make up for the payout you would have received from that 56k DOGE block. The root cause was identified and repaired.
We will be running 0% Fees from 3:00PM EST to 8:00PM EST TODAY (1/24/14) to make up for this glitch.
Thank you for your understanding regarding this matter,
Someone loves us ALOT. We've had our stratum servers attacked a few times today - we are working on a method to mitigate.
We are continually optimizing the site, so load times are better, etc. Sorry if you notice breif interruptions.
We are going to implementing 2FA (two-factor authentication) that will force users to use e-mail verification when changing passwords, pins, and payout addresses. We are looking to enable this in 7 days (next Monday 1/27/14).
While this adds another step in changing these options, its also increases security GREATLY. This essential would prevent someone that knows your pin/password from altering your account. We will post a news update to remind everyone this coming weekend.
We've made some adjustments. Website should respond quick again.
They are experiencing in some cases 24 hours of delay. Always withdrawl to your own local wallet first!
You may notice things are a bit snappier now, we've added more horsepower to support pool growth!
SSL certificate installed and load balanced. Please use this as we will be forcing (rewrite rules) SSL in the very near future. Update your bookmarks for https://doge.hashfaster.com
We will be putting up an optional SSL enabled path to the site in the next day or two. In hopes that after a week of overlap we will shutdown non-ssl entirely. FYI!!
We had a nagging issue (that was more of an annoying issue , than anything else) where some "slower" miners would get stratum disconnects every minute or every few minutes.
After much troubleshooting we've determined this was due to a load balancer client timeout of 50000ms (50 seconds). This means if your miner didnt submit a share within 50 seconds, your load balanced session was nixed. We have since repaired this, increasting the timeout to much larger value and the problem is now resolved.
Thanks for the support, we've lowered the fee to 1%! Please consider donating!
Keep on piling them in, much digging, such blocks, much wow.
Sorry about that, theres your blocks!
2% FEE, PPLNS PAYOUTS STRATUM ONLY VARDIFF 32-512 diff shares
We will be lowering fee to 1% once we hit 1000mh.