Welcome to HashFaster's Dogecoin Pool. Enjoy your stay!
We've ran for ~110 hours of no fees, thank you for letting us do this. We're back to our normal fee.
In effort to repay the ~4 hours of unaccounted blocks we experienced Feb 27th, we will be running atleast 100 hours of ZERO fees for all miners. Some miners have said "its only 4 hours, forget about it", but we can't ignore that, we want to make sure something is done, and this is the best way to accomplish it.
We will be performing front end maintenance to address the issues we saw yesterday, as well as other minor improvements to make things run more efficiently. Please ignore any odd errors (RPC, hashrate calcs, etc) today. I will update this news when finished.
We hit a bug in the payout/addblock of MPOS (the front end most pools use). This bug allows for block(s) that are found to fail to insert into the block database (and hence not be paid out to miners.) over an estimated 4 hour span of time. That being said, there are a few blocks which fell into this bug this afternoon while we had a little higher-than-normal load on our databases. We've increased database timeouts associated with this bug, preventing it from occurring and are making patches to make the "find the block" process HALT if said issue occurs again.
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
More information will be provided as it becomes available on our progress.
Thanks for your understanding and paitence.
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!
NOTICE: The pool now requires the use of your EMAIL address to login, USERNAME is no longer supported. In addition to this, we've also implemented Email notifications upon successful login. This is to ensure all users are aware when a login is made, for security measures. If you notice a login notification and you did NOT login, please login immediately and change your password and PIN as this might mean someone has access to your email address and password.
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.