I’m a new SPO with over 25 years exp in server devops/security and software development, 30 years as an entrepreneur and IM, and 6 years of expertise in blockchain including minor blockchain development, day trading, etc.
I have an idea that perhaps has been floated before I would guess, for small SPOs, meaning people like me with much less than 1MM ADA (I only have about 10K) who would like to operate a pool without the struggle. So my idea is that we form a pool of pools so to speak, wherein we group together to form X number of actual pools with individual tickers and work as a community coop, putting our individual skills to work and pooling our resources as such, including of course our available delegation funds.
The idea is as follows:
- Begin with 1 pool, the person with the longest running history would make sense
- Keep that pools name and ticker / OR create a new one called “COOP” to help attract other interested coop participants and grow the coop.
- The rest of us retire our pools and delegate to the 1, however those of us who can redistribute our hardware to become additional nodes for the 1 (this way we can continue to contribute to decentralization AND we don’t need to trust the technical owner of the BP with our ADA as multi-owner, we only trust them on payouts to the coop)
- When our 1 coop pool reaches an internally-decided-upon saturation (pre-actual saturation) - we stand up a new pool and redistribute our relays or create new ones, we redistribute our delegations as we see fit for this.
- We hold virtual meetings to discuss ownership and roles, governance of the coop, etc
- All coop owners receive equal shares of rewards from fees, after hardware “hard costs” are distributed amongst all those providing for the infrastructure.
I’d love to hear thoughts on this and if enough of us little guys and gals come together I can see it being a really great community organization and rewarding to us all beyond what perhaps our individual pools could otherwise achieve.
Open to DMs but prefer transparent conversation here to begin and see if the idea has legs.