Thanks you @Cardano-Foundation for the video and update. The take away from the video is that there is not a in stone set staking methodology, but rather a constant evolving one that adjusts to the environment. Two important points Stake pools need to have, besides the requirements that are mentioned in the opening posts are:
- Stake pools that are operating just one pool [SPACE ]
- Stake pools that have a social good purpose [SPACE ]
1. One Fair Pool
Our pool Staker Space would like to get some support from the CF or IOG. When the SPs could register after the hard-fork. Staker Space registered pretty early on and it was gathering fair share of good delegations, there was a delay in proposing blocks by the community that was proposed by IOG as they wanted a more fair start, that made SPACE lose the advantage it had. I didn’t mind at the time as I thought that delegators would come by again, as they would recognize fair > unfair.
As time progressed the pool has now an active stake of ~950K ADA. I haven’t tried any tricks such as opening more pools, or playing around with commission (lowing and raising) I have been operating a fairly spread-out operation with 4 relays, but somehow the community doesn’t give anything about this. I hope the CF will value this steady operations by SPO’s that is good for the network.
Also what worries me is that another stakepool operator has a similar ticker name and I hope this doesn’t exclude my pool (SPACE) to be eligible for foundation delegation. I trust the CF can make the distinction between pools that have similar ticker names, but not the same SPO’s or maybe not yet. See the example image below when searching on pooltool.io for “space”
2. Social Good Part
I have been working on plan called Fair Squares, initially to be developed on substrate as a PoC. Apart from the framework that it will be used on,I will dedicate my time to create social coordination tools where people can organize themselves from the bottom-up that will have a social impact. Planning to create a dedicated page and promote it better the coming time as I will work independently on this and will dedicate my fulleat time, where I will rely on my pool together with other PoS protocols operations as my main income. You can find in the EU report on housing how it needs a structural change.
Summary Fair Squares
Fair Squares(FS) is focused on creating a fair housing market for investors and renters. Houses can be owned and rented out within rules and regulations, by consumers and SMEs. The fairness of the protocol is where the platform won’t allow more return than is set by it’s governance processes. The governors are it’s users and the council that is elected. This allows the investors still to get a decent return on their investment in a safe asset class and renters to get affordable housing.The novelty lies in it being an open system where communities can own houses and newcomers can easily enter the market, where rental properties are affordable and the entire process is transparent and fair.
3. Spreading the word
One of the best meet-ups in the Netherlands when we still could come together was co-organized by me, @Andy_Hendrikx, @Bullish and @tom.kelly. I forged the program, I had experience in organizing ETH-dev meetups and also organized Polkadot meetups all at the same place.
The only speaker at the time the CF could provide was David Bernardo, which would be a very thin meet-up as there were not many community initiatives at the time. I scraped the IOHK website to find someone and found Edsko de Vries who lived closeby to join and had an interesting topic. After that Manuel Chakravarty had a short talk and Philip Wadler hijacked the meetup after that. This was on of my greatest meetups and I co-organized and I did this so people would be informed and educated on what is to come. The Meetups were free, there was food and drinks that were provided by the company I work for. It was a full meetup 110+ persons were in the room.
But then when it’s time to be recognized for these efforts for spreading the word, nobody ties this to the pool SPACE. I hope by writing all this I have successfully reintroduced myself and my pool