The Haskell Testnest has been running for a few days now, I know how keen the community is to hear feedback from the pool operators involved in this intial phase.
The reason behind the Friends and Family stage of the Haskell testnet was explained in this article by Casey Monroe.
I have been directly monitoring participation, it is clear that IOHK are working around the clock to support the operators setting up their stake pools and solving any issues found; there are even IOHK employees who have created a telegram account just to join the F&F channel to help support.
When ready, the operators have agreed to help a minimum of two more operators set up their pools. This will continue until all Incentivised Test Network (ITN) operators are running their stake pools on the Haskell Testnet; then it’s deciding a date for the ITN snapshot, for ada holders to balance check their rewards prior to the release of Shelley Mainnet. - ada holders Click here for information around moving from testnet to mainnet.
To help satisfy early eagerness and anticipation, I asked the following question
“Would someone mind writing a short ‘experience feedback’ I can forward onto the community. What’s your first impression of the Haskell Testnet, especially compared to the Jormungander ITN”
Here are a few of the operators answering that question for the community (Any other operators involved in this early stage are also welcome to comment):