The stats from the Incentivised Testnet (ITN) provided clear metrics on the level of interest in Pool Operations by existing ADA holders who were part of the snapshot taken before start of the ITN. From then until today, it has been observed that interest has steadily grown as the success of the ITN became obvious and the rewards proved attractive enough to encourage new Operators.
However, we do not have any metrics on the growing level of interest for:
Those who had ADA prior to the snapshot, but for whatever reason missed out on the snapshot and who at various times expressed interest in being involved, both in Reddit and this Forum.
Those who are new to the Cardano ecosystem, who have become keenly interested following the positive and consistent successes of the Cardano Roadmap development as the word spreads.
Question: Can the Cardano Foundation or someone with knowledge provide current to-date metrics on the number of registered expressions of interest in Pool Operations for those who can only join after Shelley Mainnet?
As a keen supporter of the Cardano project, I believe these stats will help us have a realistic understanding of the rate of adoption and expressions of interest by the technical community who are critical in supporting the growth of the Cardano ecosystem.
Hopefully, there will be even more Operators waiting to join, in addition to those being moved from ITN to HTN.