Edit 2 (Dec 2, 2021): After actually reading the IOHK paper, it appears the ranking method used by adapools.org may be an implementation of the game theory described therein. That, to us, satisfies the “why” regarding the adapools.org implementation of its ranking system. Also of note: The powers that be may (at some point in the future) adjust parameters such that multi-pools and large pools will be forced to shed delegators. If/when that happens, smaller pools (and especially bare metal single pools like us) may benefit. We can certainly continue to operate until then.
Currently, adapools.org is integrated into Yoroi. Many delegators see its rankings and simply pick from those at the top without bothering to research further. The current ranking is essentially static, so other SPOs (especially smaller ones) get little to no visibility.
I reached out to adapools.org as a single SPO and requested/suggested they simply randomly shuffle the initial SPO list. That way, all SPOs could receive fair visibility. I was told “no”. They are fine with the current arrangement and will not be changing it. We are Tier 3 supporters of adapools.org and like and utilize their offerings. They are in no way “bad”, so let me be clear they are not villains here. It’s simply a business decision to not randomly shuffle the SPO list. Perhaps they receive a benefit from those highly ranked pools? I do not know.
Anyway, adatools.io DOES randomly shuffle their SPO list. Go check it out for yourselves. So, it can be done. HOWEVER, adatools.io is not integrated into Yoroi. Adapools.org, via that direct integration, effectively has a monopoly and huge influence regarding which pools are receiving exposure to delegators - especially those important new delegators.
Perhaps there was a reason for Emurgo to go along with the scheme. I do not know. I do know there is a pressing need for the current arrangement to change or end. However, we tried and were unsuccessful as just one SPO voice.
I therefore call upon all SPOs, delegators, and others to make your voices heard. The SPO behind adapools.org is Cardanians (CRDN1), a multi-stake pool operator. Please comment below and/or contact them directly via the communication channels posted on their website:
or Emurgo’s website:
Make your voices heard. Together, perhaps we can make this decentralization effort happen.
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Tell them who you are (SPO, delegator, etc.) and what you want (Randomly shuffle the SPO list). Here is a copy/paste:
I am a SPO. I agree the SPO list within Yoroi should be randomly shuffled. Please make it happen.
I am a delegator. I agree the SPO list within Yoroi should be randomly shuffled. Please make it happen.
No action = no results