Hi everyone ,
We are a team of 2 engineers wanting to launch our own stake pool. We have a relay node and producer node running on the testnet, so far so good.
I’ve seen many posts on this forum of people in the same situation as us, once we have a pool up and running, how do we test if everything is working?
In normal software development, one would test the E2E journey of a new feature or system before launching something into production. In the case of stake pools, the journey I would want to test the following:
- anyone can delegate to the pool We have managed to do that
- the pool can be successfully selected to mint block
- the pool can mint these blocks successfully
- rewards are successfully shared between both the delegators and the pool owners
As far as I can tell, the cardano testnet doesn’t make it easy to make any of these steps happen. From what I understand, we would need a fairly large amount of stake/pledge in order for the pool to be selected to mint blocks, but the faucet doesn’t allow us to do get the funds we need.
Are all pool operators launching on the mainnet hoping everything works once they go live? What’s everyone’s testing strategy, if any?