Let's start with the bad news first. Due to unfortunate incident described in this report we missed the only predicted block for epoch 270. We deeply regret this mistake and we made steps to ensure that this will never happen again in the future. This was a first block that we missed since we launched our pool and we believe it was also the last missed block.
Now for the good news: next epoch we are predicted with 5 blocks. We also decided to raise the pledge to 16k to display our long-term commitment to cardano project.
I would like to apologize once more for this issue that happened in this epoch and reassure you that we take the pool operation very seriously.
After streak of very unlucky epochs, we are slowly getting back on track, next epoch we are predicted with 3 blocks. Not great, not terrible ;) Big thanks to everyone who is still staying with us!
We were again predicted 0 blocks in next epoch, which is extremely unlikely, due to our stake, but sadly still possible. We would like to ensure you that our pool is fully operational, we made extra steps to verify all configurations, KES key validity, tried different versions of cncli, but result is consistent: 0 blocks for next epoch. We are very thankful to everyone who is staying with us, in this complicated situation.
We took advantage of zero block epoch in order to update our infrastructure, we did some rigorous test on testing cluster and decided to update all production servers!
For next epoch we have 0 blocks assigned in leader log prediction, hopefuly we will have some lucky epochs with many blocks soon, as last few epochs were extremely bellow expected numbers.
In preparation of pool upgrade, we upgraded our testnet pool first, to observe changes and track down any potential issues. If everything is running smooth, we will upgrade also mainnet servers. Please note, that we also added block prediction overview to pool overview.
This epoch we supported Gromit from Sealcentre Pieterburen of the Netherlands. Unfortunatelly, we are out of luck again - next epoch we are predicted only 1 block. Thank you for staying with us!
In order to show our commitment to the Cardano network, we decided to use all collected rewards (and something more on top :)) and increased our pledge to 15k. Also, this epoch finally looks like a lucky one, we have 5 slots predicted.
Despite we are still not outside of unlucky epoch streak (only 2 slots predicted), we still had some ADA in our treasury and so we decided to donate 32.6 (35EUR) to Fokarium Stacja Morska in Poland, Hel!
Sorry to bring sad news, but for this epoch we are again predicted low amount of blocks - only 1. It's still better than 0, but less than ideal. Hopefuly future will bring better results.
Their project is amazing - OCN is a non-governmental organisation with the primary objective to help entangled seals and other marine animals along the Namibian coast. Their work is well documented on YouTube videos, see an example below. We donated $50 (35.26₳) to their project. Thank you guys!
Luck is back and we are predicted to mint 4 blocks this epoch! Thank you for staking with us
It may have seemed to some, that our pool is blessed with extreme luck as we were minting one block after another - this epoch we did all 3 predicted blocks! But alas, our pool is not that special, we are back to the ground with prediction of 0 blocks. But don't worry, we have high hopes that next epochs, situation is going to be much better, thanks to all our new amazing delegators! Thank you so much for staying with us!
All production servers were updated to latest version in a fashion that ensured we didn't miss a single block.
Today, we donated another 10% of our last pool reward as a gift to zoo Liberec in Czechia to support their Sea Lions
New version of cardano-node was released by IOHK recently and we have already deployed it to our testnet pool, where we are checking for potential issues. It's our commitment to provide rock-solid stable pool for our delegators, so we want to make sure that everything is working well, before we push this version to production nodes!