I am an IT professional with a computer science background and many years experience in the IT business.
Whilst running and maintaining servers is just a hobby of mine, I engage in this way with multiple communities that I see value in. I bring many years of experience in maintaining Linux based servers. Running a pool is more fun to me than a serious challenge.
The pool is run in an anonymous fashion, in order to make it impossible to influence me. This is part of the security, to make it much harder to attack the pool.
If you have any questions or concerns about this pool you can find me in Telegram under the name @Slacker1 in all the relevant Cardano channels.
As a technical person, I was drawn to Cardano in 2017 through Charles' whiteboard video and have followed the protocol ever since, watching AMAs and the like almost every day on the way to work and back.
I see a lot of potential in Cardano due to its strong vision and methodical process, so I am very happy to provide the service of running a reliable stakepool for the community, fostering network growth & strength.
The pool is run off a reliable, redundant virtual private server located in Europe (crypto-friendly Germany) with an SLA of 99.95% and hardware spec double the stable minimum requirements specified by IOHK.
The pool is running on Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS with 2 cores, 8GB RAM, 80GB HDD and 100Mbps Internet with no cap.
I do not want to bore you with real-time monitoring data of my pool, you can just expect that the pool works for you 24/7. Of course within the testnet the pool can only run as stable as the software stability allows, but I will do my best - and moving forward code stability will improve for sure.
I am running this pool because I believe in Cardano's future and want to be a part of it. For this reason, I plan to run this pool indefinitely. I will try my best to keep the Straight Pool website up-to-date. Additionally, I am available on Telegram and Twitter. I am currently very active in the Cardano Shelley Testnet & StakePool Best Practice Workgroup Telegram channel trying to help grow the community and implement all best practices for the pool (and develop new best practices along the way).
My hope is that my pool has high desirability for you as a delegator. I am committed to run this pool indefinitely with reasonable but low fees for testnet as well as mainnet. I am an IT professional so you can be assured I always have all best practices in place.
I decided to build only on the profit margin, not the pool costs, to run the infrastructure. So there will never be any fixed costs at this pool. My reason is solidarity with you, my highly appreciated delegator. By relying soly on profit margin, we share the risk. I belive in Cardano and we are in this togther. If your stake is doing well, the pool reward is going well. We share the good days, we share the bad days.
The pool profit margin is merely 4% of your reward, you keep 96% of your reward. Please note we are talking about reward, not your staking amount.
I will not suddenly raise my fees like other pools starting with unsustainable fee structures will eventually do. As a delegator I want to give you peace of mind delegating to my pool all the way from testnet on to mainnet.
For more information about Straight Pool, go to straightpool.github.io.