The experience for new users running vaults is important because when they start running a vault they want to see they’re contributing in a useful way.
To give some prior background to this topic; bitcoin mining at the start was as simple as running some software and waiting to see if you found a block. Over time mining gradually increased in complexity. Now it’s an industrial pursuit with a lot of research and calculations and optimizations. The experience of being a bitcoin node or miner has changed a lot over the years.
Considering the SAFE vault experience in the early days of the network, it seems that users will run the software and gradually receive and store chunks, serving data as it’s requested.
But a little down the track, when the network has grown, I think this experience will be very different.
When the network is larger, a ‘modest’ user would have their vault allocation immediately consumed due to the churn event their vault induces. So the very first experience of running a vault will be ‘download X GB’ (depending on your vault config). Maybe the number of chunks received will be throttled for new vaults? None-the-less, the main barrier to starting a vault seems to be the initial churn download.
After receiving the chunks the user will wait for some get requests to hopefully farm some safecoin.
They will also wait for their node rank to increase via the ageing mechanism.
Maybe some users will look to the routing messages as another indicator of being a useful ‘contributor’ to the network.
As the network grows, the chance of get requests for small vaults becomes greatly reduced but the initial download requirement will not. This reduces the incentive to become a small farmer.
confirmation of this assumption still pending!
I don’t have any particular point to make here, but it does seem that the initial vault experience will change quite significantly as the network matures.
When I started bitcoin mining it was fun to track hash rate, power consumption, gpu temperatures, pool shares, etc… I’m wondering what will make the vault farming experience compelling, especially to new operators?