Thanks. I'm trying to mull over the pros/cons of pool hopping. The morality argument smacks (to me) of youth. If anyone can pool hop, then it doesn't seem immoral since the opportunity is there for everyone. Similarly, if more people hopping would make hopping less profitable, then even more so.
It's like saying you're "cheating" by driving your car more efficiently than its EPA MPG rating. Technically, you're cheating the oil companies, who like it or not DO influence Washington when it comes to MPG legislation. So by driving your car more efficiently, you're hurting the oil companies who then have to raise the price of oil, which hurts everyone. Pretty ridiculous argument, no? Logically equivalent though.
Good for people (especially young folks) to be *thinking* about morality though. Shows it's not totally dead. So I'm not gonna rail on them for it.
It's more like cutting in line - if the line ain't moving fast enough, just skip a few people...
But I think this should be addressed by pool operators if they don't like it. If there are pools that allow it, they're victimizing themselves because it's easy enough to make unprofitable.
You're going to get the highest payout from hopping. Just think about it in a 2 pool world with no other operators. So pool A and B both start mining and you join pool A. After 10 mins, pool B finds a block. Now, all the work you've done for A is basically useless (new block = new work). So if you switch to pool B, you have the same likelihood of finding a block as you would in pool A, but you also get paid for the previous work you did for pool A even though it is of no use in finding the current block.
Basically, you get paid extra if you mine in the "freshest" pool.