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June 16, 2015, 09:44:31 PM
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BTCGuild was the top pool when I mined. It is the most professionally run pool I have seen. It is sad to see you go. I think this show that it is the end of the home mining era. Mining is so centralised now that even a long standing pool only has 2% of the netwrok hash rate.

Good luck with your new ventures, eleuthria.
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June 16, 2015, 10:43:34 PM
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I'm going to miss BTCGuild I never really got into mining myself but I did use the pool to test out the idea and see how it works
After a long history of operating and great reliable service you will be missed best of luck on your future ventures.

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June 17, 2015, 01:29:48 AM
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So long and thanks for all the fish!

I'm really going to miss this place. It's been a major minor part of my life over the last 4 years.

I'm also curious about where everyone is moving to. The times I've tried other pools, sooner or later I always hit a failover pool. At btcguild this almost never happened. I think if we can get 5ph or more of btcguild's hashrate to all move to the same pool it would really benefit everyone there. As of now I might move to eligius or ghash(ew) or even antpool IDK. Anyone decided on where they are moving to yet?
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June 17, 2015, 02:26:51 AM
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So long and thanks for all the fish!

I'm really going to miss this place. It's been a major minor part of my life over the last 4 years.

I'm also curious about where everyone is moving to. The times I've tried other pools, sooner or later I always hit a failover pool. At btcguild this almost never happened. I think if we can get 5ph or more of btcguild's hashrate to all move to the same pool it would really benefit everyone there. As of now I might move to eligius or ghash(ew) or even antpool IDK. Anyone decided on where they are moving to yet?

I recommended BitMinter, Eligius, and Kano CKPool at the bottom of my closing message.  All 3 are long standing, trustworhy operators who are always accessible in IRC or in their respective pool threads.  Well, Kano CK Pool isn't long standing as a pool, but as a presence in the community it still holds true.

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June 17, 2015, 02:31:55 AM
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So long and thanks for all the fish!

I'm really going to miss this place. It's been a major minor part of my life over the last 4 years.

I'm also curious about where everyone is moving to. The times I've tried other pools, sooner or later I always hit a failover pool. At btcguild this almost never happened. I think if we can get 5ph or more of btcguild's hashrate to all move to the same pool it would really benefit everyone there. As of now I might move to eligius or ghash(ew) or even antpool IDK. Anyone decided on where they are moving to yet?

eleuthria has a list he recommends.

absent from that list is Slush - i think its to do with bad blood and a misunderstanding, the result is Slush was responsible for a DoS attack on BTC Guild.

The one pool that I wouldn't put on that list is Eligius Mining Pool the owner has a reputation see below.

Luke-Jr used the pools hashing power to 51% attack an alt with out the permission or authorization of the people hashing for the pool.
Luke-Jr also injected his personal Bitcoin address black list into Gentoo Linux code base. for religious reasons multiple times.
Luke-Jr also threatened to 51% attack an independent Bitcoin protocol build as a core developer.  (read the whole thread to get a feel for his personality)
Luke-Jr also ripped off CGMiner code without giving credit,  

so no i wouldn't group Eligius with the others on that list, there is a history of abuse of power there.

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June 17, 2015, 02:57:09 AM
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Yeah, Eligius and Ghash are the only pools without fees as of now. Besides eligius doing all that, ghash also 51%'d bitcoin. What's worst, who is to say these (or any other pool) isn't sometimes stealing some hashrate? In a very small scale that would be unnoticeable and nearly impossible to find/track. I just started mining and I found it sad it is SO centralized. I tried p2pool but unfortunately most hardware dont work very well there, my s5 included.
Unfortunately I will have to stay with eligius (and ghash as backup) for now. Just hope they don't get hashrate or do anything bad, but "having to trust" is really fucking bad!

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June 17, 2015, 03:02:09 AM
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Yeah, Eligius and Ghash are the only pools without fees as of now. Besides eligius doing all that, ghash also 51%'d bitcoin. What's worst, who is to say these (or any other pool) isn't sometimes stealing some hashrate? In a very small scale that would be unnoticeable and nearly impossible to find/track. I just started mining and I found it sad it is SO centralized. I tried p2pool but unfortunately most hardware dont work very well there, my s5 included.
Unfortunately I will have to stay with eligius (and ghash as backup) for now. Just hope they don't get hashrate or do anything bad, but "having to trust" is really fucking bad!

I think Ghash just had 51% i don't think they abused there power did they?

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June 17, 2015, 03:09:54 AM
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I think Ghash just had 51% i don't think they abused there power did they?
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June 17, 2015, 03:11:26 AM
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I'd recommend kano.is if you're looking for a good pool run by an outstanding member of the community.

low fees and the guy really busts his ass. 
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June 17, 2015, 04:00:39 AM
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Lets not forget P2Pool folks Smiley

trust-less, decentralized, open source, run your own node, free, etc...

https://github.com/forrestv/p2pool

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June 17, 2015, 04:33:30 AM
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So long and thanks for all the fish!

I'm really going to miss this place. It's been a major minor part of my life over the last 4 years.

I'm also curious about where everyone is moving to. The times I've tried other pools, sooner or later I always hit a failover pool. At btcguild this almost never happened. I think if we can get 5ph or more of btcguild's hashrate to all move to the same pool it would really benefit everyone there. As of now I might move to eligius or ghash(ew) or even antpool IDK. Anyone decided on where they are moving to yet?

eleuthria has a list he recommends.

absent from that list is Slush - i think its to do with bad blood and a misunderstanding, the result is Slush was responsible for a DoS attack on BTC Guild.

The one pool that I wouldn't put on that list is Eligius Mining Pool the owner has a reputation see below.

Luke-Jr used the pools hashing power to 51% attack an alt with out the permission or authorization of the people hashing for the pool.
Luke-Jr also injected his personal Bitcoin address black list into Gentoo Linux code base. for religious reasons multiple times.
Luke-Jr also threatened to 51% attack an independent Bitcoin protocol build as a core developer.  (read the whole thread to get a feel for his personality)
Luke-Jr also ripped off CGMiner code without giving credit,  

so no i wouldn't group Eligius with the others on that list, there is a history of abuse of power there.

Luke-jr has not been the operator of Eligius for quite some time. And Wizkid is about as straight up as they come.

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June 17, 2015, 05:46:58 AM
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I've been mining on BTC Guild for two years. Sad to see it close. Thanks Eleuthria for the excellent service, best wishes for your future endeavours.

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June 17, 2015, 05:58:28 AM
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Yeah, I didn't think luke-jr was involved with eliguis anymore, right?

I would like to use a pool that allows me to enter a different payout address when needed. Usually every 1 btc I use a different address.

I never really liked slush's site but see that's been updated. If he did DoS btcguild that's not cool.

I also would like a pool that has some kind of dashboard/stats. I like kano and all the work he has done but the pool is a little too simple for me.

Fact is, there is no other btcguild out there Sad
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June 17, 2015, 06:00:41 AM
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this is the end of a great story..  i feel sad about it.. Cry

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June 17, 2015, 06:08:35 AM
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Anyone decided on where they are moving to yet?

I'm running a small scale Bitcoin Pool Payouts experiment ... see here: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1059040.0 ... antpool, nicehash and kano are doing very very well, NiceHash.com service is interesting as it gives above direct Bitcoin mining payouts in particular intervals.
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June 17, 2015, 06:11:44 AM
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Luke-jr has not been the operator of Eligius for quite some time. And Wizkid is about as straight up as they come.
LJ is still an advisor to wizkid for the pool and they use his custom bitcoin transaction filtering/blacklist as discussed previously.

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June 17, 2015, 11:30:29 AM
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The one pool that I wouldn't put on that list is Eligius Mining Pool the owner has a reputation see below.

Luke-Jr used the pools hashing power to 51% attack an alt with out the permission or authorization of the people hashing for the pool.
Luke-Jr also injected his personal Bitcoin address black list into Gentoo Linux code base. for religious reasons multiple times.
Luke-Jr also threatened to 51% attack an independent Bitcoin protocol build as a core developer.  (read the whole thread to get a feel for his personality)
Luke-Jr also ripped off CGMiner code without giving credit,  

so no i wouldn't group Eligius with the others on that list, there is a history of abuse of power there.

All valid points, & exactly the reasons I won't use Eligius or anything else even slightly connected with Luke-Jr.

After reading up some, I chose p2pool - it's decentralised nature really appealed to me. The Bitcoin mining scene will be worse off without the Guild - thank you eleuthria for being an upstanding & trustworthy member of the mining community - in these times of badly coded scam pools - you will be sorely missed.
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June 17, 2015, 01:53:33 PM
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The one pool that I wouldn't put on that list is Eligius Mining Pool the owner has a reputation see below.

Luke-Jr used the pools hashing power to 51% attack an alt with out the permission or authorization of the people hashing for the pool.
Luke-Jr also injected his personal Bitcoin address black list into Gentoo Linux code base. for religious reasons multiple times.
Luke-Jr also threatened to 51% attack an independent Bitcoin protocol build as a core developer.  (read the whole thread to get a feel for his personality)
Luke-Jr also ripped off CGMiner code without giving credit,  

so no i wouldn't group Eligius with the others on that list, there is a history of abuse of power there.

All valid points, & exactly the reasons I won't use Eligius or anything else even slightly connected with Luke-Jr.

After reading up some, I chose p2pool - it's decentralised nature really appealed to me. The Bitcoin mining scene will be worse off without the Guild - thank you eleuthria for being an upstanding & trustworthy member of the mining community - in these times of badly coded scam pools - you will be sorely missed.
I agree and am looking for a new pool myself. Might just be a good time to bow completely out of bitcoin too.
I really don't like the direction it is heading.
I gave slush a chance years ago, tried him again at beginning of last year and nothing changed.
I saw they updated the site but he doesn't offer anything special. If anything I recall them removing merged mining and now they are "redeveloping" it. seriously I'll give a mining fee to someone else kthx.
I won't join a pool that avg's a block every 24 hrs or worst. There needs to be a few to make it worth my time.

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June 17, 2015, 06:14:10 PM
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Had a small hiccup in the manual withdraw request.  I had been debating between 0.0005 and 0.0001 as the new minimum withdrawal amount during closing.  I had set the code to enforce 0.0005, but changed my mind and went all the way to 0.0001 while writing the post about closing, and updated it so that the button became enabled for any balance of 0.0001 or greater.  However, it wouldn't actually let you request amounts under 0.0005 because I forgot to lower that number.

So now it's working properly and allowing withdrawals of any amount equal to or greater than 0.0001 (and will pay out all the satoshis at the same time on a manual request).

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June 17, 2015, 06:22:42 PM
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So sad to see BTC go, this was the first place I tried mining when I got into it many months ago.

My miners will point to Kano's ckpool after summer is over, hopefully more will follow that direction.  That pool is run too well to only have 1-2PH/s pointed to it.
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