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April 20, 2015, 06:23:45 PM
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Got a question/suggestion regarding getting Piggycoin into schools. It seems to me like dev work has been more or less along the lines of trying to build features into the coin, client software and piggycoin website that we think will make it usable for educators. But has anyone had any success in talking to educators who might be open to Piggycoin, to learn what features THEY consider vital or very helpful? It might open our eyes to things we're missing, or at least clarify the issues that are slowing down cryptocurrency education.

We could start polling teachers we know, asking what they'd really like to have, and put together a to-do list based on the feedback. It might turn out to be some really simple stuff, like ready-made quizzes/tests with answer keys, a collection of helpful beginner links for learning about crypto, and other simple educational aids.

And if they give responses like "We don't see why it's important" or "it's too complicated for us" or "crypto is just for buying illegal stuff" then we can develop marketing tools and materials to address the objections and win people over.

Since we new PiggyTeam members (everyone aside from piggydev listed in the 'Team' section on page 1 of this thread) came on the scene, we had interest from 3 teachers/schools about PiggyCoin.  However, they seemed to lose interest and broke off contact with us.  The coin was in the doldrums at the time and we hadn't tracked down the interest rate bug, so that could have been the reason.

I have known some teachers and the answer to 'what do they need' is "everything"!  Most schoolteachers have to teach most of the day and don't have time to prepare lessons or tests, much less research the ins and outs of cryptocurrencies.  So, we need to do it for them!  We need every kind of material, including tests, in many languages, and targeted at various levels of students (different kinds of schools and environments).

(Another thing teachers might want PiggyCoin for, is for awards to give to winners of or participants in school/class contests -- speech contests, best-participating student award, things like that.)

Sadly the 1% premine is looking a little meagre for all that with the price as it is, but we PiggyTeam are prepared to throw a few of our own piggies in the pot too ;8]
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April 20, 2015, 06:28:57 PM
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We could start polling teachers we know, asking what they'd really like to have, and put together a to-do list based on the feedback. It might turn out to be some really simple stuff, like ready-made quizzes/tests with answer keys, a collection of helpful beginner links for learning about crypto, and other simple educational aids.

And if they give responses like "We don't see why it's important" or "it's too complicated for us" or "crypto is just for buying illegal stuff" then we can develop marketing tools and materials to address the objections and win people over.

I think we'd better get some stuff made first, then it'd be easier for them to say what's missing ^(  ̄(●●) ̄)^
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April 20, 2015, 06:58:50 PM
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Got a question/suggestion regarding getting Piggycoin into schools. It seems to me like dev work has been more or less along the lines of trying to build features into the coin, client software and piggycoin website that we think will make it usable for educators. But has anyone had any success in talking to educators who might be open to Piggycoin, to learn what features THEY consider vital or very helpful? It might open our eyes to things we're missing, or at least clarify the issues that are slowing down cryptocurrency education.

We could start polling teachers we know, asking what they'd really like to have, and put together a to-do list based on the feedback. It might turn out to be some really simple stuff, like ready-made quizzes/tests with answer keys, a collection of helpful beginner links for learning about crypto, and other simple educational aids.

And if they give responses like "We don't see why it's important" or "it's too complicated for us" or "crypto is just for buying illegal stuff" then we can develop marketing tools and materials to address the objections and win people over.

Since we new PiggyTeam members (everyone aside from piggydev listed in the 'Team' section on page 1 of this thread) came on the scene, we had interest from 3 teachers/schools about PiggyCoin.  However, they seemed to lose interest and broke off contact with us.  The coin was in the doldrums at the time and we hadn't tracked down the interest rate bug, so that could have been the reason.

I have known some teachers and the answer to 'what do they need' is "everything"!  Most schoolteachers have to teach most of the day and don't have time to prepare lessons or tests, much less research the ins and outs of cryptocurrencies.  So, we need to do it for them!  We need every kind of material, including tests, in many languages, and targeted at various levels of students (different kinds of schools and environments).

(Another thing teachers might want PiggyCoin for, is for awards to give to winners of or participants in school/class contests -- speech contests, best-participating student award, things like that.)

Sadly the 1% premine is looking a little meagre for all that with the price as it is, but we PiggyTeam are prepared to throw a few of our own piggies in the pot too ;8]

OK, that's about what I thought. :-)

When I first heard about Piggycoin I had grandiose plans to produce a Unit Study for homeschoolers. The result would have been a book-length tome with scores of topics covered, dozens of activities, covering not just crypto but any topic tying in with it. Unfortunately I'm the kind of guy who can write a good article or chapter (have had both published), but I bog down on anything bigger. Doesn't help that I have an epic to-do list on my 13 acre property, busy at work, etc.  So I keep intending to do some simpler little things like quizzes that might be helpful. "Intending" being the key word...

I think you are quite right that teachers will want a package solution that they can just use out-of-the-box. Even if they have their own interest in crypto, they'll want to take something packaged and just add or adapt it based on their own preferences rather than starting from scratch.

So, maybe we could plan out the contents of such a package and recruit volunteers to craft each element of it, until we had something? Then work on translating it, developing similar packages for other grade levels, etc. Do it with the understanding that everything would be reviewed and edited for consistency. That way people don't get in a snit if their work is changed (it will be), or decline to participate because they don't feel like an expert (the ongoing review and editing process would clean up imperfect submissions).

As far as the funding problem goes, hopefully my emailed thoughts on the subject are helpful.

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April 21, 2015, 10:42:38 PM
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So, maybe we could plan out the contents of such a package and recruit volunteers to craft each element of it, until we had something? Then work on translating it, developing similar packages for other grade levels, etc. Do it with the understanding that everything would be reviewed and edited for consistency. That way people don't get in a snit if their work is changed (it will be), or decline to participate because they don't feel like an expert (the ongoing review and editing process would clean up imperfect submissions).

That sounds good Smiley
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April 25, 2015, 04:00:19 PM
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v1.2.2.0: Operation Sever-Chain — coming soon!  Includes update notifications!






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April 26, 2015, 12:16:11 PM
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Looks like PIGGY was listed to a new (for PIGGY) exchange at some point — Cryptopia.  I don't know when it happened!  Seems like a decent exchange but there are some vulgar-ish gifs in the chatbox and adult-themed coins there too, so be aware if browsing with children!
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April 27, 2015, 12:07:08 AM
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Looks like PIGGY was listed to a new (for PIGGY) exchange at some point — Cryptopia.  I don't know when it happened!  Seems like a decent exchange but there are some vulgar-ish gifs in the chatbox and adult-themed coins there too, so be aware if browsing with children!

The site is R18

"Cryptopia may contain adult content and is intended for use to persons over 18 years of age "

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April 27, 2015, 05:17:04 AM
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Have you guys thought of making a shop online to do with kid's stuff and learning? Maybe an online bookstore, clothes, toys etc that would also accept Piggy Coin? Also online classes for kids with videos on Piggy Coin?  Smiley


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April 27, 2015, 09:16:55 AM
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Have you guys thought of making a shop online to do with kid's stuff and learning? Maybe an online bookstore, clothes, toys etc that would also accept Piggy Coin? Also online classes for kids with videos on Piggy Coin?  Smiley

We have lots of thoughts ;8]  but watch this space!
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April 30, 2015, 07:17:38 AM
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I've had to remove the multiplayer game and PiggyTasks from the roadmap.  Our web wallet guy was going to help qawap make them, but he's too busy with consulting work now.  :8/

Updated roadmap:



We do have other ideas about things we might do before EasySend-on-the-Blockchain is ready, so we'll add them to the roadmap if they become more definite.

v1.2.2.0 of the desktop wallet will be out in the next week, and there will be other significant news about PiggyCoin, so be sure to 'watch' this thread ;8]
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April 30, 2015, 08:14:10 PM
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Thanks for the update!

I have another dumb question. Why is it that occasionally when I'm staking, for some reason the wallet will say it is "catching up" on the blockchain when it is really up to date? For example, at the moment it is at block 492575 which agrees with the block explorer for Piggycoin. But the wallet says it is trying to catch up to block 496691! I've seen this sort of behavior repeatedly the last few weeks and it doesn't seem to hurt anything (I keep getting stakes at a normal pace), but it sure seems odd.

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May 01, 2015, 05:25:09 PM
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Thanks for the update!

I have another dumb question. Why is it that occasionally when I'm staking, for some reason the wallet will say it is "catching up" on the blockchain when it is really up to date? For example, at the moment it is at block 492575 which agrees with the block explorer for Piggycoin. But the wallet says it is trying to catch up to block 496691! I've seen this sort of behavior repeatedly the last few weeks and it doesn't seem to hurt anything (I keep getting stakes at a normal pace), but it sure seems odd.

This sounds very strange to me; I've never experienced that with PiggyCoin.  I've indicated your post to neurocis.
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May 01, 2015, 08:08:03 PM
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Thanks for the update!

I have another dumb question. Why is it that occasionally when I'm staking, for some reason the wallet will say it is "catching up" on the blockchain when it is really up to date? For example, at the moment it is at block 492575 which agrees with the block explorer for Piggycoin. But the wallet says it is trying to catch up to block 496691! I've seen this sort of behavior repeatedly the last few weeks and it doesn't seem to hurt anything (I keep getting stakes at a normal pace), but it sure seems odd.

This sounds very strange to me; I've never experienced that with PiggyCoin.  I've indicated your post to neurocis.

Thanks; as usual it fixed itself after a few hours. In each case the discrepancy is many hundreds or a few thousand blocks, so it's not a case of going down a short fork or something like that. Hopefully it's nothing significant but I thought I'd point it out.

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May 01, 2015, 11:22:35 PM
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Thanks; as usual it fixed itself after a few hours. In each case the discrepancy is many hundreds or a few thousand blocks, so it's not a case of going down a short fork or something like that. Hopefully it's nothing significant but I thought I'd point it out.

Hi ebeliever, I am not seeing that but most of the team is testing 1.2.2.0 now. I would like to get a copy of your debug.log next time it happens to take a look at it if possible (zip it up first), email it to neurocis[at]piggy-coin.com. Thanks!
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May 04, 2015, 05:03:06 AM
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Our new wallet - Operation Sever-Chain - has been released and is available for windows client presently at https://www.piggy-coin.com/getting-started/.

Release notes:

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PiggyStakes 1.2.2.0 (Operation Sever-Chain):
 - Added Fervor update(s) checking & alerting.
 - Update protocol version to 60200 from 60101.
 - Ban peers w/protocol 60014 or less.
 - Do not accept block requests from peers w/protocol 60002-60014.
 - Update checkpoints.
 - Makefile updates.
 - Minor bugfixes.

Users of version 1.2.0.0 or lower MUST update to at least version 1.2.1.1, or this version for transactions to hit the correct chain. as of version 1.2.2.0 the wallet will no longer communicate with peers of protocol version 60014 or lower (version 1.2.0.0 or lower). This does not mean those versions transactions will not hit the proper chain, but will have reduced peers as only 1.2.1.1 wallets relay across the protocols. Those running 1.2.2.0 will notice fewer orphans and a substantial reduction in bandwidth as it is less likely to process blocks from those on the old chain.

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May 04, 2015, 06:01:42 AM
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Users of version 1.2.0.0 or lower MUST update to at least version 1.2.1.1, or this version for transactions to hit the correct chain. as of version 1.2.2.0 the wallet will no longer communicate with peers of protocol version 60014 or lower (version 1.2.0.0 or lower). This does not mean those versions transactions will not hit the proper chain, but will have reduced peers as only 1.2.1.1 wallets relay across the protocols.

Note that this includes users of the first version of 'PiggyStakes' (v1.2.0.0) -- Please upgrade at your earliest convenience.  Sorry for the inconvenience  ( ̄(oo) ̄)

P.S. neurocis made an updated blockchain bootstrap file; I've put that in the OP (page 1).

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May 04, 2015, 06:57:43 AM
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Explorer wallet updated to 1.2.2.0!

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May 06, 2015, 07:55:51 AM
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Explorer wallet updated to 1.2.2.0!

Reverted back to 1.2.1.1 at neurocis' request so that older wallets can show up in the network stats.

Been only a couple of hours since the revert, so more peers will likely show up in the next hours, but it looks like most of the network is on 1.2.x !

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May 06, 2015, 07:09:47 PM
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Happy block 500,000!

Updated bootstrap file in OP.

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May 07, 2015, 04:05:58 PM
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Cool coin! I'm going to invest in it. I can see kiddos enjoying this, especially the faucet that asks them a question Smiley
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