Having had a whole bunch of BTC miners go chasing after altcoins and leave the pool temporarily or permanently, I'm going to make a change to the payout now that I said in the opening post I would make at some stage.
This will of course be to the advantage of anyone who has stayed mining and continues to mine, but also as planned to happen sooner or later anyway.
For the N in the PPLNS, I've used the Network Difficulty when the block was found.
I'm increasing that now to 5N.
There's a catch with increasing it, I cannot increase it beyond the internal workmarkers that exist.
The current last workmarker is during block 333809, before it was found, so I'd have to start counting from when block 33809 was found.
So for any blocks found before 5N after block 333809, it will be the smaller amount (which already currently > N) back to block 333809.
This is currently ~106% i.e. all shares from after 333809 was found, to when block 334106 was found, and all shares since that.
The change from N to 5N would have an affect no matter when it was done, but doing it now with the above restriction will modify the expected payout to be to the advantage of those who've stayed mining.
In case anyone didn't notice it
PPLNS Stratum BTC mining pool - N currently set as the network difficulty when the block is found - will be increased as the pool grows.