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  1. Starter Coins for Beginners

    Many people have declared their intent to solo mine at some future time when they have amassed the recommended minimum GRC balance to make it feasible (don't have to wait too long to earn). So I presume there is an incentive or some kind of benefit to this, but what is the chief motivation to go solo? All other things being equal (and I suspect they are not), what is the practical difference between mining with 999 of my closest friends for %0.1 for the payout versus going solo and keeping 100% of it? Obviously I've grossly oversimplified the example, and I understand the incentive to pool mine. But once users have enough coin to do either, what are the advantages of going solo?
  2. Starter Coins for Beginners

    I'm left my wallet running continuously (since inception) only because it works. What, if any, is the benefit of doing this? I'd like to know if this practice makes sense considering that the extra cycles it burns could alternately be used for BOINC work. Were I, for example, to open the wallet for only an hour each morning (just long enough to "tag up") what would be the consequences?
  3. Starter Coins for Beginners

    @Nehemoth @WoofKiba New and Recent Members, Welcome Thank you for your interest in GRC in general, and in grcpool in particular. When I first arrived here I needed all the help I could get. I was a SETI/BOINC long-timer but had little or no experience with cryptocurrency. My Initial Experience Luckily many people here came to my aid without which I wouldn't have been "dead in the water". I want to thank them all here and now (you know who you are) and especially for the guidance of @dc7d who not only held my hand when I joined, but who inspired and encouraged me to think about giving back to grcpool. His two requests were to (1) donate some [reasonable] percentage of my profits back to the pool. You'd be surprised (or maybe not) at how many people don't, and (2) encourage and inspire new members, as he has done all along for me. My [Secret Evil] Plan to Pay It Forward Much as I'm happy to continue helping new members directly with startup coin and encouragement, I could do so much more with a like-minded partner. But I want a person who shares my passion for the the value of grcpool, who will show respect and give credit to its founders and benefactors, as well as to add direct value by earning here. [Yes, I'm aware of how "preachy" this sounds, but I've been putting my money where my mouth is ever since I joined, so you can understand why I'd prefer to work with somebody else who is "like-minded"]. If you think this describes you, and you are sincerely interested, we should probably talk. Feel free to message me directly, instead of posting, if you're more comfortable with that. There's more I'd like to share about The SE Plan, but only with motivated candidates. Disclaimers, Disclosures and Other Qualifiers For most of my life, I haven't been a fan communal efforts. I was more of a "lone wolf"--only interested in what other people could do for me, and how much I could benefit. Period. So in many ways, the small team I'm looking to form here is historically out of character for me. But I see the potential to be a "force multiplier" over what already exists, and I won't sleep well until I've given it a fair try. The Charter Offer real help, with no strings, to those in need. No bullshit "opportunities", no pyramid schemes, no hidden agendas, conditions, or other distractions. The only thing we would "market" is grcpool and the value (I'd say importance) of supporting both it and each other. The Vision By banding together we could become the next powerful Agent for Change for grcpool (a kind of highly selective Seal Team, if you will). [Note to self--first find a better name--I'll get back to you on that ...] I'm throwing down the gauntlet, here and now, but I'm not "power-mad". I believe in always letting the best idea prevail, and that's how I intend to start this. Let's face it, we could all use some targeted help from time to time and I'm certainly no exception. [Oh, and I always keep my promises.] Good Reasons to Decline (Seriously) Here's a quick litmus test of completely reasonable motives to decline my invitation (without prejudice of any kind): "There are other currencies that are outperforming GRC, so I'd like to stay more agile with my investments." "I don't owe anything to grcpool or its members. For now, I'm just looking to maximize my GRC balance." "I'd rather go directly to solo mining and skip the whole pool mining step and--but I don't have enough coin yet to do that." "Why would I pay back more coin than I initially borrowed? I'm not a charity." "I only care about BOINC because I apparently need it to earn GRC. If not for that, BOINC wouldn't interest me at all." If you answered any of these in the affirmative, thank you for your time and consideration, but let's just put in the "not a good ideological match" bucket and move on. No explanation necessary, and best of luck to you. I'm still happy to help with startup coin because you deserve the opportunity to experience this resource your own way. [Thank god there's still a few things like that in the modern world. ;)] Summary Thank you for hearing me out. Feel free to review my prior posts [starting roughly with page #162] for a better idea of who I am and why this matters to me. Many of you have already contributed "likes" to my posts and I really appreciate that. @dblanch256 David C Blanchard (MIT/NASA/FAA) [Disciple of @dc7d]
  4. Starter Coins for Beginners

    Good to know. Well, please take these few for the moment just to get started. No need to repay me, but "likes" are always appreciated. Please consider donating some non-trivial percentage to the grcpool. Maybe more than %0.01, which weirdly seems to some people in the pool like "maybe too generous". Personally, I give a bit more, but that's entirely up to you. ;) Meanwhile, happy hunting here and best of luck! David C Blanchard
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    @WoofKiba @tolroth @Schweppesale @ubr I've been trying to help as many new members as I can but I'm realizing that there's only so much I can do by myself. So please check out this other resource first. It sounds good, but I've been too busy to check it out myself. I'd be interested in hearing about your experiences with this new potential funding source. If it works for you it will help me to allocate my own support to those who need it the most. I had some initial luck with faucets when I first started, but the person who really rescued me was my mentor [DC7D] from whom I got my first real boost. So don't worry. One way or another this will all work out for you--probably sooner than you think. Just try the easy ways first, and don't hesitate to write me if you need a Plan B. Good hunting and best wishes! David C Blanchard (MIT/NASA/FAA) 10-Year SETI Supporter as team FAA WJHTC
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    @tolroth Welcome! Sounds like we're not that different. I'm a long time SETI guy myself. I was pretty lost a month ago when I first got here also. Luckily DC7D stepped up and helped me the same way I'm trying to "pay-if-forward" to you. His suggestion to me was. "No need to re-pay me back--however, any percentage donation you'd be willing to make to the grcpool would be great." FAIR DISCLOSURE -- I generally do not donate to charities. But somehow this one just seemed--um--different. Regardless, would be interested in hearing about your experiences here once you're up and running. All the best, and happy hunting! David C Blanchard (MIT/NASA/FAA) [Disciple of DC7D]
  7. Starter Coins for Beginners

    @WoofKiba Sent you a few just to get you started. No need to re-pay, but any (%) donation of your profits back to grcpool would put you in select company and, I feel, be the best acknowledgement of your appreciation. Up to you. Please touch back later and let us know how you are doing. Welcome, and best of luck here! David C Blanchard (MIT/NASA/FAA) [Disciple of DC7D]
  8. Starter Coins for Beginners

    @JohnMike I've sent you just a few to get you started. If it helps, I'd ask two things from you. A "like" from you would be nice, and if you don't mind consider donating to grcpool instead of repaying me, I'd prefer that. The chief reason I'm such a GridCoin fan compared to BitCoin is because BitCoin appears to be in the business of literally wasting power. Hashing for hashing's sake it tantamount to running a program all night and sending the output to /dev/null. On the other hand, the genius of SETI was to realize that "if you build it, they will come". And they did. The second creative spark was to carve off the bottom "send and collect layer" into a separate product that anybody could use--not just astronomers, which was BOINC. The third spark was GridCoin. The notion that BOINC contributors might feel even more inspired if even a tiny portion of the value they contributed was acknowledged. Anyway, that's why I do it. Welcome and best of luck! David C Blanchard [disciple of @dc7d]
  9. Starter Coins for Beginners

    Welcome @Lilifa I've sent you a few coins to get started. If it helps, I'd ask two things from you. A "like" from you would be nice, and please consider making a donating to grcpool instead of repaying me. I'm only here because of the support I got from other members, so I try to show my appreciation by helping grcpool. I wish you the best of luck here and happy hunting! David C Blanchard [disciple of @dc7d ]
  10. Starter Coins for Beginners

    Well, not exactly lazy--more like frustrated. I'm new, but already dedicated to helping others--have already donated about 50% of what I've earned here to ten or so new users, and pledged another 10% to gridpool. My biggest hurtle this past week has been my inability to exchange a surplus of BTC to GRC. Every exchange I've tried has been swamped since the beginning of this year and many say (flat out) "currently not accepting new registrations. Soo, if you could help me with this one-time exchange, I'm perfectly willing to negotiate an exchange rate with you. I'm just hoping you didn't say it in jest. I'm willing and ready to do this. If the offer is still good, please name your price. Thank you for your time and consideration! David C Blanchard [disciple of DC7D] S8VPGkvtqCBxpAsiBzFsGao7G4qoKEody2
  11. Starter Coins for Beginners

    Is anybody here still at rock bottom (just needs a few coins to get started)? Maybe I can help.
  12. Starter Coins for Beginners

    I'm new also, but let me send you at least something to get you started. If it helps, I'd ask two things from you. A "like" from you would be nice, and if you don't mind paying grcpool instead of paying me back I think a modest percentage donation is the best way--because it would benefit the most people, and it's proportional to your profit you you will be showing your gratitude not only to new members, but also to the founders and developers who have worked so hard to create and maintain thhis site for little or no salary. If you like the "donate a percentage to the pool" concept, I'd encourge you to give more than the typical 0% to 0.01% (yes, really--I've seen it). On the other hand, there's no need to go crazy either. Just enough to show that you're serious--which only you can decide. FAIR DISCLOSURE--As a rule, I don't give to charities. I don't like them, and I don't trust them. BUT, I make this one exception for grcpool. I don't give so much that I "sandbag" myself, Just enough to show my appreciation to the founders, the folks who initially helped me, and encourage new members. [My benefactor and mentor is dc7d. His only request was that I help others.] Please check your wallet--you should have starter coins shortly. Good hunting and best wishes! David C Blanchard
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    @Acousticfiend Consider it done. It isn't as much as I'd like but, If it helps, a "like" from you would be nice. Also if you don't mind paying the pool instead of paying me I think a modest percentage donation is the best way--because it would benefit the most people, and I like that it's proportional to what you earn here. Sadly since it's the "gift that keeps on giving" the majority of people here seem to take the "epsilon" approach. That's where we part company. I'm looking for the next "tip of the spear" and hoping it's you. FAIR DISCLOSURE--As a rule, I don't give to charities. I don't like 'em, and I don't trust 'em. But, somehow grcpool is, um, "different". Honestly, I don't give so much that I "sandbag" myself, and not so much that I can't throw a nod to the founders, developers, and all the folks here who initially helped me, and a few new members. Please check your wallet--you should have some shortly. Happy hunting and may the GRC gods be on your side! David C Blanchard [DC7D Disciple] '
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    Uh, sorry @Nehemoth. [Did I mention I'm new here? ;) ] Well, since you bothered to reply, let me at least send you something. If it helps, I'd ask two things from you. A "like" from you would be nice, and if you don't mind paying the pool in lieu of paying me back I think a modest percentage donation is the best way--because it would benefit the most people, and it's proportional to whatever you make (no to mention that it "keeps on giving" which is probably why some people choke on it, but whatever). FAIR DISCLOSURE--As a rule, I don't give to charities. I don't like them, and I don't trust them. BUT, I make this one exception for grcpool. I don't give so much that I "sandbag" myself, and not so much that I can't reward all the founders, and all the folks who initially helped me, and help a few new users, like you, personally. Please check your wallet--you should have some shortly. Good hunting and best wishes my friend! David C Blanchard [DC7D Disciple] '
  15. Starter Coins for Beginners

    Right now I'm trying to help as many new members as I can, but I'm only earning about 6 GRC per day. Are you willing to sell me some GRC that I can buy with BTC? My mentor (DC7D) has warned me that some exchanges don't want "purchase by proxy" but I don't know if that applies in this case. But I'm trying to look at the greater good I can do here and I don't need much for that. How many are you looking to sell?
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