Hi, I am Liliana, from The Shepherds @dblanch256 and @dc7d are the shepherds that make possible to be here helping you to start on your long way to distributed computing (yes, you will stick to it, and forever you will look at your pc as an instrument to help science)
Our personal suggestions are:
1- This is a way to collaborate, not of becoming rich
2- It's a long term work, you don't see results until you have been doing this for enough time.
3- The people will tell you that you need to have 1000-10000 coins yo get a reward, but don't get mad about it, the quantity of GRC you have determinate the earning frequency, sometimes you will hurry to have them and then you realize that rewards are not as much as you thought, so remember, you do this because you love it, not because they pay for it, so just go at your possible speed, not at others' desire.
4. Read and ask a lot, this is a friendly community where everyone wants to help as much as they can with their own experience, that's why sometimes you get wrong appreciations sometimes, so you have to look for different sources.
5. You can crunch by the pool or by solo- If by solo, you need to send your beacon and that's why you ask for coins here.
6. Visit the faucets daily. until now there are 2 of them working: http://www.gridcoin.ch/faucet.php works irregularly and https://gridcoinstats.eu/faucet.php
7. Crunch crunch and crunch, we strongly recommend to start with the pool, so you can have a daily income for sure and get the experience to know which projects are the best for you- Starting with the pool you get coins immediately, Starting by solo, you earn recognition immediately.
Coins in your way: @ecc @dudeintexas
You don't need to repay them, just if you are with the pool, be sure to donate, if by solo, when you have enough coins donate to other new researchers like you in this forum.
@dudeintexas All the crunch you did will be available on the net for reward during 6 months, so try to stake as soon as you can, keep your wallet on line 24 hours/day