Hello everyone, A stake pool proof-of-concept is now running and is ready for testing. It is currently running on testnet only and is available at https://teststakepool.decred.org. A stake pool allows you to purchase tickets and have the pool redeem and vote on your behalf. The pool has no access to your funds. At worst, the pool could vote in a way that you disagree with. This is perfect for people who wish to take part in Decred's proof-of-stake (PoS) mining but cannot do so due to a range of factors: You do not want to keep a wallet unlocked constantly You lack of a reliable, fast, and low latency Internet connection You do not have access to hardware that is online 24/7 for months The plan for stake pools going forward is as follows: Get issues worked out using the testnet pool Add outstanding stake pool features Launch a pool for mainnet use Release the source code In the near future, the project would like members of the Decred community to become stake pool operators for which they can charge a nominal fee for doing so. This would allow the project to shut down the proof-of-concept pool so development can be transferred to other priorities. You are thus cordially invited to come jump in the stake pool and help test! Sincerely, Decred Project Note: An issue tracker has been opened at https://github.com/decred/dcrstakepool/issues for any issues you find. Report them so the project can improve and fix problems.