Guide to use VertVote


Introduction

What is VetVote?

There are times when the Vertcoin community is being called upon to vote on important matters concerning Vertcoin. The community will be called upon to vote on the matter. In order to minimise the change of abuse, a person needs to have a minimum of 10 Vertcoins before he/she can vote.

How to Use VertVote?

First go to the voting site - https://vertvote.com

Select your choice and paste your Vertcoin address.

Copy message code and use wallet to encrypt it

Copy the unique message code from the voting site and use your wallet to encrypt it with your Vertcoin address. Open your Vertcoin wallet. Click 'File'->'Sign message'.

Paste your Vertcoin address and the message code to sign

Select the 'Sign Message' tab. Paste your Vertcoin address and the message code. Click on the 'Sign Message' button.

Copy generated Signature

A Signature will be generated. Click 'Copy' button to copy it.

Paste Signature into Voting site

Back to the Voting site. Paste the copied Signature into the Signature box using 'Control-V'. Enter the Captcha code and click the 'Hear Me' button. You have voted!

Vertcoin Stealth Address Guide


Introduction

What is Stealth Address?

Stealth Address provides a way for you to make Vertcoin payment using a public Vertcoin Address while preventing passive observers from knowing your transaction history.

You can watch the Vertcoin Stealth Address Video here.

Why Vertcoin Stealth Address?

Here is a quote from Vertcoin developers - "we do believe in transactional privacy akin to what you expect from your legacy payment/banking systems, such that it's not trivially easy for anyone to see your entire financial history."

How is Stealth Address compared to Bitcoin (transparent records) and other cryto-currencies' anonymity feature?

Here is a quote from Vertcoin developers - "Stealth addresses strike a good balance - all the transactions are still on the blockchain to be seen, but the link between an address and an individual is obfuscated. One thing that not many people seem to consider when talking about anonymity systems in cryptocurrencies is that true anonymous payments make all the blockchain tools you're used to useless."

Stealth Address is great! Can I use it now?

Yes, you can! The new Monocle wallet was released on 30 June 2014 while a new Vertcoin wallet was released on 1 July 2014. You can follow the instructions below to download the new wallet.

To begin, download the new Wallet :

New Vertcoin wallet for Microsoft Windows Users:

Before your download a new wallet, please rememeber to backup your wallet (by copying wallet.dat to another location).You can then download the new Vertcoin wallet here

New Vertcoin wallet for Mac Users:

Before your download a new wallet, please rememeber to backup your wallet (by copying wallet.dat to another location).You can then download the new Vertcoin wallet here

New Vertcoin wallet for Linux Users:

Before your download a new wallet, please rememeber to backup your wallet (by copying wallet.dat to another location).You can then download the new Vertcoin 32-bit wallet here or 64-bit wallet here

New Monocle wallet for Microsoft Windows Users:

Before your download a new wallet, please rememeber to backup your wallet (by copying wallet.dat to another location).You can then download the new Monocle wallet here

New Monocle wallet for Mac Users:

Before your download a new wallet, please rememeber to backup your wallet (by copying wallet.dat to another location).You can then download the new Monocle wallet here

New Monocle wallet for Linux Users:

Before your download a new wallet, please rememeber to backup your wallet (by copying wallet.dat to another location).You can then download the new 32-bit Monocle wallet here or 64-bit wallet here

As a Payment Receiver (eg a Merchant) :

Generate a new Stealth Address

  • Step 1 - Click the 'Stealth Addresses' tab at the top of the screen.
  • Step 2 - Click 'New Stealth Address' to generate a new stealth address.
  • Step 3 - Enter a label. It can be any short name you like to use to remember this Stealth address.
  • Step 4 - A new Stealth Address will be generated. Right-click to copy this address and give it to the receiver (ie Merchant). This Stealth Address can be treated by the receiver as a normal Vertcoin public key. For example, we copy down the stealth address : vJmur5zAJKpR24zb15RR3dcHacdGsQQRxzFhFtp9qGAaufiBuovPMWC8NLKPV6QAfE5zGsWakrVWkBxWNvvc4dssk7YSqib7GKbNcQ

  • Import Stealth Address Transactions

  • Step 5 - Click the 'Import Stealth Address Transactions' button which will allow the coins to show up in your wallet. This function takes awhile to complete. Note: This is an important step. If you do not click import, you will not see any new transactions that are using the Stealth feature.
  • Step 6 - Click the 'Transactions' tab to view the completed transactions.

  • As a Payment Sender (eg a Buyer) :

    Paste the Receiver's Stealth Address

  • Step 1 - Click on the 'Send' tab.
  • Step 2 - Paste the stealth address provided into the 'Pay To' field on the send tab and treat it as a normal Vertcoin transaction. For example, we paste this address vJmur5zAJKpR24zb15RR3dcHacdGsQQRxzFhFtp9qGAaufiBuovPMWC8NLKPV6QAfE5zGsWakrVWkBxWNvvc4dssk7YSqib7GKbNcQ into the 'Pay To' field.
  • Step 3 - Enter the amount
  • Step 4- click the 'Send' button. When prompted for confirmation, click 'Yes'.

  • Vertcoin P2Pool List and Node Finder: FAQ


    For End-Users

    What is Vertcoin P2Pool List and Node Finder?

    The Vertcoin P2Pool List and Node Finder is a site that can help you find a suitable P2Pool node to mine your Vertcoins. It gives you real-time information about the condition of each node such as its latency, uptime and efficiency.

    The site is dedicated to Lovok whose courage and determination have made the P2Pool second and third Networks possible. Back then, there was only one Network, Many low-hash miners could not access the P2Pool Network because the difficulty level was too high and it was very difficult to earn shares. Despite all odds and nay-sayers, Lovok successfully started the two Networks with a low 1M hash/sec miner in March 2014. The founder of this site is touched by Lovok's dedication and decided to join him as the second miner in a two-miner network then. Fast forward to today, we are happy to see the two Networks flourishing.

    Please join us to support this site and celebrate the amazing human spirit that makes the impossible possible. Please freely donate Vertcoins to Vx6huXvU37TCDxNy5fkZ8L5NhSN4KD4NR6 .

    How do I use this P2Pool Node Finder?

    There are three P2Pool networks in operation.

    Network 1 is for miners with 3M hash per sec or beter.

    Network 2 for miners between 1.5 to 3M hash per sec while

    Network 3 for miners below 1.5M hash per seconds. Choose a network and click on the button (ie for Network 1, 2 or 3).

    When the result is out, you can sort any of the columns in ascending or descending order by clicking on the header's up-down arrow

    How do I interpret the search result?

    The 'address' column shows the offical DNS address of the node if it has one and the node's IP address (ie in numeric digits) if it does not have a DNS address. You use this address to configure your miner.

    The 'Merged mine' column shows whether the node provides for double-mining Vertcoin and Monocles (little blue icon ) and triple-mining Vertcoin, Monocles and Parallax coins (little green icon ).

    The 'Latency' column shows how 'near' your miner is to the node. It is displayed in 3 colours - green, yellow and red. Typically, a miner would go for a green node because it will give them better hash result by minimising dead and orphan shares.

    The next column is 'Uptime'. This should how long the node has been 'tuned on'. A node may restart from time to time but if it restarts too often, it can be disruptive to its miners.

    The 'Efficiency' column shows how efficient is the node and its miners.

    The 'Fee' column. This is the fee which the node charges for its services.

    The 'Hash-rate' column. Hash-rate is the amount of hashes the node has at the moment.

    The 'Users' column shows the number of miners currently mininng on the node.

    How do I choose the right node?

    You can consider following few points to help you select a suitable node:-

    Reliability with quality Internet connection - you would like a node that is reliable and has a fast stable Internet connection. Some nodes are computers running from home, that is they are home-based while other are running on servers (server-based). Generally a server is more reliable than a home-based computer. How can we tell? A home-based node usually uses an IP address such as 201.123.123.123 because it does not have an official DNS address. In cases where a home-based node has a DNS name, its address is usually a long one and one which belongs to its Internet Service Provider. For example, 174-28-157-82.albq.qwest.net.

    The next point to consider is Latency and Fee. A low latency node (identified by green) will give you less invalid shares and therefore more earnings. However, the benefit of having low latency is lost if the node charges high fee.

    If you like to merged-mine with Monocle or Parallax coins, look out for nodes with the MON/PLX icons . These nodes are using authentic ProxyPool software produced by the Vertcoin developers.

    There may be a few nodes without these icons claiming to have merged-mining but using unorthodox means. These nodes do not have merge-mining ability and they redirect or channel miners' hashes of MON/PLX to another location. We do not know for sure how their MON/PLX shares are calculated. In addition, miners at these nodes get high stale rate or invalid shares for their MON/PLX! It is similar to mining at nodes with bad latency.

    How does a P2Pool work? And how does a ProxyPool work?

    A P2Pool network is a collective of all the nodes inter-connected in it. It pays miners using Pay-Per-N-Shares (PPLNS). As you mine, you earn shares. These shares have an expiry of one day and within 12 blocks being found, whichever is earlier. The shares will only be converted to coins if the P2Pool network found a block.

    A ProxyPool works by feeding on a P2Pool and it typically has an address with port number 9555 (instead of 9171, 9172 and 9174). ProxyPools use a type of Pay-Per-Share (PPS) which is the most generous type of payment where a miner will be paid regardless of whether he/she find a block. Look out for ProxyPools which implement Vardiff. Vardiff is a way where the pool talks to your miner regularly to determine the right difficult level for it to work.

    How do I get paid?

    For P2Pool: The P2Pool will set a difficulty level for a task. If your GPU successfully complete this task with the difficulty-level set, you will get a share. As the name goes, Network 3 will set a lower difficulty level than Network 2 which in turn has a lower diff than Network 1. When the P2Pool Network found a block, it will pay its miners from all its collective of nodes. The coins will appear as 'mine' and 'immature' in your wallet. You have to wait for them to mature before you can spend them.

    For ProxyPool: There is no rigid difficulty level set. As such, you do not need to restrict your miner to any of the network in Network 1, 2 or 3. A ProxyPool can work with all levels of miners from low to high. ProxyPools uses a kind of PPS and your miner earns these shares. Your shares will be paid out regularly irregardless of whether the pool find a block. You will have more consistent payout than P2Pool.

    Are the different P2Pool Networks connected?

    From a miner's perspective, No. They are not connected. What you mine in one Network cannot be brought into another Network.

    What is merged-mining?

    Merged mining means you are mining two or more types of coins while using the same hashes from your GPU. The result is that you get extra types of coin eg Monocles without needing more hashes or another GPU. Some of the nodes here mine purely Vertcoins. Some nodes here merged-mine Vertcoin and Monocles and a few nodes operate triple-mining - mining Vertcoins, Monocles and Parallax coins at the same time.

    If you like to mine with a double-mining node, you will need to download a Monocle wallet in addition to the Vertcoin wallet. For triple-mining, you will need to download Monocole and Parallax wallets too.

    Why is the latency of the same node can change over 100ms within a short time?

    Well, it should not. A packet is sent from your computer to each node and then return. This roundtrip timing is mreasured in real-time and it becomes the latency value. It is important that your comuter and Internet network be free from heavy usage or this latency value can be distorted. Check if any of your family members is watching a video clip and if your miners are intensively hashing away. These are some examples that can take up high Internet usage.

    For P2Pool Node Owners/Operators

    How can I publish my P2Pool node here?

    This P2Pool node finder automatically seeks out new nodes. In cases where your node does not appear, please check the following:

  • Your node is running on the right port. Different P2Pool Network uses different port.
  • You have opened up your router and firewall for the required ports.
  • You do not redirect your address and/or port to another location.
  • You do not use your node to publish/advertise someone else's node.
  • If your node has met all the above criteria but it is not listed, please let us know via email. Please note that this is a free service base on kind donations from the public. Being polite and patience in your email can go a long way.

    I like my node's address to be displayed as 'mycoin.mydomain.com' but it is showing as IP address '11.112.123.24'. How can I correct it?

    We publish the official rDNS name of a node as the node address. You would need to talk to your Internet Service Provider to obtain one.

    I like my node's address to be displayed as 'mycoin.mydomain.com' but it is showing as '24-123-112-11.ispnet.com'. How can I correct it?

    Same issue as above. You would need to talk to your Internet Service Provider to obtain one.

    My node can merged-mine(VTC+MON)/triple mine(VTC+MON+PLX). How can I have my node listed with the Monocle/Parallax mining icon?

    Congratulation for successfully getting merged mining to work on your node! To get your Monocle/Parallax icon, please take note of the following:-

  • Your node can fully process registration and payment of the merge-mined coins on its own.
  • You do not redirect Monocle/Parallax coin hashing and/or payment to someone else's node.
  • You do not use your node to publish/advertise someone else's node.
  • Please let us know via email.

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