Hello all. Seeing as Laura has gone to the trouble of starting this thread I thought that it was time I poked my head above the parapet and identify myself as one of the validators on this first iteration of Enigma’s mainnet. It is fantastic to see this happen, even if the manner in which it has come about is not what most of us were expecting!
To be completely honest with you I’ve been lurking on the forums somewhat over the last couple of weeks just soaking it up and seeing what the mood is. Whenever a dramatic change like this occurs out of the blue, it’s bound to cause a lot of uncertainty in people’s minds, and to lead to a lot of speculation as to reasons behind certain decisions, motivations going forward etc. All of which is compounded by the restriction on the team’s ability to comment on any of it, or even to talk about why why the can’t comment on it. And I really don’t know any more about what is going on than most of the other voices on the various Telegram groups.
I am in no way connected to the team, even in a peripheral way. I don’t know any of the Enigma team personally or professionally and have never met any of them, nor have I ever met any of the other node runners. I bought ENG during the ICO and have been steadily accumulating ever since (inc. at $6… ) So I’m really just another bagholder / dude on Telegram. I’m hoping that many of you will find this reassuring in terms of the decentralization of the network.
I know that some of the other Validators are professional node runners and have their nodes set up on enterprise grade hardware. I am not in that category and am just running my node on a machine at home that I bought last year in anticipation of the Genesis Game. When Ainsley put the shout out on the forums towards the end of last year asking for people to help stress test and troubleshoot the networked testnet, I put my hand up and got involved particularly as I already had my SGX enabled machine standing by for the Genesis Game. I successfully got a couple of iterations of testnet secret node up and running, and it was that and only that which seems to have qualified me as an early participant in the mainnet when it launched on Cosmos. I was surprised as everyone else to hear that I’d received 100,000 SCRT and had no advance warning that this was going to happen.
I can appreciate why some people might perceive the distribution of 100k a piece of a new token to some people as being in some way unfair. But the fact is that the network needed bootstrapping some how, initially with a limited number of nodes. And having the criteria for those nodes be the proven ability to run a testnet node and nothing more, nothing less, seems a pretty unbiased and sensible way to have got the thing off the ground.
I also realise that it’s difficult for me to sound completely objective about things now that I’ve landed myself in the fortunate position of being one of the early validators. But I can assure you that going forward I intend to do everything I can make this work, motivated in part by my currently worthless SCRT. But mainly by the larger bag of ENG that I have bought with my own hard earned cash over the last three years, just like many of you. Given that most people reading this post will be ENG holders, it’s in everyone’s interest to ensure that the network is a success and that the community are able to orchestrate a swap from the ENG security to the decentralised SCRT utility token, so that as many of us as possible can start staking on the network. I hope that we can all work together to help make that happen as quickly and securely as possible.