Hello! January payouts for December are complete.
First up, Payments:
For layer 1 payments, we paid 1135 unique wallet addresses, up from 693 last month. All of these wallet addresses earned enough that the fee wasn’t more than 25% of the payout amount. As a reminder, we are planning to further restrict this minimum payout threshold to 10% in the coming months. As stated in prior months, there was no specific minimum. Unlike prior months, this did show up in a significant way - it appears that our layer 1 pipeline found a low gas window and sent payments for node operators that earned in the ballpark of $35 to $41 last month, but then did not find another window until $71. So if you earned below $35 or between $41 and $71 dollars and did not specify zkSync, unfortunately you’ll have to wait for next month.
As a reminder, the exchange rate is pulled from CoinMarketCap at the time the transfer is performed. We do not determine the amount of STORJ until within five seconds of actually sending the transaction to Ethereum, to avoid as much STORJ/USD volatility as possible.
For zkSync payments, We paid 1218 unique wallet addresses. Everyone who opted into zkSync got a 10% bonus (and will again next month)! Thanks for participating in the future of Ethereum scaling with us!
Across both layers, we paid 2348 unique addresses. If you did not get paid and did not opt into zkSync, we’ll hang on to your payment in case fees drop next month or you accrue more.
Second up, Polygon:
We are announcing a Polygon trial! If you would like to be the first to be paid not using Ethereum layer 1 or zkSync, add
polygon to your list of wallet features (instructions are below)!
Please note that choosing to use Polygon is at your own risk and discretion. It is worth noting that the security properties of Polygon may be lower than that of layer 1 or zkSync. We are responsible up until the transfer is performed, and then the security of your funds is your responsibility.
The wallet features value is an ordered list and can include multiple values. Here is how you would specify preferring Polygon to zkSync, and zkSync to layer 1 in your config file:
operator.wallet-features: ["polygon", "zksync"]
And here is how you would specify it on the command line:
If you don’t want zkSync and want payments to fall back to layer 1 directly, don’t add zkSync to the list of supported wallet features for your node.
Just like when we first experimented with zkSync, we are going to try and send payments next payouts cycle through Polygon, but we are not guaranteeing it for this payout cycle. Please expect that your payment might still go through zkSync or layer 1 if we have to fall back to our existing systems. As a result, you must make sure that the wallet address you use is a key you control that can receive funds through any of the specified mechanisms.
To reiterate the above - your public key must be an address you can receive Polygon transfers, zkSync transfers, and layer 1 transfers on. Please make sure this is true before opting in to Polygon, otherwise you may lose funds. Polygon will not work for storage nodes that send their payout directly to an exchange address.
Thank you again to the community for asking for this. We’re excited to introduce this new payment mechanism! After this next payout cycle expect to see additional material and documentation but for now we’re eager for the opinions of our early adopters!
Last, if you participated in our storage node operator survey, thank you! We had literally thousands of responses, and payments to the subset of the first 50 responders who provided valid wallet or node addresses are (update:) now complete.
As always, if you have more questions, please make sure you’ve read through our mega FAQ.
Thanks again everyone!