November 9, 2023, October payouts complete

Hello! Payouts for the completed month of October are done.

First off, hopefully you have seen our announcement regarding payout rates taking effect December 1st. You should go read this if you haven’t, especially as it generated a lot of (very valuable) discussion.

Since these changes take effect December 1st, that means that payouts that happen in the beginning of November (this one) and the beginning of December (next one) for their prior months are not yet affected and will use the current rates. The rates currently in effect are here. And wow, I have had to keep looking up the definitions of “affect” and “effect” for this post.

For layer 1 payments, we paid 2,166 unique wallet addresses. There is no specific minimum payment threshold but it appears that for standard payouts, the pipeline was able to pay out for people who earned $5.59 or more.

For zkSync Legacy/Lite payments, we paid 974 unique wallet addresses. Thanks to everyone who helped us keep fees low by adopting zkSync! As a reminder, in September, we announced that zkSync Era and Legacy adopters now receive a 3% bonus.

This payout cycle was our second payout cycle using zkSync Era. Hooray! We had 91 unique wallet addresses receive transactions over zkSync Era. Thank you for volunteering to help us try this new technology! Like zkSync Legacy/Lite, zkSync Era adopters received a 3% bonus.

Note that zkSync payments of both kinds are now also subject to a minimum payout threshold. The pipeline paid any zkSync transaction of $0.34 or more.

Some feedback we received last month is that zkSync Era would benefit from the ability to pay fees in STORJ tokens. This is possible via a “paymaster” and we are evaluating some exciting options hopefully we can share more about soon. No news yet though. We will work to sort out a solution here before sunsetting zkSync Legacy/Lite.

Either way, if you were one of the zkSync Era adopters this payout cycle, please share an update with how your experience was!

If you want to specify willingness to use zkSync Era in advance of us sorting out zkSync Era “paymasters”, you can do so in a similar fashion to zkSync Lite/Legacy by modifying your wallet features configuration. The wallet features value is an ordered list and can include multiple values. Here is how you would specify preferring zkSync Era to zkSync Lite/Legacy, and zkSync Lite/Legacy to layer 1 in your config file:

operator.wallet-features: ["zksync-era", "zksync"]

And here is how you would specify it on the command line:


Also, a final reminder that we retired two Satellites! Europe-North-1 (12rfG3sh9N… and US2 (12tRQrMTWU… are no longer active, and payouts were closed out for them last month. There will be no more payouts for these two Satellites. They have now been removed from the trusted list ( ). Make sure to see these instructions for how to instruct your node to forget about these two Satellites.

Across all layers, we paid 3,207 unique addresses. As always, if you have more questions, please make sure you’ve read through our mega FAQ .

The new policies for bonuses to Ukrainian node operators announced in October are still in place.