General Questions

You can begin mining by creating a wallet, downloading a miner or mining operating system, and configuring the miner. You can visit Miner Configuration for more details.
A block is where transaction data is recorded on the network. When new transactions occur, miners process them into new blocks which are added to the end blockchain. On Ravencoin, this happens every minute.
A share is what your miner sends to us as a possible cryptographic solution to a block. There may be hundreds of thousands of shares sent to us as possible solutions to a block until one share is that solution.
Share difficulty allows us to estimate the miners contribution to the overall work of finding a block. Share difficulty differs from network difficulty. We currently support a 0.2 (862M, Variable to 0.1-MAX) difficulty for GPU miners, and a fixed 34.36G higher difficulty for mining rig rentals/nicehash.

Our main port (5299) supports variable difficulty, so if you have a larger amount of GPUs, it will automatically increase share difficulty as you mine. Similarly, if you have a single lower powered GPU, it will reduce to 0.1 (431M) difficulty.
Finding a block is all about probability. We can estimate roughly what our "effort" to finding a block is by comparing our share difficulty to the network difficulty ((share difficulty / network difficulty) * 100). In a perfect world, we'd find a block at 100% of our effort.

This is where luck comes in. Sometimes we find a block earlier than our effort. For example, if we found a block at 50% of our effort, we were lucky. If we found a block at 150% of our effort, we were unlucky.

Using this effort metric, we can estimate some metrics. For example, we can estimate the time to find a block, or hours to find a block on our Blocks page. We also list the current effort for the current mining round there.
While we do not rent mining rigs ourselves, we do support mining rig rentals. Nicehash and other higher powered mining rig rentals should use: for higher difficulty rigs.
A mining round is the time we're trying to find a new block. Once we find a block, we reset round statistics and a new round begins. Some things get carried over from one round to the next, such as the amount you've mined if you didn't reach the minimum payment.
Your hashrate is determined on our servers by the shares your miner sends, and the share difficulty. Sometimes that number could be higher or lower than what is reported in your mining software, which is very normal.
It spells "KAWW" on the buttons of a US telephone. Other than that, it has no significance.

Payment Questions

We use a proportionate payment system. This means two criteria have to be met to be paid:

  • 1. You must meet the minimum payout amount. You can see the current minimum payout at our Blocks page.
  • 2. The pool needs to find a block. You can view the estimated time to find a block on our Blocks page.

More hashing power and more miners mean less time for a block to be found.
The pool needs to find a block for you to get paid. Once we find a block and that block matures, our payment system will send you your proportionate payment.

If you've generated over the minimum payment amount, your "Total Paid" amount will be what was sent to you. If you have generated under the minimum payment amount, it will show up as "Total Balance". When the next block is found, we will calculate your total balance + what you've earned during the current round, and if it is over the minimum payment amount, all your owed balance will be sent.

Example: Let's say you mined 7 RVN during the first round, once we find a block 7RVN will be added to your Total Balance since it doesnt meet the minimum payment amount. In the next round, Let's say you mined 50 RVN. Once we find the next block, we'd combine the 50 RVN + the 7RVN from your balance and send you 57 RVN.
Based on the number of shares you submitted, it is how much is estimated you'll be paid the next time the pool finds a block.

If you've just started mining with us, this number will change as you submit more valid shares. If you consistently mine with us, it should level out to a stable amount based on your hashpower.

If another miner with significantly larger hashpower comes online, the number may change according to the overall proportion of shares for the current round.
In each round of finding a block, miners are submitting shares with varying degrees of share difficulty. They will be paid for that effort proportionately to other miners work when a block is found.

For more information this page explains the differences well.
Eventually, yes. Proportionate is was easiest to implement as our pool began. We're working on implementing other payment systems for the future.
Search for your worker using your payment address in the search box above, or go to our workers page and find your worker using the search option. Click the address and it will bring you to your worker's details.

On the righthand side of the page, there is a "Minimum Payment" area. To the right of that click "Update". You can now enter your new minumum payout amount. You will need to enter your worker's EXTERNAL IP address to verify you own the worker.

Click Submit. If the details are correct, you will see a success message.
If your workers are on the same network as your computer, googling "My IP" will likely give you the information you need.

If your worker is on linux (command line), using "dig" should work. Example: "dig +short" should return your external IP.

If you are using HiveOS, go to your worker page. On the bottom of the page there will be a "Remote IP" feild. If you hover over it, it will display your external IP.