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It was two years ago, June 11, 2017 at 2:40:26 AM EST, when delegate arkmoon officially registered on the ARK mainnet.
It had been roughly 4 years since I'd even looked at anything crypto-related, considering the fall of Mt. Gox had shaken investors to the core. Back then, crypto was still mostly the Wild West. You could only get Bitcoin through sites like Virwox after losing 20-40% in fees as you transferred from PayPay to Second Life Linden to Bitcoin... or shady sites where you had to use Dwolla or mail someone a money order and pray they didn't rip you off... or try your luck mining some of the new Bitcoin forks (e.g. Vertcoin, etc.) but odds are you weren't going to break even for at least 6 months, and I was too poor to buy and hodl long term.
When I heard "bitcoin" mentioned on a mainstream radio station in May, 2017, I scrambled to dig out old hard drives, CD-R's, laptops. Anything I might have had an old wallet on, but alas, I had sold it all in 2013 at a loss (anything that hadn't been stolen already).
Ethereum. "Hmm, that's new," I thought. And so, down the rabbit hole I fell, trying to decide now what to invest in. Bitcoin, yes, and some Ethereum. Ok, but the blockchains for these took days and weeks to download before I could even use them. There were new exchanges, such as Kraken and Bittrex. The fees were lower, and so I got started.
Then, one night in June, I found ARK. I'm not sure exactly how. Going through the list of coins available, ARK stood out in the fact that you didn't need to download an entire blockchain to start using it. You just downloaded the desktop wallet, and you had coins transferred in 8 seconds. So easy, it was something your grandma could do.
And then I continued to read about it. What it was built on, and how it worked. "Delegated Proof of Stake", definitely more affordable and environmentally friendly than running GPUs and ASICs with thousands of watts for mining POW coins.
I registered arkmoon delegate in an effort to solve a problem. Back in June, 2017, Ark delegates had a problem with pool hoppers. Delegates would schedule manual payouts either once per day or once per week. And right before a payout would happen, these pool hoppers would jump in and vote, essentially stealing potential rewards from loyal voters.
My initial delegate proposal was simple. Vote for me; I want to create a system that credits voters at the block-level, so they earn only if are voting for you, and you'll never have to worry about blacklisting pool hoppers again. I got virtually no support, which was frustrating. It got to the point where I simply removed myself from Ark from about June till September since no one had been voting for me. I'd like to take a second here to give a shoutout to delegate jarunik, who offered words of encouragement during this stressful time. Eventually, in October, 2017, a mysterious benefactor with over a million Ark decided to give me a chance by voting for me. Eventually, they slowly backed away while I gained my own voters organically through my dedication and higher share rate. For this chance, I am eternally grateful.
Around this time, the first biz delegate was created from 4chan, fat-fingered his payout and was begging for my solution. biz or the person behind it lasted a week, then was voted out in favor of the much more responsible GoldenPepe and his team biz_classic, who were able to release the first block-level payout script that was eventually adopted by (most) delegates. I say most, because there were several who never adopted it, and suffered as a consequence.
As time went on, we had our fair share of scammers; people who would write decent proposals, and would run off with their forging rewards. Delegates who had zero technical skill who doubled forged on the network. We've had a delegate publish their private passphrase on the blockchain. But all-in-all, things continued forward, and dedicated delegates appeared to mostly where we are today.
Then, we hit the big bull run in December, 2017 and everything was peachy. I had only been a delegate for less than 2 months, and really didn't have anything accumulated, but 2018 looked promising, so I kept working hard on building e-commerce and tax assistance sites to support the Ecosystem. As we all know now, we've been full bear mode for the past two years, but I have stuck with Ark in spite of it all simply due to the dedication I've consistently seen from the core Ark team and its delegates.
The Ark team has been consistently improving the stability and security of the blockchain, even as the price has fallen as low as it's been. Delegates such as alessio are dedicated solely on making sure the blockchain is secure, and delegates such as goose and I have been trying to develop useful tools to help both delegates and potential ARK users alike. We have cams_yellow_jacket producing professional videos, and thegoldenhorde continually impressing the community with their merch and awesome designs. Delegate arkland has amazing raffles. I can honestly say that I am proud to be part of this community.
Now, with the Ark Deployer, we are starting to see new people pop up in the Slack channels, asking how they can start up their own blockchains. The first person to start up their own chain is an accountant by profession, with little server-side experience and was able to get an Ark sidechain running in less than 24 hours. The true Ark Ecosystem is starting to form, and I am hopeful for the future.
I'd like to just take a moment to thank all my voters, and to all of you in the Ark Ecosystem for your continued support. I don't know what the future holds for us, but I am thankful for how far we've come.
|Service||Currency options for receiving payment||Payment options for buyers||Withdrawal procedure||Fees||Notes||Source|
|Paxum||EUR, GBP, USD||Must have Paxum||Prepaid card; to US bank account||$0.25/transaction||Poor quality info online; nonexistent customer service||Personal experience and http://bit.ly/2moKymk|
|Shakepay||Bitcoin, Ethereum||BTC, ETH, PolyAlpha||Convert to CAD within the app and etransfer it to yourself||None from Shakepay but may be bank fees||By far the most painless sign-up experience I've had||-Personal experience and http://bit.ly/2nfLSYU|
|Payza||24 others besides CAD||Must have Payza; can load from debit or CC||Convert to CAD in-app -> bank transfer, Payza card, or BTC http://bit.ly/2ndxIr7||Free||I have not used this - all info from website||http://bit.ly/2lKVHO7|
|eTransfer||CAD||CAD via email or text||None required||Varies by bank and account type||Only safe option here is to use a dedicated and separate email. I don't know if it would work using a number from Burner or Text Plus||Personal experience: When you receive money, the name associated with your bank acct isn't visible to the sender|
|PolyAlpha||Bitcoin via gift voucher||USD using PayPal or CashApp (see notes)||Bitcoin wallet||Currently around 18% and decreasing||a) I used Shakepay to receive BTC because it can convert to CAD in-app||Personal experience, Reddit, and http://bit.ly/2lItcAr (scroll to bottom -> Gift Vouchers -> "buy" or "redeem")|
|GiftRocket||USD||USD or merchant gift card via CC||Direct deposit to US account; gift card||Buyer pays $2 + 5% of value||a) I have not used this – all info from website b) Gift cards avail. for specific places – see website||http://bit.ly/2nh8kRk|
|Site||Direct deposit in CAD?||Direct deposit to US account?||Other payment options||Source|
|My Free Cams||No||Yes||Paxum, Payoneer||http://bit.ly/2njg59w|
|Bonga Cams||No||Yes||Paxum, Crypto (five different ones)||http://bit.ly/2o14X1h|
|ManyVids||Yes - $30 fee but FREE to deposit to Canadian USD account||Yes||Paxum||http://bit.ly/2o36d49|
|OnlyFans||No||Yes||Paxum||Via email b/c info is only available to registered account holders|
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