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General Questions

How much am I paid per share?

See also: Capped PPS with Recent Backpay reward system

Do you support merged mining of namecoins?

As of March 23, 2013, as per this post on Bitcointalk, Eligius will no longer offer namecoin merged mining to miners. Due to lack of maintenance/updates to the client code, as well as several potential exploits of the chain existing.

How do I mine namecoins?

See above.

Where do I sign up?

No registration is necessary. Just follow the instructions on the Getting Started page.

Is pool hopping allowed?

YES! Pool hopping is not punished. You will be paid your fair share just like everyone else.

Can I mine over Tor?

Yes, but exit nodes are blocked. Please use http://xg3mjrqqxal4i5g7.onion:8337 to mine using our tor hidden service.


Are botnets allowed on Eligius?

Please don't use Eligius for illegal botnets. While we don't actively look to identify botnets, they often disrupt our services, and we are willing to provide full cooperation with law enforcement to tracking them down and putting criminals behind bars. We reserve the right (at our option) to make attempts to block botnets (legal or not) if they disrupt service (usually due to having a lot of CPU miners without noncerange support). If you would like to use Eligius for your legal botnet, please contact Luke-Jr for assistance in ensuring it doesn't disrupt service.

Help! I'm infected with a virus using your service!

There is nothing we can do without a police report or request from applicable law enforcement. Please report this crime to your local law enforcement agency, and feel free to direct them to us for information or assistance. If you know the jurisdiction of a suspect, you may wish to report it to that jurisdiction's law enforcement as well.

I represent law enforcement, and we are investigating a crime

Contact Luke-Jr with your request for information/assistance. If you wish to intercept "payouts" of the criminal's address, please include citation of the relevant laws authorizing such.

Please be sure to include:

Information we can probably provide:

Connection trouble

Avast is blocking mining.eligius.st

Avast anti-virus has wrongly labelled the mining server as being infected. First, please be sure to complain to Avast for their false positive. Then, please head over to IRC for help working around the issue, if you do not wish to disable Avast until they have fixed it.

Can't connect to pool

Mining trouble

Payouts don't show with Instawallet

Due to a bug in Instawallet (it ignores payouts, sent as "generated"), it will not show your rewards in your balance, nor allow you to spend them. Please use another wallet provider such as MtGox (or run your own) until Instawallet fixes this issue.

I'm getting "warning: job finished, miner is idle" messages

You are using an old version of poclbm, and your connection is slow. We recommend using the latest version of poclbm for best efficiency.

My balance/estimate went down. Is something wrong ?

The "balance" shown by some interfaces to Eligius includes your estimated reward for the current block. If the pool runs out of funds, it will give what it gets to the most recent shares it hasn't paid yet and leave the rest in the share log. If your hashrate does not maintain the same percentage of the "last N shares", it is possible for your estimated portion to go down until the block is found. In this case, the pool will still remember your contribution, and include the difference in future rounds, which might be luckier and pay you for the shares found before.

My unpaid reward went down. Is something wrong ?

Occasionally, two miners find a valid block at the same time. Since only one can be accepted by the network, they compete in popularity until another block is found. When that happens, the new block chooses which of the competing chains is valid. The other one becomes an orphan, or invalid, and in reality simply retroactively "never happened". Some graphs will show the true history, from when that block was believed to be real.

Can I use the same "username" for more than one miner?

Yes, you can use as many miners as you want, all mining with the same username to the pool. In fact this is probably the normally expected behaviour.

Payment Queue

When do I get paid?

You will enter the Payout Queue once you qualify for payout. This is when you have earned 100 TBC (0.16777216 BTC). Miners who stop mining and have zero new earnings for seven days will also enter the payout queue regardless of their balance.

Why is there a minimum payout?

This feature was added to help miners avoid transaction fees. If you only earn 0.00001 BTC every round (common prior to minimum payouts), when you go to send someone 1 BTC, you will have 100,000 "input" coins. This will make your transaction have a large data size, which incurs fees to send. By delaying payouts until a reasonable average transfer size, the number of inputs can be minimized and fees incurred by the miner reduced or eliminated. Periodically, Eligius miners hold a poll to determine if the minimum payout amount should be adjusted.

How does the Payout Queue work?

Payouts are processed in 25 BTC chunks as blocks are found. The Payout Queue prioritizes qualifying payouts based on their age (oldest earnings not yet paid). As you continue to mine, your balance increases and so do those ahead of you already in the Queue, so you may be bumped into the next found block chunk of payouts.

How do I find out where I am in the Payout Queue?

The estimated payout queue can be accessed at http://eligius.st/~twmz/ Search for your payment address and it will show your approximate position and estimated payment amount. This is a dynamic listing and will change as mining progresses in the pool. Each block of estimated 25 BTC payment is separated by a dark line.

What happens if the Payout Queue gets too long?

If the payout queue gets unreasonably long, the pool can manually send an old-fashioned transaction to pay off a large chunk of the buffer.

It says I will be paid in XX days XX hours, Why is it going up?

Please read it again: This is the Balance Age; The Balance Age shown is the time since you began earning toward your current balance. This is NOT when you will get paid. There is no specific way to determine when you will get paid since the time to solve a block varies by difficulty and variance ("luck").

What happens with the surplus Bitcoins generated and the queue is empty?

Surplus Bitcoins are placed in the pool's reserve balance, which is stored in an offline wallet for manual payout when the pool cannot keep up with generating payouts at a quick enough rate.

What is this "Generated (x.xxxxxxxx matures in XX more blocks)" in the bitcoin client?

Payments are “Generated” by the pool, these are freshly “minted” BTC. The pool sends you a Generated amount of BTC as per the Payout Queue, this is as if you generated the BTC in solo mining. These payments are yours, but not usable until they have "matured" at least 100 blocks. Most clients prevent spending until they reach 120 confirmations.

How much time will it take to “Mature”?

This depends on how fast blocks are generated in the overall Bitcoin network. By design, the rate should average 6 blocks per hour.

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This page was last modified on 29 April 2013, at 16:26.


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