Cue the smallest violin in the world. This piece will be called “Rant in C major”.
Recently I have come into a ton of problems while farming chia. Admittedly my setup is not the most effective and running Windows period could be considered sacrilegious when it pertains to the chia sphere. (editor’s note: I run Windows for my Chia farm)
However, the Windows GUI is going to be the option most of your everyday average joe farmer is going to use. And in this farmer’s opinion, it breaks a little too easily.
There are seemingly very few of us non technically minded farmers around scraping by on tossed code and relying heavily on the community for support. Without you guys honestly even farming a simple windows GUI setup would be impossible and I’m certainly grateful!
But that is also the problem. It is very finicky to run a farm at this stage; it is not a stretch to think someone might just say “screw it!”.
I’ve been at this point a few times over my chia farming career and can attest that having to resync the wallet or the full DB once or twice a month after a power outage; or some stupid unannounced Windows update that pushes a restart. Is very, very, very annoying. Obviously these things are avoided but it takes time and sometimes money I don’t want to spend. At least not at my farm size. I’m also not super technically inclined so it’s not as straightforward to me how to fix the little things constantly; and little things can snowball very quickly it seems.
I’m happy tossing a node into the mix; the allure of farming chia to me is the fact I can. But I also don’t want to be constantly scraping my head around troubleshooting something I’m only just starting to understand. Personally I’m a buy low sell high crypto investor so farming is not my personal forte. I also have no idea how to make it easier and I’m not suggesting anything other than, it’s currently a lot harder to farm than maybe it can be. I feel like a bit of an outcast as a simple chia farmer; in what seems like a sea of dwindling simple minds. If I feel this way. I wonder who else does? It’s certainly harder to keep a node running with so many little issues to solve constantly.
I’m not saying I’m going to quit, it just makes me work harder to hone the skill… but I’m not also everyone. There’s a long road to go for Chia to be stable enough for someone with lesser patience. We need that place. More options to farm is going to be necessary if the new POST algorithm is going to work. Ease of use is more important than the price of Chia 100% if Chia is going to be a good investment. Maybe things like flex farmer aren’t so bad if it helps make farming stupid simple and is more stable than the current full node.
When it rains it pours especially when it comes to farming chia. It’s just an average farmer being frustrated at the learning curve for something seemingly so point-click it’s almost perfect.
I guess It’s just sometimes not easy choring in the chia fields. Here we are another day of downtime for me having to resync the db again. The worst part being I don’t know why; and I really don’t want to know, I just want it to work. Need the patience of a saint to farm chia and I am not a Saint. Hopefully at minimum I can be a voice for the people scraping by with constant issues with no idea on who,what, where, when, why or how it’s going on. And I also want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped me out with fixes. Without you I’d be helpless!. Hopefully chia network can take some of the pressure off of you in the future.