Gridcoin Weekly+ Wallet Update
![0_1472478094247_grid.png](https://i.imgur.com/AirSeTJ.png) **Welcome to Gridcoin Weekly.** We aim to write about what happens in the Gridcoin world and have some longer in depth sections on topics that has been hot the current week, and try to highlight many of the current interesting things. We give you tips and statistics to make you feel up to date on everything regarding the network. Do you wish to see something special, please leave a comment in the section below. Enjoy! Finding new interesting projects and SSL enforcment The talk about SSL continues and there are currently a vote in the wallet about this. The vote is about if we should enforce SSL for projects. If the community votes yes there will then be votes per project to remove or keep that project on the whitelist. If you wish to make sure a project are kept, and they are not using SSL, make sure to get in touch with the project managers for the project. There is also a Projects Forum for everyone to talk about different projects and their status of SSL. The search for interesting project to add to the whitelist has also been done. Many projects has been contacted already. If you know of a project that is not whitelisted yet and think it should be, you should reach out on the forum. They are open for anyone to submit a project they think can be good and will do the work of contacting them to see if they fit the criteria to be on the whitelist. Wallet improvements for new users The wallet has been discussed heavily, especially how it can be improved for new users. Many users that are new come to Gridcoin directly from BOINC and may never have been exposed to crypto currency before, resulting in many questions and issues that many long time users may not think about. The main developer of Gridcoin has done a great job with the client, but as work progresses the design could be improved. There has been suggestions to improve the graphical status to show the loading progress. An idea is to have something like "Message of the Day" directly in the wallet, to alert users about new things happening. Ideas, Issues and things regarding the wallet and network can be submited to the Github page for the developers to be noticed. In other news Contest: Create a new wallet splash image (GRC Reward!) Contest: Create an intro song for the 'Gridcoin Community Hangout' (GRC Reward!) New AMD Zen Processors to Make BOINC Computing & Gridcoin Mining More Competitive? Open source Gridcoin Pool Project @stevescoins writes about "Gridcoin Finance Team" ideas @rtw93 writes about Gridcoin in German Gridcoin Hangout Coinomi status was raised and no progress has been reported yet. Coinomi has not given any updates for 2 months, Customminer asks everyone to re-tweet his posts towards them to get an update on it. An update regarding Project Rain by Customminer Voting Balance (Magnitude+Balance) has not been resolved yet, some issues are raised and discuessed Listen to the Gridcoin Hangout on SoundCloud (takes a few days after live session before it's posted) Votes in Progress Poll Title Poll Voting Name Options Ending Should SSL encryption be mandatory for whitelisted projects ssl_enforcement_poll Yes / No September 5 What are the best projects what_are_the_best_projects Multiple Choices September 5 What communication platform do you prefere communication_platform_preference Multiple Choices September 5 Gridcoin Decentralized Voting System Documentation **Wallet Updates** Version 22.214.171.124 was released on 28th August. https://github.com/gridcoin/Gridcoin-Research/releases/tag/126.96.36.199 This updated fixes some of the issues with loading times and voting system. **Current Challenge** **Project** **Current Position ** Ending** SETI@Home (Registration Required):http://goo.gl/MfNrad 11 2016-08-29 World Community Grid:http://goo.gl/fK8m2p 1 2016-09-05 Joining a challenge may give extra profit trough Project Rain. Any update regarding rain can be found on the official forum:https://cryptocointalk.com/forum/464-gridcoin-grc/ Upcoming Challenges Project Start Date End Date Currently None - - This Week in Numbers This Week Last Week Change Team Users 7835 7790 +45 Active Users (Neural Network) 1716 1716 - Active Users (Boincstats) 2197 2122 +75 Pool Users 1347 1323 +24 https://steemit.com/gridcoin-weekly/@sc-steemit/gridcoin-weekly-2-week-34
Gridcoin Weekly+ Update
We aim to write about what happens in the Gridcoin world and have some longer in depth sections on topics that has been hot the current week, and try to highlight many of the current interesting things. We give you tips and statistics to make you feel up to date on everything regarding the network. Do you wish to see something special, please leave a comment in the section below.
Gridcoin Weekly Supports the Community with Steemit
From todays issue we will convert 50% of the SBD, from both first and second distribution, to Gridcoin and rain on all users in the Neural Network. If you up-vote us, you support the community. The remaining 50% will be converted to Steem Power for voting power on Steemit. The result from distribution will be presented in this section next week.
A topic that has been greatly talked about in the community is the balance of wallet votes.
@cm-steem writes about the basic issue with an equal balance of voting between balance and magnitude. It has been discussed in the Gridcoin Forum and many ideas has been bounced back and forth.
After much discussion there has today been a Voting announced. There are two different votes made as one is for crunchers and one is for investors. As a cruncher you can vote in both.
Make sure you read up on the topic before voting since it is pretty much to take in. You shouldn't vote on previous issues that has been fixed but rather what you see as best in the future.
Everyone should make sure to vote on this
The Project SSL Enforcement
The ongoing project of increasing the security for all the users has entered the final stages. The poll for enforcement of SSL ends September 5th and currently has a majority of making SSL a default requirement.
When this poll ends a new poll for every project that is not having a SSL certificate will be created. This will base the final decision of removing a project or not. If a project is voted out because of the missing SSL requirement they will be included again when they enable SSL. This will probably not require another vote.
Anyone interested in reading about the issue should check these topics:
- Why SSL is so important for us
- Should SSL Encryption be Mandatory
- Gridcoin Hangout #5 that gets released in a few days.
In other news
- [Contest] The Contest to find the next Wallet Splash Image is gaining momentum. Make your entry today and win GRC!
- Brainstorming new ideas for Wallet UI
Gridcoin related BOINC Projects News
- PrimeGrid has a Summer Paralympics Challenge during September 2 - September 7.
- Cosmology@Home writes about publication regarding results from their new application starting in February 2016.
- Atlast@Home enables Multicore WUs as they end beta stage but gets some issues with VirtualBox
- vLHC@Home reaches an impressive 3 Trillion Events.
- ClimatePrediction explains a recent paper released regarding extreme weather events.
- GPUGrid announces a new beta application release
- YoYo@Home announces xyyxf project achieved t50
- Possibilities to reach out to charity organizations for enabling Gridcoin donations
- Wallet Splash image contest will continue for at least another week
- Possibilities regarding an open pool ideas was discussed
- Encryption and SSL enforcement discussion and what it will mean for the community
Listen to the Gridcoin Hangout on SoundCloud (takes a few days after live session before it's posted)
Votes in Progress
Poll Voting Name
Yes / No
Wallet was updated to 188.8.131.52.
Fixes for this release:
Fix unix build problems
Challenge Issuer Project Current Position Ending Team China World Community Grid 1 2016-09-05 PrimeGrid PrimeGrid - 2016-09-07
Joining a challenge may give extra profit trough Project Rain. Any update regarding rain can be found on the official forum.
Challenge Issuer Project Start Date End Date Crunchers Sans Frontieres PrimeGrid 2016-09-08 2016-09-12 Gridcoin World Community Grid 2016-09-14 2016-09-21
Challenge Issuer Project End Date Position SETI.Germany SETI@Home 2016-08-29 10
This Week in Numbers
This Week Last Week Change Team Users 7907 7835 72 Active Users (Neural Network) 1711 1716 -5 Active Users (Boincstats) 2189 2197 -8 Pool Users 1381 1347 34
Interested to join?
If you are not currently using Gridcoin but would like to, here are a few places to get help on how to start:
Gridcoin on Steemit
IRC: freenode.net gridcoin and gridcoin-help