SSV Community Digest — Issue #3

By BenAffleck.

BenAffleck
Nov 8 · 5 min read

#3! Welcome to the SSV Community Digest. Thanks to the Blox Staking team, we have a lovely custom thumbnail🥰. I hope you like it. Happy digesting.

Now that Altair is history, off to the merge. Paul Hauner gave a brilliant visual representation of how execution and consensus layers work together in the latest PEEPanEIP session. If you’re new to Eth2/PoS, this is a great way to learn about the mechanics, with a very beginner-friendly explanation by Paul, and to kick-start your SSV learning journey.

Blox has granted the ssv.network DAO 👛500k of SSV tokens and fulfilled its promise. ka-ching🤑.

With r/EthStaker we welcome another prominent member to the SSV operator network. Howdy👋!

Talking about prominent operators, Michael from stakewith.us, one of the earliest members of the SSV DAO, was a guest on the know your operators series. So have a look and get to know each other🤝.

It’s all about the community, they said. The DAO proposal to have the community Ambassadors and Moderators as Partners of the ssv.network passed the vote, which makes us proud🥂.

Speaking of the DAO in action, the proposal to add $500k of SSV and $500k of ETH to the SSV/ETH uniswap pool was voted successfully🚦, waiting to be executed by the DAO multi-sig committee.

The DAO can’t get a rest😴. A new partner proposal is currently discussed on the forum, ready for voting soon. Chainlayer.io, DSRV, Infstones, SkillZ, and Edi Sinovčić (CEO of ShardLabs) want to become partners of the SSV DAO. Questions❓ Take the chance and comment on the proposal.

Are you looking👓 for a new job in the crypto space? Blox Staking is hiring a Head of Network Growth North America to grow the ssv.network. A strong signal⚡!

With the ssv.network constantly growing, we see more and more guides and tutorials created by the community. One outstanding example is the SSV Operator Setup Guide of Nodes.Guru. If you want to become an SSV Operator, this guide is for you.

👩‍💻👨‍💻The SSV core developers made great progress on the operator client and released version 0.1.4 that finally includes slashing protection and significant network improvements. Operators, please 🆙grade. This comes right in time before the incentivized testnet will start in a few weeks (ETA TBA).

We also saw lots of community content about SSV on YouTube. Dr Niki shared his thought on the SSV Token price prediction, and The Brutal Investor👊 did a brutally honest analysis of SSV.

Alon Muroch from Blox had a busy time promoting SSV📢. He was a guest at #ETHCC talking with SkillZ about the SSV solution for trustless staking. Alon was also involved in a Talk with Alex Melikhov, the CEO of Equilibrium, and Samy Karim from Binance during the virtual Crypto Fest 2021.

Still not satisfied? Dean#4242 updated the general resources section with tons of new content. If you run out of Netflix shows, this is an excellent go-to place.

🤚Caution: A growing network attracts an increasing number of scammers. If you ask for help publicly, chances are you get DMed by scammers. Always make sure that you’re talking to a real community member or Blox employee. Better verify twice. Real support will never ask for your seed or any transaction. Please report to the community if you see any suspicious activity.

👨‍👧‍👦 Community Asks

Greyhound#1921 asked why solo validators are getting noticeably fewer rewards after Altair and if we can improve it to get back to the pre-Altair level?

Ambassador fod#8970 confirmed that this is expected after Altair and provided us with a good Reddit summary post on Altair income.

helnkay#9359 asked about the benefits of voting with the SSV token and why one needs to vote. BenAffleck#9383 (that’s me😀) took the chance to provide insights and a set of documents to learn more about the DAO:

“This is the concept of a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO). A DAO has no central leadership. Decisions get made from the bottom-up, governed by the community. This is all organized around a specific set of rules.
Have a look at our SSV DAO guidelines. If you look at all the important proposals DAO members can vote on; you’ll see how important it is.”
Source: Discord

I1OFF#5563 and other members want to know what they need to run locally to become a Validator. Yorick#0990 puts the answer straight:

[It’s all] run by the operators. The basic design is that someone who owns a validator — the actual thing backed by 32 ETH — splits its signing key, and gives one piece each to a node operator. The [Node Operators] run the execution and consensus clients, and code that comes to consensus on the key fragments and signs attestations.
Source: Discord

🚀 DAO Updates

🚦 The proposal to add SSV/ETH liquidity to the Uniswap v3 Pool passed the voting and is ready to be executed.

🚦 Same goes for the DAO Partner Program — Community Ambassadors and Moderators, which reached the necessary quorum in participation, and passed.

📃 A new proposal to add more partners to the DAO Partner Program — Batch 1, Group #3 — Proposal — ssv.network is ready for your review.

🎁 Out of the Blox (Staking)

📢 Apply today!

Blox is looking for a Head of Network Growth — North America to grow the ssv.network.

📢 Blox Live macOS Monterey (version 12)

The new Blox Live app version with macOS v.12 support is now out and available for download. There is no reason to update on other OS’s or older versions.

👨‍💻 Tools & Code

📢 The Operator Getting Started guide received important updates through a PR by Amir#6089 after an important finding of Yura#6585 on a mismatch in various documentation about the whitelisting of UDP and TCP ports. Have a look at the updated guide and correct your setup if needed.

📢 This man must be very busy: Again, Yorick from CryptoManufaktur updated his experimental high-availability SSV Node deployment repository to include the latest learnings. If you want to get serious as an SSV operator, this HA implementation is an excellent idea.

🔴 Videos & Podcasts

🎥 Know Your Operator is a series of calls between Blox’s CEO Alon Muroch and operators on the ssv.network. This time, stakewith.us was the operator of choice.

🎥 Yorick from CryptoManufaktur walks us through the secure generation of keys on Eth2 using a Linux Live CD/USB to generate the keys entirely offline, with the risk of compromise minimized.

📅 Events & More

The SSV Community Call #4 is currently being scheduled. Make sure to subscribe for updates on the Blox Youtube Channel to be the first to know.

We need you 👈

Have you spotted interesting content around SSV and related topics, or did you create content yourself? Let me know and drop me a line at batfleck9383@gmail.com. Any feedback is welcome.

— Ben

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