Byteball World Community Grid Distribution Is Back On Track

… And we’re increasing the rewards to celebrate its return!

WCG has sorted the GDPR compliance issue, and the “World Community Grid linking bot” in your wallet’s Bot Store is fully operational once more. Having the WCG bot is pretty good news in itself, but we have decided to add a couple more things to make it even better:

  • Increased reward: the reward size will be raised to $1 for 100,000 pts.
  • 10% bonus to team members: all WCG “Byteball.org” team members will receive the bonus on top of the reward itself.

It goes without saying that all the computational work that has been done during the API issue will be paid the very moment the WCG linking bot sees your new stats.

Other good news is that the reward increase is retroactive, it will apply to the points generated since May 23 and will reward the users who continued crunching while the API was unavailable. The same is true for the 10% team bonus.

New WCG users need to edit their settings

If you joined WCG after May 23 you will need to change a setting in your account in order to start earning Bytes.

To do so:

  1. After logging in to WCG, click ‘Settings’ in the top menu and then ‘My Profile’ in the menu on the left

2. Scroll down to where it says ‘Choose to display or hide your data’ and make sure the first radio button ‘Display my data’ is selected, then click ‘Save’ at the bottom of the page.

What was the issue?

EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that came into effect May 25 resulted in WCG closing all access to the API. This in turn caused a temporary interruption to the bot operation. Byteball applied for an API token the same day the API issue occurred. The WCG reaction was fast too, though as it happens, the corresponding legal procedures have taken much longer than expected. Eventually, WCG decided that no API token will be necessary, the APIs will stay publicly available but users are now offered better control over their data.

Why the WCG initiative is worth supporting

As you know, there is no mining process in Byteball. Instead of burning energy to ‘prove work’, you can use your computer’s idle time to help scientists solve the world’s biggest problems in health and sustainability.

If it’s the first time you have heard about Byteball supporting the IBM’s WCG initiative, this story by @Suirelav is also worth reading, or see the original WCG integration announcement from Byteball.