Testnet [Beta] Week 7: New Members BONUS and Grab Bag of New Challenges LIVE!

:mega: New Testnet Release ‘Grab Bag’ is LIVE! :mega:

Testnet Findings and Improvements
@everyone Check out our latest blog here for a grab bag of new, fun challenges and last week’s testnet progress.

New Member Welcome Bonus
We have a New Member Welcome Bonus with double testnet points* for new joiners (check out challenge #16). This would be the perfect chance to invite your friends to join!

Get guidance from the team
Our team is happy to help you get started. Previously, we had a live demo to show members how to set up a node on the testnet. Send me a dm here or on Discord (o1christine#8079), and we can hop on a call to help you get started! We are also happy to help experienced users, so let us know if you get stuck, have questions on the challenges, or if there’s anything else!

Challenges

:small_blue_diamond: Challenge #16 “New Member Welcome Bonus” 1400 pts*

This week, we have a package deal with a big bonus for new members. This would be a great chance to invite your friends to join! New members who complete all of the following three challenges this week will receive two times the total points value as a bonus*: #1 ‘Connect to Testnet’, #3 ‘Join Discord’, and #6 ‘Nice to Meet You’ (check out all challenge descriptions here. So instead of 700 pts* (respectively 500 + 100 + 100), new users will receive 1400 pts* !

:small_blue_diamond: Challenge #17 “Hello Memo” 500 pts*

Did you know that Coda supports 32bytes of memos in its transactions? You can fit a SHA256 hash. Think of the possibilities! For this challenge, we’d like you to send a single transaction with a memo inside of it. coda client send-payment now supports a -memo flag. In that memo please stick the string “Hello Memo”. You can send this transaction to anyone, for example, a friend. You’ll earn 500 pts* for doing so. As always, please hit the faucet with your discord account so that we can associate a public key with your discord username in order to add your score to the leaderboard.

:small_blue_diamond: Challenge #18 “Oops” 500 pts*

Coda also supports canceling transactions — you just need to make sure to cancel it before it gets included inside a block! For this challenge, we’d like you to cancel a transaction. This means, (a) you must send a transaction and (b) take the transaction-id that comes out and then cancel it again with coda client cancel-transaction . You’ll earn 500 pts* for doing so. In order to incentivize nodes to accept your cancellations, a fee is debited from your account greater than the fee that’s present in the transaction pool. You’ll know if the cancellation when through if after a while you notice your balance is lowered (by the fees from the cancellation). As always, please hit the faucet with your discord account so that we can associate a public key with your discord username in order to add your score to the leaderboard.

:small_blue_diamond: Challenge #19 “GraphCoolL” up to 2500 pts*

Coda has a GraphQL API! It’s super experimental, and we are already in the process of changing several parts of it, but we’ve noticed that some in the community have already successfully built interesting tools on top of our API. We’re interested in getting your feedback! We want you to build something cool on GraphQL and tell us how we can make it better. You’ll earn 500 pts* for building something and including some sort of constructive feedback (note anything you have issues with, you wish were different, things that were easy, etc). Please share it as a post on discourse with a [GraphQL] tag. [GraphQL] Your title here . In order to receive points, you must (a) include your source code (via a link to a public repo on GitHub or embedded on the forums) and license it under the Apache2 license and (b) include some sort of constructive feedback (note anything you have issues with, you wish were different, things that were easy, etc).
You’ll earn 500 pts* for sending us anything that we feel has achieved (a) and (b), as described above, and we’ll award a BONUS of an additional 2000 pts* for the coolest use and 1000 pts* for second place! Good luck.

Week 6 Challenge Winners
Please join us in congratulating the winners of last week.

:medal: Challenge #15 — ‘Something Snarky’

This week’s challenge was to explore the Snarketplace by producing snark work and earning tokens from the snark work fees. 37 node operators produced at least one SNARK, and the users that earned the most Coda from these fees are:

4000 pts* 1. @LatentHero who earned 2241 testnet coda — LatentHero even managed to sell two SNARKs with a fee of 999 testnet coda!
3000 pts* 2. @Dmitry D who earned 1274 testnet coda
2000 pts* 3. @y3v63n who earned 849 testnet coda

:medal: Challenge #4 — ‘Community MVP’

1000 pts* Gold: @garethtdavies for being a leader in making the testnet a great, collaborative experience. He created a ranking board for the SNARK workers, continuously improved it, and shared it with the community, bounced off ideas related to GraphQL API during the office hours calls with the team, shared findings related to the challenge with other testers, and he is always around to help out in the community. Congratulations, garethtdavies, it’s great to have you here!

500 pts* Silver: @whataday2day for being one of the most active community members last week and since the testnet launch, helping out community members when they have questions, and making it easy for them to navigate through resources by adding information to the Community Wiki on the forum.
(Check out the instructions if you would like to make contributions to the community Wiki too!)

:medal: Challenge #7 — ‘You Complete Me’

1000 pts* Major Contribution: @garethtdavies for creating scripts/PRs for ranking SNARK workers, and identifying the owners of the public keys.

*Testnet Points (abbreviated ‘pts’) are designed solely to track contributions to the Testnet and Testnet Points have no cash or other monetary value. Testnet Points are not transferable and are not redeemable or exchangeable for any cryptocurrency or digital assets. We may at any time amend or eliminate Testnet Points.

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