Cardano SPOT Check: Useful Resource for Stake Pool Operators

For Cardano stake pool operators who have not been minting blocks recently or have never minted blocks before, have you ever wondered if your stake pool is configured correctly? I have this same question and fear which prompted me to document possible issues that can happen— especially hidden issues that cannot be seen through normal monitoring. Recently, I moved my notes to a proper site so that others may benefit from it. I call it the Cardano SPOT Check. Stake pool operators can use it as a reference to perform Basic checks but more importantly, I have also documented some Advanced checks to find possible node issues which are not apparent from the surface. I also added a Tips/Tricks and Troubleshooting section for things which I learned in the course of maintaining my own stake pool (WISH Pool).

Note that the Cardano SPOT Check site is still a work in progress and I don’t think it will ever be finished as we all encounter new questions and issues everyday. As such, I seek your understanding as it will not be complete and will never have all of the tools used by SPO’s across the world. I am also the only one updating the site on top of maintaining WISH Pool and my day job/family life so appreciate your understanding if certain topics like Prometheus/Grafana are not there at the moment.

In any case, I believe the site is already a good start and have received mostly positive feedback. We all need to start somewhere and I probably won’t be able to go live with the site if I had waited until it was “perfect”.

Please do take a look and tell me what you think. Also, if you have any material that you believe should be added, please do send it to me with details including the following:

  • Your name and pool ticker (if any) so I can credit you properly
  • Contact details (e.g. E-mail)
  • Description of the issue
  • Remediation steps
  • Any other useful information

Your contributions will greatly benefit the entire Cardano community and I will be sure to credit you/your pool.

The Cardano SPOT Check can be accessed via this link:

http://spotcheck.blockchainlens.org

If you like this article, please consider delegating your ADA to WISH Pool. You will be earning interest rewards while indirectly helping the lives of disadvantaged children. This is because at WISH Pool, we pledge to give at least 10% of our own profit to educational charities so that successful students can help get their families out of poverty.

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