Quick question for the Avalanche community

Minimizing friction for both developers and enthusiasts alike is our top priority. We’re looking to see if the community has any feedback on our content strategy:

  • What kind of tutorials would you like to see?
  • What parts of Avalanche don’t you understand?
  • Any educational resources that you think are best-in-class?

We appreciate your thoughts in advance!

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  1. I’d like to see more of this kind of videos: https://youtu.be/7Tx1iKg-jL0
    His ability to explain things is unmatched. He is the Patrick Collins of Avalanche i think.

  2. There are few articles on why Avalanche is the superior blockchain but there isn’t many videos out there talking about it.

  3. “Updates on the state of Avalanche” videos from developers and team or live streams would be great.

  4. Lastly monthly community nights or AMA events on telegram would be cool.

Glad to be a part of this community. Exciting years ahead of us I’m pretty sure.

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Hello,

It would be interesting to add a Windows user part in the docs.

Lots of people don’t know that AvalancheGo is also released on this OS and is working like a charm ( following my experience and people i helped to build their node ) till version 1.0.4 as we don’t have the 1.0.5 at the moment :slight_smile:

Even if you don’t stay on Windows for a long term validation, it is an easier way for some newcomers to discover Avalanche ( node, staking on 2 weeks, create assets, … )


A second point is about prerequisites.

When running a node at home, people i discussed with, focused on the hardware, OS distribution, commands but there isn’t enough information about network infrastructure.

Working with someone willing to build its Win10 node, everything went fine ( bootstrap, health check, staking from wallet ) except than its node desesperatly stay at 0% performance.

Indeed, his network is a CGNAT infrastructure and in this context, you can’t manage your public IP.

It isn’t the only point to take into acount about networking, but a complete doc, video would be interesting for homemade node showing everything you have to take into account before running it.

I created a doc for Windows 10 users which also mentions some networking prerequisites, it has to be improved based on experience :slight_smile:

Regards,

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I’d like more docs/info on the DAG part of the X-chain.

  • Why the DAG design was chosen
  • Its pros/cons
  • How vote confidence is established

Gabriel covered it briefly (timestamp 25:50) on the DAG design. Agreed though, explaining certain protocol design choices would help the community immensely. https://youtu.be/HN3KSXQ2cAo?t=1550

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I would love to see more tutorials/comments on the blockchain VM side. I got the timestamp VM, but I definitely need help to understand what’s going on in AVM/platform.

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The interface on AVALANCE. For example the wallet.

I am learning it now the advanced tab. There is also no way to change your password if you’re using a file and this scared me a little.

Ideally you have to make this dummy proof. So far, even the ledger thing isn’t very easy. The entire avalanche home page needs to be constructed to allow people to just create their wallets. If you go here, https://www.avalabs.org, there is no way you can see ‘Access my wallet’ anywhere, or the tools the community would use.

I noticed there is a super active Telegram group, but in my opinion telegram isn’t a professional tool. It’s probably better to have this forum separated into sections and to encourage help via the forum. This way AVAXERS can communicate with one another and share and learn from their experiences rather than having to ask the same question a million times answered on telegram. It also makes it easier for the developers here to simply point to an article or highlight another post which had similar issues.

I am a firm believer of scalability, and those telegram groups are anything but scalable. This forum however is and would be way easier to manage and maintain.

What parts of Avalanche don’t you understand?
Primarily the wallet and the way tokens are handled. I don’t get why the address keeps changing and to be honest I don’t like the fact that’s it’s a dynamic address. I want to know and recognize my address when I see it.

What kind of tutorials would you like to see?
Staking tutorials. I’ve managed to do it now but it was a scary process initially. Video tutorials are an amazing source of education and promotion.

Any educational resources that you think are best-in-class?
I wouldn’t know about this. I don’t believe in classes at all. I believe people should learn in the method that suites them best. So for me video tutorials would be the ideal method. I couldn’t imagine learning this in a classroom.

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What specifically regarding the AVM/platform would you like to know?

Agreed, that is an amazing video tutorial. Wish I saw it when I was setting up my first validator haha. I tried on Windows which was a pain, all the commands in docs are Linux based, and being new to it and trying a different OS was…a bad idea. All good now that I run Linux.

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Oh, I probably have to clarify this.

I’m interested in writing a custom blockchain at some point, so I started with the Timestamp VM tutorial. Then, I went ahead trying to figure out AVM/Platform VMs code - but there’s too much going on.

I would be interested in some (demo?) VM that is intermediate in complexity; and/or commented AVM/Platform code.

My point is, the gap between the Timestamp VM & AVM/Platform is wide. And one has to cross that gap to write a full-featured VM. :slight_smile:

How did you find Linux?

I’ve not worked on a Linux machine in over 15 years! There should really be an introduction to Linux I suppose.

Did you use one of those rasbery pi things? I don’t understand why a company like Avalanche doesn’t develop little self-made kits to help us do this at home cheaply. I currently use All Nodes, a truly fantastic team! I can’t recommend them enough! So for me this at least works.

I have dabbled in Linux on and off for years. Currently just running the latest Mint (based on Ubuntu 20) on a small lenovo thinkstation I got from work. It’s working great so far. Canada has stable grid so that’s nice :smiley:

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Awesome!

Can we run Ubuntu cheaply? I saw a that post on https://ava.do. They seam to do what you need, but seam a bit pricey for say a novice or a hobbiest.

We provide food and even if our entire area has no electricity we would still be okay as our grid is a commercial grid. So far, I think in the last 30 years we’ve only had maybe 2 power cuts and they needed to provide us with a generator for 2 weeks to get it sorted at something like 7K a week!

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Oh yea, the electricity cost is negligible here, my entire monthly bill is around ca$20, it hasn’t increased much since this small pc uses very little power. On the other hand, my internet usage is insane, you need an unlimited plan. Usage has jumped from 200gb per month to 800gb haha. No complaints though. I have a 300mbps line.

You can clearly see when I started validating :stuck_out_tongue:

I have have up to 500mb/s line if I needed to on a business line. unlimited as well. Currently I am on a 400mb/s line, again unlimited. I do this for home use only.

My internet usage is huge! 4 TV’s on Netflix!

Looks amazing. Well, if you did it then when it comes time you can help me do it! :slight_smile:

I am using All Nodes for now, and they take a 2% fee. How much returns do you get being a validator. I assume you have over 2000 AVAX for this.

Oh yea, I can help for sure!

Currently I am getting around 10% pa by staking for three ish months at a time. Soon I will lock for a year to get 11.4% or whatever the max is haha.

My node is https://www.vscout.io/validator/NodeID-H7viG16E1oAbwsjXmxGQsWdWZkUG8LeXN

If you compound 10% every 3 months you get more than 10% a year. I think you’re better leaving it at 10%. Just check on that.

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