#MineForTheArray

From the datapad of Lt. Barclay:

After we migrated I made a promise to shoulder the costs of the site whether we got any donations or not. So far, we have had very generous (if erratic) donations to the site.

However, I have to assume the vast majority of those donations are for the site and not the array (~60,000 daily users vs ~30 daily users): we rely entirely on bitcoin for hosting costs, and things are getting stretched thin.

Many people have asked if it's possible to support the array/site without actually having to sign up on an exchange to be able to buy bitcoin then donate it.
I fully understand the reluctance to provide personal identifiable information to a third party in order to support BBWChan, even if the actual donation is anonymous.

As I originally suggested in https://bbw-chan.nl/ct/res/7.html#q7 it is possible for users of the site/array to directly contribute to our operating costs without having to buy bitcoin: they can generate it themselves with their own hardware.

WTF is bitcoin anyway?
You've probably seen bitcoin in the news at least once. In 2017 at least, bitcoin (BTC) is a legitimate currency and almost anything can be purchased with it including our hosting costs. Bitcoin is 'mined' using the collective power of cpus, gpus, and specialized devices to legitimize and solve (hash) a 'blockchain': an irrefutable ledger that forms the basis of the value of the currency.

What are we doing?
Mining Monero (a smaller, separate digital currency, see coinwarz.com to see all current alt-currency) and trading it for bitcoin. At this time, mining bitcoin itself on any consumer hardware is a waste of time. FPGAs and ASICs (specialized mining devices) control so much of the hashrate that CPUs and GPUs can no longer compete: no mining "pool" that mines bitcoin itself will give any appreciable amount of bitcoin to miners not using these devices.
However, many alternate currencies exist, everything from Sexcoin which is intended for anonymous payments within the adult industry to Ethereum which runs 'smart contracts': secured, unchangeable applications free from censorship or interference. These currencies can still be mined with consumer grade hardware.

Ok, I'm interested, give me the nitty-gritty.
We've embedded a javascript Monero miner from coin-hive.com, which allocates a percentage of your CPU to mining. After you start mining, you can simply close the page to stop.

Alright, I'm down to clown.
Note 1: Running the miner will generate heat on your CPU…clean your fan!.

Note 2: You must disable your ad-blockers for the script to run.

Note 3: You need not worry about being behind a VPN or exposing yourself to attacks: mining is perfectly safe (assuming you have air conditioning), not illegal (https://99bitcoins.com/is-bitcoin-mining-illegal/), and a cool use of existing hardware (https://themerkle.com/is-altcoin-mining-worth-it/).

IDK, I think I'll pass.
That's fine. I'm only providing the option because people seem to like the array and this could generate the funds to run it indefinitely without continued personal cost to me. I have run the array nearly a year now for the community, and I believe there is enough enthusiasm in it's users to keep it around.

Thanks for reading, explorers.