Testnet [Beta] Week 4

:wave: Hi @everyone ! New testnet updates are here! :wave:

First of all, the entire team at O(1) Labs would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to our growing community. Last week, the transaction throughput from everyone participating allowed us to successfully stress-test the network and we were able to identify parts which need to be resolved before mainnet launch.
Read up on the team’s reflections, the new testnet release, and the community involvement! :mega: Week 3 Retrospective is LIVE: click here :mega: :

Week 4 New Testnet Release

This week’s testnet release is called Medium Rare - a pun on steak, since users will be staking their coda this week. If you want to participate in staking and generating blocks, please send a DM to @o1brad#9449. Currently we have 30 sign ups!
Connect to Medium Rare using this url: medium-rare.o1test.net:8303

:rotating_light: New Challenges to earn Testnet Points!* :rotating_light:

This week, there are opportunities to participate in testing other crucial parts of the blockchain (staking and block production) and earn Testnet Points*. Take a look at how you’re doing on the leaderboard.

Challenge #9 ‘Block Party’ 1000 pts *

This is one of our biggest points challenge yet, with up to 4000 points* on the line for the winner. In order to complete this challenge, you’ll need to stake coda to be an active block producer. Block producers who generate more than 14 blocks over the week will successfully complete this challenge. If you’ve not already signed up, send a DM to @o1brad#9449 to sign up.
:star: BONUS :star: for those who produce the most blocks: 1st place +3000 pts * , 2nd place +2000 pts * , 3rd place +1000 pts * .

Challenge #10 ‘Bookworm’ 100 pts *

Reach Trust Level 1 ‘Basic’ here, on Coda’s forum. We believe reading is the most fundamental and healthy action in any community. If you are willing to spend a little time reading, you will quickly be promoted to the first trust level. To be specific — sign up on the forum , enter at least 5 topics, read at least 30 posts, and spend a total of 10 minutes reading posts to obtain Trust Level 1 ‘Basic’ and 100 Testnet pts* .

Challenge #11 ‘Don’t Break the Chain!’

Earn extra bonus points for every uninterrupted weeks that you participated in the testnet and earned points*.

100 pts * If you earned points in this week, and also 1 week before.
200 pts * If you earned points this week and also uninterruptedly up to 2 weeks before.
300 pts * If you earned points this week and also uninterruptedly up to 3 weeks before.

You can still earn Testnet Points* with past challenges! Find them here to get started with the testnet and earn points*!

Week 3 Community MVP Winners

Each week, we reward the community leaders who are making testnet a great, collaborative experience. Please join us in congratulating the winners!

Winners Challenge #8 ‘Bonanza’

Last week, we had our biggest points challenge yet, with up to 4000 points* on the line for the person who sends the most transactions. Congratulations to the winners!
1st place 4000 pts* — @Dmitry D#9033 (over a thousand transactions!)
2nd place 3000 pts* — @y3v63n#0177
3rd place 2000 pts* — @whataday2day#1271

For participants who were not able to send 20 transactions last week due to network issues, don’t worry! We will have another challenge to send transactions where you will have the chance to win full points from this week again.

:trophy: Bug Bounty: Major :trophy: +2000 pts* @Alexander#4542 See Github

:military_medal: Bug Bounty: Minor :military_medal: +200 pts* @ssh#4098 See Github

:trophy: Community MVP Gold / Challenge #7 ‘You Complete Me’ :trophy: +1000 Testnet Points*

@Alexander#4542 for translating testnet instructions into Russian and adding useful screenshots. This makes it very helpful for other technical Russian community members to get connected to Testnet [Beta]! A link to the instructions is added in the Coda Protocol’s Resources thread.

@whatday2day for setting up step by step instructions to run a testnet node on WSL. Currently, the official documentation includes instructions for macOS and Linux. @whataday2day#1271 provided step by step instructions to get Coda running on Windows Subsystem for Linux. The instructions are added to our Community Wiki on the forum.

:military_medal: Community MVP Silver :military_medal: +500 Testnet Points*

@jspadave#2548 for always being around, positive and for his unwavering perseverance to keep going to the testnet faucet, even if he did not even get a drip to drink. Thank you for working with the engineering team to improve the faucet transactions, @jspadave#2548!

@ssh#4098 for always being around, continuously supporting the team by providing useful feedback, and giving pointers for improvement (e.g. incorrect weblinks, align blockchain terminology, etc.).

@joe_land1#8756 for always being around, support other community members when they get stuck, and also for offering help to them to run a testnet node on Windows.

*Testnet Points 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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