Just to get straight to the point, the organization I'm part of is looking to host validators (master nodes) on the XDC network within Japan, and I have a few questions after my experiences within the past week. I'd appreciate all the help.
Regarding Apothem/XDC's test network:
- It is stated in many places that one should use the web wallet when creating a public address for XDC. The wallet linked to from apothem.network, does not appear to exist:
~]$ dig +noall +question +an wallet.apothem.network ;wallet.apothem.network. IN A ~]$ # (here is mainnet for comparison): ~]$ dig +noall +question +an wallet.xinfin.network ;wallet.xinfin.network. IN A wallet.xinfin.network. 300 IN A 220.127.116.11 wallet.xinfin.network. 300 IN A 18.104.22.168
I could not find any information as to why the testnet wallet appears to be offline. This article includes a screenshot of the testnet wallet, so I believe it used to exist.... What happened to it?
- How does one reasonably obtain the 10 million XDC required to be a validator on testnet? The faucet has a captcha and only issues 1000 XDC, so it is far from reasonable to use the faucet for this purpose.
- Given the limited amount of info the KYC document requests, is one signed form for the organizational format of the document enough for running multiple validators?
- Furthermore, what about reusing the same document for both testnet and mainnet?
- Are RPC (both HTTP and Websocket) required to be open to the public Internet? Or just port 30303/30304?
- What exactly are standby nodes? The official documentation hardly mentions them (only one passing mention on docs.xdc.org and zero on howto.xinfin.org). Am I right to infer that every master node deployment, once KYC procedures are complete, becomes a "standby node" by default and randomly gets assigned to become an active master node?
- This document states a master node requires "100% network uptime by IDC network" and "Minimum tier 3+ IDC environment". What exactly does this entail/imply? These lines seem to promote deploying validators in Singapore, but that doesn't sound like the intention behind these lines.
Thanks in advance.