We are happy to announce that the initial selection for Orange Group IX BetaNet node operators can be found here!
As you may have noticed the Orange IX initial decision is being published later than usual. We previously faced a number of delays in publishing the initial and final decision of Orange group VIII. This caused some changes to our usual timeline but we thank you all for your patience!
As with our previous selections, our primary goal is to accept the most complete applications that indicate they could meet the hardware and bandwidth requirements. We also value applications that provide thoughtful answers to the questions posed as well as the comments applicants receive in the BetaNet forum and their willingness to respond to questions or provide additional information.
In this initial selection, we have rejected nodes that have not indicated they can meet the previously announced minimum requirements. Additionally we have reached out to a number of nodes to ask for further clarification and are offering them the opportunity to provide some missing information before we publish the final decision. As always, if no response is received, these nodes will not be added to the list.
We also want to address the decision to defer the selection for all Orange VIII Russian applications and a small number of Ukrainian applications to the current group (Orange IX). We announced this decision in our previous selection as a result of these countries being over represented in the network, with the Russian nodes being the most over-represented. As we have stated before, decentralization of the network is key to all of our success, so we had to make some tough decisions during this selection. While we do not want to exclude eager node operators there were 115 nodes either in Russia or with operators from Russia in the last pay period and 56 from Ukraine. As a result, we have only accepted a small number of deferred and new applicants from Russia and Ukraine.
For other nodes that were not selected, please keep in mind that this is an initial selection and is subject to change. We strongly encourage participation in the forum and welcome your responses so please let us know why we should reconsider your application!
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