Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Tron Main Net?
The Tron main net is a network of computers that run the Tron blockchain. The Tron blockchain is a permanent record of transactions between the addresses that can be created with 64 character keys. It is built on 100 Billion coins of the Tron cryptocurrency, known as TRX, and its derivative tokens. The blockchain also allows the creation of 'smart contracts' and a Virtual Machine that provides CPU, memory and storage to distributed applications, or dapps.
What is the Community Node project?
We are operating a node on the Tron main net. We want to show both new and advanced users how to get the most out of the Tron main net.
Our initiatives are Open Source, which means we put the fruits of our effort into the public domain.
Our Mission is to become an intellectual asset for the community as well as for those who come after us. We ask that you vote for us as a trusted Tron Super Representative node which will allow us to grow our community and projects.
Someone said something about earning TRX. How does that work?
Community Node rewards the voters who elect us to Super Representative.
Which wallet do we use?
Almost every wallet allows the user to vote. You can start with the web based wallet at tronscan.org and then move on to hardware wallets and browser extensions.
Can we vote from the wallet?
Yes, the wallet is the way that you vote. Currently the exchanges do not provide mechanisms for voting.
How will I be paid my voter reward?
When you vote, that comes from your wallet and that wallet's address. Every election, we can see which address voted for us and how many votes they cast. Then we use your address to send the reward back to you.
How often will my reward be deposited?
Every 6 hours the reward goes out just after the election ends.
How often do I need to vote?
Once you freeze your TRX and vote, that vote will be repeated until you change it.
Is there a support email for this SR?
What do you like about Tron?
The notion of a network of dapps running on homemade tokens is fascinating and the possibilities are endless. Tron produces blocks every 3 seconds which can confirm transactions faster than Visa and allow nearly real time gaming activity. The Tron Virtual Machine, or TVM is a computer operating system without a host - it lives on the Tron main net and can execute procedure stacks. Tron also purchased bittorrent, and the pieces are in place to do incredible things.
Why is the Super Representative important?
I believe Justin has researched the subject thoroughly and come up with DPoS as the best hybrid solution to a trusted p2p network. He had to find a good balance between security and control. Tron chose to outsource the running of their blockchain in a distributed network, which assigns the Super Representative a tremendous amount of trust. These are the nodes which create the blockchain and verify the new transactions. We should have every confidence in each of them to do their jobs. After all, this is a $2 billion dollar blockchain and growing.
Whats in it for me?
Our rewards plan offers a stable and competitive dividend to community members who participate in developing the trust and merit rankings that drive the system.
How do I participate?
All you have to do is move your coins into a TRX wallet for which you own the private key, freeze your TRX coins, and vote for Community node.
How much does the Super Representative earn?
Tron labs will pay each Super Representative 32 TRX per block. Only the 27 super representative nodes get to produce blocks. They take turns making one block every 3 seconds, so about one block every 81 seconds for each of the Super Representatives. The winners hold their positions for 24 hours, and every day there is another election. Some SR's will win the election 365 days a year. Others may end up winning a fraction of the time, if at all. Even if the candidate node loses the SR election, they must maintain a presence and the associated expenses. Our node keeps 20% of revenue for expenses. As the value of TRX increases, we can apply our 20% in a wider range of activities.
How much does it cost to be a Super Representative?
There's a lot of expense. Tron recommends a technical budget of about $40,000 a month. The application fee for Super Representative is 9,999 TRX.
Can anyone run a node?
Yes and no. Everyone is welcome to run and try to become a "Super Representative" node. In order to become a Super Representative you must win a daily election. There are other nodes, called Full Nodes, which do not earn anything. It's expected that Super Representatives also run Full Nodes to make data more available. You may also run your own Full Node which your wallet can connect to, but it will not be providing p2p services to the network - yet. The new "Atlas" implementation will pay full nodes for their network resources.
What's a dapp?
A dapp is like the apps on your phone. In the beginning of the internet, web pages didn't change. Nowadays most web pages load dynamic content that they pull from a database. They have account logins, let you post articles and comments, etc. Even though my weather app can show me updated and detailed information for every place around the globe, the app is pretty small.
Developers who have written dapps for the Tron network can upload them when they're ready for a fee of 1024 TRX. This "burns" the coins and removes them from circulation. This is the only "coin burn" there is planned for the Tron main net.
When your dapp is ready, you can spend 1024 of your free xTRX tokens and upload your dapp to the staging network just as you would with the real Tron main net. Uploading a Tron dapp to the real Tron main net will cost 1024 TRX so it's not something you want to mess up.
Do I have to have a dapp thingy?
Building dapps is not a requirement of Community Node members, though we would love to help you write your first dapp. We are doing everything we can to support the dapp development community. Dapp developers don't have to be core members of the team.
How do dapps work?
A dapp is like a bridge. On one side is what you see on your phone. On the other side is an API, or application procedure interface. That means if you tell it one thing, it will respond with a particular behavior. The commands that the dapp sends to the API are called RPC, remote procedure calls. To view this webpage, your web browser issued a "GET" RPC to the webserver's API.
Why do dapps need a blockchain?
They don't need a blockchain, but it gives the developer a decentralized way of running the dapp. Instead of relying on a single server, the dapp is hosted by hundreds of nodes on the blockchain. It removes all server management and you get a 'set it and forget it' convenience.
What's another advantage?
Dapps uploaded to the blockchain are permanent and incorruptible. They can not be censored.
Walk us through the dapp process.
We are sure the Tron network will support Java applications. I would also expect to see Python included, as well as Ruby and other high level languages. A developer will write their program in the language of their choice, and then use the Tron Virtual Machine, or TVM, to convert the dapp into bytecode which is like a computer's native tongue. Then it gets uploaded to the blockchain where it will live forever.
What's the difference between a node and a witness node and a Super Representative node?
• A node is a server that shares information on the p2p blockchain
• A witness node is a node that is configured with a private key and is available to produce blocks.
• A super representative (aka Super Delegate) is a witness node that has been elected to produce blocks
• Full Node runs without a private key
• Solidity node is a wallet server
- Super Representative produces blocks
- Other SRs validate the block
- Full nodes are specified in the witness node's config file so only trusted nodes are used.
- Full nodes keep a copy of the blockchain and also pass new transactions to the witness producing the block.
- Solidity nodes only keep a copy of the blockchain, and not the pending transactions. All info available to the wallet is validated.
The super representative is the core manager of the TRON community in the pool field. They will perform basic duties such as block production and paying the expenses of the TRON network. They obtain corresponding revenue.
Every 6 hours, the super delegates and super representative candidates will accept the supervision and choice of the voters.
Every coin holder has the opportunity to become a super representative of the TRON community in the pool field, but in order to make the pool field, TRON network, and community run smoothly, efficiently and well, we will formulate a series of standards, and rules for meeting these standards.
We will give certain publicity recommendations to increase our recommended super representatives' chances of being elected super delegates.
How will the blockchain work?
The blockchain consists of 27 privately run computer nodes. They create and verify the new blocks that are added to the chain. TRX wallets connect to the blockchain to retrieve balance information and allow the transfer of TRX between addresses. There is a contract creation feature similar to Ethereum. It will also host distributed applications, or dapps.