Hi Chris, I’m glad I have the chance to dispel some doubts sooner rather than later. We offer 0 fees for life to those who join early as an incentive in order to grow fast. In the long term we’ll be charging a small fee (0.5%, for example) to the rest of the miners that will join as the network grows in size.
How much we charge depends on the payment scheme too, I think that in order to keep the implementation simple we will do proportional payouts in the beginning, but if our farmers want some form of PPS we might use slightly higher fees, it depends. We’ll ask the community and decide based on their input.
We used to run Crunchpool in 2013-2015. There’s no value in the brand name since it’s long dead. That’s why we chose something simple and Chia-related like 21Chia.com
Regarding payments for plotting services, we already use Stripe as a payment processor for selling other kinds of products and services, so you wouldn’t just send us your credit card data… In any case our plotting service is delayed while we focus on the pool. We may offer plots for free or very cheap to early miners on our pool, though, so stay tuned for that.
Apologies for the barren website we have now. We intend to add some guides and a news section soon.