I have to resort to this kind of language to make my point.
The issue I’ve had is that I put Chia on the back burner since last August. I had minimal plots, maybe 6tb worth. Not joking. Should have done more, but simply didn’t.
But I’ve started again. Doing plots. What ended up happening is that I’ve created a cobweb of crud which simply should not be. A plot is a plot is a plot is a plot. Right? OG plots a thing of the past. They did away with them right?
Absolutely f’ing wrong.
Chia has to get their proverbial crap together. When you create plots, using their GUI, what does the last field say? It says…wait for it…it says…OPTIONAL. That’s right. Step 6 is optional they say.
So to spell this out more clearly. You want to create a plot. Great. Sure, you have your NFT. But in step 6 of the GUI, labeled “Join a Pool (Optional)”, what does that imply? It implies to me that you don’t need to select anything. Leave it because you’re all good.
So little did I know that in June 2022 that Chia still creates OG plots. The scourge right? Those pesky good for nothing OG plots. Sure. Read around. Expert simply say sort your plots by date and be assured that pre-July 2021 those are OG, everything else is the new NFT standard of goodness. WRONG.
I don’t know who designed the GUI interface or who decided that when you add * on a page/document, there wouldn’t be a * reference anywhere to be found. Normal people use * so that you make a notation somewhere, like on the bottom of the page. Not here. It’s in the GUI for the F of it apparently. Some explanation on the plot creation page of the GUI might be…wait for it…helpful?
That aside, there is nothing to indicate that if you don’t join a pool that you in fact will NOT be creating a plot with your default or only NFT, but rather…wait for it…you are creating…the good 'ol OG plot. Isn’t that great?
It took a long time to figure this out. Yes, I know. Idiots use the GUI. The fact is this. Chia is NOT USER FRIENDLY as it stands. OG plots are NOT supposed to be a thing. Not everyone is going to understand their NFT and understand that the GUI won’t use it unless you specify. It’s almost like if you don’t take specific action, like selecting properly, you end up with a POS plot or plots. It would be safe to say that Chia considers OG plots to be EOL. Correct?
Simply said, I cannot belive that in June 2022 the Chia GUI can create f’ing OG plots without any sort of pop up warning or guidance whatsoever. It’s more absurd to think they list this as “optional”.
Another question Chia can ask themselves is why the F would anyone in 2022 want an OG plot. If they can’t come up with something then please explain to me why their f’ing software creates them basically as a default. And without telling said user they just created OG plots.
No, I didn’t fill up 100tb of drives with OG plots. However I find this inexcusable. It defies logic. I also can appreciate that few here know what I’m talking about. Few likely have plotted in months and if you have, it wasn’t via the GUI. And yes, I know there is more than one path to using your NFT to create plots with.
I challenge anyone to explain what a “*” means on a page if you don’t explain it in the footer. That’s the entire f’ing point of putting this notation in the first place.
Lastly, step 6 should be mentioning something about self-pooling. But it doesn’t. As Chia price falls, self-pooling becomes more of an option. Maybe it’s worth being less obscure?
The Chia GUI is supposed to be for new or inexperienced users. It should be the most user friendly interface possible. Maybe the team hasn’t gotten feedback. I can say while troubleshooting my situation, all the articles are 2021 so not overly helpful. The content reflects the price and the netspace. There isn’t a lot of new discussion or interest or date relevant articles. THIS IS A BIG PROBLEM. Most info is now quite outdated. Unfortunately for me when trying to find pertinent information on current Chia releases.