I am proud to say that now I am “hpool free” =free of hidden fees, no more submission to audition for withdraws (what a joke!)
My very last pay has been requested for auditioning to withdraw (You see the joke?).
Side note: cheaters or no cheaters, their pool fees (cough, +hidden fees are not effected). Only miners might be effected if there are cheaters. So why take 25% (hidden fees) on micro block win shares! (No, 25% taken on your tiny brown copper coins, you didn’t feel anything. But it stays 26% fee (=1% pool + 25% hidden fees) nonetheless.
For some getting out of hpool is not an option: they filled their 20TiB disk space on a personal PC through an external SSD with 2 plots per day. What a pain if to do all that again.
For NFT plots, if all being equal, the payouts are nearly identical, but the chances of receiving rewards are slightly better by joining a pool with biggest netspace, where possible, with assumption that the pool won blocks at least according to winning probability, or better. Flexpool or Spacepool are okay to me.
For OG plots, I have joined Hpool, corepool and lastly Foxy-pool (OG) both Chia and Flax. The reason of leaving Hpool is pretty obvious, in addition to that it is bit troublesome to turn off/on its client everytime you need to start forks chain, just my personal experience. For corepool, I find the third-party app consume too much cpu/hdd reads, and it’s often stop farming unexpectedly. So far Foxy-pool is smooth sailing and it rewards 0.25 XCH to winning farmer, similar to NFT plots.
Slowly plotting NFT plots to fill available space. My OG plots still stay until foreseeable future.
I went with space pool because of its size. I prefer the idea of smaller but more regular payments so that if my internet drops or there’s a power cut or I need to maintain my computer, I don’t risk loosing out on one big payment because I happen to not be farming at that particular moment.
I have used core-pool, hpool, foxy-pool, and space-pool. I liked core-pool for OG and space-pool for NFT. I have used foxy-pool for Flax, and liked it. The only downside is the 1.75 xch may not work for a lot of small farmers. Core-pool has a minimum payout of 0.05xch, and they have done a very good job in weeding out the dishonest farmers. HPool operators are crooks.
I am on poolchia and still have plots on Hpool. I should finally fill all of my space tonight and will then begin replotting to get off of Hpool.
Poolchia has been pretty good. Not smooth, but very good support and someone is always present on discord. Constantly improving. I think it will be a solid choice in the long run. The only pool I could find where you actually know who is running it and can see their bios. Running on Amazon and based in the US.