Quitting was not an option
The 1-hour bootstrap problem that began in epoch 28 was just a taste the mayhem that continued in this epoch, 29. This epoch worsened as a result of multiple adversarial forks by multiple stake pools. The DApp360 stake pool node bootstrapped forever instead of the normal three to ten minutes. Forked chains and stuck nodes were frequent. Our node had 11 scheduled blocks for creation during epoch 29. Due to the constant instabilities of the Incentivized Testnet (ITN), our node created just three of the 11 blocks. This performance (27%) was the lowest ever by the DApp360 stake pool node. For the third consecutive epoch, our performance slipped. We had consecutively gone from 100%, 75%, 66%, and now we were at 27%. Delegates" reward dropped proportionally. Our stake pool team worked as hard as possible to prevent our node from missing its scheduled blocks.
For the first time since the start of the Incentivized Testnet (ITN), I briefly considered quitting the testnet because of its frustrations and instabilities. The amount of time spent on babysitting the node was not proportional to the rewards and results we received. Our team ended this epoch extremely demoralized and angry that the network was unstable.