Hi all - only ~24 hours in and we’ve gotten an overwhelming response! I wanted to summarize some of the most important questions I’ve heard consistently (both through direct messages and in the public channel) - these will all eventually make it in to the FAQs on the store.

a. How do the deals work?

A longer blogpost is in the works, but the high level of how this flow will work:
When you receive your drives, you will register them along with your miner_id on an onboarding app
When the network goes live, you’ll be able to add yourself to a queue for our storage client to make deals with your miner
Your miner will get a script that will enable you imports for the deals proposed by our client. Note this works just like normal deals, except instead of transferring data over graphsync, your script will read off a mounted hard drive.
This offline deal functionality is a new feature that our team is tip of spear on testing - we will be looking for volunteers to take early shipments of drives to ensure this process is smooth.

b. What would be the estimated rewards? When will they get the rewards for the one-year storage?

The rewards will be distributed over the course of the contract (in the form of the increased block reward). The final weight for verified data has not been determined. Lastly, the price of Filecoin will be determined by the market post launch.

c. Can I purchase the hard drive now?

Yes - though a few important notes before you place an order!
We are still in the process of setting up components of Filecoin Discover, so first shipments are still several weeks away - part of our process involves robust testing of the offline deal flow. We will be keeping this group informed as we make progress. If you have questions about your order, please ping me (@jnthnvctr), @davie, @pheinz . For general questions about the project, keep them coming in the channel and we’ll all tag team answers
We recognize that there are a lot of moving pieces, and as more clarity lands around components (e.g. specifics on verified data) people may want to cancel their orders. We will refund any request for drives that have not been shipped (including orders that have been partially fulfilled). Before we begin shipments, we will give advanced notie.
We actively will be aiming to reduce the costs of these drives for miners. As we procure more drives, if we can get better rates and drop prices we will do so. If we can find ways to optimize (from your feedback) - we will.
A few folks have reached out and asked if we can accommodate some custom shipping / payment options - as much as we reasonably can, we will. Please ping me and I’ll work with your team.
Lastly, BEFORE YOU PLACE YOUR ORDER - please familiarize yourself with the mining requirements for lotus.

d. General questions about verified data

A few folks have asked about verified data - a few important notes:
Verified data is not meant to be scarce - while this project is one source it will not be the only one. Our storage client will be going through the same process (more information to come later) as other clients that want to be verified.
Other details of verified data are still subject to change - expect to hear more updates on this from other team members.
This data comes to you unsealed. We’ve actually preprocessed the data to prep it for efficient retrieval later on.
We are looking for more valuable data - the process of actually preprocessing / packaging / shipping data turns out to be pretty complex! We’re hoping to expand our pipeline to support more projects/teams that may not have the means to run this process themselves. In the future, we hope to open source / share documentation and learnings so other can coordinate and run similar efforts.

e. Are we sold out?

Short answer is no. We have a number of drives that we had initially prepared which is dwarfed by the massive demand, but we will procure and process more. Verified data is not meant to be scarce, and neither is the data we want to live on Filecoin. We will procure and ramp our production to meet demand.
We have a pretty large variation in order size - so when we do start shipping (still several weeks away), we will aim to uniformly allocate drives (so everyone gets some drives) before going back to fulfill the rest of the larger orders.

f. Drive questions

There is no limit on how many drives you can order, but we will regardless be breaking up shipments into smaller chunks for fulfillment. Larger orders may take a longer time to fulfill (as per the above). However, we plan on running this process for awhile, so feel free to come back to the store and place orders later as well.
Support for other formats - we want to be as accommodating as possible. As of now, our pipeline is focused on 8TB drives, but if we can collect enough demand, we can likely do a one off for creating 16TB drives (a slight tweak in our process that we’ll have to schedule). We may not be able to do this immediately, but we will do our best to support.
We have a number of new data sources in the pipeline, stay tuned as more projects add their data
Some general comments from me:
This project has many moving pieces under the surface - so if you have questions or concerns please flag them to us. Just to flag - we’re developing a lot of new tooling / stress testing less utilized parts of the protocol, so we ask for your patience as we ramp up.
And as a final note - we’re really grateful and excited that you all are helping push this vision for Filecoin forward. Thank you all!

大家好-只有24小时,我们得到了压倒性的回应!我想总结一些我一直听到的最重要的问题(通过直接消息和公共渠道),这些问题最终都会出现在商店的常见问题解答中。
a、 交易如何运作?
一篇较长的博客文章正在酝酿中,但这一流程将如何运作的高度:
*当您收到您的驱动器时,您将在一个入职应用程序中将它们与您的矿工id一起注册
*当网络启动时,您可以将自己添加到队列中,以便我们的存储客户端与您的矿工进行交易
*您的矿工将得到一个脚本,使您能够为我们的客户提出的交易进口。注意,这与正常交易一样工作,除了不通过graphsync传输数据外,脚本将读取已装入的硬盘驱动器。
这个离线交易功能是一个新功能,我们的团队是测试的尖兵-我们将寻找志愿者采取早期发货的驱动器,以确保这一过程是顺利的。
b、 估计回报是多少?他们什么时候能拿到一年储存的奖励?
奖励将在合同期间进行分配(以增加的区块奖励的形式)。验证数据的最终权重尚未确定。最后,Filecoin的价格将由上市后的市场决定。
c、 我现在可以买硬盘吗?
是的-尽管在你下订单之前有一些重要的注意事项!
*我们仍在建立Filecoin Discover组件的过程中,因此第一批发货还有几周的时间-我们的过程的一部分涉及对离线交易流的强大测试。当我们取得进展时,我们将随时通知这个小组。如果您对您的订单有任何疑问,请给我打电话(@jnthnvctr)、@davie、@pheinz。对于项目的一般问题,让他们进入频道,我们都会标记团队的答案
*我们认识到有很多活动部件,随着部件(如验证数据的细节)变得更加清晰,人们可能希望取消订单。我们将退还任何尚未发货的驱动器请求(包括部分完成的订单)。在我们开始装运之前,我们将提前交货。
*我们将积极地致力于降低矿工们的成本。当我们采购更多的驱动器,如果我们能得到更好的利率和降低价格,我们会这样做。如果我们能从你的反馈中找到优化的方法,我们会的。
*一些人已经联系了我们,问我们是否可以提供一些定制的运输/支付选择-尽可能多地我们可以,我们会的。请打电话给我,我会和你的团队一起工作。
*最后,在下订单之前,请熟悉lotus的挖掘需求。
d、 关于验证数据的一般问题
一些人询问了已验证的数据-一些重要的注意事项:
*经核实的数据并不意味着稀缺——虽然这个项目是一个来源,但它并不是唯一的来源。我们的存储客户机将经历与其他要验证的客户机相同的过程(稍后将提供更多信息)。
*其他已验证数据的详细信息仍有可能更改-请期待其他团队成员对此进行更多更新。
*这些数据未密封。我们实际上已经对数据进行了预处理,为以后的高效检索做好了准备。
*我们正在寻找更有价值的数据-实际上预处理/包装/运输数据的过程非常复杂!我们希望扩展我们的管道,以支持更多的项目/团队,这些项目/团队可能无法自己运行此过程。在未来,我们希望开放源代码/共享文档和经验,以便其他人能够协调和运行类似的工作。
e、 我们卖完了吗?
简言之,答案是否定的。我们有许多驱动器,我们已经初步准备,这是与巨大的需求相形见绌,但我们将采购和处理更多。经过验证的数据并不意味着稀缺,我们希望在Filecoin上生存的数据也不是稀缺的。我们将采购并扩大生产以满足需求。
我们的订单数量变化很大,所以当我们开始发货时(还有几个星期),我们会在回去完成其他更大的订单之前,统一分配驱动器(这样每个人都能得到一些驱动器)。
f、 提出问题
*您可以订购多少驱动器是没有限制的,但我们将不顾一切地将发货分成小块来完成。较大的订单可能需要较长的时间才能完成(如上所述)。不过,我们计划运行这个过程一段时间,所以请稍后再来商店订购。
*支持其他格式-我们希望尽可能地适应。到目前为止,我们的产品线主要集中在8TB驱动器上,但如果我们能够收集到足够的需求,我们可能会一次性创建16TB驱动器(在我们的流程中,我们将不得不安排一个小的调整)。我们可能无法立即做到这一点,但我们将尽力予以支持。
*我们有许多新的数据源正在开发中,请继续关注更多的项目添加它们的数据
我的一些一般性意见:
这个项目的表面下有许多活动的部分-所以如果你有问题或关注,请将它们标记给我们。我们正在开发很多新的工具/压力测试协议中利用率较低的部分,所以我们需要您的耐心。
最后一点——我们非常感谢和兴奋你们都在帮助推进Filecoin的愿景。谢谢大家!