First off all i suspended the cache system because i was unhappy that it would push me to develop peerexplorer in a certain direction that i never wanted. NXT is a bad coin for donations because it has 0% inflation! That is really not good in case of growing something. With a high inflation people are forced to spend there coins (its like holding a hot potatoe), dogecoin and there community doing great stuff. So 0% inflation will always makes it attractive for hoarding it.
How to sponsor nodes is really not easy(even nodecoin you have to sell somebody on a exchange)! Because all coins even bitcoin have this problems and they are sirious. This articel is pretty hitting it. https://www.counterparty.co/full-bitcoin-nodes/
I also followed recently on bitbucket a discussion about nodes sponsoring and why nodes are importent. I think this quote will answer the question in case of bitcoin and any other cryptocurrency.
There is more to maintaining the Bitcoin network than mining – miners validate transactions, but those transactions need to be relayed across the network. The relaying of transactions is done by full nodes; without full nodes, there is no Bitcoin.
The problem is that while miners are rewarded for processing transactions, full node operators are not rewarded for relaying them. In the earlier days of Bitcoin, this was not an issue because the two were often one and the same. However, with the arrival of pooled mining, most people that operate bitcoin mining equipment are not full node operators. The result is that full nodes have become a neglected aspect of participating in the Bitcoin ecosystem.
Mainly i will work in future on the visualisation of the network. Alltogether it will be a website everyone should understand and worth showing on a conference etc...
Question to the communtiy is what we want to monitor? I dont think that it would make a lot of sence to order 10 vps and check cpu and mem, specially when it is centralised. Everything on external data that it is not included in the NRS core weakens the whole project. Fails external data from a centralised source could lead to market manipulation and even more uncertainty. That could do even more harm.
I read here always to monitor forks..... I think we will all know very fast when we are having more than one chain.... In all cases i heard about forks happen to coins it was because of client changes to a new wallet or to less mining power in proof of work system (double spend). When we are on a fork it is already to late and it was because everyone wasnt changing fast enough to a new version. With a active community such a false chain does not really have a long lifetime. For monitoring TPS we dont need a whole project ^^.
Finally i dont apply here for a bounty because it is hard to say what is something worth. What was more worth than any NXT in the world that amichaelix from NXT tech funding committee reached out for me and just asked about how the project is doing.
I just want to give the infrastructure committee my thoughts.
Dont blow NXT on people they want to run nodes like nxtbase and need NXT for running and managing it (What do you do if you have no bounty anymore, he will stop operating them anyway. It is better you find 100 people that are willing to run 1 node than paying 1 man to run 100 nodes!)! Dont blow NXT on people they want to create a network monitor that is not 100 % opensource part of NRS core! Better donate small amounts of NXT over a long period of time to people that are having the spirit to work on NXT projects and have already something to show.