What does active / inactive / waiting mean? Print
Modified on: Mon, 15 Feb, 2021 at 9:34 AM
When you nominate a set of validators (up to 16), the validator election algorithm will rotate your stake among validators on a per-era basis. In other words, you will have a different active validator amongst your selected validators each era.
You cannot choose which specific validator you will be actively nominating in a given era unless you are nominating a single validator.
This is the validator you are actively nominating this era. This validator will pay rewards to you for this era once the payout has been activated.
These validators are in the active validator set, and you have selected to nominate them. However, you are not actively nominating this era and they will not give rewards to you for this era.
If you only see inactive validators for days, and never an active one, you may have nominated too few validators (you can nominate up to 16) or your stake is lower than 200 DOT. Stakes lower than 200 DOT do not always earn rewards at the moment. Please read this blog post on this subject.
These validators did not get into the active validator set this era. They may get into the active validator set in the future.
Note that it does not hurt your rewards to nominate waiting validators, as long as you have nominated at least one validator in the active set. Your stake will be distributed only among those in the active validator set.
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