Here's a little story of how my little 300 member Australian PC gaming community omcmwo.com decided to collectively get behind POLY mining as a means of contributing to the ongoing operational expenses of the group website, teamspeak server and game servers.
I'd first personally heard about Polytimos back in early December last year after seeing the release notes of CCminer version 2.2.3, which read "Dec. 04th 2017 - Polytimos Algo" this sparked my curiosity and so I did some research, quickly stumbling across the original post up on bitcointalk.org, detailing the in's and out's of Polytimos, and further leading me to these forums. I was impressed with what I read both from the developer and the community up to that point, and so I began mining passively in the background with the single GTX 980 Ti in my gaming PC, keeping an eye on the value of the currency, and quickly working out that it was already shaping up to be reasonably profitable.
After doing this for a while I had a thought; Most of the active members of my PC gaming clan have got fairly capable gaming PCs, and those PCs aren't doing much for most of the day while everyone goes about their daily lives. In addition to this, the group has got a set of monthly expenses which are commonly met by donations from our community members. As mentioned above: these donations keep the website, teamspeak and game servers ticking along. To me, it made perfectly good sense that any clan members that would like to contribute a little bit of their power bill towards clan expenses could easily donate a bit of GPU processing power towards mining POLY for a unified clan wallet (or, into their own wallets, and then donating as they wish).
I pitched the idea to a few of the lads and the response was overwhelmingly enthusiastic. That same night I got everyone set up with their own miners pointed to our newly appointed OMC account on suprnova, and we were up and crunching over 120MH/s in no time at all. A combination of all manner of Nvidia and AMD graphics cards from across the country all chipping in a few hours here and there throughout each day. Perhaps not as impressive as any dedicated mining setup, but for a little community side-effort, we're pretty chuffed with how it's going so far.
Everyone in the group was made aware that like anything in crypto, there's a chance that all of this might be worthless someday soon, or that it might eventually inflate into something massive. I think that most members of the group have just been happy with the ability to make easy contributions to a gaming community that matters a lot to each of us. We all understand that it is a gamble, and heck, there are probably more profitable coins to be throwing our resources at too, but by making it as easy as downloading a single zip archive and running a preconfigured batch file, a whole community of people who had previously little to no experience with cryptocurrencies are now all contributing to something that has the potential to benefit their online gaming community in the long term.
We'll see what happens as Polytimos matures and finds it's foothold with new services, additional marketplaces and a greater community uptake.
Thanks for reading, and if you happen to be based in the oceanic region and are looking for a fun PC gaming community to roll with, feel free to drop by our website and say hi. :)