Which mining software should I use?
This site only recommends XMRig. It is free, libre, open source software and has existed for a long time. It runs fast, supports all known pools, and is easy to configure.
Which pool should I pick?
After any meaningful length of time, you should have earned the same amount of Moneroj no matter which pool you pick. To help keep the network decentralised, you should mine on a pool outside of the top 10.
Why don't I see anything in my wallet?
To avoid creating too many dust outputs, and losing rewards to fees, most mining pools only send rewards to miners' wallets when their site balance goes over a certain threshold. Some pools allow for this threshold to be adjusted.
Pools usually have a dashboard page where miners can paste in their wallet addresses and view their site balances (sometimes referred to as a pending balance).
For PPLNS and RBPPS pools, the site balance only goes up once a block has been found, and that block matures 60 blocks (approximately 2 hours) later.
What is PPLNS?
PPLNS, or Pay Per Last N Shares, is a payout method that aims to discourage pool hopping by rewarding miners that stay on the pool. When any miner on the pool finds a block and submits it, the reward is divided between miners proportionally to the number of hashes the miner has submitted out of the last N hashes. Usually N is some multiple of the network difficulty.
What is PPS?
PPS, or Pay Per Share, is a payout method that rewards miners the instant that they submit a share. The reward is calculated based on the last block reward, the network difficulty, and the share difficulty. With PPS, miners do not have to care about the luck of finding blocks. If the mining pool is unlucky, there is a risk that the pool operator runs out of money and goes bust.
What is a global pool?
Pools are marked as "global" in the table if they have pool servers in more than one region. Sometimes miners are automatically directed to the nearest pool server with technologies like GeoDNS, other times they must manually the server.
What is the miner count?
In the pool table, the miner column shows the number of unique addresses mining on a certain mining pool. If a miner is using two computers to one wallet address, they will be counted as just one miner.
Why do some pools not have links?
Some pools have no link in the table to try and discourage their use. This may be because the admin has been missing for some time, if the admin is a known bad actor, or if the pool is just a plain scam that steals from their users.
This may be expanded on in the future to remove the links to the top pools (by hashrate) to try and push miners to smaller pools.
What is unknown hashrate?
The total network hashrate is estimated from the network difficulty. The sum of known hashrates is then subtracted from the network hashrate, leaving behind hashrate unknown to this site.
This could be solo miners, or simply pools not yet added to the list.