First staking epoch is coming and the value of the d(ecentralisation)-parameter

In one of Charles last videos he announced that the start of first staking epoch would be pushed back by one epoch (5 days) allowing exchanges to complete their transition towards the Shelley protocol. Coming thursday 13 august 21.45 UTC this epoch will begin and we will start earning rewards on our stake. Instead of an abrupt transition from the federated (non decentralised) pools to the decentralised stake pool operated pools, Cardano has chosen to go for a gradually transition where as time passes more and more blocks will be produced by stakepool operators. This transititon is controlled by the d(ecentralisation)-paramater, where d=1 equals non decentralised and d=0 equals fully decentralised. While IOHK still hasn't definitely decided of the speed the d-parameter will decrease, Charles has suggested in his last video a decrease of 0,025 per epoch (5 days). This would mean that it would take around 200 days to get fully decentralised (and grow towards the maximum rewards).

With this minimal decrease of the d-parameter it will take some time before there will be a significant number of blocks produced by stake pools (including ours). Also remember that the rewards of a produced block are paid out, two epochs after the epoch of the minted block (5 to 10 days  after the produced block). We are ready and the rewards are starting to come slowly but surely. Onwards to full decentralisation and maximum rewards we go!