Navigator - The Explorer

December 4, 2022

Zinnia Networks block explorer is called 'Navigator.' We have created it in such a way as to give all users easy access to our network data from multiple search points with a simple-to-use interface. This guide will take you step by step through the Navigator, starting now, where we look at what a block explorer is.

What is a Block Explorer?

Simply put, a block explorer is a search engine for blockchains that enables data to be retrieved relating to on-chain transactions. 

Before we progress, let's recap some terminology; transactions occur when cryptocurrency is sent between wallet addresses. Each transaction is recorded in a block; the collection of these blocks is known as a blockchain. A group of third parties known as miners (Proof-of-Work) or validators (Proof-of-Stake) approve the blocks within the chain. 

So, a block explorer is an online tool that allows you to visually investigate the history of transactions on a blockchain and other vital information such as mining, voting, and treasury statistics. In the case of Zinnia, it's a porthole into precisely what is happening in real time on the network. 

What can you use the Navigator for?

Transaction Status

Transactions on Zinnia Network will receive a transaction hash that can be entered into the Navigator, allowing you to keep up to date with the transaction status.  

Block Activity

Navigator will display block details such as block difficulty, hashrate, and reward, allowing miners to obtain necessary information. 

Voting / Staking Statistics

Validators staking $ZINN will be able to find all the relevant details, including the amount of $ZINN staked, a license price, and the Proof-of-Stake reward. 

Network Economics

Users can find out essential information such as exchange rate, treasury balance, and supply through the easy-to-use interface. 

Navigator - The Home Page

Header

When you visit the Navigator website, you will see the homepage before you, consisting of several elements that will be key to you making the most of Navigator.  

At the top of the homepage is the header with the Zinnia Navigator logo in the top left corner; this logo will take you back to the homepage when clicked on through subsequent pages. 

In the center is the search bar, where you can quickly enter specifics to find required data, which could be any of the following; 

1. Wallet Address

2. Transaction Hash

3. Name

4. Block Number

Try entering a transaction hash into the search bar of Navigator to check the status of a transaction or a wallet address to see whether your $ZINN has arrived.  

The right-hand side includes a toggle for a basic or advanced view and a hamburger icon that reveals a drop-down menu for different pages, including Blocks, Transactions, Mining, Voting, Etc. 

Recent Blocks

Scrolling down the homepage, you will see a snapshot of the most recently validated Zinnia Network Blocks. Within this snapshot is contained the block number, the validator address, and the number of transactions contained within the block. Clicking on the block number or the validator address will reveal a separate page containing a complete list of relevant data about the block or validator. 

Recent Transactions

The main content of the home screen is the 50 most recent transactions, which are constantly updated, with the most recent transaction uppermost in the list. This view of transactions is an immediate real-time glance into the most relevant details of the latest transactions. Within the transaction overview is the following three links that each reveal further detail allowing the transaction to be investigated further.  

1. Transaction Hash

2. Sent from

3. Received by

The transaction hash is a cryptographic code generated to conceal data input and protect it from being altered and is used to identify specific transactions. Clicking on the transaction hash will populate the complete transaction details, including data such as the timestamp, value, transaction type, etc. 

Sent from is the sender's wallet address; Received by is the receiver's wallet address. Clicking on either of these links will provide further data on either wallet address participating in the transaction. Also contained within the transaction overview are the transaction status, the block number, the completion date, and the transaction fee. 

Footer

All this brings us to the bottom of the home page and the website footer. Here, you will find links to Zinnia's social media channels and links to the Zinnia Network website, and other important links to facilitate further education about the project.  

Navigator - Advanced

You can access Navigator Advanced via a toggle found on the header, as shown in images 1 and 2 above. Once selected, the home screen will extend to reveal extra information. As seen in image 6, the advanced section provides the user with additional data on Mining, Voting/Staking, and Economics. In this part of the article, we will take a closer look at what the terminology and data contained within the advanced section means. 

Mining

The mining section covers the following four information sections. We have  designed it to provide commonly required information to Zinnia miners quickly. 

Difficulty

A measure of the difficulty, and therefore how much computing power is required, to mine a new block. The higher the difficulty, the more computing power is needed to verify transactions, and the more secure the network is. 

Hashrate

The number of hashes per second completed by miners on a network and, therefore, a measure of the computational power present on Zinnia at any given time. The higher the hashrate, the more secure the blockchain is and the more difficult it becomes for miners to validate. 

Reward 

The block reward is the amount of ZINN rewarded to a miner for successfully mining a block. 

Reduction

Block reduction is a process of reducing the reward for validating blocks; in the case of Zinnia, this occurs every ten years. The reduction number refers to the number of blocks remaining until the block reward is reduced.

Voting/Staking

In order to understand this section of the advanced tab, it is vital to understand what a Zinnia License is. Zinnia Proof of Stake (POS) licenses allow users to stake, propose and vote on Zinnia's governance. The ideal POS license pool consists of  80,000 issued licenses. To purchase a POS license, users lock the license price in their desktop wallet (Zinnia Terminal) for a maximum of 28 days. A license issuance fee and transaction fee must also be paid. At launch, the issuance fee, paid to the DAO treasury in ZINN, will be equivalent to 1 USD. 

Next License Price

License prices change in line with the staking difficulty algorithm; this calculates the new license price in an attempt to keep the License Pool as close to the target size as possible. The cost of the next license is shown here in both ZINN and USD. 

License Price

The current price of a voting/staking license is shown here in both ZINN and the equivalent value in USD.

ZINN Staked

The amount of ZINN staked through the POS voting system. 

License Pool

The current amount of POS voting licenses. 

Next Price Change

The time until the next license price change is shown in hours and minutes. 

POS Reward

The amount of ZINN rewarded to POS validators, similar to a block reward for miners. 

Economics

This section provides data on the Zinnia DAO treasury. Zinnia DAO is self-funded by the network, as it receives 10% of all block rewards, which it utilizes for network development, marketing, and community initiatives. The DAO will be initially funded by 1% of the total supply (20,000,000 ZINN) as part of the premine. The DAO also receives an additional revenue stream through issuing POS licenses to the community.

Total Supply

Zinnia has a finite supply of 2 billion coins. 

Treasury

This section shows the current amount of ZINN in the DAO treasury. 

Supply

The amount of ZINN currently in circulation. 

DAO Reward

The block reward received by the DAO treasury.

Ex Rate

The price of ZINN in USD.

Don’t Worry

If these explanations have gone over your head or you feel you might need a reminder of what the numbers mean on Navigator; then hover over the information circle to the left of the title, and a handy little explanation will pop up. 

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