There is this idea about deserving to be paid just because you are pumping hashrate to a pool regardless if the pool finds a block or not.
That is not mining, that is selling your hashrate at a NET payment term depending on a minimum threshold that can start somewhere near 10 through 100 milis and in some cases a tx fee sits on top. You risk getting paid well below your proof of work or even worse being rug pulled.
PEGA today joined a long list of mining pools that defaulted on miners, they say they will pay in full but as many others.. that is yet to bee seen.
PEGA business model was FPPS and 0% fee all wrapped with a woke "eco" mining BS narrative. Not long ago SBI another pool that was running on 0% fee ended up hiking fees some months ago in order to sustain their business model, also FPPS.
Free lunches in the bitcoin mining space do not exist. Most cases PPS and FPPS in order to be sustainable will give you 10-20% less than what a PPLNS pool pays.
Proof of work doesn't mean hashing, proof of work means you need to hash long enough until you find a block and if you don't you try it again over and over and over and over... and over.
Hope in time more and more figure this out so pools that support PPLNS like Braiins/Slush can get more hashrate.