[Bitcoin-development] Floating fees and SPV clients
mike at plan99.net
Tue Dec 3 10:45:33 UTC 2013
On Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 11:36 AM, Drak <drak at zikula.org> wrote:
> I dont like the idea of putting the min fee in the hands of the receiver.
> Seems like that will work against the best interests of senders in the long
Senders have no interest in ever attaching any kind of fee, which is one
reason we explored child-pays-for-parent for a while. It's not the sender
who cares about double spending risk. Left to their own devices, all
senders would always attach no fee at all (or rather: whatever the min was
to get the transaction relayed to the merchant).
However, receivers do want a fee attached, and ideally we would do this
without redundant transactions. Hence, receivers asking senders to attach a
fee and effectively folding it into the price that is paid. That is, if you
go into a restaurant and the menu says "Burger: 10mBTC" then when you come
to pay, what you see on your phone screen is 10mBTC. The fact that actually
the shop with receiver 9.9mBTC and the tx fee is 0.1mBTC is hidden in the
user interface - creating a situation like many others, where receivers eat
a transaction cost. For instance in Europe sales taxes are included in the
price, not attached separately later.
There's no need to trust the vendor. If a vendor asks for a ridiculously
high tx fee, it will just surface as uncompetitively priced goods/services.
Buyers will go elsewhere.
> Why not try a different path of calculating the min fee like difficulty
> retarget. You can analyse the last 2016 blocks to find the average fee
> accepted per kb (which would include transactions that were included
> without fees) and then write that into the block as a soft recommendation
> that wallets could use in the UI. This way the price can vary up and down
> according to what people were willing to spend on fees and miners willing
> to accept.
That's what fee estimation does, essentially, minus the encoding into
blocks. Once you start getting miners telling people what fees are directly
you run into cases where they might try to lie about their behaviour or
otherwise influence the average. Querying all nodes avoids that problem.
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