[Bitcoin-development] User vote in blocksize through fees

Eric Lombrozo elombrozo at gmail.com
Sat Jun 13 22:24:26 UTC 2015


That’s exactly the problem with Bitcoin - it was supposed to be the case that users ARE the miners and node operators…but…alas…

> On Jun 13, 2015, at 3:20 PM, Danny Thorpe <danny.thorpe at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Please forgive my ignorance, but why should Bitcoin users have a say in block size limits?  It's the miners and Bitcoin node operators that bear the burden of managing large blocks, no?
> 
> Users voting on network parameters sounds like neighbors voting on how deep my swimming pool should be.
> 
> Thanks,
> -Danny
> 
> On Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 11:11 AM, Peter Todd <pete at petertodd.org <mailto:pete at petertodd.org>> wrote:
> Jeff Garzik recently proposed that the upper blocksize limit be removed
> entirely, with a "soft" limit being enforced via miner vote, recorded by
> hashing power.
> 
> This mechanism within the protocol for users to have any influence over
> the miner vote. We can add that back by providing a way for transactions
> themselves to set a flag determining whether or not they can be included
> in a block casting a specific vote.
> 
> We can simplify Garzik's vote to say that one of the nVersion bits
> either votes for the blocksize to be increased, or decreased, by some
> fixed ratio (e.g 2x or 1/2x) the next interval. Then we can use a
> nVersion bit in transactions themselves, also voting for an increase or
> decrease. Transactions may only be included in blocks with an
> indentical vote, thus providing miners with a monetary incentive via
> fees to vote according to user wishes.
> 
> Of course, to cast a "don't care" vote we can either define an
> additional bit, or sign the transaction with both versions. Equally we
> can even have different versions with different fees, broadcast via a
> mechanism such as replace-by-fee.
> 
> 
> See also John Dillon's proposal for proof-of-stake blocksize voting:
> 
> https://www.mail-archive.com/bitcoin-development@lists.sourceforge.net/msg02323.html <https://www.mail-archive.com/bitcoin-development@lists.sourceforge.net/msg02323.html>
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