[Bitcoin-development] Block Size Increase

Tier Nolan tier.nolan at gmail.com
Wed May 6 23:33:56 UTC 2015

On Thu, May 7, 2015 at 12:12 AM, Matt Corallo <bitcoin-list at bluematt.me>

> The point of the hard block size limit is exactly because giving miners
> free rule to do anything they like with their blocks would allow them to
> do any number of crazy attacks. The incentives for miners to pick block
> sizes are no where near compatible with what allows the network to
> continue to run in a decentralized manner.

Miners can always reduce the block size (if they coordinate).  Increasing
the maximum block size doesn't necessarily cause an increase.  A majority
of miners can soft-fork to set the limit lower than the hard limit.

Setting the hard-fork limit higher means that a soft fork can be used to
adjust the limit in the future.

The reference client would accept blocks above the soft limit for wallet
purposes, but not build on them.  Blocks above the hard limit would be
rejected completely.
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