[bitcoin-dev] [BIP Draft] Allow zero value OP_RETURN in Payment Protocol

Luke Dashjr luke at dashjr.org
Tue Jan 26 03:12:24 UTC 2016

On Tuesday, January 26, 2016 3:07:40 AM Toby Padilla wrote:
> > I don't see any benefit to changing that. It is better that coins are
> > burned.
> I think this is our fundamental disagreement. People will burn coins to
> encode data, why allow this when there's a better alternative?

My point is that there isn't a better alternative. The coins being burned, is 
strictly better than it being gratis.

> > You *always* need a key, to redeem inputs... regardless of values.
> Correct, but with BIP70 that key is in the user's wallet and you can
> construct transactions on another machine (thus not needing a key during
> construction). Right now there's no way to do the transaction construction
> on another machine with zero value OP_RETURNs.

This is also a good thing. Spam should not be made easier or cheaper.


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