[bitcoin-dev] BIP proposal: Generalized version bits voting (bip-genvbvoting)
tomz at freedommail.ch
Tue Apr 4 11:16:08 UTC 2017
On Monday, 3 April 2017 11:06:02 CEST Sancho Panza wrote:
> To be elaborated.
Please do elaborate :)
The meat of the proposal is missing.
> It is thought that only cosmetic changes are needed to generalize from
> only soft forks to 'soft or hard forks', and to add the additional
> per-bit parameters 'threshold' and 'windowsize'
I agree that the type of forks are rather irrelevant to the voting
mechanism. As we remember that BIP109 used a voting bit too.
The per-bit (lets call that per-proposal) parameter threshold and windowsize
are a different matter though, based on the next paragraph you wrote;
> The design of the state machine is envisioned to remain unchanged.
The entire point of BIP9 is to allow nodes that do not know about an upgrade
to still have a functional state machine. But I don’t see how you can have a
state machine if the two basic variables that drive it are not specified.
Now, to be clear, I am a big fan of making the window size and the threshold
But in my opinion we would not be able to have a state machine without those
variables in the actual BIP because old nodes would miss the data to
transition to certain states.
Maybe an idea; we have 30 bits. 2 currently in use (although we could reuse
the CSV one). Maybe we can come up with 3 default sets of properties and
when a proposal starts to use bit 11 it behaves differently than if it uses
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