Hi, I am interested in the possibility of a cryptocurrency software (future bitcoin or a future altcoin) that strives to have immutable consensus rules.
The goal of such a cryptocurrency would not be to have the latest and greatest tech, but rather to be a long-term store of value and to offer investors great certainty and predictability... something that markets tend to like. And of course, zero consensus rule changes also means less chance of new bugs and attack surface remains the same, which is good for security. Of course, hard-forks are always possible. But that is a clear split and something that people must opt into. Each party has to make a choice, and inertia is on the side of the status quo. Whereas soft-forks sort of drag people along with them, even those who oppose the changes and never upgrade. In my view, that is problematic, especially for a coin with permanent consensus rule immutability as a goal/ethic. As I understand it, bitcoin soft-forks always rely on anyone-can-spend transactions. If those were removed, would it effectively prevent soft-forks, or are there other possible mechanisms? How important are any-one-can spend tx for other uses? More generally, do you think it is possible to programmatically avoid/ban soft-forks, and if so, how would you go about it? _______________________________________________ bitcoin-dev mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/mailman/listinfo/bitcoin-dev