I have been noticing for some time the problem which Mike H. identified as how we are bleeding nodes ~ losing nodes over time.
This link was referenced in the coindesk article of May 9, 2014: http://sourceforge.net/p/bitcoin/mailman/bitcoin-development/thread/CANEZrP2rgiQHpekEpFviJ22QsiV%2Bs-F2pqosaZOA5WrRtJx5pg%40mail.gmail.com/#msg32196023 (coindesk article for reference: http://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-nodes-need/) The proposed solution is noted here as a portion of an issue at: https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/issues/4079 Essentially that part which has to do with helping reduce the loss of nodes is as follows: "a feature similar to that suggested by @gmaxwell that would process small change and tiny txouts to user specified donation targets, in an incentivized process. Those running full nodes (Bitcoin Core all the time), processing their change and txouts through Core, would be provided incentives in the form of a 'decentralizing lottery' such that all participants who are running nodes and donating no matter how infrequently (and no matter who they donate to) will be entered in the 'decentralizing lottery,' the 'award amounts' (which would be distinct from 'block rewards' for any mining) would vary from small to large bitcoin amounts depending on how many participants are involved in the donations process. This would help incentivize individuals to run full nodes as well as encouraging giving and microdonations. The option could be expressed in the transactions area to contribute to help bitcoin core development for those that are setting up change and txouts for donations, regarding the microdonation portion (which has also has been expressed conceptually at abis.io" This addresses the issue of how to incentivize more interested individuals to run full nodes (Bitcoin Core). The lottery concept (which would be applicable to anyone running the full node regardless of whether or not they are mining) is attractive from the point of view that it will complement the block reward concept already in place which serves those who mine, but more attractive to the individual who doesn't feel the urge to mine, but would like to have the chance of being compensated for the effort they put into the system. I hope that this leads to additional development discussion on these concepts regarding incentivizing giving. This may also involve a process BIP. I look forward to your remarks. Respect, Odinn ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ HPCC Systems Open Source Big Data Platform from LexisNexis Risk Solutions Find What Matters Most in Your Big Data with HPCC Systems Open Source. Fast. Scalable. Simple. Ideal for Dirty Data. Leverages Graph Analysis for Fast Processing & Easy Data Exploration http://p.sf.net/sfu/hpccsystems _______________________________________________ Bitcoin-development mailing list Bitcoinemail@example.com https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/bitcoin-development