hello René, I think the idea of having separate standards is good because we can keep the core spec mandatory and other things optional.
Since the core spec, defined by the BOLTs, is mandatory, it's better if it's as small as possible, basically barely enough to allow peers to talk to each other and open a channel, then define what an HTLC is and the basic payment flow. All the rest is optional. The BOLTs themselves encourage experimentation by having TLVs, rules for optional and experimental message type numbers and so on. And then it doesn't make sense to put optional things in the BOLTs otherwise no one will be spec-compliant anymore and it will cause confusion. Some things, like splicing and dual-funded channels could be created as blips and after everybody had implemented them moved to the BOLTs, other things, like the podcast tipping protocol, cannot. Still, it is better to have a spec for the podcast tipping protocol than to not have, or to have it hidden somewhere. It makes it more open and easier for everyone. Ultimately I think dual-funded channels, trampoline routing and other lower level things should still be kept out of the BOLTs as long as they are optional. While things like splicing and blinded paths seem to be more like things that should enforced. This is my opinion, but I think it's good to have this clear distinction. Finally, a list of other things that deserve a spec so they are made standard and interoperable across wallets and services: 1. keysend 2. AMP 3. hosted channels 4. trampoline routing v1 5. trampoline routing v2 6. turbo channels 7. podcast tipping protocol 8. dual-funding 9. on-demand channels 10. sphinx chat messaging thing 11. private routing as done by immortan 12. alternative graph for unannounced channels as done by immortan 13. lnurl-withdraw 14. lnurl-pay 15. lnurl-channel 16. bitcoin-liquid lightning bridge 17. I thought I had more but apparently I forgot So we have to hunt these people down and make them submit specs. --- fiatjaf 2021-06-30 16:35 (GMT+02:00), "René Pickhardt via Lightning-dev" <email@example.com> said: > Hey everyone, > just for reference when I was new here (and did not understand the processes > well enough) I proposed a similar idea (called LIP) in 2018 c.f.: > https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/lightning-dev/2018-July/001367.html > I wonder what exactly has changed in the reasoning by roasbeef which I will > repeat here: > We already have the equiv of improvement proposals: BOLTs. Historically new > standardization documents are proposed initially as issues or PR's when > ultimately accepted. Why do we need another repo? > As far as I can tell there was always some form of (invisible?) barrier to > participate in the BOLTs but there are also new BOLTs being offered: > * BOLT 12: https://github.com/lightningnetwork/lightning-rfc/pull/798 > * BOLT 14: https://github.com/lightningnetwork/lightning-rfc/pull/780 > and topics to be included like: > * dual funding > * splicing > * the examples given by Ryan > I don't see how a new repo would reduce that barrier - Actually I think it > would even create more confusion as I for example would not know where > something belongs. That being said I think all the points that are addressed > in > Ryan's mail could very well be formalized into BOLTs but maybe we just need to > rethink the current process of the BOLTs to make it more accessible for new > ideas to find their way into the BOLTs? One thing that I can say from > answering > lightning-network questions on stackexchange is that it would certainly help > if > the BOLTs where referenced on lightning.network web page and in the whitepaper > as the place to be if one wants to learn about the Lightning Network > with kind regards Rene > On Wed, Jun 30, 2021 at 4:10 PM Ryan Gentry via Lightning-dev wrote: > > > > Hi all, > > > > > The recent thread around zero-conf channels  provides an opportunity to > discuss how the BOLT process handles features and best practices that > arise in the wild vs. originating within the process itself. Zero-conf > channels are one of many LN innovations on the app layer that have > struggled to make their way into the spec. John Carvalho and Bitrefill > launched Turbo channels in April 2019 , Breez posted their solution to > the mailing list for feedback in August 2020 , and we know at least > ACINQ and Muun (amongst others) have their own implementations. In an > ideal world there would be a descriptive design document that the app > layer implementers had collaborated on over the years that the spec group > could then pick up and merge into the BOLTs now that the feature is deemed > spec-worthy. > > > > > Over the last couple of months, we have discussed the idea of adding a > BIP-style process (bLIPs? SPARKs? ) on top of the BOLTs with various > members of the community, and have received positive feedback from both > app layer and protocol devs. This would not affect the existing BOLT > process at all, but simply add a place for app layer best practices to be > succinctly described and organized, especially those that require > coordination. These features are being built outside of the BOLT process > today anyways, so ideally a bLIP process would bring them into the fold > instead of leaving them buried in old ML posts or not documented at all. > > > > > Some potential bLIP ideas that people have mentioned include: each lnurl > variant, on-the-fly channel opens, AMP, dynamic commitments, podcast > payment metadata, p2p messaging formats, new pathfinding heuristics, > remote node connection standards, etc. > > > > > If the community is interested in moving forward, we've started a branch >  describing such a process. It's based on BIP-0002, so not trying to > reinvent any wheels. It would be great to have developers from various > implementations and from the broader app layer ecosystem volunteer to be > listed as editors (basically the same role as in the BIPs). > > > > > Looking forward to hearing your thoughts! > > > > > Best, > Ryan > > > > >  > https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/lightning-dev/2021-June/003074.html > > > > >  > https://www.coindesk.com/bitrefills-thor-turbo-lets-you-get-started-with-bitcoins-lightning-faster > > > > >  > https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/lightning-dev/2020-August/002780.html > > > > >  bLIP = Bitcoin Lightning Improvement Proposal and SPARK = > Standardization of Protocols at the Request of the Kommunity (h/t fiatjaf) > > > > >  > https://github.com/ryanthegentry/lightning-rfc/blob/blip-0001/blips/blip-0001.mediawiki > > > > _______________________________________________ > Lightning-dev mailing list > Lightningfirstname.lastname@example.org > https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/mailman/listinfo/lightning-dev > > -- > https://www.rene-pickhardt.de_______________________________________________ > Lightning-dev mailing list > Lightningemail@example.com > https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/mailman/listinfo/lightning-dev > _______________________________________________ Lightning-dev mailing list Lightningfirstname.lastname@example.org https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/mailman/listinfo/lightning-dev