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Not actually capped at 100 billion? #23

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simondlr opened this Issue Dec 17, 2013 · 241 comments

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simondlr commented Dec 17, 2013

Looking at getBlockValue (and nSubsidy), after the 600 000th block, it will forever be 10k a block. Once it hits 100 billion, it should be set to 0. However, this seems a bit difficult due to the randomness being brought in.

Or rather, that this is intentional? But then the dogecoin thread should mention there is no theoretical cap, but will basically level out at 10 billion (for all intents and purposes)?

Such confuse?

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Hm, I think you are right. It seems that many altcoin algorithms assume MAX_MONEY will cap the coin, while a closer inspection of the code seems to reveal that it only caps transaction size and not total coin supply. If this assumption is correct, the way it is will cause something like 5% inflation / year (rather insignificant) after the random blocks have all been mined. More testing is needed.

Fortunately, we won't hit this problem of non-cap for over a year. In perhaps a years time, we should revisit this. My intention would be to stop giving random blocks after block 600000 and ensure the cap at 100 billion, but I would like to see what the community desires at that point. A year can be an eternity in crypto land...

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Hm, I think you are right. It seems that many altcoin algorithms assume MAX_MONEY will cap the coin, while a closer inspection of the code seems to reveal that it only caps transaction size and not total coin supply. If this assumption is correct, the way it is will cause something like 5% inflation / year (rather insignificant) after the random blocks have all been mined. More testing is needed.

Fortunately, we won't hit this problem of non-cap for over a year. In perhaps a years time, we should revisit this. My intention would be to stop giving random blocks after block 600000 and ensure the cap at 100 billion, but I would like to see what the community desires at that point. A year can be an eternity in crypto land...

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Indeed. It is an eternity in crypto land. MAX_MONEY is a cap at which the client simply refuses to look at a tx due to it obviously being an attempt at a fake.

I suggest fixing this sooner rather than later, though. The longer it waits, the more miners need to update their nodes.

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simondlr commented Dec 17, 2013

Indeed. It is an eternity in crypto land. MAX_MONEY is a cap at which the client simply refuses to look at a tx due to it obviously being an attempt at a fake.

I suggest fixing this sooner rather than later, though. The longer it waits, the more miners need to update their nodes.

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Alright, here is my plan.

If randomization is close to perfect, there will effectively be 1,562,500,000 coins left after block 600,000.

I will change the reward to 1,000 after block 600,000. That would cause the cap to be reached in approximately 3 years (will do 1240000 blocks of this).

After which time, only transaction fees as the reward.

Due to randomization, this will be very close but not exactly 100B, but with a huge runway where I can adjust if needed.

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Alright, here is my plan.

If randomization is close to perfect, there will effectively be 1,562,500,000 coins left after block 600,000.

I will change the reward to 1,000 after block 600,000. That would cause the cap to be reached in approximately 3 years (will do 1240000 blocks of this).

After which time, only transaction fees as the reward.

Due to randomization, this will be very close but not exactly 100B, but with a huge runway where I can adjust if needed.

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Sounds good to me!

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simondlr commented Dec 17, 2013

Sounds good to me!

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We need to have less than 100B coins, that's too much.

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We need to have less than 100B coins, that's too much.

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We'll have less for quite awhile!

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ghost commented Dec 17, 2013

We'll have less for quite awhile!

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It will take longer than a year for a new coin to gain the adoption it needs for transaction fees to be a significant motivation for miners. By capping coin rewards after < 1.5 years, you're guaranteeing that most of the miners will move on to other altcoins, significantly reducing the security of the network.

I suggest keeping the reward at 10K indefinitely (as the code is currently), because (a) it will continue to incentivize miners to secure the ledger, (b) it's not significant inflation, just 5% the first year and even less as time goes on, and (c) it's rather a nice way to taper rewarding until transaction fees become the dominant form of miner rewards in the unforeseen future. Who knows when transaction fees will become significant enough for dogecoin? 2 years? 10 years? 20? But with this flat 10K reward, it doesn't really matter, it allows for a very "soft landing".

TLDR: keep the current inflationary scheme, don't cap the production at 100B that'll probably cause the network to die.

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jaekwon commented Dec 18, 2013

It will take longer than a year for a new coin to gain the adoption it needs for transaction fees to be a significant motivation for miners. By capping coin rewards after < 1.5 years, you're guaranteeing that most of the miners will move on to other altcoins, significantly reducing the security of the network.

I suggest keeping the reward at 10K indefinitely (as the code is currently), because (a) it will continue to incentivize miners to secure the ledger, (b) it's not significant inflation, just 5% the first year and even less as time goes on, and (c) it's rather a nice way to taper rewarding until transaction fees become the dominant form of miner rewards in the unforeseen future. Who knows when transaction fees will become significant enough for dogecoin? 2 years? 10 years? 20? But with this flat 10K reward, it doesn't really matter, it allows for a very "soft landing".

TLDR: keep the current inflationary scheme, don't cap the production at 100B that'll probably cause the network to die.

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dogecoin- please keep the behavior of the code as it is. I say this as someone with considerable holdings. If I was short-sighted and greedy, I would be all like "hell yea I want a bigger slice of the pie", but I believe that the currency will be worth a lot more in the future if it has a gentler inflation rate.

I bought into Dogecoin because the community has such an emphasis on fun and generosity. We need it to be a little looser than the other coins out there if we want to keep the spirit and get anyone other than speculators involved. If we set a hard cap that snaps into play after 3 short years, I'm guessing this will crash the currency.

I'd like my doges to be something that lasts as a healthy currency, instead of having to sit around waiting for the exact right moment to dump them on a sucker in 3 years.

Keep the original Dogecoin!

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dogecoin- please keep the behavior of the code as it is. I say this as someone with considerable holdings. If I was short-sighted and greedy, I would be all like "hell yea I want a bigger slice of the pie", but I believe that the currency will be worth a lot more in the future if it has a gentler inflation rate.

I bought into Dogecoin because the community has such an emphasis on fun and generosity. We need it to be a little looser than the other coins out there if we want to keep the spirit and get anyone other than speculators involved. If we set a hard cap that snaps into play after 3 short years, I'm guessing this will crash the currency.

I'd like my doges to be something that lasts as a healthy currency, instead of having to sit around waiting for the exact right moment to dump them on a sucker in 3 years.

Keep the original Dogecoin!

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Interesting perspective, I appreciate the feedback. I've had a lot of feedback recently on the reward system and if something should be changed or not. I'm interested in hearing what more of the community feels.

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ghost commented Dec 19, 2013

Interesting perspective, I appreciate the feedback. I've had a lot of feedback recently on the reward system and if something should be changed or not. I'm interested in hearing what more of the community feels.

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@jaekwon very good point! I'm siding with keeping it as is then: 10k inflation per block after 600 000 blocks. It should just then be emphasised, and explained properly. ie, due to the short time for coins to be released, a soft landing with small inflation will keep more miners involved.

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@jaekwon very good point! I'm siding with keeping it as is then: 10k inflation per block after 600 000 blocks. It should just then be emphasised, and explained properly. ie, due to the short time for coins to be released, a soft landing with small inflation will keep more miners involved.

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Good catch. I too think it would probably be best to leave it for now. If in a year there's large enough of a transaction volume to sustain a 100B cap, it won't be too late to change it.

Also @jtremback and @jaekwon have valid points. At any rate, the fixed cap design of crypto currencies is an arbitrary decision as far as dogecoin is concerned. Dogecoin isn't designed to be the ultimate currency, so there's no reason to stick with a fixed cap, especially if it might be harmful to the dogecoin ecosystem. It would be good to keep undemonstrated economic theories out of this, and in this case there's a valid concern that miners leaving would significantly lower the hashrate.

I have my own personal opinion on economics (I'd like to see fancier, dynamic inflation rates in crypto-currencies), plus I hold dogecoin, but I'm trying to think from the most "veil of ignorance" point of view here. We can be pretty sure that 5% per year inflation is fine. I'd say just play it safe. Plus, coincidentally the code is already that way. If there's ever in issue, it can be discussed amongst the community and a decision can be made.

legobanana commented Dec 19, 2013

Good catch. I too think it would probably be best to leave it for now. If in a year there's large enough of a transaction volume to sustain a 100B cap, it won't be too late to change it.

Also @jtremback and @jaekwon have valid points. At any rate, the fixed cap design of crypto currencies is an arbitrary decision as far as dogecoin is concerned. Dogecoin isn't designed to be the ultimate currency, so there's no reason to stick with a fixed cap, especially if it might be harmful to the dogecoin ecosystem. It would be good to keep undemonstrated economic theories out of this, and in this case there's a valid concern that miners leaving would significantly lower the hashrate.

I have my own personal opinion on economics (I'd like to see fancier, dynamic inflation rates in crypto-currencies), plus I hold dogecoin, but I'm trying to think from the most "veil of ignorance" point of view here. We can be pretty sure that 5% per year inflation is fine. I'd say just play it safe. Plus, coincidentally the code is already that way. If there's ever in issue, it can be discussed amongst the community and a decision can be made.

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Thanks, Dogecoin! (& contributors)

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Thanks, Dogecoin! (& contributors)

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There are two ways to fix the 'miners are going to leave' problem. The debate here about a 5% inflation rate is interesting, but has to be weighed against potential backlash from who saw and expect the fixed 100B limit from the start. Whats more concerning though, aside from the max limit, is the block reward structure. As it currently stands, it leaves almost no incentive for any miners to exist on the network in about 6-8 months from now.

No miners means no security means dead coin.

50B coins will be out in ~70 days, and then 75B coins in 70 more days, and almost all useful coins mined in 6 months. After that, there are no fees to support miners. 0.001 DOGE is and will always be woefully insufficient.

Perhaps it would be advisable to slow down the block reward after the first halving, and increase fees after the 2nd or 3rd halving. (This would be a soft-fork since we could have all clients updated by then.)

Rather then the next 25Billion coins mined over 70 days, we can keep miners around much longer by extending that period to 140 or 210 days, and also extend the other halvings. The max limit would still be 100B coins, but their release would be slowed down to keep miners around.

Doing something like this would be, in my view, the only way to stop a mass exodus of miners.

fract4l commented Dec 19, 2013

There are two ways to fix the 'miners are going to leave' problem. The debate here about a 5% inflation rate is interesting, but has to be weighed against potential backlash from who saw and expect the fixed 100B limit from the start. Whats more concerning though, aside from the max limit, is the block reward structure. As it currently stands, it leaves almost no incentive for any miners to exist on the network in about 6-8 months from now.

No miners means no security means dead coin.

50B coins will be out in ~70 days, and then 75B coins in 70 more days, and almost all useful coins mined in 6 months. After that, there are no fees to support miners. 0.001 DOGE is and will always be woefully insufficient.

Perhaps it would be advisable to slow down the block reward after the first halving, and increase fees after the 2nd or 3rd halving. (This would be a soft-fork since we could have all clients updated by then.)

Rather then the next 25Billion coins mined over 70 days, we can keep miners around much longer by extending that period to 140 or 210 days, and also extend the other halvings. The max limit would still be 100B coins, but their release would be slowed down to keep miners around.

Doing something like this would be, in my view, the only way to stop a mass exodus of miners.

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@fract4l I assume the fees won't be stuck at 0.001 permanently. I'd expect that as soon as dynamic fees are out for bitcoin/litecoin, they'd be merged into dogecoin. I haven't seen any discussion about this though so maybe I'm wrong.

legobanana commented Dec 22, 2013

@fract4l I assume the fees won't be stuck at 0.001 permanently. I'd expect that as soon as dynamic fees are out for bitcoin/litecoin, they'd be merged into dogecoin. I haven't seen any discussion about this though so maybe I'm wrong.

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Here's a thought,
What if we tried knocking out two birds with one stone and increased the block target speed to 2 minutes instead of 1 after some arbitrary point. This would increase the longevity of high rewards and give the coin more time to grow in adoption, and also improve orphan issues and safety, at the expense of slightly longer confirmation times. Then we could revisit this issue after 2+ years and see what people think.

To clairfy, in 2+ years time I think we will have a lot more evidence if minor inflation (at most 2.5% a year), PoS concepts, or deflationary coins are more likely to maintain interest, and we can make a decision from that point without causing much issue, with plenty of community input.

There's anecdotal evidence to that inflationary currency can still maintain value (peercoin, primecoin) and deflationary currency can lose most of its mining (extremecoin, infinitecoin), but I think more evidence would be needed at a further date.

@fract4l @jaekwon are there issues with this approach?

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Here's a thought,
What if we tried knocking out two birds with one stone and increased the block target speed to 2 minutes instead of 1 after some arbitrary point. This would increase the longevity of high rewards and give the coin more time to grow in adoption, and also improve orphan issues and safety, at the expense of slightly longer confirmation times. Then we could revisit this issue after 2+ years and see what people think.

To clairfy, in 2+ years time I think we will have a lot more evidence if minor inflation (at most 2.5% a year), PoS concepts, or deflationary coins are more likely to maintain interest, and we can make a decision from that point without causing much issue, with plenty of community input.

There's anecdotal evidence to that inflationary currency can still maintain value (peercoin, primecoin) and deflationary currency can lose most of its mining (extremecoin, infinitecoin), but I think more evidence would be needed at a further date.

@fract4l @jaekwon are there issues with this approach?

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👍 increase the block target speed

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👍 increase the block target speed

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People put money into coins to invest, if the coin is going to devalue due to inflation why would one put money into the coin? Value is heavily relied upon market cap and investability. 100 billion coins is already A LOT, even getting Dogecoin up to $.01(one cent) would be a feat, considering 100Billion*.01=1Billion and Bitcoins current market cap is 8billion. I propose we cap it at 100 Billion and either increase fees to incentivise mining, or we can change the time frame of 1.5 yrs total 100B being mined to a 5-20yr time frame.

zeroize2 commented Dec 25, 2013

People put money into coins to invest, if the coin is going to devalue due to inflation why would one put money into the coin? Value is heavily relied upon market cap and investability. 100 billion coins is already A LOT, even getting Dogecoin up to $.01(one cent) would be a feat, considering 100Billion*.01=1Billion and Bitcoins current market cap is 8billion. I propose we cap it at 100 Billion and either increase fees to incentivise mining, or we can change the time frame of 1.5 yrs total 100B being mined to a 5-20yr time frame.

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@dogecoin Sounds good to me, too!

chnbz commented Dec 25, 2013

@dogecoin Sounds good to me, too!

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@dogecoin I think it would probably be best to leave it for now and revisit this after 2+ years. So about 100B coins will be mined in first year and about 5B coins will be mine in second year. Increasing block target time to 2 minutes doesn't solve anything but cause protocol instability and bad reputation. In the world of decentralized currencies, reputation is the most important

ghost commented Dec 26, 2013

@dogecoin I think it would probably be best to leave it for now and revisit this after 2+ years. So about 100B coins will be mined in first year and about 5B coins will be mine in second year. Increasing block target time to 2 minutes doesn't solve anything but cause protocol instability and bad reputation. In the world of decentralized currencies, reputation is the most important

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I think we would do well to realize that the coin has had its success not
from investors, but from a lot of newbies who think it is fun. My priority
would be to make sure mining stays profitable in the long term so that the
currency is secure. If we piss off some pumpendumpers, so be it. I don't
care about inflation, or keeping the coins limited in a golem like fashion.
I say this as someone who holds several millions. Just IMO.
On Dec 25, 2013 8:39 PM, "nguoinhaque" notifications@github.com wrote:

@dogecoin https://github.com/dogecoin I think it would probably be best
to leave it for now and revisit this after 2+ years. So about 100B coins
will be mined in first year and about 5B coins will be mine in second year.
Increasing block target time to 2 minutes doesn't solve anything but cause
protocol instability and bad reputation. In the world of decentralized
currencies, reputation is the most important


Reply to this email directly or view it on GitHubhttps://github.com/dogecoin/dogecoin/issues/23#issuecomment-31211141
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jtremback commented Dec 26, 2013

I think we would do well to realize that the coin has had its success not
from investors, but from a lot of newbies who think it is fun. My priority
would be to make sure mining stays profitable in the long term so that the
currency is secure. If we piss off some pumpendumpers, so be it. I don't
care about inflation, or keeping the coins limited in a golem like fashion.
I say this as someone who holds several millions. Just IMO.
On Dec 25, 2013 8:39 PM, "nguoinhaque" notifications@github.com wrote:

@dogecoin https://github.com/dogecoin I think it would probably be best
to leave it for now and revisit this after 2+ years. So about 100B coins
will be mined in first year and about 5B coins will be mine in second year.
Increasing block target time to 2 minutes doesn't solve anything but cause
protocol instability and bad reputation. In the world of decentralized
currencies, reputation is the most important


Reply to this email directly or view it on GitHubhttps://github.com/dogecoin/dogecoin/issues/23#issuecomment-31211141
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At least the transaction fees have been updated (which makes it more feasible for miners in the future, and the removal of dust spam).

I'm siding with @jaekwon here, as this is the path the least resistance. Dogecoin IS a fun currency. Providing a soft landing for miners with a 10k a block inflation is okay. Nodes and miners won't have to update their software. It will essentially be about 100 billion in the end (with ever decreasing inflation over the years).

Instead of requiring people to update, it's just a short knock in terms of expectation (there's not a theoretical cap).

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At least the transaction fees have been updated (which makes it more feasible for miners in the future, and the removal of dust spam).

I'm siding with @jaekwon here, as this is the path the least resistance. Dogecoin IS a fun currency. Providing a soft landing for miners with a 10k a block inflation is okay. Nodes and miners won't have to update their software. It will essentially be about 100 billion in the end (with ever decreasing inflation over the years).

Instead of requiring people to update, it's just a short knock in terms of expectation (there's not a theoretical cap).

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Guys, I totally disagree with the direction things seem to be going here.. The understanding since the very beginning of dogecoin has been that it will be capped at 100 billion. Most people on reddit have been basing their valuation of dogecoin on this. If there is anything they know, its that dogecoin has a limit of 100 billion. It would be a huge mistake to change this and undermine the trust in dogecoin and instead of capping it create 5 billion new dogecoins a year indefinitely.

Extend the life of the currency by extending the length of time it takes to get to 100 billion, but do not change the 100 billion amount.

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Guys, I totally disagree with the direction things seem to be going here.. The understanding since the very beginning of dogecoin has been that it will be capped at 100 billion. Most people on reddit have been basing their valuation of dogecoin on this. If there is anything they know, its that dogecoin has a limit of 100 billion. It would be a huge mistake to change this and undermine the trust in dogecoin and instead of capping it create 5 billion new dogecoins a year indefinitely.

Extend the life of the currency by extending the length of time it takes to get to 100 billion, but do not change the 100 billion amount.

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  1. It's a trade off between network security and limited supply. 5B more coins per year causes a little inflation but it helps protecting the network. When network is protected, people will trust more => value increased
  2. About 5% inflation seams signification in long term but it's nothing in short and medium term. Why care about 5% inflation when the value of coins can increase/decrease 50% per day and your investment can return 1000% or more per year?

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  1. It's a trade off between network security and limited supply. 5B more coins per year causes a little inflation but it helps protecting the network. When network is protected, people will trust more => value increased
  2. About 5% inflation seams signification in long term but it's nothing in short and medium term. Why care about 5% inflation when the value of coins can increase/decrease 50% per day and your investment can return 1000% or more per year?
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@dogecoin sorry for the delay, I was away over the holidays.

As I suspected, talk of the coin limit going higher then 100B becomes a political debate... In the meantime, I think your suggestion of increasing the block target to 2 minutes is the best solution for keeping miners around and extending the life of the coin. It keeps the block schedule the same, and ALSO fixes the orphan problem that a lot of pools were complaining about. I think politically this would be the path of least resistance. 1) The value has been dropping, so people would welcome a slower inflation. 2) Miners would be happy with less orphans. 3) It gives devs and everyone more time to address the > 100B inflation issue.

I would ACK the change to 2 minute blocks after the first halving.

fract4l commented Jan 4, 2014

@dogecoin sorry for the delay, I was away over the holidays.

As I suspected, talk of the coin limit going higher then 100B becomes a political debate... In the meantime, I think your suggestion of increasing the block target to 2 minutes is the best solution for keeping miners around and extending the life of the coin. It keeps the block schedule the same, and ALSO fixes the orphan problem that a lot of pools were complaining about. I think politically this would be the path of least resistance. 1) The value has been dropping, so people would welcome a slower inflation. 2) Miners would be happy with less orphans. 3) It gives devs and everyone more time to address the > 100B inflation issue.

I would ACK the change to 2 minute blocks after the first halving.

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@fract4l I think it's a very bad signal if we change the protocol because the price is dropping fast.. As a former forex trader, I see patient is the key to winning. After looking at other success altcoins, I believe the price of dogecoin will increase at least 10 times after the first or second halving.

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@fract4l I think it's a very bad signal if we change the protocol because the price is dropping fast.. As a former forex trader, I see patient is the key to winning. After looking at other success altcoins, I believe the price of dogecoin will increase at least 10 times after the first or second halving.

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Increasing block target to 2 minutes after the first reward halving makes sense - not to protect prices but to leave more mining income for later. But the change needs to gain acceptance, and the fact that it could protect current prices helps with that.

If no other changes will be made, then the monetary inflation after 100 billion would be 2.6 billion doge a year. The global rate of economic growth is likely to be at least 2.6%, so if we assume the dogeconomy keeps growing at at least that rate, the coin does not lose value, and in fact should only gain in value in terms of fiat money. Politicians and central bankers keep monetary inflation well above the rate of economic growth to prevent price deflation. Sadly not many people in the crypto communities understand these matters.

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Increasing block target to 2 minutes after the first reward halving makes sense - not to protect prices but to leave more mining income for later. But the change needs to gain acceptance, and the fact that it could protect current prices helps with that.

If no other changes will be made, then the monetary inflation after 100 billion would be 2.6 billion doge a year. The global rate of economic growth is likely to be at least 2.6%, so if we assume the dogeconomy keeps growing at at least that rate, the coin does not lose value, and in fact should only gain in value in terms of fiat money. Politicians and central bankers keep monetary inflation well above the rate of economic growth to prevent price deflation. Sadly not many people in the crypto communities understand these matters.

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I agree with @nguoinhaque that it looks pretty bad if we start changing things up. It's going to halve soon anyway, and it's a weird experimental coin that was never meant to grow this popular. I say leave well enough alone.

jtremback commented Jan 4, 2014

I agree with @nguoinhaque that it looks pretty bad if we start changing things up. It's going to halve soon anyway, and it's a weird experimental coin that was never meant to grow this popular. I say leave well enough alone.

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@nguoinhaque If we dont change the block target time we run the risk of having a dead coin at some point, if we dont change the inflation rate we run the risk of having everyone believing we lied to them because we have said over and over again from the very beginning, and on multiple different official websites, that the limit for DOGE is 100 billion coins. Adding inflation to a coin that people previous believed would be a deflationary coin is a big deal.

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@nguoinhaque If we dont change the block target time we run the risk of having a dead coin at some point, if we dont change the inflation rate we run the risk of having everyone believing we lied to them because we have said over and over again from the very beginning, and on multiple different official websites, that the limit for DOGE is 100 billion coins. Adding inflation to a coin that people previous believed would be a deflationary coin is a big deal.

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@dakrin I didn't say we should never change the protocol but I said we shouldn't hurry, shouldn't panic. The protocol is the core of the network, don't change it whenever we want because it's dangerous (recent chain splitting is an example) and causes bad reputation. Just wait about 2 years, we will have much more time and data to analyze the situation. I believe the patience will finally lead us to success.

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@dakrin I didn't say we should never change the protocol but I said we shouldn't hurry, shouldn't panic. The protocol is the core of the network, don't change it whenever we want because it's dangerous (recent chain splitting is an example) and causes bad reputation. Just wait about 2 years, we will have much more time and data to analyze the situation. I believe the patience will finally lead us to success.

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I too don't like the idea of changing the protocol. It is the back-bone to how the currency works. How do you think people would feel if Bitcoin decided to change their target block time to 5 mins and remove the hard cap of 21 million coins?

I think this issue should be resolved quickly (and add the 100B limit) or begin to communicate the the 100B cap is not in place and there will be no limit to the number of DOGE.

The way I see it, we're going to loose activity if 100B isn't the hard limit, and we're going to loose the trust of our community if this 'change' isn't properly communicated. The (right) thing to do would be add the 100B limit and have this debate (publicly) after.

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I too don't like the idea of changing the protocol. It is the back-bone to how the currency works. How do you think people would feel if Bitcoin decided to change their target block time to 5 mins and remove the hard cap of 21 million coins?

I think this issue should be resolved quickly (and add the 100B limit) or begin to communicate the the 100B cap is not in place and there will be no limit to the number of DOGE.

The way I see it, we're going to loose activity if 100B isn't the hard limit, and we're going to loose the trust of our community if this 'change' isn't properly communicated. The (right) thing to do would be add the 100B limit and have this debate (publicly) after.

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@lkn0ll you are right, you don't know much, there is no reason to a website have a dogecoin button that gives doge if the value of a doge is almost nothing, they may just keep old plain 'like' button.

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@lkn0ll you are right, you don't know much, there is no reason to a website have a dogecoin button that gives doge if the value of a doge is almost nothing, they may just keep old plain 'like' button.

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To be clear, I think this decision was the best one possible at this time and needed to happen quickly, so all is well. But don't say it's for keeping the non-lost supply at a constant 100B, because no one's going to buy that. It's okay if you goofed a bit with the original announcements, you couldn't have known how big the coin would get. If you are honest about it, people won't hold it against you.

Like someone already pointed out, the amount of doge in circulation (not lost that is) will max out even under this system, because I'd say at least about 0.5% are likely to be lost per year on average so the supply is unlikely to go over 1 trillion IMHO (5B of 1tril is 0.5%). Talking about "infinite inflation" here is just nonsense.

EDIT: not to mention that getting the theoretical supply to 1 trillion would take a whopping 199 years... Many kinds of big changes will happen before that, including various catastrophes that might destroy a lot of coins and what's more likely is that the technology is going to be completely obsolete by then.

miikao commented Feb 2, 2014

To be clear, I think this decision was the best one possible at this time and needed to happen quickly, so all is well. But don't say it's for keeping the non-lost supply at a constant 100B, because no one's going to buy that. It's okay if you goofed a bit with the original announcements, you couldn't have known how big the coin would get. If you are honest about it, people won't hold it against you.

Like someone already pointed out, the amount of doge in circulation (not lost that is) will max out even under this system, because I'd say at least about 0.5% are likely to be lost per year on average so the supply is unlikely to go over 1 trillion IMHO (5B of 1tril is 0.5%). Talking about "infinite inflation" here is just nonsense.

EDIT: not to mention that getting the theoretical supply to 1 trillion would take a whopping 199 years... Many kinds of big changes will happen before that, including various catastrophes that might destroy a lot of coins and what's more likely is that the technology is going to be completely obsolete by then.

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@GUIpsp its actually none of your business but its more than many ppl here just licking the devs

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@GUIpsp its actually none of your business but its more than many ppl here just licking the devs

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@nekomata3 Explain clearly and concisely how this is a bad idea.

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@nekomata3 Explain clearly and concisely how this is a bad idea.

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Bitcoiners told me that only deflationary currencies are good.

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Bitcoiners told me that only deflationary currencies are good.

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Guys, this is becoming a trollbox. The issue is closed, and the devs are not going to look at this thread after this post, so the only thing posting here is doing is spamming. If there is another discussion to be had on the subject another issue will be raised.

Please post your opinions and venting on one of the many public forums that exist and not on this github issue. Thank you.

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Guys, this is becoming a trollbox. The issue is closed, and the devs are not going to look at this thread after this post, so the only thing posting here is doing is spamming. If there is another discussion to be had on the subject another issue will be raised.

Please post your opinions and venting on one of the many public forums that exist and not on this github issue. Thank you.

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As the founder of quite possibly the largest non-exchange company that supports DOGE, I couldn't be happier with this decision :-). Ideally though, a reward a 5K seems to make more sense.

moolah-io commented Feb 2, 2014

As the founder of quite possibly the largest non-exchange company that supports DOGE, I couldn't be happier with this decision :-). Ideally though, a reward a 5K seems to make more sense.

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Huzzah! 0-10k blocks I say!

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Huzzah! 0-10k blocks I say!

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@flyingplatypus @moolah-ch I agree, anyway i'm out the discussion, don't say no one was there to warn you.

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@flyingplatypus @moolah-ch I agree, anyway i'm out the discussion, don't say no one was there to warn you.

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Don't feed the trolls. The decision has been made, and people with cool heads understand how important and beneficial it is. All others, who are too lazy to read the whole conversation and reasoning here, or just too stupid(excuse my language) to be reasoned with, will stop spamming once people stop responding to them. It's done. If you are that upset, then sell, buy BTC/LTC, and move on. DOGE now officially has a framework and is moving forward with a different idea.

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Don't feed the trolls. The decision has been made, and people with cool heads understand how important and beneficial it is. All others, who are too lazy to read the whole conversation and reasoning here, or just too stupid(excuse my language) to be reasoned with, will stop spamming once people stop responding to them. It's done. If you are that upset, then sell, buy BTC/LTC, and move on. DOGE now officially has a framework and is moving forward with a different idea.

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R.I.P Dogecoin.

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R.I.P Dogecoin.

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Oh good grief this is going to land a sh*tstorm. (not that it hasn't already)

grabs popcorn

Fishrock123 commented Feb 2, 2014

Oh good grief this is going to land a sh*tstorm. (not that it hasn't already)

grabs popcorn

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@ummjackson do you still think it's a good idea? The price of Doge is plummeting because of this. Anyone serious about backing the currency is selling at record low prices. You have literally killed DogeCoin in less than a day.

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@ummjackson do you still think it's a good idea? The price of Doge is plummeting because of this. Anyone serious about backing the currency is selling at record low prices. You have literally killed DogeCoin in less than a day.

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I’m enjoying all the cheap coins I’m getting.

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I’m enjoying all the cheap coins I’m getting.

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@MadCold You're being silly, I guess you've never seen the whales play with the market before huh? It's "trading" between 131 and 161 in a single hour, going down, up to 161 again and now down. The real traders are either playing right now or sitting back and enjoying the popcorn, nothing to see here.

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@MadCold You're being silly, I guess you've never seen the whales play with the market before huh? It's "trading" between 131 and 161 in a single hour, going down, up to 161 again and now down. The real traders are either playing right now or sitting back and enjoying the popcorn, nothing to see here.

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It's selling for less than $1.20 per 1000 now and it's still dropping. $1.18 right now.

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It's selling for less than $1.20 per 1000 now and it's still dropping. $1.18 right now.

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It was at 26 satoshis not long ago, how does this surprise you?

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It was at 26 satoshis not long ago, how does this surprise you?

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@MadCold Grab your popcorn and buy a handful when it bottoms out. It'l recover.

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@MadCold Grab your popcorn and buy a handful when it bottoms out. It'l recover.

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SELL SELL SELL

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SELL SELL SELL

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(ok, I am leaving.)

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(ok, I am leaving.)

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This is great to watch. Lots of cheap coins for the newcomers and it'll
most likely set a new stable price higher than the price just before the
panic once all the corrections have taken place.

Can we please decentralise the decision making? The concentration of power
is worrying me the most.

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This is great to watch. Lots of cheap coins for the newcomers and it'll
most likely set a new stable price higher than the price just before the
panic once all the corrections have taken place.

Can we please decentralise the decision making? The concentration of power
is worrying me the most.

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Oh hey, there's a unsubscribe button on the top right of the GitHub page. Bye people, I'm abandoning this thread.

chkwok commented Feb 2, 2014

Oh hey, there's a unsubscribe button on the top right of the GitHub page. Bye people, I'm abandoning this thread.

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@MadCold The viability of a currency should not be determined by it's value when cashed out to BTC or USD.

As @billym2k stated, this issue is now closed. Any further comments on this issue will be deleted. If you'd like to engage in a community discussion, and hear other people's opinions on the matter please refer to this Reddit thread: http://www.reddit.com/r/dogecoin/comments/1wsg31/dogecoin_will_not_be_capped_at_100_billion/

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ummjackson commented Feb 2, 2014

@MadCold The viability of a currency should not be determined by it's value when cashed out to BTC or USD.

As @billym2k stated, this issue is now closed. Any further comments on this issue will be deleted. If you'd like to engage in a community discussion, and hear other people's opinions on the matter please refer to this Reddit thread: http://www.reddit.com/r/dogecoin/comments/1wsg31/dogecoin_will_not_be_capped_at_100_billion/

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