Dogecoin Changing to AuxPoW

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Today marks an important day in the history of Dogecoin.

Core developer langer_hans took to reddit this Sunday afternoon to post,

Today marks an important day in the history of Dogecoin. We are here to announce that we will enable the Dogecoin blockchain to accept auxiliary proof of work from other Scrypt chains.

As you all know, we’ve been looking into a lot of options. AuxPoW has been on the table for quite some time now and has been recently again discussed at length.

We have also discussed many other options, some of them which are still highly theoretical, or just deemed to be in Alpha state. We didn’t see them as viable for that exact reason. AuxPoW has been around in the crypto space for quite a while now. Our topmost priority has always been to provide a stable platform for the currency and its services and of course its users. We hope that with AuxPoW we can achieve that in a better way than what it currently is like. Our hashrate has been on a decline and we hope that we can gain more of it with the acceptance of proof of work from other chains.

Yes, this does mean that we are going to fork. The exact switchover is yet to be determined but will happen sooner than later. This post is here to announce it early enough for everyone to prepare for the update. The code is currently in the late testing stage and we are working on ironing out the last small issues.

We will also push a new branch to the Github repo called 1.8-dev which has the AuxPoW switch on the testnet set for block 158,100 (Tomorrow 6:30 GMT). The updated branch will be available later today, so keep an eye on the repo if you’re interested. This will be done to help pool operators test the mining on the AuxPoW enabled chain in preperation of the switch on the main chain. If you know how to compile the client, then you can certainly help us by trying it out and even mine a bit with a few KH on the testnet. What you need to know, if you already have the testnet chain synced, is to start the client with -reindex the first time you run 1.8. This should be automated for the final so the transition will be as smooth as possible.

What this does not mean is that we’re tying us to Litecoin. What we do is accepting Proof of Work from their miners if they happen to hit our difficulty target. But that is technical background stuff, which was explained several times before here. On that note, and I’m no economist, I also don’t see that have any negative effect on the price, considering the amount of “dumped” coins would probably not change. Also, you as miners are not forced to mine Litecoin to get Dogecoin now. You can still mine at your current pools directly to the Dogecoin network.

The Android wallet and Multidoge will receive an update if needed. I’ll have to dig into this now ;)

Please stay tuned for any updates. We’ll be pushing them through all the channels. Thanks everyone for their continued support!

This is a major change for Dogecoin as discussion has been centered around changing the mining process for Dogecoin in an effort to be sure it remains relevant as mining becomes less profitable for miners of the coin.

The sentiment regarding the change seems relatively positive from the Dogecoin community with many lauding the plan as finally allowing the community to focus on adoption issues and acceptance of the currency instead of the ever-dwindling hashrates.

We will certainly be watching the situation closely and taking note how the fork ultimately goes.

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