OCEAN Mining has launched an replace to their pool software program permitting miners to individually select between a set of various block templates to mine on. Miners can select between these three templates right now:
- The default OCEAN Knots template, which filters out any inscription transaction, in addition to locations an extra OP_RETURN limitation of a most of 42 bytes on transactions utilizing OP_RETURN.
- Bitcoin Core patched with the Ordisrespector replace, filtering out inscription transactions.
- The default Bitcoin Core template which implements no extra transaction filters in any respect.
This new choice is a stepping stone in direction of their final objective of enabling Stratum v2 to be able to enable any miner utilizing the pool to assemble no matter block template they want to whereas mining with the pool. There’s a catch nonetheless. For any miners using both the default Knots template, or the Bitcoin Core + Ordisrepsector patch OCEAN will proceed honoring the promotional feerate from launch of 0%. Nonetheless for any miners selecting to make the most of the default Bitcoin Core template, a 2% pool charge might be hooked up to their contributions to the pool.
OCEAN’s determination to implement transaction filtering was not a well-liked selection, as evidenced by the massive backlash after their delayed announcement of this coverage after formally launching the pool. This new template choice choice is a response to this backlash, however it’s not them turning round and abandoning their place that inscriptions and different lessons of transactions are dangerous to the Bitcoin community. They’re making use of the two% charge to Core created templates to operate as a disincentive for his or her customers to pick out that template, which of their view creates a destructive influence for the community at massive.
In the end what’s going to come of that is as much as OCEAN’s customers. The economically rational factor to do is for everybody mining with OCEAN to pick out the Bitcoin Core default template, as that’s going to be the template that produces the utmost quantity of income generated from block manufacturing. Nonetheless, then again, the two% charge utilized to that template and never the others must be taken into consideration. If the charge charged by OCEAN for utilizing Core templates is larger than the distinction in profitability between the Core template and different templates, then the reply of which one is extra economically worthwhile shouldn’t be so minimize and dry.
In the long run although, the miner’s themselves would be the final determination makers in response to their financial and ideological incentives, which is what OCEAN in the end got down to do: put the choice making again within the palms of miners’ themselves.