The Iris Hard Fork vote is live!!!

Cast your vote now

Hello æternity people,

Today, Monday the 15th of March, is the first day the whole æternity community has the chance to vote on the Iris Hard Fork, also known as Release 6.0. As with any hard fork, this is an important crossroad in the journey of æternity, and it is essential that as many of us as possible have a say in directing which way our blockchain is going to go.

For that same reason it’s important that we know what the new hard fork brings as upgrades to the network, and to its developers and users. With big plans for future blockchain upgrades, especially Hyperchains, the Iris Hard Fork brings the necessary foundations for their forthcoming implementation, as well as several significant protocol improvements such as the ability to use Zero Knowledge proofs and advanced multi-signature schemes on the æ blockchain. In addition, the upgrade will provide major improvements to æternity’s unique layer 1 features – embedded oracles, state channels and the æternity naming system.

For more info on the Iris Hard Fork, please take a few minutes to read the Medium blog post about it. For more in-depth information, going through all the changes the new upgrade brings, check out the topic on the æternity forum.

The voting begins today, the 15th of March, and will be open until block 414.020 (Approx April the 13th at 23:00 CET) when, in case of a positive outcome of the vote, the upgrade is scheduled to be released so miners have a time window from that moment to update their nodes. For the vote to have a positive result, 51% of the coins used to vote must support the Iris Hard Fork. The voting system considers each Æ in the voting account as 1 vote. This doesn’t mean you will have to spend your Æ coins in order to vote, the amount you have in your wallet at the end of the vote represents your voting power, but coins won’t move from your wallet at all.

In case you are wondering how to cast your vote in this important decision, you can do so through and the Superhero wallet extension (Firefox or Chrome) by connecting your account to the Voting æpp if you haven’t already. We have created a short video tutorial for everyone who is voting for the first time, with simple instructions on how to vote on the question “Do you support the Iris Hard Fork?” You can also vote using your base.aepp mobile wallet.

This is the official poll (#45) in which votes will be cast:

Please note that whether you access from Superhero or base.aepp mobile wallet the vote counts the same even though the interface appearance is different. If after casting your vote you change your mind you can always revoke your vote and cast it again.

Let’s vote and have our voices heard!

Let’s keep æternity the most innovative blockchain around!

If you have any comments, doubts, or feedback, join the conversation in this forum thread or in our telegram group.

Exciting times!

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