ELI5: What will happen if there is a hard fork with Bitcoin-XT and Bitcoin-Core? Why do they say coins could be lost? won't the majority decide what the blockchain will be?
What I understand:
Bitcoin-XT will accept blocks of up to 20Mb.
Bitcoin-Core will accept blocks of up to 1Mb
If say 35% of the nodes support raising the blocklimit and start running Bitcoin-XT instead, and some 5Mb blocks start to appear, won't these be rejected by the other 65% of nodes, and the blockchain should continue the same way it is, and those transactions that were supposed to be in the 5Mb block, won't they just be in the memory pool of the Bitcoin-core clients until they get added to the next blocks? (probably waiting for hours and hours...) Please explain how could coins be lost?
The way I understand it, Bitcoin Unlimited follows the longest valid chain regardless of the blocksize but can it fork Bitcoin Core by itself? Or Bitcoin XT is still the only implementation that can trigger a fork?
Is bitcoin-xt fully RPC compatible with Bitcoin Core and altcoins forked from it?
I've been searching for a while, but can't seem to locate the answer to this question. With thousands of dollars going out every day, I want to be absolutely sure before upgrading our pool's nodes this weekend. Our trader, payout software, Java frontend, and mining server depend on most RPC commands being standardized across bitcoin and all the altcoins, like Litecoin, that are forked from bitcoin. A significant amount of testing has been performed on the highly critical payout software. One of the reasons why we don't have NXT payout support yet, for example, is because its commands differ significantly from the bitcoin path. If we upgrade, do all the existing JSON-RPC commands function exactly the same as in Bitcoin Core? In particular, does sendmany accept the exact same arguments and behave exactly the same way, including any bugs that may be present in the Core version? Or, has this command diverged from the reference implementation in some manner? Is it intended that the command will ever diverge from the reference implementation? Thanks to anyone who can provide insight into this issue.
When is the earliest a Bitcoin-XT hard fork could occur?
So let's say on Jan 4th, 2016 suddenly we see 75% of the existing mining capacity switch to using Bitcoin-XT. Then 1,000 blocks later it is January 11th. Is that when the "two weeks" limiter would kick in -- making the first big block possible on January 25th? Or is it that the "two weeks" limiter could occur prior to Jan 11th, and Jan 11th is the date the first big block could be allowed?
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