During the last days we have received lots of questions on our point of view regarding the proposed soft fork in order to freeze the funds that were taken from the DAO contract by the means of exploiting a bug in the contract code. If you follow this forum as well as the various Ethereum subreddits you will quickly realize that a heated debate is currently going on if a potential soft- (and maybe later a hard-) fork is a viable solution for this incident.
As the admin of Ethpool and Ethermine I believe that the pool should take into account the various opinions of our customers - the miners - before making any decision in this regard. As it is very difficult to derive such an opinion from post written on this forum as well as on reddit we have decided to let the actual miners on both pools to vote on this issue.
Each miner that is actively mining on the pool (= has submitted valid shares during the last hour) can cast their vote using the account settings tab in his account page. Currently there are 4 different options:
- Not voted
- Don't care
- Yes, run the soft fork
- No, do not run the soft fork
The current result of the voting process is available at http://ethpool.org/stats/votes
. All votes are weighted by the hashrate of each miner that has voted.
The voting process will end a few days before the freeze period of the Child-DAO, which currently holds the funds extracted from the DAO, or earlier if a clear majority has been formed. We commit to follow the decision of our miners according to the result of the voting process. We will reserve the right to act against the voting results if a larger portion of the network starts to mine on a different chain (e.g. ethpool & ethermine vote yes on the soft fork, but the remaining network does not support it). This is solely for the purpose to avoid mining on top of invalid blocks which would reduce the mining earning of the whole pool.
A potential hard for is currently not included in the voting as there is not even a clear proposal on the table.
As this is the first time we are casting such a vote we are open to any feedback how we can improve this process.
Thanks & happy mining!