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bitcoinforum.com:
A good question asked by OratesFratres and a very good repply by asaltandbuttering on r/bitcoinforum

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--- Quote ---Could someone explain to me what these even mean? I'm still new to this, it's just that I'm still learning the terminology.
Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoinforum/comments/7u2dq9/soft_fork_vs_hard_fork/

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--- Quote ---Hard fork creates a new network which folks must update their software to join. Soft forks do not create a new network.
Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoinforum/comments/7u2dq9/soft_fork_vs_hard_fork/dthkeyb/
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emma.lee1890:

--- Quote from: bitcoinforum.com on January 31, 2018, 01:12:07 PM ---A good question asked by OratesFratres and a very good repply by asaltandbuttering on r/bitcoinforum

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Exactly what happen when they occur? Mining stopped? Coin balance of owners will be transferred to new wallet automatically?

emma.lee1890:

--- Quote from: thomas-xmrcgpu on February 04, 2018, 01:57:53 PM ---I'm always for the hardfork.
Significant improvements can be done. People just have to adapt. And they will if money is involved

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softfork is a change to the bitcoin protocol wherein only previously valid blocks/transactions are made invalid

emma.lee1890:

--- Quote from: bitpay on March 16, 2018, 09:58:25 AM ---Hard forks is a permanent divergence in the the block chain, commonly occurs when non-upgraded nodes can’t validate blocks created by upgraded nodes that follow newer consensus rules. While Soft forks is a temporary divergence in the block chain caused by non-upgraded nodes not following new consensus rules

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Since old nodes will recognize the new blocks as valid, a softfork is backward-compatible. When a majority of miners upgrade to enforce new rules, it is called a miner-activated softfork (MASF).

emma.lee1890:

--- Quote from: CryptoCZ on April 12, 2018, 12:53:03 PM ---I believe that hard fork can solve more problems and bring more needed changes

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A hardfork is a change to the bitcoin protocol that makes previously invalid blocks/transactions valid, and therefore requires all users to upgrade.

emma.lee1890:

--- Quote from: yazzy on April 22, 2018, 10:51:31 PM ---Interesting topic yet again.  I agree that hard fork would allow more positive results.

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When full nodes coordinate to enforce new rules, without support from miners, it is called a user-activated softfork (UASF).

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