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Proof of Stake (PoS)

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Proof of stake (PoS) is a type of consensus algorithm used by a public blockchain network to achieve distributed consensys. It is an alternative to the widely known Proof of Work (PoW) consensus algorithm used by Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. 

PoS was initially introduced in 2011 on the Bitcointalk forum to solve problems faced by the popular PoW algorithm. In 2012, a cryptocurrency named Peercoin was the first to implement the new consensus algorithm. Since then, a number of leading cryptocurrencies have adopted PoS including NEO, EOS, Cosmos, Waves, Tron, and others. Ethereum is also migrating to a PoS consensus algorithm with its upcoming Casper implementation.

The main advantages of PoS over PoW are energy efficiency, security, reduced centralization risks, new economic penalties to prevent various attacks, and the issuance of new coins can be reduced because participants are incentivised to stake coins to participate in the network rather than mine them. 

In PoS-based public blockchains, new blocks are forged or minted rather than mined like in PoW. The new blocks are minted from a set of validators who lock up their cryptocurrency into a deposit. Validators then receive a reward for staking their tokens and minting new blocks and validators with a larger stake receive more rewards. Therefore, individuals are incentivized to partake in the system. 

While PoS presents various advantages over PoW, it is not without downfalls. Some experts argue that PoS is not ideal for a distributed consensus algorithm, claiming there is a "nothing-at-stake" problem. However, there are different solutions that various projects are working on and implementing to combat issues surrounding PoS.

In this tag you can discover proof of stake (PoS) news, cryptos, opinions and analysis created by knowledgeable individuals on the matter.


Ethereum 2.0 Proof of Stake?

10 Mar 2020 5 minute read 1 comment CryptoPk

A few quick disclaimers before we kick-off to discuss the Ethereum 2.0. I am not a financial advisor so, please consult yours before considering any investment on the crypto network specifically due to its high volatility.  What is Ethereum 1.0 befor...

A response to the article: "Staking - centralization risk"

9 Mar 2020 4 minute read 1 comment Allen Walters

This is a response to the article "Staking - centralization risk". The Steem situation is a shitstorm. I'm not going to debate that much, besides the fact that I want to point out that: The fact that Justin could buy up Steemit and gain a large posi...

A guide about: Proof of work, Proof of stake and others explained!

6 Mar 2020 6 minute read 6 comments LiquidAttic

This post took a little more time and more research than I am used to. I myself wanted to know how different blockchain consensus algorithms work and how they were chosen. Today I want to talk about different blockchain consensus algorithms. There ar...

My Partial Tezos Rewards Summary.

3 Mar 2020 5 minute read 0 comments TiddyBit

Hey everyone! Its been a while since I last wrote something. I've been kinda busy, had to put some crypto things on back burner for a little bit there. Hoping you all didn't suffer to much from the downwards motion we have been experiencing and hopin...

Proof of Work vs Proof of Stake vs Proof of Importance - Blockchain

2 Mar 2020 3 minute read 0 comments Gopherine

Cryptocurrencies are based on the decentralized database based upon consensus mechanism or in other words distributed ledger. Any data stored in this network are immutable(cannot be changed or deleted) as it is stored in different locations, without...

A Mixed Cocktail of Blockchain Consensus Rewards

1 Mar 2020 8 minute read 10 comments BlockchainAuthor

Have Your Stake & Mine It Too This article originally appeared on The Capital and yes, in case you were wondering, I gave myself permission to repost it here. :-) Today we’ll examine critical strengths and weaknesses of the blockchain industry’s mos...

HEX, the Staker's Training Wheels for Dumb ****s

1 Mar 2020 1 minute read 0 comments The0xFactor

   Have you ever watched a Youtube video from the founder of HEX, Richard Heart? If you have you likely are aware that all the HEX token holders/stakers are dumb shits, at least, according to Richard Heart they are... The man loves calling his audien...

PRiZM Proof of Stake

28 Feb 2020 4 minute read 0 comments PRiZM

In the traditional "Proof of Work" model used by themajority of cryptocurrencies, network security isensured by participants performing "work". They usetheir resources (calculation/processing time) toreconcile transactions with double costs and in or...

Will ProgPoW Lead To Ethereum Fork in July 2020? [EXPLAINED]

25 Feb 2020 3 minute read 1 comment Brawnd0

So I decided to follow up on Ethereum’s development progress after the recent news that there were plans to bridge XRP and Ethereum. It’s hard to keep up with all that is happening in the crypto space and it’s been a while since I took a proper look...

I Read The Cardano Whitepaper(s). This Is What I Learned.

19 Feb 2020 5 minute read 18 comments SkinnerCrypto

I hear LOTS of people talk about Cardano. Surprisingly, I haven't even touched anything related to it until today and I'm guessing that's because there's like, a GAJILLION different cryptos out there now. Sue me. I have a short attention span. It's f...