It shouldn't affect the ordinary user experience at all. Basically we have given developers the ability to be much more specific about what information they pull from the Steem blockchain. Until the changes go through, some developers don't pull any specific information from the blockchain, they just basically take a whole bunch of data and then only use the data they need. But this is a very inefficient process that has contributed to the size of nodes with no real benefit. So we're making extra sure that all developers still have the ability to pull whatever information they need from the blockchain–so their apps don't suffer–while getting rid of the ability to pull so much data all at once for no good reason.

The only meaningful change is that this will help reduce the size and cost of running Steem nodes, which will make it easier for anyone to run their own node, theoretically leading to increased decentralization.

Great work in finding efficiencies. Any estimate of the reduction in RAM requirements for a full node from these changes?

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This should be helpful to exchanges as well, no? If steem is expensive for exchanges to make a wallet, gonna be tough to get and keep it listed...

Thanks, anything that will make improvements to the steem under the hood will always be welcome to us.
I really appreciate @andrarchy the way you explain many technical details of the steem blockchain to the masses.


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I really hope it comes to the day that even an ordinary PC can host a Steem private node. Great job in the bearish market guys.

Is there a reason for the blackout in communication from everyone at @steemit?

  • It would help if at least you could make a public statement @andrarchy.

  • It would also help if you could discuss the Power Downs by @ned and @steemit.

Otherwise it will look like the @steemit team is abandoning ship, without informing the Steem community about it.

I personally would be happy if @ned is using his funds to start Destiny, a Steem-based Dapp that offers SMT's and equal votes for all of it's users, and is based on verified identities as opposed to anonymous accounts.

i doubt changes to the api impact common users unless the people maintaining their neo-programs don't follow up ... good to see the notice there, thanks @steemitdev