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faq->ahf Monero used to have 2 network upgrades (hard forks) a year, but this is not the case anymore. The choice of the biannual hard forks was taken in order to be able to introduce important consensus changes, which added privacy features and network-wide improvements (For example @bulletproofs and CLSAG both required a hard fork) and avoid the ossification of the protocol. Recently, the biannual hard forks included changes to the PoW algorithm, to preserve ASIC-resistance.
faq->ahf1 The dev community and the Core Team agree that the protocol is stable and mature enough and biannual hard forks are not necessary anymore. Furthermore, the ecosystem around Monero has grown exponentially during the years and frequent protocol changes would be increasingly hard to coordinate, could be detrimental to the growth of the ecosystem and to the user experience. Cherry on the top, the new algorithm @RandomX is ensuring long term ASIC-resistance, so regular changes are not needed anymore. Network upgrades will still be used to add important protocol improvements and consensus changes, but at a lower and less strict frequency (every 9-12 months). The last hard fork was on October 18th 2020.
faq->video_sa Stealth Addresses
moneropedia->entries->clsag CLSAG
library->moneroaddressescheatsheet20201206 Monero Addresses Cheatsheet
library->moneroaddressescheatsheet20201206p Between the ‘big picture’ and the mathematical details, a single-page recap of various keys, addresses, scopes (private/public, spend/view, on-chain/off-chain, payer’s/payee’s) and their relations.
faq->qlongtimemove I haven't touched my Monero in a long time, did I lose my coins as a consequence of a hard fork (network upgrade)?
faq->alongtimemove Don't worry, your coins are safe. To be able to spend them you only have to download and run the latest Monero software. You can use the @mnemonic-seed you previously saved to restore your wallet at any time. Note that hard forks in Monero are scheduled and non-contentious. Which means no new coin is created.
developer-guides->csharp-monero A wallet and daemon client to interface with Monero's JSON-RPC API, built on .netstandard2.1
roadmap->atomicswaps Monero <-> Bitcoin atomic swaps
contributing->develop_descr This list only includes the tools stewarded by the core team, but the Monero ecosystem is much more vast. People can contribute to the development of libraries, services, documentation, graphics, etc. The list is virtually infinite. Contact or join the workgroup(s) to which you'd like to contribute.
contributing->full-node_p An easy and effective way to help the Monero network is to run a @node. Nodes ensure the network keeps running safe and decentralized. A simple fully synchronized node is enough to help the network, but if you want to go out of your way, you could run an open @remote-node, to allow other people to connect to it.
contributing->full-node_p2 We have several guides to help you run and configure your node:
contributing->allguides See all User Guides.
contributing->mine_p Mining ensures the safety of the network. Monero uses @randomx, an ASIC-resistant algorithm developed by Monero contributors, which aims to remain mineable by common consumer-grade hardware. For more info about mining see the
contributing->mine_link dedicated Mining page.
contributing->genfund_p You can donate both Monero and Bitcoin:
contributing->supportdev_p The developers working on Monero are mostly indepentent volunteers, but some of them may be funded through CCS proposals. If you wish to support their efforts by donating some XMRs, consider contacting them personally or using tipping services.
contributing->supportdev_p2 You can find an overview of the people who directly contribute, or have contributed, to the Monero repositories (along with other useful statistics) on
contributing->sponsor_link Sponsorships page