The third Trustlines validator period is active, but there are still validators who obtained a validator slot by bidding in the auction that have not come online with their node.
As there is no smart contract involved in the current setup, another fork will be needed to switch to a contract. The smart contract is required for the full operability of the Trustlines Blockchain. It will enable the validators’ slashing conditions and allow people to convert their TLN to TLC via the bridge.
We have made attempts to inform all the participants that inactive validators are harmful to the Trustlines Blockchain and encourage them to come online. The block times increase and that reflects on to the end-users, who might, for example, be people using the Trustlines App.
A list of inactive validators can be found in the Reminder for validators to start their nodes for the third period post.
Thus, the Trustlines Foundation is proposing a new fork to remove the inactive validators from the current period.
There were issues with the previous fork to activate the third validator period. We have published a Third Validator Period Fork Post-Mortem blog post and recommend everyone to read that.
From the lessons learned from those events, we will now establish and communicate a clear timeline with adept timeframes for this proposed new fork.
All validators for the third period should be online and active, producing blocks on their turn.
We will be providing help and support to anyone who is having issues with getting their node set up.
Feel free to contact us here at the Trustlines Forum, at the Trustlines Technical Chat, or at the community Telegram group.
On the 19th of April, 2021 we will create a snapshot of the addresses to be excluded. The address of the active validators will be added to a new contract. A new contract will be deployd and a new update released on the 20th of April, 2021.
We will communicate the list of snapshotted inactive validators to be removed, the new contract and the update to the chain spec.
Update: We publish the list of inactive validators and extend the new release another 3 days for inactives to become online.
The new contract and the update to the chain spec will be finalized and released. After this, those with auto-updates enabled will start receiving these ahead of the fork automatically.
Expected fork date.
Between the 20th of April and the 4th of May, we will ensure that everyone is aware of the upcoming fork and the steps needed to update their nodes.