Arbitrum Consensus and the Proposed 700M Tokens
Recent reports suggest that developers of Arbitrum blockchain technology are debating a proposal to generate 700 million tokens. We have gained insight into the proposal and its potential implications on the blockchain's scalability, performance, and security.
Arbitrum is a Layer-2 scaling solution for Ethereum that seeks to bring scalability and reliability to the Ethereum blockchain. It promises faster transaction times, lower fees, and an enhanced security model. The consensus mechanism of Arbitrum works by having users vote on block proposers for each validator set. This voting system allows users to select which validators will be trusted with their wallets and transactions.
The proposed figure of 700 million tokens as part of the consensus protocol has been argued out by many developers due to its potential effects on scalability, efficiency, and security. Proponents argue that these tokens will help keep malicious actors out of the network due to the higher barrier of entry that is created by a larger token supply. Others argue that this could lead to deflationary pressures in the token price as there would be more tokens available.
On the other hand, opponents state they worry about how these tokens will affect security measures such as randomness in block selections or finality in transactions. They argue that with so many tokens available, any one validator — or malicious actor — could dominate several vote-weighted block proposers based on their stake amount.
The debate is ongoing among Arbitrum’s development team regarding what is best for their platform’s future. Nevertheless, it appears clear that the team plan has yet to be finalizedand users should stay tuned for further updates from them.