Tentative Hardfork Date Set! Hive HF24 Information Mega Post

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As of today's final release candidate code, HF24 will occur on September 8th, 2020, provided no major bugs are discovered in public testnet over the course of the coming week.

This is a long post that will cover the hardfork date, what's been worked on to be included in this hardfork, a look at where conversation and updates on the continued development of Hive can be found, and more. It's a big one!

HF24: An 'Eclipse' will occur on September 8th, 2020 🌘🌑🌒

"What is a release candidate for a hardfork", how timing works, and more was covered in the last post, so if you'd like to get refreshed you can read back here. In the time since the announcement of the potential Eclipse release candidate, the code has been "frozen" - this means that no unannounced changes to the way the chain works have been added to this version. The HF24 release candidate available today includes only the features that have already been communicated in past updates and are available at the public repo.

Over the course of the past months, API node operators and core developers have been running the code through its paces, finding and fixing all sorts of bugs and problematic API calls. During this first testing period, the Hive repository has been buzzing with activity. To prepare for this hardfork, work has been done on the Hive blockchain itself, on the Hivemind layer for social features and integrations, and on a large number of language libraries that developers use to build things on Hive. So, while what the release candidate code will do has never changed, there has been a lot of testing, fixing, testing, and fixing again on the best way to get it done.

To give you an example of what this looks like in a quantifiable way, over the course of the past four months the Hivemind code alone has had an average of 19 pull requests per month. (A pull request is a submission of code to an open source project for consideration.) This is almost SIX TIMES the rate of monthly contributions to the previous version of the code base.

In the past one month alone, 89 tracked members on the Hive public repo have overseen and contributed to 116 merge requests in 29 projects for the open source Hive blockchain, Hivemind, Hive websites and Hive language library code. Those are some pretty neat statistics!

a few more stats from the Hive repo for the past 30 days


The HF24 Eclipse release candidate is now ready for public testing and for witnesses and app developers (and anyone else) to spend the next week trying to find anything else that may need to be fixed.


Witnesses, app developers and operators are encouraged to begin firing up nodes, with public testnet details to be announced here very shortly. Start trying to break things!

If everything in public testing goes well, exchanges will be notified two weeks in advance of the hardfork happening on September 8th, 2020. Confirmation of this will be posted here.

TL;DR! What does HF24 do, in point form? 📝

If all you need is a reminder of the things that are being included in this hardfork, here's a very short list:

Hive Blockchain updates:

  • changing the chain ID to be unique to Hive
  • newly powered up HP will have a cooldown time of 30 days before it will be counted towards governance voting
  • the HIVE tokens distributed to the DHF fund will be slow converted into HBD to top up the fund over a several year period and to prevent market flooding
  • Hived (core blockchain code) has been drastically reorganized to remove all previous ecosystem naming conventions and to reduce the costs and resources needed to run any type of node
  • the ability to save blockchain state files for account history as a snapshot to help avoid node replays
  • virtual operations fixes (a virtual op is one the blockchain itself makes, without needing keys)
  • final airdrop corrections will be issued

Hivemind updates:

  • a number of things including voting and payouts calls, post sorting for feeds, etc. previously handled by hived (the blockchain itself) have been moved to hivemind, allowing for much faster response times for the chain and API calls and hugely increased capacity to serve traffic
  • fixes across the board to most types of data including dates, tags, feed order and vote computations, pinned posts, and more
  • decentralized blacklists can be created and followed, as well as following mutes, which means users have full control over participation (or not) and lists will not need to be maintained at repo level

Hive Programming Libraries that have been updated to work alongside all of the above updates:

  • dhive
  • hive-js
  • beem
  • hive-python
  • hive-ruby
  • lighthive

That's it for hardfork details. When this week's testing is complete and exchanges are notified, a countdown post will be made to the finalized hardfork date. If for some reason a major bug is found, a revised date will be posted instead.

The rest of this post discusses where to find communication on future changes to Hive and how to get involved, and doesn't include any more specific details about HF24. Let's help everyone in the ecosystem who may not realize there are dedicated public discussion spaces for Hive and potential future hardforks to join in!


Where do I find detailed information about work on this hardfork and things happening around Hive? How can I learn more in between major finalized announcements?

Over the past few years, one of the biggest complaints for users has been that updates on development should be on chain and in publicly accessible places where anyone can observe or participate. Since the birth of Hive, this is one thing that has vastly improved! However, not having a single centralized ownership entity also means that collecting or presenting information on ideas for the core blockchain isn't as straightforward as a single account that represents the whole ecosystem.

Both a plus and a minus to actually working towards better decentralization means that the @HiveIO account doesn't represent any one person or team; it doesn't pick or choose any project to highlight over any others; it isn't meant to present ideas or opinions by individuals. It exists solely to announce important finalized information that everyone needs to thrive together on Hive... like new versions for witnesses, backed by voters, to decide to approve and run. So where do you go to learn and discuss and contribute in between the @HiveIO final releases and important announcements?

Around the Hive, people have been building spaces and tools for sharing and discussion. We have community members creating email mailing lists, newsletters, aggregate feeds, event listings, Discords and communities, and more. In a space that's looking to be more decentralized, it won't get made if you don't make it! Hivers have stepped up to answer the call.

With an increase in participation and more people sharing diverse opinions, there are new (and sometimes uncomfortable or very different than the current reality) futures for Hive being discussed and debated. Because it's happening in public now, it tends to be front of mind and more people are talking about it. Great! Just remember it can be tricky to appreciate that ideas and opinions shared publicly on chain are a jumping off point for everyone, and that anyone is able to join in. Part of being open and public on ideas for development means you're going to see many more from many different people, and there are bound to be some you won't agree with. You may have some of your own, and you should absolutely dive right in!

It's hard to let go of the concern that things are being talked about 'without you' from previous ecosystems. There are three main fully public places for current development, Hive community discussion and debate, and future plans that should be on your radar, because not everyone realizes they exist yet! Fostering great communication between everyone starts with the venues discussion happens in.

If you want to talk about the future of Hive, support, challenge, or suggest changes to the Hive blockchain or ecosystem, then check out the Hive Improvement Community:
This community has been mentioned in previous posts, but will keep being brought up as a place where a lot of feature requests and core governance, core code, rewards and economic conversations are happening. As of late, there have been some discussions on the rewards pool and the social aspect of Hive. This would be a pretty big change, which is why it's become a hot topic publicly debated in a community specifically dedicated to anyone and everyone weighing in on a path for the future. Public conversation, with ideas from anyone who wishes to share them, in a forum that developers, users, project managers, and stakeholders can use to engage on what they think is most important to Hive. There are no guarantees that discussions here will become future hardforks- it's just an important, public, on-chain place where everyone can weigh in and share opinions with each other, or pitch what they're coding for core development and why it matters.

If you want to follow individual contributions to everything development on Hive, check out the Hive Devs Community:
Developers who are working on blockchain, condenser, frontends, games, individual projects, and more place updates and announcements into this community, and interact here on things that are being built in the ecosystem. If you want a feed where you can find who is working on what, the progress they are making, and some of the up-and-coming things powered by Hive, this is a good place to start. You can engage directly with developers or as a developer yourself, on whatever matters to you, in a community specifically created to organize this content.

And finally, if you want to see the actual core code that is being written for the blockchain, check out the public Hive Gitlab.
This is where all of the core blockchain code lives. If you want to see exactly what people are suggesting be added and the code created and submitted to bring it to life, this repository is the heart of the blockchain and it's fully open source. If you want to add or take on a task yourself, want to submit a bug report or a feature request, or want to read and add comments, you can- remember there's a tutorial if you're not sure how to get started with GitLab. Another neat trick to save you time is to check the activity feed to see exactly what is being merged each day!

The road to HF24 has been a long one, so big thanks to everyone in the community for all of the ways you're working around the Hive. There is a small chance the hardfork date could change, but the countdown to the Eclipse is officially on! 🐝


Fantastic job everyone, very excited to see how Hive thrives with the implementation of HF24.

Personally, as a member of the @HiveHustlers community, we want to see Hive absolutely flourish, and we are working on many exciting projects to help Hive members find more inclusion and utility on the chain itself.

Thank you to everyone who's contributed to HF24, and for making Hive what it is - i was never a Steemer (is that what they called them? No clue rofl) but came to Hive through a cointelegraph article.

Since joining, Hive has become a huge part of my life - literally half of my waking day is spent either on PeakD/Dapplr, or in our HiveHustlers Discord, connecting and working with fellow Hivians/Hustlers to build a bigger and beautiful ecosystem for everyone here.

💜 -gh0st

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Yours, Piotr

Exciting times ahead. Hive is going to be growing like crazy this year!

It is very exciting! I had just found out about the creation of Hive today. Looking forward to it.


"bee impressed" 😄

So proud of us ! It's been a lot of work to get hive out of the ground and to get this hard fork to the point where it's done. Lots of changes won't be that visible to the everyday user. But trust me it does a lot of changes for the developers, witnesses and node operators. We laid the foundation to grow quick and tall, and that's what we've been needing for a long time now.

Congrats to everyone !

I approve of the code, in fact I could not have done any better myself. I mean I would have changed a few things but overall this will be a sexy hardfork and really excites me

Is it one of those eclipses where I need to wear sunglasses?


The future's so bright...

Especially for the Venezuelan members, Hive came to be a light among so much darkness we live in.

Indeed. Thanks again for all the work going on behind the scenes.

Follow Fauci's recommendation and wear goggles.

T- 18 days!

Super excited for my fellow Hive Owners.

Awesome news @hiveio team.
I am so excited about every single change.
Seems like things are going the right way and even better 🔥

Wow 😲

So many things and enhancements. I am very excited 🥳

BTW, Perfect name HF24 Eclipse.

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Sunscreen would've been a good name too. :P


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We're totally ready for this! I feel really glad about it! Because it's time to start our own path as HIVERS, this is our year! Thank you so much for all the effort!!

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Project Activity Update

thank you for the update, and the information where people can go and keep informed. it looks like I was following where I needed to follow, so I really appreciate that and the gitlab links.


I appreciate the vastly different treatment of this information that has been undertaken at no small effort for this HF. I am eagerly looking forward to resolving the airdrop issue for good, and the decentralization of blacklists. I am very grateful for the hard work, diligence, and open communication regarding all the improvements contemplated.

I hope it all goes swimmingly.


All in all, it is looking much brighter than ever.
This fork may be the beginning of recapturing our momentum killed by ned's kneecappening of steem.

We have a working platform.
The hardware required is now commodity grade.
The technical upgrades in hf24 advance our standing in the market.
We blow eth out of the water for nft's.

I hope we can avoid turf wars that are gonna tear us apart.
If we can overcome class biases, perhaps we can change the world.

Regardless, it has been a long, tough 4 years.
Thanks to all of you for being here, even TRW.
It's not easy amalgamating the myriad of viewpoints in this world, but we got a good headstart on the rest of the projects out there.

Here is to finalizing the base layer and the freeing of the communities to create their own hives with their own coins.
I, for one, will be the first to laugh at the failures of those that are only in it for the money.

Hang on, the rocket is about to get fueled up.

Cool, cool, cool!

Thank you for the information! I am sharing so I have a handy way to find the post. I have just come to Hive today, so it will take a while for me to study it all.

Thanks for the update, I've been waiting for this. I don't have a specific reason but it's just that I wan to hear something new.

Good luck and hive on..

Very exciting times, those optimizations are insane!

FORK and ECLIPSE away and the dat is in the agenda, glasses are ready.
Thank for the work

Waiting for it! 😀💪🙌
Hive rules!!🚀🌘

Great and exciting changes. Clearly, nothing for anyone to worry about. :(

Let the Eclipse begin!

I am already poking pinholes in a sheet of card in anticipation! ;0)

..thank you your post full of information..reblogged...enjoy...

The Hive blockchain is an ever so robust because of our talented developers. :)

To new beginnings... But don't get your hopes up for the price to imeediately reflect the added value of this HF. We are still in the first corrective basing basin pattern that we see in many many other cryptos like our "old code base" for example.
It will take some time to complete but after that it is literally uncharted territory...

Thanks for the update - exciting times

So much progress all around... the few months now that I have been involved in the Hive community and getting to meet many people, test different games, dapps, etc. has been a wonderful experience. Hive is the textbook definition of a community takeover for all of the right reasons, keeping the original ethos intact and protecting what truly matters: people, not profit. I absolutely love the name for this hardfork by the way, couldn't bee too much cooler haha. Great work everyone,especially the core developers... hope to really see Hive make some massive engagements in the traditional and conventional society/world that we live in here in the coming years... and you better believe me and my fellow bees will be supporting!

Much Love,

Thank you for everything you are doing for defi tech.

Don't forget to use a VPN when browsing online.

Lets Go!!! Wooooo

Are SMTs or something equivalent still planned ? or is that history at this point ?

\0/ Wh00p! Lots of work has been done the last few months and I'm proud of everyone who has contributed. Thanks for that - now I'm gonna buy myself some Hive Sunglasses to prep for the Eclipse 😎

Good job guys!!

thanks - I just joined and there is a HF on the horizon :D
feels great - looking forward to it
Good luck TeamHive


Excellent news, what time will it happen?

the HIVE tokens distributed to the DHF fund will be slow converted into HBD to top up the fund over a several year period and to prevent market flooding

Maybe some more info about this? How much is a "several year period"?

Will this include Hive from other users who voted for Sun and not only Steemit Inc funds?

decentralized blacklists can be created and followed, as well as following mutes, which means users have full control over participation

Does that mean I can switch off Blacklists entirely and see all postings? I don't trust other people to decide what I can or cannot se on social media.

the HIVE tokens distributed to the DHF fund will be slow(ly) converted into HBD to top up the fund over a several year period and to prevent market flooding

Would it be possible for someone to elaborate on this point? There seems to be some concern over the decision and it would be nice to hear about some of the reasoning behind it.