• Dogecoin developer Mishaboar hints at leaving if the meme coin shifts to proof-of-stake
  • Mishaboar’s potential exit over proof-of-stake reservations highlights ongoing skepticism among Dogecoin’s core team.
  • The influential developer’s stance raises uncertainty about the future direction of Dogecoin.

Prominent Dogecoin developer Mishaboar has suggested he may step away from the project if it transitions to a proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus mechanism.

Mishaboar, who has contributed extensively to Dogecoin over the past two years, aired concerns about adopting PoS in response to a question about staking the meme-inspired cryptocurrency. He cited issues like centralization, security vulnerabilities, and regulatory hurdles that have impacted other PoS networks.

The developer also questioned how well PoS would work given the large portion of Dogecoin supply held on exchanges. His stance highlights lingering skepticism around PoS among Dogecoin’s core team, despite outside proposals.

Buterin suggested PoS back in 2021

In 2021, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin playfully suggested shifting Dogecoin to PoS. Later that year, an update to the DOGE roadmap hinted at a potential consensus pivot. However, 2023 has arrived without tangible movement towards PoS.

Mishaboar’s influence within the Dogecoin community raises the stakes of his potential departure. As one of the few actively maintaining “the people’s coin,” his exit over PoS reservations could impact DOGE’s future direction and adoption.

The developer’s apprehensions echo those of critics who argue PoS concentrates power among the largest token holders. On the other hand, PoS proponents cite increased efficiency and energy savings versus power-hungry proof-of-work mining.

For now, Dogecoin remains firmly proof-of-work while its core team continues weighing the practicalities of a wholesale shift. But Mishaboar’s remarks make clear that the path forward for the iconic meme coin is far from settled.