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What is the reason for using the smoothly decreasing block reward?

What is the reason for using the smoothly decreasing block reward instead of a periodic "halving" like Bitcoin? What impact does a smoothly decreasing reward have other than avoiding sudden dramatic ...
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Why is Monero address reuse not discouraged?

Many Bitcoin users have been taught never to reuse addresses. Why is address reuse less important for Monero? Strictly from a privacy perspective what are the advantages and disadvantages of creating ...
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Is there a minimum and maximum mixin size?

Assuming at least some users do not care about privacy, why is there a need for a minimum mixin size? Is there a maximum mixin size? If my goal is to maximize privacy are there any reasons why I ...
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How was the faulty ShadowCash implementation of ring signatures repaired in February 2016? [closed]

The cryptocurrency ShadowCash uses traceable ring signature to anonymize the sender of a transaction. However, these were originally implemented incorrectly, resulting in a partial de-anonymization of ...
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What are Electrum's mnemonic seeds?

I've read on wiki that Monero implemented Electrum's mnemonic seeds. What are these and what is the differences between other most common seeds?
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What is RingCT and how does it compare to Confidential Transactions?

What is RingCT and how does the addition of Ring Signatures enhance the privacy properties of RingCT compared to Confidential Transactions as designed by Greg Maxwell? https://people.xiph.org/~greg/...
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How can monero remain private in a soon to be virtual reality world?

2016 is said to be the year of virtual and augmented reality as these technologies come to market. As these technologies are stuffed with a lot of sensors, how do you see a way for us to make ...
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Why are rich lists impossible to create for Monero?

What technical challenges prevent the creation of Monero rich lists? Without a rich list or transparent blockchain how can a business or charity publish proof of XMR reserves?
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351 views

What is the difference between a “cold storage” wallet and a “hot” wallet?

What is the difference between a "cold storage" wallet and a "hot" wallet? Is it possible to sign a transaction to be sent from cold storage without converting it into a hot wallet?
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Counterparty On Monero

Counterparty is a cryptocurrency that sits in a layer 'on top of' Bitcoin. Unlike colored coins, which map identities to units of Bitcoin, Counterparty tokens aren't attached to any units of Bitcoin ...
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What is known about the creation and history of the CryptoNote protocol?

What is known about the creation and history of the CryptoNote protocol? Who created Monero and what events led to the Monero community takeover from the original developer?
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Could something like the Bitcoin Lightning Network be implemented for Monero?

Could something like the Bitcoin Lightning Network be implemented for Monero? What differences make a Monero implementation of the Lightning Network (or equivalent) more or less difficult than the ...
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How does Monero privacy and security compare to Zcash?

How does Monero privacy compare to Zcash? What are the key security risks associated with each design? Since important Monero improvements are in active development and Zcash has yet to launch, ...
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How is Monero development funded?

What is the funding model for Monero development? What incentives are in place to retain existing talent and attract additional developers?
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How much arbitrary data I can embed in a transaction?

How much arbitrary data I can embed in a transaction? Does Monero have something something similar to Bitcoin's OP_RETURN?
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What level of cryptographic review has the current Monero protocol received?

What are the backgrounds of the members of the Monero Research Lab? What amount of known peer review have their publications received? Independent of Monero itself, how much Cryptographic review has ...
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What is the technical definition of “dust” that is allowed to be sent with a mixin of 0?

What is the technical definition of "dust" that is allowed to be sent with a mixin of 0? Is there any way I can avoid or reduce dust creation?
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How can I change the default log level from my Monero daemon?

How much of an impact will my log level have on syncing time? Are there any security concerns with using a log level of 0 or 1?
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Mymonero and simplewallet mnemonic seed compatibility

Mymonero and simplewallet use different numbers of seed words. Are they compatible? Can seed words created by Mymonero be used to recover a wallet with simplewallet? Can seed words created by ...
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Is the purpose of the Kovri C++ project solely to benefit Monero?

Is the Kovri project designed to solely benefit Monero or will the codebase be easily usable for all I2P developers?
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Why does Monero use proof of work?

Why does Monero use proof of work instead of something that saves electricity like proof of stake? Have there been any serious to abandon PoW for PoS at some point similar to the plan of Ethereum ...
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What causes transactions to exit the Memory Pool?

How does a Monero Node know how to drop transactions from the memory pool? Besides of course when a transaction gets into a block..
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If I saved my view key and spend key can I recover my wallet if my mnemonic seed is lost?

I accidentally deleted by my wallet file and mnemonic seed. Can I recover my wallet with my view key and spend key? If yes, then how do I do so?
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Will the viewkey ever be able to view both incoming and outgoing transactions in a wallet?

I am aware that the current viewkey setup allows us to check for funds sent to our wallets. However, in the example case of cold storage, it would be very nice to be able to check if funds are still ...
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Is Monero amenable to ASIC mining?

Is Monero ASIC resistant? If not, are there already people out there running on ASICs?
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Where can I spend Monero? [closed]

Is there an available list or directory of Merchants that accept Monero? Is it true that Monero can be spent at any business that accepts Bitcoin? If so how does the process work and which service ...
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How MoneroDice is provably fair?

MoneroDice is a dice gambling game that uses cryptography for provably fair randomness. How exactly does it proves its randomness?
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Are there any games which use Monero as money?

Are there any popular community games which are using Monero as money for its economy?
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What is the safest method to create a Monero wallet for cold storage?

If I want to create a Monero wallet in the most secure manner possible, what are the best practices in doing so? Are there any written user guides or video demonstrations of this process?
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Which type of hardware is the most efficient for mining Monero?

I'm not looking for any specific product recommendation, but I'm just curious in terms of type of hardware which has been proven as the most efficient in terms of mining Monero. Is it GPU, CPU, ASIC,...
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How “one-time ring signatures” anonymise the sender of a transaction?

I'm interested in anonymity in Monero over Bitcoins where all transactions are public. What are the "one-time ring signatures" in Monero and how they anonymise the sender of a transaction?
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What privacy or security trade offs are associated with not running your own full node?

If I choose to use a webwallet such as mymonero.com or connect to a Monero node run by someone else to make transactions, what are the unique privacy and security concerns I will face (compared to if ...
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Is it possible to prove that two outgoing transactions were sent to the same person?

Using Monero instead of Bitcoin, is it possible to trace the transaction and check whether two outgoing transactions were sent to the same person? Does it matter whether transactions are public or not?...
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What is 'smart mining'?

I'd like to learn more about mining Monero and I heard about smart mining. How does 'smart mining' differ from regular mining? What are the trade-offs involved?
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Is there any block size limitation?

In Bitcoins the blocks have a size limit of 1MB. Is there any hardcoded limit for Monero? If not, how does it affect the cryptocurrency in terms of scalability?
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How easy is it for merchants to accept Monero payments and convert them into fiat?

As a merchant I want to limit risk exchange rate fluctuations. How easy is it for me to convert Monero I receive into my local fiat currency? How long would the currency conversion typically take? ...
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How CryptoNote protocol protects Monero users?

We can read that Monero possesses significant algorithmic for blockchain obfuscation. In what way it protects users from reading the data from the blockchain?
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Which country operates the most Monero nodes per capita?

Which country operates the most Monero nodes per capita? Do miners in countries with the most nodes have an advantage due to better average network propagation times?
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What factors are influenced by ring size selection?

What factors are influenced by the ring size (mixin) selection? Does choosing a higher mixin always lead to better privacy? Does choosing a very high mixin contribute to blockchain bloat? How does ...
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What are the technical advantages of Ring Signatures (CryptoNote) compared to CoinJoin?

What are the technical advantages of Ring Signatures (CryptoNote) compared to CoinJoin? Which privacy technology provides a higher level of privacy and why? What is the difference between "passive" ...
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What is the purpose of the tail emission?

What is the purpose of the tail emission? How does it relate to dynamic block sizes and miners penalties?
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What use cases exist for a high level of blockchain privacy?

For people with nothing to hide, what does Monero offer that Bitcoin cannot? If I do not care if people know how much money I spent purchasing a certain item, what benefit (if any) would using Monero ...
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What does CONOP mean and how does it relate to block sizes and scaling?

What has Monero done to address CONOP factors? How does the current Monero implementation compare to other existing cryptocurrency alternatives with regard to blocksize caps? Is the any research ...
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Why was I2P chosen over Tor for native Monero integration?

Tor is currently much more popular than I2P. Why was I2P chosen (Kovri project) over Tor for native Monero integration?
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How can I access my full node remotely from another location?

What is the procedure for accessing my full node remotely from another location? What security precautions are most important when doing so?
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Are mnemonic seeds available in multiple languages?

If yes: What languages are currently supported? Are there plan to support more languages in the future?
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What potential security risks are associated with sharing my view key?

Is it safe to share my view key with my accountant or business partner? Can a view key be used to steal my funds?
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How can I recover a wallet using the mnemonic seed?

If I lose my wallet.dat file how can I use my mnemonic seed to recover my wallet? Is the recovery procedure different depending on which Monero wallet I used to create it?
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How many Monero will be mined in total?

How many Monero will eventually be mined? Is there a fixed supply?
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How can a business or charity publish proof of XMR reserves?

Is Monero too private to allow auditing? Without a rich list or transparent blockchain how can a business or charity publish proof of XMR reserves?

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