Handshake’s “The Happening”, Preparing For New Year 2024


Updates - August 28, 2023

Version v6.1.0 is now available.

Release: https://github.com/handshake-org/hsd/releases/tag/v6.1.0

Release notes: https://github.com/handshake-org/hsd/blob/v6.1.0/docs/release-notes/release-notes-6.x.md


The version v6.0.0 will not break anything but will no longer signal. Kindly update to version v6.1.0.

We’re deep in the bear market, and deep in summer 2023 - and working our way as a Handshake community to bigger and brighter days.

One of those is what has been called “The Happening” (believe Nole.tx made this name) which represents the Soft Fork being discussed.

What is The Happening?

This is a time when Alexa 100k reserved names will be “released into the wild”. Certain names will still remain reserved (believe it is the first 1000 on the Alexa100k) but the majority will move to an “open” state and allow anyone to trigger / start an auction mode.

This is all going to “open” at once. All in early 2024. I was personally thinking about not letting it all release at once and spreading it over a year (like the first year of Main net) but many felt that would just let the whales get them all - by releasing all at the same time - “normal people” can focus on that 1 TLD they are waiting for and not have to fight whales each week.

As Paul Webb and I discussed in our August Handshake.mastermind Twitter spaces, this will be a very interesting event - for the HNS coin as well as the community in general. It should create a spike in demand for the coin in order to bid on these thousands of top quality single word TLDs. It will also re-engage our community who has gotten bored of the lack of interesting names available for auction.

Of course, do you own due diligence on those speculations.

You can check the list of names being released here


And Rithvik made a new google sheet here

What Needs To Happen For This To Pass?

So one reason I’m even typing this up, is in the Handshake Dev Telegram chat, Rithvik is asking miners to update their code so that this soft fork will be pushed onto production.

If you are mining - or know miners - please ask them to make this update

Hi, hsd (Handshake's node software) released v6.0.0 yesterday (mid August 2023) which includes the ICANN Lockup soft fork.

Soft Fork brief:

Currently, after ~4 years from mainnet genesis (block 210240), all unclaimed reserved names will be allowed to go up for auction. This soft fork prevents auctions for some of these names for another 4 years (till block 419328).

For more info:

- https://github.com/handshake-org/hsd/pull/819

- https://github.com/handshake-org/hsd/pull/828

- https://github.com/handshake-org/hsd/pull/834

After updating, miners who want to support the soft-fork need to start signalling with icannlockup bit. When do you think you folks can update and start signalling?


Release notes: https://github.com/handshake-org/hsd/blob/v6.0.0/docs/release-notes/release-notes-6.x.md

Release: https://github.com/handshake-org/hsd/releases/tag/v6.0.0

When is This Upgrade Due By?

"BIP-9 signalling by miners takes place from 10th August 2023 to 31th December 2023."

So at least by 2 weeks before the end of the year so that it counts for the last window. But to be safe, let's just say by end of November

Reaching Out To Miners

The ones that Rithvik has reached out to are:

- 2023-08-12: Contacted on Telegram

- 2023-08-12: Contacted on Twitter and Website form
- 2023-08-13: Replied, forwarded to internal technical team

- 2023-08-12: Contacted on Website form

- 2023-08-12: Contacted on Discord

Mining-Dutch Pools
- 2023-08-12: Contacted on Discord
- 2023-08-12: Replied, will get back to us next week

And I will be reaching out to some on that list too.

Checking The Status of the Soft Fork (Aka “The Happening)

Rithvik made this btw: https://forkwatch.htools.work/

But if you want “The Happening” to happen - then ask miners as well will be the best move you can make.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Happening in early 2024, believe this will be a good turning point for the HNS community.