Elon Musk, the at-times controversial SpaceX founder and stop-and-go crypto supporter, voiced his assist late Sunday for a set of main updates to the Dogecoin (DOGE) blockchain. The adjustments would drastically redesign the cryptocurrency’s software program structure and alter its token economics.

The favored “joke crypto” seems to be gearing as much as turn out to be a critical utility coin after an enormous inflow of capitalization earlier this 12 months. It stays to be seen whether or not the updates Musk helps can be good or unhealthy for the coin’s holders ought to they be adopted.

In a Reddit thread Sunday, Dogecoin Core developer Patrick Lodder summarized the proposed updates:

“This proposal to all dogecoin stakeholders suggests to scale back common charges 100x for traditional transactions on the dogecoin chain, cut up full management over all elements of charges between miners and node operators, rely much less on core improvement, and produce again a practical (small) free transaction area that incentivizes holding the community wholesome.”

Decrease charges might appeal to extra customers trying to make use of Dogecoin for money checking, remittances, and service provider fee settlements on-line. It could additionally decrease the motivation for miners to keep up, validate, replace, and safe the Doge blockchain.

Elon Musk advised Dogecoin Core developer Ross Nicoll in a tweet Sunday night time that these adjustments are, “Vital to assist.”

Charles Hoskinson — who cofounded Ethereum with Vitalik Buterin, and based competing blockchain Cardano — said in a latest podcast that he’s simply glad Musk is stirring the pot for Dogecoin, even when he’s simply goofing on it.

Hoskinson mentioned he hopes the eye will immediate “actual builders” to come back in and “begin engaged on doge to create some use and utility for it, so a minimum of it has a price flooring and will not collapse.”

Dogecoin obtained a value bump from Elon Musk’s tweet, rising from $0.242 (USD) to as excessive as $0.266 earlier than settling in beneath key resistance across the $0.260 stage at time of publication.

Musk’s capability to maneuver markets with the faucet of the tweet button led a former Bitrefill government to joke, “Say one thing, Elon Musk!” final week with the DOGE price down for six consecutive weeks. That was after peaking in Could together with the remainder of the cryptocurrency market, although Dogecoin outshone most of its competitors in the course of the latest (and arguably ongoing) bull run.