On February 18th, Electric Coin Company called for Draft ZIPs for Network Upgrade 3 (NU3), due by March 31st. Since we’re now at the beginning of April, we wanted to post a list of the ZIPs submitted in that timeframe for discussion. Please take a look at the below ZIPs that have been submitted and provide feedback about those ZIPs in the GitHub tickets for the ZIPs or via the Zcash Ecosystem Development List, as per the process outlined in ZIP0. These ZIPs will also be emailed out to that list in order to fully follow the ZIP review process. Electric Coin Company and the Zcash Foundation will be providing feedback on these ZIPs as well.
The next deadline in this process is “Feature Selection Complete” on May 31. That milestone is when Electric Coin Company decides which of the ZIPs are going to be included in the Company-supported version of Zcash. The purpose of the next two months is for the community, Foundation and ECC to provide feedback on the ZIP Drafts and for the writers of the ZIP Drafts to flesh out the ZIPs more fully. The ZIPs need to be in a final state (spec design completed, rationale completed, etc.) before May 31 in order to be included in NU3. As a reference for everyone, here is the timeline outlined for NU3 and NU4.
I also wanted to provide a point of clarification on how to find the text of the ZIP Drafts for the ZIPs listed above. When you click on the links listed above, it will take you to a PR in GitHub. If you move over to “Files Changed” near the top of the PR, you can read the text of the ZIPs.
I don’t know if the Electric Coin Company will prioritise Harmony Mining for NU4 or not. We’re going to be plenty busy with all of the things we’re already committed too, plus NU3, for the next half a year or so, at least.