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Soft Fork

What does Soft Fork mean in crypto terms?

A Soft Fork is a backward-compatible upgrade or update to a blockchain network. Unlike a Hard Fork, which requires all nodes to update to the latest version of the protocol software, a Soft Fork only requires a majority of nodes to update. In a Soft Fork, the new rules are a subset of the old rules, meaning that any transaction that is valid under the new rules is also valid under the old rules. However, transactions valid under the old rules may not be valid under the new rules. Once a Soft Fork is implemented, non-upgraded nodes can still validate transactions, but they might not fully understand the new protocol rules, which could potentially lead to a temporary split in the network. Soft Forks are commonly used to introduce new features or enhancements to a blockchain network while minimizing disruption.

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