While almost everyone in the Ordinals community agrees that these signup requests should be reintroduced, the community is debating whether or not they should be added retroactively.
The error came from the protocol’s indexing function only counting entries that were in the first entry of a transaction sent up to and including protocol version 0.5.1.
A prominent Ordinals member known on Twitter as “Leonidas.og” summarized the pros and cons of each solution in a tweet on April 10, just days after GitHub user “veryordinally” first posted the issue. on April 5.
The first solution is to select a block height to retroactively index the so-called “orphaned” entries starting at entry number 420.285, which is roughly where the first orphaned entry was identified.
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“This feels like the ‘purist’ solution because it means that the ordinal protocol would correctly match the logical order in the chain,” Leonidas.og explained, despite acknowledging that the reorganization “may cause other complications.”
The alternative is to not change the registration numbers that have already been validated and choose a block height to add these orphaned registrations at some point in the future, Leonidas.og explained:
“This would not change any existing registration numbers, so the ~1,200 orphans would not be officially assigned registration numbers in the protocol. It would be up to the market to assess them as ‘print errors’ or not”.
Another member of the Ordinals GitHub community, “Yilak”, argued in favor of not changing the order because only a fraction of listing owners have been affected.
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As of this writing, 67.5% of 1,266 voters are in favor of not changing registration numbers, according to a Twitter poll created by Leonidas.og.
On April 8, the number of signups for Bitcoin Ordinals surpassed 1 million, according to data from cryptoanalytics platform Dune. It came just days after new daily registrations hit a record of more than 76,300 on April 4.
Ordinals are considered digital artifacts on the Bitcoin network, similar to non-fungible tokens. They can compromise images, PDF, video or audio formats.