As a completely custom, built-from-the-ground-up blockchain protocol, QORTAL’s core network is run and maintained by Minting which is the process for ‘finding blocks’ on the network
Unlike Proof of Work or Proof Of Stake where the single reward goes to the block signer, Minting rewards a portion of EVERY block reward to all nodes minting on the network! Say good bye to the battle of MINING and welcome in a fair new system where everyone is rewarded for EVERY block minted.
Minting does not use high amounts of electricity, and it also does not require the users wishing to mint, to have a huge amount of QORT or any other asset with which to do so. Instead, minters must prove themselves as a ‘productive member’ of the network, in order to be a minter. This is more ‘Proof Of Time’ than Proof of Work.
Qortal’s developers believe that minting is a superior method in multiple ways, as it not only has no coin holding requirement for minting (thus minting does NOT favor the users with more capital), but it also focuses on ensuring a strong and ever-expanding network of full nodes on the Qortal Network. This method leads to a much stronger base node network, and will be much less likely to run into issues like other blockchain projects do, wherein their base network has a lack of enough full nodes, which makes the chain much less secure overall.
This is against the principles that Bitcoin initially put into the world. The entire idea of the Bitcoin system, was to be totally decentralized and put the power in the hands of the people. The way things are going now in Bitcoin and many other projects, is the exact opposite of these ideals. Qortal aims to go back to the original Bitcoin concepts, putting the power solely in the hands of the users on the network, and maintaining a very strong network with full nodes spread out across the globe.
In Qortal, there is a system of ‘levels’ that are given to those who choose to become a minter.
At first, the minter account type is the only type that can obtain and gain in levels. This means that the minters are the only ones who can vote for changes in the system, create committees, and any of the other aspects that are relevant to the leveling system.
At a later date, leveling will apply to other Qortal account types (see Account types ) giving multiple different types the ability to ‘level up’ in the system, and gain more voting influence, form committees, etc.
For full breakdown of leveling please see info in our Wiki!
The method to accomplish this, is described here Becoming a Minter