To whom it may concern,
The Monero researchers, developers, and community members would like to
announce an important proposed change regarding Monero payment IDs. Many
parts of the Monero ecosystem are reliant on some form of payment IDs.
These are exciting changes that improve privacy and reduce user frustration
with standalone payment IDs. Furthermore, it will remove headaches when
users accidentally omit payment IDs.
The Monero community is proposing to remove support for sending
transactions with standalone payment IDs in most wallets in *April 2019*.
They also propose to remove support for sending transactions with payment
IDs (including integrated addresses) on the consensus layer in *October
2019*. Exchanges, payment processors, and other services should upgrade to
support Monero subaddresses as soon as possible.
We ask that you please review the attached resources on the background
decision to move to subaddresses, the upgrade process, and the timeline.
If you have any questions and would like to participate in a discussion of
the future of payment IDs, please participate in the Monero Community
meeting *Friday January 25 at 17:00 UTC* (noon eastern US). We expect to
make a final decision during the meeting.
You can join the chat using one of the following methods:
*Freenode IRC using your favorite IRC client:* #monero-community
*Kiwi IRC web client:*
You can always join before the meeting to voice any comments, or leave them
in the following GitHub issue:
Justin Ehrenhofer and the Monero Community