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What is a Soft Fork?

A soft fork is a type of protocol upgrade that is backward-compatible. With a soft fork, nodes that are running older versions of the protocol will still be able to participate in the network. Its modifications to the preceding software are limited, and do not require the creation of a separate blockchain. Soft forks are seen as a less significant update than hard forks, which drastically changes the protocol's code and forms an entirely new chain.

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