Information about the sporking process
In the mature Flow, new nodes can be staked and un-staked as the protocol advances from epoch to epoch. However, we are not there yet. Hence, currently every couple of weeks we turn-off the network, update the identity list to include (and exclude) nodes and then turn the network back on again. We call this process a Spork.
Also, as Flow evolves, we are continuously adding new features and discovering and fixing bugs in the Flow node software. We also utilize a Spork as an opportunity to update the nodes with the latest releases.
Currently, we are trying to maintain a cadence of around two weeks. We always announce any upcoming Spork on the
#flow-validators-announcements Discord channel.