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I now have my PoA network running and I can add nodes which are approved by the others. But I have a question about can we add read only nodes?

I do not really understand the different types of nodes in PoA but can we add a node which does not need any proposing process under clique.propose?

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There are no mining nodes on Clique chains - sealer nodes take it in turn to add new blocks to the chain and no mining is required.

You can add non-sealer nodes too; any nodes that join the network which aren't sealers (as in they aren't listed as a sealer in the genesis block and haven't been voted into sealer status with clique.propose since then) can sign and broadcast new transactions to their peers and query the current state but can't create any new blocks.

  • Thanks. But the logs all state "mining" I am not on my other PC now so I cannot copy paste, but the logs definitely stating mining. – Trevor Lee Oakley Apr 17 '18 at 20:13
  • Geth is written with PoW in mind - unfortunately it hasn't been updated so the terminology doesn't change for Clique implementations which is slightly misleading! – TC8 Apr 17 '18 at 21:50

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