Another thing to consider is how this may this may help protect us against attacks.
I understand that you want to stay away of that ASIC madness taking place in the Bitcoin world currently. I'm not into it either. Please understand that GPU mining has hit its limits nearly. Top performance video cards are expensive, and they also consume a real lot of power. The upcoming generation of Radeon hardware isn't going to be much faster than the current one while keeping the prices high (Curacao GPU is expected to feature 2304 shader pipelines compared to Tahiti GPU with 2048 shader pipelines, clock speeds are about the same). The market is expanding constantly and it wants new solutions. The only problem is how to produce fast ASIC hardware in large quantity without long pre-orders and make the pricing affordable to average user.QuoteAnother thing to consider is how this may this may help protect us against attacks.Unfortunately, it won't give us any protection but trouble. Those who want to attack us will find a solution anyway. They have experience and resources far above average. Custom scrypt settings will break compatibility with popular mining software, and I'm afraid many their developers will ignore Feathercoin like they have ignored Yacoin. We need to make mining easier for average user, not the opposite.
I know most of this discussion is above my pay grade but I'm for an alternate scrypt. You won't lose my measly 3MH hashes if you switch(as long as there is a miner). I feel like the time is now to more differentiate us from others. We already have a base set of users though do know that such a change will most likely drop the nhr(network hash rate) to around 200 MH or whatever the equivalent is for jane or alternatives.Heck such a move has me more confident in the coin. I might actually build another rig. It seems to me every sort of legitimate coin that comes out has a similar copycat to steal it's thunder. With so many just trying simple tweaks to litecoin to see what works, we have a flood of coins. I'm just a lowly miner 49er...
I think this might have drawbacks. I am not so sure that GPU computing, as it stands, will be viable and available long term for end users. Limiting ourselves to devices created by AMD/Nvidia, we really are limiting ourselves to the whims of 2 companies. This isn't much different than avalon/bfl/etc etc other than, FOR NOW, that hardware is available, is that always going to be true or in 3-4 years will we need specialized hardware anyways? In addition, mining started on CPU's, then to specialized hardware (GPU) and now more specialized hardware. Why is that such a problem?Just my 2 cents.