Let's say I stop baking 1/4th of the way through cycle 500 by stopping all baking processes. When should I expect to get 100% of my balance back?
I did not set frozen deposit limit to 0 before stopping the processes.
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From the Jakarta protocol documentation:
A delegate becomes passive at the end of cycle n when it has failed to participate in the consensus algorithm in the past PRESERVED_CYCLES + 1 cycles, that is, in cycles n, n-1, n-2, …, n - PRESERVED_CYCLES.
At the end of cycle n-1-PRESERVED_CYCLES, the snapshot for cycle n is randomly selected from the snapshots stored in cycle n-1-PRESERVED_CYCLES.
PRESERVED_CYCLES is 5 on mainnet.
So if you go offline sometimes during cycle 500, you will be marked as passive at cycle 507, and you won't be assigned rights for cycle 513.
You will have a bonded balance until the end of cycle 512.
To get your deposit back faster, set your deposit limit to zero or transfer the free balance out of your baking address.