As everyone following Bitcoin Cash knows there's a tremendous amount of drama lately surrounding the upcoming hardfork. If you follow my tweets you know that I'm pretty solidly in the ABC camp. Those of us who support this vision for Bitcoin Cash have been accused of trying to force CTOR on everyone while blocking other changes. And, of course, we feel the same way about BSV. But what has been lost in this fight is our understanding of what forks mean for Bitcoin Cash and how the Bitcoin Cash protocol is meant to be governed. In November of last year Rick Falkvinge wrote an excellent document laying out of the founding principles of Bitcoin Cash (as he sees them) and describes how governance ought to work. If you've never read it, please take a moment and read it: Official Statement from the CEO of Bitcoin Cash In it he describes how we resolve protocol disputes:
Everybody is free to take any initiative for the Bitcoin Cash project. Everybody is also free to follow any initiative taken by any other person. Everybody is free to take no action at all. However, nobody may tell anybody else what to do, what initiative to take, not take, follow, or not follow.
That's it. Whether you like it or not, that's how protocol changes work. In this particular case ABC took an initiative with CTOR (which others outside of ABC also agreed with) and ran with it. Everyone in the community is free to either follow this initiative or not follow the initiative. As it turns out, most members of the community have voluntarily decided to follow. Some grudgingly, but of course they always remain free to not follow it. The same applies to Bitcoin SV. While I personally think that increasing the blocksize to 128MB while we know such a blocksize would crash the network under sustained loads is very reckless, they remain free take that initiative if they so choose. If they do not want to adopt CTOR, they are also free to do that as well. You might say, "That sounds terrible. If anyone can fork at any time wont there just be a ton of forks?" Maybe. But with each fork we learn more about what works and what doesn't work and what the market values. Eventually market consensus will start to form around a certain rule set and initiatives that diverge from that consensus will find little support. This is how decentralized governance works. Now I want to highlight the last bullet point above:
However, nobody may tell anybody else what to do, what initiative to take, not take, follow, or not follow.
On the ABC side of the debate, we are perfectly willing to let Bitcoin SV fork and compete directly with Bitcoin ABC. May the best fork win as it were. However, notice you don't see the same respect offered by the other side. Rather than competing in the marketplace, Craig and his friends are threatening to exploit a known vulnerability in Bitcoin (the 51% attack) to destroy the ABC side of the fork if people don't follow them. Craig has said "Either I win, or I will destroy everything". That type of anti-social behavior is the antithesis of the founding principles of Bitcoin Cash and our governing process. It's destructive. Not just for those who voluntarily chose to follow ABC, but also for Bitcoin SV as such an attack would permanently seal the coin's irrelevancy.
Rick also listed out seven social principles which I think would do us all of us in this community a world of good to follow: WE ASSUME GOOD FAITH. WE REWARD THE POSITIVE. WE ACT WITH DIGNITY. WE TRUST EACH OTHER TO FAIL WELL. WE DO NOT ASK PERMISSION. THE NETWORK IS MOTHER, THE NETWORK IS FATHER. WE HAVE FUN, BECAUSE IT ATTRACTS MORE PEOPLE.


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Forks are a very important empirical test that measures social support in case of disagreement and allows people who hold cash balances in BCH to express their preference directly (no other alternative exists).
Lately some voices starting cropping up calling for protocol / hard fork freeze. The emperor of Bitcoin in a recent interview said not making any changes on the protocol "is a basic thing" and he can't conceive how anyone could not understand that (contradicting his earlier statements that it's extremely difficult to predict what is good and you should want maximum optioanlity as an investor, leaving the best investors to decide by having them put money on what they predict is the best course of action).
For me it is inconceivable how anyone can not understand that in order to have a complex system that wants to survive in the long run it must be able to communicate with its environment, take in information and adapt when appropriate (by hard forking).
Having regular hard forks on BCH is one of the main reasons why I am willing to keep my money in the system. If some people in the community manage to push through the rule of no forks / changes, it's time to move money to a competing project (because we are back to BTC, which we left because they would not allow hard forks).
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funny how that piece of shit ryan is voting on your article when he advocating 51% attacking the network or forks he disagrees with. @ryanxcharles fuck you. your not worth the air you breathe.
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