Response to: "Satoshi knows best and CSW is an asshole"
Someone just made a reddit post "Satoshi knows best and CSW is an asshole". For some reason reddit gave me an error when posting my response, so I'm just gonna make it into an article here. Basically the premise of the original post is "Well Craig is rude but the roadmap of restoring the protocol and scaling makes sense, why don't we just support it?"
I'll tell you why I don't support it: What I saw happen is this: There was no drama in July. Then, nChain started to make a ton of noise a week before the 8/15 feature cutoff date. This was a date *generally* agreed on in London in 2017. Certainly there was no objection from nChain last year. So this action (of fussing right before the cutoff) already can objectively be considered a possible sabotage of the protocol development process. Following this, they refused to compromise or try to agree. An emergency meeting was held in Bangkok, where their 'chief scientist' didn't even stay to hear the presentations of other teams and then found an excuse to storm out of the meeting. The other people from nChain could not or would not explain the objections to previously agreed upon roadmap, which they even agreed to themselves as evidenced by their own website.
At this point, for me, major red flags and alarm bells are going off. I'm sorry for pushing the drama and politics but Bitcoin is too important for me not to speak my mind and say what I see. I don't know who is really in control of all this; I have nothing against the people from CoinGeek/nChain personally...but I do not support these kinds of actions.
Maybe they believe they are competing?? But I view Bitcoin as a "coopetition." (cooperation plus competition). When I was in Bangkok at the miner's meeting, I met people with businesses worth hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars. To think these people do not know how to "compete in business" is silly. Yet everyone was open, straightforward, and communicative. If some believe the way to compete is to be hostile and deceptive, then perhaps that works occasionally in the traditional business world, but I don't think it is going to work in the Bitcoin community. I don't support those kinds of actions and behaviors, which means I don't support giving those people more influence than they already have, regardless of what their roadmap is. It is also important to note that essentially everyone in the BCH community wants to scale, wants global cash, wants the original Nakamoto vision...or at least says they do. No one has an exclusive claim on the vision of Bitcoin. So I would prefer to support those who want that, who can work with others, and who are also technically proficient.
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