The intensifying civil war between the pro and anti block size increase camps has escalated to a new level following a posting by one of the preeminent Bitcoin subreddit moderators.
Theymos, also the head administrator on Bitcointalk, is by far the longest serving moderator on the Bitcoin subreddit (4 years). He and three other mods have full permissions, allowing them to moderate content, approve/ban users from the subreddit and grant permissions to other mods.
Theymos says he was on vacation when the acrimony broke out this past weekend. As debate over Bitcoin XT intensified, moderators began removing posts on the topic, even those that were popular with a high number of upvotes. A fellow mod said that Theymos’ position is that “bitcoin-xt is an alt-coin, indistinguishable from dogecoin or litecoin.” In a thorough and firmly worded post, theymos makes this clear in no uncertain terms:
“/r/Bitcoin exists to serve Bitcoin. XT will, if/when its hardfork is activated, diverge from Bitcoin and create a separate network/currency. Therefore, it and services that support it should not be allowed on /r/Bitcoin.”
Lack of progress on the debate of increasing Bitcoin’s block size had motivated the pro camp to launch a fork of Bitcoin Core, called “Bitcoin XT”. It caters toward future increases in block size, subject to future adoption by 75% of the mining network. Proponents say the changes are necessary for Bitcoin’s future usability. Opponents say the change may be detrimental to some network participants and that there may be better solutions. Significantly, they disapprove of the “forced solution” implemented without their approval.
The crisis, shaping up to be one of the worst in Bitcoin’s adventurous history, underscores the challenges inherent with systems seeking high levels of decentralization.
Theymos’ message is a “stickied” post on top of the subreddit, a feature only available to those with privileged