The past 48 hours have been some of the most interesting, intriguing and worrying moments in Bitcoin history so far. Various topics have come across social media and Bitcoin-related websites, such as the battle between Bitcoin Core and Bitcoin XT (plus potential hard fork) and censorship on Reddit. Everyone has an opinion, to say the least, but is all of this really about who is wrong or who is right?
Bitcoin Core vs. Bitcoin XT: Mud Slinging Contest
Describing the relationship between Bitcoin enthusiasts and the moderators of the Bitcoin subReddit is like trying to explain the relationship of a dysfunctional family: everyone tolerates each other, but there are some unwritten rules that need to be abided by. Failure to do so will result in eruptions of rage, childish behaviour, name calling and eventually, removal of posts because somebody’s cornflakes got ‘pee’d’ on.
Take the latest discussion regarding Bitcoin XT for example. Bitcoin XT is a fork of the existing Bitcoin Core client, which enables support for larger block sizes of up to 8MB. In recent months, there has been a lot of back-and-forth conversation between Bitcoin developers regarding