The well known software developer Luke Dashjr is in the midst of controversy over how to upgrade the Bitcoin network in order to add the Taproot protocol. Bitcoin Core developers want to upgrade with â€œSpeedy trial,â€ which will allow miners to push the feature through. However, Luke Dashjr wants to upgrade in a different manner, and considers the proposal an â€œattack on Bitcoinâ€ as itâ€™s â€œnot a good thingâ€ from his perspective.
Bitcoin Developers Find Controversy Over Taproot Activation
Bitcoin developers have revealed â€œSpeedy trial support for versionbits #21377,â€ which aims to implement Taproot via BTC miner activation. The activation would â€œStart soon: shortly after the release of software containing this proposed activation logic, nodes will begin counting blocks towards the 90% threshold required to lock in taproot,â€ David A. Hardingâ€™s description notes.
â€œSpeedy trial merged into bitcoin core,â€ software and Bitcoin developer Ben Carman tweeted on April 14, 2021.
Luke Dashjr responded to Carmanâ€™s tweet and said: â€œCommunity came to consensus on BIP8. These devs are IGNORING that and pushing their own agenda instead. It is an attack on Bitcoin, not a good thing.â€
Ben Carman disagreed and stated: â€œ[I] disagree, without this, weâ€™d still be bikeshedding over activation methods. I think the stuff you guys are doing with the UASF client is still good however, the correct safety net.â€
Another Bitcoin developer, Jeremy Rubin said to Dashjr that if he was right about this issue it wouldnâ€™t matter.
â€œEven if it doesnâ€™t practically matter, it is still a violation of community trust in Bitcoin Core,â€ Dashjr replied.
Cobra: â€˜A Bit Dangerous to Run Different Consensus Rulesâ€™
â€œIâ€™m confused, whatâ€™s going on?â€ Cobra asked. â€œTaproot activation,â€ Dashjr responded to the bitcoin.org owner. â€œYeah but itâ€™s a bit dangerous to run different consensus rules willy-nilly isnâ€™t it? I mean this is a trillion-dollar network now,â€ Cobra said to the developer. â€œOssification is stupid and suicide,â€ Dashjr insisted.
â€œLuke is carrying out a personal vendetta at the expense of the community,â€ one person said in Dashjrâ€™s Twitter thread. â€œThe best analogy I can think of is a toddler throwing a temper tantrum,â€ he added. Dashjr responded to the statement and stressed: â€œThatâ€™s a lie.â€ â€œItâ€™s not a lie, it just doesnâ€™t fit your narrative,â€ the person remarked.
The Bitcoin (BTC) network has not seen a major upgrade since Segregated Witness and the Segwit2x fiasco back in 2017. It has been said because of that situation, it may be hard for the BTC community to fork the chain going forward.
This is not Luke Dashjrâ€™s first entry into the land of controversy, as heâ€™s made a number of controversial statements about Segwit and even talked about shrinking Bitcoinâ€™s block size down even lower than 1MB per block.
â€œSo it turns out (not so surprisingly) that spammers are abusing Segwitâ€™s block size increase to gain an advantage over legit Bitcoin users,â€ Dashjr insisted on September 17, 2019. â€œReducing the block size limit could rebalance this unfair advantage / bad incentive Segwit has created,â€ he added at the time.
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