| submitted by /u/dellintelbitcoin
I've been getting a lot worried and pessimistic comments on my posts lately but I have to believe that those are from very misinformed people or intentional trolls.
To see miner support go to the bottom of https://coin.dance/blocks and note that over 99% of blocks are either signalling for segwit already or have indicated they are on board with SegWit2X, meaning they will shortly begin to signal for segwit and reject blocks that don't signal for segwit. So it doesn't look like there will be any chain split that lasts more than one block given that overwhelming support, and those are totally normal splits that get reorganized away all the time.
At https://uasf.saltylemon.org you will see that UASF nodes are steadily on the increase. These nodes will not diverge from SegWit2X miners if those miners simply follow through on their statements.
At https://bitnodes.21.co/dashboard/ you can see that well over 80% of nodes are running Bitcoin 0.13 or higher which means that they will also activate SegWit natively when the rest of the network activates it.
And of course 100% of nodes are going to continue to function fine because SegWit does not break legacy clients.
Oh, and also transactions are all clearing quickly at very reasonable fees.
Network uptime remains at 100% with no interruptions.
It's almost as if sensationalist reports and alarmism get a disproportionately high share of voice.
BIP 9 allowed miners to activate soft forks via signalling. It hasn't worked in practice, leaving users with no voice.
A UASF gives users the opportunity to choose which code they want to run.
Without this feature, it's really just developers and miners, both much more centralized groups than users, not only with all the power, but in a standoff and unable to decide.
The tie-breaker to this standoff needs to come from the decentralized user base via users' decision about whether or not to activate a soft fork.
We still need some developers to write up and the soft fork; we still need some miners to mine blocks according to the soft fork rules and we need a lot of users to support the soft fork chain.
In short, we need "near" consensus. But we can only get to that if users actually have a vote, since they are the ones whose adoption of bitcoin is what gives it its value.