Lightning is an open protocol, not a product. Core is an open process, not a company. Corporations and centralization are faster, marketed better, more polished, and can be more efficient. Open systems and decentralized solutions will still win; if we fight for them.

Lightning is an open protocol, not a product. Core is an open process, not a company. Corporations and centralization are faster, marketed better, more polished, and can be more efficient. Open systems and decentralized solutions will still win; if we fight for them. submitted by /u/acevol
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Bitcoin – The Currency of the Internet

Simulating a Decentralized Lightning Network with 500,000 payments, 0.01% fee per hub and 10 Million Users: 100% success (99.9986%)

I repeated Diane Reynolds' simulation, as described here, using her program. The only change I made was that instead of having "11 different fee policies evenly distributed among users", each node simply asks for 0.01% fee (= value x 0.0001) to route a transaction. Some of the 11 fee policies were quite complicated, like "trying to make channels more balanced".

Here are the main results:

Payments attempted: 500,000

Fee as a percentage of the payment 0.175

Routing failed: 7

Routing failed for bigpayments: 3

Routing failed for midsizedpayments: 1

Routing failed for micropayments: 3

Average lengths of routes: 17.5

So the payment failed for only 0.0014% of the payments. Note that for the last 100,000 payments, routing failed only once (1 midsizedpayment) and from 100,000 to 500,000 only 3 times (1 big, 1 midsize, 1 micro). The average total fee for a payment makes sense, as 0.01% x 17.5 hubs = 0.175% total fee. I didn't realize the program stopped after 500,000 payments and will now try to run it for more payments.

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Bitcoin – The Currency of the Internet

Long live decentralized bitcoin(!) A reading list

Newbs might not know this, but bitcoin recently came out of an intense internal drama. Between July 2015 and August 2017 bitcoin was attacked by external forces who were hoping to destroy the very properties that made bitcoin valuable in the first place. This culminated in the creation of segwit and the UASF (user activated soft fork) movement. The UASF was successful, segwit was added to bitcoin and with that the anti-decentralization side left bitcoin altogether and created their own altcoin called bcash. Bitcoin's price was $ 2500, soon after segwit was activated the price doubled to $ 5000 and continued rising until here we are today at $ 15000.

During this drama, I took time away from writing open source code to help educate and argue on reddit, twitter and other social media. I came up with a reading list for quickly copypasting things. It may be interesting today for newbs or anyone who wants a history lesson on what exactly happened during those two years when bitcoin's very existence as a decentralized low-trust currency was questioned. Now the fight has essentially been won, I don't comment on reddit that much anymore. There's nothing left to do except wait for Lightning and similar tech to become mature (or better yet, help code it and test it)

In this thread you can learn about block sizes, latency, decentralization, segwit, ASICBOOST, lightning network and all the other issues that were debated endlessly for over two years. So when someone tries to get you to invest in bcash, remind them of the time they supported Bitcoin Unlimited 😛

Summary / The fundamental tradeoff

A trip to the moon requires a rocket with multiple stages by gmaxwell (must read) https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/438hx0/a_trip_to_the_moon_requires_a_rocket_with/

Bram Cohen, creator of bittorrent, argues against a hard fork to a larger block size https://medium.com/@bramcohen/bitcoin-s-ironic-crisis-32226a85e39f#.558vetum4

gmaxwell's summary of the debate https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1343716.msg13701818#msg13701818

Core devs please explain your vision (see luke's post which also argues that blocks are already too big) https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/61yvvv/request_to_core_devs_please_explain_your_vision/

Mod of r/btc speaking against a hard fork https://www.reddit.com/r/btc/comments/57hd14/core_reaction_to_viabtc_this_week/d8scokm/

It's becoming clear to me that a lot of people don't understand how fragile bitcoin is https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/59kflj/its_becoming_clear_to_me_that_a_lot_of_people/

Blockchain space must be costly, it can never be free https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/4og24h/i_just_attended_the_distributed_trade_conference/

Charlie Lee with a nice analogy about the fundamental tradeoff https://medium.com/@SatoshiLite/eating-the-bitcoin-cake-fc2b4ebfb85e#.444vr8shw

gmaxwell on the tradeoffs https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1520693.msg15303746#msg15303746

jratcliff on the layering https://www.reddit.com/r/btc/comments/59upyh/segwit_the_poison_pill_for_bitcoin/d9bstuw/

Scaling on-chain will destroy bitcoin's decentralization

Peter Todd: How a floating blocksize limit inevitably leads towards centralization [Feb 2013] https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=144895.0 mailing list https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2013-February/002176.html with discussion on reddit in Aug 2015 https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/3hnvi8/just_a_little_history_lesson_for_everyone_new_the/

Nick Szabo's blog post on what makes bitcoin so special http://unenumerated.blogspot.com/2017/02/money-blockchains-and-social-scalability.html

There is academic research showing that even small (2MB) increases to the blocksize results in drastic node dropoff counts due to the non-linear increase of RAM needed. http://bravenewcoin.com/assets/Whitepapers/block-size-1.1.1.pdf

Reddit summary of above link. In this table, you can see it estimates a 40% drop immediately in node count with a 2MB upgrade and a 50% over 6 months. At 4mb, it becomes 75% immediately and 80% over 6 months. At 8, it becomes 90% and 95%. https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5qw2wr/a_future_led_by_bitcoin_unlimited_is_a/dd442pw/

Larger block sizes make centralization pressures worse (mathematical) https://petertodd.org/2016/block-publication-incentives-for-miners

Talk at scalingbitcoin montreal, initial blockchain synchronization puts serious constraints on any increase in the block size https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgjrS-BPWDQ&t=2h02m06s with transcript https://scalingbitcoin.org/transcript/montreal2015/block-synchronization-time

Bitcoin's P2P Network: The Soft Underbelly of Bitcoin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6kibPzbrIc someone's notes: https://gist.github.com/romyilano/5e22394857a39889a1e5 reddit discussion https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/4py5df/so_f2pool_antpool_btcc_pool_are_actually_one_pool/

In adversarial environments blockchains dont scale https://scalingbitcoin.org/transcript/hongkong2015/in-adversarial-environments-blockchains-dont-scale

Why miners will not voluntarily individually produce smaller blocks https://scalingbitcoin.org/transcript/hongkong2015/why-miners-will-not-voluntarily-individually-produce-smaller-blocks

Hal Finney: bitcoin's blockchain can only be a settlement layer (mostly interesting because it's hal finney and its in 2010) https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/3sb5nj/most_bitcoin_transactions_will_occur_between/

petertodd's 2013 video explaining this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZp7UGgBR0I

luke-jr's summary https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/61yvvv/request_to_core_devs_please_explain_your_vision/dficjhj/

Another jratcliff thread https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6lmpll/explaining_why_big_blocks_are_bad/


Full blocks are not a disaster

Blocks must be always full, there must always be a backlog https://medium.com/@bergealex4/bitcoin-is-unstable-without-the-block-size-size-limit-70db07070a54#.kh2vi86lr

Same as above, the mining gap means there must always be a backlog talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2453&v=iKDC2DpzNbw transcript: https://scalingbitcoin.org/transcript/montreal2015/security-of-diminishing-block-subsidy

Backlogs arent that bad https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/49p011/was_the_fee_event_really_so_bad_my_mind_is/

Examples where scarce block space causes people to use precious resources more efficiently https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/4kxxvj/i_just_singlehandedly_increased_bitcoin_network/

https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/47d4m2/why_does_coinbase_make_2_transactions_per/

https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/53wucs/why_arent_blocks_full_yet/d7x19iv

Full blocks are fine https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5uld1a/misconception_full_blocks_mean_bitcoin_is_failing/

High miner fees imply a sustainable future for bitcoin https://www.reddit.com/r/BitcoinMarkets/comments/680tvf/fundamentals_friday_week_of_friday_april_28_2017/dgwmhl7/

gmaxwell on why full blocks are good https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6b57ca/full_blocks_good_or_bad/dhjxwbz/

The whole idea of the mempool being "filled" is wrong headed. The mempool doesn't "clog" or get stuck, or anything like that. https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/7cusnx/to_the_people_still_doubting_that_this_congestion/dpssokf/


Segwit

What is segwit

luke-jr's longer summary https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6033h7/today_is_exactly_4_months_since_the_segwit_voting/df3tgwg/?context=1

Charlie Shrem's on upgrading to segwit https://twitter.com/CharlieShrem/status/842711238853513220

Original segwit talk at scalingbitcoin hong kong + transcript https://youtu.be/zchzn7aPQjI?t=110

https://scalingbitcoin.org/transcript/hongkong2015/segregated-witness-and-its-impact-on-scalability

Segwit is not too complex https://www.reddit.com/r/btc/comments/57vjin/segwit_is_not_great/d8vos33/

Segwit does not make it possible for miners to steal coins, contrary to what some people say https://www.reddit.com/r/btc/comments/5e6bt0/concerns_with_segwit_and_anyone_can_spend/daa5jat/?context=1

https://keepingstock.net/segwit-eli5-misinformation-faq-19908ceacf23#.r8hlzaquz

Segwit is required for a useful lightning network It's now known that without a malleability fix useful indefinite channels are not really possible.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5tzqtc/gentle_reminder_the_ln_doesnt_require_segwit/ddqgda7/

https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5tzqtc/gentle_reminder_the_ln_doesnt_require_segwit/ddqbukj/

https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5x2oh0/olaoluwa_osuntokun_all_active_lightning_network/deeto14/?context=3

Clearing up SegWit Lies and Myths: https://achow101.com/2016/04/Segwit-FUD-Clearup

Segwit is bigger blocks https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5pb8vs/misinformation_is_working_54_incorrectly_believe/dcpz3en/

Typical usage results in segwit allowing capacity equivalent to 2mb blocks https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/69i2md/observe_for_yourself_segwit_allows_2_mb_blocks_in/

Why is segwit being blocked

Jihan Wu (head of largest bitcoin mining group) is blocking segwit because of perceived loss of income https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/60mb9e/complete_high_quality_translation_of_jihans/

Witness discount creates aligned incentives https://segwit.org/why-a-discount-factor-of-4-why-not-2-or-8-bbcebe91721e#.h36odthq0 https://medium.com/@SegWit.co/what-is-behind-the-segwit-discount-988f29dc1edf#.sr91dg406

or because he wants his mining enterprise to have control over bitcoin https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6jdyk8/direct_report_of_jihan_wus_real_reason_for/

Segwit is being blocked because it breaks ASICBOOST, a patented optimization used by bitmain ASIC manufacturer

Details and discovery by gmaxwell https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2017-April/013996.html

Reddit thread with discussion https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/63otrp/gregory_maxwell_major_asic_manufacturer_is/

Simplified explaination by jonny1000 https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/64qq5g/attempted_explanation_of_the_alleged_asicboost/

http://www.mit.edu/~jlrubin/public/pdfs/Asicboost.pdf

https://medium.com/@jimmysong/examining-bitmains-claims-about-asicboost-1d61118c678d

Evidence https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/63yo27/some_circumstantial_evidence_supporting_the_claim/

https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/63vn5g/please_dont_stop_us_from_using_asicboost_which/dfxmm75/

https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/63soe3/reverse_engineering_an_asic_is_a_significant_task/dfx9ncr/

Bitmain admits their chips have asicboost but they say they never used it on the network (haha a likely story) https://blog.bitmain.com/en/regarding-recent-allegations-smear-campaigns/

Worth $ 100m per year to them (also in gmaxwell's original email) https://twitter.com/petertoddbtc/status/849798529929424898

Other calculations show less https://medium.com/@vcorem/the-real-savings-from-asicboost-to-bitmaintech-ff265c2d305b

This also blocks all these other cool updates, not just segwit https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/63otrp/gregory_maxwell_major_asic_manufacturer_is/dfw0ej3/

Summary of bad consequences of asicboost https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/64qq5g/attempted_explanation_of_the_alleged_asicboost/dg4hyqk/?context=1

Luke's summary of the entire situation https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6ego3s/why_is_killing_asicboost_not_a_priority/diagkkb/?context=1

Prices goes up because now segwit looks more likely https://twitter.com/TuurDemeester/status/849846845425799168

Asicboost discovery made the price rise https://twitter.com/TuurDemeester/status/851520094677200901

A pool was caught red handed doing asicboost, by this time it seemed fairly certain that segwit would get activated so it didnt produce as much interest as earlier https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6p7lr5/1hash_pool_has_mined_2_invalid_blocks/ and https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6p95dl/interesting_1hash_pool_mined_some_invalid_blocks/ and https://twitter.com/petertoddbtc/status/889475196322811904

What if segwit never activates

What if segwit never activates? https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6ab8js/transaction_fees_are_now_making_btc_like_the_banks/dhdq3id/ with https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5ksu3o/blinded_bearer_certificates/ and https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/4xy0fm/scaling_quickly/

Lightning

bitcoinmagazine's series on what lightning is and how it works https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/understanding-the-lightning-network-part-building-a-bidirectional-payment-channel-1464710791/ https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/understanding-the-lightning-network-part-creating-the-network-1465326903/ https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/understanding-the-lightning-network-part-completing-the-puzzle-and-closing-the-channel-1466178980/

The Lightning Network ELIDHDICACS (Explain Like I Don’t Have Degrees in Cryptography and Computer Science) https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/the-lightning-network-elidhdicacs

Ligtning will increases fees for miners, not lower them https://medium.com/lightning-resources/the-lightning-paradox-f15ce0e8e374#.erfgunumh

Cost-benefit analysis of lightning from the point of view of miners https://medium.com/@rusty_lightning/miners-and-bitcoin-lightning-a133cd550310#.x42rovlg8

Routing blog post by rusty https://medium.com/@rusty_lightning/routing-dijkstra-bellman-ford-and-bfg-7715840f004 and reddit comments https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/4lzkz1/rusty_russell_on_lightning_routing_routing/

Lightning protocol rfc https://github.com/lightningnetwork/lightning-rfc

Blog post with screenshots of ln being used on testnet https://medium.com/@btc_coach/lightning-network-in-action-b18a035c955d video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxGiMu4V7ns

Video of sending and receiving ln on testnet https://twitter.com/alexbosworth/status/844030573131706368

Lightning tradeoffs http://www.coindesk.com/lightning-technical-challenges-bitcoin-scalability/

Beer sold for testnet lightning https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/62uw23/lightning_network_is_working_room77_is_accepting/ and https://twitter.com/MrHodl/status/848265171269283845

Lightning will result in far fewer coins being stored on third parties because it supports instant transactions https://medium.com/@thecryptoconomy/the-barely-discussed-incredible-benefit-of-the-lightning-network-4ce82c75eb58

jgarzik argues strongly against LN, he owns a coin tracking startup https://twitter.com/petertoddbtc/status/860826532650123264 https://twitter.com/Beautyon_/status/886128801926795264

luke's great debunking / answer of some misinformation questions https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6st4eq/questions_about_lightning_network/dlfap0u/

Lightning centralization doesnt happen https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6vzau5/reminder_bitcoins_key_strength_is_in_being/dm4ou3v/?context=1

roasbeef on hubs and charging fees https://twitter.com/roasbeef/status/930209165728825344 and https://twitter.com/roasbeef/status/930210145790976000


Immutability / Being a swiss bank in your pocket / Why doing a hard fork (especially without consensus) is damaging

A downside of hard forks is damaging bitcoin's immutability https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5em6vu/what_happens_if_segwit_doesnt_activate/dae1r6c/?context=3

Interesting analysis of miners incentives and how failure is possible, don't trust the miners for long term https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5gtew4/why_an_increased_block_size_increases_the_cost_of/daybazj/?context=2

waxwing on the meaning of cash and settlement https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5ei7m3/unconfirmed_transactions_60k_total_fees_14btc/dad001v/

maaku on the cash question https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5i5iq5/we_are_spoiled/db5luiv/?context=1

Digital gold funamentalists gain nothing from supporting a hard fork to larger block sizes https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5xzunq/core_please_compromise_before_we_end_up_with_bu/dem73xg/?context=1

Those asking for a compromise don't understand the underlying political forces https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6ef7wb/some_comments_on_the_bip148_uasf_from_the/dia236b/?context=3

Nobody wants a contentious hard fork actually, anti-core people got emotionally manipulated https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5sq5or/contentious_forks_vs_incremental_progress/ddip57o/

The hard work of the core developers has kept bitcoin scalable https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/3hfgpo/an_initiative_to_bring_advanced_privacy_features/cu7mhw8?context=9

Recent PRs to improve bitcoin scaleability ignored by the debate https://twitter.com/jfnewbery/status/883001356168167425

gmaxwell against hard forks since 2013 https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=140233.20

maaku: hard forks are really bad https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5zxjza/adam_greg_core_devs_and_big_blockers_now_is_the/df275yk/?context=2


Some metrics on what the market thinks of decentralization and hostile hard forks

The price history shows that the exchange rate drops every time a hard fork threatens: https://i.imgur.com/EVPYLR8.jpg

and this example from 2017 https://twitter.com/WhalePanda/status/845562763820912642

http://imgur.com/a/DuHAn r/btc users lose money

price supporting theymos' moderation https://i.imgur.com/0jZdF9h.png

old version https://i.imgur.com/BFTxTJl.png

older version https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CxqtUakUQAEmC0d.jpg

about 50% of nodes updated to the soft fork node quite quickly https://imgur.com/O0xboVI


Bitcoin Unlimited / Emergent Consensus is badly designed, changes the game theory of bitcoin

Bitcoin Unlimited was a proposed hard fork client, it was made with the intention to stop segwit from activating

A Future Led by Bitcoin Unlimited is a Centralized Future https://blog.sia.tech/a-future-led-by-bitcoin-unlimited-is-a-centralized-future-e48ab52c817a#.p1ly6hldk

Flexible transactions are bugged https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/57tf5g/bitcoindev_bluematt_on_flexible_transactions/

Bugged BU software mines an invalid block, wasting 13 bitcoins or $ 12k

https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5qwtr2/bitcoincom_loses_132btc_trying_to_fork_the/

https://www.reddit.com/r/btc/comments/5qx18i/bitcoincom_loses_132btc_trying_to_fork_the/

bitcoin.com employees are moderators of r/btc https://medium.com/@WhalePanda/the-curious-relation-between-bitcoin-com-anti-segwit-propaganda-26c877249976#.vl02566k4

miners don't control stuff like the block size http://hackingdistributed.com/2016/01/03/time-for-bitcoin-user-voice/

even gavin agreed that economic majority controls things https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5ywoi9/in_2010_gavin_predicted_that_exchanges_ie_the/

fork clients are trying to steal bitcoin's brand and network effect, theyre no different from altcoins https://medium.com/@Coinosphere/why-bitcoin-unlimited-should-be-correctly-classified-as-an-attempted-robbery-of-bitcoin-not-a-9355d075763c#.qeaynlx5m

BU being active makes it easier to reverse payments, increases wasted work making the network less secure and giving an advantage to bigger miners https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5g1x84/bitcoin_unlimited_bu_median_value_of_miner_eb/

bitcoin unlimited takes power away from users and gives it to miners https://medium.com/@alpalpalp/bitcoin-unlimiteds-placebo-controls-6320cbc137d4#.q0dv15gd5

bitcoin unlimited's accepted depth https://twitter.com/tdryja/status/804770009272696832

BU's lying propaganda poster https://imgur.com/osrViDE


BU is bugged, poorly-reviewed and crashes

bitcoin unlimited allegedly funded by kraken stolen coins

https://www.reddit.com/r/btc/comments/55ajuh/taint_analysis_on_bitcoin_stolen_from_kraken_on/

https://www.reddit.com/r/btc/comments/559miz/taint_analysis_on_btc_allegedly_stolen_from_kraken/

Other funding stuff

https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5zozmn/damning_evidence_on_how_bitcoin_unlimited_pays/

A serious bug in BU https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5h70s3/bitcoin_unlimited_bu_the_developers_have_realized/

A summary of what's wrong with BU: https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5z3wg2/jihanwu_we_will_switch_the_entire_pool_to/devak98/

Bitcoin Unlimited Remote Exploit Crash 14/3/2017

https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5zdkv3/bitcoin_unlimited_remote_exploit_crash/ https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5zeb76/timber/ https://www.reddit.com/r/btc/comments/5zdrru/peter_todd_bu_remote_crash_dos_wtf_bug_assert0_in/

BU devs calling it as disaster https://twitter.com/SooMartindale/status/841758265188966401 also r/btc deleted a thread about the exploit https://i.imgur.com/lVvFRqN.png

Summary of incident https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5zf97j/i_was_undecided_now_im_not/

More than 20 exchanges will list BTU as an altcoin

https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5zyg6g/bitcoin_exchanges_unveil_emergency_hard_fork/

Again a few days later https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/60qmkt/bu_is_taking_another_shit_timberrrrrr/

User Activated Soft Fork (UASF)

site for it, including list of businesses supporting it http://www.uasf.co/

luke's view

https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5zsk45/i_am_shaolinfry_author_of_the_recent_user/df1dqen/?context=3

threat of UASF makes the miner fall into line in litecoin

https://www.reddit.com/r/litecoin/comments/66omhr/litecoin_global_roundtable_resolution/dgk2thk/?context=3

UASF delivers the goods for vertcoin

https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/692mi3/in_test_case_uasf_results_in_miner_consensus/dh3cm34/?context=1

UASF coin is more valuable https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6cgv44/a_uasf_chain_will_be_profoundly_more_valuable/

All the links together in one place https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6dzpew/hi_its_mkwia_again_maintainer_of_uasfbitcoin_on/

p2sh was a uasf https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/blob/v0.6.0/src/main.cpp#L1281-L1283

jgarzik annoyed at the strict timeline that segwit2x has to follow because of bip148 https://twitter.com/jgarzik/status/886605836902162432

Committed intolerant minority https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6d7dyt/a_plea_for_rational_intolerance_extremism_and/

alp on the game theory of the intolerant minority https://medium.com/@alpalpalp/user-activated-soft-forks-and-the-intolerant-minority-a54e57869f57

The risk of UASF is less than the cost of doing nothing https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6bof7a/were_getting_to_the_point_where_a_the_cost_of_not/

uasf delivered the goods for bitcoin, it forced antpool and others to signal (May 2016) https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/antpool-will-not-run-segwit-without-block-size-increase-hard-fork-1464028753/ "When asked specifically whether Antpool would run SegWit code without a hard fork increase in the block size also included in a release of Bitcoin Core, Wu responded: “No. It is acceptable that the hard fork code is not activated, but it needs to be included in a ‘release’ of Bitcoin Core. I have made it clear about the definition of ‘release,’ which is not ‘public.’”"

Screenshot of peter rizun capitulating https://twitter.com/chris_belcher_/status/905231603991007232

Fighting off 2x HF

https://twitter.com/MrHodl/status/895089909723049984

https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6h612o/can_someone_explain_to_me_why_core_wont_endorse/?st=j6ic5n17&sh=cc37ee23

https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6smezz/segwit2x_hard_fork_is_completely_useless_its_a/?st=j6ic2aw3&sh=371418dd

https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6sbspv/who_exactly_is_segwit2x_catering_for_now_segwit/?st=j6ic5nic&sh=1f86cadd

https://medium.com/@elliotolds/lesser-known-reasons-to-keep-blocks-small-in-the-words-of-bitcoin-core-developers-44861968185e

b2x is most of all about firing core https://twitter.com/WhalePanda/status/912664487135760384

https://medium.com/@StopAndDecrypt/thats-not-bitcoin-this-is-bitcoin-95f05a6fd6c2

Misinformation / sockpuppets

https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6uqz6k/markets_update_bitcoin_cash_rallies_for_three/dlurbpx/

three year old account, only started posting today https://archive.is/3STjH

Why we should not hard fork after the UASF worked: https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6sl1qf/heres_why_we_should_not_hard_fork_in_a_few_months/

History

Good article that covers virtually all the important history https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/long-road-segwit-how-bitcoins-biggest-protocol-upgrade-became-reality/

Interesting post with some history pre-2015 https://btcmanager.com/the-long-history-of-the-fight-over-scaling-bitcoin/

The core scalabality roadmap + my summary from 3/2017 https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2015-December/011865.html my summary https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5xa5fa/the_core_development_scalability_roadmap/

History from summer 2015 https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/5xg7f8/the_origins_of_the_blocksize_debate/

Brief reminders of the ETC situation https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6nvlgo/simple_breakdown_of_bip91_its_simply_the_miners/dkcycrz/

Longer writeup of ethereum's TheDAO bailout fraud https://www.reddit.com/r/ethereumfraud/comments/6bgvqv/faq_what_exactly_is_the_fraud_in_ethereum/

Point that the bigblocker side is only blocking segwit as a hostage https://www.reddit.com/r/BitcoinMarkets/comments/5sqhcq/daily_discussion_wednesday_february_08_2017/ddi3ctv/?context=3

jonny1000's recall of the history of r/bitcoin https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6s34gg/rbtc_spreading_misinformation_in_rbitcoinmarkets/dl9wkfx/

Misc (mostly memes)

libbitcoin's Understanding Bitcoin series https://github.com/libbitcoin/libbitcoin/wiki/Understanding-Bitcoin

github commit where satoshi added the block size limit https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/63859l/github_commit_where_satoshi_added_the_block_size/

hard fork proposals from some core devs https://bitcoinhardforkresearch.github.io/

blockstream hasnt taken over the entire bitcoin core project https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/622bjp/bitcoin_core_blockstream/

blockstream is one of the good guys https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6cttkh/its_happening_blockstream_opens_liquid_sidechain/dhxu4er/

Forkers, we're not raising a single byte! Song lyrics by belcher https://gist.github.com/chris-belcher/7264cd6750a86f8b4a9a

Some stuff here along with that cool photoshopped poster https://medium.com/@jimmysong/bitcoin-realism-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-1mb-blocks-c191c35e74cb

Nice graphic https://twitter.com/RNR_0/status/871070843698380800

gmaxwell saying how he is probably responsible for the most privacy tech in bitcoin, while mike hearn screwed up privacy https://www.reddit.com/r/btc/comments/6azyme/hey_bu_wheres_your_testnet/dhiq3xo/?context=6

Fairly cool propaganda poster https://twitter.com/urbanarson/status/880476631583924225

btc tankman https://i.redd.it/gxjqenzpr27z.png https://twitter.com/DanDarkPill/status/853653168151986177

asicboost discovery meme https://twitter.com/allenscottoshi/status/849888189124947971

https://twitter.com/urbanarson/status/882020516521013250

gavin wanted to kill the bitcoin chain https://twitter.com/allenscottoshi/status/849888189124947971

stuff that r/btc believes https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6ld4a5/serious_is_the_rbtc_and_the_bu_crowd_a_joke_how/djszsqu/

after segwit2x NYA got agreed all the fee pressure disappeared, laurenmt found they were artificial spam https://twitter.com/i/moments/885827802775396352

theymos saying why victory isnt inevitable https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6lmpll/explaining_why_big_blocks_are_bad/djvxv2o/

with ignorant enemies like these its no wonder we won https://bitco.in/forum/threads/gold-collapsing-bitcoin-up.16/page-999 ""So, once segwit2x activates, from that moment on it will require a coordinated fork to avoid the up coming "baked in" HF. ""

a positive effect of bcash, it made blockchain utxo spammers move away from bitcoin https://www.reddit.com/r/btc/comments/76lv0b/cryptograffitiinfo_now_accepts_bitcoin_cash/dof38gw/

summary of craig wright, jihan wu and roger ver's positions https://medium.com/@HjalmarPeters/the-big-blockers-bead6027deb2

Why is bitcoin so strong against attack?!?! (because we're motivated and awesome) https://www.reddit.com/r/btc/comments/64wo1h/bitcoin_unlimited_is_being_blocked_by_antivirus/dg5n00x/

what happened to #oldjeffgarzik https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6ufv5x/a_reminder_of_some_of_jeff_garziks_greatest/

big blockers fully deserve to lose every last bitcoin they ever had and more https://www.reddit.com/r/BitcoinMarkets/comments/756nxf/daily_discussion_monday_october_09_2017/do5ihqi/

gavinandresen brainstorming how to kill bitcoin with a 51% in a nasty way https://twitter.com/btcdrak/status/843914877542567937

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