PSA: Can’t hardfork without consensus or softfork without widespread support, but the opposite is also true…

When there is consensus for a hardfork, or when there is widespread support for a softfork, they can't be stopped.

This is why Segwit is certain to activate eventually: if the miners don't activate it, the community has widespread enough support that eventually they will get fed up and UASF or change the PoW algorithm.

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If Segwit needs 95% signalling to be “safe”, why wasn’t it implemented as a Hardfork with 95% signalling?

As a sideline watcher for 2+ years, this is what I shake my head at everyday.

A 95% signalling Hardfork Segwit + 2Mb blocks would have easily gotten 95% of the community behind it. Such a simple compromise. Tragic that it didn't happen.

But, my question is still serious. With 95% needed, why not implement a cleaner hardfork?

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