Recent debates about Bitcoin’s scalability and the block size are making drama in the bitcoin community lately. “Mastering Bitcoin” author, Andreas Antonopolous urges bitcoin users to not be distracted of these dramas, but instead focus on what the technology can do more which is its most important attribute. Antonopolous voiced this message out through an interview by Trace Mayer.
The commentaries and debates about Bitcoin’s scalability issue over the long term are mostly found on on the forum Reddit specifically on r/btc/ and r/Bitcoin/ subreddits. There is seem to be a division in the Bitcoin community with both sides having different views about the cryptocurrency. The question of scalability seem to be forever a part of how we see Bitcoin. Would there be an end about this debate? Does this debate even necessary to consider about how we should look at Bitcoin? Here are some of the good points from Antonopolous worth considering.
This issue has been long talked about since the last two years and still continues without end. Antonopolous said that different views on the forum have gone bad and some of these dramas were just intentionally made for the purpose of distraction and hostility. He said the bitcoin community should better stop talking about scalability but rather talk about the Bitcoin’s technology and its roots. He said, the most essential feature of Bitcoin is its potential as a technology and it is also important that people will try to look at it in an objective manner. Bitcoin users should not be discouraged of the irrelevant dramas that is happening around. He said these dramas are just distracting people’s minds from the real progress that Bitcoin has already and still to achieve. Antonopolous pointed out some significant innovation which was supported by Bitcoin’s technology. These are the Lightning Networks, TumbleBit, MimbleWimble, Segregated Witness and RSK.
He also added that tumults should be expected and paid intruders and/or provocateurs has been always present in every disruptive organization and grassroots movements in history. He said that it is so naive to believe that Bitcoin would be the first one to not experience these problems. In addition, as to his observation, most Bitcoin users are not even aware about Bitcoin’s scalability, despite of the debates about this. He said end users are more concerned about whether Bitcoin technology works or not.