[Bitcoin-development] A critique of bitcoin open source community

Melvin Carvalho melvincarvalho at gmail.com
Mon Oct 21 09:36:04 UTC 2013


On 21 October 2013 09:03, Martin Sustrik <sustrik at 250bpm.com> wrote:

> On 21/10/13 08:52, Jean-Paul Kogelman wrote:
> > How about putting them into sub directories that map onto the status of
> the BIP?
> >
> > Reading BIP 1, that would make:
> >
> > Accepted
> > Active
> > Draft
> > Deferred
> > Final
> > Rejected
> > Replaced
> > Withdrawn
>
> Have it been considered to do this via IETF? The process there is
> hardened by 40 years of experience and 7000+ RFCs. Probably better than
> anything you can devise yourself.
>

IETF is great for some things.  I think the bitcoin URI scheme is being
registered with them.

However the process can take many years to get to an RFC, for something
relatively simple, not to mention there can be costs too

Given that crypto currencies are a relatively new field, I am unsure the
IETF has a wealth of expertise in this area, compared with the core devs

Maybe IETF is better to standardize some of the communications or
serialization components, but not so much the BIPs.  Or perhaps some of the
BIPs can be written up as "Informational" rather than "Proposed Standard"
in the RFC format, and reviewed

I've followed quite a few FLOSS projects over the years.  Overall, I've
been amazingly impressed with the BIP process (dont forget it's used in
other systems too -- python?).  It seems an agile process, that strikes an
great balance between needed features, and documentation.  I think that's
exactly what will continue bitcoin's momentum in the short to medium term.


>
> Martin
>
>
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