[Bitcoin-development] Why are we bleeding nodes?

Troy Benjegerdes hozer at hozed.org
Mon Apr 7 19:46:01 UTC 2014


I understand the theoretical benefits of multi-sig. But if you want
to make this mind-numbingly simple, do it on the *existing* single-sig.

But why in the world do we not have a *business* that offers bitcoin
wallet insurance? The bitcoin world (and this list) ran around blaming
MtGox and users for being 'stupid' to trust mtgox.

So start a multi-level marketing business that offers *insurance* so
if your bitcoin wallet gets hacked/stolen/whatever, your 'upstream'
or whomever sold you the wallet comes to your house with a new 
computer or installs the new wallet software, or whatever, or just
makes it good.

Now, if the **insurance underwriter** decides that multisig will 
reduce fraud, and **tests it**, then I'd say we do multi-sig. But right
now we are just a bunch of technology wizards trying to force our own
opinions about what's right and 'simple' for end users without ever
asking the damn end-users.

And then we call the end-users idiots because some scammer calls them
and says "I'm calling from Microsoft and your computer is broke, please
download this software to fix it".

Multi-sig is more magical moon-math that scammers will exploit to con
your grandma out of bitcoin, and then your friends will call her a stupid
luddite for falling for it.

Fix the cultural victim-blaming bullshit and you'll fix the node bleeding
problem.

On Mon, Apr 07, 2014 at 10:15:15AM -0400, Eric Martindale wrote:
> We need to make it so mind-numbingly simple to "run Bitcoin correctly" that
> the average user doesn't find reasons to do so in the course of normal
> use.  Right now, Coinbase and Bitstamp are winning in the user experience
> battle, which technically endanger the user, and by proxy the Bitcoin
> network.
> 
> Multi-sig as a default is a start.  It won't succeed unless the user
> experience is simply better than trusted third parties, but we need to
> start the education process with the very basic fundamental: trusting a
> third-party with full access to your Bitcoin is just replacing one
> centralized banking system with another.
> 
> Eric Martindale
> Developer Evangelist, BitPay
> +1 (919) 374-2020
> On Apr 7, 2014 7:05 AM, "Mike Hearn" <mike at plan99.net> wrote:
> 
> > My guess is that a large number of users have lost interest after they
> >> lost their money in MtGox. The 24th of February coincides with the
> >> "final" shutdown
> >
> >
> > Sigh. It would not be surprising if MtGox has indeed dealt the community a
> > critical blow in this regard. TX traffic is down since then too:
> >
> >
> > https://blockchain.info/charts/n-transactions-excluding-popular?timespan=60days&showDataPoints=false&daysAverageString=1&show_header=true&scale=0&address=
> >
> > Judging from comments and the leaked user db, it seems a lot of well known
> > people lost money there   (not me fortunately). I wish I could say people
> > have learned but from the size of the deposit base at Bitstamp they clearly
> > have not. A lot of Bitcoin users don't seem to be ready to be their own
> > bank, yet still want to own some on the assumption everyone else either is
> > or soon will be. So it's really only a matter of time until something goes
> > wrong with some large bitbank again, either Bitstamp or Coinbase.
> >
> > Some days I wonder if Bitcoin will be killed off by people who just refuse
> > to use it properly before it ever gets a chance to shine. The general
> > public doesn't distinguish between "Bitcoin users" who deposit with a third
> > party and the real Bitcoin users who don't.
> >
> >
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