[bitcoin-dev] Bitcoin Core and hard forks

Jorge Timón jtimon at jtimon.cc
Fri Jul 24 09:24:01 UTC 2015

On Jul 24, 2015 8:30 AM, "Tom Harding" <tomh at thinlink.com> wrote:
> On 7/23/2015 10:51 AM, Jorge Timón wrote:
> > We know perfectly well that the system will need to eventually be
> > sustained by fees.
> Fee revenue can rise just as easily without increased BTC fee rates.
> Two avenues that are just as effective: increased exchange rate,
> increased number of fee-paying transactions.  Neither of these avenues
> benefits from increased "fee pressure" (scarcity of block space).

Why do you expect users to "increase the number of fee-paying transactions"
if their free transactions reliably get mined relatively fast?
And if it's good that they pay fees, why is not good when the reason they
do it is because there's limited space in the block? Is user's paying fees
soon a good thing or the "catastrophe" we need to avoid by rising the block
size, what is it? Or is there something else wrong with having a limit
other than "fees will hurt short-term adoption"? I'm confused about your
position now...

Regarding "increasing the exchange rate" it would be really nice to just
push a button and double bitcoin's price just before the next subsidy
halving, but unfortunately that's something out of our control.
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