[bitcoin-dev] BIP Process and Votes

Eric Lombrozo elombrozo at gmail.com
Thu Jun 25 13:41:01 UTC 2015


Wladimir is doing an amazing job under difficult circumstances. Give the guy a break, please.

- Eric Lombrozo

> On Jun 25, 2015, at 6:36 AM, s7r <s7r at sky-ip.org> wrote:
> 
> I guess you mean Wladimir here. You are wrong, Wladimir does decide and
> if you look at the commit history on github.com for bitcoin core you
> will see, that he does actually decide and does it really good.
> 
> He just does not want to decide (and he really should not) on CONSENSUS
> changes or protocol changes. This is totally different.
> 
> Stop the analogy with "other open source projects". This is an open
> source project (the code part) but unlike any other open source projects
> which can just be forked, without affecting the other users, in bitcoin
> we need all the users to trust a single blockchain, so it'll have value.
> If some users fork the blockchain and change consensus rules, they are
> not just harming themselves, they are affecting ALL the users, since
> such a thing would have strong impact over the BTC/FIAT rate, affecting
> everyone in the ecosystem. There is economics involved here and human
> element, things which are hard to fix via code, even if the code is
> developed in open source style.
> 
> It's one thing to decide to merge some patches, improve the code, etc.
> and another thing to decide for consensus rules when you literary play
> with 4 billion united states dollars of other people's money. This
> shouldn't be Wladimir's responsibility, it's just unfair for people to
> throw this on his shoulders.
> 
> I do not under any circumstances suggest that the consensus should
> remain as it is now forever. We need to improve it, but this should not
> be on the maintainer. I've seen smart suggestions on this mail list
> where consensus changes can be made during a long period of time,
> through soft forks, where all users/miners/exchangers/merchants get the
> chance to choose / take action.
> 
> On 6/25/2015 3:07 AM, Milly Bitcoin wrote:
>> I have seen this question asked many times.  Most developers become
>> defensive and they usually give a very vague 1-sentence answer when this
>> question is asked.  It seems to be it is based on personalities rather
>> than any kind of definable process.  To have that discussion the
>> personalities must be separated out and answers like "such-and-such
>> wouldn't do that" don't really do much to advance the discussion.  Also,
>> the incentive for new developers to come in is that they will be paid by
>> companies who want to influence the code and this should be considered
>> (some developers take this statement as an insult when it is just a
>> statement of the incentive process).
>> 
>> The other problem you are having is the lead developer does not want to
>> be a "decider" when, in fact, he is a very significant decider.  While
>> the users have the ultimate choice in a practical sense the chief
>> developer is the "decider."  Now people don't want to get him upset so
>> nobody wants to push the issue or fully define the process.  Now you are
>> left with a broken, unwritten/unspoken process.  While this type of
>> thing may work with a small group of developers businesses/investors
>> looking in from the outside will see this as a risk.
>> 
>> Until you get passed all the personality-based arguments you are going
>> to have a tough time defining a real process.
>> 
>> Russ
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> On 6/24/2015 7:41 PM, Raystonn wrote:
>>> I would like to start a civil discussion on an undefined, or at least
>>> unwritten, portion of the BIP process.  Who should get to vote on
>>> approval to commit a BIP implementation into Bitcoin Core?  Is a
>>> simple majority of these voters sufficient for approval?  If not, then
>>> what is?
>>> 
>>> Raystonn
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