[bitcoin-dev] BIP Process: Status, comments, and copyright licenses

Luke Dashjr luke at dashjr.org
Tue Feb 2 19:41:24 UTC 2016

On Tuesday, February 02, 2016 5:38:59 PM Jorge Timón wrote:
> In the section
> https://github.com/luke-jr/bips/blob/bip-biprevised/bip-biprevised.mediawi
> ki#formally-defining-consensus
> Can we please find another term for the "consensus" here (which is
> often confused with "consensus rules", "consensus code" etc)?
> In BIP99 I used the term "uncontroversial", but I'm happy to change it
> to something else if that helps us moving away from consistently using
> the same term for two related but very different concepts.
> "nearly universal acceptance", "ecosystem-harmonious"...seriously,
> almost anything would be better than keep overloading "consensus"...

"Uncontroversial" doesn't really express the correct idea.

There has been a lot of confusion over "consensus rules/code" anyway, so while 
we're on the subject of terminology, I would suggest we change *that* use of 
"consensus" instead to clear up the confusion. It would probably work quite 
well to rename it to "concord rules/code", and leave "consensus" for 
describing the actual process by which humans agree on changes to the concord.

Anyone else have any thoughts on this subject?


(Note Core currently has "consensus" only 249 times, most of which are simply 
identifier names, so it would be trivial to make this change.)

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