[Bitcoin-segwit2x] Segwit2x Final Steps

Will M will.madden at gmail.com
Thu Nov 9 00:59:20 UTC 2017

This email string is priceless. Entirely possible if you have miner support.

I’ll say this, the fixed blocksize is pricing out our ability to build features, and I know we’re not alone. If you are competing against hedge funds for space on the bitcoin blockchain with an artificially fixed supply and huge speculative demand, all use cases that do not involve very large transactions will be priced out of the market.

Long term, companies will now see to build on top of other cryptocurrencies if the use cases they are trying to meet do not work with very high fees and low transaction volume. The failure to fully honor the agreement, and without an “L2 solution” of some form proven at scale, BTC is now foolish to use for anything but a dumb money speculative investment or a gamble on specific L2 schemes for most of the use cases that were exciting and got most people interested in Bitcoin years ago.

Quite a ride, and what an epic disappointment.

On Nov 8, 2017, 5:05 PM -0700, bitPico via Bitcoin-segwit2x <bitcoin-segwit2x at lists.linuxfoundation.org>, wrote:
> We are carrying out the fork regardless as everything is set in motion. Backing down the difficulty right now is a strategy. Wonder why 30% network hash-rate disappeared?  It’s ours; the miners that will continue what is set in motion... A handful of humans cannot stop what they have no control over...
> Sent from my Space Ship
> On Nov 8, 2017, at 11:58 AM, Mike Belshe via Bitcoin-segwit2x <bitcoin-segwit2x at lists.linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
> > The Segwit2x effort began in May with a simple purpose:  to increase the blocksize and improve Bitcoin scalability. At the time, the Bitcoin community was in crisis after nearly 3 years of heavy debate, and consensus for Segwit seemed like a distant mirage with only 30% support among miners. Segwit2x found its first success in August, as it broke the deadlock and quickly led to Segwit’s successful activation. Since that time, the team shifted its efforts to phase two of the project - a 2MB blocksize increase.
> >
> > Our goal has always been a smooth upgrade for Bitcoin.  Although we strongly believe in the need for a larger blocksize, there is something we believe is even more important: keeping the community together. Unfortunately, it is clear that we have not built sufficient consensus for a clean blocksize upgrade at this time. Continuing on the current path could divide the community and be a setback to Bitcoin’s growth. This was never the goal of Segwit2x.
> >
> > As fees rise on the blockchain, we believe it will eventually become obvious that on-chain capacity increases are necessary. When that happens, we hope the community will come together and find a solution, possibly with a blocksize increase. Until then, we are suspending our plans for the upcoming 2MB upgrade.
> >
> > We want to thank everyone that contributed constructively to Segwit2x, whether you were in favor or against. Your efforts are what makes Bitcoin great. Bitcoin remains the greatest form of money mankind has ever seen, and we remain dedicated to protecting and fostering its growth worldwide.
> >
> > Mike Belshe, Wences Casares, Jihan Wu, Jeff Garzik, Peter Smith and Erik Voorhees
> >
> > --
> > Mike Belshe
> > CEO, BitGo, Inc
> >
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