Even more thoughts about the block size controversy

 

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There may be a productive way forward for Bitcoin. We can only find it by looking forward instead of back. Disputes between groups often have certain characteristics, and we may be able to learn something from them about this one. Here are generalities.

You decide which ones fit.

  • Individuals can be attacked based upon the most extreme person in their group, even though their views are more subtle, or differ in important ways
  • People assign motives and opinions to opponents that may be untrue and unfair
  • Being right and saving face can become more important than finding a way forward
  • We refuse to acknowledge the contributions of people “on the other side”
  • We feel unappreciated ourselves
  • A “perfect” solution can become an obstacle to a “good enough” solution
  • A “final” solution can block a “good enough for now” solution
  • “All or nothing” & “my way or the highway” are blocking ideas, conscious or unconscious
  • People hold words and events from the past against current participants
  • Participants can have motives different from or in addition to those that are stated
  • Struggles for power are seldom explicit and usually include avoidance of other’s power
  • Cultural differences can cause people to mis-hear and misinterpret each other
  • Disputants can be particularly angry at others who they were once friendly with

There is no better way to discover what people want than to offer (some of) it to them

In my experience, in unions, schools, agencies, and corporations, there are some battles that cannot and should not be avoided. The block size / hard vs soft fork may be one of them.

But we cannot know that until we ask both sides to compromise as far as is possible without doing more harm than good. One advantage of this approach is that, when people are offered some of what they want, it forces us all to show where we really stand. Then we can decide from there.

I don’t think we know that yet because so much of the conversation has been negative.

One possible compromise is to add a 2mb base block size to Segwit. I have read enough of the history to know some of the meaning that could be attached to this. I have also read enough to prefer a soft fork.

I am ignorant enough to not know if this is a viable solution and who might accept it. Other possible solutions?

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