Editorial 9 October 2018

Erik Gibbs

Bitcoin ABC doesn’t believe in Bitcoin BCH

The only going debate regarding how to proceed with the Bitcoin BCH blockchain has led some to claim that the upcoming hard fork in November could lead to a new cryptocurrency being created. Those who understand the importance of blockchain integrity, and the place Bitcoin BCH plays in the advancement of digital currencies, are working together to ensure that this doesn’t happen. But there is a minority of individuals who are apparently pushing for it to happen.

One of these is Bitcoin ABC. The development team has repeatedly spoken out against several advances that are being added to Bitcoin BCH, including the Nakamoto Consensus. Per the application’s white paper, “They (the miners) vote with their CPU power, expressing their acceptance of valid blocks by working on extending them and rejecting invalid blocks by refusing to work on them. Any needed rules and incentives can be enforced with this consensus mechanism.”

However, the Bitcoin ABC doesn’t like this idea. One of the team’s developers, Johnathan Toomim, was asked why Bitcoin ABC is against the model, to which he responded, “Because it doesn’t work! Nakamoto Consensus would work for a soft fork but not a hard fork. You [can’t] use a hash war to resolve this issue! If you have different hard forking rule sets you are going to have a persistent chain split no matter what the hash rate distribution is. Whether or not we are willing to use Nakamoto consensus to resolve issues is not the issue right here. What the issue is, is that it is technically impossible.”

To put it bluntly, this—coupled with other recent developments of which Bitcoin ABC has been apart—show that the developers don’t believe in Bitcoin BCH. They don’t believe, despite overwhelming evidence, that the blockchain can continue as has been designed and seem to be determined to create their own cryptocurrency.

If that’s what they want to do—create their own cryptocurrency—then that’s what they need to do. Just because they don’t understand why models such as the Nakamoto consensus and canonical transaction ordering (CTOR) work doesn’t mean that they need to try to kill them. Given that all of the information on how to create a cryptocurrency is out in the public and is open source, perhaps it’s time that they concentrate on creating their own digital currency and let Bitcoin BCH continue to be the blockchain it is now—one that works.

Note: Tokens on the Bitcoin Core (SegWit) chain are referenced as BTC coins; tokens on the Bitcoin Cash ABC chain are referenced as BCH, BCH-ABC or BAB coins.

Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV) is today the only Bitcoin project that follows the original Satoshi Nakamoto whitepaper, and that follows the original Satoshi protocol and design. BSV is the only public blockchain that maintains the original vision for Bitcoin and will massively scale to become the world’s new money and enterprise blockchain.

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