Tech 3 May 2018

Dan Taylor

Edit wars prompt Bitcoin Cash Wiki page lockdown

The debate over the identity of Bitcoin has intensified in recent weeks, with BTC Core supporters resorting to trolling Bitcoin Cash (BCH) on Wikipedia in their latest attempts to claim exclusive ownership of the Bitcoin name.

As a result, Wikipedia have locked the page, preventing further malicious edits to the Bitcoin BCH entry. This often occurs around controversial topics, or when Wikipedia editors dispute the neutrality of a post, resulting in Wikipedia’s internal dispute resolution process.

At the moment, the page displays a notification about its status: “The neutrality of this article is disputed. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Please do not remove this message until conditions to do so are met.” The last edit to page was made on May 2, 2018.

Following through to the talk page reveals more about the reasons behind the temporary lock, which states:

“There have been attempts to recruit editors of specific viewpoints to this article. If you’ve come here in response to such recruitment, please review the relevant Wikipedia policy on recruitment of editors, as well as the neutral point of view policy. Disputes on Wikipedia are resolved by consensus, not by majority vote.”

Even Bitcoin ABC lead developer Amaury Séchet noticed the lockdown on the Bitcoin Cash Wiki page due to repeated vandalism, commenting on Twitter that “‘Cypherpunks do Orwellian shit’ is the new ‘Cypherpunk Write Code.’

Further inspection shows that the majority of recent suggested edits have been attempting to include references to ‘Bcash’, a term considered inappropriate by those in the BCH community. Some have even suggested this is an intentional attempt to confuse or deceive, by introducing confusing alternative names for Bitcoin BCH.

Referencing user FoxyJim, who tried to change the name to ‘Bcash,’ Wiki editor Toomuchtalk was keen to set the record straight: “Foxyjim obviously doesn’t understand what Wikipedia is — Just because a disagreeing faction created a derogatory name in an effort to obscure the truthful Bitcoin history and are upset that they are using the name Bitcoin does not make the use of Bcash a legitimate historical fact.”

These are just the latest front for attacks from the BTC Core community, with others taking to the Wiki page to dispute sources, the events surrounding the fork, and the Segregated Witness protocol.

The central dispute between Bitcoin BCH and BTC reflects conflicting interpretations of Satoshi’s original vision, with SegWit now straying further from the cryptocurrency concept as envisaged.

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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