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I have been a massive proponent of bigger blocks since the beginning of the argument. For quite some time I've also been extremely anti-Core, so to speak, because of what I will (to be simplistic) consider to be poor public relations and the unwillingness to compromise even just a little. Some may argue that compromises have been made, that's fine, but either way we have all found ourselves in a situation that is very bad for Bitcoin – and I don't believe that point is debatable at this time. In fact, for me it had gotten to the point (I'm sure many others have felt the same at a point) where I just simply opposed whatever the core developers were pushing out, because I was so disappointed with how they presented themselves and their work. I'm aware of the silliness of that and that not necessarily allowing, then, what's 'best for Bitcoin,' but I'm a human, too, and I didn't like how things have been shaking out the past few years. Vitriol on both sides, name calling, attacks on nodes and so on and so forth.
I've been involved in Bitcoin since around 2011, and this is the first time since then that I genuinely thought Bitcoin has a solid chance to fail completely. And it's not a good feeling.
In the past, big threats to Bitcoin were in the form of a drug selling website getting busted, an exchange gone rogue, websites disappearing overnight, etc. All crappy things – but there was never a real threat in the form of another crypto. There was lite coin but, well, that was basically Bitcoin lite. Now, however, as we have seen, there are tons of alt coins all clamoring for the chance to steal some thunder from Bitcoin. People can call them 'scam coins' or 'shit coins' all they want, but I think that ignores the issue at hand, and the fact that there are some cool things happening elsewhere. Bitcoin may genuinely be facing a real threat for the first time.
So, I find myself in a position I never thought I would agree to.
It is time to knock all this garbage off, truly let bygones be bygones (as dirty and despicable as both sides have been) and compromise.
I firmly believe there is no chance segwit is activated without some compromise and on-chain scaling. Historically, us big blockers wanted something that could be future-proof so we didn't have to visit the issue again, but that time is over now.
If core developers would be willing to eat some crow (same with us big blockers) , go public and try and mend some fences, and push for something like, say, a 2mb block increase ON TOP of what Segwit adds, I think we could get Segwit pushed through within a month. But we have to all be willing to swallow our pride to make this work, together. A lot of these issues, from both sides, stem from the unwillingness to admit that anything was handled poorly. Well guess what, this whole thing was handled like shit, from both sides, and it's time to admit that.
This also means that, if both sides would be willing to compromise, we would need to ensure that both sides followed through, since in the past that hasn't necessarily happened – which also left a bitter taste in people's mouths.
So, all, I believe I'm not the only one who feels that, at this time, it's compromise or die. Maybe it's a bit hyperbolic and we aren't facing such a grave threat… But what if we are? I for one don't want to find out the hard way.
I apologize for the wall of text, but after all Bitcoin has gone through, I really don't want us, the community, big and small blockers, to be the reason Bitcoin fails. And make no mistake, if no compromise is reached and Bitcoin does fail – it is all of our faults. Not blockstreams, not unlimited – all of our faults, together.
So can we please get some real compromise? No more blaming the other side, but real compromise. If this doesn't work, I don't know what, realistically, our next step can be other than pure stagnation.