Here are the 106 contributors to Bitcoin Core 0.14.0 from 0.13.2. Here is empirical evidence that the “100 active contributors” statement was true.

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github compare does not show all commits, only the first 250, out of hundreds, possibly more than a thousand commits made between releases. You need to run the correct git command to show all contributors. It is –

git shortlog v0.13.2..v.14.0 -s | wc -l => gistfile1.txt

Now, everyone be prepared for the onslaught of posts accusing that list of being "minor" changes, and that they "are not really developers". Yes, contributor is exactly the correct term for minor changes, developer is the word for a regularly active developer. Note that is simply my opinion and is not intended to be a statement of fact. You may wish to consider contributors as developers and that is your perogative.

Also, the #1 of commits does not demonstrate the size of the commit. 1 commit could have been 10,000 lines of code and the other could have been 5 lines. Regardless, I counted the number of contributors who had more than 3 commits and there was 45. So that means there are 61 developers who made 1 or 2 commits to bitcoin core 0.14.0

Thats fucking impressive. Im actually more stoked on the number of minor contributors than the major ones. Every single person who had a single commit is a person who has improved bitcoin by freely and publicly donating their time to helping this project. And every single person who does that is likely to do more. Thats how massive projects like linux get bootstrapped and bitcoin core is showing incredible decentralization in its developer structure.

This is a very good thing as it means the project is much less likely to be co-opted by centralization effects.

Also, git does show everything. Some people do review, some protocol design, some coding, some testing etc.

For example, Adam Back proposed confidential transactions and optimised it's size. Then /u/nullc implemented it and optimized to make it a bit smaller, then more recently Adam made it another 24{88c91daedd271a990a10650c05d769cae2765e0603edf30ca95f18704e5748e8} smaller.

Greg doing all of the implementation, with Back doing back end optimization. You can see the current (before 24{88c91daedd271a990a10650c05d769cae2765e0603edf30ca95f18704e5748e8} optimisation) on elementsproject.org

Adam also proposed schnorr signatures and aggregation which once segwit activates would be added as a soft-fork making 27-41{88c91daedd271a990a10650c05d769cae2765e0603edf30ca95f18704e5748e8} smaller transactions and so increasing scale. This is design work that is essential to bitcoins continued progression.

This contribution towards the progress of bitcoin is invisible and unseen.

There's a lot to be discussed about the "invisible hands" of bitcoin, who are plodding on over years doing major major work but yet it has not been utilized yet, like LN, like Thunder, like CT etc.

People dont disregard the 1000's of hours that goes into code review, design, etc.

When its time to buy a new car are you going to go to the company that has 100 active engineers on design, safety, performance, etc, with many many lifetimes of experience combined in automative engineering? Or are you going to go to "Tom Z's Auto" where they have no past work posted, no resources, no public testing, no peer review and who make major rookie mistakes that puts the entire network at jeopardy.

When you look at all of the facts, and compare, you can see which team you should trust more with the safety and continued security of bitcoin.

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