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Bitcoin 'Whales' Vote in Favor of Larger Tx Blocks

There are signs a majority of the Bitcoin universe’s opinion is shifting in favor of larger transaction blocks, after an overwhelming poll vote.

Also read: Kraken Adds Ethereum Classic, Coinbase Slammed for Funds Freeze

The issues, and Bitcoiners’ reaction to them, were recorded on blockchain opinion polling site Bitcoinocracy.

The site allows bitcoin holders to vote on any issue posted by users, signing statements with their bitcoin keys so that results are verifiable.

Whales Add Weight to Vote

Bitcoin whalesOf particular interest were two addresses containing significant amounts of bitcoin voting with the majority. On Bitcoinocracy, results are tallied according to the total amount of bitcoin backing or opposing a statement – so larger holdings matter a lot.

The “whale” addresses were this one containing over 41,748 BTC and this one with 44,998.

The questions addressed many key concerns regarding what might happen in the event of a Bitcoin fork, with some politically-charged wordings. Questions voted on by the large-holding addresses were:

Never Go Full Ethereum

Hard forkThe recent drama in the Ethereum community led to concerns that a similar disputed fork in the Bitcoin blockchain could result in two rival versions of Bitcoin – which would likely drive prices down.

In Bitcoin’s case the argument is somewhat different – Ethereum’s fork changed the very nature of the platform, introducing the possibility that its blockchain could be altered again at will anytime in future.

This removed the perception of total trust in code that supposedly underpins the smart contract concept. “Ethereum Classic” fans say they are simply voting to keep the blockchain immutable.

A bitcoin disputed fork over block sizes would not have this same effect. Some might argue that Bitcoin with 2 mb block sizes is no longer “pure” Bitcoin, though the change is obviously less fundamental.

What’s your own opinion? Vote at Bitcoinocracy, and tell us why you decided it in the comments here. 


Images courtesy of reddit.com, shutterstock

Tags in this story
Block Size Debate, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Ethereum Fork, Hard Fork, Transaction Fees
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Jon Southurst

Jon Southurst has been interested in bitcoin since reading Neal Stephenson's 'Cryptonomicon' in 2012. A long-time tech writer, he has been a regular contributor at CoinDesk and has written for Kaiko.com, DeepDotWeb and ancient print publications. He lives on an artificial island in Tokyo.