Tuesday, October 19, 2021

GTFO: Antonopoulos Slams Bitcoin Cash ‘Propaganda,’ Purges Blockexplorer

GTFO: Antonopoulos Slams Bitcoin Cash ‘Propaganda,’ Purges Blockexplorer

Bitcoin educator and speaker Andreas Antonopoulos revised his Mastering Bitcoin GitHub to omit blockexplorer.com, a site he said is a peddler of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) “propaganda” and is thus “confusing for newbies”.

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Andreas Purges ‘Propaganda’

The revisions went up today in a git commit to the public repository he uses to maintain his book, as well as crowd-source corrections and revisions. The comment on this change reads as follows:

“Removed all references to blockexplorer.com, as they are trying to push Bitcoin Cash propaganda with a modal window. Confusing for newbies and inappropriate for a textbook. GTFO”

We reached out to Antonopoulos for comment on the revision, but did not receive a response by press time.

Mastering Bitcoin is chiefly an educational text, and Antonopoulos has always purported to be an educator as much as an ambassador to the mainstream with his work.

Andreas Antonopoulos book

BTC-BCH Split Caused Lasting Scars

This revision reflects a growing rift in the “old” bitcoin community — one that revolves around the block size debate, that culminated in the Bitcoin Cash team forking off the main chain to pursue alternatives to the more planned and engineered approach of Bitcoin Core developers.

Andreas Antonopoulos logoWe find each coin’s community growing less tolerant of the other over time, with public personalities in the space, like Roger Ver, pushing often harmful partisan narratives about the authenticity of one coin or another. While the original conflict is months past now, the scars it created run deep.

Bitcoin’s original information site Bitcoin.org has also removed links to online services that have supported Bitcoin Cash, either explicitly or implicitly.

In the very least, Antonopoulos’ edits shows how far reaching the bitcoin block size conflict has become.

Should references to Bitcoin Cash be removed from canonical texts? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments.

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