By CCN.com: Bitcoin XT developers announced late yesterday that they would not be following the upcoming scheduled hard fork for Bitcoin Cash. In a somewhat lengthy post, the developers speak of their history as big block proponents and their participation in the Bitcoin Cash network.
Bitcoin XT Protests Bitcoin Cash Governance
They have always favored miners being able to make protocol-level decisions without the need for “forks.”
Bitcoin Cash routinely hard forks as part of its development process.
In most cases, such forks create no problems. But in the case of the upcoming fork, XT has decided they will no longer go with the flow.
XT isn’t advocating a fork to create a new blockchain, as was the case with the original Bitcoin Cash fork and later the Bitcoin SV fork away from that. But, the decision means that miners and users who prefer XT’s software must switch to something else. XT suggests Bitcoin Unlimited because it is, in their estimation, the next best thing.
XT developers believe that regular forks have made it so that one implementation – namely, Bitcoin ABC – has too much control over the decisions made for the network. They write:
“Instead, they pursue a strategy of scheduled hard forks at regular intervals. Such a strategy allows for a majority implementation to effectively act as gatekeepers of determining the content of these scheduled forks and is anything but representative. The artificial deadlines are a centralizing and ultimately destabilizing force on development.”
The effect of Bitcoin XT’s exit is minimal, as there are only six nodes in operation at press time. Meanwhile, there are nearly 800 Bitcoin ABC nodes and approximately 700 Bitcoin Unlimited nodes.
Bitcoin XT developers believe this is the intended effect, writing:
“With the governance strategy BCH had adopted, the advantage of multiple implementations is negligible.”