In less than eight days Bitcoin network market participants were ready for the planned Segwit2x fork, canceled yesterday. Now cryptocurrency proponents everywhere are expressing opinions about the Segwit2x plan in general, and the working group’s decision to give up on forking the protocol.
Segwit2x: Failing to Build Sufficient Consensus
It all started back in May when the venture capital firm, Digital Currency Group, announced the Segwit2x plan, which would activate Segregated Witness (Segwit), to be followed up three months later with a 2 MB block size increase. Segwit was activated this past August by a vast majority of miners, but following the implementation, the 2 MB hard fork became ‘controversial.’
Up until the day before yesterday, according to Segwit2x’s lead developer Jeff Garzik, the project was “full steam ahead.” However, on November 8, on the projects’ developers mailing list, Mike Belshe (Bitgo), Wences Casares (Xapo), Jihan Wu (Bitmain), Peter Smith (Blockchain) and Erik Voorhees (Shapeshift) revealed the team could not “build consensus.” […]