Greenpeace and Ripple’s “change the code” campaign came off the BTC community in the wrong way, and the BTC community has been reacting since the campaign started yesterday. Bitcoiners saw the campaign as slander on the Bitcoin network, and they have been responding ever since.
Responses From Various BTC Advocates.
While many of these responses make for grim reading, others were mild with their responses. One of the responses read, “this attack on BTC using the ESG angle is nothing new even though the numbers cited are no longer relevant. What’s new is that Larsen bribed Greenpeace with $5M to carry out this smear campaign.”
Author of the “bullish case for bitcoin,” Vijay Boyapati, wrote that “BTC remains the strongest network with institutional investments. Regardless of the extent of any smear campaign (including this one), BTC will still prevail. It remains immutable and unspoiled.”
Alex Gladstein (from the human rights foundation) tweeted, “it is sickening that those who became wealthy by deceiving people to invest in their useless tokens are creating a smear campaign against BTC – the only neutral and decentralized digital asset.”
Famous BTC advocate, Nick Carter, opined, “those behind this campaign, including their sponsors, are nasty. Sadly, they are also very foolish.” Crypto podcaster, Dennis Porter, went metaphorical, saying, “trying to convince anyone to change BTC’s code is like attempting to convince the best chess player to include a second queen to his chessboard.”
Some Advice For Greenpeace
Code developer and co-author of “mastering the lightning network” book, Rene Pickhardt, had a suggestion for Greenpeace, saying, “if your ‘strange’ proposal is implemented, many users won’t use the update. They aren’t convinced it can make as much money as what’s currently in operation. So, I suggest that you create a new fork for the code, create a new genesis block, and offer it to users.”
Co-host of the popular podcast, “The Tales from the Crypt,” Marty Bent, stated in his newsletter that “it is surprising a bunch of lazy intellectuals are spending millions of dollars to run this kind of campaign. Their best option would have been to spend a PR and contribute to the BTC implementation Github pages. Then, convince users to download and try it to see if it is a good fit. Anyone (including Chris Larsen) can contribute to a change in BTC code.”
If Greenpeace and Ripple were genuinely trying to convince people that BTC is better to run on PoS, they would have spent their money to create a PoS-built BTC and create awareness about it so that people could start using it. Der Gigi, the author of ’21 questions’, chose the explanation route saying, “running BTC on a pow mechanism makes conflict resolution trustless. Otherwise, the system becomes political because conflict resolution would have to be moved to a quorum.”
Professional BTC coder, Jim Song, also went metaphorical, saying, “Greenpeace is attempting to tell birds they expend too much energy trying to flap their wings, but a better option would be for them to glide.” Famous crypto analyst and podcaster, Anthony Pompliano, said, “you all can stop this billion-dollar waste of a campaign now. The only way BTC can remain the most secure digital asset is not to switch from the pow mechanism.”