Cryptocurrency Communities Just Can’t Get Along World
May 9, 2018 7:32 am,
Ripple supporters squabbling with Dogecoin diehards; Bitcoin Core and Cash maximalists constantly sniping; Vergelets lashing out against everyone; IOTA being IOTA. It’s easy to forget, amidst all the hullabaloo and name-calling, that we’re all on the same side. Cryptocurrency communities have more that unites them than divides them, and yet you wouldn’t think so at times.
Humans have been falling out with fellow humans ever since the Garden of Eden (replace the serpent with Segwit and the forbidden fruit with Lightning to complete the analogy). Religious factions (or “forks”) have been attacking one another for centuries over slight ideological differences, and on cryptocurrency Twitter, it’s much the same.
Last week, Jackson Palmer expressed his frustration at constant attacks from Ripple supporters over XRP data on his Arewedecentralizedyet site. Such attacks are by no means isolated, and Ripple is certainly not the only community to face such charges. Cryptocurrency would be boring if everyone always got on, and differences of opinion were settled by courteous fedora tipping. One of the reasons why altcoin communities bicker is because their members are so passionate about cryptocurrency, but this zealotry risks alienating newcomers.
In “Divided We Fail: The Irrational Insanity of Cryptocurrency Tribalism” Kent Barton writes: “We’re all part of the same technological revolution. Yet here we are, wasting precious time and energy attacking ourselves…tribal thinking will do nothing to make the world a better and freer place. Its only beneficiaries are the centralized entities we seek to disintermediate.” That’s not to say that detractors can’t call Ripple a “centralized security” or Tron “shitcoin vaporware” if they want to: the beauty of cryptocurrency is that nobody can tell you what do do.