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A Modified Version of Luke-jr's Block Size BIP
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Andrew C via bitcoin-dev
2017-02-05 21:50:26 UTC
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Hello all,

Many people have expressed discontent with Luke-jr's proposed block size
BIP, in particular with the decrease in size that would occur if it were
to be activated prior to 2024.

I have decided to modify the proposal to instead begin the increase
steps at the current 1000000 byte limit. The increases and the time spam
of each increase will remain the same, just that the increase begins
from 1000000 bytes instead of 300000 bytes.

Furthermore, instead of a fixed schedule from a fixed point in time, the
increases will instead be calculated off of the MTP of the activation
block (the first block to be in the active state for this fork).

While this proposal shares many of the same issues with the one it
modifies, I hope that it will be slightly less controversial and can
allow us to move forward with scaling Bitcoin.

The full text of the proposal can be found at
https://github.com/achow101/bips/blob/bip-blksize/bip-blksize.mediawiki.
My implementation of it is available at
https://github.com/achow101/bitcoin/tree/bip-blksize


Andrew
Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
2017-02-05 23:02:28 UTC
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My BIP draft didn't make progress because the community opposes any block size
increase hardfork ever. Your version doesn't address the current block size
issues (ie, the blocks being too large). So you've retained the only certain-
DOA parts of my proposal, and removed the most useful part... I'm not sure the
point. Also, your version is now EXCLUSIVELY a hardfork, so it makes no sense
to keep the BIP 9 deployment at all - either it gets consensus or it doesn't,
but miners have no part in deployment of it.
Post by Andrew C via bitcoin-dev
Hello all,
Many people have expressed discontent with Luke-jr's proposed block size
BIP, in particular with the decrease in size that would occur if it were
to be activated prior to 2024.
I have decided to modify the proposal to instead begin the increase
steps at the current 1000000 byte limit. The increases and the time spam
of each increase will remain the same, just that the increase begins
from 1000000 bytes instead of 300000 bytes.
Furthermore, instead of a fixed schedule from a fixed point in time, the
increases will instead be calculated off of the MTP of the activation
block (the first block to be in the active state for this fork).
While this proposal shares many of the same issues with the one it
modifies, I hope that it will be slightly less controversial and can
allow us to move forward with scaling Bitcoin.
The full text of the proposal can be found at
https://github.com/achow101/bips/blob/bip-blksize/bip-blksize.mediawiki.
My implementation of it is available at
https://github.com/achow101/bitcoin/tree/bip-blksize
Andrew
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Andrew C via bitcoin-dev
2017-02-05 23:53:03 UTC
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Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
My BIP draft didn't make progress because the community opposes any block size
increase hardfork ever.
From what I have observed, it seems to be that people are more so
opposed to a hard fork when there is a comparable soft fork available
than simply opposed to any block size increase hard fork ever. From the
various threads discussing your proposal, it seemed that many would
favor it if it increased over 1 MB sooner or if it never even decreased
in the first place.
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
Your version doesn't address the current block size
issues (ie, the blocks being too large).
Many users are of the opposite opinion, that the block size is too
small. I understand that the decrease is to allow the blockchain size to
grow more slowly thereby allowing users to be more likely to run full
nodes. Unfortunately, I think that we are way past the point of no
return on that. The blockchain is already 100+ GB. Decreasing the block
size is not going to make that any smaller and is not going to make it
any less painful to run a full node. Given that in order to start up a
new full node will still require downloading at least 100 GB of data, I
don't think that decreasing the block size will better facilitate full
node creation. Furthermore, the current trend with ISPs (at least in the
US) is implementing data and bandwidth caps so users are still unlikely
to start up new full nodes regardless of any changes that we can
currently do.
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
So you've retained the only certain-
DOA parts of my proposal, and removed the most useful part... I'm not sure the
point. Also, your version is now EXCLUSIVELY a hardfork, so it makes no sense
to keep the BIP 9 deployment at all - either it gets consensus or it doesn't,
but miners have no part in deployment of it.
Yes, I know deployment needs to be fixed. I was more proposing this for
comment on the modified block size schedule. I just kept the deployment
as it was originally. However, we could use a modified version of BIP 9
by using one of the top three bits and a longer locked-in period as a
grace period for all users to upgrade.
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
Post by Andrew C via bitcoin-dev
Hello all,
Many people have expressed discontent with Luke-jr's proposed block size
BIP, in particular with the decrease in size that would occur if it were
to be activated prior to 2024.
I have decided to modify the proposal to instead begin the increase
steps at the current 1000000 byte limit. The increases and the time spam
of each increase will remain the same, just that the increase begins
from 1000000 bytes instead of 300000 bytes.
Furthermore, instead of a fixed schedule from a fixed point in time, the
increases will instead be calculated off of the MTP of the activation
block (the first block to be in the active state for this fork).
While this proposal shares many of the same issues with the one it
modifies, I hope that it will be slightly less controversial and can
allow us to move forward with scaling Bitcoin.
The full text of the proposal can be found at
https://github.com/achow101/bips/blob/bip-blksize/bip-blksize.mediawiki.
My implementation of it is available at
https://github.com/achow101/bitcoin/tree/bip-blksize
Andrew
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Andrew C via bitcoin-dev
2017-02-06 21:00:18 UTC
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I looked at the discussions about the block size and about Luke-Jr's
proposal on Reddit and Bitcointalk. From what I observed of all of the
discussions is that few users are in favor of the status quo, and even
fewer are in favor of decreasing the block size. The majority of users
favored Segwit because it was a block size increase (that was a commonly
used reason in support of it and in arguments about increasing the block
size).

Discussions about Luke-Jr's proposal indicated that many users disagreed
with the decrease in block size and the time that it took to increase
again to 1 MB. There was not only disagreement but explicit ridicule and
mocking of that aspect of the proposal.
"Many users are of the opposite opinion, that the block size is too
small." - That is newspeak, the users can speak for themselves.
From whom did you gather feedback from before you changed Luke-Jrs BIP?
If people don't agree with the proposal, changing it an infinite
number of times light well lead to the same result.
Have the users spoken, in their response to what Luke-Jr proposed?
On 6 February 2017 00:53:03 CET, Andrew C via bitcoin-dev
My BIP draft didn't make progress because the community
opposes any block size increase hardfork ever.
From what I have observed, it seems to be that people are more so
opposed to a hard fork when there is a comparable soft fork available
than simply opposed to any block size increase hard fork ever. From the
various threads discussing your proposal, it seemed that many would
favor it if it increased over 1 MB sooner or if it never even decreased
in the first place.
Your version doesn't address the current block size issues
(ie, the blocks being too large).
Many users are of the opposite opinion, that the block size is too
small. I understand that the decrease is to allow the blockchain size to
grow more slowly thereby allowing users to be more likely to run full
nodes. Unfortunately, I think that we are way past the point of no
return on that. The blockchain is already 100+ GB. Decreasing the block
size is not going to make that any smaller and is not going to make it
any less painful to run a full node. Given that in order to start up a
new full node will still require downloading at least 100 GB of data, I
don't think that decreasing the block size will better facilitate full
node creation. Furthermore, the current trend with ISPs (at least in the
US) is implementing data and bandwidth caps so users are still unlikely
to start up new full nodes regardless of any changes that we can
currently do.
So you've retained the only certain- DOA parts of my proposal,
and removed the most useful part... I'm not sure the point.
Also, your version is now EXCLUSIVELY a hardfork, so it makes
no sense to keep the BIP 9 deployment at all - either it gets
consensus or it doesn't, but miners have no part in deployment
of it.
Yes, I know deployment needs to be fixed. I was more proposing this for
comment on the modified block size schedule. I just kept the deployment
as it was originally. However, we could use a modified version of BIP 9
by using one of the top three bits and a longer locked-in period as a
grace period for all users to upgrade.
On Sunday, February 05, 2017 9:50:26 PM Andrew C via
Hello all, Many people have expressed discontent with
Luke-jr's proposed block size BIP, in particular with the
decrease in size that would occur if it were to be
activated prior to 2024. I have decided to modify the
proposal to instead begin the increase steps at the
current 1000000 byte limit. The increases and the time
spam of each increase will remain the same, just that the
increase begins from 1000000 bytes instead of 300000
bytes. Furthermore, instead of a fixed schedule from a
fixed point in time, the increases will instead be
calculated off of the MTP of the activation block (the
first block to be in the active state for this fork).
While this proposal shares many of the same issues with
the one it modifies, I hope that it will be slightly less
controversial and can allow us to move forward with
scaling Bitcoin. The full text of the proposal can be
found at
https://github.com/achow101/bips/blob/bip-blksize/bip-blksize.mediawiki.
My implementation of it is available at
https://github.com/achow101/bitcoin/tree/bip-blksize Andrew
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t. khan via bitcoin-dev
2017-02-06 18:19:43 UTC
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Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
My BIP draft didn't make progress because the community opposes any block size
increase hardfork ever.
Luke, how do you know the community opposes that? Specifically, how did you
come to this conclusion?
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
Your version doesn't address the current block size
issues (ie, the blocks being too large).
Why do you think blocks are "too large"? Please cite some evidence. I've
asked this before and you ignored it, but an answer would be helpful to the
discussion.

- t.k.

On Sun, Feb 5, 2017 at 6:02 PM, Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev <
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
My BIP draft didn't make progress because the community opposes any block size
increase hardfork ever. Your version doesn't address the current block size
issues (ie, the blocks being too large). So you've retained the only certain-
DOA parts of my proposal, and removed the most useful part... I'm not sure the
point. Also, your version is now EXCLUSIVELY a hardfork, so it makes no sense
to keep the BIP 9 deployment at all - either it gets consensus or it doesn't,
but miners have no part in deployment of it.
Post by Andrew C via bitcoin-dev
Hello all,
Many people have expressed discontent with Luke-jr's proposed block size
BIP, in particular with the decrease in size that would occur if it were
to be activated prior to 2024.
I have decided to modify the proposal to instead begin the increase
steps at the current 1000000 byte limit. The increases and the time spam
of each increase will remain the same, just that the increase begins
from 1000000 bytes instead of 300000 bytes.
Furthermore, instead of a fixed schedule from a fixed point in time, the
increases will instead be calculated off of the MTP of the activation
block (the first block to be in the active state for this fork).
While this proposal shares many of the same issues with the one it
modifies, I hope that it will be slightly less controversial and can
allow us to move forward with scaling Bitcoin.
The full text of the proposal can be found at
https://github.com/achow101/bips/blob/bip-blksize/bip-blksize.mediawiki.
My implementation of it is available at
https://github.com/achow101/bitcoin/tree/bip-blksize
Andrew
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t. khan via bitcoin-dev
2017-02-06 20:25:13 UTC
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Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
My BIP draft didn't make progress because the community opposes any
block
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
size increase hardfork ever.
Luke, how do you know the community opposes that? Specifically, how did
you
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
come to this conclusion?
http://www.strawpoll.me/12228388/r
That poll shows 63% of votes want a larger than 1 MB block by this summer.
How do you go from that to "the community opposes any block increase ever"?
It shows the exact opposite of that.
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
Your version doesn't address the current block size
issues (ie, the blocks being too large).
Why do you think blocks are "too large"? Please cite some evidence. I've
asked this before and you ignored it, but an answer would be helpful to
the
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
discussion.
Full node count is far below the safe minimum of 85% of economic activity.
Is this causing a problem now? If so, what?
Typically reasons given for people not using full nodes themselves come
down
to the high resource requirements caused by the block size.
The reason people stop running nodes is because there's no incentive to
counteract the resource costs. Attempting to solve this by making blocks
*smaller* is like curing a disease by killing the patient. (Incentivizing
full node operation would fix that problem.)

- t.k.
alp alp via bitcoin-dev
2017-02-08 14:44:52 UTC
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10% say literally never. That seems like a significant disenfranchisement
and lack of consensus.

On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 2:25 PM, t. khan via bitcoin-dev <
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
My BIP draft didn't make progress because the community opposes any
block
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
size increase hardfork ever.
Luke, how do you know the community opposes that? Specifically, how did
you
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
come to this conclusion?
http://www.strawpoll.me/12228388/r
That poll shows 63% of votes want a larger than 1 MB block by this summer.
How do you go from that to "the community opposes any block increase ever"?
It shows the exact opposite of that.
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
Your version doesn't address the current block size
issues (ie, the blocks being too large).
Why do you think blocks are "too large"? Please cite some evidence. I've
asked this before and you ignored it, but an answer would be helpful to
the
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
discussion.
Full node count is far below the safe minimum of 85% of economic activity.
Is this causing a problem now? If so, what?
Typically reasons given for people not using full nodes themselves come
down
to the high resource requirements caused by the block size.
The reason people stop running nodes is because there's no incentive to
counteract the resource costs. Attempting to solve this by making blocks
*smaller* is like curing a disease by killing the patient. (Incentivizing
full node operation would fix that problem.)
- t.k.
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Andrew Johnson via bitcoin-dev
2017-02-08 15:51:24 UTC
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You're never going to reach 100% agreement, and stifling the network
literally forever to please a tiny minority is daft.

On Feb 8, 2017 8:52 AM, "alp alp via bitcoin-dev" <
bitcoin-***@lists.linuxfoundation.org> wrote:

10% say literally never. That seems like a significant disenfranchisement
and lack of consensus.
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
My BIP draft didn't make progress because the community opposes any
block
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
size increase hardfork ever.
Luke, how do you know the community opposes that? Specifically, how did
you
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
come to this conclusion?
http://www.strawpoll.me/12228388/r
That poll shows 63% of votes want a larger than 1 MB block by this summer.
How do you go from that to "the community opposes any block increase ever"?
It shows the exact opposite of that.
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
Your version doesn't address the current block size
issues (ie, the blocks being too large).
Why do you think blocks are "too large"? Please cite some evidence. I've
asked this before and you ignored it, but an answer would be helpful to
the
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
discussion.
Full node count is far below the safe minimum of 85% of economic activity.
Is this causing a problem now? If so, what?
Typically reasons given for people not using full nodes themselves come
down
to the high resource requirements caused by the block size.
The reason people stop running nodes is because there's no incentive to
counteract the resource costs. Attempting to solve this by making blocks
*smaller* is like curing a disease by killing the patient. (Incentivizing
full node operation would fix that problem.)
- t.k.
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alp alp via bitcoin-dev
2017-02-08 15:57:21 UTC
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10% is not a tiny minority.
Post by Andrew Johnson via bitcoin-dev
You're never going to reach 100% agreement, and stifling the network
literally forever to please a tiny minority is daft.
10% say literally never. That seems like a significant disenfranchisement
and lack of consensus.
On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 2:25 PM, t. khan via bitcoin-dev <
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
My BIP draft didn't make progress because the community opposes any
block
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
size increase hardfork ever.
Luke, how do you know the community opposes that? Specifically, how
did you
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
come to this conclusion?
http://www.strawpoll.me/12228388/r
That poll shows 63% of votes want a larger than 1 MB block by this
summer. How do you go from that to "the community opposes any block
increase ever"? It shows the exact opposite of that.
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
Your version doesn't address the current block size
issues (ie, the blocks being too large).
Why do you think blocks are "too large"? Please cite some evidence.
I've
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
asked this before and you ignored it, but an answer would be helpful
to the
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
discussion.
Full node count is far below the safe minimum of 85% of economic activity.
Is this causing a problem now? If so, what?
Typically reasons given for people not using full nodes themselves come
down
to the high resource requirements caused by the block size.
The reason people stop running nodes is because there's no incentive to
counteract the resource costs. Attempting to solve this by making blocks
*smaller* is like curing a disease by killing the patient. (Incentivizing
full node operation would fix that problem.)
- t.k.
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Andrew Johnson via bitcoin-dev
2017-02-08 16:28:55 UTC
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It is when you're talking about making a choice and 6.3x more people prefer
something else. Doing nothing is a choice as well.

Put another way, if 10% supported increasing the 21M coin cap and 63% were
against, would you seriously consider doing it?
Post by alp alp via bitcoin-dev
10% is not a tiny minority.
Post by Andrew Johnson via bitcoin-dev
You're never going to reach 100% agreement, and stifling the network
literally forever to please a tiny minority is daft.
On Feb 8, 2017 8:52 AM, "alp alp via bitcoin-dev" <
10% say literally never. That seems like a significant
disenfranchisement and lack of consensus.
On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 2:25 PM, t. khan via bitcoin-dev <
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
My BIP draft didn't make progress because the community opposes any
block
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
size increase hardfork ever.
Luke, how do you know the community opposes that? Specifically, how
did you
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
come to this conclusion?
http://www.strawpoll.me/12228388/r
That poll shows 63% of votes want a larger than 1 MB block by this
summer. How do you go from that to "the community opposes any block
increase ever"? It shows the exact opposite of that.
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
Your version doesn't address the current block size
issues (ie, the blocks being too large).
Why do you think blocks are "too large"? Please cite some evidence.
I've
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
asked this before and you ignored it, but an answer would be helpful
to the
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
discussion.
Full node count is far below the safe minimum of 85% of economic activity.
Is this causing a problem now? If so, what?
Typically reasons given for people not using full nodes themselves come
down
to the high resource requirements caused by the block size.
The reason people stop running nodes is because there's no incentive to
counteract the resource costs. Attempting to solve this by making blocks
*smaller* is like curing a disease by killing the patient. (Incentivizing
full node operation would fix that problem.)
- t.k.
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alp alp via bitcoin-dev
2017-02-08 18:16:07 UTC
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Doing nothing is the rules we all agreed to. If those rules are to be
changed,nearly everyone will need to consent. The same rule applies to the
cap, we all agreed to 21m, and if someone wants to change that, nearly
everyone would need to agree.

On Feb 8, 2017 10:28 AM, "Andrew Johnson" <***@gmail.com>
wrote:

It is when you're talking about making a choice and 6.3x more people prefer
something else. Doing nothing is a choice as well.

Put another way, if 10% supported increasing the 21M coin cap and 63% were
against, would you seriously consider doing it?
Post by alp alp via bitcoin-dev
10% is not a tiny minority.
Post by Andrew Johnson via bitcoin-dev
You're never going to reach 100% agreement, and stifling the network
literally forever to please a tiny minority is daft.
On Feb 8, 2017 8:52 AM, "alp alp via bitcoin-dev" <
10% say literally never. That seems like a significant
disenfranchisement and lack of consensus.
On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 2:25 PM, t. khan via bitcoin-dev <
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
My BIP draft didn't make progress because the community opposes any
block
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
size increase hardfork ever.
Luke, how do you know the community opposes that? Specifically, how
did you
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
come to this conclusion?
http://www.strawpoll.me/12228388/r
That poll shows 63% of votes want a larger than 1 MB block by this
summer. How do you go from that to "the community opposes any block
increase ever"? It shows the exact opposite of that.
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
Your version doesn't address the current block size
issues (ie, the blocks being too large).
Why do you think blocks are "too large"? Please cite some evidence.
I've
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
asked this before and you ignored it, but an answer would be helpful
to the
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
discussion.
Full node count is far below the safe minimum of 85% of economic activity.
Is this causing a problem now? If so, what?
Typically reasons given for people not using full nodes themselves come
down
to the high resource requirements caused by the block size.
The reason people stop running nodes is because there's no incentive to
counteract the resource costs. Attempting to solve this by making blocks
*smaller* is like curing a disease by killing the patient. (Incentivizing
full node operation would fix that problem.)
- t.k.
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t. khan via bitcoin-dev
2017-02-08 19:53:15 UTC
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Even ignoring the obvious flaws of that poll, Andrew is still correct: you
cannot reach 100% consensus. It's statistically impossible in any large
group.

Only the majority needs to consent, though what is considered a majority
varies depending on the context (95%, 75%, 51%). Nowhere does it say
"everyone needs to agree".
Post by alp alp via bitcoin-dev
Doing nothing is the rules we all agreed to. If those rules are to be
changed,nearly everyone will need to consent. The same rule applies to the
cap, we all agreed to 21m, and if someone wants to change that, nearly
everyone would need to agree.
It is when you're talking about making a choice and 6.3x more people
prefer something else. Doing nothing is a choice as well.
Put another way, if 10% supported increasing the 21M coin cap and 63% were
against, would you seriously consider doing it?
Post by alp alp via bitcoin-dev
10% is not a tiny minority.
Post by Andrew Johnson via bitcoin-dev
You're never going to reach 100% agreement, and stifling the network
literally forever to please a tiny minority is daft.
On Feb 8, 2017 8:52 AM, "alp alp via bitcoin-dev" <
10% say literally never. That seems like a significant
disenfranchisement and lack of consensus.
On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 2:25 PM, t. khan via bitcoin-dev <
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
My BIP draft didn't make progress because the community opposes any
block
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
size increase hardfork ever.
Luke, how do you know the community opposes that? Specifically, how
did you
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
come to this conclusion?
http://www.strawpoll.me/12228388/r
That poll shows 63% of votes want a larger than 1 MB block by this
summer. How do you go from that to "the community opposes any block
increase ever"? It shows the exact opposite of that.
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
Your version doesn't address the current block size
issues (ie, the blocks being too large).
Why do you think blocks are "too large"? Please cite some evidence.
I've
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
asked this before and you ignored it, but an answer would be helpful
to the
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
discussion.
Full node count is far below the safe minimum of 85% of economic activity.
Is this causing a problem now? If so, what?
Typically reasons given for people not using full nodes themselves
come down
to the high resource requirements caused by the block size.
The reason people stop running nodes is because there's no incentive to
counteract the resource costs. Attempting to solve this by making blocks
*smaller* is like curing a disease by killing the patient. (Incentivizing
full node operation would fix that problem.)
- t.k.
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2017-02-08 19:56:19 UTC
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If a small dissenting minority can block all forward progress then bitcoin
is no longer interesting. What an incredibly simple attack vector...

No need to break any cryptography, find a bug to exploit, build tens of
millions of dollars in mining hardware, spend lots of bitcoin on fees to
flood the network, or be clever or expend any valuable resources in any
way, shape, or form.

Just convince(or pay, if you do want to expend some resources) a few
people(or make up a few online personas) to staunchly refuse to accept
anything at all and the entire system is stuck in 2013(when we first
started widely discussing a blocksize increase seriously).

Is that really the bitcoin that you want to be a part of?

When the 1MB cap was implemented it was stated specifically that we could
increase it when we needed it. The white paper even talks about scaling to
huge capacity. Not sure where you got the idea that we all agreed to stay
at 1MB forever, I certainly didn't. It was never stated or implied that we
could change the coin cap later(please cite if I'm mistaken).


On Feb 8, 2017 12:16 PM, "alp alp" <***@gmail.com> wrote:

Doing nothing is the rules we all agreed to. If those rules are to be
changed,nearly everyone will need to consent. The same rule applies to the
cap, we all agreed to 21m, and if someone wants to change that, nearly
everyone would need to agree.


On Feb 8, 2017 10:28 AM, "Andrew Johnson" <***@gmail.com>
wrote:

It is when you're talking about making a choice and 6.3x more people prefer
something else. Doing nothing is a choice as well.

Put another way, if 10% supported increasing the 21M coin cap and 63% were
against, would you seriously consider doing it?
Post by alp alp via bitcoin-dev
10% is not a tiny minority.
Post by Andrew Johnson via bitcoin-dev
You're never going to reach 100% agreement, and stifling the network
literally forever to please a tiny minority is daft.
On Feb 8, 2017 8:52 AM, "alp alp via bitcoin-dev" <
10% say literally never. That seems like a significant
disenfranchisement and lack of consensus.
On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 2:25 PM, t. khan via bitcoin-dev <
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
My BIP draft didn't make progress because the community opposes any
block
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
size increase hardfork ever.
Luke, how do you know the community opposes that? Specifically, how
did you
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
come to this conclusion?
http://www.strawpoll.me/12228388/r
That poll shows 63% of votes want a larger than 1 MB block by this
summer. How do you go from that to "the community opposes any block
increase ever"? It shows the exact opposite of that.
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
Your version doesn't address the current block size
issues (ie, the blocks being too large).
Why do you think blocks are "too large"? Please cite some evidence.
I've
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
asked this before and you ignored it, but an answer would be helpful
to the
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
discussion.
Full node count is far below the safe minimum of 85% of economic activity.
Is this causing a problem now? If so, what?
Typically reasons given for people not using full nodes themselves come
down
to the high resource requirements caused by the block size.
The reason people stop running nodes is because there's no incentive to
counteract the resource costs. Attempting to solve this by making blocks
*smaller* is like curing a disease by killing the patient. (Incentivizing
full node operation would fix that problem.)
- t.k.
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alp alp via bitcoin-dev
2017-02-08 20:13:18 UTC
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Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Only the majority needs to consent, though what is considered a majority
varies depending on the context (95%, 75%, 51%). Nowhere does it say
"everyone needs to agree".

There's a pretty huge gap between 90% and nearly 100%. 90% excluding 10%
only 7 times results in only 48% of the original base.
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
If a small dissenting minority can block all forward progress then bitcoin
is no longer interesting.

Your definition of forward may be different than other users.
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Is that really the bitcoin that you want to be a part of?
Yes, I chose Bitcoin because it relies on a strictly held consensus
mechanism and not one that changes on the whims of the majority. We have
tens of dozens of political currencies for that.
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
When the 1MB cap was implemented it was stated specifically that we could
increase it when we needed it. The white paper even talks about scaling to
huge capacity. Not sure where you got the idea that we all agreed to stay
at 1MB forever, I certainly didn't. It was never stated or implied that we
could change the coin cap later(please cite if I'm mistaken).

The community has not agreed that it is needed at this time. Perhaps they
will change their mind at some point in the future. We have also learned a
great deal since the publication of the initial whitepaper, such as the
unstable state without a backlog or subsidy. Fortunately, participation in
this system is voluntary, and you are free to leave at any time.

This seems to be venturing quite off topic, and perhaps would be better
suited for the bitcoin-discuss list.
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
If a small dissenting minority can block all forward progress then bitcoin
is no longer interesting. What an incredibly simple attack vector...
No need to break any cryptography, find a bug to exploit, build tens of
millions of dollars in mining hardware, spend lots of bitcoin on fees to
flood the network, or be clever or expend any valuable resources in any
way, shape, or form.
Just convince(or pay, if you do want to expend some resources) a few
people(or make up a few online personas) to staunchly refuse to accept
anything at all and the entire system is stuck in 2013(when we first
started widely discussing a blocksize increase seriously).
Is that really the bitcoin that you want to be a part of?
When the 1MB cap was implemented it was stated specifically that we could
increase it when we needed it. The white paper even talks about scaling to
huge capacity. Not sure where you got the idea that we all agreed to stay
at 1MB forever, I certainly didn't. It was never stated or implied that we
could change the coin cap later(please cite if I'm mistaken).
Doing nothing is the rules we all agreed to. If those rules are to be
changed,nearly everyone will need to consent. The same rule applies to the
cap, we all agreed to 21m, and if someone wants to change that, nearly
everyone would need to agree.
It is when you're talking about making a choice and 6.3x more people
prefer something else. Doing nothing is a choice as well.
Put another way, if 10% supported increasing the 21M coin cap and 63% were
against, would you seriously consider doing it?
Post by alp alp via bitcoin-dev
10% is not a tiny minority.
Post by Andrew Johnson via bitcoin-dev
You're never going to reach 100% agreement, and stifling the network
literally forever to please a tiny minority is daft.
On Feb 8, 2017 8:52 AM, "alp alp via bitcoin-dev" <
10% say literally never. That seems like a significant
disenfranchisement and lack of consensus.
On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 2:25 PM, t. khan via bitcoin-dev <
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
My BIP draft didn't make progress because the community opposes any
block
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
size increase hardfork ever.
Luke, how do you know the community opposes that? Specifically, how
did you
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
come to this conclusion?
http://www.strawpoll.me/12228388/r
That poll shows 63% of votes want a larger than 1 MB block by this
summer. How do you go from that to "the community opposes any block
increase ever"? It shows the exact opposite of that.
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
Your version doesn't address the current block size
issues (ie, the blocks being too large).
Why do you think blocks are "too large"? Please cite some evidence.
I've
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
asked this before and you ignored it, but an answer would be helpful
to the
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
discussion.
Full node count is far below the safe minimum of 85% of economic activity.
Is this causing a problem now? If so, what?
Typically reasons given for people not using full nodes themselves
come down
to the high resource requirements caused by the block size.
The reason people stop running nodes is because there's no incentive to
counteract the resource costs. Attempting to solve this by making blocks
*smaller* is like curing a disease by killing the patient. (Incentivizing
full node operation would fix that problem.)
- t.k.
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Btc Drak via bitcoin-dev
2017-02-10 10:33:52 UTC
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Agreed, this thread is venturing somewhat out of scope for the list. Please
can we redirect philosophical discussion to another forum/list such as
bitcoin-discuss, which can be found at
https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/mailman/listinfo/bitcoin-discuss

Repost of the bitcoin-dev posting guidelines are:

- Posts must concern development of bitcoin protocol.
- Posts should be technical or academic in nature.
- Generally encouraged: patches, notification of pull requests, BIP
proposals, academic paper announcements. And discussions that follow.
- Generally discouraged: shower thoughts, wild speculation, jokes, +1s,
non-technical bitcoin issues, rehashing settled topics without new data,
moderation concerns.
- Detailed patch discussion generally better on a GitHub PR.
- Meta-discussion is better on bitcoin-discuss.

On Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 8:13 PM, alp alp via bitcoin-dev <
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Only the majority needs to consent, though what is considered a majority
varies depending on the context (95%, 75%, 51%). Nowhere does it say
"everyone needs to agree".
There's a pretty huge gap between 90% and nearly 100%. 90% excluding 10%
only 7 times results in only 48% of the original base.
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
If a small dissenting minority can block all forward progress then
bitcoin is no longer interesting.
Your definition of forward may be different than other users.
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Is that really the bitcoin that you want to be a part of?
Yes, I chose Bitcoin because it relies on a strictly held consensus
mechanism and not one that changes on the whims of the majority. We have
tens of dozens of political currencies for that.
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
When the 1MB cap was implemented it was stated specifically that we
could increase it when we needed it. The white paper even talks about
scaling to huge capacity. Not sure where you got the idea that we all
agreed to stay at 1MB forever, I certainly didn't. It was never stated or
implied that we could change the coin cap later(please cite if I'm
mistaken).
The community has not agreed that it is needed at this time. Perhaps they
will change their mind at some point in the future. We have also learned a
great deal since the publication of the initial whitepaper, such as the
unstable state without a backlog or subsidy. Fortunately, participation in
this system is voluntary, and you are free to leave at any time.
This seems to be venturing quite off topic, and perhaps would be better
suited for the bitcoin-discuss list.
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
If a small dissenting minority can block all forward progress then
bitcoin is no longer interesting. What an incredibly simple attack
vector...
No need to break any cryptography, find a bug to exploit, build tens of
millions of dollars in mining hardware, spend lots of bitcoin on fees to
flood the network, or be clever or expend any valuable resources in any
way, shape, or form.
Just convince(or pay, if you do want to expend some resources) a few
people(or make up a few online personas) to staunchly refuse to accept
anything at all and the entire system is stuck in 2013(when we first
started widely discussing a blocksize increase seriously).
Is that really the bitcoin that you want to be a part of?
When the 1MB cap was implemented it was stated specifically that we could
increase it when we needed it. The white paper even talks about scaling to
huge capacity. Not sure where you got the idea that we all agreed to stay
at 1MB forever, I certainly didn't. It was never stated or implied that we
could change the coin cap later(please cite if I'm mistaken).
Doing nothing is the rules we all agreed to. If those rules are to be
changed,nearly everyone will need to consent. The same rule applies to the
cap, we all agreed to 21m, and if someone wants to change that, nearly
everyone would need to agree.
It is when you're talking about making a choice and 6.3x more people
prefer something else. Doing nothing is a choice as well.
Put another way, if 10% supported increasing the 21M coin cap and 63%
were against, would you seriously consider doing it?
Post by alp alp via bitcoin-dev
10% is not a tiny minority.
Post by Andrew Johnson via bitcoin-dev
You're never going to reach 100% agreement, and stifling the network
literally forever to please a tiny minority is daft.
On Feb 8, 2017 8:52 AM, "alp alp via bitcoin-dev" <
10% say literally never. That seems like a significant
disenfranchisement and lack of consensus.
On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 2:25 PM, t. khan via bitcoin-dev <
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
My BIP draft didn't make progress because the community opposes
any block
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
size increase hardfork ever.
Luke, how do you know the community opposes that? Specifically, how
did you
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
come to this conclusion?
http://www.strawpoll.me/12228388/r
That poll shows 63% of votes want a larger than 1 MB block by this
summer. How do you go from that to "the community opposes any block
increase ever"? It shows the exact opposite of that.
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
Your version doesn't address the current block size
issues (ie, the blocks being too large).
Why do you think blocks are "too large"? Please cite some evidence.
I've
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
asked this before and you ignored it, but an answer would be
helpful to the
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
discussion.
Full node count is far below the safe minimum of 85% of economic activity.
Is this causing a problem now? If so, what?
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
Typically reasons given for people not using full nodes themselves
come down
to the high resource requirements caused by the block size.
The reason people stop running nodes is because there's no incentive
to counteract the resource costs. Attempting to solve this by making blocks
*smaller* is like curing a disease by killing the patient. (Incentivizing
full node operation would fix that problem.)
- t.k.
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Ryan J Martin via bitcoin-dev
2017-02-10 04:10:15 UTC
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"10% say literally never. That seems like a significant disenfranchisement
and lack of consensus."

Certainly the poll results should be taken with a grain of salt and not a definitive answer or measure .
However if we agree the poll has some worth (or even if not, then lets use it as hyptothetical): If we split it into two groups: those okay with a hardfork at some point > now, and those never okay with hardfork, that means there is 90% that agree a hardfork is acceptable in the future. That said, what threshold defines consensus then? 98%? 100%?

Personally I think pursuing paths that maximize net social benefit in terms of cost surplus/burden is the best way to go since consensus is such an impossible to define, variable, case-by-case thing that doesn't always lead to the best choice.

-Ryan J. MArtin


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10% say literally never. That seems like a significant disenfranchisement
and lack of consensus.

On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 2:25 PM, t. khan via bitcoin-dev <
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
My BIP draft didn't make progress because the community opposes any
block
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
size increase hardfork ever.
Luke, how do you know the community opposes that? Specifically, how did
you
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
come to this conclusion?
http://www.strawpoll.me/12228388/r
That poll shows 63% of votes want a larger than 1 MB block by this summer.
How do you go from that to "the community opposes any block increase ever"?
It shows the exact opposite of that.
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
Post by Luke Dashjr via bitcoin-dev
Your version doesn't address the current block size
issues (ie, the blocks being too large).
Why do you think blocks are "too large"? Please cite some evidence. I've
asked this before and you ignored it, but an answer would be helpful to
the
Post by t. khan via bitcoin-dev
discussion.
Full node count is far below the safe minimum of 85% of economic activity.
Is this causing a problem now? If so, what?
Typically reasons given for people not using full nodes themselves come
down
to the high resource requirements caused by the block size.
The reason people stop running nodes is because there's no incentive to
counteract the resource costs. Attempting to solve this by making blocks
*smaller* is like curing a disease by killing the patient. (Incentivizing
full node operation would fix that problem.)
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