Bitcoin Community: Has the Criticism of Craig Wright May Have Finally Gone Too Far?
Before you get your pitchforks out, please note that this article is not a defense of Craig Wright.
Zerononcense and the author of this article, in specific, believe in the same commonly-held opinion that Craig Wright has not provided sufficient evidence that he is Satoshi Nakamoto. This, in conjunction with the consistent stream of insults that Craig Wright has hurled from his (now deleted) Twitter account as well as the open threats he has made toward the Bitcoin community (specifically to compromise the software’s structure or ‘dump coins’ to destroy its market value) have garnered Craig Wright well-deserved hostility from the majority of the crypto community.
This article or its author are not arguing against posting ‘memes’ that make fun of Craig Wright’s claims or open criticism of Craig Wright’s credibility. These things are fair in normal discourse, especially when the target of such criticism is an individual that is certainly no stranger to doling out equally harsh (if not even more so) criticism toward their detractors.
Ironically, the Medium post cited above from Craig Wright is titled, ‘Why I troll’. So, even Craig Wright has admitted that his comments on the internet are designed to elicit a negative reaction/derision from others in the crypto space.
So Where Did We Go Too Far?
We went too far when CZ (CEO of Binance) tweeted this remark on April 12th, 2019:
Craig Wright is not Satoshi.
Anymore of this sh!t, we delist! https://t.co/hrnt3fDACq
— CZ Binance (@cz_binance) April 12, 2019
In the tweet above, CZ states, “Craig Wright is not Satoshi. Anymore of this sh!t, we delist!”, in a quote (response) to this tweet from the publication, BitcoinMagazine:
An attack against one is an attack against all. #WeAreAllHodlonaut
— ₿itcoin Magazine (@BitcoinMagazine) April 11, 2019
CZ’s Statement Implies He Will Delist BCHSV
At the time of writing, BCHSV (the Craig Wright/Calvin Ayre-supported BCH fork from November) is trading on Binance.
So CZ’s threat to ‘delist’ more than likely applies to BCHSV. It is this statement that troubled the author because BCHSV is a decentralized, functioning protocol.
Does it have the same hash rate as the Bitcoin protocol? Or even the BCHABC implementation? Of course not.
But it is forked from Bitcoin Cash’s decentralized technology (Bitcoin Cash’s protocol is decentralized because it is forked from Bitcoin, which is decentralized).
Thus, Craig Wright does not “run” BCHSV. Therefore, the fate of that coin should not be determined solely on the basis of Craig Wright’s statements. That is not fair to the users of the protocol.
This is Not a Defense of Craig Wright
Again, to reiterate, this article is not a defense of Craig Wright by any means. There is no dispute from Zerononcense, the author, or its affiliated entities in declaring Craig Wright to be far from anything resembling Satoshi Nakamoto or an individual with unproven credentials that may have plagiarized a number of his research pieces that he has cited as evidence of his competency in the past.
However, Craig Wright should be separated (to some extent) from BCHSV — particularly as it pertains to the software and protocol itself. There are rules governing the protocol that stem from Bitcoin. Craig Wright is not Satoshi, therefore $BSV is not Craig Wright’s creation either.