Bitcoin.org Co-Owner Cøbra Reignites Domain’s Ownership Debate
Bitcoin.org Domain’s Ownership Debate Continues
The pseudonymous Cøbra, who goes by @CobraBitcoin on Twitter and Cobra-Bitcoin on GitHub, has now seen their co-ownership of Bitcoin.org come under direct debate. The debate was evident as per a July 25th “Bitcoin.org Domain Ownership” issue raised in the bitcoin-dot-org GitHub. Therein, skeptics argued the co-owner might maliciously “re-purpose Bitcoin.org to promote BCH.” Cøbra defended their position in the community and said they wouldn’t be pressured “into handing over the domain to some random group.”
For those who don’t know, there’s a civil war going in the Bitcoin Cash community right now between users and miners who support Craig and his ideas, and those that don’t. Inevitable there will be a split at some point. Though IMO, Bitcoin Cash Craig Edition != Bitcoin Cash.
— CØ₿RA (@CobraBitcoin) July 22, 2018
What does Bitcoin Cash have to do with https://t.co/1dtx7wGIqs?
— CØ₿RA (@CobraBitcoin) July 23, 2018
Opened by user beyourseff, the GitHub issue in question posits that Cøbra “has become an unreliable person to own the Bitcoin.org domain name, mainly given his public support for BCH.” The user went on to relay concerns that Cøbra would begin “propagandizing BCH” via Bitcoin.org or otherwise sell the domain to someone else with less worthy intentions.
Beyourseff said that Cøbra should transfer the “domain back to @theymos,” the pseudonymous lead administrator of r/Bitcoin and the Bitcoin Forum who isn’t without controversy of their own. Alternatively, another proposal was the domain should be given to a non-profit with members elected from respected Bitcoiners.
However, Cøbra for obvious reasons doesn’t agree with this. He said: “Anyway, I think this idea is pretty stupid. Maybe I do like some aspects of Bitcoin Cash, and find it pretty useful in a limited context at times, but that doesn’t mean I’m some raging ‘Bitcoin Cash is Bitcoin’ lunatic. How do you guarantee the next set of owners would be incorruptible? You think I haven’t had people attempt to ‘buy me out’?”
He added: “Bitcoin.org is an amazing site, and it has consistently advocated for and defended Bitcoin against horrible attacks.” Accordingly, the issue can be debated at length, but with no mechanism to force Cøbra to act other than public pressure, Bitcoin.org’s ownership seems poised to stay put for the foreseeable future.
Noticeably, the argument against Cøbra doesn’t add up too well, since he himself doesn’t seem to be a big fan of BCH. That reality was evidenced this week after Cøbra proposed forking the fork as a result of the “direction the developers are taking it.”
Seriously thinking to hard fork Bitcoin Cash. Very unhappy with the direction the developers are taking it. Need to remove all arbitrary protocol limits, and let miners vote on everything. Must also have blocks every 1 minute, not 10, for better merchant experience.
— CØ₿RA (@CobraBitcoin) July 25, 2018