If You’re Unhappy with Bitcoin Culture and Crypto Community, Sorry, You’re the Problem
Crypto world is not without its feuds with the most common being between the enthusiasts of different crypto platforms. Bitcoin being the grand-dad of them all, has one of the most active online communities. That community is famous for its own wars that give it a rather ruthless and harsh persona, at least to a newbie crypto user.
Recently, Neil Woodfine set Twitter on fire when he tweeted that
“if you’re unhappy with Bitcoin culture, sorry, you’re the problem. Bitcoin is better off without you—you’re not cut out for the challenges ahead. You’re not good under pressure, you’re too sensitive, and you lack conviction.”
5/ If you’re unhappy with bitcoin culture, sorry, you’re the problem. Bitcoin is better off without you—you’re not cut out for the challenges ahead. You’re not good under pressure, you’re too sensitive, and you lack conviction.
— Weird Mountain Man (@nwoodfine) May 25, 2019
Bitcoin Culture Is as Old as The Token Itself
When Satoshi Nakamoto upped and left, his early followers, characters like Cobra were left to give voice to what once was once a fledgling coin, now king. Cobra run Nakamoto's Bitcoin.org, albeit for safekeeping purposes. The website is consequently, the pulpit where newcomers are evangelized through the adoption of decentralized currencies. Cobra for all his influence is very much the antithesis of the fairy godmother character of crypto that many would expect an old crypto head like him should be.
He is perhaps known more for his unpopular and at times offensive pseudo-anarchist posts. On Twitter especially, the character with the pseudo name Cobra specializes in spreading conspiracy theories and has even rallied the community to procure the release of Ross Ulbricht, convicted for money laundering and other crimes on the Silk Road.
Earlier, he referred to Ulbricht as both legend and thought leader. In addition, Cobra has even voiced support to Bitcoin's hard fork Bitcoin Cash till part of the Bitcoin community posted on Github that they would like to oust him from his gatekeeper to Bitcoin.org position.
Nevertheless, the ardent BTC supporter describes himself as
“erratic at times” but has been keen to say that there are differences between “‘difficult to work with' and outright malicious intent.”
Don't believe Bitcoin Twitter represents the Bitcoin community because it doesn't. Bitcoin has millions of users and most of them aren't loudly talking about it on social media. A lot of Bitcoin's users don't even speak English. Ignore the noise of the toxic minority!
— CØ₿RA (@CobraBitcoin) May 27, 2019
Bitcoin Culture Rises on Its Informal Governance Structure
Bitcoin's informal governance model has been the primary driving force of the Bitcoin culture and consequent culture wars. There has been a lot of infighting within the community as users coalesce around the rules set by Bitcoin's code protocol. There have been tons of disagreements too over mutually exclusive ideologies with heated debates online trying to gather consensus.
However, from these heated debates, Bitcoin Improvement Proposals are birthed. Social consensus, therefore, plays a big part in the ratification of the protocol. It is from lack of such consensus that forks are birthed. The creation of forks lessens the bickering and general unpleasantness of the Bitcoin culture.
There will always be something to fuss about in Bitcoin culture wars. But as toxic as the culture is, it has helped expose horrible ideas that would change the protocol if the community was less outspoken and blatant. Thanks to these battles, the core message is refined, and bad ideas are vetted and shelved.
Moreover, the wars also get Bitcoin's essential message out to the masses standing out in the sea of negative messages about the currency. The Bitcoin culture wars and at times, unpleasant community, therefore, has a net positive, and the token's survival through these skirmishes prepares it better for more battles in the future.