Bitcoin community is not used to rational comments about the ever-lasting "scaling debate" that haunts the king of cryptocurrencies. And when such a comment gets out, it is even more strange to see it coming from the founder of another or rival cryptocurrency.
But 23-year-old Vitalik Buterin, the founder of Ethereum project, is not the every-day crypto-fanboy we are accustomed to seeing throw rocks at opponents. He is a kind of modern-day polymath; his interests span from economics and social science to math, cryptography, bitcoin and more. His cryptocurrency project, Ethereum, has a market cap of over 25 billion dollars at the moment. Thus his opinion has a weigh you simply cannot ignore.
Implicitly commenting on the most recent Bitcoin scaling drama episode (Segwit2X and its cancellation, as well as the sudden rise and fall of Bitcoin Cash), Vitalik made two valuable tweets.
In the first, Buterin wrote that "the [bitcoin] community needs to go through *a lot* of healing, and the firebrands on all sides that are *so sure* that their side is righteous and the other evil deeply worry me".
Ok, I am going to just stop commenting on bitcoin issues almost entirely and focus on ethereum tech.— Vitalik "Not giving away ETH" Buterin (@VitalikButerin) November 14, 2017
I think the community needs to go through *a lot* of healing, and the firebrands on all sides that are *so sure* that their side is righteous and the other evil deeply worry me.
In the second tweet, Buterin talked about the need to adhere to norms of open and civilized discourse, which should be the key value of the cryptocurrency community.
FYI, I personally hope that norms of open and civilized discourse, as described here https://t.co/hjRW9PcPkE can be among the key values, if not #1, for our community.— Vitalik "Not giving away ETH" Buterin (@VitalikButerin) November 14, 2017