Bitcoin Cash’s creator has been reportedly banned from the main Bitcoin Cash Slack channel, demonstrating the need for community cohesion.
According to screenshots posted in the /r/BTC subreddit by prominent Bitcoin.com CEO Roger Ver, Amaury Séchet has been removed by a moderator of the Bitcoin Cash Slack channel:
The apparent banning came as a result of a vigorous debate over pre-consensus, an approach to improving transaction times and the reliability of zero-confirmation transactions. Critics of the idea, including prominent though controversial figure Craig Wright, claim that it could compromise the chain and increase the chances of orphaned blocks.
The Bitcoin civil war has spread to both major post-fork communities
The conflict in the Bitcoin community has continued on far past last year’s chain split. What originally began as a debate over on-chain vs. off-chain scaling evolved into a rift over the nature of Bitcoin as a payments system vs. purely a store of value, which culminated into the split to create Bitcoin Cash. Now, this newest disagreement over pre-consensus threatens to make Bitcoin Cash itself split into two according to Bitcoin.org owner Cøbra:
Prediction: Bitcoin Cash will split into two competing chains within 6 months over disputes around “pre-consensus”. I predict a 60-40 split in terms of price and hashing power in favour of the pre-consensus chain.
— Cøbra (@CobraBitcoin) August 7, 2018
The original Bitcoin chain is not without its inner controversies either. The aforementioned Bitcoin.org, long held as the “official” Bitcoin website (particularly after Bitcoin.com shifted to a pro-Bitcoin Cash focus), was removed from the main Bitcoin Github repository after its owner Cøbra took an increasingly positive stance towards Bitcoin Cash and criticized Bitcoin’s usability as a means of payment, with the new “official” site being changed to that of the Bitcoin Core developers, BitcoinCore.org:
So ‘official’ ‘Bitcoin’ ($BTC actually) site now supposed to be bitcoincore dot org but they still claim ‘Bitcoin Core’ is a different project.
— 🍕Andz Sy (@andzsy) July 30, 2018
A major point of contention between both major communities was which fork represented the “true Bitcoin,” with each community using derogatory derivations of the name to refer to the other fork, “BCash” for Bitcoin Cash and “Bitcoin Core” or “BCore” for Bitcoin. Now, with Bitcoin’s identity gathering around Bitcoin Core, and Bitcoin Cash potentially splitting, the definition of “true Bitcoin” has become more difficult to pin down.
Dash, while not perfect, demonstrates the stability of consensus plus governance
While not without its share of vigorous debates, Dash has maintained a relatively placid community. As a decentralized autonomous organization, Dash has a mechanism for deciding across the whole network which way the coin should go, sparing chain splits in the future. Because of the ability for those invested in the Dash network to vote concretely on the direction of the project, there is no need to dispute over which is the “true Dash.” Because of this ability to quickly and easily solve community-wide disagreements once and for all, Dash’s vision for the project moving forward remains fairly unified across the community.