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How harmful Hard Forks for the Bitcoin Ecosystem?

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In a Recently published study by researchers at the Springer-journal “Environment Systems and Decisions, examine currencies,” the effects of Hard Forks on the stability of Crypto. The focus is on the numerous Hard Forks, which had to let the Bitcoin Ecosystem so far endure. According to the authors of the study, this is the crypto-currency have not helped.

Bitcoin Gold, Bitcoin Diamond, Bitcoin Private, and and and… The list of Bitcoin-Hard-fork is set to grow over the last few years to more than 70 different Altcoins. They all bear the Label “Bitcoin”. The most prominent Bitcoin Cash, which vehemently esters advocate Roger is Ver is not tired to emphasize, that the BCH of the original Vision of Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto will more than BTC is. Even if not all Bitcoin-Hard-fork to tackle the BTC as hard as it does the Bitcoin-to-Cash Community, you are also, in a way, “the meat of Bitcoins meat”. But how often you can perform a Chain Split before the Chain breaks?

Hard Fork: A sign of weakness?

This question, the researchers Benjamin D. Trump, Emily Wells, Joshua Trump and Igor Linkov in the study “Cryptocurrency: governance for what was meant to be ungovernable to go”. They make Hard Forks as the inevitable mechanism of conflict resolution on a Blockchain. The Governance of a Blockchain is based on a decentralized Consensus. Different opinions, to manifest, so the results are not in a majority decision or a compromise, but in a cleavage of the Ecosystem. So each side can realize for the own Vision.

On one side you can see in the mechanism to reach a Consensus of the Bitcoin Community, the completion of the democracy. In their analysis, the scientists come rather to the conclusion that any Hard Fork is a failure of Governance. Hard Forks accordingly lead to a destabilization of the affected crypto-currency, and reduce confidence in the ability to solve problems. On the way to a global mass adaptation of crypto currencies Hard Forks from the point of view of the researcher are, therefore, extremely harmful. Blockchain Developer and the whole Community are thus faced with the challenge of finding a suitable control mechanism for the decentralized network.

Blockchains: ungovernable?

The study warns that at the same time in front of it, for the sake of better controllability of the decentralized nature of decision-making in sight. Rather, the authors present a model of “anticipatory Governance”. In the context of these potential challenges for the Software should be identified early and solutions in plenary broad to be discussed. In short: more compromise, less splitting in the crypto-Ecosystem.

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