PODCAST Bitcoin Cash at 3: Reward Those Who Do The Work, By David R. Allen

TL;DR: We’re celebrating the third anniversary of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) by sharing audio reflections from the BCH community: influencers, developers, business people, etc. This episode features David R. Allen, and is available embedded in the article below, and on iTunesSpotifyGoogle PodcastsStitcherRadio PublicBreakerPocketCastsPodBeanYouTube for Newer EpisodesYouTube Older Episodes, and Overcast.

Bitcoin Cash at 3: Reward Those Who Do The Work, By David R. Allen

TRANSCRIPT

My name is David R. Allen and, with my partner, I run TheFutureofBitcoin.cash.

One month before the Bitcoin (BTC) chain split that would create Bitcoin Cash back in 2017, we were in Arnhem, the Netherlands. The Future of Bitcoin conference we organised brought together many of the big block supporting developers and some of the businesses. It was in Arnhem that Amaury Séchet presented his Bitcoin ABC client which was being developed to split off from the Bitcoin Chain, at the date that SegWit was to be activated on the BTC chain.

Amaury painted the picture of a future with big blocks and global usage which was close to our hearts, as we were both interested in Bitcoin for its potential to enhance freedom and as a peer to peer digital cash.

Although the public message would be one of “no split” and pointing the finger at others, the message that day was clear and somewhat tainted the celebrations with the knowledge of what was about to happen.

The Arnhem event drew a lot of attention, and we believe this momentum resulted in Haipo Yang from ViaBTC, two weeks later announcing he would mine with Bitcoin ABC software — starting on August the first, which would result in the chain split. He subsequently listed the “to be created chain” and currency on his exchange and named it Bitcoin Cash. And so Bitcoin Cash came to be.

Soon after the split we continued to help with organizing meetings. First within ABC, followed by an in-person inter-implementation two day workshop, after the DAA hard fork, to improve communications. Those who attended in person or through video link requested we would organize bi-weekly inter-implementation meetings.

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Because there was an obvious need, we supported ABC and other developer groups by organizing meetings, helping put people together, and generally attempting to increase the quality of communication.

This was not an easy process, but we stuck with it.

A year later on August 1st 2018, we celebrated the first anniversary with a number of developers at a wonderful dinner in a Paris park. The weather was beautiful, the food wonderful, and the french wine more than memorable.

Although a public fundraiser finished on August 1st, the push back on it had been large and the drama that came with it was even larger. The funds raised were definitely not sufficient for a project of this magnitude, so funding concerns continued.

It was that day during this very nice celebration dinner in Paris that one of the “No Split” developers told us, those who did not join them would find themselves out of a job after the November upgrade.

Although the public message would be one of “no split” and pointing the finger at others, the message that day was clear and somewhat tainted the celebrations with the knowledge of what was about to happen.

We found ourselves unable to support the future they were painting with their propaganda machine. A direction also confirmed by what we had seen in more private communications.

Although the split was costly, and it was painful to again be losing people I considered friends, I was happy that the dream and the goals we all worked so hard for would remain.

After the dust settled we went back to supporting those working towards the same goals of bringing economic freedom and financial sovereignty through peer to peer cash.

The Second Forkday anniversary in 2019, we celebrated in Vancouver, Canada with a group of developers who had come together to meet face to face and help in the creation of a promotional video for US mainstream TV. The location was great, the food, drink, and company were memorable.

We hold this project very close to our hearts, therefore we will continue to seek ways to bring people together and offer opportunities for people to communicate, share ideas and knowledge in a rational and professional way.

The concerns were nowhere near as big as the year before, but people were concerned about ongoing issues with infrastructure funding.

Although a public fundraiser finished on August 1st, the push back on it had been large and the drama that came with it was even larger. The funds raised were definitely not sufficient for a project of this magnitude, so funding concerns continued.

A year later, we are about to have our 3rd Forkday anniversary. Because of COVID we will not be able to get together somewhere in the world. We will raise our glasses from our homes as we wish the Bitcoin Cash project to fulfill the promise of its early days and reach those goals set out when we forked off the BTC chain.

Despite all our efforts there remains a need for better communication as we continue to see people driving wedges and fueling flames. There are not enough people actively looking to build bridges and finding common ground.

This desire to communicate well and buckle down and do the work needs people to support and reward it. This project needs us to move past the endless desire for drama and look for ways to focus on those that are doing the work.

We hold this project very close to our hearts, therefore we will continue to seek ways to bring people together and offer opportunities for people to communicate, share ideas and knowledge in a rational and professional way.

I have to believe most people want to do this despite some very loud people on social media.

This desire to communicate well and buckle down and do the work needs people to support and reward it. This project needs us to move past the endless desire for drama and look for ways to focus on those that are doing the work.

Lets focus this coming year on the brilliant projects that are being developed and reward those that do the work.

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