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A roadmap to busting small blocker myths about Bitcoin

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This will be an anchor post for collecting a bunch of myths propagated through Bitcoin's history, about how Bitcoin cannot scale or cannot otherwise work as Satoshi intended.

These myths were successfully used to stall scaling and adoption of Bitcoin, until Bitcoin Cash finally came along (well, came about through the blood, sweat and tears of a lot of the early adopters and proponents of on-chain scaling).

I will be updating the list of myths as this progresses, based on the community's feedback in comment or other information I collect.

Counterproductive Myths

Collaborating on the mythbusting

Please help by adding myths you can think of which I haven't mentioned yet, or good source materials like previous articles about the myths already mentioned by others, in the comments. Better wording for existing myths is also appreciated, if you think you have a better formulation.

You can also greatly help by translating any Mythbusting articles into languages for which no translations are available yet. Please see the translation article for a list of which articles exist in which languages - then you can determine if you can translate something to another language.

Going forward in this series, I'd prefer if we can give each myth a full-length article treatment. There is more than enough material and things to say about each.

While I will be tackling the listed myths myself, I don't want to monopolize the writing effort in any way. Thus I encourage other authors also: take one or several of these myths, and write an article on them.

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another myths:

bigger blocks will inevitably lead to centralization

SPV is not secure

Bitcoin cannot scale

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^^^

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Note that the first one is already covered in my list as 'Blocks need to be kept small to keep the system decentralized'. Your way of putting it is probably closer to how that myth is usually expressed, so it's a good way to put it in an article title.

I've added your other two myths to the list.

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My contribute for the Mythbusting - Bitcoin is necessarily energy-inefficient because of POW:

https://read.cash/@AlanOne/mythbusting-bitcoin-is-necessarily-energy-inefficient-because-of-pow-de8a9853

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Thanks. Please see my reply to your article.

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Actually, some of these myths are true, and some is partially true.

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Love the idea!

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Hey, I translated this to German, https://read.cash/@kaogumi/de-fahrplan-zur-bekampfung-schadlicher-geruchte-um-bitcoin-69991a66

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Thanks! I will post a reply under that thread.

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Hi! I think my article linked here is full of mythbusting even if it was not aimed at a specific myth from the roadmap. https://read.cash/@Big-Bubbler/the-troll-army-still-cant-stop-magic-internet-money-c42f683f The Myth that the Bitcoin community supported the small blockers failure to increase the blocksize is a big part of how they pulled it off. Many still think the majority did support that decision. I did not prove my claim and the trolls will say I am wrong, but, I am pretty sure big-blockers were the majority of miners and community members. Fake accounts made it seem like we were a minority.

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I have had trouble describing the myth, but here is couple ways to say it (feel free to reword it). Myth:

The majority of the Bitcoin community preferred not to hard-fork to allow larger blocks.

or

The small-block movement was supported by the majority of the Bitcoin community.

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Also:

Actually, concerned_mouse is a goldmine for myths :) like "BCH is printable money"

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I will integrate your topic suggestions into the article shortly.

I also need to write a how-to with a suggestion for an outline of a good myth busting post aka "Proof of Myth".

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IDK if this is a myth or not:

Bitcoin Cash is "printable" unlike BTC.

Sounds crazy, but it was told to me and replied to with some #mythbusting.

I don't even know if I should make it an article, because it's the first time I've heard such an idea...

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It's some kind of new myth about Bitcoin Cash. We may need to distinguish myths a bit according to their subject, perhaps even create separate lists for myths specific to BTC, Lightning Network, BCH...

But first of all I'd like to cover the classic ones about Bitcoin BTC and its small block approach.

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Yeah, I think the separation might be in order.

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Got it! Thanks! :)

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Thanks for this contribution from Twitter!

https://twitter.com/GeukensMathieu/status/1200014199147188225

I'll try to tackle "Bigger blocks means less full nodes"

Looks pretty much like what I called "Blocks need to be kept small to keep the system decentralized", depending on the angle it explores.

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Mythbusting: "Bigger blocks means less full nodes" https://read.cash/@Mr-Zwets/mythbusting-bigger-blocks-means-less-full-nodes-18fdab24

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A solid article. 100 MYTHBUSTER tokens awarded.

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Some feedback will be given as comments under the post itself.

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