Published on August 19th, 2015 | by bitcoin0
Bitcoin may split after an altercation between programmers – The Economist
The bone of contention is the size of a “block”, the name given to the batches into which bitcoin transactions are assembled before they are processed.
Satoshi Nakamoto, the elusive creator of bitcoin who went offline in 2011, limited the block size to one megabyte.
On discussion sites such as Reddit, moderators have censored mentions of Bitcoin XT because they see it as an effort to undermine the bitcoin community.
Even if miners get to make the decision, this would probably not lead to a bitcoin split.
Whether such a majority rule is the best way to run the highly complex bitcoin system, however, is an entirely different question.