Published on August 17th, 2015 | by bitcoin0
Debate and Controversy After Bitcoin XT Big Block Fork
Since its release on August 6th, Bitcoin XT, a patch set on top of the existing Bitcoin Core, has focused the bitcoin community’s attention on the block size debate.
Multiple solutions have been proposed to alleviate the block size debate, like 8MB blocks, 20MB blocks, and dynamic block size limits, among others.
However, Bitcoin XT is gaining traction as a viable solution as it would create a hard fork in the protocol by permanently splitting the blockchain into two different ledgers.
Bitcoin XT will create a hard fork from the current Core implementation only if a 75% majority is achieved.
Since Bitcoin XT would create an alternative blockchain that’s incompatible with the current bitcoin blockchain, several moderators have called Bitcoin XT an alternative cryptocurrency and removed posts discussing the changes on the Bitcoin subreddit, instructing users to discuss the topic in alternative forums.