Published on August 19th, 2015 | by bitcoin0
Programmers’ Disagreement Could Split the Digital Currency
On August 15th two of bitcoin’s five main developers released a competing version, or “fork”, of the software that powers the currency—a move, some fear, that may split bitcoin.
The bone of contention is the size of a “block”, a batch of bitcoin transactions into which these are assembled before they are processed.
Satoshi Nakamoto, the elusive creator of bitcoin who went offline in 2011, limited their 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.