This is a question that many in the crypto community should ask themselves at least once. The news of Vladimir van der Laan’s break led us to examine what some might consider an unlikely but very influential situation.
A Bitcoin Core developer who is also the moderator of the GitHub account for the project (anyone who can “integrate the code in the main line”) is rare. To put this in perspective, if a Bitcoin Core developer has a black belt, then someone like Van der Laan has a third-degree black belt.
To put this in perspective, we interviewed renowned Blockstream dojo trainer and manager Adam Back. He said that neither Lan’s departure nor the disappearance of any companions in the event of a potential disaster would challenge Bitcoin (BTC):
“Technically, this is not a problem anyway, because even if all administrators crash the plane or the IT service will be very bad in order. You can create a new GitHub. ”
In addition, most of the crypto community does not fully understand the role of major developers in the ecosystem and tends to overestimate their importance. In his opinion, the changes that Bitcoin Core developers can make are related to backward compatibility and should not affect the key features of the protocol, such as finishing, censorship resistance or inflation. He also indicated that the changes should either preserve or improve privacy. Buck believes that if developers try to offer ideals outside of this model, they will be rejected by the ecosystem:
“So I do not think that a particular app for bitcoin developers can make a difference outside this region, because the economic ecosystem will reject it and use another app.”
He also opposes any form of chain management, as he believes it will lead to the takeover of Bitcoin by “central lobby groups”, which points to an inherent problem with stakeholder protection protocols. We avoided this with the current system. Some believe that organizations such as Back’s Blockstream, Lightning Labs, Chaincode Labs and others that support Bitcoin Core developers have a disproportionate impact on the ecosystem. Back replied that Blockstream deliberately does not take a position on Bitcoin offers. At the same time, the Core developers employed by the company can quit Blockstream if they feel pressured to do something bad for Bitcoin, and the company has to pay them a salary for another year.
The inventor of Hashcash asked us why, if the decision-making process in the Bitcoin ecosystem is so harmonious, sometimes the discussions get heated? Some of these are known to have led to divisions, for example in the block size dispute. In his opinion, this happened because some of the participants tried to pave the way for change:
“I think this has a lot to do with the fact that some companies and mining groups have tried to change the change process to bring financial benefits to the business.”