Even things that break bitcoin are good for bitcoin.

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There's something supernatural about the way that bitcoin, an inert machine, elicits such pure, unrelenting optimism.

If you're pumping out transaction spam, you're still pro-bitcoin. If your business model is dependent on government subsidies, you're inevitably anti-bitcoin.

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For the record, I am totally fine with any bitcoin miners engaging in transaction spam and consider it a better profit-maximisation strategy than directly or indirectly taking advantage of renewable energy subsidies, or promoting the knee-capping of fossil-fuel competition.
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RT @mikealfred
Seeing a major uptick in anti bitcoin miner tweets from toxic maxis. Do these trolls not understand that proof of work literally does not…
twitter.com/mikealfred/status/

If you go for a nuanced…
1. Run a node only when you don’t trust your counterparty or the network is being split.
2. Try to hodl bitcoin but spend it when you really need to.

…I guarantee it’s not going to resonate and youre going to see a lot less nodes and a lot more regrets

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Invert for pure shitcoinery:
1. Most people don’t need to ever run a node. Mountain man fallacy.
2. Currency is only for spending, not for saving.

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Not LARPs.

1. Drill home the importance of running a node or being prepared to when the time calls. Maximise individual node operators.
2. Ensure people understand the gravity of selling bitcoin. Minimise sold bitcoin.
3. Okay. The eyes are a bit much.
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RT @bitcoinbrains
Top LARPs.

1. I run my own node, everyone should.

2. Never sell your bitcoin.

3. Laser eyes.
twitter.com/BitcoinBrains/stat

Totally awesome.
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If you say things like “bitcoin is about more than just money” then you simply underestimate the influence the character of money has on society.

Shitcoin bags might be heavy, but September 2021 laser eyes are heavier.

10/ The main point is that the conversations between passionate bitcoin node operators held here shouldn't be discounted. They matter.

It's not elitist to care about bitcoin twitter. And it's also not smart to dismiss it as irrelevant to bitcoin as a whole.

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9/ Twitter just happens to be one of the the main places where bitcoin node operators handle these debates. Most of the day-to-day "discussion" might be shitposting, but even that plays its role in shaping broader sentiment.

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8/ That's not at all to suggest that twitter itself is an essential component of the bitcoin network. If twitter started censoring certain bitcoin discussion tomorrow (looking increasingly inevitable to happen some day), the discussion would just move somewhere else.

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7/ There's a much larger group of non-node bitcoin users out there, who probably have never even heard of bitcoin twitter, but typically they are apathetic to nitty-gritty protocol details, and historically follow the consensus that emerges from the majority of node operators.

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6/ What runs on bitcoin nodes is set by beliefs about the optimal design for bitcoin. Sure, the deeper technical debates happen elsewhere (e.g. IRC, email, meatspace), but the beliefs of node operators are largely formed and tested on bitcoin twitter (for better or worse!).

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5/ The decision-making process of node operators is informed by many factors, and each node operator is different. But one thing is consistent: most node operators visit bitcoin twitter to keep up with protocol news and debate the latest proposals.

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4/ The 21 million limit, the blocksize limit, the censorship-resistance—all of it is not an inevitable and unavoidable outcome of the technology. It's the outcome of many subjective decisions made on the part of independent node operators.

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3/ The bitcoin protocol is ultimately social. The protocol only mechanises most of the network's operation and minimises the argument surface. It allows for social scalability, with consensus achieveable on a level of scale and complexity not seen before.

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2/ The bitcoin protocol does not develop by magic. Its rules are not deteministically set by immutable gravity-like universal forces. Bitcoin's rules are proposed by developers and subjectively selected and installed on bitcoin nodes by node operators.

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1/ Bitcoin twitter matters to the bitcoin protocol. A large portion of the conscientious bitcoin node operators—probably a majority—spend time on twitter (some more than others!).
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RT @nwoodfine
Bitcoin does not need bitcoin twitter, but bitcoin twitter still matters. twitter.com/nvk/status/1437919
twitter.com/nwoodfine/status/1

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