If thereâs one thing that rival cryptocurrency factions can agree on, itâs their mutual dislike of one other. Everything else is up for debate, and not calm, reasonable debate, but the sort of fevered in-fighting that makes the crypto community resemble an unruly rabble. This internecine squabbling has arguably done more to hinder cryptocurrency adoption than any external threat.
Tribalism Will Be the Death of Cryptocurrency
Ripple supporters squabbling with Dogecoin diehards; Bitcoin Core and Cash maximalists constantly sniping; Vergelets lashing out against everyone; IOTA being IOTA. Itâs easy to forget, amidst all the hullabaloo and name-calling, that weâre all on the same side. Crypto communities have more that unites them than divides them, and yet you wouldnât think so at times.
Humans have been falling out with fellow humans ever since the Garden of Eden (replace the serpent with Segwit and the forbidden fruit with Lightning to complete the analogy). Religious factions (or âforksâ) have been attacking one another for centuries over slight ideological differences, and on crypto Twitter itâs much the same.
Welcome to Crypto â Now Get Out
Last week, Jackson Palmer expressed his frustration at constant attacks from Ripple supporters over XRP data on his Arewedecentralizedyet site. Such attacks are by no means isolated, and Ripple is certainly not the only community to face such charges. Crypto would be boring if everyone always got on, and differences of opinion were settled by courteous fedora tipping. One of the reasons why altcoin communities bicker is because their members are so passionate about crypto, but this zealotry risks alienating newcomers.
In âDivided We Fail: The Irrational Insanity of Crypto Tribalismâ Kent Barton writes: âWeâre all part of the same technological revolution. Yet here we are, wasting precious time and energy attacking ourselves…tribal thinking will do nothing to make the world a better and freer place. Its only beneficiaries are the centralized entities we seek to disintermediate.â Thatâs not to say that detractors canât call Ripple a âcentralized securityâ or Tron âshitcoin vaporwareâ if they want to: the beauty of crypto is that nobody can tell you what do do.
You get to control your keys, your crypto, and the conversations you have with your fellow coiners. You can be insightful, funny, a jerk or a combination of all three. But if youâre constantly bashing other cryptocurrencies, or attacking anyone who criticizes your own, maybe itâs time to step away from the keyboard for a moment and remind yourself of why you got into cryptocurrency in the first place. Itâs not crypto vs crypto: itâs crypto vs the rest of the world. Win the battle for mass adoption and thereâll be plenty of time afterwards for squabbling over scalability.
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