Those who follow the cryptocurrency news may not realize that most of the main bitcoin forums, including reddit's /r/bitcoin and bitcointalk.org, are owned by one person, theymos. theymos has unilaterally decided to impose censorship on all forums he controls to prevent discussion of a new patch released by Gavin Andresen, a Core developer, that changes the bitcoin blocksize to 8MB. Posts to his forums about the subject are being silently hidden, in an attempt to control the media narrative over the debate.
Anything posted in any of his forums, including /r/bitcoin and bitcointalk.org, should not be trusted as a news source. In addition to the proven deletions of threads, theymos has the more insidious ability to shape the debate by selectively deleting posts within thread. For example, if the true opinion of the community is that 90% support the bitcoin-xt fork and 10% oppose it, theymos can delete most of the posts supporting the fork, creating the appearance of a "fair" discussion that has equal support on both sides. It is unknown what the true opinion of bitcoin users is on this issue because there are few uncensored forums available.
Additional details along with the admission from theymos are available at https://www.reddit.com/r/BitcoinMarkets ... _utheymos/.
We urge people to:
- Stop posting to /r/bitcoin and bitcointalk.org. Post in /r/bitcoin_uncensored instead. Continue to do so even after this event so that theymos does not continue to control the entire bitcoin media.
- Link to this post or spread the word as widely as possible about the censorship.
Moderation of forums is necessary to keep the tone civil. No matter where you stand on the issue of block size, censorship of forums to prevent legitimate discussion on the most important topic in the history of bitcoin is wrong. Please join us by spreading the word and taking a stand against manipulation and censorship.