Top Bitcoin Developer Confirms Resignation Plan, Citing ‘Social Media Discussions’ as Reason

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Lead Bitcoin developer Wladimir van der Laan confirmed in a tweet that he is resigning from the Bitcoin project. He cites “burnout” and “weird social media spats” as the main reasons for making the decision.

It should be noted that Van der Laan is the second successor to Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous individual who created Bitcoin. He is one of the few people in the world with access to Bitcoin’s Core Github. For the past eight years, he has been the maintainer of the Bitcoin ecosystem.

Van der Laan was responding to a Twitter user who pointed out that an “inflation bug” posted by a Bitcoin developer years ago “could have killed Bitcoin”. He tweeted: “It’s really low, everyone makes mistakes, a bug is just as much everyone else’s fault for not taking it into account and anyway why talk about it now?” adding that criticism is one of the reasons why it is so difficult to find developers willing to contribute to Bitcoin’s core. “Sometimes the expectations are unreasonable and inhumane, there is no other industry where you are personally pilloried for bugs.” He confirmed that it was “time for him to move on”.

Bitcoin Developers are volunteers, who work to maintain and fix reported bugs in the Bitcoin ecosystem. They receive donations from Bitcoiners or companies for their work.

Moreover, Van der Laan is a strong supporter of decentralization. Recently, he highlighted the possibility of transferring ownership of the Bitcoin core to an organization rather than a single owner. “I realize I’m a bit of a centralized bottleneck myself. And while I find Bitcoin to be an extremely interesting project and I think it’s one of the most important things going going on right now, I also have many other interests. It’s also particularly stressful and I don’t want this, or the weird social media feuds around it, to start defining me as a person,” he added in a blog post.

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