Bitcoin maximalist or extremist?: Charlie Lee sparks Twitter debate over semantics

07 Jan, 2019 | Updated: 07 Jan, 2019
by Will Heasman
Bitcoin
Bitcoin maximalist or extremist?: Charlie Lee sparks Twitter debate over semantics

The creator of Litecoin, Charlie Lee, has ignited a heated discussion on the differences between those who hold Bitcoin (BTC) above all else, and those who believe altcoins have a place in the crypto ecosystem.

If some Bitcoin extremists are actually Bitcoin maximalists and all Bitcoin maximalists are actually altcoin maximalists, are all bitcoin extremists, Bitcoi... nevermind.  

Lee started the heated conversation by asserting that some Bitcoin maximalists are actually what he terms bitcoin extremists in that they believe in BTC above all other cryptocurrencies; subsequently creating a Twitter poll in order to gather some consensus :

This caused a ripple amongst crypto twitter, who edged out of their various corners to argue semantics.

One Bitcoin maximalist showed his extremities:

Some took acceptation to the term, preferring a word with less derogatory undertones…

Others took it a little more seriously:

A few decided to add their own definitions:

One user questioned the idea of the term “Bitcoin maximalist” stating that it was instead a ploy to undermine BTC:

Tone Vays, a prominent Bitcoin analyst and commentator who is often given the title of Bitcoin Maximalist, stepped into the fray. Vays offered the opinion that these terms are semantics designed to demonize fervent supports of BTC:

This, in itself, caused a debate surrounding Vays' own leanings:

One user challenged Vays views:

Vays never responded.

While Bitcoin remains and always will be, the father of cryptocurrencies, it is perhaps shortsighted to view the #1 as the be all and end all of digital currencies, future, and present iterations included.

However, semantics will always be divisive, and open to subjective interpretation; In this instance an old adage springs to mind:

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me…”

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