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JAN 4, 2024

BRC-20 token standard architect objects to proposed fork

by CoinNess Global

Disagreement has emerged within the Bitcoin blockchain community, revolving around the BRC-20 token standard.
Domo, the pseudonymous developer behind the creation of the token standard, has publicly expressed his opposition to an upcoming upgrade proposed by the Hong Kong headquartered project, UniSat Wallet.

Due diligence concerns

On Tuesday Domo took to the X social media platform (previously Twitter) to articulate his concerns. He voiced apprehensions about hastily implementing updates in BRC-20, asserting that such a rush could potentially harm the broader BRC-20 user community. Domo's resistance is rooted in his belief that UniSat Wallet's proposed updates lack due diligence and are being introduced precipitously without considering potential repercussions. He wrote:”Recognizing the serious implications and valuations involved, I believe rushing these updates in BRC20 is reckless, disregards their peer indexers, and could potentially harm the broader community of BRC20 users.”

‘Split’ rather than ‘fork’

Conversely, UniSat Wallet has declared its intention to “follow the Ordinals Jubilee upgrade, to confirm that BRC-20 is still on Ordinals without splitting into an isolated protocol."
Described as a "split" rather than a "fork," UniSat Wallet's approach adapts to the Ordinals Jubilee upgrade, a transformative change in how the Bitcoin blockchain manages tokenized assets. In mapping the way forward its proposing to take, UniSat outlined that it would publish a whitepaper on Jan. 31, describing it as “the most significant present we are able to deliver” for BRC-20, Ordinals and Bitcoin.
The crux of the matter lies in the method and pace of implementing these changes. Domo's concerns reflect a broader sentiment within the crypto community, where the rapid pace of advancements often collides with the need for stability and thorough vetting. UniSat Wallet's proposed changes, though innovative, may be viewed as potentially destabilizing by certain community members, especially those deeply entrenched in the current BRC-20 standard.

Striking a balance

This development is pivotal, highlighting the dynamic and occasionally contentious nature of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency standards. Web3 project incubator and investor TrustlessLabs summed up the matter in a social media post on Wednesday, drawing the following conclusions:”This situation encapsulates a critical challenge in blockchain protocol development: finding the right balance between preserving stability and embracing technological advancements.”
As technology evolves, divergent opinions on the trajectory of these advancements are inevitable. The ongoing debate between Domo and UniSat Wallet serves as a microcosm of the larger conversations transpiring in the crypto space about how to strike the right balance between progress and stability.
The BRC-20 token standard, an experimental fungible token standard on Bitcoin, draws inspiration from Ethereum's ERC-20 standard. It allows the creation of fungible tokens using Bitcoin’s Ordinals protocol, constituting a significant breakthrough in cryptocurrency by enabling novel forms of tokenization on the Bitcoin blockchain.
This disagreement not only spotlights a critical debate in the crypto realm but also emphasizes the delicate equilibrium between innovation and stability.
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