The lead proponent of one of the most controversial Bitcoin proposals in recent years, a change that would have made NFTs and other tokens more difficult to mint on the blockchain, has abruptly been terminated with no action taken. This led to accusations of censorship from the leader of the proposal.

The proposal was created in September by the developer Luke Dashjr who has been working on Bitcoin for more than a decade. This move was made just a few months after Ordinals appeared. The protocol allowed users to “inscribe data” onto the blockchain such as Non-Field Tokens and the specifications for new coins. Ordinals quickly became popular, causing congestion on the network. The Bitcoin-based NFTs were previously only available on Ethereum and other blockchains. They have proved valuable in their right. A trio of ” BitcoinShrooms ” recently sold for $450,000 at Sotheby’s.

Dashjr submitted his proposal to the open-source platform Github with the seemingly mundane goal of updating Bitcoin Core “to be more effective in carrying newer datacarrying style.” The discussion turned quickly into a heated debate over whether or not the 14-year old blockchain should remain as a peer to peer payments network, or if the market should decide which transactions are prioritized.

Even those who support a purist view of the blockchain were skeptical that Dashjr’s proposal to filter the Ordinals transactions would win over Bitcoin miners. These miners play a crucial role in the operations of the network and have benefitted handsomely from this fee windfall.

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Ava Chow, Bitcoin core maintainer abruptly ended further discussion about Dashjr’s proposal, also known as a “pull request” or PR, without taking any actions to incorporate the new code.

According to , the page for the open-source Bitcoin Core Project, it is the responsibility of the maintainers to add code changes “that the team agrees are appropriate.”

Chow wrote: “It is abundantly clear that the PR is controversial, and in its current form, it has no chance of reaching a resolution that is acceptable to all.” “At this time, I don’t see any reason to keep this open and continue sending notifications to the back-and forth stalemate discussions.”

‘Pretty sophisticated’

Gloria Zhao, another Bitcoin Core maintainer , , tweeted a summation, of the Github debate, which included a recap on the technical details.

Dashjr proposed to apply stricter data-size limitations to Bitcoin transactions. This was similar to the 80-byte hard limit that is applied to a data field called ” Op_Return.”

Lisa Neigut is a Blockstream developer and teaches Bitcoin courses at . It would make it very difficult to get Ordinals into blocks using the standard TX delivery pipeline.

In her summary, Zhao noted that arguments to “Stop inscribings” as spam had been rebutted by the argument that “We can’t write code to detect embedded data.”

Dashjr responded by tweeting that Chow “censored any person who wanted to respond” and “that you conveniently left out the fact that the objections raised to the PR had already been answered/refuted.”

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Dashjr has been pushing for Bitcoin to be rid of what he described as ” storage schemes since at least 2014. His firm Mummolin made headlines when it raised $6.2 Million during a seed financing round led by Block Inc.’s head and founder of Twitter Jack Dorsey.

Last month, the leaders of Ocean’s bitcoin mining pool indicated that the new project could filter out many transactions with the Ordinals inscribed.

CoinDesk contacted Dashjr to ask for a comment. He responded by sending the link to a new post that he had written on Github just a few days earlier.

Dashjr, a Github user, wrote that the proposal to “fix this bug” had been “inappropriately shut down due to social attack.” This is still an issue that requires attention.

The new thread has already been flooded with comments, igniting a new discussion on the subject.

Dashjr tweeted after this article was published: “Spam filtering won’t be dead until spam is dead.”

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Aoyon A. Ashraf is the editor.