What Satoshi Nakomoto quotes are there in relation to:

  1. forks of Bitcoin?
  2. forks in general?
  3. altcoin/similar projects?

Here I mean forks that form distinct new coins/ecosystems, not in relation to proof of work rivalry.

I think I remember a quote that had the idea that people would tend not to choose a new project over the first one, the one with sociocultural inertia. I can't seem to find it though.

I'm interested in all of Satoshi Nakomoto's quotes in relation to forks/alternative cryptocurrencies (ones that started after bitcoin genesis).

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I think thats too much of an open ended and broad set of multiple questions to be answerable here but you can find the complete public writings of Satoshi Nakamoto using a search engine. I think there are several collections, some allow you to download the whole set which I found made it easier to search them. Some online collections have a built in search facility.

Some examples:


Here is the result of my searches. Note this omits discussions on the intermittent forking natural in Proof of Work. Also, I alas didn't find the quote I had in mind in the question.

1. Forks of Bitcoin

SHA256 breaking

Bitcoin Forum: Re: Dealing with SHA-256 Collisions June 14, 2010, 08:39:50 PM

If SHA-256 became completely broken, I think we could come to some agreement about what the honest block chain was before the trouble started, lock that in and continue from there with a new hash function.

If the hash breakdown came gradually, we could transition to a new hash in an orderly way. The software would be programmed to start using a new hash after a certain block number. Everyone would have to upgrade by that time. The software could save the new hash of all the old blocks to make sure a different block with the same old hash can't be used.

see also Re: Hash() function not secure July 16, 2010, 04:13:53 PM

Internet segmentation

Bitcoin Forum: Re: Anonymity July 08, 2010, 07:12:00 PM

... Any node with access to both sides would automatically flow the block chain over, such as someone getting around the blockade with a dial-up modem or sat-phone. It would only take one node to do it. Anyone who wants to keep doing business would be motivated. ...

Signature compromise

Bitcoin Forum: Re: Major Meltdown July 10, 2010, 01:36:17 PM

Quote from "llama" > However, if something happened and the signatures were compromised (perhaps integer factorization is solved, quantum computers?), then even agreeing upon the last valid block would be worthless.

True, if it happened suddenly. If it happens gradually, we can still transition to something stronger. When you run the upgraded software for the first time, it would re-sign all your money with the new stronger signature algorithm. (by creating a transaction sending the money to yourself with the stronger sig)

Longest chain

re. Hal Finney Bitcoin P2P e-cash paper - 2008-11-09 01:58:48 UTC

... The only way for everyone to stay on the same page is to believe that the longest chain is always the valid one, no matter what.

2. Forks in general

I didn't find anything.

3. Altcoin/similar projects


re. Mike Hearn <[email protected]> Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Procedure to hash a BitDNS block:

  • hash the BitDNS block
  • construct a Bitcoin block
  • insert the BitDNS hash into the scriptSig of tx 0 in the Bitcoin block
  • hash the Bitcoin block The BitDNS block is valid if that hash is below BitDNS's target.

(quote truncated, see source)


[email protected] Fri, 13 Feb 2009 02:31

> Are you familiar with Ripple?

As trust systems go, Ripple is unique in spreading trust around rather than concentrating it.

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