A History of Bitcoin Hard Forks

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In this episode of “Bitcoin, Explained,” hosts Aaron van Wirdum and Sjors Provoost discuss a recent blog post by Jameson Lopp titled “Bitcoin Ever Hard Forked?”

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Hard forks are generally defined as bitcoin protocol upgrades that remove or relax the rules, making these types of upgrades backwards incompatible. Van Wirdum and Provoost explain, however, that in his blog post, Lopp claims that this definition is not very precise and suggests that the term should only apply if the rule change was actually used. Further, hard forks can be categorized into explicit hard forks, where the rule change was an intentional hard fork, and implicit hard forks, where the rule change was not originally intended to be a hard fork but turned out to be a Anyway.

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