On Saturday, August 4th, the launch of the btcinformation.org resource has been announced, allegedly a “community-supported” fork of Bitcoin.org.
As one of the developers of OpenDime wrote under the nickname NKV, “continuing the theme of decentralization, there is NO official website for Bitcoin”.
Keeping with the decentralization theme, there is NO official #Bitcoin website.
— NVK (@nvk) August 4, 2018
The author of a variety of documentation and one of the early supporters of bitcoin David Harding, who also made his “small contribution” to the work on the new site, notes that btcinformation.org lacks any advertising and third-party trackers.
Launch announcement for https://t.co/JzIHLdq3Bc, a community-maintained fork of Bitcoin(dot)org with advertisements removed and third-party trackers disabled. I’ve already had the pleasure making some small contributions. https://t.co/dUE4ubWJZk
— David A. Harding (@hrdng) August 4, 2018
The creators of the time say that despite the fact that Bitcoin.org still remains an excellent resource, recent events are damaging to its neutrality and that there is a high risk that its owners and administrators can tap the resource for other purposes.
In addition, according to the blog btcinformation.org, over the past few years, the owners and administrators of Bitcoin.org have taken unilateral actions that were contrary to the wishes of the community and without his consent. These actions also forced a number of people to leave the project, which on a continuous basis contributed to its development.
“As a result, we decided to launch btcinformation.org as a community-backed Bitcoin.org fork. The purpose of this site is to be a neutral information resource about bitcoin and its use, ” the message says.
Like Bitcoin.org, the new resource has a fully open code, and those who want to read it or contribute can do so on the project page on GitHub.
The comments on Reddit indicate that at the moment the site is registered in the name of the bitcoin developer Andy Chow, which he confirmed. From the quoted from the channel in Slack, Andy Chow plans to transfer the domain to the group management. The same applies to the repository on GitHub, which is also registered in the name of Chow.
Among the main differences of btcinformation.org from Bitcoin.org are listed the following:
– The site design has been changed a little.
– The “Events” page, which on Bitcoin.org was often filled with events not related to bitcoin, was deleted.
– A subsection devoted to Bitcoin Core is removed. It is noted that Bitcoin Core is a project that is independent of both Bitcoin.org and btcinformation.org.
– Remittances are temporarily deleted, but they will be returned in the future.
– The “Donations” section has been removed – at the moment the resource team is working on a more improved and distributed model of accepting donations.
Earlier, Blockstream CEO Adam Back criticized the hobby of Bitcoin.org co-founder Cobra last year’s Bitcoin Cash fork, said that bitcoin.org is “the property of the community”. Simultaneously, Back proposed transferring control of the domain to the administrator of Theymos, who is trusted by Cobra and other bitcoin supporters. In addition, a link to Bitcoin.org has been removed from the Bitcoin Core site.
In response, Cobra accused the head of Blockstream in an attempt to influence the change of management of Bitcoin.org, in order to gain more control over the policy of the site.