OUR SEVEN SOCIAL PRINCIPLES:
WE ASSUME GOOD FAITH.
WE REWARD THE POSITIVE.
WE ACT WITH DIGNITY.
WE TRUST EACH OTHER TO FAIL WELL.
WE DO NOT ASK PERMISSION.
THE NETWORK IS MOTHER, THE NETWORK IS FATHER.
WE HAVE FUN, BECAUSE IT ATTRACTS MORE PEOPLE.
We assume good faith. This is a Wikipedia principle that has been a cornerstone of
building the Wikipedia community: when we see somebody acting in a way that can
be interpreted as malice, we always give them the benefit of the doubt. We assume
good faith. We assume that they were trying to do something good for the Bitcoin
Cash community, and try to help them do better.
In the case of repeated vandalism, or where it becomes obvious that bad faith is
present, we come to the second principle:
We reward the positive. Introducing a person into a social context is not much
different from training a dog or a raven; higher-level brains are remarkably similarly
wired. The key is understanding that all attention is reward. Therefore, we reward all
the positive things we see, even if just with a short acknowledgment, and completely
ignore the negative. This reinforces all positive behavior and suppresses all negative
behavior in all mammals, humans included.
The most important thing about this principle is that we don’t point out anything
negative. Ever. At all. We just ignore it (and do something completely different if we
feel we want to).
We act with dignity. We’ve all seen the trolls of Bitcoin Legacy behave like
shitslinging screeching chimpanzees in hopes of pulling people down to their level,
then beating those people with years of shitslinging experience. We are not like that,
we will not be like that. It is not who we are today, it is not who we will ever be.
We behave professionally, courteously, and like we would want somebody to behave
toward ourselves. We behave with dignity. We do not let ourselves be drawn into
five-year-old-level “my dad is bigger than yours” Twitter arguments, ever.
We trust each other to fail well. We will see each other take initiatives in the Bitcoin
Cash disorganization that we have absolutely no idea how they will help the
movement, and may even be completely counterproductive, and it’s okay. We have as
many social contexts as we have participants, and we might not understand why
somebody else is doing what they’re doing, because we’re not in their social context.
It might even be that they’re completely wrong, even in their context, and that’s okay,
What unites us is that we want Bitcoin Cash to succeed. We’re also united in that
nobody has done this before, nobody has set out to replace central banks as a
phenomenon and succeeded. This means that, by definition, we must learn by trial
and error. That also means that the only way to not make any mistakes is to not try
anything at all.
Once we come to zen with the fact quite a lot of initiatives will fail, and that it’s not
just okay, but a necessary part of the learning process to half-fail a number of times in
order to get it right enough eventually, then we will trust each other to fail well.
We do not ask permission. Nobody has a better understanding of our context than
ourselves, and therefore, every person in the Bitcoin Cash disorganization is the best
person to make decisions about their particular environment. In fact, asking
somebody else’s permission for taking an initiative or for following somebody else’s
initiative is the only thing that is strongly discouraged in this disorganization.
Everybody has the power to empower themselves to take an initiative.
Everybody has the power to follow the initiatives of others; many, one, or none.
However, note the important difference here between asking permission and just
asking around to coordinate efforts in general. There’s a world of difference between
“may I have permission to try this, please?” and “Hey, I’m thinking of trying this,
does anybody see any negative potential impact I didn’t think of?”.
The network is mother, the network is father. Overarching everything we do is the
security of the Bitcoin Cash network. Nobody is capable of destroying the network or
even harming it to a measurable degree. This is zen, this is mother, this is father. We
don’t worry about this. The Nakamoto Consensus and the profit motive will make
sure that the network keeps working, regardless of what initiatives we take to
improve its liberty through profit motive.
We have fun, because it attracts more people. Most IT companies talk about “we
have fun”, and they usually mean that in the context of “you are expected to love
working 60 hours per week in this open office”, which is usually slightly more fun
than spending 60 hours straight in a dentist’s chair.
We mean something different, since we’re working with volunteers.
Volunteers have this habit of seeking out things that, well, seem fun to be part of.
They typically judge this by observing whether other people doing something seem to
be having fun doing it.
In contrast, potential newcomers will walk an extra mile around people who are not
having fun, because those potential newcomers don’t want to also not be having fun.
Therefore, there is also a success component to having fun when working with
Bitcoin Cash, as we’re working with a volunteer crew (and especially when that
volunteer crew is mostly very financially independent and could go drive Maseratis
as a new hobby instead).
For normal IT companies, “having fun” means something like “we bought an old
pinball game and put it in the basement”.
For us, it means “we are making an active effort to have fun doing this, because if we
have fun, we will attract more people who also want to have fun with us”.
So having fun is not just having fun and slacking off at work. It is actually a
requirement for success, as we need to attract more people to Bitcoin Cash over time,
and they are much more likely to join us if we make an effort to enjoy ourselves.