The two sides, then, are known as Big Blockers and Small Blockers, and they are divided by a small technical decision: how many megabytes of data a BTC block must handle. Big Blockers want to increase the block size to accommodate more transactions, lower fees and make daily payments more feasible. Small Blockers are more conservative, both in the way their name suggests, as well as in not wanting to make irreversible changes to Bitcoin’s source code. Larger blocks enable more people to use bitcoin, which increases throughput, but also requires an update to the protocol known as a hard fork (an immutable, and not backwards compatible code split).
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