This might come off as a big surprise for most of our readers but Bitcoin was actually conjured out of an online forum. Its white paper was published by the anonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto on the cypherpunk mailing list during the late 2008. This forum was availed of by cryptographers across the globe since the beginning of 1990s. Thus, you might say that the initial growth phase of Bitcoin received the requisite inertia out of a large array of online hacker forums.
The community of developers, users and entrepreneurs bubbling with excitement over the latest happenings in the field of virtual tokens follow the online forum to keep their appetite for knowledge satiated. The community members can meet both offline or online for learning and sharing of ideas and network. Given below are some of the highly popular online forums which serve as the hotbed of discussion amongst the crypto connoisseurs:
Technical details pertaining to Bitcoin along with latest trends encompassing the cryptosphere are discussed in the message board of Bitcointalk. The forum was a part of the official Bitcoin website Bitcoin.org prior to July 2011. Presently the domain of Bitcointalk is operated by a user who goes by the name of Sirius and an admin known as Theymos. Popular for advertising messages or signature campaigns attached to the posts and comments of certain members, this platform helps users qualifying for the same in receiving payment from the advertisers.
The Bitcoin Mailing list
With the growing adoption of Bitcoin, a requirement was felt by the developers working on its core software for a platform to share ideas. As per archive records, a Bitcoin mailing list was hosted back in June 2011 on the Linux Foundation servers. This open to all forum operates under the stringent eye of moderators who allow the posting of topics related to core software development only.
This social news collating website allows the formation of communities by users termed as subreddits based on individual topics of interest. Several subreddits of Bitcoin can be traced in the platform however the two having maximum number of subscribers are r/BTC having 195,793 subscribers and r/Bitcoin having 783,018 subscribers. r/BTC is now 6 years old community where as r/Bitcoin is around 7 years old.
r/Bitcoin was the solitary subreddit dealing with Bitcoins until late 2015. On occurrence of the polarization in scaling debate, discussion in favour of Bitcoin XT was censored by the moderators since they showcased open support towards increase in the block size rather than second-layer solutions. r/BTC was launched by some members who were in the lookout of regaining their voice.
This source-control platform is a place where software developers collaborate on various projects. The platforms serve as a Bitcoin repository with thousands of code contributions coming from more than four hundred Bitcoin core developers. This open to all forum can be used specially to the benefit of developers discussing about their incubated codes.
Bitcoin has groups, community channels, pages and lists just like all popular subjects of interest in major social networking sites. Be it Slack – the team collaboration platform or Facebook, Telegram, WhatsApp and LinkedIn, you are bound to stumble upon people having similar interest as that of you. And the fact that cryptocurrency is one of the hottest discussion topics just makes the whole deal a lot easier as now you can get enriched about the global happenings related to the same by simply following these groups.
Taking a break from the online world, crypto topics are equally celebrated in real life offline scenarios. Physical meetings are bringing together people from across the globe for discussing about the weekly and daily happenings in crypto sphere. The three most common offline Bitcoin forums are described in brief below:
An active Bitcoin meetup group is prevalent in every major city or town around the globe. The creation of such groups receives a positive inertia from Meetup.com as members meet up once or twice every month for discussing current trends and sharing their experiences. Some of such groups act as physical bitcoin marketplaces as well as launching pad of start-ups. Users can scroll through the Bitcoin list in Meetup.com to find out if their city hosts any.
The contributors and software developers of Bitcoin organize hackathon for collaborating on various projects. This platform is also utilised by participants for showcasing their innovations and competing with each other for holistic betterment. Dozens of such events can be found across the world for example the annual Bitcoin hackathon held in Miami which is immensely popular in USA.
Bitcoin conferences / Blockchain Conferences / Cryptocurrency Conferences
The conferences attracting guests from around the town goes on for several days thus developing an interaction platform for lawyers, entrepreneurs, developers and academicians having interest in the topic of bitcoins. Usually colleges, trade associations and private companies organize these conferences.
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Rohit Kukreja is a Commerce graduate with Financial Markets expertise involving Stocks, Forex, Futures & Options Market and now Bitcoins & Cryptocurrency Markets. Blockchain Enthusiast but not a techie, Rohit is an active member of various Blockchain & Crypto communities all over India.