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In this episode of “The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado,” hosts Aaron van Wirdum and Sjors Provoost explain what Bitcoin Improvement Proposals (BIPs) are and how the BIP process works. They discussed why BIP is a useful, but non-binding, agreement within the Bitcoin tech community.
Van Wirdum and Provoost began by explaining exactly what BIP is – and what it isn’t. They also made it clear that only improvements to the Bitcoin software that affect other projects require BIP. The two continued to dive into the history of the BIP operation a bit, noting that the format was introduced by Libbitcoin developer Amir Taki and later updated by Bitcoin Knots moderator Luke Dashjr.
Finally, van Wirdum and Provoost explained how the BIP process itself works, i.e. how the proposal can be converted to BIP, and ultimately implemented in the program. They also briefly explained how the BIP process can be damaged, and why that wouldn’t be a very big problem.
This episode was originally scheduled to air on Friday, June 4, but was postponed due to the Bitcoin 2021 conference that took place last week in Miami.