Bitcoiners have been calling for a boycott of the upcoming North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami, to be held during January 16-18, because of its association with GAW Miners.
GAW has been accused by many in the community to be a scam, its latest undertakings being Paycoin and Paybase, which have made grand promises to revolutionize finance.
The Bitcoin community has now shifted its wrath to the Miami conference. According to its website, Paybase is one of its premiere sponsors. In addition, GAW CEO Josh Garza is currently scheduled to speak at the conference on January 17 at 1:30 PM EST. Bitcoiners have accused the conference of benefiting from “scam money” and don’t want to see Garza perpetuate what they consider more GAW propaganda.
Bitcoin entrepreneur Erik Voorhees took to reddit to criticize what he considers to be the community’s overreaction. He said that the conference and Bitcoin shouldn’t have to suffer because of one perceived “witch,” and that a constructive Q&A dialogue with Garza would be beneficial. Comparing the community’s reaction to an autoimmune response gone overboard, he added:
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“Are we so gullible that we’re worried his silky words will convince us all to dump our BTC for sparkling Paycoins?”
He ended his post by saying, “We should not amputate an arm merely due to the cut of a finger. That is an auto-immune reaction gone too far, and one which would do more harm than good.”
Others have countered with the fact that Paybase providing premier sponsorship renders the event as too GAW-centric.
It is not currently known if Voorhees has any connection with GAW. The attorney that handled his case versus the SEC, Brian Klein of Baker Marquart LLP, also reportedly assisted GAW in a reported Cease and Desist order against Coin Fire over negative commentary.
Conference organizer Moe Levin has suggested giving Garza an additional 30 minutes to handle Q&A, saying that “sunlight is the best disinfectant.”