I started up Bisq today. It had a pop-up (one of countless over the years…) with elaborate instructions on how to “upgrade Tor v2 addresses to v3”. This involved shutting down Bisq, deleting a dir and then starting it back up again.
Sure, for me, it was just a small annoyance, but what could explain that they have the users do this manually? Why not simply do it automatically in Bisq, without the user ever having to know about it? Even having them press a “Yes” box is too much IMO, but at least would be acceptable. Requiring manual, confusing steps is not.
Even for me, it was work that had to be done which I didn’t want to do. And shouldn’t have to. But I think primarily of all the people who are not computer freaks and who are far more likely to stop using something than sit and try to jump through hoops all the time when there are new things that break and change. Bisq, after all, is crucial in its role as the only non-KYC, decentralized Bitcoin exchange in the world. (Seriously, it is the only one. If you don’t get that, I don’t have the time to convince you otherwise.)
I won’t even go into the fact that you have to manually install each new version as if it were the initial installation of the program, but that’s clearly also a major issue for the overall “experience” of using Bisq.
It’s difficult to not get the feeling that this is done on purpose. As if Bitcoiners really would prefer it to not ever go mainstream, but rather remain this mysterious, esoteric and confusing thing forever. How else can one interpret things like this?
Are Bitcoiners opposed to wide-spread adoption on some, possibly subconscious, level?