Why The Denial-Of-Service Argument Against BOLT 12 Doesn’t Hold Up Today

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This is an opinion editorial by Shinobi, a self-taught educator in the Bitcoin space and tech-oriented Bitcoin podcast host.

BOLT 12 is a proposal from Rusty Russel of Blockstream to optimize how payments are made over Lightning and ultimately become the successor to BOLT 11. Even though there are many different features packaged together in order to compose the BOLT, this article is mostly going to focus on the trade-offs and issues regarding one of them. First, I will quickly summarize some of the key features of the BOLT proposal here:

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