Many have already advocated breaking the 21 million limit and making bitcoin inflate at some "steady" % rate (various figures have been bounced around) but I feel the majority of the people who responded to their suggestion feel that this is a bad idea. I personally do not support it and would never join this alternative block chain no matter what. I do not want a digital equivalent of the same crappy hyper inflationary fiat money system I live under right now!
But the reality is that there isn't much anyone can do to prevent someone from forking bitcoin or from creating their own flavor of the blockchain based on some wild idea that came to them while they were stoned. This is not necessarily a bad thing. But if the current bitcoin system were to gain a certain amount of traction any alternative systems would get largely ignored or would become a highly niche system. This is of course that it will be much easier for people to obtain common necessities and services for bitcoins belonging to the current system. Thus growth of the current system and widespread adoption is paramount!
In what way do you recommend we "deal with" potential forks?
1. Be like demons promoting our view.
2. Aggressively promote the forks where they would be appropriate, thus severing the connection.
3. Get diskcoin, cyclecoin, bandcoin, and servcoin out there so that forks become irrelevant and special purpose variants are more attractive than forking. Let them fork those as much as they like.
For this though, bitcoin needs to become a library with an interface on top. libxcoin?
Well bitcoin is a protocol. Last I checked that's not really the same thing as a library.
I agree one option #1. That is the best way to do this at the moment - to defend the system as it currently is and to properly educate people as to why its advantages far outweigh any possible perceived disadvantages. Many times people want to fork the current system because they do not fully understand economics or that they've been brainwashed by the Keynesian BS passed off as economics in the current educational system.
Option #2 is also good. I see no reason why specialized forks of bitcoin and the main bitcoin cannot co-exist.
3. Do you have some links to threads regarding those *coin variants? I'd like to learn more about them.