There is a reason why Nick Szabo's blog is called Unenumerated or why Andreas Antonopoulos retains an interest in all attempts at decentralised networks. It’s because to call yourself anything is to start having to defend it.
That doesn’t stop you from defending Bitcoins core features though. For Bitcoin to be widely adopted it has to be usable by the average person but not necessarily fully understood by them. Very few people can explain how the internet works or the open nature of TCP/IP but we all rely on it. Therefore a hardcore base of feature defenders is a good thing. You can fight for Bitcoins core features, without joining a tribe.
Rusty Russell, Elisabeth Stark and few others are technical, moderate Bitcoiners but still tough feature defenders. They resist personal attacks and relentlessly focus on the building and defending of core features. They identify as skeptics of other networks and focus on the potential long term problems in Bitcoin. They are both working on Lightning and Rusty has flagged the potential for a big fight over the 21 million limit once mining rewards drop off. They don’t need to attack anyone, force bets or label themselves because their work speaks for itself.
The lack of clear, core values in Ethereum is what many Bitcoiners find hardest to accept. It is literally running in every direction which has created a host of problem and increasing complexity at the base layer. Bitcoin Maximalists who constantly call out central players in Ethereum on this are missing the point. Many Ethereum developers just want to experiment with the technology, not change the global monetary system. Some may play down the problems that all this complexity is leading to but many others have flagged this as not safe or scalable.
I have spoken with other people who feel Bitcoin Maximalist Guilt. They fell in love with The Bitcoin Idea, associated their views publicly with the community and we’re welcomed. They then felt they would lose some sort of camaraderie, or identity by voicing interest in other platforms. They like experimentation but don’t want to come out as a former maximalist. They have been having a mental affair with parts of Ethereum or other platforms that are highly risky, less likely to work, but still interesting. I’m here to say its ok to fiercely defend Bitcoins core features, and still retain an interest in other platforms. I’m right there with you.