The Ethereum community responds to Afri Schoedon's lack of response

18 Feb, 2019 | Updated: 18 Feb, 2019
by Will Heasman
The Ethereum community responds to Afri Schoedon's lack of response

Tension within the Ethereum camp has been building of late, the effects of which are spreading, and impacting upon the community at large. Now a post, gaining traction on Reddit appears to be forming a quasi-mutiny, in order to hold Ethereum leadership accountable.

Yesterday, a prominent core developer of Ethereum, Afri Schoedon, took to Twitter to address critism recently gardened from the crypto community for a exhibiting a “conflict of interests”. However rather than address the critics face on, Schoedon decided to simply turn off, and tune out.

The developer asserted that he would no longer reply on multiple social media platforms in an apparent attempt to avoid further criticism… that’s working well, then.

To be fair, it appears that all Schoedon did was simply point out a flaw of Ethereum’s scaling technology, Serenity, comparing to a contemporary rival polka dot saying: “Polkadot delivers what Serenity ought to be.” Okay so not the best look for a developer playing both sides, but at least he didn’t jump ship on to TRON…

Rather than taking criticism to Schoedon himself, the community decided to air their issues with leadership as a whole, via the Ethereum subreddit.

A response, to the lack of response...

One user, going by the moniker, localethereumMichael, (we’ll call him Michael) decidedly had enough with the in-fighting, sharing concerns that Ethereum’s “inner circle” may “devolve into what bitcoin core is today.”

Particularly focused on Schoedon response, the post relays that the developer was “irresponsible” to reply with such seeming ambivalence, especially “11 days before the Constantinople fork”

“The voices of the community shouldn’t be ignored. We are the miners who support the network, we are the developers who give Ethereum its usefulness, we are the businesses who bring commerce to the public blockchain, and we are the investors who contributed money and time to make Ethereum possible. Without the community, Ethereum is nothing.” Michael exclaimed.

The post equated the recent goings on to the earlier EIP-999 debacle – an attempt to unfreeze the parity multisig-bug wallet- in which Schoedon allegedly tried to push through the proposal against the community's will. Something Michael states was similarly met with criticism and likewise ignored by Schoedon.

Read more: Ethereum's Constantinople hard fork has been delayed over discovered vulnerability

With this said, Michael proposed that the Ethereum leadership should “hold themselves accountable to the community” adding that this is not a big ask given Ethereum’s status as a “multibillion-dollar project” with hopes to change the world.

The rousing post amassed much response from both sides of the community:

Some agreed:



One understood Schoedon's stand:


And another disagreed with both sides:


its important to note that while many did agree with the post and a call for further accountability, many added that this was not a personal attack against Schoedon, but simply a cry for further transparency and responsibility to be taken by those leading Ethereum; something which investors, supporters and developers alike are quite rightly entitled to.

As of yet, there’s been no response from the Ethereum team.

Stay tuned to Chepicap for updates.

Read more: ETH core developer Afri Schoedon quits social media

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