Ethereum core developer Afri Schoedon recently took to Twitter to announce that he would be going off all social media handles.
Until further notice, you can reach me via firstname.lastname@example.org, on Telegram using changing handles, and on Parity's Riot/Github. I will no longer respond on Gitter, Skype, Discord, Slack, Wire, Twitter, and Reddit.
— Afri (@5chdn) February 17, 2019
Although this incident seems to have come out of nowhere, it was sparked by Schoeden comparing Ethereum against an upcoming project called Polkadot. The developer, among other things, shilled the latter while FUDing about the former.
“From a legacy chain client developer perspective, this will be a hell of a task to maintain the $ETH 1.x chain for another 2 or 3 years. From a d-app or contract developer perspective, projects like *#*Polkadot will be much more interesting because you can already use them in 2019.”
Hudson Jameson, the co-founder at Oaken Innovations was very disappointed in the Ethereum community, blaming them for chasing away ‘one of our best contributors for the dumbest reasons'.
I'm so angry and disappointed in the Ethereum community. You ran out one of our best contributors for the dumbest reasons. More people should have spoken up in support and there needs to be less vitriol. https://t.co/eClG1q1f9N
— Hudson Jameson (@hudsonjameson) February 17, 2019
This sparked an interesting conversation which was joined by the likes of Vitalik and Jackson Palmer. Another discussion saw people asking about the identity of Schoedon. A user responded saying, “An “ETH” lead developer who has been funded by ETH”, “But doing other things like Polkadot and undermining ETH.” To which the developer responded saying he was not working on Polkadot.
Ethereum community wasn't very pleased with his statement, calling him out as the ‘Judas' of Ethereum on Twitter and Reddit, and claiming that there is a ‘conflict of interest.' Founder of Akomba Labs said:
“I remember back in 2018 end of October, just hours after that sync bug was found in Serenity, you immediately called No Serenity in 2018. And then you made sure in the dev meeting to it was delayed to 2019, despite others claiming that the bug is easily fixable. It occurred back to me that there is an obvious conflict of interest in your position, (even if rightfully) delaying Ethereum but working for polkadot. In light of that, this tweet boasting polkadot’s progress and criticizing Ethereum’s speed seems particularly unfortunate.”
However, people like Yaz Khoury came out in defense of Afri:
This mob behavior against Afri and @ParityTech is the result of toxic tribalism that haunted the space for a long time.
Ethereum is a technology with many implementations and visions: Main network, Classic network, Polka Dot, and ETH 2.0
The diversity of networks is powerful.
— Yaz Khoury (@Yazanator) February 18, 2019
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