Andreas M. Antonopoulos Warns Ethereum Community

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Andreas M. Antonopoulos Warns Against Ethereum Community In-Fighting

The author of 2 widely acclaimed books on cryptocurrency provided guidance to designers developing ethereum, the world’s second-largest blockchain, this weekend, arguing they should beware to avoid fragmenting their technical community through infighting.

Andreas M. Antonopoulos, whose books “Mastering Bitcoin” and “Mastering Ethereum” are now standards for designers finding out about both procedures, gave a keynote address about the significance of building “unstoppable code” to hackers and enthusiasts at ETHDenver, a conference that drew thousands to Colorado to talk about the future of the protocol.

“Do not provide yourself the power to stop unstoppable code. Embrace the truth that what we’re doing is very important and it needs guts,” he said onstage.

He included later on in an interview with CoinDesk, a word of caution to the ethereum community, stating:

“Be careful of fragmentation … When things get difficult, people become more insular in their thinking and they start magnifying differences instead of focussing on commonalities.”

ethereum’s main cryptocurrencyAntonopoulos’ remark went on to acknowledge the effects of market decline, in context of which ethereum’s main cryptocurrency, ether, has dropped in value from $1,100 to just over $100. Speaking to CoinDesk, Antonopoulos argued that he expects depressed market conditions to add pressures to existing online debates.

“A lot of the severe maximalism we’ve seen comes at the absolute peak of the bearish market or the trough of the bearish market when individuals are feeling extremely scared and threatened,” said Antonopoulos.

He continued:

“When things are easy, it’s easy to get along. When things get hard, that’s when you need to stop and remember the things we share rather than the things that divide us.”

Antonopoulos went on to get in touch with others within the ethereum community to stand up in future circumstances in which those moving the project forward undergo excessive abuse.

“The onlooker effect is extremely insidious, however it’s also extremely easy to beat, and the way you beat it is by having one courageous person. That’s all it takes,” said Antonopoulos later to CoinDesk.

Prophetic words

Andreas M. AntonopoulosAntonopolous’s words have taken on a new resonance, however, in light of the subsequent departure of ethereum core developer Afri Schoedon who gave up the project this week over attacks introduced against both himself personally and his work on the open-source software.

Schoedon’s choice to leave ethereum was stimulated by an attack of criticism over a contentious tweet he made Thursday comparing ethereum to blockchain interoperability protocol Polkadot, which also has its own cryptocurrency.

Already, lots of ethereum developers and contributors have actually released an open letter to signal an end to continued “toxic behaviour that prevents open conversation.”

The letter states:

“We, the undersigned, contributors and workers behind scores of projects, and those seeking to build better systems, feel … threats against a person’s well-being can never be justified and we categorically reject such toxicity in digital communities.”

Even more, voices in ethereum, consisting of the community relations supervisor for it’s leading non-profit, the Ethereum Foundation, have denounced the online abuse targeted at Schoedon.

Several other prominent members of the community on Twitter and Reddit have actually spoken equally as adamantly about the requirement to call out and decline spiteful commentary online.

Such actions are, in the viewpoint of Antonopoulos, exactly how genuine change can take place within communities, crypto or otherwise.

Antonopoulos concluded:

“Words change history … To me, part of empowering people is empowering them to be able to act with reason and logic and words, instead of with force, with coercion, with violence. And to also be able to defend themselves with reason and words in the face of coercion and violence.”

Andreas M. Antonopoulos image via Christine Kim for CoinDesk, thank you BlockGeeks

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