Powerful Ethereum Community Collaboration Calls for Elimination of Behavioral Toxicity


During the last few days, there have been some conflicts among the cryptocurrency community, specifically on the Ethereum (ETH) ecosystem. The community has been discussing different issues that ended with Afri Schoedon stepping down from his role on Ethereum.

This is why Breakermag released this open letter alongside Ethereum contributors worldwide to voice concerns on integrity.

Ethereum is the second largest blockchain network in the market and it plays an important role in the whole cryptocurrency ecosystem because it provides a network for projects to launch their virtual currencies, tokens and platforms.

As per the open letter, there have been ecosystem members hat engaged in toxic behaviour and that discouraged open discussions. Some of the things that harmed the community were related to doxxing, violent threats and many others. They explained that Afri Schoedon received a lot of violence from Redditors that pushed him out of the Ethereum project.

Although Ari’s tweet was provocative, he just gave a personal opinion regarding a topic. There were some comments that were respectful, but some others were completely aggressive and unacceptable. Other developers such as Taylor Monahan or Lane Rettig, have also been attacked for sharing their opinion regarding different issues.

“It is hugely upsetting and chills free speech when any contributor, whether a developer, community builder or otherwise, is attacked, intimidated, and is deliberately made to feel unsafe,” reads the open letter.

In the past, for example, Jameson Lopp was misidentified as a shooter and armed police entered his home. This is also an intimidating thing that threatens developers and makes them leave the market or work not efficiently.

About it, Ethereum contributors commented:

“We, the undersigned, contributors and workers behind scores of projects, and those seeking to build better systems feel that these actions have gone far beyond acceptable standards of debate: Whatever the circumstance, threats against a person’s well-being can never be justified and we categorically reject such toxicity in digital communities.”

They also explain that the community wants to welcome constructive feedback to improve and enhance projects. In this letter, they also explain that several ecosystem members have already voiced valid concerns related to individuals working on Ethereum and other projects and potential conflict of interest.

Furthermore, those that signed the open letter, defend the values of the Ethereum community, free speech, privacy and freedom. However, values and basic respect for all human beings are above all the other things

As the network is built by humans, developers are asking to respect different personal opinions that members of the community have. This is why they support Afri in this respect and they will be standing by and protect others that are being intimidated.

As they wrote, the community must preserve the mental and emotional health of those working long hours, weekends and often without pay to improve Ethereum.

Some of the developers signing this letter are:

  • Alex Van de Sande (Ethereum Foundation)
  • Coogan Brennan (ConsenSys Academy)
  • Fábio Hildebrand (Solidified)
  • James Beck (ConsenSys)
  • Mudit Gupta (Polymath),

among many others.

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