Ripple Software Engineer Rants to Twitter Haters by Obliterating the Half-Truths Concerning XRP

Blockchain Software Engineer Takes to Twitter to Crush the Fear and Doubt Being Spread about Ripple and XRP

Many people in the cryptocurrency industry see XRP as a centralized currency, which is a problem for the industry that thrives on decentralization. One software engineer and cryptographer, which goes by the handle @Ansel Lindner on Twitter, decided to critique the issues they found with Ripple.

On Twitter, the user responded to a tweet, commenting that there are certain things that are “blatantly absent” from Ripple. Those five traits are:

  1. “robust acedemic research”
  2. “many identifiable people in the community”
  3. “mailing list where a number of respected cryptographers discuss”
  4. “community debates over updates”
  5. “byzantine fault tolerance”

However, Nik Bougalis, an engineering manager with Ripple, did not take these accusations sitting down. Instead, he quickly jumped on the thread, challenging the Twitter user by saying:

Over the course of 11 tweets, Bougalis takes on each of the five points, starting with academic research by calling it “an interesting topic.” Explaining, he said, “We've published several papers which describe the algorithm we use and provide a mathematic framework to analyze it. We welcome academic review. @XRPTrump already linked one of them.” He also stated that they are open to academic research both within the ledger and the blockchain industry as a whole, pointing out that he proposed the idea that spurred the University Blockchain Research Initiative.

Next, he takes on the second point, saying that there are many identifiable members, adding that there are “a number of whom I've been lucky to meet in real life and who publicly and prominently identify themselves.” As far as a mailing list, he appeals to the critic, saying,

As far as community debates, Bougalis thinks that they are “great,” adding”

When it comes to the “byzantine fault tolerance, Bougalis simply replies:

Clearly, when someone decides to wrongfully accuse the Ripple platform, in any capacity, they need to remember the strong community and contributors involved in it. Along with Bougalis in this situation, CEO Brad Garlinghouse has never been shy about going after FUDs surrounding the company, while CTO David Schwartz has even busted a FUD that xRapid transactions were occurring on a private ledger.

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