Ethereum Classic (ETC) Abandoned by Core Developer Wei Tang for Ethical Reasons

Sat, 06/13/2020 - 14:58
Vladislav Sopov
Wei Tang (@sorpaas), a core developer at Parity and a prominent Substrate, Polkadot, and Ethereum (ETH) contributor, gave his reasons for ceasing his ETC contributions.
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Wei Tang explained that the post-Phoenix Ethereum Classic (ETC) network has broken the logics of the consensus integrity of Ethereum (ETH), specifically in terms of immutability.

Ethereum Classic (ETC) Fails the Test

In a detailed blog post, Tang outlined the role of core developers as the gatekeepers that balance a user's choice and consensus integrity. In terms of the Ethereum Class (ETC) network's recent Phoenix upgrade, he described two states - pre-hard fork and post-hard-fork.

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He stated that the overall rules of this balance can be summarized as following for the two states:

Core developers should, prior to a hard fork, maximize choices for users, and post a hard fork, minimize possibility of splits.

These maxima were broken in the post-Phoenix Ethereum Classic (ETC) network. The blockchain's core team decided to break some low-value smart contracts that were already deployed to the ETC Phoenix mainnet.

Mr. Tang recalled the same thing happening during the DAO fork that split the Ethereum (ETH) network from Ethereum Classic (ETC). So, ETC developers have failed to learn the mistakes of their predecessors.

Technology and Ethos

Also, Mr. Tang unveiled the ethical problems that have plagued the decentralized and free essence of the Ethereum Classic (ETC) blockchain. According to him, Ethereum Classic (ETC) inherited Ethereum's initial multi-implementation approach but failed to do the same with its collaborative culture.

Wei Tang recalled a series of internal conflicts, coding plagiarism issues, and aggressive public attacks among developers of different implementations.

Too busy with these conflicts, Ethereum Classic's developmental ecosystem failed to address the bugs in its code. Its main resources were spent to blame each other. Provocations and 'not-my-problem' attitudes became commonplace for the blockchain.

Despite wishing the ETC community well and good faith, Wei Tang sorrowfully concluded that the modern Ethereum Classic (ETC):

has become a blockchain that I cannot provide development support to.

About the author

Blockchain Analyst & Writer with scientific background. 5+ years in IT-analytics, 2+ years in blockchain.

Worked in independent analysis (Crypto Briefing) as well as in start-ups (, Monoreto, Attic Lab etc.)

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