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Ethereum Core Developer Quits After Polkadot Scandal

Ethereum core developer Afri Schoedon announced on Twitter that he will no longer respond on Gitter, Skype, Discord, Slack, Wire, Twitter and Reddit on February 18.

Afri Schoedon, a long-time Ethereum contributor, abruptly quit working on the second-largest cryptocurrency. A few days ago, Schoedon tweeted a meme that said “Polkadot delivers what Serenity ought to be. Change my mind.” The meme raised ire on Reddit, and the situation devolved from there until the developer quited.
Afri Schoedon’s made a remark on Twitter, where he compared Ethereum scaling technology Serenity and blockchain interoperability protocol Polkadot.
‘Polkadot delivers what Serenity ought to be’, he said.

The tweet has since then been deleted, as are all of his other messages since July 2017, except for the two he posted explaining his future absence from social media.

Following the onslaught of criticism that surfaced in response to his arguably provocative Polkadot v.s. Ethereum 2.0 statement — with one redditor deriding Afri as “the Judas of our Ethereum community — Schoeden tweeted on February 15:
“I want to clarify that I put out this tweet to stir discussion, not to cement a narrative.”

As recently reported, the Ethereum core dev group is currently discussing a controversial new smart contract creation feature set to be released with Constantinople, dubbed Create2, which some have alleged could have negative security implications if it is not sufficiently reviewed.