In an open letter, tens of prominent Ethereum community leaders have spoken out against the “toxic” behavior prefacing Parity developer Afri Schoedon’s recent resignation. Heartfelt, it references Jameson Lopp, swatted in 2017. Lopp’s case is an “awful example of the intimidation that can be wrought in the midst of very heated debates.”
“What?? You can’t just wave off any and all criticism by throwing ‘misogyny’ labels around. Nothing he said was misogynistic in the least, but because you once saw some misogynistic comments in a 4chan thread about you now you lump all your critics together? So childish.”
The letter is rather long, so we’ve decided not to republish it in its entirety. We thank BREAKERMAG for having done so. The letter reveals that Afri Schoedon actually received threats against his family in response to his mild trolling.
“Unfortunately, time and time again we have witnessed ecosystem members engage in toxic behavior that discourages open discussion such as doxxing, violent threats, or brigading against people they disagree with. In an instance just last week, one of our longest standing contributors, and the catalyzer of the Görli Testnet, Afri, received a wave of verbal violence from some Redditors, forced into the center of a storm on r/ethtrader which, triggered by a couple of tweets issued by him, turned menacing, dark, and deeply toxic. Under stress from this backlash and to protect himself and his family from threats coming from unknown internet users, he made the decision to leave his position as a core Ethereum developer.” Read more