Afri Schoedon announced that he quits social media as he fell victim to criticism after he had compared the Serenity technology, which Ethereum developers are working on, with the Polkadot protocol, whose infrastructure is being developed by the Parity team.

Serenity vs Polkadot

Ethereum developer Afri Schoedon said that the Polkadot project bypassed Ethereum in terms of developing a new, more advanced Serenity protocol.

“Polkadot delivers what Serenity ought to be”, he said.

Serenity is the last stage in the development of the Ethereum blockchain ecosystem. The main component of Serenity is Casper. Serenity first phase will be released in 2020, while the second one is expected to be activated in 2021. Ethereum co-founder Vitaly Buterin called Serenity "the world computer as it's really meant to be." Serenity will turn Ethereum into a full blockchain system with a built-in programming language Turing. Serenity will allow creating smart contracts encoding arbitrary state transition functions. It will also provide greater flexibility to smart contract developers. This will enable Ethereum users to develop applications on the Ethereum blockchain, as well as solve other tasks with just a few lines of code.

After Schoedon's words, he was criticized for being in conflict of interest as Afri and the Parity team are developing infrastructure for Polkadot.

"I remember back in 2018 end of October, just hours after that sync bug was found in Serenity, you immediately called “No Serenity in 2018”. And then you made sure in the dev meeting to it was delayed to 2019, despite others claiming that the bug is easily fixable. It occured back to me that there is an obvious conflict of interest in your position, (even if rightfully) delaying Ethereum, but working for polkadot. In the light of that, this tweet boasting polkadot’s progress and critisizing ethereum’s speed seems particularly unfortunate," Andras Kristof, Ethereum startup founder and IT developer, wrote.

Exit from social networks

Schoedon tried to justify himself by stating that he did not try to promote Polkadot, but only to initiate a discussion. But his explications did not stop massive harassment, and Schoedon deleted all his tweets until 2017, writing that now he can be reached only by e-mail, Telegram or Github, while he stops responding to any messages in "Gitter, Skype, Discord, Slack, Wire, Twitter, and Reddit".

Schoedon was not only criticized but also supported by his friends and colleagues.

“I'm so angry and disappointed in the Ethereum community. You ran out one of our best contributors for the dumbest reasons. More people should have spoken up in support and there needs to be less vitriol,” wrote Hudson Jameson, Ethereum Developer.