The development of blockchain technology as an industry necessarily experiences the ups and downs of any rising industry. And any rise and fall of an industry resembles to that of a company, nation, individual, and any other entity that runs its course in history. When the power-center entity is weak, its subsidiary rises up. When the power-center dissatisfies, the vassel states demand changes. When the power-center does not suffice, developers fork the chain. This is JC from EOSForce Global Operations, and today, we will take a look at the innovation that has swept through the EOSIO ecosystem from EOS Sisterchains & EOSForce.
EOSIO is the software developed by the Block.one company that raised 4 billion dollars from its ICOs. In June 2018, a group of international EOS enthusiast communities, which in my opinion are still the most participatory blockchain community there is, gathered together and launched their EOS mainnet. This group is called EOS Mainnet Launch Group, and hence their mainnet is sometimes referred to as EOS EMLG. They were firm believers in the EOSIO software and EOS governance system proposed by Block.one, and they launched the mainnet without making fundamental changes.
In the months leading up to the launch of EOS software, a Chinese team called EOSForce, part of the EMLG group, saw some potential flaws in the EOS blockchain and potential changes that could be made. However, making changes on the fundamental level of blockchain codes required highly skilled engineering brainpower, so the team leader Cyborg founded a team of blockchain engineers and started to examine the code and see where how they could make the blockchain better. After 3 months of studying, the EOSForce team saw the changes they could make and decided to launch their own version of the software mainnet. This was not well-received by the EMLG community and the EOSForce chain was given cold faces by the prominent BP members of the EMLG group.
The first fork chain of EOSIO software did not go well. Or was it?
One open-minded feature of blockchain softwares is they are open-sourced. People can make changes and variation for a version of their own. The EOSIO software developed by Block.one was open to all interested members of the community. Still, the EOSForce Mainnet started off with bullets passing its shoulders.
At the same time, the community development of EOSForce stood in the awkward position of domestic exclusion, where there is an already capped community growth in China, while international expansion efforts had barely taken off.
The popularity of Telos and Worbli changed minds. When more sisterchains popped up in the EOSIO ecosystem, people’s minds started to shift — maybe actually there should be other mainnets too. However, the value these mainnets bring to the EOSIO blockchain advancement remained unclear.
3 months after the launch of EOSIO by EMLG, the “Huobi BP vote collusion/buying” scandal took off in the EOS community. A series of document detailing the exact vote exchanges between the EOS BP Huobipool and numerous other top BPs on the EOS Mainnet was release into the EOS public. The news blast through the EOS community and voters from the West called for boycotting against Huobipoolbp, and some event suggested to remove Huobipoolbp as an EOS BP. Vote-buying and BP collusion, although always existing, had been brought under the spotlight in the EOSIO ecosystem.
At the same time, the EOS referendum system was under development by a group of EOS BPs (thankfully these BPs did not appear in Huobi’s vote collusion document). The system aimed at addressing the constant conflicts between ECAF and the BPs, and also the lack of channels for voters to voice their opinions. The referendum system required a bare minimum of 15% votes to pass. This is a problem.
If you recall, near the launch date of EOS EMLG, the group struggled to gagner the 15% bare minimum votes required to launch. The launch date was forced to be delayed. It was not after the help from the Chinese crypto billionaire Li Xiaolai that the EMLG had enough token votes to launch the EOSIO software. Standing in the shadow of the “launch delayed due to lack of voters” incident, the EOS referendum system took off.
During this period, people were looking for governance solutions that could fundamentally improve the EOS Mainnet governance system. Calls for community actions were made, but mostly to no avail. Effective voter communication channels were still underdeveloped.
EOSForce, while seeing all of this happened, with its updated governance features — 1-token-1-vote, voter dividend for high voter participation, and a new network resource model — started to ramp up its international community building efforts, with a clear conviction that new governance and communication model should be brought under spotlight right now if we ever want to make blockchain use popular.
“Life clears out the old to make way for the new.”
One of the most unique aspect of decentralized governance community that many fail to appreciate is the fantastic community initiate that happens all the time. While EOSForce kept pushing out contents and articles for discussion and education, these contents got noticed by a group of independent blockchain/EOS media, the likes of EOS Weekly, Everything EOS, Colin Talks Crypto, MaxDapp, CryptoTim and many others we should not ever overlook the importance of.
When people saw the governance gridlock and the slow change process on EOS EMLG, they turned to other alternative solutions. Now many more people are discussing the important subjects of voter incentive. With Brendan Blumber’s Twitter bringing this subject under spotlight, the EOS community’s discussion sentiment is at its historic height.
It is exactly the rise from EOSForce and sisterchains that propelled the community forward to discussing these important issues.
By offering innovative and more organic community building and governance measures, EOSForce now has openned people’s minds to rethink exactly the relationship between the EOSIO software and individual chains built on it. By fundamentally shifting the framework of how people think, changes outside the box could then happen. In the past, people only take examples from EOS Mainnet, and now people see that other mainnets may offer better solutions than what’s available on the original luanch group. This is progress.
Eventually, we must understand we are all striving for a common goal here — mass adoption for the blockchain technology. We are not striving for the individual interests of token holders, of developers, of whales/exchanges, or with investors. By putting the common goal first and thinking from this larger picture, the blockchain technology grows, and the hard work of token hodlers, developers, and investors will be paid off. Only putting one group’s interest first benefits no-one.
EOSForce blockchain explorer: https://explorer.eosforce.io/#/en
- EOSC token is distributed in accordance with the EOS genesis mapping. You can activate your EOSForce genesis account here.
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