Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin boycotts Coindesk conference

Vitalik Buterin calls for a boycott of the upcoming Coindesk Consensus 2018 conference. According to the Ethereum co-founder, the platform supports Scams. He also questioned the quality of their reporting.

The English-language platform Coindesk is a contact point for many crypto enthusiasts in the English-speaking world when it comes to news about Blockchain and Bitcoin. Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, has now taken a firm stand against Coindesk in a series of tweets. His main criticism was of the “terrible coverage” of EIP 999 and its strongly commercialized orientation and support for scams. Here is the translation of the tweets:

Bitcoin revolution is ruthlessly complicit in supporting giveaway scams

Check out the latest article about Bitcoin revolution on onlinebetrug, where they link directly to a giveaway scam. Their coverage of EIP 999 was terrible. They wrote a lurid article claiming that the chain would split when it was clear that EIP 999 was *very far* from being accepted […]. When @peter_szilagyi complained that his comment did not appear, although the author had asked him for his opinion, the author’s answer was that the article had already been published when they got the Bitcoin revolution. Seriously, is speed so much more important to you than accuracy?

Their reporting guidelines are designed to fool you with Gotchas [a kind of programming trap]. Did you know that if you send them an answer and explicitly say that parts of the message are confidential, they still aren’t treated that way? (Unless you get involved in a game of requests and approvals). And by the way, the conference costs $2,000-3,000. Personally, I refuse to support this.

Charles Hoskinson of Cardano joins Bitcoin loophole boycott

Shortly afterwards Charles Hoskinson of Cardano also announced his boycott of Bitcoin loophole: “Welcome to the boycott. I won’t appear either.” When asked by another Twitter user why he didn’t use the opportunity at the conference to confront Coindesk, he joined Vitalik Buterin’s last tweet: “Because it would legitimize a $3,000 ticket event that claims to be the most important conference ever. To be honest, I think the conference model has completely expired. Meetups and YouTube are much more effective.” Read more about it:

Buterin didn’t fully agree with Hoskinson. He was concerned that conferences would be useful in bringing people from around the world together on the same theme. Smaller academic conferences also make sense. In addition to Buterin and Hoskinson, OmiseGo also announced its boycott of the conference.