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On the Cusp of Constantinople: Ethereum’s Fork

January 15, 2019

 

If you are on the email list for Blockgeeks, then you got the email yesterday that Ethereum’s next fork will begin in less than 48 hours. If not, then, you may have seen the same proclamation plastered all over a wide variety of internet news sources. Even Express wrote a feature on the subject.

 

With this in mind, what you may not know is how best to keep up with the progress of Constantinople. Today, CoinDesk published an article that offers some valuable insights on the subject. First and foremost, it is important to remember why Constantinople matters and to do that, we, as a community, need to take our information straight from the source.

 

In other words, there is no better way to remind ourselves of the significance of any improvement to a blockchain network than going to its’ developers. In this case, this means going to the Ethereum blog’s chief post on Constantinople. Because of this, one could also conclude that all secondary sources should be avoided due to their inherent distortion of the original announcement, though this is not quite the case.

Developers can also be biased. Developers can pan an improvement as if it will be the be-all end-all for the network’s future success and they often do so because they have to. Considering this, the only way to avoid falling victim to such bias is to learn how to read between the lines or use the critical thinking skills that we all have from our days in school.

 

Take even what developers say with a grain of salt and try to verify the claims with hard data to eliminate as much of the bias as possible. Look at sites that measure the technical performance of the network during the fork like the one linked here.

In the end, any chance of finding out the truth in any industry, especially one as new as the blockchain industry, requires going back to the tried and true crypto mantra of doing your own research.

 

Follow Constantinople with this in mind as well as the knowledge of what network measurements matter the most to the fork’s success and you will be ahead of most.

 

 

By: BGN Editorial Staff

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