The big EOS freeze
Jun 26, 2018, 2:14:11 PM Published By Wirex Team
Less than 48hrs after its launch, the EOS blockchain froze. The cause of the freeze was resolved within a few hours of being reported. However, this momentary hiccough was sufficient to spark another emotional debate about security in the crypto arena. EOS blockchain was set up to rival Ethereum. It boasted BPs (block producers) to replace cryptocurrency miners and eliminated transaction fees. Its ICO raised a record $4bn, but when reports that it had frozen less than two days after its launch emerged on June 14 2018, commentators were quick to pass judgement. According to EOS developers, the blockchain software was automatically paused when a bug was detected - the freeze was a security measure built into the system. It occurred to prevent a hard fork (a new cryptocurrency protocol) after invalid blocks appeared on the chain. The freeze was not, as speculated, paused by the BPs. Although EOS is back on track, three important questions have been raised by the incident:
- Is enough attention being paid to whether the product of an ICO actually works and is the shine of marketing campaigns blinding investors judgement?
- Is more money invested in marketing an ICO than in its business and software development?
- Are commentators too quick to look for negatives in new software releases?
- Research using the forum Bitcointalk.org - read investor concerns and high ranked writers comments carefully to assess the ICO.
- The development team - find out whos involved to ascertain whether or not their experience is sufficient and relevant.
- Community coverage - whats being said by media and crypto commentators?
- What stage is the product at - how far beyond the white paper has development reached?
- Is there a legitimate need for the new token?