Just trolling – but maybe we should do it anyway.
That's the gist of a tweetstorm Monday from Vitalik Buterin, in which the ethereum creator said his proposal to create a hard cap on the supply of ether tokens was intended as an April Fool's "meta-joke."
Ethereum Improvement Proposal 960, published April 1, suggested that the ether supply be capped at 120,204,432 units, twice the amount originally sold in 2014. Addressing the cryptocurrency's presently unclear monetary policy, the proposal suggested that a hard cap would "ensure the economic sustainability" of ethereum.
It should not matter whether or not the proposal was written as a joke, Buterin said Monday on Twitter. Because "the words actually were written in the github issue, and the arguments for it are real arguments," he said the suggestions are "very real."
Buterin also said some 20 percent of his blog post announcing the EIP was plagiarized from the website of Tron, a digital entertainment blockchain startup.
Buterin concluded by saying that the ethereum community has progressed from waiting for the core developers to make every change to debating ideas regardless of who proposes them, but noted that "there's still a long way to go."
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